Thursday, October 6, 2016

Stamp and Paper Storage with Clear Poly Envelopes and Clear Pantry Bins

I thought I would put together a post of what my current stamp storage looks like!

The last month or so I was inspired to convert my stamp storage into something even more compact.  I was inspired by Lydia Fiedler, she amazes me all the time! Of course my blog posts are not amazing like hers, but you will get the idea!

So, I currently have an Ikea wardrobe I built special just for stamping storage years ago.  I continue to love it, and it serves it's purpose beautifully!

The wardrobe has 4 wire basket drawers, 3 of which are for stamp storage, the other is filled with adhesives, embossing powders, and other goodies.

Here is a view of my "Desk" which is actually my dining room table.  But small apartment, you do what you can.  I have my main Ikea wardrobe but I have continued to add pieces to my collection.

A current side view of my Ikea wardrobe, my punch storage.  My punch collection took a major hit this year, so I actually have very few punches to store.  You can see I made a little punch guide too, so that I can easily access names of punches.  This comes in handy when I am trying to post pictures and need to know names.  Also, the boxes and stuff on top of the wardrobe have since been cleared away.
 Current die and block storage.  Don't mind the messy desk.  I was given these fridge bins from a friend.  They are perfect for my desk storage!  I have dies and embossing folders labeled and alphabetized. The die storage cards are the magnet cards from Stamp N Storage.  I prefer the 6 x 7 size.  You can see I also throw my stamp foam pads in here, my MISTI's are stored in another drawer, so this is an easy spot to place the foam pads when I don't need them in the MISTI. All my blocks fit nicely in their container along with  my stamp cleaning mist and Novus plastic cleaner, which is used for cleaning my blocks and MISTI.

Storage drawers I have added to the table on a needed basis. The smaller one holds my ATG, Big Shot items, and my MISTI tools. The larger one holds my catalogs, pens and highlighers, sticker labels for pricing my cards, punch boards, markers (which are in DVD cases) and the bottom largest drawer is my Washi Tape storage.

See? I have an addiction to Washi Tape.  I got these bamboo silverware trays from Target!
 I have recently purchased and mounted a few more of these Bygel bars and baskets for addtional storage, which is where I keep my ribbon and twine collection. Unfortunately Ikea has now discontinued the Bygel series.  Hopefully there is something similar out there now.  These baskets and bars have been so incredibly helpful and adapted many times by me.

The Drawers on the floor next to the Wardrobe hold various other items, mostly stamping related.  The drawers on top store all the retired In Color families, waiting for times I need them or for the next color renovation. My Score Tool sits on top for easy scoring.

The inside of my wardrobe!  I designed this special just for my stamping supplies. It goes deep behind so there is more behind what is seen up front. Ink pad and refill storage on top.  The next shelf down is virtually ALL envelopes.  I have a lot of them.  It's inevitable. I have various things posted on the door.  I have magnet board I made, I will often write up sheets with DSP and Washi Tape colors listed.  My stamp cleaner recipe is posted here, plus I also type up lists of my owned stamps organized by theme, so that I can glance at the list if I need, for instance, a Sympathy stamp.

This picture shows the crazy amount of cardstock I have.  My standing cardstock holders hold a minimal amount of cardstock and my DSP for easy access.  The remaning cardstock gets stored behind as you see here. Grid paper is there as well as my stampin' store containers.

Here is the top drawer of my Wardrobe.  It's also the most messy looking.  It's not actually.  It contains a lot of adhesive and various other things, sponges, Wink of Stella, embossing powders.  These are drawer organizers placed inside that have everything sorted, also from Ikea.

Here is what my stamp storage looked liked before I changed my system.  I was in the process of converting it so it looks a little different.  2 1/2 full drawers of stamps.  The Orange binder on the bottom was my Paper Pumpkin stamp storage.

The inside of what the stamp drawers looked like, with DVD cases. I think it was able to fit maybe 50 sets.  

Jack was helping. <3 I couldn't resist this pic being posted.  This was the day I was converting stamps over.

All of my stamps, after being converted to the envelope system, all fit in one shelf.  And there is room to spare, as the bins I used here are shorter than the width of the drawer.  I can fit three of these medium sized bins in this direction.  

An example of how the envelopes looked after conversion.  I took the DVD inserts out, cutting off the spine, to fit perfectly in these 5 x 7 envelopes. I converted both cling rubber sets and the photopolymer.

Ultra Pro 5 X 7 in. Protective Sleeve, 100 Sleeves

This picture shows that for the rubber stamps, if I still had the template base that the stamps came in originally (like a puzzle, keeps them together easier), I cut them down slightly to fit better in these envelopes without squishing the stamps too much.  I bought a decent pack of quality acetate sheets, which I cut down to 5 x 7 (or smaller for some sets), and adhered the cling template to acetate to make the stamps stay together, plus the stiffer envelopes makes storage a little tidier I have noticed. You can see the shiny backing on the back of this stamp set, which is the acetate sheet.

