I, Cathy Zielske, being of sound mind yet lowly stamp prowess, am now proud to share that I am using a stamp storage system.
First off, it’s because my good friend Jennifer McGuire, who saw a stamp storage question I posted on my Facebook page, kindly decided to set me straight on the hows and whys of clear stamp storage. Also many of you said, “Jennifer McGuire” on that same post in terms of someone who has a great clear stamp storage system. (She has an awesome post and video here.) If you follow Jennifer’s work, you’ll most likely agree: she’s a stamping maven. Plus, any stamper with an engineering background is going to have some serious organization chops.
She sent me two things: Avery Elle Stamp & Die Storage Pockets and trimmed, white card stock sheets to fit. (Aw, Jennifer! You!) While Jennifer recommends using these to contain your stamps, because of my paltry number of stamps, I had to think smaller for now. Instead, I went with this 69.7 oz. container from the Container Store.
I feel so legit.
I plan to label each one with a little strip of printed card stock. Right now I only have about 8 pockets of stamps. That’s it. But in this day and age of clear stamp sets, not only do I want to design and create more myself, I want to own them, too. But don’t think I now believe I’m the shit when it comes to storage and craft rooms. Keep in mind, I still work here:
Did you know that almost one-third of that paper cabinet goes to storing shit we don’t know where else to put? Receipts, recipes from the newspaper, random pieces of paper Cole has written a few words on that he swears cannot be tossed. I had that cabinet built right after I got paid for writing my first book. It was $600 and built by some dude in Northern Minnesota (no longer in business) who was apparently the same man who built all of the shelving for some of the first Minnesota Archiver’s stores. Or so he said. He had a very clear understanding of crafter paper storage needs. And then he also built me this:
True, it’s never well lit. It always looks a little shifty tucked back into its weird alcove, but it’s where I keep more stuff, plus all of my albums are in the lower cabinet. This is why I do digital Project Life. There is literally no more room at the inn for albums.
But for now, my little stamp storage makes me very happy. Oh hey, hi Ali Edwards‘ stamps! Aren’t you adorable in your little pocket? Yes, Cathy. I totally am.
Note: Love my cute holiday set in the first picture? ME TOO! You can buy my Cool Yule set here.