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Video: Staying Organized (Stamps, Dies, Etc.) + Giveaway

Hi! People often ask how I am able to keep my craft room organized. The key for me is to be prepared. If I have my storage supplies ready when I get new products, I am more likely to stay on top of it. Here’s how…

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

So this is my “Stay Organized Container.” In it I have what I need to organize my stamps, dies, etc. Yes, it took me some time to prepare this container. But – oh my – it saves me a ton of time in the long run. Whenever I get a new product in the mail, I immediately reach for this container. SO much faster… leaving more time for me to create!

I organize all of my storage pockets in a strong clear container. The dividers I use are cut from plastic folders and are sized 7 1/4″ x 9″. I keep my label maker and adapter cord in the front of the container. (To see how to set your label maker to conserve tape, watch THIS video.) I have a lot of pockets in this container, so it will last me awhile.

Please keep in mind that this is my job so I gotta stay organized and this freaky-prepared-container helps me. πŸ™‚ You could also just prepare a handful of whatever storage pieces you use in a container and it would be a huge help!

All of the pockets come empty, so I create white cardstock inserts using inexpensive cardstock. I also show in the video the “insert cheat sheets” I have so I don’t have to remember the dimensions. A big time-saver!

Here is all the info on the pockets I use: (Note: The engineer in me used pretty detailed measurements. You could always round down… I provided those measurements, too.)

Regular Stamp Pockets:

Tall Stamp Pockets:

  • Holds tall 8″ x 4″ stamp sets (such as some My Favorite Things).
  • Pocket size: 5 11/16″ x 8 5/8″ – I cut a bit off the top to make it 8 1/4″ tall.
  • Inserts size: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″
  • Click HERE for a video on how I store my stamps – I just put these in with my other stamps.

Large Stamp Pockets:

  • Holds large 6″ x 8″ stamp sets (such as some WPlus9, Altenew, etc.)
  • Pocket size: 6″ x 10″ – you will have to cut a bit off the top to make it 8″ tall.
  • Inserts size: 5 15/16″ x 8″ (or round down to 5 3/4″ x 8″)
  • Note: This is a snug fit. I wanted something that wasn’t too wide so it would fit in most containers. You may have to trim a bit of extra plastic of the side of some stamp sets. (I have only had to do a few times.)
  • I store these separately from my other stamps… in THIS container.

Background Stamp Pockets:

  • Holds 6″ x 6″ background cling stamp sets and smaller (including square and regular, such as My Favorite Things, Hero Arts, etc.)
  • Pocket size: 6 11/16″ x 8 5/8″ –Β I cut a bit off the top to make it 6 5/8″ tall.
  • Inserts size: 6 5/8″ x 6 5/8″ (or round down to 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″)
  • Click HERE for a video on how I store my background stamps.

Die Pockets:

  • Holds most dies, excluding large dies.
  • Pocket size: 5 1/8″ x 5″
  • Inserts size: 4 13/16″ x 4 13/16″ (or round down to 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″)
  • For any dies that are too big for these pockets, I use regular stamp pockets.
  • Click HERE for a video on how I store my dies.

Stencil Pockets:

  • Holds most stencils.
  • Pocket size: 6 7/16″ x 6 1/4″ – I cut the flap off the top to make it 6 1/4″ tall.
  • Inserts size: 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″
  • This size pocket is close to that of the background pockets. You could use those for stencils instead.
  • Some stencils are taller than these pockets. I just allow them to stick out.
  • Click HERE for a video on how I store my stencils.

Note: I really spent a lot of time and tried my best in pulling this info together. Please let me know if you see any info that needs updating!

If you are looking for more organization videos, just head HERE.

