17 February, 2014

Studio Monday: A Sticky Situation


You might be surprised, considering how much I boast, but there are parts of my space that are unorganised! Not only did I decide to change up how I have my stamps organised (now by theme instead of manufacturer), but I have a TON of rubber stamps that I haven't dealt with yet. See, I don't like the foam stuff that some stamps come with. I use Aileen's Tack it Over and Over instead to turn my stamps into cling stamps so I can use my acrylic block or my Fiskars Stamp Press.
This is all my stamps laid out getting ready to be processed. I took them all out of their packages, saved the paper with the image, and ripped off the foam if it had any. Then I poured the glue into a paper cup, used a foam brush, and painted the glue on. It's hard work though, especially for someone like me. Sometimes the foam sticks and requires muscle... I don't have that.
This is as far as I got. The bigger stack is large sheets, mostly Greeting Farm stamps that come in sets of two images or a few more. Those were easier to do. If you do this and have the option, don't cut your stamps first. The smaller stack is stamps that were already cut. There's less of them because they're more of a hassle. You have to worry about the glue dripping off the uneven edges, but you still need to get into every corner. Blah! So yeah, this is as far as I got.
This is what I have left. The pile of rubber and the pile of stamps that still have their foam on them. Those were the ones that were the hardest to get clean of the foam. I had to leave it for another day. The other fun part of this project is I still have to cut those stamps apart and put them in their subjects so they can go in the stamp bins.

I figured this was pretty good progress though. Much farther than I've gotten in the last few months that I've been putting this project off. I just like buying and using new stamps; processing them is a LOT less fun! Do you do this kind of thing to your stamps, or do you just leave them as-is? I hope you enjoyed the look at my mess.

Stay Crafty!
Aeryn

8 comments:

  1. I don't actually have many stamps, and what I do have are the clear acrylic type. I love seeing other people's collections :)

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    1. The *vast* majority of my stamps are clear as well, I vastly prefer them for lots of reasons. I actually get mad when a company refuses to use clear and yet I need the stamps (looking at you Greeting Farm, Sweet November!!) so this kind of thing just has to be done! Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Don't feel bad. I still have a huge bin of stamps that are being evil and won't let the foam be easily removed. So I kind of just ignore them and pretend they don't exist. They've been banish to Stamp Time-Out =)

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    1. I've had them all in Stamp Time-Out for so long and yet I want to use them and I have this new space I want them to be organised in and... yeah, this HAS to be finished at some point. I think I'm going to need Mike to deal with the more evil ones though. My arms were aching!

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  3. A number of years ago, I removed all my wood mounted stamps from the block so I could store them in CD cases. Some won't fit because of the foam, your solution might work for me. I have got to straighten out my studio first though.

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    1. I did the CD cases for a little while. HATED IT! The darned things always broke on me because I used the stamps too much! The envelopes are good, they're open at the top though so that's not great, but whatever. If you do rip off the foam it'll help with getting them in the cases though.

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  4. See, I avoid wood mounted stamps. I can usually find something similar in the clear acrylic or unmounted. But then again, I'm not much of a stamper. I love checking your work out.

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    1. I don't blame you at all! I avoid wood stamps as much as I can too! I just get so frustrated, paying for wood like that, especially since I'm going to do this. But the popularity of cling stamps, and don't get me wrong, I know some people *love* EZ Mount, but I'm just not one of them. Some times I can get around it, like you said, find something else, but for images from the more "boutique" stamp companies like The Greeting Farm and Sweet November, I can't always find digital versions. My stamp love goes 1. Digi, 2. Clear and WAY at number 3. is rubber. Thanks for commenting!

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