Sep 042017
 

Happy Labor Day! It’s my turn to share a project of the week on the House That Stamps Built blog. I originally got this idea from Wendy, the owner of Repeat Impressions and thought it might prove useful to some of you. So, I’m showing you how I store my unmounted rubber stamps from Repeat Impressions (but obviously, it would work for any company). Here’s what you will need:

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• a three ring binder (mine is for 8×11 inch paper and it is 1 1/2 inches deep from Staples)
• card stock or paper to fit your binder (I used white card stock from Staples just for a little sturdier weight)
• page protectors to fit your binder (mine are heavyweight sheet protectors from Staples, I think the package has enough to hold 70 sheets)
 Aleene’s Tack-it Over & Over adhesive ( I got mine from Amazon, but Repeat Impressions sells it)
a clear block
• ink

Because the adhesive needs time to dry, the first thing I did was scribble a fine layer over the backs of all my stamps. If you are not familiar with Tack-it Over & Over, it is a removable adhesive that will allow you to mount your stamps to a clear block over and over without having to reapply. After you have applied it, allow it to dry for several hours or overnight.

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Then, the real process (and fun) begins! I categorized my stamps according to the Repeat Impressions online catalog which makes it easier for me to find them when I need to add a link for a blog post. It also makes it easier to find a stamp rather than having to look through the entire binder. You can see in the photo below that I labeled the top of this page “Nature” to correspond with the “Nature” category on the website. Under that, to the left, I wrote the category “Flowers“. Then I stamped each image that fits in that category and labeled them with their item number and names. I also included the dates I got the stamps. Since I have a lot of the flower stamps, I filled the entire page, but you will see later on that some of my pages are nearly empty–leaving room for when I get more stamps in that category. On this page, I have “Vase of Tulips“, “Tulip Bouquet“, “Sunflower” and all the stamps from the “Flower Power Separates” set.

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After stamping the page, slide it in the page protector and place your rubber stamps right on top of the corresponding image. The Tack-it adhesive will stick to the plastic and you will always be able to find your stamp AND see what it looks like when it is stamped. This is a bonus for those sentiments that are hard to read backwards!

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Now, you can easily slide the card stock sheet out of the page protector to see the images and sentiments you have.

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I stamp both sides of my card stock so I can use both sides of the page protector, then I place them in the three ring binder and all my unmounted rubber stamps can now sit on a shelf. The pages below hold the “Holy Crap” set, “Music Background” and “Bass Harbor Light (lg)

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The photo below shows one of my pages that only has two stamps on it, leaving room for me to grow my collection.  : )

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And, this last one shows my entire collection, it just about fills up my 1 1/2″ binder.

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I hope this gives you an idea for a way to store all the fabulous unmounted rubber stamps from Repeat Impressions. It is so much better than how I was storing them: in the mailing envelope I got them in.

~ Heather

  3 Responses to “Project of the Week ~ Storing Unmounted Stamps”

  1. Fantastic way to store those awesome stamps, Heather. Thank you for sharing your system with us.

  2. What a great and efficient way to store any unmounted stamps, fabulous tutorial!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this idea!

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