Okay almost completed. My friend Wendi is going to bring me a few sheets of cling foam so I can finish my background stamps but other than that...it's all done! I have been posting about my progress on Facebook since this has been quite an under taking and I thought I better post the complete process, along with pictures on my blog.
First off, I use the Stamp Storage cases from Stampin Up. I have scoured the internet for a cheaper source and while I did come across some there were none that were as easy and convenient to obtain. Manufactures in China want you to order thousands, and preferably each month. I have quite a few stamps but not that many. I did find a source in the UK but they never got back to me on shipping costs, etc so I am giving up and just sticking with Stampin Up.
I arranged the stamps on the sheet of paper and it was much like putting jigsaw puzzles together to get maximum efficiency. While I did get frustrated a few times it was worth the extra effort and work.
Here is the catalog page with both sides stamped off. It is easy to see where the stamp is in the case just from looking at the catalog sheet. Notice the area down the middle that is open, I will show you later what I did there.
For even more clear identification purposes I added a small round
sticker to the bottom of each page. I used a method of "A1, A2, B1, B2"
etc. The reason I went with this method was because my stamps were
already arranged in alphabetically order according to category. It will
be easy to add cases this way as well if my collection grows *okie
wonders if anyone noticed her saying if instead of when*. So instead of
having to change everything I can just add "B17, B18" to the B catergory
or "A3, A4" etc.
I can fit 11 cases in each little cube but I find it hard to pull them out with 11 so instead I just put 10 in each one and it is a lot easier to slide them in and out this way.
The wood blocks in the bottom right hand corner are the background stamps that I need to unmount. I already have their cases and catalog sheets ready so once I get the foam from Wendi it won't take but a minute to get them in their cases and correct spots in the system. I will say this about unmounting background stamps...it is more difficult and not for the faint of heart. If you are concerned about messing up a big stamp then you might want to leave them on the blocks. I however am a crafting daredevil and decided to go for the gusto. I just used the same method as I do for my other stamps but did find placing them on the cling foam was a little more tricky due to the large area.
Now that this time consuming task is done I think I will treat myself to a vacation and go on a cruise! HA HA HA It's only 9 more days until I will be getting my butt on that big boat! Can't wait to spend a week on the high seas with some awesome people!
My friend Sharon from Australia commented on my Facebook page "Hey I discovered that the cuttlebug c plate makes an awesome stamping block when you need a larger surface =)". I never thought of that and it would have saved tons of time from using the two blocks since the C plate is larger than the 5 x 7 area I was stamping. Oh well at least I know for future reference! Thanks for the info Sharon!!
Okie, I am so jealous of all of your stamps! :) Great job on getting everything organized and cataloged.ReplyDelete
"I like brown.". LMAO at that! ;-pReplyDelete
You're going to love that catalog. Mine makes it a snap to see what stamps I have and pick the one I want to use. My numbering system isn't as elaborate as yours though, I just numbered the cases and put the corresponding number on the catalog sheets. Now, aren't you glad you did it? LOL!ReplyDelete
You did great!!!! now if you would do mine......mine would be great.ReplyDelete
I would have so much more room and then maybe I would work in my craft room again!!! Maybe.........
That's what i did to mine a couple of weeks ago,makes it so mushReplyDelete
Dammit! Now I want to do this!!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful collection and set-up. GreatReplyDelete
Impressive!!! Where do you get the mounting foam? Sorry if you already mentioned it.ReplyDelete
i love it!!! (can you do mine now? lol)ReplyDelete
what a great idea to use the C plate, must remember that :)
have a BLAST on the Cricut cruse girl :)
WOW ... this is very impressive. Not just the sheer number of stamps you have ... not just the wonderful cateloging you've made ... but also how neat, tidy and organized it all is. I know Linda is right and that you will love this!ReplyDelete
Great job ... you certainly deserve a nice long, fun, and hopefully very relaxing, Cruise! ENJOY!
BTW ... thanx for sharing Sharon's tip to use a Cuttlebug plate as a stamping block ... I would not have thought of that, but it's a fabulous idea!
you are an inspiration. I keep thinking about unmounting all my rubber from wood, but I have a ton. Maybe if I worked in small batches. I ptobably need a boat load of mounting foam. Good work on your part.ReplyDelete
Thank you much
I have been putting all of my stamps in the Stampin' Up cases as well. I need to stamp them now on sheets and catalog them! Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyDelete
I put my stamps in Stampin' Up cases as well. Now I need to stamp them all on sheets and catalog them! Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyDelete
Impressive organization girl and the cuttlebug C plate thing is genious !!!!!ReplyDelete
Lady, I so love the way you have organized your stamps! Can you buy empty stamp-in cases from stamp-in up? HugsReplyDelete
Love how organized you are and that you shared w/everyone!! Thanks! Can I ask why you didn't stamp the images on a sheet that would fit inside the cases instead of creating the 3 ring binder too? :)ReplyDelete
The cases do have the images stamped on sheets and placed in the case. I did the 3 ring binder so I can have something to quickly look through instead of having to pull out each stamp case.Delete
so did you break up stamp sets (i.e. Stampin up, CTMH, etc.) when you had them in their categories? I am so torn . . .ReplyDelete
I did break up some of the sets, especially sentiments, and put them in categories according to birthday, thank you, etc. It makes it a lot easier to quickly find something. I do have some sets that I kept together. All of my stamp and matching dies sets are stored in the same case. I just put a sheet of magnet on one side for the dies.Delete