Monday, September 22, 2008

Clear Stamp Storage





Storage for clear stamps can be a tricky issue. I used to have mine in binders--until I outgrew that system. I still liked the ease of sliding them in and out of page protectors, so I tried something else. I have mine on a free-standing paper towel holder. I put binder rings around the page protectors and then filled them up with clear stamps. For the smaller sets, I used the half-sized page protectors. I punched holes in my CTMH sets and put them on the binder rings also. So far, it's working out beautifully. I have all of my "cling" type stamps (some of mine are rubber as well) in one place. Which was my biggest goal. I hated rummaging through three different kinds of storage for a stamps that essentially functioned the same way.

I found a simple free-standing paper towel holder--just the long middle bar, no others--at Goodwill (it's this ethos paper towel holder --but mine is white). I put three binder rings around the holder and put page protectors onthe rings...it's similar to the idea of the 7 gypsies holder but I think mine is easier,because it can be adapted to all sizes of stamps and because I can use regular page protectors instead of specialty ones. In those page protectors, I put my clear stamps. The larger Technique Tuesday stamps go in the full size protectors--as does my Inque Boutique cd case stamps. The smaller stamps are in half-size page protectors. I put sheets of cardstock in the page protector if it was a little floppy. When I need to use a particular set, I just slide it out of the protector (once your rings are full, it can be beastly to open and close them--much easier to just slide out what you want). If I am traveling to a class with my stamps, I just put them in another page protector or a plastic bag to protect them. I've had my stamps organized this way since May, and as I've said before, it is working out beautifully!


I hope that helps some of you!

7 comments:

Lily said...

wow! what a great idea!

Kathie said...

Hey there neighbor! Thanks for stopping by my blog...we will have to get together and scrap sometime!

Kathie

Allanna said...

Looks pretty dang ingenious! Good for you!

Satina said...

How clever! You are such a genious!!!

Suz said...

I've been using mine papertowel clip it up knock off for months now for all my embellishing....

Love the idea for stamps since my CD boxes are getting a little out of control

hdsue2004 said...

I found a paper towel holder today at goodwill and got it half off yahooo....ok im using plastic baseball holder for my stamps the 1.00 ones fit just great in them but i cant get them to stand up straight, they fall right down....so now there in a 3 ring binder book....just wondering is your plastic thicker than the baseball card holders?

NancyJones said...

Well aren't you just the smartest thing ever! I SOOOOO am going to have to try this!!