If you did the Week 4 Challenge you’ve started a catalog of dies. Now we’ll follow the similar steps and add your stamps. There is no need to create a separate catalog for stamps, in fact you’ll find that having all your “tools” listed together by theme/sentiment/season will help you use them more often.
What your need:
- Additional pages for your catalog (see week 4)
- Printer/Copy Machine – optional
- Labels/Marker/Sticky Notes/Adhesive
- Clear Pockets or Tabbed Divider Pockets (TDP)
- Storage containers for your stamps
What to do:
Step 1 – Gather all your stamps together – or as many as you can find. Step 2 – Sort stamps by size. Step 3 – Fill your storage containers – try to keep like sizes together. Use pockets to make everything in each section a uniform size. Step 4 – Label storage containers/pockets with a number – more details on this in the video. Step 5 – Working through 1 container at a time, add examples of your stamps to each appropriate category of your catalog. Remember some items will belong in more than one category. You can stamp out the images or use a copy machine. Tips:
– If you have extra space in your container – be sure to leave extra numbers.
– Alpha-numeric stamps sets don’t need to be stamped out in their entirety, just do ABC in upper & lower case and 1,2,3 – you’ll have a good idea of the size and shape from those simple examples.
– A numbered “bookmark” will help you return your stamp back to its proper place when you’re done.
– If stamps have 2 sheets of acetate, the stamp may not need to go into a tabbed divider pocket or clear pocket. The acetate sheets will support and protect the stamp set.
– Keeping dies and stamps that work together, stored together is the best solution. If you want to keep dies and stamps together put them in a TDP or clear pocket with a piece of magnet.
– If you’re using a variety of different types of storage containers be sure your numbering system includes some type of code as well as a number. In my example in the video I showed using WDB for the Wood mounted stamp storage bags, and SR for ScrapRack.
– If you’re working with sticky notes and I did, you may need to also add a bit of adhesive – sometimes they don’t stick well to plastic.
– Put your number/label on the unprinted piece of acetate – it will help you find it when it’s just sitting on your desk. Those clear sheets tend to disappear on the tabletop.
This week’s challenge checklist: CLICK HERE to print it.
*Gather your stamps.
*Gather your storage supplies – order things you might need.
*Set aside time to organize.
*Sort, label and store 2 containers of stamps.
*If you’re still sorting paper, set a goal for how much more paper you’ll sort and get it done!
*If you’re still working on Dies/Embellishments, set a goal for those: ____________________________
*Enjoy your reward.
*Enter this week’s contest.
Watch the Week #5 Get Organized Video
Thank you for joining me on this 12 Week journey – I know you’ll be so glad you did!