GIVEAWAY

Interested in winning the label maker I love so much? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 8/22/15 telling me your favorite crafty organization tip. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

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690 thoughts on “Video: Staying Organized (Stamps, Dies, Etc.) + Giveaway”

  1. Being organised is what I always want to be but the last thing to do πŸ˜› great post great tips. I think I should search for some Indian versions of the same πŸ™‚

  2. My favorite crafty tip to be organized: when working on a project keep everything out and within reach until the project is completed. As sure as I put away stamps or ink colors, I have to drag them back out again to redo something. When your project is complete, clean up time! Make sure all stamps are clean and dry before putting them in their places. Straighten up leftover papers & put them where they belong. On my workspace I keep a large plastic Christmas cookie keeper to throw my papers that are to be recycled. A small bowl is used to put bits of throwaway that cannot be recycled and go in the trash.

  3. Really informative video, thank you! I need to be more organised! I keep my stencils in plastic punched pockets which are lined with a sheet of inexpensive white card in a lever arch folder. I put a stencil on each side of the card then I can flip through to find what I want. would love to win the label maker – I think I neeeeeeed one of those! xxxx

  4. Thanks for sharing all of these great tips Jennifer. I love those clear tubs you use and may have to look at getting some of those here in the UK. My best bit of organisation I have used so far is to keep any matching die and stamp sets together in the same clear pouch. These are kept in a separate tub from my other stamps and dies, so that I know where the matching sets are. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway. Take care. Jen xxx

  5. Thanks for the chance to win. The only other thing I have done for storage is that I have stored my 12×12 paper in CTMH paper holder/storage. Thank you for the chance to win. Would love to get my hands on the label maker

  6. My craft tip would be if you have a smaller craft area then you have supplies, only keep what you use most often in that area. I have moved twice in the last few years and each time I had more stuff in my stamp area than I had room for. So I had to store extra supplies in other areas. Now on my third home, I decided to only keep what I use most often and have my craft area less cluttered with “stuff”. Which keeps me more organized and I can find things much easier. I also keep most things in clear tubs or drawers so I can see them more easily. My plan is to get rid of stuff that I am not using. So if I go for a while and don’t use an item, more than likely it is something I don’t need anyway. In with the new and out with the old is another great organizing tip….

  7. Thanks for the chance to win such a fabulous prize.
    Staying organised is not something I have a naturally talent for πŸ™‚ We have recently had some cabinets fitted in the craft room and storage is now much less of a problem. However finding anything again is!
    I’ve found what works for me is to have my most used items within easy reach. My Copics are in Curver pots on the shelf above my desk where I do my colouring. The most reached for stamping items are in the large drawer beside my desk and inks in a rack just above.
    It isn’t perfect but we are getting there.

  8. Hi Jennifer!! I follow You for tips on everything. LOL I would love to have those clear storage containers someday, but I’m just a crafter. However, as my stash grows, I am forced to rethink and reorganize it. One thing I did for myself a few months ago, is orangize my stamps-dies-embossing folders into “themes”, and they vary some. But my themes are Nautical, Vintage, Women, Kids, Guys, Food, Christmas, Halloween, Other Holidays, etc. This has helped me remember what I have. I’m great at collecting it and organizing it, but then forgot what I had because it was all spread out and organized according to Company or Size. Thanks for all that you share! And especially for my TH mini distress inks, recently!

  9. My favorite crafty organization tip is storing the dies in the same envelope as the coordinating stamps. So quick to have the dies right there!

  10. I organize my kits by using thick 12×12 plastic sleeves (there are may different brands). I like Cropper Hopper 12×12 plastic sleeves that have additional outside pockets. Whenever I receive a kit, I immediately place the kit into a 12×12 Cropper Hopper plastic sleeve and if I can think of any additional items that match this kit, I add this to the sleeve. Stickers can easily be placed in the outside pockets (or they will fit inside). If I have a 6×6 matching paper pad, I will add this in too.

    I find that once I have everything organized by kit and/or color scheme, once I have a picture, I can pull the 12×12 sleeve kit that bests suits the picture(s) I’m working with.

