You’ve bought a few sets of clear stamps, and unlike rubber stamps, they’re so thin that before you know it, you’ve lost them in a pile of paper. Or you’ve bought a sufficient number of stamp sets that you can no longer easily flip through a pile to find the set you’re looking for.

Sound familiar? Perhaps it’s time for a storage system for your growing collection.

Unlike mounted rubber stamps, clear acrylic stamps are relatively easy to store. A multitude of storage methods exist, each with its pros and cons. Let’s take a look at some of the options available. For each, we’ve include some inspiration from crafters along with commercially available products.

Method #1: Notebook/Binder

A number of stampers use a notebook to store their stamps. In fact, from the research I did, it appears to be one of the most popular systems. Both Nichol Magouirk and Jennifer McGuire use this system.

Pros:

  • relatively inexpensive
  • easily stores on bookshelf or in a closet
  • easy to categorize stamps with notebook dividers
  • easily adaptable to stamp sets of different sizes given the variety of page protectors available

Cons:

  • “closed” system means that stamps aren’t easily visible
  • without categories, stamps might be difficult to find

Product Picks

Tim Holtz – Idea-ology – Unmounted Stamp Binder

Avery Nonstick Heavy-Duty EZD Reference View 2 Inch Black Binder

BCW Pro 4-Pocket Page (3.5 X 5 Cards, Postcards or Photos)

Office Depot® Brand CD/DVD Binder Pages, 6″ x 10 ½”

Avery Top Loading Non-Glare Poly Sheet Protectors 100 Count

Method #2: Spin Rack

Jennifer McGuire uses a spin rack to keep frequently-used stamps at hand.

Pros:

  • the spin rack footprint is relatively small
  • stamps are highly visible
  • system is versatile, as it can be used for other supplies such as stickers and alpha chipboard

Cons:

  • high initial expense
  • system requires that you reclip when you’re done with the stamp
  • each stamp requires a sleeve, as the system does not include them
  • less adaptable to sets of stamps of different sizes
  • few vendors

Product Pick

Simply Renee – Clip It Up – Base Unit

Method #3: Vertical File

Cheiron Brandon, Marcy Penner and Laura O’Donnell store their clear stamp sets vertically in containers.

Pros:

  • relatively inexpensive
  • stamps are highly visible
  • system is versatile, as the storage container can be used for other supplies
  • storage containers available in a variety of materials to match your style and décor
  • easily stores on bookshelf or in a closet

Cons:

  • less adaptable to sets of stamps of different sizes, especially larger sets, although a workaround would be to divide larger sets into multiple protectors.

Product Picks

Cropper Hopper – Unmounted Stamp File

Spectrum Small Storage Basket

ITSO Bin

Avery Heavyweight Sheet Protectors, 5.5 x 8.5 Inches, Pack of 15

Method #4: CD Cases

An alternative to the aforementioned method, Clare Curd prefers CD cases to sleeve protectors. The pros and cons of this system are similar to those listed above. Additionally, you could use a CD page protector, cut in half, in a CD storage box for a similar system to those used by Cheiron, Marcy and Laura.

Product Picks

Fellowes (R) Loose-Leaf Binder Sheets For CD-ROMs, 2 Capacity, Pack Of 10

KASSETT CD box with lid


Design Ideas CD Box Mesh Silver

Method #5: Zipper Envelopes

Nicole Rixon stores her clear stamps in office-supply zipper envelopes within a box she fashioned after trying a variety of systems, which she describes in her post. Detailed shots of the system show her tabs for categorizing.

Pros:

  • relatively inexpensive
  • stamps are highly visible
  • easily stores on bookshelf or in a closet

Cons:

  • less adaptable to sets of stamps of different sizes, especially larger sets, although a workaround would be to divide larger sets into multiple envelopes.

Product Picks

Office Depot® Brand Transparent Zipper Envelopes, Check Size, Pack Of 3

Filexec Zipper Envelope, 4.75″ x 9.5”


Additional Resources

ScrapCessories – Stamp Caddy Case Kit

ScrapOnizer – The Clear Solution – 8.5 x 11 Clear File Folders

Ultimately your storage choice and organizational system will be determined by a variety of factors including budget and personal preferences. Do you like your stamps to be visible? Or are you someone who likes your crafting supplies behind a door?

You may also find that no one system works for all of your stamps, in which case, you can use several, the way in which Jennifer McGuire does. Most importantly, consider which system will best enable your crafting and which are you most likely to maintain.

How do you store your clear stamps?