Saturday, April 17, 2010
With the release of the new Hero Artists Proofs the mailman has been finding his way to my home quite frequently. Today I was in my room cataloging my new stamps and I thought I would share my idea with you.
I have been stamping and collecting stamps for a long time and learned early on that I would need a way to keep up with stamps that I had purchased. If you have a large collection, you know that they can't all be out on display and sometimes out of site, out of mind. It was also frustrating for me to think I had a particular stamp but not be exactly sure where I might find that stamp. My first thought was to put particular themes of stamps together, such as flowers, leaves, butterflies, people. Now I organize them by stamp company and the most recent purchases are at the front of the book.
Aren't they great? And yes I do have a whole book dedicated to Hero Arts and also one for PaperTrey Ink.
Not only do they have stamps in them, but in the back they also have tips and techniques from those companies and the artists that represent them.
My printer is a 4 in 1 printer, copier, scanner, and a fax machine so when I buy clear stamps I just make a copy of them to put in the book. That is easier especially when it is a clear set that has a lot of small stamps.
And this is the last thing I have to share. Since the notebooks are too large for me to take when I leave home to go shopping, I have this planner where I have a section for each company and have written the name and item number of each stamp purchased.
So if you are fairly new to stamping, now is the time to get started with organization. I can tell you that if I hadn't done this all along it would be too overwhelming to try and do it now.
In other sections of this planner I have dye inks, pigment inks, punches, die cuts, markers, and most anything else I have that is stamping related.
Do you catalog your stamps? Would love to hear about any organization ideas that you have.
Happy organizing and have a great weekend! I will be working tomorrow.