My Updated Stamp Storage & Organization
I realized that my last post about how I store my stamps is quite old and I’ve changed the way I store them over the years. I’m going to share with you what I do now 🙂
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I put a piece of cardstock in each stamp pocket to make them all the same and sturdy. I use this cardstock because it’s 120 lb and nice and thick and sturdy (and inexpensive!)
To label them, I use my PTouch Cube Plus label maker. I go over WHY I use this label maker in my “Favorite Crafting Tools” blog post if you are interested in why I prefer and use this over the handheld PTouch that is so popular.
Here is what the label looks like when I’m finished. I use 12mm labels but this label maker can use smaller or larger labels, whichever you prefer.
I store my stamp pockets in Clear Kitchen Organization Bins. For the large pockets, I use this size:
For the Extra Large pockets, I use this size:
To organize my stamps, I use Evernote. I came up with this solution back in 2013 and have been using it ever since. I recently moved and when setting up my new craft room, I de-stashed over 400 stamp sets! I re-did my inventory notebook in Evernote so that it’s up to date and so that it shows my current organization methods. It makes finding my stamps and knowing what I have so easy! I can use a laptop OR my phone to find, edit and organize my stamps. This is why I choose Evernote over other inventory software/apps. Because I can use both my laptop AND my phone to create and manage my stamp inventory!
If you ONLY want to use your phone, there is an app called “Color My Life‘ that I have tried and do recommend. The only reason I don’t use it myself is because it doesn’t yet work on both a computer AND a phone. It has a bar code scanner and many other features that you may be interested in so again, IF you don’t need to use a computer to mange your inventory, you may want to check it out as well.
Back to Evernote!
Here is a link to my Evernote post but basically this is what I do:
- I create a new “Note” for each stamp set I own and store it in my “Stamp Inventory Notebook” in Evernote.
- For each “Note”, I type in a number for each stamp set (1,2,3,4, etc) and the manufacturer’s name (or initials) as well as the name of the stamp set. If it is an XL stamp set I add an XL in front of the number because that tells me which stamp bin it’s stored in. (Example: XL163 means it’s an XL stamp and the number is 163).
- I copy and paste a photo of the stamp set into the Note
- I add tags. This is the most important part and it helps you to find your stamps when you are looking for something specific. Let’s say I have a sentiment stamp set with mixed sentiments. I will type the subject of each sentiment as a tag. For instance
- “Thank You”
- “Happy Birthday”
- “Merry Christmas”
This way when I am crafting and I need a stamp that says “Happy Birthday”, all I have to do is open Evernote, type in the search bar “Happy Birthday” and it will come up and show me each and every stamp set that has that tag in it. It will show me the number of the stamp and I can go to my stamp bin and grab the number that I need.. NO MORE digging through hundreds of stamps looking for a specific one. It saves me so much time and energy!
Here are some screenshots of my Evernote Notebook:
|List of Notebooks
List of Notes in Notebook
|Sample Note In My Stamp Notebook|
So this is how I store and organize my stamps. I hope that this post helps you find some solutions for your own storage and organization needs! Happy Crafting!