Sunday, June 16, 2013

Stamp organization

Close to my heart stamps are the majority of my stamp collection.  I at one point considered purchasing their stamp cases, but they had as many perks as downfalls. So when I first started buying CTMH stamps I had a bin in the house I started using.  Then I found these guys I started with 1 blue and 2 green ones.  They hold a lot more then the close to my heart ones and they were easy to thumb through. So when the collection expanded some more I ended up buying a bunch more and was happy to find white ones at target for $2.99 each.  This pack week I added two more cause the collection was getting congested. With that I decided it was time to organize my older stamps into the new themes (alphabets, everyday life, holiday, seasons and nature, occasions and flair, and I have two special baskets one for the last catalog and one for the new catalog. I then sub divided some the CTMH themes everyday life was broken into masculine, feminine, family and generic. Holiday was subdivided into months/dates, Halloween, Christmas, Easter, valentines and Father's Day. Seasons I just divided it into winter and one general one. Occasions (my biggest theme) is handmade, general/multiple occasions, sympathy, new home, love/wedding, and birthday. Then last but not least is my flair which is divided into miscellaneous, journal/frames, flowers, and background stamps.
I start out with post it notes on the basket which gave me the option to move things around when needed. 

Then I made labels using my CTMH glamour lowercase alphabet stamps, Tim Holtz shabby chic paper and my spellbinder diecut.  I started off packing taping them to the baskets but for some reason it didn't stick very well so I Velcro dotted them instead.  I figure that give me some wiggle room in the future cause as a consultant I won't stop buying their stamps any time soon.  

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