13 January, 2014

Studio Monday - Stamp Progress is Progressive


Saturday Mike and I took our first journey to Ikea. I knew that if I was going to find the right bins for my stamps it'd be there. It was intensely overwhelming for people who are not good with crowds. We followed the arrows, looked through things, and even got to see the Expedit entertainment centre we are considering in action so that was good. Finally we found the organisation section and took the little stamp envelope I'd brought and started auditioning. There were some really cute and coloured bins, but they were a disturbing cardboard type thing. We also nixed the idea of wicker baskets because of dust in our area. We live in a forest, it's either dust or tree pollen 24/7. So we went with plastic. The good thing about this plastic is they're white, but if I come up with an overall colour scheme at some point I can spray paint them and hopefully give them a lift.
Here's a shot of what it looks like right now. I'm going to work on step-by-step organising the themes. A very kind friend of mine, Sue, offered these plastic label dividers that should fit in these bins perfectly and there's 15 of them so hopefully they'll work for all the subject categories I have come up with. But even as a temporary measure it'll be nice. We decided to go with six bins for now because, well, at $8 each it would have been expensive and I thought I'd save some money for now. So far it looks like everything I have on hand will fit in these six bins. I'll (fingers crossed) only need to grow to more bins if I buy more stamps. We all know I'll buy more stamps. I mean, CHA stuff has me wanting at least 6 sets! That bin on the bottom left is full of stamps that haven't been put into envelopes and most need Aileen's tack it glue on them as well. So much work!

This project is probably going to be slow going. I mean, it's boring, for one, but just looking at the bins fills me with hope. It'll be easier for me to take one of these down, paw through them, and check out what I'll want to use. I'm putting small elements like hearts and butterflies together so I can find them when I need to. Mike also thinks that we can slip in shelves just above the tops of the envelopes in the bins to provide storage for my punches, since the envelopes are now taking that space. This was a custom unit we built so I don't want to just trash it and start over. 

Hopefully some time next week I'll have more progress to show you... we'll see on that, lol!

12 comments:

  1. Good for you to be organized ! I only need 3 binders of acrylic stamps for the moment, so no need for all these binds. But I surely need some more organization around... You got my support !

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    1. Thanks, Valerie! Yeah, I need a support group at this point. So many lovely stamps. And my "Use Those Products" section show that I'm not as up on USING these beauties as I am on collecting and organising them. I'll definitely need all the support I can get to get these things sorted and then out onto layouts and cards!

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  2. I try to organize my stamps in the same way. I love the boxes from IKEA. Aren´t they great?

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    1. It was a very overwhelming place, but I like anything that is made for clean and orderly living so Ikea definitely wins there.

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  3. The plastic boxes look like they will work perfect :)

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    1. They really are. I'm enjoying it a lot. As long as I am able to organise things neatly within the boxes, in their themes, it'll be great.

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  4. Fun boxes! I'm trying to figure out stamp storage... I've been putting smaller ones in the studio calico PL boxes. It works for now!

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    1. Stamp storage is hard, and it gets harder the more you have. What works for one person doesn't for another. And what used to work doesn't always work forever. I think all storage is like that though, lol!

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  5. Nice idea, wish we had a Ikea closer to us.. I feel the same way about wicker baskets .. I also hate being poked by it when reaching into a wicker baskeket and having it poke me when they start breaking or fraying.

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    1. Yeah, ours is far too. 2-2 and a half hours away. They don't have the kind of wicker that looked poky, not much, but it was more of a brittle sort of fabric-y thing. I dunno. But with dust it wouldn't work!

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  6. I think we are using the same stamp envelopes, I am still on the hunt for something to put them in, this is great!

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    1. Might be. These are the inserts for Tim's stamp binder? Yeah. The envelopes fit perfectly in this bin. Here's the exact item for you: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30234696/

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