Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Clear Stamp Storage - converting to pockets

I'm sure not the first to do this conversion, but I thought I would share the steps of actually putting the stamps on the transparency in case anyone else is wondering about that part.

These are the transparency sheets I got at Office Depot, 100 for $39.00. I thought they might be a little too thin but they worked just fine.

This job had to be done at the kitchen table. I had the paper inserts cut at Kinko's (measurements are on Jennifer McGuire's post about her storage system). I made labels for each set with my label maker and 1/2" tape, black print on white background. I placed the label on the paper insert, not on the plastic pocket. I used Avery Elle pockets and got them via Walmart online and picked them up in store.

I cut the transparency sheets to 6 1/2" x 4 3/4". I used a piece of CS under the transparencies to make it easier to see them. After placing the label on the transparency, flip it over. Then lay your open CD case and orient the stamps so they match your new label, then just transfer them over. 

I combined smaller sets that are alphabetically close.

My stamps took two Fridge Binz before converting, and now are in one. There is a teeny section in the back for non-PTI stamps. I am a big fan of PTI products. I made Aqua Mist flower stickers to denote sets that have coordinating dies. I don't store my dies with the stamps.
The only thing I don't care for on the pockets is the flap. I tore a few pockets by manipulating the flap, and I find it unnecessary. So I have the flap on the back and just fold them down inside.

I recently moved the craft room into a much smaller room. I have a standard closet with California Closet shelving for storage. The binz fit perfectly on the shelves. Having a small room on the main floor of our house meant changing how I store things because I didn't want to leave everything out.

I hope this was helpful to anyone thinking of doing this. It was worth doing. I love this system. 

1 comment:

Mom2210s said...

This is fantastic! I am going to do this right away. I am setting up my craft room now and had no idea of how I should store my clear stamps. This will really work. Thanks for posting!