Storage and organisation

How to store and organise your stamps & dies

I’m so excited to share with you my storage and organisation series. I have needed to revamp and organize my craft room for a long time now and breaking my wrist has meant that I haven’t been able to craft and so I’ve had more time to organise.

My craft room is a small spare room / office / craft room so I don’t have a lot of space but I do like to have everything to hand. If I tidy things away too well I never manage to used them. The first thing I decided to tackle was my stamp. The majority of my stamps are clear cling stamps but I also have a small amount of wood mounted stamps.

The first thing I did, as with most craft queries I searched Pintrest for ideas. I found three main ways people seam to store their cling stamps, I will share my thoughts on all three below and then show you the storage I use.

1. DVD cases

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This is a great storage system as it makes all of your stamp packaging the same size and shape, there are already so many great storage towers for DVDs its easy to find a way to display the DVD cases. The downside for me is that the empty DVD cases can be a little expensive compared to other storage methods and the DVD cases are quite wide. You may struggle to fit larger stamp sets into the DVD cases. Here is a link for more information on this storage from Gentle Crafter.

2. Stamp binders

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You can buy purpose made stamp binders like the one above by Tim Holts, retails for between £20-£30. These are great for tucking away cling stamps, the binder pages are larger than the DVD cases so larger stamp sets will fit. The down side is that the stamps are tucked away so its not quite as easy to see your stash. You can find out more about these binders from Craft Storage Ideas.

3. Stamp storage pockets or CD sleeves

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For a long time crafters have been using CD cases and small storage boxes to store their stamps. Avery Elle and Simon Says Stamp now make stamp storage pockets. Jennifer McGuire has a great post and a few videos showing how she uses this storage method. Check out the link to Jennifer McGuire Ink. These stamp pockets are great you can easily see the stamps you have and most cling stamp sets will fit.

So what have I used? . . . . . .  I’ve used option three with a few small tweaks of my own. For my storage containers I wanted something that would fit into my Expidit cube storage from Ikea, recently renamed Kallax, I ended up using Fridge Binz that are 30.5cm by 37cm by 15cm.  I paid £23.36 for one container from Amazon.

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This container has a dividing section down the middle and each side perfectly fits a stamp storage pocket.

For my storage pockets I decided to use something a little different,  the Avery Elle storage pockets are about $9 for 25 and the Simon Says Stamp version are $9.99 for 50. I found packs of 50 self-seal bags for £1 in my local pound store. They are intended for packaging homemade cards, these are 7 ½” wide by 7 ¾” and are they have a small flap at the top that I cut off. This made my storage a lot cheaper and the self-seal bags are surprisingly strong and durable.

To make sure the cover sheet image of the stamps really stands out I cut some 200g/m2 white card stock to 5 1/8” by 7 1/2” and used my Dymo Label maker to print the brand name and stamp set name on a label.

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I’ve placed all my stamps in alphabetical order grouped by brand, i.e. Mamma Elephant, Simon Says Stamps etc. This makes it really easy to flick through my stamps and see what I have. I use the exact same storage bin for my thin dies and I just replace the white card stock with white magnetic paper. Again mine was from Amazon £1.30 with free delivery from Aamzon for 2 A4 sheets and you can find it here. This works really well for stamp sets with coordinating dies.

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So here it is in all its glory! My nice and neat cling stamp storage box.

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For a quick video check my Instagram here.

Last of all a quick mention for how I have stored my wood mounted stamps, I used a nail varnish storage unit, mine was £8.49 from Amazon with free delivery you can buy it here.

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The wood mounted stamps slot in nicely and the tiered shelves make it easy to see them all.

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I hope one of these storage methods works for you and you manage to gain back control of your stamps. If you have another great storage method for stamps and you would like to share it please do pop a link below. At the end of my storage and organisation series I will be providing a video tour of my mini craft room.

I will be providing storage and organization posts for:

Alcohol Ink Markers Stamps (cling and wood mounted) & Dies
Paper storage for 12by12, A4 and 6by6 paper packs
Pre-cut card bases and envelopes storage
Washi tape, ribbon & thread storage
Stickers and embellishment storage

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