Wednesday, 8 August 2012

WOYWW

After all my kitchen fairy duties the past couple of days and my ongoing kitty nursemaid duties, I am in the midst of a big, but sedentary job: cataloguing my stamps.  I was recently given a very generous number of mostly wood mounted stamps by a lady who has become quite ill and wanted them to go to a good home.  As I didn't 'buy' them, I wanted a way to remember what I now have so I make good use of them.  I decided to stamp them all out and write down what box they are in.  And while I'm at it, I thought I may as well do all the stamps I have bought myself as well, so I look doubly organised.



I wanted to do it like this so I can sit and flick through my stamp collection, rather than have photos on my computer.

I was asked a few weeks ago how I store my stamps.  I use my SU ones the most now that I'm a demo and I have these in baskets on top of my plastic drawer units, which are full of papers, punches, etc.  As stamp sets retire, I'll move them to make room for newer sets.  I also have a couple of little baskets full of my clear stamps and the wood mounted ones I've been given are in boxes that I picked up at Asda last week. They are meant to be big plastic shoeboxes, but at £2 each, they are perfect to divide up my new stamps.  I have Christmas/seasonal, nature, sentiments/script and people/backgrounds/quirky/everything that refuses to be categorised.


How do you store yours?  (This sounds like a creme egg advert!)

Thanks for visiting - I'll be round to nosey at your workdesk shortly as I am such a sticky beak!  If you are too, the fun starts at Julia's desk.


43 comments:

  1. I love visiting your workspace because it's always so neat and organised. Bliss. xxx

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  2. I don't have that many stamps so it's basically I just dump them in a drawer! I hardly use them too so I'm not planning on buying anymore unless I find some handwriting stamps that i absolutely fall in love with. But i guess if I had a lot of stamps, I'd do what you just did. Great idea! Patsy from
    HeARTworks and
    papemelroti

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  3. how beautifully organized your space is! and what lovely stamp pictures you've made :)
    have a happy WOYWW!!
    no. 11

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  4. So organised Victoria.....I need to sort mine out one day!!!!

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  5. OMG not only are you a domestic goddess but you are organised! No hope for me now so I'm off to aquafit:)
    Val x

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  6. Lovely stamps, must be nice to look through that collection. Very organised.
    Famfa 83

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  7. Hi Victoria,

    What a great way to catalog the stamps that you have! I may have to copy this idea. I don't have a lot but have a fair number (mostly SU sets). Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks for visiting me already this week. Glad that Mr. Linky is working.....

    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs, Kay #96

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  8. Wow! you are really getting organised. I love to be tidy and sorted, but have never achieved that with my stamps. Thanks for sharing your workspace. Hope you have a good week. Hazel WOYWW #99 x

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  9. Oh, blimey - that's some very organised stamp storage. I also use a basket, but they're all just loose in their original packaging at the moment. I'll be back to pick your photographic brains on some more storage ideas very soon! Love the books of stamps, and they look so pretty too...
    Alison x

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  10. What a beautiful stamp log, Victoria! I agree with you about having them in a book. It's hard to stroke and drool a monitor, just not the same. I showed my stamping drawers last week, but I'll come back here later to see what the other WOYWWers have shared. Darnell #102

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  11. Man are you organised Victoria!! You are also very patient to complete all that cataloguing - great idea too. Hugs, Buttons x

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  12. What an organization ! I like ! Your excercise book is fabulous ! Bravo !

    Hugs from France.
    Cath.

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  13. fantastic way you are cataloging your stamps :)

    mine are all on my clip it up :)

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  14. Wow, I love your organisational skills, I'm an organised sort of person too...You should see Marie's craft room, you could teach her a thing or too.
    Love Karen X

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  15. Wow Victoria, what a wonderful idea, that will be so useful.

    My stamps are all stored under our bed in Really Useful boxes.

    Happy WOYWW xx

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  16. Very neat and organised!!
    Cataloging my stamps is on my list of things to do, Mine are in A4 boxes in categories but sometimes I have to hunt for the stamp I want...a catalogue would be handy!! :)

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  17. Oh, I love fab organisation like that!! So much better than wasting time searching for stuff.. And the stamp books are a work of art in themselves! And you can admire Hettie's shoes if you want to...I did and that's why they finished my blog this week :D
    Hugs, LLJ #13 xx

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  18. I too have a little book with stampings in to try and remind me where they are, only thing is I keep moving them around, but at least they tell me whether they are wooden/clear and what make they are so I do have a rough idea of where they are. They are not coloured in though. Pwetty. That offer of a bed is still on if you fancy doing mine!
    No chocolate in my desk but some hidden elsewhere. Peanut butter m&ms from my Buddy in USA. She knows what I like. I can make a bag last for months as they are not easy to get hold of! Such control ey!

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  19. P.S. What I have on my desk is now posted on my blog!

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  20. wow you are really organized.. if I were to stamp all my stamps I'd never get to do anything else I wish I had done that in the beginning. great space

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  21. This way, way to organized for me to comment.

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  22. Hello 'Sticky Beak' - that did make me laugh here! Super storage and if it works for you that's half the battle. I need to check out these Asda shoe boxes perhaps.

    My wood mounted stamps are in Really Useful Boxes, stacked on shelves and not really categorised - more fitted into the boxes for the best fit.

