Saturday, June 21, 2008

It's FINALLY FINISHED!! Rubber stamp storage

After a year of planning and trying to convince my dear hubby that it would work, I have my Rubber Stamp Credenza!

I've been through it all, storing my unmounted stamps in CD cases, binders, EZ mount folders and anything anyone else has said works for them, I came up with this. Sure, it's not for everyone but boy is it slick for me and I'm sure there will be other people who will think the same.

My unmounted stamps were falling out of binders, getting lost, forgetting about them....(the list goes on). I knew there had to be a better way. I always had binders open and out and they took up so much valuable work space. CD's just didn't hold enough and the cost to buy those and find what was in them, to me, seemed like a waste of money, let along try to find the CD cases.

So, here it is, my self designed stamp credenza with 52, 2X2 foot square shelves for my stamps.
Basically it looks like a paper storage unit but the difference is the shelves are 1 inch apart and slide out. The bottom 4 shelves are 2 inches apart so I can put some mounted stamps on them.
I have a new 2 X 4.5 foot workspace on top and best of all, my stamps are organized and I can easily find each category put them back. Here are a couple shelves pulled out. They stay up when they are out, will pull completely out if needed and I can put sheets of images on them if I want. If you wanted you could make a 1/2 size one or taller one to work for you or smaller shelves. It has turned into a wonderful idea...and thanks to my hubby for all his help! I was teasing him while we were working on it that I had 3 people who wanted us to make one for them. He gives me this dirty look and says this is it. Then when we were about done he says, "I suppose our daughter will want one too." I said I didn't think he would make another one. He said for her, yes. LOL

Now that everything is organized, I can maybe find time to stamp!!

Tell me what you think.......

22 comments:

Zeborah Loray said...

Wow! that is an AWESOME solution for stamp storage. Wish I could find room for something like that in my studio.
I may have to think about doing some rearranging.

Janet said...

LOVE it, LOVE it, LOVE it!!! So if he won't build us one, maybe he can sell us the plans so our DH's can build us one!!!! I bet mine could do it. Whether or not he would is another story!!!! Congrats and now we expect to see some cards over at Coolstamping.

FireCracker082 said...

now THAT is kool!!!! and I love the additional work area on top!! kudos to your dh too, cuz I know what you mean about convincing them your idea will work.....lol

bodastamps said...

It is so awesome. Currently I am goingthe CD route. Not the best but for now it will have to work. I would be willing to purchase some plans for my DH to build. Don't know where I would put it but that would be something to think about for another day.

Cathy said...

you KNOW how I feel. I want one too!
cathy

Orion Designs said...

That is a wonderful solution to a problem we all have. I'm envious of that cabinet and all the space you have!
Vicki

alcoholinky said...

LOL - I reckon he could go into business and make himself a fortune with that one! what a great idea!!

Anonymous said...

That looks awesome! What material did you make the shelves out of? Do the UMs stick to that surface?
You are so lucky to have this to work on!
Jennifer

WendyK said...

What a fabulous idea, now where did hubby just run to. What could I bribe him with, I wonder. Really looks great.

Annie-Penn said...

This is a lovely piece of furniture Betty. Can you ask your hubby to make me one as well?
LOL
love
Annie P

Alphaneenee said...

Your idea is brilliant. I think this system is the best I have ever seen.
I am a very visual person and forget what I don't see. These would be easy & quick to browse through for inspiration when needed.

Sherry Goodloe said...

That turned out really nice! You'll probably use stamps you've had for years that you've never even seen until now. LOL I am so envious of the space you have in your studio. Nice - REALLY nice.

Holly said...

Really nice planning! Glad it's workingout for you!

Holly
hogwildaboutstamping.blogspot.com

Vicki said...

Holy cow!! That's totally amazing!! I've been wondering how to store my unmounted, but to build one...wow!! Thanks for sharing! :)

Daria said...

This is my kind of storage. My son built me something similar to house 99 of those acrylic box frames to store my mounted stamps, but I never thought of anything like this for the unmounted ones. Fabulous idea! Thank you for sharing it.

maryps said...

A fabulous stamp storage solution. If I had the space and someone to build it, I would be jumping up and down for the plans. Clear stamps could be stored on the shelves too - awesome. It would be nice to have all of your stamps so organized and easily accessible.

I remove all my rubber stamps from their wood mounts, back them with EZ mount, and store them on Stamp N' Stor Lightweight Storage Panels in 3" binders. My clear stamps are in divided sheet protectors in binders also. The binders are stored in a cabinet away from light and dust. It's compact storage for a small area. This has been a great solution for my needs.

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

Oh my gosh, your stamp storage is just fabulous, I am so envious of your solutions. I'm using CD cases but as i've only been stamping 5 months and can see already that this isn't going to work long term, Thanks for sharing, Hugs, Nikki x

WendyK said...

Fantastic, does he want to come to Wales. Just what I could do with for my new workroom.

Mary Strauser said...

Hi Betty like your idea. could you give me more information on it.
If your husband has plans for it could I buy them. My son-in-law I know could make one for me.
thanks for your idea
Stampin hugs
MaryS
kraftyme95@yahoo.com

dizzy said...

this is amazing i love it i think you have nailed it on the head for a perfect solution you and your hubby could defo go into business with this storage idea i for 1 would buy them and like you say it gives you a work space too so you could get rid of your old table to make room for this amazing storage unit love it xx

Heidi Hihn said...

Love the idea...do you have an index of where to find the stamps? Or do you have them broken down by catagories?

Stephanie Rodgers said...

This is an ingenious idea Betty! Tell your hubby he could make a small fortune building these!