Wow! Life has certainly been a roller coaster around here. Finding a new home & selling ours certainly takes time & adds stress to an already busy schedule. If everything goes well we’ll be moving in 2 short weeks into our new home complete with a classroom for my classes. Woohoo!
Since becoming a Fun Stampers Journey Coach, I have been brainstorming ideas on how best to keep my new supplies organized & easy to use. So I settled on the first priority, having my stamps close at hand to use in my projects. FSJ stamps come in gusseted envelopes, not bad for the everyday stamper, but with teaching & multiple use, they can start to look shabby fast. So I turned to my new favorite storage, Interdesign Refrigerator Bins. I love how sturdy they are, several come with carry handles, they are clear & I can find the perfect sizes for my art supplies. Then I added clear envelopes to house my stamps. I decided on the C-Thru Reusable Dry Erase Pockets designed for classrooms, sturdy for sure. Now I trimmed my envelopes with my stamp index on them to fit the pockets. If I think I’ll want to rehome a set after it retires, I would probably copy the front of the envelope instead & store the envelope away to retrieve later. Here is what my system looks like:
As you can see the C-Thru pockets come in different colors & can be used to further organize & divide my stamp sets. The Beautiful Bride (SS-0253 Spring Into Summer Mini Catalog) stamp set featured shows how the index & stamps appear front & back in the pocket. The bin rests on the corner of my work table within easy reach for my projects. I estimate it will hold about 40 – 50 stamp sets. I can fit 2-3 of the smaller ATS stamp sets into one pocket.
A C-Thru pocket also currently houses my FSJ stencils.
Now several of our stamp sets come with matching dies. I don’t mind separating my dies into an Artbin Magnetic Die Storage Case. I now own 10 of them sorted by stamp company & 2 of them are for Fun Stampers Journey dies! I label each sheet with the Die set name, catalog number, the number of dies in the set & if the die is retired.
A trick I have learned especially when teaching a class or doing a project with multiple dies is to keep one magnetic sheet available to keep all the dies on for that particular project. When class is done, I just return them to their correct sheet. My students & I are less likely to misplace a die this way, even the tiniest ones.
Thanks for peeking in on my studio storage ideas.
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Have a Fabulous Weekend!