Hi Peas. I am reorganizing my scrap room and even though I'm paring down a lot of my Stampin Up! sets (see FSOT), I still have about 150 or so sets that I'm keeping and need to figure out the best way to store. I have an album that has a scanned picture of the set and each set has a number on it. In the book, I did have reference to what location that particular set was located. So that in itself is completely organized.
What I'm struggling with now is what piece of furniture to get to in which to put them! I had those cube things with the fabric drawers and I really don't like them. I'd like something with real drawers that will fit from the smallest to the largest container.
Does anyone have any ideas? For kicks and grins, would anyone be willing to share a picture of your stamp storage solution?
Post by crazy4scraps on Sept 16, 2014 21:44:20 GMT
Okay, after doing some digging, I found the blog that your post reminded me of. I think she has mostly Stampin' Up sets which she also keeps in the plastic cases, but I think it would work for most any set-based collection. Here is an overview of how she does it:
<<About 3 years ago I decided to organize them using the categories Stampin' Up! uses. Prior to that I had tried to make up my own more specific categories, and it got complicated, and some sets fit into more than one category, so I decided to simplify it, and not recreate the wheel. I figured if the categories that Stampin' Up! used in their catalog was good enough for them, it was certainly good enough for me!!!
To make my colored dots, I took regular white circle stickers (from Staples or Walmart) and labeled them with the first letter of the category (in Black Sharpie marker) and then I assigned each a color, which is a Stampin' Up! color scribbled over the letter with the Stampin' Write Marker. The marker colors use some retired colors, but I still have the markers, and for now, I'm not going to change the colors. Eventually I probably will. Here is my system:
Hostess sets: (H) in Creamy Caramel Holidays: (H) in Sage Shadow Occasions: (O) in Pretty in Pink Growing Up: (G) in Real Red All Natural: (N) in Garden Green (and sometimes Handsome Hunter - LOL) Elements: (E) in Orchid Opulence Greetings: (G) in Yoyo Yellow
I also put the name of the set on the short edge of the case with a Black Sharpie. If you ever need to switch the case for any reason (sometimes I'll be able to put a set into a smaller case, and I like to consolidate to save room), you can remove the Sharpie with a cotton ball and nail polish remover.
When I stack the sets, I put the larger boxes on the bottom and the smaller on top. This just makes the stacks look nicer, and they won't fall over. >>
She just has hers on a book shelf, but personally I would put them inside a cabinet or something. I think she also has them cross referenced in a binder or something too so she can look them up in a catalog. If I was going to do that, I would just photocopy the image of the set from the catalog if I had it, or put the label images on the scanner glass and copy that to save the time of actually stamping every image. But I'm lazy like that, LOL. HTH!
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I organize all - wood mounted & unmounted rubber & clear - stamps, except the small clear sets, in a flat file (i.e. discontinued Pottery Barn Bedford 5-drawer cabinet). The small, clear, dollar sets are stored in trading card protectors in a generic pink school binder.