Dh is going to build me a custom storage unit to go on the top of one of my rolling carts from Michael's for my stamps.
Right now they are in 2 piles on that top rack. One pile is stamps and the other is stamps with matching dies.
I am trying to figure out how I want to store my stamps. I have 9 stamp/die sets and 10 stamp sets. So not a lot. I try to be intentional about my purchases as I have a small craft nook and limited space.
Do I want it by theme? (Christmas, animal, letters, Valentine's) or Stamps and then stamps with dies.
How do you all organize your stamps?
The system will all me to change if Ia not happy with my choice. He is making a caddy that fits eight inside with 2 sections and will slant down with a tall back.
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Theme sorting did not work well for me, as there are a lot of stamps that I use outside of that theme. Some of my holiday sets have stars on them, which I pull out a lot for example. Since I don't have a ton of stamps, I just sort them by size of set (I do keep sets together) and then flip through when I am looking for something. I use a fridge bin.
I have mine by category in frig bins. Everyday (mainly used for scrapbooking), floral, shapes, Halloween, Christmas, boy, girl, journal, alpha, date/calendar. I have card stamps separated by type as well (birthday, hello, thinking about you, sympathy, etc).
I have two bins - one for stamps and one for dies and dies/stamps.
stamps are sorted by themes-ish - alphas, animals, birthday, Christmas, fall/halloween, garden (flowers, birds, butterflies etc...), sentiments, spring (easter, valentine, st Pats), summer, travel, and everything else. Sets are kept together and sorted by the primary 'theme' and because I don't have a ton, it's not that hard to flip through all of them if I need to.
dies & stamps with dies - the front part is dies, mostly sorted by shapes and not by sets - circles, alphas, coverplates, slimline, stars, hearts, rectangles, tags, butterflies, garden, flowers, misc Then the part is the stamp/die sets and I do keep those together as sets - they are divided into Christmas, Halloween, Animals, and everything else.
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I used to organize by category but changed it recently to manufacturer because that's how my brain works. For myself, ultimately it doesn't really matter because I enter all of my stamps into the Color My Life app and use a lot of tags, so when I'm looking for a theme or image I just do a search in my app. It's easy to find what I need this way.
I have a LOT of stamps and dies. My system started out by just keeping all of them together in a bin. Now many years later my stuff is bin-ed up and sorted in alpha order by company in these categories Stamp Sets incl matching dies, Word Dies, Shape Dies, Mini Sets, Alphas, Background Stamps, Embossing Folders, Christmas/Winter, Other Holiday, Stencils, etc.
I keep track of everything in Evernote, a free database, that I log each set, add a photo of the set and and "tag" every item in the set. For example Lawn Fawn Taco Birthday w/dies. The tags would be taco, candle, party hat, !, let's taco 'bout, it, your birthday, smiley face, confetti. All tagged items are searchable.
(example is using this LF set because it's on my desk now )