Storing Stamps and Storing Paper

My craft area 2014

Stamp and craft areas evolve over time. You get more stamps, more paper, more gadgets. You abandon one craft and discover another. Your need to move or you need to change where you craft. All these things mean that no craft area can remain stagnant. I’ve recently re-vamped my stamping area and I’m really pleased with the results, so I thought I’d share it with you.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I did a series of posts on stamp room organization and stories back in 2013. (You can get to them via the “Studio & Organization” Category link in the blog’s right hand column or I’ve put links at the end of this blog post.) Many of the storage ideas I showed you then are still in use now. The main changes are the way I’m now storing my stamps, a tweak in my paper storage and some changes in how a few other things are stored as well as changing the floor plan a little. Maybe how I’ve set up my stamp area will inspire changes in your own!

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Labels That Curl At the Edges

Curling Labels

If you read yesterday’s post, you know that I’ve been busy organizing my home closets and shelves and have been using alphabet stamps to create fun quirky labels for some of the storage boxes. I happily placed stamped labels on boxes in two upstairs closets and on boxes on open shelves in my basement yesterday afternoon. All of the box surfaces were cardboard although some were repurposed product boxes (some glossy colored boxes and some just plain brown boxes) while others were new white shipping boxes. This morning I checked on my labels and found that most were sticking well but the labels in one of the upstairs closets were curling quite dramatically like they were trying to lift their wings and fly off the box. Hmmm. What to do?

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Quick Stamped Box Labels

Stamped Box Label

You know, I’m not sure I really get why spring is the time for cleaning house. To me, January is the month to get things organized, dusted and cleaned out. It just seems like a natural to take down the Christmas decorations and then straighten everything up. But just because you are cleaning doesn’t mean you can’t get your stamps involved right?

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My Stamp Area Floor Plan

Stamp Area Floorplan

It occurred to me yesterday when I was trying to describe where my new detail coloring and cutting station is located, that while I have posted lots of pictures from various angles, I have never actually put up a floor plan of my stamping area. So I thought I’d post one today.

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A Detail Coloring and Cutting Station

Coloring Station

I can’t seem to let well enough alone when it comes to my stamping area. But I do think you need to live with a set up to see how well it works for you and what you might want to tweak to make it better. This past weekend, I decided to carve out just a little bit of space for an additional work area – this one just for detail coloring and cutting.

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Craft Storage: Twenty Storage Lessons Learned

Messy Drawer

My Desk Drawer: BeforeĀ  . . . and After.

I’ve spent the past several months cleaning up my clutter. I began in my craft area and have now moved on to cleaning up my home office and bedroom’s surfaces and storage space. I fully intend to look into every drawer, shelf and box in this house and sort every bit of it out. We’ve lived here for almost thirty years, so it will take a while. But that is OK. I’m still working on this project, chipping away at it a little at a time but even though I still have a way to go, I’ve learned quite a few lessons along the way. Here they are (in no particular order):

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My Spray Paint, Fixative & Odds and Ends Storage

Spray Storage

Over the past month or so I’ve shown you most of the now-neat-and-tidy storage spaces in my stamping area, but there are a few areas I’m still working on sorting out. This is today’s bit of work: storage for the big stuff like big cans of spray paints, fixatives, varnish and adhesives, as well as large rolls of freezer paper, plastic wrap and wax paper, left-over wall paint samples, wood stain and tubs of wallpaper adhesive and other bulky odds and ends. Hey, not everything will fit into an IRIS drawer!

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