So, I came up with a quick and dirty way of keeping track of my stamps. I usually purchase clear-mount stamps, so I have the actual cases filed alphabetically on a DVD shelf that I purchased from IKEA (which they've since discontinued). However, I can't hardly see those little images on the spine of the cases.
To get started, I went back through my sets and just laid two DVD cases at a time on top of my printer/copier and made a copy. The first run was to get the sets copied and in alphabetical order. Below is an example (remember, I told you it's sloppy):
Probably the most helpful think I did was make an extra copy of any sets that had words in them. I cut the words apart and then taped them to a sheet for their particular category. I made sure I included the name of the set it came from.
My intention is to get all of these pieces of paper into a binder, but the stack of copies has been sitting on my desk for a couple of months now. I WILL get them in that binder. This could be put together so much neater and more professionally, but honestly, if I make it too complicated I'll never stick with it. I can make quick copies of new sets when I get them and then cut them apart, tape them, etc.
It's worked really well for me. For example, I wanted to see if I could find something that works for a baby card that would fit with the Petite Curly Label Punch (see yesterday's post). I went to my "Baby" sheet and found the word "baby" and it was in, of all things, the Pennant Parade stamp set. I would have never remembered that set had the word "baby" in it. Then, I wanted to fill in the blank space at the top of the label with a heart. I went to my alphabetized section, flipped through and found the perfect size heart in the Make A Cake set.
I also sometimes just flip through the pages to see which sets I haven't used in a while to get some new inspiration.
I know a lot of you probably have enough sets to stock your own craft store (nothing wrong with that), so don't be overwhelmed. Maybe start with the more current sets. I still have a few wood-mount sets, but I probably won't go back and add them. I'll just try to keep my system going for future sets.
I hope you found this helpful. Thanks for stopping by!