  11. for me, I need to store my craft supplies visible. So I have clear containers for flowers, buttons, Sequins, brads and charms,… so I see what I have and what I can use.Also my ribbons and twines are good visible. If I have stuff in boxes tugged away, I never use it. :/

  12. MY favorite organization ideas for crafting are your bins and pockets! I had many of my stamps in a binder system but I didn’t want to remove them from their packaging because it had all of the vendor info, name, date produced etc. I removed them from the binder (I had four large ones from EK Success!) and put them in two inexpensive cloth lined baskets. I can quickly flip through them, it’s much easier to see what I have and the space saving is the best part. They’re still aren’t in pockets and I haven’t divided them other than grouping them together, Christmas, gardening, words etc., but so far so good. Now I just have to unmount my wood block stamps! Yikes!

  13. I am a beginner and still working on my organization style. So far I am using lots of plastic bins, reuse diaper boxes, recycled cans, and baskets. I use ziplock bags to store stamp & die sets.

    Thank you for this tips.

  14. Hello Jennifer
    IΒ΄m still working on my organization because in the market they still having different sizes for a lot of items, I like to try different recycled boxes, bags, baskets or unexpensive things to organize all the things I have, I already mentioned the one to storage the small ink cubes in chocalate clear boxes, it works great !!!!! but I love the tips You always give us, because if we donΒ΄t find the same iteams at least we have the idea and we can find something similar to do it, so thank you very much for the tips!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  15. To store plastic 12 x 12-3 drawer paper store units (like you buy at Walmart ), the open slotted 12 x12 wood, wire, or clear plastic paper storage systems, etc: use old old entertainment system cabinets usually with rollers (we all had years ago where all our entertainment components stacked up inside like the cd player, cassette player, stereo/radio, equalizer, DVD player, VHS tape player,etc. Cabinets that are about 4-5 ft tall with large, tinted glass door on front, shelf half way up on the inside, another shelf neat top with a lid that opens on top where your record player component used to sit on that shelf near the top). Those 12 x 12 paper storage systems listed above all fit inside beautifully. Your colored cardstock is protected from dust and tinted glass door cuts down on fading from sun or lighting. If you can’t afford built in cabinets…..these old entertainment cabinets are great option.

  16. I sewed a knitting needle holder to organize my knitting needles and I use little plastic square containers to hold pins , bobbins,etc. and I label the front of them.

  17. Thank you so much for all your great organizing ideas! I have put all my clear stamps in clear pockets and it makes them so much easier to flip through. I have put labels on the sides of each of my ink pads with a dot of the color they are so I can easily grab the color I need. I also use your idea of coin pocket pages for ink swatches which makes it easy trying to find colors that coordinate well. All of your ideas have helped me to organize my supplies so they are easy to find and I find I have much more time to create when I can find everything quickly. I appreciate all you do for your readers in sharing ideas and products. It is a blessing!

  18. I have colorful plastic bins that I use for my acrylic stamp sets and one for my embossing folders as well as stencils. I keep pens, markers and pencil crayons in cute little buckets on my table within easy reach. That’s my favorite tip for you. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the chance to win! πŸ™‚

  19. I can’t always remember what’s phrase is in what stamp set so I have a spreadsheet on Excel for Greetings & Phrases. I list the greeting / phrase , the name of the stamp, the name of the company and if it is clear or wood. I can sort the list alphabetically. When I need to locate a stamp I simply do a search and gallant! I know which stamp set it is in

    Thanks for all your great ideas Jennifer!

  20. My favorite organization ‘tool’ is my raskog from IKEA. The way you labeled is how I need to go forward. I have no idea what I have if I don’t start to label.

  21. Jennifer love all your organizing tips! I was wondering if you could tell us a little about the lighting you use in your studio? That would be so helpful to me.

  22. My favorite way to store some wooden stamps that I can’t bear to let go, is an old library card holder. My husband found it in a trash pile for me and I LOVE IT!

  23. I store my clear stamp sets by stitching a page protector vertically in half. I then cut it down to 8 1/2 x 8 1/2. Then I slip the 4×6 clear stamp sets in the pockets. (I sometimes have to carefully trim the sets down to fit better.) I store my sets by company. (I just got my American Crafts We R Memory Keepers Photo Sleeve Fuse.) Instead of stitching I am going to fuse the page protectors.

