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June 19, 2013

Clear Stamp Storage Ideas from Jennifer McGuire

Today I invited the amazing Jennifer McGuire to share a bit about her stamp organization. She created an awesome video sharing the system that’s been working for her recently.

Crafty storage can be half the fun when it comes to paper crafts so I wanted to share with you my tips for storing clear and cling stamps. Here is a video with a closer look:

The Avery Elle Stamp Pockets are perfectly sized at approximately 7.25″x5.5″ which is ideal for most clear and cling stamps. There are 25 pockets in a pack and the price is quite reasonable. You can even get cardstock inserts or can cut your own from scraps. And if you a bit obsessive about organization like me (haha), you can use a Brother Labeler to add the stamp sets name to each pocket.

There are other options for stamp pockets. You can get cd binder sleeves from Office Depot and carefully cut them down the center to create two pockets. I also like this option and the size is comparable. Another option (which is more cost effective) is to get clear 5″x8″ baggies and store them in a similar way. These also work for stamp sets that are a bit taller (such as a few from Ali Edwards), but I use the 5″x8″ Office Depot clear pockets.

These stamp pockets fit nicely into many shoebox sized storage containers. However, my favorite is called the “Fridge Binz” and is meant to hold soda cans. No soda in my house, but man is it perfect for stamps! This container is super durable and works with lots of other crafty storage.

Stamps featured above include: Amazing Moments, Beautiful (the arrows), and Incredible.

Comments

  • 1.
    Susan Anderson said…

    Thank you for sharing your system. I just ordered the pockets and can’t wait to finally have a system that’s organized. Great idea.

  • 2.
    Rene' Sharp said…

    AWESOME video, thanks!! Wish we could get those pockets in South Africa!

  • 3.
    Patti L said…

    Thanks for sharing this…I need a new system for all the new sets I have been into. Will look into these products.

  • 4.
    Kelly said…

    I’ve been looking for a new system…this will be perfect:) Thanks for sharing!

  • 5.
    Amy said…

    Thank you so much. I ordered the pockets and I’m debating on ordering the container too. The system just is TOO perfect! :)

    You are awesome!

  • 6.
    natalia said…

    This is so absurdly BRILLIANT! Thank you so much for including so much detail. I can’t wait to start looking for all of these items. FANTASTIC video!!

  • 7.
    lisa b said…

    What a great idea! I had a couple of fridge binz in my pantry. The small narrow one is perfect for holding project life cards and the size you reference is prefect for my letter stickers and mini kits! Thank you for the inspiration.

    Elisa

  • 8.
    michele said…

    Just wondering, what are clear stamps? I’m getting back into scrapbooking and this is new to me..

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Michele – clear stamps are made of photopolymer or other plastic. Rather than being mounted to wood or to a red rubber background you use a clear plastic block (which is awesome for being able to see where you are stamping). Check out my designs at Technique Tuesday: http://www.techniquetuesday.com/category/New-For-2013.html

  • 9.
    Tinka said…

    Love this idea…and so happens that I already have some of the Fridge Binz!

  • 10.
    ARC said…

    This is great for folks who want to keep their sets together.

    I never remember which stamp came with which set, so I prefer to split mine up by theme (thank You sentiments, happy birthday sentiments, flowers, houses, etc.). I found Kinsey Wilson’s blog post about her storage by theme very helpful, so I use DVD cases like she did for my (fairly small) collection of clear stamps.

    My rubber stamps are just in a drawer, and I have no idea how to better organize those :(

  • 11.
    Debbie said…

    Ali, thank you for sharing this. It’s great to find a simple clean way to organize stamps.

  • 12.
    Kym said…

    Love the video! I just placed on order for the pockets and already have a bin for them. My question for Jennifer is how do you store smaller stamp sets, like the ones that come in studio calico monthly kits?

  • 13.
    Martye said…

    terrific idea for that burgeoning collection. :)

  • 14.
    KimC said…

    I found the Fridge Binz at my local Bed Bath & Beyond store.

  • 15.
    marge said…

    wow..terrific idea

  • 16.
    Carmen Lucero said…

    Hi Jennifer,

    So happy you shared your stamp organization! Do you file the stamps by manufacturer? Does that work best for you? I separated my stamps by alpha, animals, sentiments; but I find that if the sets are kept together, they may be easier to find. What do you think? Thanks for your attention.

    Hugs,

    Carmen L
    cal8007 at aol dot com

  • 17.
    carolyn4723 said…

    What a good way to organize my stamps. I’m going to check out BBB for a Fridge Binz.Thanks for this video..

  • 18.
    Maureen Hayes said…

    Thanks so much for sharing this system. I, like so many others, have been struggling trying to find a way to store all my stamps together, and it looks like this might just be the ticket for me.

  • 19.
    Ann Taft said…

    The Fridge Bibz are wonderful! I bought one thinking I would use it for dies .& folders for my die cutting,machine. The Binz holds more than expected. It is very sturdy, & crystal clear. This is a very interesting way to store stamps.

  • 20.
    TiaKeas said…

    Thank-you for the great ideas!!

  • 21.
    Allison said…

    I’m always tempted to get one of the Binz when you talk about your storage system! I should’ve snagged it when it was ~$16 shipped on Amazon!

  • 22.
    SarahC said…

    Love the stamps and storage idea looks really good.

  • 23.
    sue andrew said…

    Oooh I LOVE these! I am a ‘neat freak’ and this would be my idea of heaven for my stamp sets to live in this cosy container! LOL LOL

  • 24.
    Vicki said…

    These look great. Do you know if you can get them in Australia? And if so where? Thanks for sharing a great idea.

    • ….
      Jo R. said…

      Hi Vicki, My local Big W store stocks the Fridge Binz range. Hope that helps.

