I realize there is a lot of ways to store your acrylic stamps and you have probably gone through several of them. There is the clip-it-up method, there is keeping them in binders using protective sheets, Jim Holtz has a system and I’ve seen several others.
My problem is I forget what I have if I don’t see them and the clip-it-up method was a little more expensive than what I wanted to get into. So I saw this storage used with some Bo-Bunny acrylic stamps and I’ve also seen DVD cases used. This is fairly inexpensive, depending on how much recycled items you have.
Standard Jewel Cases (pk of 10 for $3.99 – Office Depot)
Cardstock – Your choice of color
Acetate – You can get this at your craft store or Office Center – I used recycled acetate from packaging and sheets that covered the acrylic stamps.
Staz-On Ink – Black
Large acrylic stamp block
This system uses a “standard” jewel case. This is important because the slim jewel cases do not have a removable center that holds the disk and it does not have enough depth to allow the case to close when you put the stamps inside. It usually takes two standard jewel cases to hold a sleeve of stamps.
Tip: If you buy Music CD’s they can be recycled to use in this system.
Pop the center out and you are left with the front and back of the standard jewel case.
Since my craft studio is in black/white/yellow, I chose a light yellow card stock to use as my cover for the cases. The cover does a couple of things. The top of the cover is where I write the information about the mfg and the stamps and there is a 1/4″ lip on the cover that labels what is in the case. I used categories (i.e. flourishes, floral, words, medallions, etc) so I put like things together. This helps narrow down the packages and it puts the various styles and types together. To me this is a time saver. I don’t have to dig through everything trying to find that one stamp I know I purchased but can’t seem to remember what set of stamps it came with.
I used a Cricut E. and the George cart. to cut the top cover sheet and the bottom acetate. The top measurements are 4.625″ H x 5.6888″W and the bottom is set at 4.935″H and 4.75″W. I cut the top cover out of cardstock and the bottom sheet out of acetate.
Cut several bottoms (see measurements above) out of acetate. Mark one to use as a template and place it in the bottom of the jewel case and arrange the stamps to fill the template. Be sure and keep the stamps off the small lips in the jewel case that holds the template in place. This enables you to slide the bottom acetate out and in easily.
Tip: I marked the template so I knew which one I was using for a template so I would not get it mixed up with the acetate bottoms I was stamping. That way only one acetate bottom was getting ink smudges on it.
Once the stamps are arranged (cut side up), ink the stamps with Staz-on Ink then place another acetate bottom on top of the inked stamps. Make sure you have the bottom turned correctly to match the widths and the heights correctly.
Using the acrylic block press down to transfer the image to the acetate bottom.
Remove the stamped acetate and let it dry. Once it is dry turn the stamp side over and slide it into the bottom of the standard jewel case. This will mean the stamped image is against the jewel case. This will turn the images correctly and you can place your stamps in the designated places.
The acetate bottom being stamped with the predetermined places will help you keep your stamps in the right jewel cases and give you a road map as to how they go back in the case.
From here cut the top cover to go in the lid of the standard jewel case.
I ran the covers through my printer giving them the general categories (i.e., floral, floruishes, words medallions).
You can get as detailed as you want but I just hand wrote the information on the top just in case I needed it later.
Using the Scor-Pal I ran a fold at the 4-1/4″ mark, placing the edge of my cardstock on 4″ and the next line over is the 1/4″.
Using a ruler to make the crease sharp creates the label for the standard jewel case. Yes, you are correct the label is upside down at this point; however, when you slide it into the top of the jewel case and turn it over it is right side up.
Here the acrylic stamps are lined up on the stamped acetate bottom inside the jewel case in their designated area.
Slide the top cover in the top of the standard jewel case, making sure the folded label is in the middle of the jewel case. This enables the label to show when the standard jewel case is closed.
Here it is! Now I got a little carried away and inked the edges of the labels so they would have a little dimension to them.
What I love about this system:
1. They are neatly stored, like items are together (words, Christmas, florals, etc).
2. I can pull out a category and just turn it over and look at what is stored in that jewel case. If that is not what I’m looking for slide it right back in it’s slot.
3. If it is what I’m looking for; open it, use it, easily put it back in the jewel case exactly replacing it where the stamped image is marked.
4. It sits on top of my jetmax cubes at arms reach and a reminder that they are available.
5. It’s compact and all the same size.
6. It can be added to, changed or reduced easily.
7. The various mfg’s information is written on the cover and easily accessed.
Thanks for taking the time to read through and be sure and let me know if you discover a step you would like to know more about or information on. The clear CD case is from the Container Store and cost about $6.99. I like using the clear items because it keeps the room feeling light and airy.
I apologize for the placement of some of the pictures and text. I tried repeatedly to get them straightened out but at last the system was being rebellious.
Be sure and leave me a note, let me know what you think, I love hearing from you.