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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?

SeeD’s Cling Unmounted/Wood Mounted Conversion Kit for Rubber Stamps

Reported by: Jessica Diedrich

Even if you’re brand new to the stamping world, you are probably well aware that this “ain’t your Grandmother’s rubber!” There are tons of different varieties of rubber, polymer and the like on the market nowadays, and many of these choices vary greatly from the traditional, wood-mounted rubber stamps. You can find die-cut, mounted, unmounted, unmounted with cling, uncut rubber…the possibilities seem endless, and can sometimes be confusing.

Unlike their traditional, wood-mounted counterparts, this new breed of stamps pack one big advantage: being able to use them with clear acrylic blocks makes it easier to see where you’re stamping. In fact, this technique has become SO popular recently, that enthusiasts are finding ways to convert their older wooden stamps into unmounted ones that are ready to go with the acrylic blocks. This is achieved by converting them with a special material that helps them “cling” to the blocks and store away from them when not in use. There are a few different products out there to try. The three that I think have been the most popular are EZ Mount by Sunday International, Aleene’s Tack it Over and Over Again glue, and SeeD’s Cling Unmounted/Wood Mounted Conversion Kit for Rubber Stamps.

(stamps by Stamping Bella)

A great value at under ten dollars, I chose to pick up the SeeD’s kit at my local Michael’s (editor’s note: I have scoured the internet looking for an online source and have come up empty. SeeD’s was recently bought by Darice, which may have affected their distribution channels).
The kit comes with 4 clear plastic storage cases, just a tad longer than my CD cases I store some of my clear stamps in. In fact, it will fit in some CD case holders/towers. It also comes with 8 sheets of cling material and 8 cardboard inserts that are coated smooth on both sides to allow for the stamps to cling to them when not in use.


The instructions are right on the box. They were a bit vague in my opinion but easy enough to get started. There was also information on how to microwave wood-mounted stamps individually for 10 seconds and then apply this cling to convert them to unmounted stamps. I chose to try them out first with some unmounted rubber I’ve been really wanting to use. The cling has two sides; a “permanent” side that adheres to the stamp, and the cling side that you can re-use over and over on acrylic blocks.

To begin mounting the stamps, you place the stamp over the cling sheet (before backing is removed) and just trim around the stamp as best you can to try and shape it.


Once trimmed, the backing on the permanent side (the side with the SeeD’s logo) can be removed and the permanent backing can be placed on the stamp. I trimmed mine a bit more after adhereing. The stamp mounted easily and securely on the acrylic block. However, after only a few uses, some of the stamps lost their cling completely. I was surprised that this occured only after a few uses. Also after a few uses, the backing seemed to start to peel off the rubber stamp.

Eventually, there were a few stamps that I had to completely re-do. I was sort of surprised that this happened on more than one occasion because the box said that you could re-use it “over and over” again. The other thing I noticed was that the cling began to warp and wrinkle on the back of several of my stamps as well. I mounted and stored them exactly as directed and I was disappointed by this.

One thing that a few people have asked me was if there was any compromise in the image quality because the cling is not on any type of foam material, it’s just a flat surface. Although I don’t believe so, it was a bit hard to get used to without there being any foam attached to the sticky material. Just like polymer stamps, the image isn’t any different, though.

Pros:

  • Very reasonably priced at $9.99 (USD) in most stores
  • A great way to convert wooden stamps into unmounted for use w/ acrylic blocks
  • Comes with its own storage system which is great

Cons:

  • No real staying power in the cling material; took re-application long before I expected it to
  • No foam surface between the rubber and the cling
  • A bit tricky to get used to using in terms of hand-trimming and mounting without much instruction

Overall, I don’t think that I would recommend this product. It lacked the staying power and ease of use that the box claimed, and became frustrating to work with. My stamps often fell off the blocks after only a few uses. This product didn’t seem to hold up well and was disappointing; I had hoped it would be a great way to mount my unmounted rubber stamps and even possibly convert some wood ones.

What have you tried to convert your stamps? Any suggestions or advice to make this product work better for me? Leave a comment and let me know! Thanks so much for reading! Enjoy the upcoming holidays!

How to Store Unmounted Stamps

Reported By: Gina Krupsky

When I walk in to any stamp store, I always enjoy picking up the wood mounted stamps. There is something so rich feeling about a smooth, hard-wood maple block graced by a deeply etched rubber image. I like them so much that I barely have room left in my stamp room to actually stamp anything.

So, I’ve taken the plunge into the unmounted realm. Unmounted stamps not only save you money, they save you tons of space.

But how do you even know what you have?

This question has been the reason many stampers won’t cross the line. They are afraid that if they can’t see what they have, they won’t use it.

Well, you know what? They are right! I had 80 CD cases full of unmounted rubber stamps that never got used. I also had plastic bags of unmounted stamps, little baskets full of unmounted stamps and little tins of unmounted stamps. Nothing went together and everything was placed neatly in a cabinet where I couldn’t see it.

Instead, I reached for my nice, visible wood-mounted stamp sets that were proudly displayed out in the open.

Does this sound like you?

If it does, I have the answer!

It’s time to release those unmounted babies from stamp purgatory!

Next time you are at the office supply or your favorite discount store, pick up a few of these.

These are clear acrylic picture frames 8 ½ X 11 in size. They come vertical or horizontal like mine above.

Take a piece of colored card stock and stamp all the images that work together all over the piece of cardstock. You could have a Christmas sheet, a flower sheet, a birthday sheet, etc… and make them each a different color so they can be spotted easily.

Next, slip that piece of card stock into the picture frame.

Then, place each stamp over its respective stamped image.

Unmounted greeting stamps have always been a problem for me but look!

And see how nice these sit right on your desk, out in the open where you’ll use them!

This method works great for all unmounted stamps with cling cushion, tack it over and over, or clear polymer and vinyl stamps.

So come on unmounted stamps, it’s time to come out of the closet!
Get those stamps out where you can see them with this convenient new storage method available everywhere picture frames are sold!