Video: Small & Large Clear Stamp Storage

Hello! Several months ago I shared how I store my clear and cling stamps. (And I still *LOVE* this system!) Since then, the question I get asked the most is about how I store small and large stamp sets. Today’s video answers this question…

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch the video in HD on YouTube.]

Click HERE to see my original stamp storage video. It has some helpful info, too.

Several companies are coming out with stamp sets that are bigger or smaller than the average size stamp set. In this video I address these sizes. For me, my organization is best when all the stamp sets are stored the same. This means putting all the stamps in Avery Elle Stamp Pockets. For large stamp sets, I have to “convert” them a bit. Yes, this takes time, but not much. For small sets, I put two in one pocket. This works best for me since I like a uniform look. And I still store all my stamps in a Fridge Binz. Man I love those things! (Click HERE for more information on this storage system.)

If you really want stamp pockets that are bigger or smaller, here are some options:

  • For tall and narrow stamp sets, try the Office Depot 5″x8″ pockets. I used to use these (you can see them in THIS video) but have since switched to the method I showed today.
  • I know many people also like the large stamp pockets offered by Tim Holtz HERE. I haven’t used these because I have to have so many stamps (since this is my job) and they have a higher price point. But the quality is amazing. (I didn’t mention in the video, but I keep my larger Tim Holtz stamp sets in a drawer by themselves due to their bigger size.)
  • If you want a smaller pocket for smaller stamps, try THESE. These pockets are the same ones I use for wafer thin dies, which you can see in a video HERE… and they fit smaller stamp sets perfectly.
  • If you are looking for a much more cost effective option, you can try THESE 5″x8″ bags which work with many stamp sizes. I would also put a white insert in these for support.

So in the end, I recommend going with whatever works best for you. For me? It is all about the uniform look. But I hope you can find something that works well for you from the options I shared.

Good luck and happy organizing!

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38 CommentsOrganization, Videos

  1. RandellynB

    You’re soooo smart! Love all your ideas and I’ve employed this system and absolutely love it. I still have many of the $1 stamps that I love and keep those in their respective binders, which I keep categorized in a broad general manner, i.e. Halloween, Christmas and Everyday (which includes all other holidays). Do you mainly categorize your stamps and dies by company, which appears so in the videos; however, do you keep an index of those supplies when you need to find something specific or just flip through them? If you index them, how do you do that? Thanks for all the creative & organization inspiration!

  2. you seem soooo organized!! You’d probably pass out if you saw my craft room :)

  3. Kerry Phillips

    I love your organization and will probably use your ideas as I get more cling stamps. My biggest challenge was organizing my wooden mounted stamps. I have come up with a system that’s been working for me, but I feel that there is still room for improvement so that I utilize them more. I have considered purging but I’m just not quite ready yet…lol! I have so many sets that haven’t even touched ink yet. Thank you for sharing what works for you!!

  4. Hey waitaminute. I invented using these for stamps first…. *big silly grin*

  5. Brenda C

    I love this system! I did this to my stamps when I saw your first video and I love it!
    Thanks for sharing all your fantastic ideas!

  6. TIffany M.

    Thanks for the video! The only tricky stamp sets that won’t work for this are all the small ones from Studio Calico that are small strips or one offs. I am guessing you would do the same as your large sets, where you transfer them all to a new clear backing and place into the regular pocket?

  7. Jessica H.

    Thanks for the video! Super informative and helpful for us crafters trying to get organized in our small space!

  8. I converted all my stamp storage to this awesome idea MONTHS ago – thanks for the awesome idea, Jennifer! I do the same thing with my smaller sets – 2 or 3 in one pocket. I LOVE that idea for the larger sets; I’ll have to do that!

  9. Betty Meyskens

    I too have been converting my stamp sets to this system – totally love the organization of it. I am now going to start my larger sets and move it to this style as well – thanks for the great video – the visuals always help so much!

  10. I converted my stamp storage to this system months ago. But for the big stamp sets, I use a piece of acetate (I cut out flat pieces of clam shell packaging) which is similar to what the stamp companies use. But I never thought to make one big image of all of them as the guide. Great idea, I have some work to do. Your organizational ideas are great. I think it is the key to being able to create . . .

  11. Always love your tips on organizing your stamps Jennifer. You converted me last summer to your method and I must say I am SO happy that I dit. It makes my stamping life easier. Thanks:)

  12. DebbieC

    Looks like you have converted alot of stampers to this system so I guess I better reorganize. Thanks for all the tips and links.

  13. Kelly B.

    Love this idea! How do you store your large cling background stamps?

