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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Make it work Wednesday #5

For this weeks edition on Make it work Wednesday, I am showing you my unmounted stamp storage. I have many different kinds of um's from clear stamps, those mounted on EZ Mount, naked rubber and sets I have unmounted. I will start with the stamps in CD cases.


I have unmounted a good share of my SU! stamps by placing the stamps in the microwave and peeling the cushion and rubber off the wood blocks. They are stuck to the inside of the CD cases. I either removed the index labels from the blocks for the outside of the cases or stamped the images using Stazon. The ends are all indexed by set name, manufacturer and theme. The wood rack holds 60 cases and was $1.50 at my favorite resale shop. The one to the left holds 30 and is just a plastic one that I repurposed.



The majority of my stamps are housed in binders as shown here. 5 Binders contain Rubbernecker stamps that come mounted on EZ mount smart cling foam. They cling to photo refill pages nicely. Here is a shot of one of the pages with a stamp flipped over. I also use a sharpie to index the back so I have the information handy when I upload details for a project.


stamp sheets with wacky tac

Innovative Stamp Creations rubber comes as full sheets of uncut rubber. Because of the expense of purchasing a ton of EZ mount, I have not added cushion to them. They are closely trimmed and a thin coat of Wacky Tac is applied to the backs. They rubber is also stored on photo refill pages with the index sheet on the front and the images on the flip side. I also use page protectors with a thin piece of cardboard behind the index sheet. Both systems work very nicely. You can purchase Wacky Tac on the web, just google it. It is like repositionable sticky note adhesive.


My Hanna stamps are also in a 3 ring binder, but I used page protectors that are divided into 4ths. I just keep the stamp sets on the clear sheets they come on and slip them in the sleeves. I also keep any masks I make and slide them in the pockets as well. My Riley & Sophie stamps are red rubber mounted on EZ mount and are in the front of the binder on photo refill sheets.


Last, but not least are my Kittie Kits. They come in zip baggies with the index sheet and come as a sheet of rubber with thin cling mount on the back. After trimming them, they all fell to the bottom of the bags. My solution was to cut a piece of glossy white cardstock to slip in the bags. The stamps are all nice and orderly and hanging on my Clip it up! now.

kittie kits on glossy

This system has saved me a ton of room and I can find the stamps I am looking for very quickly. I hope this inspires you to find a system that works for you.

For past Make it work Wednesday editions, follow these links:

#1 Ribbon & lots more (Clip it Up!)

#2 Cardstock/Scrap Storage

#3 DP & 12 x 12 Storage

#4 Punches & Wood Mounted Stamps

Have a great Wednesday and remember, MAKE IT WORK!


  1. Very nicely organized and when is it you are coming to Wisconsin to work on my studio and get it in shape? I seem to spend most of my time looking for stuff I know I have! Kathy Eddy

  2. So beautiful!!!
    I need to write on the back of my EZ Mount stamps--though I am sure you mentioned that to me before.

    Thanks for the visual! I think I get it now.

  3. That is amazing. You have so many. I mostly have CTMH stamps. Have you ever seen them? They are quite handy and already stored. Anyways, great job on organizing!!


  4. Holy smokes you have the stamps Shelly... But the storage is a great idea.

  5. I envy your organization-yet seeing all of your stamps makes me feel less guilty about all that I own! I started with the CD cases but they are quickly taking over so I am always up for new ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Holy Cow, girl, you are amazing at organization! No wonder Jules had you come over! When are you coming to NE?????
    Love all the pictures - I am getting one of those Clip things!!

  7. Wow Shel! I love your organization! I'm working on putting my stamps in binders,(Rubbernecker,High Hopes,etc.) but I'm still to chicken to unmount my SU's. Love how you did your Hannas! Great Idea! I think I'll "borrow" that one for sure! Thank you so much! :)

  8. You are so organized!! Fabulous ideas for some great storage methods.

  9. oh my! sooo many stamps, I've never see so much stamp in one place! maybe you don't use some and can give away?;)


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