  24. Thanks for all your tips. I store my shorter pieces of ribbon wrapped around the cardboard inserts designed for embroidery floss and put them in a plastic floss holder. Makes it so easy to find and use. I also store markers in the plastic containers Crystal light comes in. I place them horizontally glue a base of about 6 and then build up glueing as I go. Free,recycling, and works great.

  25. I’m just beginning and am loving all your orgainizational info. I’m in the process of having a shelving system insalled to hold all of my supplies. For now, I’m finding that keeping like things together is the best approach, ie. adhesives, glue, tape etc. in one area, cutting instruments in another etc.

  26. My favorite crafty organization tip is one straight from you! Embossing powder in storage containers complete with a plastic spoon. Before, using embossing powder was a hot mess!

  27. I spent all afternoon getting ready to organize my stamps, stencils ect.. I am a freak about knowing where everything is in my craft room.. Thank you for the awesome ideas

  28. I use a refrigerator bin to organize my embossing folders, and keep my dies in an old VCR rack on top of my desk, thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway.

  29. I use the Iris 8 x 8 clear containers for all kinds of items. I have one that’s for washi tape, another for misc tags & die cuts, one for cardstock scraps, one for Copics ….. and so on. They stack really well on my bookshelf and it’s easy to see what’s inside.

  30. Hi Jennifer,

    This is all great stuff – could you add the size of the dividers you cut as well for each different item type?

    Thanks
    Liza

    PS Love it all

  31. Thanks so much for another great video. I have watched a few of them, and I guess my favorite tip would be to organize the stamps and dies in the plastic containers, because those were the first thing I put on my wish list for when I get my craft room! ^_^ Thanks so much for taking the time to make all your wonderful videos.

  32. So many wonderful organizing tips! I too think storing dies with the coordinating stamp set is helpful & putting extra die cuts with them as well. You are the queen of organizing, Jennifer, and long may you reign!

  33. I really love your and Nicole M’s organization for dies and stamps! I mean really love! All dies are now stored this way, so much easier to find and use them! But I do not have a label maker, yet!

  34. I use CD sleeves to store die cuts. When I am using a die I often make several cuts on different papers so that when I make a card I have them to hand instantly.

    They take up little space and you can see the diecut through the clear centre of the sleeve

  35. I’ve used most of your suggestions and use the interdesign fridge bins and Avery Elle sleeves for all my stamps and dies. I use all the same size, sometimes you just have to use 2 sleeves to contain an entire set.

  36. My favorite storage item is the InterDesign Fridge storage containers! They make quick work of keeping everything together and easy to pull a box out of the cupboard and easy to put away! (The magnetic storage sheets are pretty awesome for dies too!) Thanks for all your great tips Jennifer, and for the chance to win a labeler! Awesomely great give away!

  37. My crafty organization tip, I’ve created what I call my “Stamp book”. This is a binder where I stamp my images by category. Sentiments, Flowers, hearts, etc. Being a more visual person, it helps know what have (so I don’t purchase a duplicate) and also is a time-safer when deciding what to use on whatever project I’m working on. If I’m not sure what I want to use, I flip thru this catalog. Impossible to get a creative block.

  38. Thx for all the storage ideas/tips. My newest fav stg are the sectioned boxes I bought at Walmart. They were in the craft dept by the jewelry making items and embroidery floss, which is what I think they were originally intended for. I use them for my sequins. Having them organized and so much more easily accessible, sure beats having to fish through little bags and open/close them. πŸ™‚

  39. Hi Jennifer…love your helpful storage hints, my hint is that I use the 12×12 Decor freezer pastry storage for my small ink pads – the boxes are only 1 1/2″ deep and are great transporting when I go off to my friends for a stamping day, also they are in one layer so you can see the colours quickly. Love your work and I’ll be looking out for those stamp storage sleeves I use a larger plastic envelope with stud closing but they are bulky.

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