Whilst I love stamping and rubber stamps, quite a lot of the time I have bought unmounted red rubber stamps, like those that you get at Stampscapes. This means that getting at them without causing a mess has been a challenge.
That’s mostly my fault as I have been simply chucking them back in old, worn packets and then into a cardboard magazine file.
This meant that every time I wanted one of them, I had to get the lot out in order to sift through them to find the one that was wanted.
I therefore set about researching various different storage options. Sadly a fair few of the ‘prettier’ options were way out of my budget so I decided to have a go at making my own using a fairly well known technique.
The results were actually a lot better than I had anticipated and I think that I might start to fall in love with rubber stamping again!
Ok, so, I have created a video [below] if you would like to see this technique in action but in simple bullet list form it goes like this …
- Trim a laminate pouch to the size you want.
- Flip the two sides so that the glossy sides are facing each other.
- Put this ‘new’ sandwich inside another laminating pouch and run it through a laminator.
- Trim across the top edge to open the ‘pocket’ and trim the remaining three sides down to approx 3mm from the edge of the ‘pocket’.
Using this technique I managed to create 4 stamp storage pockets from just 3 laminating pouches! Awesome value when you can get a laminator for less than £15 and 40 laminating pouches for £2.49 from Aldi, like I did.
33p per pocket for the first batch, including the cost of the laminator, then 6p per pocket thereafter or a bit more if you are making bigger ones but still, a lot cheaper than £2.69 for ONE polypropylene wallet!
FYI, I didn’t include links above as Aldi often rotate their special buys and I have a fair few readers in areas without an Aldi store so, if you don’t have one, just pop laminator into your search engine and you will find something affordable locally – it doesn’t have to be all bells and whistles, a basic one will do just fine.
Anyhoo, back to the point. I took this technique a little further in the video below by creating laminated reference sheets onto which I could mount the stamps.
Also, a quick thought occurred to me after making the video, if you slip a magnetic sheet inside, it’s perfect for die storage too!
Right, if this has piqued your interested, just hit play!
Hope this cool technique will help you get a little more organized too.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
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Bye for now.