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How to Organize Clear Stamps

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?

14 Responses to How to Organize Clear Stamps

  1. PK February 2, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    I store all mine (and at last count was over 3000 individual acrylic cling stamps) in 2 ring or lever arch binders, but they’re all stored in clear ziploc bags by KaiserCraft (http://www.kaisercraft.com.au/newsite/products.php?subcat=52), and I have an index “print” in the front – a stamp of every stamp in the file – for easy reference.

    Tiny, individual stamps are stored in the 9 and 12-pocket baseball card type pages in the larger lever-arch folders. Works for me.

    • Jean Manis February 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

      PK, what a collection of stamps you have! Thanks for sharing that KaiserCraft link. Great idea to store the smaller stamps in the baseball card protector.

  2. Nona February 29, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Thank you so much for taking the time in putting together this informative post, Jean! It is more than helpful :)

  3. Roslyn Cartwright September 5, 2012 at 4:53 am #

    I have been storing my clear stamps in CD cases (as suggested on your blog) , which I had on hand, only to find the sticky backing staying behind when I lift the stamp off to use it. Now I have to find an new method. I have polycardbonate sheets which I use for my EZ mount -backed rubber stamps. Would these be OK or should the clear stamps be left on the acetate backing you buy them on? I have received free clear stamps on acetate that must be old. They had lost their cling when I opened them up!
    Hope you can clear up my dilemma. Thanks
    Ros

    • Jean Manis September 5, 2012 at 9:29 am #

      Hi Ros, Are you saying that you stored the stamp directly onto the CD case, and that when you went to use the stamp, it no longer had any cling? I suspect that there’s some reaction between the material the stamp is made from and the CD case plastic, although I’m not an expert in the field of chemistry. ;-) I would leave the stamp on the sheet that it’s on when you buy it. I personally don’t use this system – I use Method #2. I slip the stamps on the acetate sheet into a protector. Wish I could be of more help with your situation. If you want to continue the CD method, I’d try storing a set on the acetate it comes on and see what happens.

  4. Roslyn Cartwright September 6, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    Thanks.

    I believe I followed the instructions found on websites which was to remove the stamps from the sheet and adhere them to the CD. This also seems to be shown in the pictures on the blogs!

    However, I will retrieve them and put them back on the acetate and see what happens. I hope they don’t all end up without sticky backing like the ones I got for free. Using these with glue stick adhesive, also suggested on blogs, is rather messy.

    Thanks again

    Ros

  5. Debbie Greeb February 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    I would like to know what categories you store you stamps in
    If you store them that way

    • Jean Manis February 18, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

      Hi Debbie,
      I store my stamps in sheet protectors in the ITSO bins. I store primarily by manufacturer. For those manufacturers where I have a lot of stamps, for example Hero Arts (different sizes, some cling rubber, most clear), I break down into categories such as: background (cling rubber that are unmounted), holiday (clear stamps), and then clear specialty sets such as Hero Arts/Studio Calico or Hero Arts/Basic Grey. When I post my cards, I source the stamps used, which is the primary reason that I sort by manufacturer.

  6. Gab August 10, 2014 at 5:49 am #

    Great post, thanks Jennifer. I have a Tim Holtz binder for mine

  7. sarah August 10, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    I recently changed my storage system to this method that Jennifer McGuire details in her blog post/video. I am finding it most helpful. I did leave all my Stampin Up stamps and Close to My Heart stamps in their original packaging-I just put them in the great new storage binz!

  8. sarah August 10, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    I forgot to leave the link!
    http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/2013/06/video-clear-and-cling-stamp-storage-giveaway.html

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