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How Do You Organize Your Craft Room - Part One - Stamp Sets

I've been asked by a few lately how I organize my craft room.  I'll tell you, I am blessed to have an entire room for my crafting.  That comes from being old enough for my children to be grown and out on their own so one of the bedrooms became a craft room.

Don't misunderstand, I still have room for visits, especially from the grandchildren!

Anyway, I know a lot of you don't have that much space but I'm going to share things I've done that work for me and maybe you will pick up an idea or two that will work for you.  Everyone needs a way to organize and utilize their space as effeciently as possible, right?

I'll start off with how I organize my stamp sets.  I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator so I buy their stamp sets exclusively.  This helps a lot  because I can keep the storage uniform.  I always buy "clear mount" or "photopolymer" stamps whenever possible.  Wood mounts take up so much more room I only have a very few of those.

When I get my stamp sets I make a copy of the front of the container that shows the images.  I then put them into page protectors in my own "stamp set catalog".  I have my catalog separated by catalog, "Annual", "Holiday" and "Spring" with another section for special promotions and Sale-a-Bration. 

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Once the pictures of the sets are in my notebook catalog I add a label to the spine of the box with the name of the stamp set.  I also add Annual, Holiday, Hostess etc to the label after the name.  This makes it easier to sort and pull when it is time for the catalog change over.  It also makes the name of the set easier to see.  I don't know about you but I can't even begin to see those little tiny pictures and names they put on the spines so the larger label really helps me out with that.  BWG!

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After labeling them I put them on bookshelves in alphabetical order.  This way I can look through my "catalog" find what I need for my project, note the name of the set and find it on the shelf lickity  split.  

You could also store them in drawers with the spines showing and accomplish the same thing if you don't have a bookcase.

I keep my "catalog" next to my work space so I can grab it and look through it to find just the right stamp for my project.  It works well for me because I certainly can't remember all the stamps I have and I need to see the image to know if it's going to fit with what I'm making.

So, that's the first installment of how I organize my craft room.  Next up will be organizing my embossing folders, thinits, framelits and dies.  

 

Comments

Helen Gullett

What a neat way of organizing your stamps and dies :) Thanks for the inspiration!

Kate


Thanks Helen, I'm glad you gained something from today's post.  And thanks for subscribing.  An email is coming your way with the free Silhouette files I've made so far.  Enjoy!

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That's a great idea. -Amanda

Michelle Elizondo

I love your blog!

Cindy

I've been thinking about doing something similar by making a "catalog" of the stamps in my numerous stamp drawers. I'm glad to see this works!
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Maria

I would love to be so organized!

Kathy Unger

I love this idea. I think its kind of close to what I do but, I like your idea better. Maybe someday. lol ;)
Kathy U:)

Marty Kilroy

Great ideas. Thanks.

Marty K.

Anki Johansson

Greate idea. Thank You.
Wish that Stampin Up is coming to Sweden soon so I can be part of them!

Happy Creation;)
Anki J - Sweden

Tina Robinson

Oh my goodness, I LOVE this! I have mine in a plastic under bed storage bin and other plastic storage bins. I have had many thoughts on ways to organize them but this is the best way I have seen! I needed this!! thank you!

chriss

I'd love to be that organized. I also like this series and can't wait to see more on how you organize your craft room.

Cindy

This is a great idea! I have mine in a large cd/dvd tower and I was wondering how to make them easier to locate. The tower resolved my space issues but I'm having trouble locating things quickly. I need to get busy photocopying my sets! Thanks! Can't wait to see the rest of your organization.

Kate


Tina, thanks for the comment.  It feels good to have given someone an idea that helps them.  

Kate


Hi Kathy,  Yes, to get something new started can take some time.  Glad you liked the blog.

Kate


Thanks Cindy, glad you found an idea that will make your creative time even more fun and productive.

Kate


Thanks Chriss, the next installment will publish on the 25th.

Lauren

Great ideas! I will have to try this!

Marilyn Terry

Thanks for the inspiration!Your response to the first comments about the Silhouette files...what are those?

Veronica Lopez

This is exactly what I need to do. I love organizing and it helps so much to find things and it just feels awesome knowing where everything is. Thanks for sharing!

Kate


Thank you Veronica

Jen

I have to be one of the only creative people on the planet that is habitually disorganized.

Kate


I'm not sure what you are referring to but it probably is my reference to the files I've created to use with the Sihouette Cameo that I share with those who follow my blog.  I occasionally create an original file that is not in the store or on line someplace else.  When I do I share those files with those who follow my blog.

Cindy G.

Oh, my goodness! Why didn't I think about simply photocopying the stamps! Several years ago, I started cataloging my stamps by stamping each one onto a page that was labeled with a theme. My stamps far outpaced the amount of time I had to do the task, and it would take far too long to catch myself up. But now... I can even group my single stamps together (all of my random bird stamps, for example) and photocopy them! Thank you so much for sharing this idea!

Sharon Gross

great ideas, thanks.

Kate


Cindy,


I'm so glad that something I shared has helped you.  I used to try and group my stamps by theme and it just became too much to try and do it plus quite often I had to separate sets to do it and I didn't like that.  Now it doesn't matter because I can just flip through my catalog and find the set on the shelf.  Thanks for the comment.

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