A Look at my Overhauled Stamp Storage

One of my most frequently used supplies are my stamps. So it’s very important that I have a stamp storage system that works to make my stamps easy to find, and that is flexible and expandable. I have struggled for years to find the right solution for my stamps, as well as my 6×6 pads and my metal dies. But I think in my latest room overhaul, I finally have the solution I’ve been searching for.

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Like many stampers, I’m now using stamp storage based on the system designed by Jennifer McGuire. (Click here to see a YouTube playlist of her videos about the system. But set aside a chunk of time because Jennifer will have you organizing all the things by the time you are done with her amazing organizing playlist!)

But of course, as with every organization project I take on…I modified it somewhat from the inspiration source to fit my preferences and way of working – to make it work for me.

Stamp Storage

The system is based around plastic bins, with plastic bag pouches to hold stamps, and dividers cut from plastic pocket folders. For my bins, I use an InterDesign Divided Fridge Bin and four InterDesign Linus Pantry Bins. One of the pantry bins is devoted to my large Tim Holtz stamp sets, and the rest of the bins are used for a variety of things, including stamps, dies, and 6×6 paper pads.

stamp storage

My original stamp pockets were from Avery Elle, but now since those have disappeared I use a brand called CheckOutStore available on Amazon.

For my larger stamps, I use three other sizes of bags from ClearBags:

I cut the flaps off of the bags that have them, to create open top pouches.

For the paper inserts, I use 110lb Georgia Pacific cardstock that I buy affordably at Walmart in large packs. My labelmaker for labeling my stamp pockets is a Dymo Labelmanager 160 that I previously wrote a sponsored review about.

The larger flap bag (B66XL) is used for most of my supplies. I use it for my larger stamps, embossing folders, and several other things.

Background Stamp Storage

I also use those bags to hold multiple small stamps, such as my sets of Tim Holtz mini Blueprints.

Small Stamp Storage

The smaller flap bag (B6x6) I use primarily for my 6×6 stencils.

6x6 stencil storage

One of the largest places where I deviated from Jennifer’s system is with my metal die storage. Instead of using pockets, I opted to use the 6×7 magnet cards from Stamp-n-Storage. They fit perfectly filed in my bins alongside my other items.

Since the magnet cards are not exactly cheap, sometimes I put multiple small die sets from the same company on the same card. This saves money as well as saving room in my file bins.

Magnetic Die Storage

Like Jennifer, I also use this bin system to store my 6×6 paper pads. I still need to make some dividers for them. I plan to sort them into a few major themes such as various holidays. I also keep a few other things, such as paper scraps that have been cut into a standard size, and a few Close to my Heart stamps, in this section.

6x6 paper pad storage

I’m a major paper hoarder, especially for the collections that I love the most, but that can get really messy in my paper files. I found a way to solve that in the file for the 6×6 paper pads using the B66XL flap bags. Once I start using a paper pad and it has scraps that are getting annoying in the file bin, I put the pad in one of the bags. It allows me to still place it in the file with the others, but keeps the pesky little scraps contained!

6x6 paper pad storage

Initial set-up for this stamp storage system required an investment of both time and money, but now that it is up and running, it is relatively easy to maintain. I have a basket of supplies for my organizing systems that lives in my craft room closet, and when I have new things to put away I just pull it out on the desk to use to get my new goodies all put away.

Are you using the Jennifer McGuire stamp storage system? What modifications have you made to it?

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8 Responses to A Look at my Overhauled Stamp Storage

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    Kim T January 4, 2017 at 9:53 pm #

    Wow …just wow! Really great ideas and looks fabulous!

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    Ann in PA January 9, 2017 at 7:39 pm #

    Are the plastic bags heavy weight or more like store packaging? I currently use the Check Out Store envelopes. Thanks for sharing.

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      Nancy Nally January 10, 2017 at 11:06 am #

      The plastic bags are closer to store weight packaging but I find them quite durable. I’m not too rough on them though. Just pulling stamps or stencils and such in and out of them periodically isn’t that taxing on them.

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    Barb in kazoo January 10, 2017 at 7:01 am #

    Do the clear bags tend to tear?

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      Nancy Nally January 10, 2017 at 10:45 am #

      So far I have yet to kill one of the bags I’m using (fingers crossed as having said that I will probably start destroying them right and left lol). They are surprisingly durable and don’t take much of a beating when they are just being used in the storage system.

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    kathi January 18, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

    I do use this method,it is great. however I didn’t know Avery Elle bags are not available, I haven’t ordered any in a while as I ordered two sets last time I ordered. I do like the pantry storage for the 6×6, I will have to pick one up and the idea of storing the scraps in the bag is genius! They do tend to stick out and fall out in the books. I have also found that some manufacturer’s pads the cover or other pages fall out when you take out one page; so frustrating!! thanks for the tips!

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    Marisol January 29, 2017 at 9:25 am #

    Thank you again for your ideas and links. May I ask what do you use as backing for the stamps? Is it cardstock?

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      Nancy Nally January 29, 2017 at 11:02 am #

      I buy cheap packs of Georgia Pacific 110lb Cardstock in the office supply section at Walmart to cut down for my storage inserts. ?