WOYWW 152 – too many stamps


I have been having one of my too frequent (and not frequent enough) sort outs.  I have a plan and am single-minded in my goal to get things organized in such a way that they are easy to reach as I am working, easy to find, and grouped so like things reside with like. Ink pads and stamps were top of my list.

I made a trip to Hobby Craft.  I don’t do it often, as I think overall their prices are higher than many of the UKS Sponsor shops, but I really wanted my Distress Inks more accessible.  I use them more than any other ink pad and it has always been a pain to have them in a drawer, stacked, as I couldn’t see what the colours were.  I went to HC looking for some foam core and had an idea for how I could adapt something I already had to make some visible storage.  Instead, I found this RUB unit.  It has 16 compartments, and is designed to hold little RUB boxes.  But I thought it would work for a DI storage unit.  Since HC also had the ink pads I was able to check.  Once I confirmed that it would work I bought it.  Frankly, the foam core was a lot more expensive (over £20 for a bigger pack than I needed but I always like to have some put by as it’s so useful) and this little gem was … wait for it … £4.99.  Yep.  Each compartment holds four DI pads. I don’t mind them being stacked and not having their own little shelf as I can see the labels on the sides just fine.  What’s more, I fit in all my Staz-on pads, all my Adirondack pads, , my Versamark, Memento and Versafine pads, and the Clearly Better ones for clear stamps.  You can sort of see that behind the mess.

I decided that my stamps need addressing.  While I am fairly happy with the CD cover arrangement, as I can see at a glance what I have, I have let them all get in to a bit of a state.  I blame Julia LOL!  When I spied her holding-basket of stamps needing washing and putting away, I though Great Idea!  and it is, if you follow thru.  And I haven’t.  I also loathe mounting stamps with a passion that I forget every time I see some cool unmounted set and end up buying it.  Honestly, I have stamps I KNOW I would use if only they were mounted.  And I also have a ton of stamps that I like, may use, but they are not in heavy rotation.  So it seems a decision tree needs creating:

Do I love this stamp? Will I use it on a regular basis? -> If yes, pile over there. If NO -> Is it one I will use at least sometimes -> If yes, pile it over THERE for relocation. If NO -> pile it over THERE to be donated, or sold.

Is it mounted? -> If yes, leave it over THERE.  If no MOUNT IT RIGHT NOW and put it back over there.

Is it one of a few stamps that are all alike (swirls, texture, sentiments and text) and that I  have A LOT of? -> If yes pile them together. If NO, it’s unique -> different pile.

and so on and so on and scooby dooby do.  In the end what I hope is I will have all the like stamps together, so when I am choosing a swirl, for example, I can look at ALL of them, and not just pluck the one that is most easily to hand.

I’ve already sorted my alphabet sets and foam stamps and dumped a load of rubbish out of my drawer towers.  I’ve shifted a bit over on my desk as all the stupid electronics are on the left and I was sitting in front of them, losing valuable desktop real estate by not being centrally seated.  I think I’ve actually gained about 2 feet of usable space.

So there you have it.  Chaos with a plan and a goal.  Fingers crossed I will get thru it in a timely fashion so I have time to finish off a few things and plan&pack for the crop on Saturday.  I’m excited – having a lovely re-org is always something to celebrate.  Now once I get thru the week of having NO IDEA where the new home of some much-loved, used, NEEDED item is, I’ll be golden.  Till the next time I get lazy ….

Why, you ask,  am I laying my shame bare like this?  Clearly you have not been a part of WOYWW for long enough to realize the one who shamelessly shares the mess on their desk can produce horror, admiration, smug satisfaction (that you are not THAT bad) and often all three simultaneously.  Check out the desks this week by beginning your hop of shame at The Stamping Ground! Trust me, it’s fun, inspirational, and if your desk is tidy, likely to give you that glowing smug feeling for the whole day.

19 thoughts on “WOYWW 152 – too many stamps

  1. What a lot you’ve got! You also have some brilliant idea’s for reoganising the space.
    I’m a little late visiting but thanks for letting me take a peek ;D
    Have a wonderful weekend Neesie #22

  2. Storage and organising of stamps can always present a problem. I love stamps and have most of my wood mounted ones on shelves but the unmounted ones are difficult to find the right storage. I like your new storage for the ink pads. I keep mine in long RUBs – thanks for sharing – Hazel, WOYWW #10 x

  3. You have an Awesome amount of stamps! Love your new distress ink storage!
    Happy WOYWW

  4. Fabulous storage for the inks and a bargain…. A busy creative desk you have going on… so inviting! Hugs May x x x#32

  5. what a perfect way to think of showing your desk…eliciting so many responses…. perfect really …. makes one feel almost smug right out of the box…using it so cleverly as blog fodder ….


  6. great idea for the distress ink storage and room for more,have fun sorting your stamps
    have a fab crafty week and
    happy woyww
    kay #38

  7. ahhh! stamps! can you really have too many??
    wishing you luck with your organizing… i’m sure you’ll find treasures you thought you’d lost ages ago…
    happy wednesday 🙂
    no. 82

  8. I love your decision tree idea. However, I couldn’t find the RUB boxes and I’ve never heard of them, either, so not sure what I’m looking for. Happy WOYWW from #4 this week.

  9. Goodness you have set yourself a task. I hope that you enjoy it and discover things that have been put away in a safe place, as I often do. Have fun Tracey x ±90

  10. Greatunit for storing your distress inks! Have funwith the rest of the sorting! I have had a sort out, must be the tim e of year! Hugs trace x 40

  11. great idea for your DI storage. the rest of your plan sounds as if you’ll be busy a while…. !!Helen 7

    • That RUB storage unit is such a great idea for storing your inks and not as heavy as those wooden ones, and what a bargain – I remember them being a lot more than that a couple of years ago. Good luck with the rest of your plans. Anne x #44

  12. Love your organisational skills, I too store my stamps in CD covers and the larger ones in DVD covers and the larger than that into A4 folders and everything is numbered. But to simplify things I have a stamp catalogue. All stamps that I have go into the numbered CD box and then stamped into catagory into the folder. All I need do then is look in the catalogue and then find the numbered CD etc…. it works brilliant and then I don’t have to worry about sorting into categories. I will upload a photo one day of that part of my space.
    Sorry about the lengthy comment, just thought it might help.
    Eliza #19

  13. I see a trip to HC coming on. You are a bad influence (but only sometimes)

  14. Lovely reorg there – I am really quite sad and love having a pile of stamps to put away! I have one of those RUB with my ribbons in – I made my distress ink storage box from mountboard of all things! For my stamps I store them all in ringbinders or the little folders from Paperchase in their various categories – means I can find them quickly and now it means I use them a lot more too! Thanks for sharing and have a great week – Sunshine Girl no. 29

  15. …now thats what I call a loaded desk!…big job ahead for you too & is the such a thing as too many stamps?!…Mel 🙂 #34

  16. WOW Mary-Anne that sounds like you have set yourself quite a challenge! Good luck with all the re-organising 🙂 I love the new storage units!

    Have a fab WOYWW and a lovely week, Hugs, Karen xx #12

  17. Am I right in thinking you have a table with a desk in front?

  18. Sorry, but please what is WOYWW?
    My desk is a mess at the moment, too. But I am in the middle of moving my room around. Now the sun is back, I want to be seated in front of the window. I don’t know why I moved the table to the other side of the room…oh I do – the heating register is under this window. So, anyway, I am in a big mess now, but I am looking forward to setting all straight again. This room doubles as my sewing, and sleeping/dressing room, so I have to keep it all under control somehow!!!

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