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I have been trying to reorganize my stamping space and I am finding I have to keep all my similar used items together. I tried doing it by color, companies or style but I keep finding that when I need a baby card, I am looking all around for things and it's hard to remember which company had what. I do have a corner for all current Stampin Up sets but whenever I need to make a card for an occasion, I am always scrambling. I now decided that I am going to have a stackable drawers or project boxes for everything else- one for BABY and keep all baby things together and keep BRIDAL in another, MASCULINE, BOYS, HALLOWEEN, etc. What do you think? How do you organize your stamping supplies?
I have been working towards organizing my stuff by color. I love it. I have my stamps sorted by groups, not sets. So all of my thank yous, birthday, Halloween etc are together. I find this system very user-friendly.
Last edited by smcdonough; 05-06-2012 at 05:02 PM..
First off, I need to say that I have thousands of stamps and stamp sets from many different companies. I am a Stampin Up! demonstrator so I keep the majority of my Stampin UP! stamps in alphabetical order. However, I do segregate my Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter, Valentines, Animals etc. into seperate storage containers. I have a container full of nothing but word stamps and I separated them into birthday, get well, sympathy and miscellaneous sayings. I also have an Excel spreadsheet thats called "stamps by category". I list all sorts of categories such as Babies, Birthday, Belated Birthdays, Coffee, Cupcakes, Fathers Day, Flowers, Get Well, Birds and on and on. I list all the different stamp sets on there and refer to that list when I want to make a specific card. All my containers are numbered, so every time I buy a stamp or stamp set I add it to my list and the number of the container it's stored in. That way you know exactly where to find them. I am so **** about organizing that I also keep a complete inventory of all my stamps by manufacture. This helps me so much because I can't tell you how often I purchased the same stamp twice. If it's a Gina K stamp I go to my Gina K spreadsheet and know exactly what I have already purchased.
I am trying to get my stamping/scrapbooking and general crafting items organized....boy what a mess!!! I'm putting like things together.
I'm hoping to make a category sheet for each of my stamps...I don't have that many. Then I will have a lot of them separated by category...especially holidays. Also a category sheet of my punches and dies.
I find myself spending so much time trying to find things....it's making me crazy!!
I have a 3-ring binder with stamped images of all my stamps in several places: by manufacturer (example SU, Hero), set (when applicable), and occasion (birthday, halloween) and/or category (background, floral, baby, etc.,). You can store them however you want as long as you mark/number the visible outside containers so that you can list that information with the image on every page where it's stamped.
It is very useful to have one book (or more depending on how many stamps you have) where you can easily flip through for inspiration - a picture is so much more idea provoking than a written list. It may take you a while to get this done, but you will be reinspired as you revisit your stamps. I often go back and add another image of a stamp when I think of a category I hadn't thought of before.
A hard discipline to master is putting your toys (stamps) away when you are through with them, so you'll be able to find them where you've said in your binder that you keep them.
Do not go where the path may lead; instead, camouflage the trail and carve "Get Lost" in the nearest tree.
I have an awesome SU demo and for many years she had her stamps in the boxes with the names on them. Finally, it became ludicrous as she had so many. She had her son put rails up on the walls then took the stamps out of the boxes and sat them up on them so you could see the design. She has them in sections as in childrens, Fathers Day, Mothers Day, ect. It's awesome. I wish I had a picture to show all of you. I am going to have my husband do the same thing~
I sort paper by color, 12x12 in trays on the wall, 8.5x11 in hanging file folder.
My girlfriend thinks I'm crazy because I sorted all my brads and eyelets by color, I used the small tackle box sorters from Menards. I just hate digging for something, if I want red I want red and I don't want to look at the other colors.
I believe that separating the stamp sets and putting them in categories is a good idea but I am just a little ocd and can't get myself to do it. I just have the sets on shelves slightly sorted by category. Love reading others peoples ideas, keep em comin.
My printed paper is sorted by design (flowers, circles, checks, dots, stripes).
My physical stamps are mostly acrylic and it was unfortunate that I had the brilliant idea to split them all up into categories and put them into CD cases. I say unfortunate because, althought this system is awesome, I don't have a clue which company these stamps came from The past year I've fallen hard for digital stamps. I keep these on my pc by category and add the creators name (i.e. Dulemba) to the saved .jpeg name.
My inks are CTMH and I keep them in their original order in a Kingdom.com cassette tape holder. It works awesome.
My Copic are laying in a holder, not sorted, on my work bench.
Everything else is within reach around my craft cave. I need to have it at hand and insight to use it. Out of sight, out of mind.
