If you’ve been frustrated by the lack of organization in your creative corner, we’re here to help! We’re bringing you a whirlwind week of creative solutions to whip your crafty stash into shape.
You might think you’ll never be organized or don’t have the resources to take control, but we hope to prove you wrong and get you on the right path. You’ll find it’s easier to create when you can find what you’re looking for in a snap!
Our 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash series will focus on the following areas: your stamps, stencils, Die-namics, card stock, and ink pads and refills. And to sweeten the deal, there will be some fabulous prizes to be won each day! So buckle up and settle in for awesome ideas you can implement today.
Stamp Storage and Organization SolutionsTo begin with, you’ll want a good supply of our Large Clear Pockets for storage. These pockets are a great way to keep your stamp sets organized and visible all at the same time. One of my best tips for organizing is minimize packaging. Use the pockets to help you to reduce the bulk of extra packaging leaving you room for MORE!
Sharon shows the pockets here with a stamp set ready to be stored.
Below, Stephanie shows the pockets in action. You can see that she has added white card stock behind so that the stamps are easy to see. She has labeled each set as well.
Barbara has a great solution for stamp sets with coordinating dies. Simply slip the dies behind the card stock insert, and you’ll have everything all in one spot!
Once you’ve got everything corralled, it is absolutely IMPERATIVE to label everything. I know you think you’ll remember, but you won’t. So grab a labeler and spend a fun afternoon or evening getting everything in order.
Want an even easier solution? We’ve created printable label templates for you to download for our MFT stamps, stencils, and Die-namics. These .doc files are fully editable and are compatible with 1 3/4″ x 2/3″ 8195 Avery Return Labels, 1 3/4″ x 1/2″ 8167 Avery Return Labels, and all comparable sizes. You can find them HERE.Here are a couple of ways to store your sets, once they are all in pockets and labeled.
Stephanie uses small bins and organizes her stamps by manufacturer. She can grab the bin and take it to her desk to look for what she needs.
Sharon uses a larger bin and divides her stamp sets according to type. You’ll notice that this bin is large enough to store the stamp sets side by side.
When it comes to background stamps, we have a solution for storing and labeling those as well. Stephanie labels the back of each stamp and uses the same small bins she used for her clear stamps (as seen above). This unifies the look of her stamp storage. You can usually find bins like this in the dollar store, so stock up!
Let’s take a peek inside Kim’s craft cabinet!
Kim has a handy hubby (lucky girl!), and he was able to alter this beautiful antique armoire to suit her storage needs. He custom built pull-out drawers and added dividers measuring slightly over 6 inches. These drawers are substantial enough to easily handle all of her products and keep her super organized. This concept would be simple enough to modify using a dresser as well.
Look at that stamp drawer! The small bins are simple to remove and keep everything under control.
The bins are manufactured by InterDesign, and though they are made for food storage, they are the PERFECT solution for stamp storage. Thanks for the tip, Jennifer McGuire! As you can see, they are clear which makes for a streamlined look. You can buy the InterDesign ‘Fridge ‘n Pantry Binz HERE.
Inspired? Already heading to the craft room to tackle your collection of stamps?
Hold on a minute! Before you go, take a look at this beautiful prize we’ve gathered for two lucky winners. We’ll ADD to your stamp stash with Photo Booth, Wild Things, and Friends Like Us, but also give you the fantastic resource of 100 Large Storage Pockets.Here’s how to enter for your chance to win: Leave a comment on this blog post letting us know your favorite My Favorite Things stamp set OF ALL TIME. All winners from this week will be announced next week!
Our Design Team likes to organize, too. Be sure to check out additional tips and tricks for stamp storage and organization by visiting their blogs.