Although I’m fortunate enough to have a dedicated art studio, I’m always on the look out for ways to maximize my creative space. For me, that means organization and oftentimes organization = containers. Swoon… I LOVE a good container, but they need to be functional. I work to make my creative space as functional as possible so that I have more time to spend creating, rather than sifting through “shtuff” to get to what I need. So my lovely follower, I’m excited to share this latest storage solution with you! Cling mounted and unmounted stamps are becoming much more commonplace these days, in large part due to their affordability. They also tend to take up less space than their traditional, wood mounted counterpart and they yield a nice clean print. I tend to purchase unmounted stamps in a full sheet, mount them using EZ Mount and cut them apart myself. Although I’ve been doing this for a while now, one of the major drawbacks, at least for me, has been an inability to find a proper storage solution… until now! While sitting in my studio the other day, sifting through a basket of stamps I’d recently mounted, I thought “there Has Got to be a better way to store theses!”. Then I remembered that Stampin Up sells some of their stamps in plastic cases and I figured if I could find a similar case I could use them for storage, so I set about to search Amazon and came across THESE, exactly what I was looking for. They’re basically DVD cases without the hub. I eagerly gathered up the supplies that I’d need to create this storage solution: paper trimmer, cardstock in whichever color you please and empty DVD storage cases. You’ll also need your cling mounted stamps and some ink, I used StazOn in jet black. I cut some white cardstock to size, making sure it fit into the plastic sleeve on the outside of the case.
Taking one of my recently purchased stamp sets from Paperbag Studios, that I had previously cling mounted, I stamped the images onto my cut piece of cardstock using StazOn Ink. I’d like to point out that this storage solution is great for most any cling mounted stamp, it’s not limited to self mounted stamps! Because my stamps had been mounted on EZ Mount, as shown above, they clung securely onto one side of the case.
Lastly, I slid the stamped piece of cardstock into the plastic sleeve on front of the case. This allows me to easily see at a glance which stamps I have in each case. No more sifting through baskets for me… Wahoo!!
Since I will eventually be storing these on a shelf in my studio, when I get my new label maker for Christmas, yes, I really asked for a label maker :), I’ll attach a label to the spine of each case, indicating its contents and the designer, for future reference. Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed this blog post, please take a minute to follow my Art & Whimsy blog so you can have emails delivered right to your inbox!