Inks to the left of me,
Pens and pencils to the right,
Here I am,
Stuck in the middle with glue...
Inks and related supplies are in drawers on the left of my desktop
Pens and pencils are in drawers on the right
Stamps and dies are in a drawer in CD cases sorted by type of image,
12 x 12 paper and CS are below by colour in hanging folders,
Sparkly stuff and tools are in the top drawer.
Specialty items like vinyl for my cutter, metal foils, chipboard sheets, acetate, felt, foam are in a rack in a cupboard. 6x6 paper, watercolour paper pads, embelishments and tools are (for now) in baskets in front of me on a shelf.
Bulky flowers (like roses) and ribbon are in another drawer in another cupboard so they don't get squashed (but they may emerge soon as I plan another tidy up to get the less used stuff like finished albums away and the flowers out).
There is no such thing as lack of sleep, only caffeine deficiency.
I have started going to each stamp set on Splitcoast and saving the index of each stamp set on my computer and then printing them out instead of stamping each one. Of course that is also time consuming. My problem is finding a stamp set without having to go thru all of them. I need to figure out a file system so I can go straight to the set.
My S.U. sets are in their boxes which are randomly stacked on a shelf of a bookcase. I have 3 plastic "chests of drawers" (like Sterlite) where my single stamps are sorted roughly by category. I have 2 drawers of Christmas stamps. My word stamps are in another drawer. I have only S.U. paper so that is in 2 portable file totes alphabetized by name. I have only S.U. ink pads and they are grouped by color on a shelf next to my work space. I'm fortunate in that I also have a tremendous memory so I remember just about everything I have and where it is.
Stamp sets are usually by category with a couple exceptions, I keep all my House Mouse stamps together (over 100) and my graphic 45 separate. The wood mounted are in plastic boxes marked with their category, the unmounted are in plastic protectors in binders sorted alphabetically by category.
Solid Paper is by color, loose patterned paper by color unless separated for a specific holiday, that is Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc... Paper Pads are sorted by Mfg. and Holiday.
All embellishments and SU ink are by color in plastic bins. Colored pencils and markers are by color in containers on my desk, Adirondack and TH inks are in old cassette racks on my desk and my stickles are in a basket on the desk as well.
I find that sorting by color works best for me. I Also like the way the stamps are organized but I still need to make master lists of all stamps. I would like to find something better for storing the unmounted but haven't found the way that works for me yet.
I have mostly SU stamp sets since I am a demonstrator.....I have always made a copy of the stamp set before I would put the image stickers on the stamps....I keep all the copies of the sets in alphabetical order in a clear sleeve in a three ring binder and sometimes I pick out pictures of ideas of a particular set, print them off 9 to a page and slip in behind the copy of the stamp set for ideas.....I keep all retired in one binder and current sets in another.....my non stampin up stamps are just in clear boxes sorted by holiday ect. I don't have very many of them.
I keep my cardstock in a file cabinet in hanging file folders, I punch out a 1/2 circle of the color and put on the tab for easy visibility....I found when I left them out in an open file folder the paper fades in the light. All my punches are hanging on the wall on curtain rods....I like things visible for easy access and to help remember what I have......same with my ribbon.
As for stamps, those have all been unmounted and made to stick to an acrylic handle with either Cling Foam or 2-way glue. When we moved from 2000 square feet into a tiny house, it was either unmount them or get rid of them because I lacked storage space. I chose to unmount and I have never, ever regretted it.
I categorized the stamps as I unmounted them and put them into my storage system with an easy to understand (easy for me!) code. I have them labeled by manufacturer, then by set name, and lastly by theme, if there is an obvious theme (ie: Christmas, Postal, Thank You, Sentiments, Western, etc).
For loose stamps that were not in sets, I organized them mostly by manufacturer and theme. For instance, I have all of my journaling block stamps together (again only loosies, not the ones from sets). I stamped them out on my index sheet and wrote with a Sharpie the manufacturer, the name of the stamp, and the item number beside each image. That way I always know who to give proper credit to when I'm sharing my work with friends or online.
My patterned papers are sorted exactly like my stamp sets, by manufacturer first (alphabetically), then by product line, then by theme, if there is a theme. For example, when I make the divider tabs for my vertical paper storage, it would read like this: Graphic 45: Little Darlings (Baby); or My Mind's Eye: I Believe (Christmas). I go by memory a lot when it comes to certain general themed papers, like MME: Stella & Rose. I just kind of remember the line in general when I'm looking for something that would coordinate with a specific project I want to work on. With my system of organizing, pulling papers is not difficult and I have several feet of patterned paper to look through when I create.
