Organising a stamp collection!
No not the postage stamp type of collection but rubber and clear stamps!
My friend Leslie embarked on a very time consuming and ambitious course in her craft room – she decided to unmount her stamps and find some way to organise them so that she could use the more often; now where have I heard that one before?? Isn’t this what every crafter who owns a goodly number of stamps says? The very small and very large background stamps Leslie left wood mounted. I promised her I would take photos of my system that I gleaned from other stampers but added my own take on the system so that it would work for me.
As Leslie discovered you do need to have plenty of time to embark on this project but I love this sort of messing about and think I enjoy organising and re-organising my craft ‘stash’ as much as I enjoy the actuality of crafting!
This large two ring binder holds my stamp index. I worked out in advance what themes I wanted to put my stamps in and then I stamped each image twice – on two separate pieces of paper. Each sheet of paper was headed with the theme and then above the image was the information of manufacturer and name of the set or individual stamp.
The tabbed sheets just have written on them the numbers of the folders where stamps can be found.
The first section of the index folder is for clear stamps which are in a binder of their own.
This page of the index is for one of the ring binders of rubber stamps; binder number 2 and theme Birds.
The above page is the one that carries the stamps, in the example showing they are rubber stamps. After all the images are stamped out on the paper, the heading added and the information written then these pages are put through a laminating machine. This has a two fold effect – one it stiffens the paper so that is doesn’t bend and buckle in the binder and, two, the stamps cling to the sheet.
The stamps are attached to the reverse of the laminated sheet so that when flicking through the binder each image is clearly seen, you can also see if you look at the image sheet and the stamps that each stamp is attached to the ‘backside’ of the image – does that make sense or is it as clear as mud? Each carrier sheet is then inserted into a plastic pocket just in case any stamps decide to uncling!
Now this binder is in danger of bursting at the seams and needs to have some of its contents decanted into another binder but it works in exactly the same way as the rubber stamp binder.
As any sets were broken down and each stamp put into a themed area it sometimes happened that there were not enough images to warrant the use of a full page of paper – I’m being frugal here!! However in the rubber stamp section under Leaves/Foliage there are several pages but I don’t have quite so many clear stamps under this theme – YET!
And(?!) this is the reverse of the “half sized page in clear stamp folder”!
Need a stamp? No problem once the one that is needed has been located in the Index folder/binder and the correct number binder has been pulled out. The laminated sheets are pulled out of the pockets, stamp used and returned at the end of the crafting session, binders put back onto shelf or in cupboard ready for next time. Having written it all down it sounds very complicated but I don’t do complicated, I have simplified it as much as possible and it works for me. Additional stamps are easily added to each themed area but the most important aspect is to keep the index up to date – actually that isn’t the most important aspect – having fun is the most important and not getting bogged down in systems!!
Thanks for looking and if there any questions or queries please ask and I will do my best to answer as concisely as possible x