I have never quite known how to store stamps, especially when out of sight (for me!) means out of mind. I am always finding some stamp somewhere that I didn't even know I had, does that happen to you ?
When I first began stamping on my cards, I had no idea my collection would expand so much ! Recently I saw an article in a craft magazine asking the question, how do you store your stamps ?, and even the experts didn't have any ideas I didn't already think of.
At first, all my stamps were in a shoebox, sitting on my craft table. This was a pretty good solution for me for a time, as I could find them quickly, and they were so easy at hand. I had read somewhere to keep your unmounted stamps in a CD jewel box, which I tried, but the center stem was always in the way. Finally, I had to separate out my mounted stamps though, and I put them on a closet door ...
I found a 13 x13 box, two inches high, so I could put my Christmas mounted stamps in a closet with all of my other holiday paper and stamps.
My first solution for my unmounted stamps was a hard cover box, with binder clips, and plastic sleeves. This was too large to keep on my craft table, I found I forgot all about it, and those sleeves just weren't right. Sometimes the stamps would cling to them, which didn't seem like a great plan either.
In the end I found I had to keep my stamps in different areas. A friend gave me a 31 day wooden box, meant for receipts, and I found I could keep that easily on the table. I can thumb through them very quickly, so the stamps most often used ended up here.
I have a lot more unmounted stamps I wanted to have close at hand too, and I found these plastic holders at Stampendous ...
Here you can see how easily you can find a piece. This is really one of my smartest storage solutions.
But in the end, I found the best storage of all for those stamps I use everyday, the stamps with all the sentiments. This is a drawer right next to my knee, and I'll be honest, my favorite solution...
Yup, a pile stuffed in a drawer !
How do you handle your stamps ??