Solid papers are sorted by color in ROYGBIV order.
Specialty papers are in a section all their own, which includes vellum, embossed cardstock, foiled/metallic, flocked and mulberry/handmade papers.
My embellishments are grouped the same way, by mfgr, then line, and theme.
All alphabets are sorted by letter in nut/bolt organizers. I did this for most of my loose chipboard alphas as well as for stickers. I cut them apart by letter so I could mix and match titles as I create.
All my small embellishments are sorted by size, type and shape in nut/bolt organizer drawers. This includes eyelets, brads, rhinestones, pearls, gems, metal plaques, bookplates, photo corners and frames.
I have my coloring pens/pencils in Sterilite drawers along with my stumps and chalks too.
Inks are sorted by manufacturer, and from lightest to darkest shade.
I haven't even mentioned my die-cutters, dies, emb folders, punches and other tools. It is late and I am losing steam. Will have to save those for another post. LOL
My storage system is a work in progress, and I thoroughly enjoy the journey. I love to talk about organizing and I love the organizing process along the way.
I store most things by categories or color. When I get ready to do a design I want to be able to find things by the theme or a coordinating color. I tried the method of putting everything of same color in one basket and I hated it and went back to my original method.
Brads, buttons, ribbon slides, glue sticks, and other small items I use divider boxes - one for each color (reds, blues, etc.).
Jewels/beads - scrap n' store clamshell box. I tape the jewels to a sheet of paper by color so I can flip through the pages to find what I want.
I use stoage boxes from Harbor Freight to store items by theme (collage, hearts, Asian, garden, etc.).
8 1/2 x 11 paper stored by ROYGBIV. I have SU paper box per color for SU colors and one box for color family for non-SU paper. I also have boxes for speciality paper like texture, watercolor, glossy, etc.)
12 x 12 I use SU paper boxes to store SU paper (DSP divided by DSP set, individual colors, texture, etc.). Non-SU 12 x 12 is stored in Display Dynamics trays per color. I put dividiers in the trays to seperate solids from prints.
Ribbon wrapped on mat board stored in JetMax drawers by color.
Because I'm a demo I have to keep current SU sets together. I bought a small DVD spinning rack that holds close to 100 sets. All other stamps have been unmounted separated into categories/themes and are stored in Univenture box binders. The boxes are stored on bookshelves.
As for my work area, everything I use on a regular basis is stored within reach using JetMax cubes.
I have more storage ideas in my gallery . I need to post new pictures because I've changed my room. I also list where I purchased some of the items.
I guess my concept is to not have so much stuff that you cannot remember what you have. I keep reassessing my stamp images and purging to get new and different ones. I have all my cardstock in a file cabinet in hanging files. All my 6 x 6 pads are in boxes i can grab off a book shelf. All embellishments are in a craft cabinet in labelled drawers. My dies and embossing folders sit together for easy picking and finally my ribbon all sits on ribbon carousels.
I make and sell markets at 3 different markets so I need to keep my images different each year.
Awesome Thread! I still need to do some organizing yet, it definitely is worth the time. Here is what I have done so far;
Most of my Stuff is Su as I am also a demo, mostly a hobby demo
-My ink is in 2 Su Colour Caddy, sorted by colour current & retired intermingled
-8.5 x 11 cardstock in hanging file folders, retired by colours, current is in family Collections. Scarps go in the folder in front of full sheets
-12 x12 solid papers & Sb kits in 12x12 paper holders
-Designer paper stored alpabetically in a rubbermaid tote, with label on pkg including coordinating colours and image of papers in kit
-Punches are in over the door hanging shoe holders, and besides the punch in each pocket I have a punched image in a baseball card holder, so if the punch is not there I know where it belongs plus I can use it to see if the stamped image will work with that punch. Also in the pocket is stack n Store (retired) containers to hold any prepunched pieces. Loving my punch system.
-Bigz dies, embossing folders, etc in clamshells (what Su wood stamps come in) labelled on 2 edges, die fits in there plus I can store any unused die cuts or embossed sheets in that container. These are sitting in smaller container (think shoe box size) in my old microwave stand and my big shot sits on top, makes a good work area, I really love it for the biqz and originals dies, but it is a bulky system. I am trying something a bit different for my non Su embossing folders, more of a filing system so as not to use so much space.
-ribbon sorted by color, i have them in retired SU Ribbon keepers but with the spools all different sizes not sre that it is the best way, but definitely love by colour
Great idea! I have basically the same storage ideas as you but putting the punched pieces in with the punch is brilliant! That is the one area that causes me the most trouble, can't wait to get in there and put those away.