  14. Randee S

    Great tips on storing larger and smaller stamps sets. TFS

  15. Thanks for your incredible storage tips–I have “cut” some of the larger stamps to still fit in the envelope–of course keeping each image intact and just cutting “in between”. I’m in a major re-organization currently, trying to figure out how to store my wooden stamps, I just inherited a small cart with drawers from hubby, thinking I may put them in there. I also purchased a fridge binz ass’t package at Costco–one works great for 6 x6 paper pads, still figuring what the others will be used for.

  16. Lisa H

    Thanks for the storage ideas Jennnifer. I invested in the Avery Elle pockets and a couple double fridge binz after watching your last video. One side I use for clear stamp sets and the other side of the bin I use for my large wooden background stamps. Best storage solution ever!! I’m using my stamps a lot more and clean up is a breeze! 100% happy with it, thanks again!!!

  17. Alexia M.

    very cool storage idea!

  18. barbara macaskill

    I have been drooling over your stamp and die storage since I first started reading about it. As money allows I am purchasing the elements that will work for me. Thank you for the ideas!

  19. Laurie

    Oh Jennifer I think I have arrived! After watching your first video using the Avery Elle pocket storage items, I purchased some. The system is great and i appreciate your great advise. I figured out your unique system for the larger stamp sets and smaller ones all on my own some time back and love it. What fun to have one of my stamping idols do a video that reflects what I have done for some time. Fist pump!

  20. Holly Saveur

    Thanks for this video…..

  21. Mary R.

    I learn so much about organizing from watching you, Jennifer.
    Great tips and ideas. Also, thanks for the shopping links.

  22. Cris Stevens

    Great tips. Thanks :)

  23. Debs

    I adopted this system a few months ago and will never go back! I agree, just let the few big ones stick out the top or put them in the back. My original system used hanging plastic cases http://www.amazon.com/Advantus-Hanging-Project-Letter-50903/dp/B002PNSY3A/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1406322637&sr=8-6&keywords=Hanging+plastic+cases. I still use this as I sloooowwwwly convert to Jennifer’s system and it wasn’t bad. I used to organize by catagory, ie. Friendship, Sympathy etc but now I go by company and like this new way better. Thank you!

  24. You are SOOO GOOD about being “organized!” Thanks for showing us HOW TO DO IT! I think you’re one of THE BEST out there! :)

  25. Lesley

    I’ve been converting to the Avery Elle and smaller die pockets. Many of my Spellbinder dies were in the original packaging, so I’ve cut down and saved the much stiffer acetate from those blister packages, to stick clear and cling stamps to. I can cut them down to fit the Avery Elle pockets. Jennifer, now I’m wondering if the blister pack acetate is actually safe, or might damage my stamps in some way? I like the idea of the larger Office Depot pockets, but some of my storage is an open area, and wonder if dust and the dry air in our northern climate, would end up damaging my stamps. Any thoughts?

  26. Sabine

    this is soooo perfect!!! Are the avery elle pockets a little on the thicker side or fairly thin?? I am definitely going to be doing this next month!

  27. Ann Partin

    Jennifer, I also have a concern about the use of acetate to store our stamps on. I read where stamps degrade when placed on it after awhile.
    Question: Are the clear sheets we purchased our stamps on safe for long term storage????

    Thanks!

  28. Jennifer – I just wanted to thank you so much for sharing your stamp storage system with us. I have been trying for years to find the right one for me and this is it. I was stumped, however, to figure out what to use when I have thrown away the plastic inserts to make them stay put when placed in the pockets by Avery elle. Well, I find something that fits wonderfully. The 5.2 x 7.2 scotch thermal laminating pouches work GREAT and it states *Photo Safe*, so I’m going to assume they will be safe for the stamps as well. I don’t cut the pouch, however, I just put them inside and cover it before putting in the pocket with my white insert. I’m so excited about getting all my stamps in place so I can be more organized and know what I have. Thank you !!!!

  29. Wendy Engel

    Hi Jennifer. I love your ideas regarding stamp storage. Will you be doing a video regarding embossing folder storage? This is my biggest challenge to date especially with the difference sizes and thicknesses. Looking forward to seeing something in the near future!

  30. Thanks for the stamp storage ideas. Storing craft supplies can be so challenging!

  31. Kim K

    Hi Jennifer – Can you tell me what size you cut your plastic dividers? I bought a few and didn’t want to ruin them so I thought I would ask the size you use and be safe. Are you able to get two or four dividers from a plastic folder? Thanks.

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