    But, each box is numbered and each stamp within the box has an index card on which there is the stamped image, manufacturer, name of stamps and 'location' (ie. box number).

    The cards, are then filed in a small card index box, into categories. So (ha, once every single stamp is finally included) the idea is that I just go and flick through the card index box. So at least I only have to go to one box to locate a chosen stamp.

    I do similar with unmounted stamps, but those are in files with the sheets numbered.

    Have a super day!

    Belated Happy WOYWW, at least we finished the job in super fast time! Di xx

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  23. Well done on making top 5 at TIOT Victoria, I was really surprised to see my name there too. You made a wonderful card I love it. I've become your newest follower too. Love your stamp storage. I have two cats Binks and Holly and I've just acquired a little 12 week kitten too called Felix. He's taking up most of my time babysitting at the moment. So nice to have visited your blog today. Michelle x

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  24. You really do put me to shame Victoria, I'm too embarrassed to show my craft room.
    Pauline
    x

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  25. You are organisation personified Victoria! I love the idea of the stamp book. I bought the gorgeous Chateau ring binder album to do this with (I thought I could take them out when they'd retired) but then I used it for scrap booking instead! Vicky x

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  26. Ooh look at all those lush baskets of stamps! Love the way you've stamped the images in the journal, almost looks like a hand drawn art journal instead of stamped images. Love them.

    Hugs
    Brenda 38

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  27. I don't have enough stamps to have to catalog. Yet! Right now I have some on a display stand and others are in plastic drawers.

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  28. I was really fortunate that when we bought our house there was a big room with storage shelves for CD cases and DVDs. I insisted that the previous owner needed to leave them since they were bolted to the walls. They are perfect for all my stamping supplies. A lateral file holds all my cardstock and a zippered case holds my DSP. I should catalog my stamps. I like how you've done yours.

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  29. Victoria, your storage is lovely! So nice and neat, and what a brilliant idea for cataloging all your stamps. I'm just beginning to acquire some stamps, and I'm absolutely going to do your system! How nice for that lady to give you such a wonderful gift! Hugs dearest! --Sandy Leigh at #103

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  30. You look so organised with your stamp collection!! How lovely to be given such a lovely collection of stamps to add to your collection, I know she has given them to the perfect home!!

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  31. Tee hee Victoria .. .. mine are stored in an old set of drawers that used to belong to one of the kids when they were still at home. That way hubby can't see how many I have!! LOL!!!

    Not organised in the slightest other than reserving one drawer for my beloved Penny Blacks!!

    Then those without wooden backs are just upright in a box.

    Love Jules xx

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  32. Victoria I need you to come over to my new house and sort me out!!! I keep thinking right today I'll sort out my craft stuff, but there is just so much of it I end leaving the room again without doing very much at all.

    I'd love to be able to organise myself so that I can use all my stash properly I still have stamps that have never been used as well as ribbons papers etc, ......HELP!

    Kelly xx

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  33. Very neat Victoria, your book and storage. I would need a week to tidy before i could photo my area. x

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  34. Hi Victoria, you seem to be really organised with your stamp storage - I started to catalogue my stamps eons ago, in black ink, but found it such a messy job I soon gave up! So, when you've finished over at Kelly's, just pop over to mine and sort me out too :))

    Hope you have a lovely weekend. Elizabeth x #18

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  35. Oh dear now I am really depressed after seeing how organised you are. great system all I need is some magic fairy to come in at the end of the day and tidy up !

    Marie

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  36. Victoria your book is a fabby idea ! it will be good for insperation too i expect being able to flip through and refer to for a project.
    Very organised-i am in the process of organizing all my clear stamps,wish me luck !! :) x

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  37. Wow Victoria what a fabulous idea , I have so many stamps in the cupboards but only after I have made a card I discover something that would have complemented it, so how fab to have a book to catalogue the stamps.
    Im off to stamp Hugs Elaine

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  38. I'm really late getting round to everyone this week! Thanks for stopping by my blog though. Making an index of my stamps is something I always wanted to do, but never got round to - overawed by the quantity I had, I guess! WTG you, though. Love your storage too...

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  39. Great storage solution, love the wicker baskets. Wanted to say a big thank you for the samples you sent me, really helped me decide which colour to get next. Hugs, Amanda x

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  40. Victoria please come and spend a couple of months with me! You could organise my stamps, inks and other crafting stash as well as organise my home! Love how you are cataloguing your stamps - it's given me an idea for mine. I have two shelves in one of our book cases which has all my clear stamps in lever arch folders on acid free storage sheets. I've two IKEA units with my wood mounted and foam mount stamps in. Then I have a large box in the dining room that holds the stamps I use the most - sentiments! I really must try to get them catalogued properly! hugs Karen x

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  41. Hey Victoria

    How organised are you girl! Brilliant ideas.

    Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving me some lovely comments, they are very much appreciated.

    Have a great week.

    Toodle Pip

    Hazel xx

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  42. Hi Victoria Thanks for popping by. I am really late visiting this week. I really should organise my stamps like that. Most of them are stored neatly in CD cases but I have no Idea what I have - I may be pinching your idea!! Belated WOYWW Hugs from Helen 23

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  43. Hi Victoria. Just popped back to see if you had updated and read the storage comments. Miss you ...

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