Saturday, May 1, 2010

A quick organizing tip


I hope you had fun on National Scrapbook Day.  I know that there were many stores and websites hosting special events.  Unfortunately, I had plans that prevented me from scrapbooking today.

I thought I would quickly show you what I did with some of the frames I bought at the rummage sale.


These were the inexpensive frames that are sold at many discount stores - and often show up at tag sales.


When you remove the cardboard box that holds the items in the frame, you are left with a nice tray that is the perfect height for holding wood mounted rubber stamps.  They will fit in the jet max cubes that are sold at Michael's, one per shelf.  If you remove a shelf, you can stack three in the space.  They can get heavy so you may not want to do this on the upper shelves.  If you bought your jet max cubes at A. C. Moore, they have cubes with four shelves instead of five and you can fit two per shelf for a total of eight per cube.  You can see the edge of the cube to the right.

I don't have many wood mounted stamps (certainly nowhere near the amount I have seen in some scraproom tours!) so I think that I will be able to use this system for all of my stamps.  I may ask my very handy husband to build a case with spacers at exactly the right height for the trays - in his spare time! 

I hope you are having a great weekend - the weather is beautiful here in New England.

14 comments:

  1. So very feng shui... Love it! :)

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  2. I have many, many, many wood mounted stamps and I used to store all of them using this method. I rigged up a cabinet with spacers, just as you are contemplating; it worked really well!

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  3. Hi Diane,
    That was a very timely post for me. I am really trying to get my scrap area better organized. I'll have to keep an eye out for something similar!

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  4. I'll have to look for these frames. I have lots of wood mounted stamps and they are being stored in boxes with lids and if I want to use one I have to empty the whole box. Thanks a million.

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  5. That is the system that I use. I use the largest frames available. I built a simple box bookcase out of laminate shelving. It had the holes for the shelf pegs in the sideboards predrilled. I cut shelves to fit and inserted about 12 of the largest frames. It was my first attempt at building anything and it held. Love it and not much money.

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  6. Ohhhhh now I understand what kind of frame you are talking about. DUH!! A little slow! What a great idea. I'm off to Goodwill and St. Vinnie's.

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  7. Dawn H, GeorgiaMay 2, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    What a great idea! So simple...but effective! I LOVE your blog and all your ideas. I am a follower and can't wait for my daily updates! :)

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  8. Oh my what a wonderful idea. I have many stamps and lots of these frames. I had no idea what to do with them as many of them are so scratched up and not useable as frames anymore. I think I will ask my hubby to build some shelves in his spare time too. Thanks for the great tip.

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  9. What a great idea! I have some shelves that could accomodate those. I'll have to keep my eyes open at garage sales this summer! Thanks for the tip.

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  10. does anyone know if there is a problem with storing them rubber side down? It's easier to see what they are, but I don't know if there are any issues I can't think of.

    Debbie (from Sugar Land)

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  11. What great Idea. will be looking for hese frames. As I do have many wooden stamps and have to sort through a draw to find one . This way I will use more(not forget what I have).
    Thanks for sharing

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  12. this is a great idea, I've been buying the artbins for pens and such to store them, I do have the same question as debbie, can we store them rubber side down? that's what I've been doing.

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