 Here is a current pic of how I have my drawers now organized.  This is the first stamp drawer, these two bins contain all my current Stampin' Up ! sets.  There is room on the side for one more bin if I need one. I can fit between 35 and 50 stamp sets in each bin (thats basically an entire drawer of my previous system fit into just one of the bins.)

Second stamp drawer, this contains all my retired SU! sets in the one bin. The other bin holds my non-SU! stamps (the white sheets.  I labeled each pocket since I don't have the nice SU! case labels).  The orange pockets are Paper Pumpkin stamp sets!  You can see I have also stored some empty DVD boxes in these drawers.  They are useful for storing materials for classes and projects.  I will be keeping all the boxes for when sets retire, so I can sell with the DVD cases.

Last week I decided not only did I want to store my stamps in these envelopes, but also I wanted to convert my bottom drawer to store DSP stacks, scraps of DSP, and take all my SU! color scraps and sort them individually.  I purchased 7 x 7 Poly bags through a wholesale company (so I had to buy a lot of them).  They are the perfect size for the 6 x 6 stacks. Plus I bought the larger sized bins like what i have for my stamps.

This picture shows that I have an individual pocket for each of the 50 Stampin' Up! colors.  I cut a 7 x 7 piece to put in each envelopes.  This helps keep each pocket standing up nicely, and makes it easy to see each color when going through the bin.

I also sorted all my glimmer paper out by color.  Both my cardstock scraps and glimmer paper scraps were put together, glimmer all mixes together, and cardstock by color family.  This makes it even more accessible!

Here are my DSP stacks.  I wrote labels for the outside, including the colors so I can see them easily!  Of course I put these alphabetically!

I also have a select amount of envelopes I put together to hold various scraps of DSP.  Here you see my black and white selection.  I find that I hoard my DSP, and when a set retired, I would pull out the full sheets and store separately, and then either give away the scraps or they would get shoved far away.  This way I can keep my favorite pieces easily accessible!

Here is the bottom drawer sorted out.  You can easily fit 2 of the Large bins side by side, with a little room to spare.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fab Friday 96: Shine Like Stars In The Universe

Hello Friends!  It's been a couple months.  I was in need of a challenge to get me stamping today, so I followed to my friend Mindy's Fab Friday challenge blog, here is this week's challenge: Fab Friday 96

Here is the challenge, a rich color set!

And here is what I created this evening using some retired products with a few new ones.

STAMPS: Banner Blessings, Going Global
INK: Memento Black, Delightful Dijon, Emerald Envy
PAPER: Going Places DSP Stack, Emerald Envy, Very Vanilla
ACCESSORIES: Emerald Envy Solid Baker's Twine, Good Vibes Project Life Accessories (sequins), Star Confetti Punch, Layering Squares Framelits, Gold Wink of Stella, Glue Dots, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Dimensionals

Stamped the sentiment from Banner Blessings, colored in the banner and letters with Delightful Dijon and Emerald Envy markers.  Stamped the star image around the sentiment.  Cut out with layering square framelits, using a slightly larger scallop framelits for the backing. Used Gold Wink of Stella on the stars for added glimmer.

Adhered sequins and star confetti with the Fine Tip Glue Pen, the twine at a diagonal angle, adding a glue dot behind the bow for stability.

I have been into simple cards more lately, depending on my moods.  Great colors, thanks Fab Friday crew!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Tropical Birthday Drinks

I had a lot of fun with this challenging card which I was commissioned to make for a masculine birthday with a drink and tropical theme.

Stamps: Mixed Drinks, Crazy About You, Pop of Paradise
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Peekaboo Peach
Accessories: Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Brayer, Sponges, Hello You Thinlits

First, I found a recent fabulous card by Michelle Zindorf which I used as a starting reference for my sunset card.  I did not have her tutorial for it so I used the image to create my own attempt!  I will try to give an explanation here:

-Use a scratch piece of paper to mask the center, using the brayer start by layering the So Saffron ink.  Then I applied Peekabook peach keeping a center area mostly still only in So Saffron ink.  This will be your sun reflection area.  Covering even less area, once again brayer in from the sides, using Watermelon Wonder ink.

-Reverse the edge of your scratch paper covering the sky area.  Apply with the brayer Watermelon Wonder ink only along the horizon edge of the water line.

-Reverse the scratch paper once again to cover the water.

-Create a circle mask for your Sun, first sponging inside the cut out shape like a stencil for the sun. Use the cut out shape to mask the sun as you brayer your sky.

-Once again, use the brayer to ink the sky, keeping a pale edge along the horizon. Layer Peekaboo peach and Watermelon Wonder a little further up.  I wanted my sky to look a bit darker than the water.

-Using Black ink I stamped the Banana Leaves and Philodendron Leaves.  I used my MISTI to re-ink the stamp multiple times to get enough coverage of the black ink.  I used a sponge to sponge around the base and around the leaves a bit.

