Welcome back to the blog! Today I'm excited to share a fantastic method for storing clear stamps. As the resident magic keeper around here, I've been exploring creative ways to organize my craft supplies, and clear stamps are no exception.
The Clear Stamp Dilemma
Let's be honest – clear stamps often end up in a chaotic jumble. Before, I used to toss them into bins, hoping for the best. However, a fellow art friend's question sparked my creative journey to find an efficient and visually appealing way to store these artistic treasures. After all, if you see it, you're more likely to use it. So, let's dive into this fun and practical solution for storing and organizing clear stamps.
Tools of the Trade
To embark on this creative venture, you'll need a thermal laminator, laminating sheets, a three-hole punch and of course, your clear stamps. I recommend using 5mm transparencies to ensure durability. You can easily find these on my Amazon Storefront.
*Please note that my thermal laminator is from Aldi. The one I shared on my Amazon Storefront is an example of the type to purchase. The laminating pouches are the pouches I use.
Crafting the Magic: Step by Step
- To prep your laminating sheets, you will need to make sure they are free of any dirt or lint inside the pockets. Laminating sheets can get very staticky so they frequently attract dirt and lint. Try to remove as much as you can.
- Since we will want the option to put these in a binder, you will need to determine where you will punch your holes. Holes will be punched on the left side of the sheet. You will not want the holes to interfere with the stamps so make sure to give yourself enough room.
- Remove your clear rubber stamps from the plastic backing they came on. The plastic backing will have images of the stamps on it.
- Arrange each plastic backing into a laminating sheet pocket. Make sure the images are right side up. You may need to cut down some of the plastic backing in order to fit them into the laminating sheet pocket. It is very important to fill the entire pocket as it will guarantee even weight distribution and prevent any flimsiness.
- Once you have your laminating sheet filled, run it through the thermal laminator. Do not use a carrier folder.
- After the laminating sheet has cooled, use a three hole punch to punch your three holes on the left side of the sheet.
- After punching the holes, stick each clear stamp to the corresponding images on the laminated sheet until all the stamps are on the sheet.
- Finally, put your laminated sheet in your binder.
And there you have it – a fun and efficient way to organize your clear stamps. Imagine flipping through your binder, instantly spotting the stamp you need. With this method, your creativity will flow seamlessly, making every crafting session a joy.
I hope this guide sparks your enthusiasm for organizing and enhances your crafting experience. If you have any questions or want more crafting insights, feel free to reach out. Until next time, happy crafting!
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