  • 25.
    Marsha D said…

    LOVE this idea. Going to start looking for the binz and hope to win the pockets.

  • 26.
    Stephanie Z said…

    Thanks for sharing your storing ideas.

  • 27.
    Ann - Sheffield UK said…

    Brilliant idea I use A4 sheets of acetate with cardstock behind and the image stamped onto the cardstock then I know where the stamp “lives”. These are housed in a ring binder and categorized as to the image or vendor!! Great idea though love it TFS

  • 28.
    Georgia said…

    This seems like just the system I need for my stamps. I love the way your stuff looks in these neat containers. Thanks for sharing!

  • 29.
    Denise Stevenson said…

    I ordered a pack of the Avery Elle pockets and started organizing my clear stamps in them. Love love love them !! Nice and sturdy.

  • 30.
    Anna Jernigan said…

    Love your system for stamp storage. Now, I would love to see how you store your different dies. How do you label them, if you use magnetic sheets? I have no doors to put them in, and my shelving system goes wall to wall, so I would really appreciate soom input! Help!

  • 31.
    Wendy Orme said…

    I really need to do this! My stamps are in a drawer and I can’t see them. Thanks!

  • 32.
    Cathy H. said…

    Thank you for the wonderful tips. My stamps seem to end up everywhere.

  • 33.
    Cindy Lee said…

    I don’t own any stamps and I loved that video. Yes, I am obsessive about organization, too. Thank you for sharing :)

  • 34.
    Karen said…

    I have been searching for a storage system that is usable and handy. This looks to be the ticket!

  • 35.
    Cassie K said…

    great ideas and it would work great with what I have going

  • 36.
    Arlene D said…

    Love the uniform look that makes flipping through your stamps much easier than having different sized packages stuffed in a box!

  • 37.
    Dana Desmond said…

    These are exactly what I’ve been looking for. Can’t wait to get my hands on a set or 2 or 3 or…

  • 38.
    Deirdre - Irl said…

    Amazing storage solution – can’t wait to get my hands on those pockets and fridge binz – thanks so much for sharing.

  • 39.
    Paula said…

    What an awesome idea! I LOVE IT. I just ordered the frig container and I’ve preordered the sleeves…. brilliant! I’m so glad you made the video because when I first saw the picture I thought the system you were using was for little 3x 5 stamps. So the video put everything in perspective! Thanks.

  • 40.
    Mandy Salazar said…

    This so so cool! I love “out of the box” storage ideas!! I also love all of your stuff. I always look forward to the next thing you’re making! You rock!!

  • 41.
    Milli D said…

    Thanks for the video, your organization is inspiring! Just wanted to let you know you can get Fridge Binz at The Container Store, too. :)

  • 42.
    mary kay said…

    Love this idea. I saw on another video of yours about die cutting, that you used plastic pockets for wafer thin dies. Did the dies come in those? If not, can you tell us who makes those or where we can get them?

  • 43.
    Susan said…

    Love your storage ideas. I have been struggling with stamp storage for a while now and you have solved at least part of my problem. Thanks so much!!!

  • 44.
    Denise said…

    I love the new storage pockets… But UNFORTUNATLY they are out of stock “everywhere…” and have to wait….that is hard…

  • 45.
    Lisa Osterlind said…

    Would this system work for Close To My Heart Stamps??

  • 46.
    Stephanie said…

    I know this is an older post but I just wanted to say I love this system! I’m doing this to all my stamps and feel like I will use them a lot more now that they are so easily accessible! I had them in binders before and I just never wanted to dig through several binders looking for the right stamps. How do you store littler stamps like Studio G’s?

  • 47.
    Dina said…

    I love this storage idea. I ordered the avery elle pockets. I am curious what are you using for the clear plastic? I know stamp sets come with it, but I am removing my papertrey ink sets from cd cases so I no longer have the clear plastic. I don’t want to buy or use the wrong thing that will damage the stamps. I’d appreciate any help as I am anxious to switch to this storage system. Thanks for such a great idea.
    Dina

  • 48.
    April Floyd said…

    I just came across this post and LOVE it! I’m not sure if I’ll switch over but it is definitely an option. My question to you is this…would you recommend taking your stamp set out of their original “containers” if they are from Creative Memories and Stampin’ Up. I have a lot of both “brands” and right now they are overfilling two drawers in my 3-drawer cube from JetMaxx.

    The Stampin’ Up containers are like DVD cases without the hub. The case, in my opinion, is rather large because the stamps themselves float around inside. The only thing the size is good for is to show the actual size of the stamp included. I’d don’t believe any stamp set that I own actually fills the case.

    What I don’t like about them is the size and when stored vertical, you have to move the case out completely to see what’s included because the sample prints are at the bottom of the case. Also, there is no label on the spine! And, they are not mounted to an acetate sheet.

    Creative Memories’ stamps come in a plastic envelope with a snap in the center of the back. The envelope doesn’t have a sheet to show what is actually in the set. If I was to add a sample sheet to the envelope, I don’t believe the images would show up well because they are somewhat opaque. Right now they are stored flat and because of their snap, they flop around in the drawer! I do believe, however, that they have an acetate sheet in the envelope that the stamps are mounted on. I like this!
    What I don’t like about them is that they don’t layer well. That is, no matter if vertical or horizontal, they slip around and flip backwards and forwards around the snap. They are opaque and don’t show what’s included.

    What are your thoughts?
    April

  • 49.
    April Floyd said…

    Oh, thanks!

  • 50.
    April Floyd said…

    Oh, BTW, I purchased one of the Clip It ups, a circular clothes rack of sorts but for stamps. I haven’t used it yet as I don’t have any sleeves to put things in. Also, it was quite expensive and I don’t really think I like the idea of things revolving around a circle, and clipping and un-clipping things.

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