-Stamped the drinks separately, cut out by hand.  TIP: I used the fine-tip glue pen to add a bit of glossy texture to the drink glasses.  Since this is a masculine card I wanted minimal bling.

-Used Basic Black Scraps of cardstock for the table and table leg.  The drinks are glued flat to appear sitting on top of the table.

-The "Happy" die cut cut in Peekaboo Peach, the Birthday To You stamped in Watermelon Wonder.

Layered with Basic Black and Peekaboo Peach for the card base.  The card measures 5.5 x 8.5 in.

I think there was some sort of indentation on the cardstock when creating my sun.  Its like a little sunspot.  It gives the card character.

I am truly happy with this card, thanks for taking the time to visit my blog!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Here for You Floral Boutique

A card for a terminally ill friend, using items from my first order in the new catalog!

Stamps: Here For You
Paper: Floral Boutique DSP, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: Layering Squares Framelits, Thick Whisper White Baker's Twine

Isn't this paper gorgeous?  And since I found out my friend was sick, I have been wanting to make her a card using this set.  It is perfect for when you just feel like nothing you can say could make it better.  But you want them to know you care.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Birthday Marlin

I thought I would give my From Land to Sea set a little love today.  I wanted to color this Marlin image. And Swirly Scribbles dies are perfect once again.  Great for ocean style cards!

Stamps: From Land to Sea, Thoughtful Banners
Ink: Basic Gray, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Pool Party
Paper: Pool Party, Shimmer White
Accessories: Swirly Scribbles Thinlits dies, Metallics Sequins, Aquapainter

Stamped the marlin onto Shimmer White cardstock using Basic Gray ink.  I used mainly markers, drawing directly overtop stamp lines to get the shading.  I used the aquapainter to go overtop the lines, blending some of the colors.  Pacific Point is the lighter blue shading, I used Night of Navy along the darker areas.  So Saffron is the yellowish strip down the center, and I used smoky slate ink with the aquabrush to add just a bit of shading along the underside.  I cut the fish out by hand, then used a Pool Party marker around the white edges of the fish.  This way you have a little more paper to work with when cutting out, and you can match the cardbase color so as to diminish the cut out line visibility.

Just a couple cut out scribbles for the water lines adhered to the cardbase, stamping the sentiment between them.  Adhered the marlin, as well as some clear sequins for bubbles!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sitting Here with No Words

My dear friend lost her best friend...her beloved kitty.  This card is for her.  I even colored the cat to match her "Mau-Mau".  I decided it was time for another couch made with the Decorative Label punch.  By far my most used and versatile punch!

Stamps: Sitting Here, Rose Wonder
Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black, Peekaboo Peach, Tip Top Taupe, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder, Raven Black Lace Trim, Glue Dots, Dimensionals.

I first stamped all three pillows and the cat in black ink.  Using markers I colored in the images. A little time consuming especially for the rectangular and square pillows.

I used pictures of my friend's cat to color this sweet cat to look similar.  The new Peekaboo peach is a surprisingly good match for a calico coloring.  What I didn't include in the "ingredients" is that I cut out a teeny tiny circle of blushing bride paper (1/16" circle punch) to adhere on the nose, then had to use a black marker to draw around the nose shape.  Her cat had an adorably pink nose, I had to make it so. Fussy cut around all the small stamped images.

The couch is made pretty easily using pieces punched with the Decorative Label punch.  A partial piece longways for the back of the couch (which is mostly hidden), a rectangular piece with the decorative label punched into it for the base and feet, and a small corner of the label punched for each arm. A strip of black for the couch cushion. Then it looked a little clunky so I used a Basic Black marker to color trim and edging.  Glued the pillows along the back of the couch, used dimensionals to adhere the cat to the front of the couch.

Stamped the sentiment which was perfect in my opinion, cutting again with decorative label.  Tied the black raven lace trim underneath the stamped sentiment, adhered the label behind the couch.

Once it was glued the other side of my card was empty so I made a lamp using the 1" circle punch, trimmed with the black lace.

Adhered the embossed background and the floor, then the couch resting on it.

I hope the card is something that makes her smile and makes her think of her dear one who crossed the rainbow bridge today.  HUGS.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Flirty Flamingo Swirly Paradise

Playing with more new goodies!  Featuring the Pop of Paradise Stamp set, Swirly Scribbles dies, and new In Colors!

Stamps: Pop of Paradise
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy, Basic Black
Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer
Accessories: Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, Metallics Sequins, Gold Cord

Inked the flamingo in Flirty Flamingo ink, using a Basic Black marker to color the beak and eye portion before stamping.  Stamp and cut out.  Stamped the leaves in Emerald Envy, cut out.

Adhere the swirls cut with the die set, adhere the leaves and the flamingo, using dimensionals on the flamingo.  Use two-way glue to adhere sequins.

Adhere cut out swirls to the card base in tone-on-tone.

I added gold cord trim, it needed a little extra something.