Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New Stamp Storage System

As scrapbookers we are always looking for new ways to organize our stash. This weekend I tackled my stamp collection. I have been storing my stamps in a three ring binder with inserts, but as the amount of stamps grew it was becoming a disorganized mess.

Looking for new ideas online found a few solutions. This one to me was the one that seem more efficient: a filing type system.

For materials I used:

1. One package of heavyweight sheet protectors (5.5" x 8.5") that I purchased in OfficeMax, they have 25 sheets and it cost $3.99. Of course I used a coupon for 20% off that came in the newspaper this weekend.

2. Cardstock in black and white to match my decor. One good alternative were poster boards from the Dollar Tree they cost $1 for two and you get about ten dividers.

First cut your poster board in sections of 8.5" x 5.5" minus one inch to leave space on top and sides.The sheets have punched sides to be attached to a binder, I cut those with scissors, and then inserted my stamps, one on each side.

I'm gonna try to keep all my stamps labeled with the same packaging they came to make it easy to identify them. 

With the black poster board I made tabbed dividers for different categories. Labeling them with my computer.

My stamps are going to be stored in a embellished crate from the dollar store (See how to create this inexpensive crates).When my collection grows I would only have to get a second box to divide them.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Distress Ink storage tower

I love the distress inks from Tim Holtz, they are my favorite for scrapbooking and even though I do not own that many like other scrapbookers, I have been looking for a way to display and store them.
I used different ways before: a wire basket, a photo box, in a drawer but none of them were either pretty or functional until I found this little cassette tower holder in Goodwill. It cost me $2.68 and it was in great shape.

A little coat of white paint to match my desk organizers.

And here is the finished product.

I labeled all the distress inks for easy identification.

 I can actually store two inks in one level, that will give me plenty of room for growing my collection. Awesome!

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Art inspired mini album

This mini scrapbook album was a gift for my daughter's birthday,who loves art, especially painting and photography. The construction was simple because she is not a scrapbooker, but loved the end result.

For the cover I used a 6x6 chipboard album from Michael's and covered with burlap fabric using mod podge.  

I was first inspired to create the mini when I found this metal camera trinket in Michael's.

I used an assortment of flowers from Petaloo, metal trinkets from Tim Holtz and metal corner accents from Michael's.

The inside pages is all about art. I took pictures of the items she uses for her paintings and used a collection of rub-on stickers that are all art related.

Everyday items like her brushes are displayed.

 I printed art related phrases with my computer and used them as accents.

 A sticker collection from Cosmo Cricket  was used, it has all art related sayings. It match perfectly with the theme of the mini.

I tried to resemble like an art gallery with art hanging from the walls. I'm not an artist, so I used my watercolor paints and stamps to create "masterpieces"

 This is one of m favorite pictures with the colors of the paint in great detail.

 For the back cover I used the same elements as the cover. Here you can see on more detail the burlap as background. For the binding I used my bind it all, but used a piece of gold cardboard that I scored at 1/2 inch, then embellished it with a Martha Stewart punch to give the cover a more finished look.

 A more detailed video of this project is on my you tube channel.

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