Monday, February 23, 2009

New Stamp Storage

I am running out of room with all the Stampin Up blocks and clam shell boxes. I don't even have all that many either, but space is a tight commodity at my house. I have been researching different stamp storage methods at SCS, individual blogs, company sites. . . you name it, I've probably looked.

First of all, I decided to go with EZMount. I bought a couple of unmounted sets through TAC and Pink Cat Studios and decided that this is by far the best way to go. You can see through the acrylic block to know exaclty where you are stamping, and the storage is minimal.

Now that I decided on EZMount, I had to decide how to store them all. Someone had suggested getting the acrylic sheets at Lowe's and having them cut them into smaller peices. I decided the 4x6 size acrylic would be a good size so that there is only one set per sheet (I can use both sides). I then found shoe box size plastic containers that snap shut so that I can keep the dust out. Take a look at how great this is. I can fit 20-25 sets per box. My first box is almost filled up and I have enough Stampin Up sets to fill another box. I am dreading this though as I have to take them all off the wood mounts :(


I decided that while I'm at it, I should also get myself some sort of index started. I decided the best way for me would be to use 4x6 cards and stamp index cards of each set. One set per card (or 2 if it's a biggin) and then I bought one of those $1 photo albums at Walmart. Each card will have the company, set name and number. The numbers can be used to reference where the set is found and what box it is in. This way I won't have to worry about a growing collection of stamps for the future.


Sorry this was soooooo long. I am just super excited to have this figured out and can't wait until I am all caught up and only have to do new sets as I purchase them.

11 comments:

Susan said...

What a great idea! It's so nice to be organized. I recently cataloged and numbered my 250 stamps sets. Now I know exactly where each one is!

Kinglake said...

wow you have done a fantastic job,i love the way you cataloged them brill idea xx jo xx

Sarah E. said...

What an awesome storage solution! I am glad to see that you have indexed the sets too! I have been looking for a storage solution for my stamps and I think you have talked me into it!

Melissa said...

what a great idea. when you went to lowes they cut the acrylic sheets for you? What are did you go to in lowes? thanks so much for sharing this. I have alot of unmounted sets and the cd cases drive me crazy

Martha said...

it looks great. thats how i did it and wow, what a space saver. and i love that it doesnt look like we have that many stamps lol :)

my5bratz said...

what great ideas...i am sooooo disorganised :0( lol

Wendy aka wendella247 said...

Wow--I love this idea. Thanks for the pictures--they give a great visual of how everything is set up. Very cool. I'm jealous! Not sure I'm ready to do the Stampin Up stamps, even though those are the ones that need it the most because they take up so much space! But I could probably start with all my unmounted stamps (and I have plenty!)

Susan (peebsmama) said...

Good for you for getting your stamps organized. The indexing is something I started a long time ago but I am not good about keeping it up when I get new stamps or sell old ones.

Sparkle said...

What a great idea!

Kristie said...

Saw your post in the SCS Unity forum, your stamp storage is awesome! I think I need to do something similar. TFS!

Maureen said...

great idea, just might have to give this a try. I've been trying to figure someothing out as well. Not much space