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Stencil storage – finally happy!

Just a handful of return visits for WOYWW, then more cleaning, food shopping, blah, blah, blah.  It’s just endless.

BUT I keep finding things I bought ages ago and always intended to use for one thing but now find them perfect for another.  This is one of those things.  It’s a fairly big (A2, so about 16.5 x 23.5 inches) with just a handful of sleeves and 4-hole ring binder set up.  Of course virtually all my 12 x 12 sleeves are 3-hole punched but I solved that easy enough by punching a template or the 4 holes

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clipped it securely to a stack of page protectors – matching up one of the holes seemed to be the best placement

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then used the Big Bite to punch new holes.  I found punching thru a stack of them (three to four) was actually better/easier/cleaner than punching thru ONE, and the Big Bite was better than the Cropadile.

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I kept most of the A4 size stencils, paper and report cover ones I cut with the Cricut, in an A4 binder in A4 sleeves.  There are too many of them and the binders and sleeves are cheap (free, in fact, cause I have so many of them kicking around!)

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and I found a cheap, thin, paper pad that I used between the back-to-back stencils so I can clearly see what they look like

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In the portfolio, I have the 4-6×6-to-a-page sleeves but to keep the centre from being too bulky I used only some of the holes – does that make sense? So some are towards the top, using maybe the top three rings, some in the middle and some at the bottom, using the bottom two rings.

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Then I have the 12×12 sleeves with all the standard stencils – some of the old Crafters Workshop ones that are punched for storing in a binder have been added without a sleeve.

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In the larger sleeves that came in the portfolio (annoyingly they are NOT 12 inches across) I have some of the oddball ones – plastic canvas sheets, teflon cooking mat, big letter and number stencils from the hardware store, and one sleeve full of crappy magazine freebies that I haven’t used yet, but MIGHT, someday …. LOL!  Not totally mended my wicked ways, have I?

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The front has a sort of flap/pocket area that fits the cardboard that has textured wallpaper on it, some of my favourite texture tools for Gelli printing.

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They are painty and hard to get into a sleeve sometimes so this is better, having them all grouped like this.

Now there are just these two places, rather than the Crop in Style binder, the A4 binder, a large file box, and a couple of book rings, to look thru when wanting a stencil.

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There is still room in the portfolio for more, so I have room to grow!

Now, back to those visits….

 

 


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Clear Stamp Reorganization

I have been somewhat unhappy with how I am storing my stamps.  While I love the CD cases on the one hand, I found that I had 4 (5,6,7 or more!) cases full of swirls and circles and flowers.  A while back, I removed those from the CD cases and reorganized them into small craft storage boxes.  That took up less space, but was a nightmare to riffle through to find what I wanted!  I found myself settling for the first somewhat appropriate stamp I came across, rather than really looking at them all to find the “right” one.

At the time I began sorting them into the boxes, I had bought some clear Report Covers from Staples.  I took a clear stamp with me so I could test out if they would stick to the folder with some grip, and not fall off.  I cut up some of them to fit the box, and attached groups or sets of stamps to them in an effort to make finding the one I wanted a little easier.  It wasn’t easier.  I tried sticking them to the full report covers but wasn’t happy with the potential for them to slip off, if the “sticky” had worn off the back of the stamp.  I washed them, which brought it back, mostly, but not quite enough for me to feel secure storing them that way.  Then I promptly forgot all about it and just carried on with the boxes and the finding issues.

While tidying up last week, I stumbled on an entire box of A4 page protectors.  No idea why I bought them – maybe to house pages ripped out of mags into my own idea book? It hit me that storing the stamps on the report covers then slipping them into the PPs and into a binder would at least make the flipping through far easier.

I went to Staples and lucked into a whole pile of report covers (and they HAVE to be the smooth ones, not the cheaper dimpled ones) that where in a heap in the shelf slot, all out of their packaging, and in a right old mess.  I took all the empty packaging and the pile of covers to the check-out and ended up getting the entire stack for the price of three packages and at 20% off since some were crinkled at the corners!  Woo Hoo! These are the ones I got:

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The colourful binders, nice quality and BIG, were priced 3 for 2 so quite cheap as well.

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I split the report covers down the spine (cutting off about 1/4 inch at the fold) which made them fit the page protectors perfectly.  And I started sticking the stamps to them.  When I found one that didn’t seem to adhere well, I just washed it and it stuck.

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I found I could get quite a lot of them onto a sheet!  In cases where I hadn’t thrown away the original packaging, I simply taped then together so they fit the sleeve, forgoing the report cover step entirely.

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You can see on the left the two taped sets – actually one set, one background stamp. The real appeal to this is that the stamps, if they DO come loose from the report covers, they only fall into the page protector and not out onto the floor or in the bin!

I am LOVING this method.  And of course I had to have a look and see if someone else had the same idea – and of course they had.  This video is pretty much the same thing, although she uses the report covers whole rather than cut in half, uses them specifically for her PTI stamps and she takes the extra step of adding the image labels from the stamp set.  I think that helps, if you have them, although sticking together sets like on the left above accomplishes the same thing.  In future I suspect I would be more inclined to save the  packaging than I have been.  At some point, I MAY be tempted to stamp all the images onto paper and add them, but I find I can tell enough about the stamp to know if I want to use it from the stamp itself, so that may be just more work than it is worth.

