How to Organize Clear Stamps and Framelits

Don’t you just love being organized? For some of us (me!!!!!), it feels like a goal that I’m always striving towards, but don’t always reach. And then one day the Angels sing and BOOM! It happens!! A part of my life becomes so organized that I smile every time I see it. I wish the Angels would sing every day and that my whole would be organized, but trust me, I’ll take snippets, too.

Snippets add up, too, don’t they? Maybe one day soon my whole craft room will be organized. But until then, I want to share with you my method for storing stamps and framelits. My stamp world is revolutionized because with my method, everything is in ONE place! It makes it easy to find what I need, and isn’t that the point of organization?

Easy Tip for Organizing Stamps and Framelits

Why Organize your stamps?

There is a new LOVELY trend in the stamping industry. Many Photopolymer stamp sets now have matching framelits so you can easily cut them out. I used to store my framelits near my Big Shot machine. It was always a hassle to find the framelit that matched the stamp set.

How to Organize your Stamps

My process for organizing my stamps is two-fold and doesn’t really work unless you do both parts.

Part 1: The first part of my method is to adhere the stamps to the case. My Angel and friend, Kimberly Van Diepen, taught me about this. Clear Photopolymer stamps come on a sheet, in a DVD case. Kimberly advised me to adhere the sheet to the DVD case using Tear and Tape. Just a few inches down the center works. Tear and Tape is VERY sticky so you don’t need a whole lot. It is a joy to open your stamp sets and not have everything go FLYING. LOL.

Part 2: Once your stamps aren’t flying around the DVD case, you have room for your framelits. I browsed through Amazon to find a strong magnet sheet to adhere to the second side of my case. Lo and behold, I found that Amazon sells the PERFECT size magnet (no cutting needed) and it already comes with adhesive. See, I told you the Angels sing when it all comes together. Click here to see the magnets on Amazon.

I also have a short video I made showing how my system works.


I hope you enjoy!! If you have any organization tips, please don’t hesitate to send them my way!!!

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Developing New Habits

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In my newsletter this month I shared an article about developing new habits.  I’ve found that the busier we get, the more we need to develop habits.  When something is a habit, we don’t have to think about doing it — we just do it!  The only reason why I exercise these days is because I made it a habit years ago.  Otherwise, once I had kids, that would have gone out the door faster then day care tuition.

For those of you trying to find the time to do crafts, I suggest you make it a habit.  You’ll find that if you have a regular time and day (even if it’s only once a month), you’ll have an easier time fitting crafting into your schedule.

In my personal experience, I find it takes months or years to develop a habit (or “undo” a bad habit).  I’ve read research that it takes only 21 days to form a habit. That has not been true for me.  Ever.  My newest habit that I’ve been working on is going to bed 1/2 hour earlier.  After over 20 years of going to bed at 10:30 on a school/work night, it’s taking me a long time to change that habit. I’m following my own advice and taking baby steps, backing up my bedtime by only 15 minutes.  Once I’m able to do that regularly, I’ll go for the full thirty.

Here’s my article.  I wish you much success with all the new habits you are working on!

How to Develop New Habits

The question I get asked the most often is “how do you find the time to do your artwork?” Like everyone else, I am busy. I work full time (including a long commute), have a lovely husband and 2 active little girls, volunteer in the community, exercise, run a part-time business, and sometimes I like to sleep. Everyone reading this is just as busy, but in his or her own way.

Below are tips on how I find the time to develop the habits that are important to me. You can use these tips for anything, but I will relate them to creative pursuits.

  1. Decide what goal you want to work on. The first step in developing a new habit is to pick the habit. This sounds basic, but until you tell yourself that you want to work on developing your paper crafting skills, you won’t think of doing it during your normal day. I always recommend choosing one new habit at a time. For example, if you recently set a goal to start exercising, you will be overwhelmed if you create a second goal to be more organized.
  2. Create an easy goal. Next, create the easiest goal you can think of. For example, when I first started exercising, my goal was to exercise once a week. It was so easy; I was able to do it consistently for months. Once I felt the habit was ingrained, I started exercising 2 days a week. It’s been about 15 years since I first started exercising and I still regularly exercise about 4 times a week. I made it gradual. I don’t beat myself up if I miss a week. I just get right back to it when I can.Set a goal that is easy for YOU to achieve.   An example could be to make one small project every 2 weeks or even one every month. Don’t be a perfectionist about the project. Focus more on enjoying the process.
  1. Decide when you will work on your goal. The reason why most people have trouble sticking to a habit is because they don’t have a defined time to work on their new goal. Set a tentative day and time for working on your habit and you’ll be more likely to achieve your goal. For example, if you decide that you will work on your paper crafting on Saturday evenings at 8pm, you’re much more likely to stick to your habit.
  2. Celebrate your successes and forget your failures. When you are creating a new habit, invariably there will be weeks where you don’t achieve your goal. Life happens and it is completely normal. Focusing on these missed weeks can quickly send you into a downward spiral and cause you to give up your goal entirely. Instead, get back on track when you can. In a few months, you’ll realize that you’ve developed a new habit. You’ll know it’s ingrained when it feels like something is off when you aren’t able to do your new habit.

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