PAPER ORGANIZATION ~ Power through your paper by Totally-Tiffany

If you haven’t already figured it out, I’m a huge Totally-Tiffany fan. I have a lot of her organizational items for my craft room, and follow a lot of her beliefs regarding organizing your scrapbook room. The bonus? A lot of her organizational ideas spill over into the remainder of your home.

Today, she’s discussing “powering through your paper” to organize your craft paper.

Power Through Your Paper

Organizing your wooden stamps for home & away

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I’m what I would consider a not-so-normal crafter. By that, I mean I work at home in my craft room as much as I do away at scrapbook crops or retreats. Because of that, organizing my supplies is rather difficult! A lot of people love to use shelves, wall units, big boxes and bins to hold their stuff. That doesn’t work for me, because it makes packing for a crop a mess.

I’ve been experimenting with storing my wooden mounted stamps for the past several months, and I have finally found a method that works great for me!  Using Totally Tiffany stamp and store suitcases, I have my wooden stamps stored in plastic boxes that travel great & store great at home, as well. Here’s the link to these stamp and store suitcases.

 

I played around with packing each case the best I could so that I had the maximum amount of stamps in the minimum of space. Reminds me of the old school game Tetris.

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After arranging them the best I could, I took a color copy of the entire box, just like this.

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Now that I had a copy of each box, I went back and numbered each stamp on the color copy. For my first box, I labeled the outside “Stamps Wood 1” So I started numbering the stamps in this box 1-1. The next stamp was 1-2, then 1-3, etc. This way, I knew instantly which suitcase the stamp goes back into when I am done with it. I also knew by looking at the color copy how to maximally arrange my stamps so I can store the most in the least amount of space.

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I did this with all three of my stamp suitcases. The second box, the stamps were numbered starting with 2-1, etc. The third box was 3-1, etc. I used my label maker to place a label on the top and side of each box of stamps so that I can easily identify and easily replace the box after using it.

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The full stamp suitcases fit very well in my Ikea Kallax 2 x 4 cube unit, alongside my Totally-Tiffany Paper Storage boxes (link below).

 

I really like using every single inch of shelf and cube space I have. It works very well for me, given my ink pads are stored in the same Kallax cube.

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I hope my method is useful for you. It’s a great way to store your stamps for both home & away. Pack these small stamp suitcases easily in your favorite 31 bag or tote for a crop or retreat. Enjoy your day & happy crafting!

 

Updating an 80s curio cabinet for stamp storage

I visited my local Good Will this morning, and found a wonderful solid wooden standing box. I believe it was for curios or small knick knacks. I instantly saw a wonderful $2.99 stamp holder!

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I sanded it lightly and removed the heart-shaped decoration on the top and sanded that spot down. I didn’t spend a lot of time on that spot because I knew it would be covered with washi tape and a stamp. I wanted this to be a FAST project!

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I took a can of spray paint I had left over from when I painted an Ikea Raskog cart. I did two light coats, front and back.

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Then I took some washi tape (you know I love my washi tape) and added a few stripes to make it even cuter.

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Finally, here it is, in its new role as the holder of my wooden stamps!

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Find new purpose for old things. Don’t throw them out, repurpose! Change them up. Add your own touch to them and make something old new again!