I have three binders and a load of dividers (also from Staples) and I think that should accommodate all my clear stamps. It also means I can then use the CD covers for any of my cling mounted stamps.   Wood mount ones I have a LOT of but most of them are very specific (like the Stampotique ones) and as I will always have to look at least two places I feel adding the cling ones to the CD cases, which can be stored on the same shelf as the cling ones in binders, I still have a better chance of finding them.  If that makes sense.  No matter HOW you do it, I simply cannot see a way to mix wood mount stamps in with the rest – you will always have to look at both storage methods.

I love the lever binders – the can store so many sheets! – yet flip so easily.

At this point I am unclear if I will have a smaller binder for my clear alphabets.  I am leaning towards NOT, as I have only a few alphabet sets that are clear – MANY more that are either cling mount or foam or tiny wood mount ones – and the clear ones I tend to use as a full sheet for art journal-type things, instead of a stencil as more of a background than to spell out text. They fit in a couple of rolling drawer stack drawers and that has always worked well for me so no real point to changing them.  The danger of reorganization tends to be that you get swept away, think something is going to work well then when it doesn’t you find you have wasted time and money and are still unhappy!  I am already happy with this set up (it took me a while to be able to get out to Staples to find more of the raw supplies but I could see from just a couple of weeks of this new method, with only a few stamp styles, that this was working) so taking the plunge and the time to do them all.

I really hope I won’t be eating my words in 6 months.  If so, you are invited to laugh and point and make any derisory noises you like.

Sorry that was all a bit wordy.  But now I have a date with my CD cases – between getting them sorted and sorting that massive pile o’ scraps (still only dented, I fear) I am going to be very busy. At least, knock wood, there is no driveway shovelling to do today.  DH has done it all (saving me and my back from further injury) but the poor guy has been exhausted and I would have felt compelled to go help had it needed doing AGAIN. With the Y of the drive I would bet it’s 60 metres at least! I hope it warms up soon and no more snow…..


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Divider mini-album slideshow

Not had time to sort out a PDF yet, but this will get you going.  If you are accustomed to making minis it should be fairly straightforward.

I really struggled with iMovie – I seemed to get into a loop where it would NOT let me add a title overlay and text to a frame.  Usually, popping in to a different project then back to the one I am editing will sort it out but not this time.  I tried loads of times, going out of the project and back, but no joy.  Then I rebooted and still no joy.  I left it a couple of hours and came back and all of a sudden it let me shift the titles from a blank screen on to the photos.  Go figure.  Anyway, the point is that the last few frames, regarding covering the magnets, are a bit skimpy on info, but I think all you need is there.

I am looking forward to my crop tomorrow where I plan to finish this up.  I’ll share the completed version next week.

Now, off to tidy up my craft room. as it is a tip.  I have at least 3 GoGo kits that I haven’t even sorted thru to incorporate the goodies in to my stash.  And I need to take another look at the SDC challenge then is still running from before Christmas to see if I am inspired and can get something in before the deadline next week.  So that’s me busy for the day.

 


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Divider card mini album

As any regular readers will know, I love making mini-albums and I love using supplies from Staples and I love using up stuff that ha been languishing in my stash.  This little gem ticks all those boxes!  Last year I made a desk calendar using similar dividers, in kraft brown.  These are buff, which I still like but less than the warmer brown ones.

I created pocket pages from three different orientations – tab left, tab middle and tab right (the left and right ones I just scored in the middle and sealed on the open side and the bottom, the tab middle one I folded the sides in to the middle and sealed.  I covered them with the patterned paper (all from the Whimsey stack from DCWV) and punched the thumb pull before sealing them closed.

The dividers are fairly substantial so the weight of the pages is good, more like chipboard pages.

I also have been considering closures – I had bought a stack of 50 magnetic business card backers, thinking I would use them (before the advent of clear stamps!)  to mount unmounted but cushioned rubber for use with my Magnastamp handles but never used them.  They have to be 15 years old at least. You can still find them at Amazon in the US, not so sure about the UK.  You can buy the completed business cards but the blanks to make your own are not so common.

Anyway, they are sticky on one side and magnetic on the other and very thin, and attach to each other even with decorative paper between! I cut one and created the closure.  I think a single sheet of thin PAPER, rather than thicker cardstock weight paper would have made a better choice, but live and learn.

As you can see I can hold it by the closure and the book does not open – the flap does slid forward a bit, but it’s minimal:

This is the base that I will be working on at the Basingstoke crop on Saturday – I have all the photos printed and am looking forward to getting crafty with it.

The glare hides the title a bit but it’s called “The Story Behind the BAD PHOTOS” and will be decorated on the pages, with journaling about the “bad photos” why they are bad, why I feel the need to make something from the, the stuff that no one would realize when I’m gone and they come across them and say “Rubbish photos – let’s bin ’em”

I may do a quick PDF or slideshow on the construction if I get the chance, to ease back in to documenting my projects, and will post if I do!

Now I have to tidy up the awful mess, hoover the scraps and punch debris, and collect up the rest of my supplies so I can hit the ground running on Saturday!