Tuesday, October 20, 2009

TIPsy Tuesday - Acrylic Stamp Organization

Stampin' Up! rubber stamps come in handy clear cases with labels to affix to the outside for easy storage and easy reference. Acrylic stamps also come in sets and take up less room but I think most everyone struggles with the best way to store them. I kept mine in page protectors in a notebook for a long time. This was effective unless I tipped the notebook over on its end and then many of the sets would fall out of their sleeves.

From what I've read on other blogs and message boards, many stampers use CD jewel cases. I tried it last week and I think I'm going to really like this method.

You must use the traditional jewel cases- not the slim ones. Pop out the center that normally holds the CD and then the case is perfect for acrylic stamps. I like to see the design clearly so I cut the backing sheets and attached them to the inside of the case with glue dots. Some of the sets had to be cut up in several pieces to get everything in one case. I placed a plain piece of white paper - 4 1/2" x 5 1/4" in the center so I could easily see the designs when the case was closed. Also I created a label by printing the set name and manufacturer on white cardstock and trimming it to approximately 4 1/2" x 1/4".

It seems like a lot of work but I did most of it while watching television. Now the only thing left is to buy a CD rack. Oh, darn, I'll have to go shopping. What a shame!

(The set in the open jewel case is Summer Leaves by Stampendous.)

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