Hi hi! Happy Wednesday to you all and I need to ask if its just me wondering how we got to Wednesday again already?? I’m ashamed to say that I have barely been in my craft room since taking last week’s photo, hence this week’s desk is even more embarrassing than normal. Let’s hope our host Julia has had a more creative week.

I’ve put some of the dumped bags away (the ones that stay packed for crops) and started emptying the ones that need unpacking & putting away. However I have a crop on Saturday so I’ll be repacking some of it again tomorrow! The silver box at the front has my Christmas embellishments & other seasonal bits in because I did manage to do some of the outstanding festive photos I mentioned a few weeks ago. The big space is where I use my Cameo but I’ve put it away on the stack at the back right as I won’t need it for a while. Now I have space to put the basket tray which you can see teeting on the left hand desk. It houses some admin stuff I need to do but it’s the basket on top that is my focus for the next couple of days.

Please don’t be horrified. I made a grave error a good few years ago and I’m not trying to right it. I bought into a system of specialised card specifically made so you could stuck all of your stamps onto it to put in a folder. I threw away all the packaging in the process thinking this would save space & encourage me to use the stamps more. It’s honestly a ridiculous system becuase you don’t know who made which stamp & loads of them fall off into nothingness. Please do let me know if you have made this work for you!

Something I hadn’t factored in was pressure & nowhere did the ‘system’ advise only using one side of the special card. This resulted in some stamps being squished against others and basically melding together and having to be ditched. I’m now in the process of moving them all over to a new filing system that has pockets so any stamps that fall off the card won’t be lost never to be seen again. That’s the plan anyway.

In other news the work on the soakaway sort of continues with a few breaks for broken down vans & a ‘bit of bovver’ (no we didn’t ask). I haven’t taken a photo because it looks as it did last week but with a bit of top soil under the rainwater. We had a new non-return valve fitted Friday but firstly they couldn’t finish it because they didn’t have the right pipe (honestly…) & I discovered a blockage which they literally ran away from. This meant I worried all weekend about ‘explosions’ but it was all okay. We had CCTV & the rest of the pipe fitted Tuesday so now we wait until a heavy downpour to see if it has all worked. There is a HUGE mess for our contractors to clear up after the soakaway but I’m trying not to stress about it.

Maybe I need to do some cutting and sticking to relax. Or maybe I’ll just put the kettle on? I’ll come to you if you have biscuits?

Bye for now



  1. Neet on 13 March 2024 at 8:11 am

    I do have biscuits, and cake!
    Sorry to hear about the soakaway, and also about your stamp system not working for you. I really have no answer as to what is the perfect way to store stamps. Tried so many different ways and still trying. I do think that some stamps need the individual pockets to protect them and keep them from disappearing but my problem is that I have wooden mounted ones, real rubber and polymer. They don’t all store the same way obviously.
    Ah well, one day they will be sorted.
    Hugs Neet 4 xx

  2. Mary Anne on 13 March 2024 at 8:15 am

    Oh dear. Sounds just like me 🙂 I am always looking for a good way to store my unmounted stamps and in the end sorting them by subject and having them all loose in a small tib or drawer is the only thing that works for me. It looks a mess but I actually USE them. I have one binder with all my Teesha stamps that has baseball card/atc sleeves in it but they are te only ones even remotely stored in a system! Good luck – share your progress.
    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (8)

  3. Cindy on 13 March 2024 at 9:19 am

    Pop in here, always have coffee but I’m off the biscuits – seeing myself in photos at the w/e has had me being good this week! Sorry about your stamp storage problems, there is no ideal. It would make my OCD very happy if there were say just 3 standard sizes for packaging. It’s ridiculous but I get very uncomfortable when things don’t FIT. Most of my stamps are still their original packaging but I can get them in boxes or baskets (except for the few I cant – grrr. I have a few on those stick sheets in a box. I agree, you can’t use both sides without a ‘barrier’ and the really need to be in a folder or yes, they will fall off. I have almost totally given up with die packaging and they are mostly on magnetic sheets in art bins. If had the space I would have a magnet wall!!
    So you are not alone. And you have empty shelves. I am envious. Have a great week, love n hugs Cindy xx #6

  4. Lynnecrafts on 13 March 2024 at 11:17 am

    I’ll buy some biscuits specially! You’re doing well with all the stress. I don’t know what your card/ stamp system was but it sounds a nightmare.
    I hope you get to fo some crafting that’s relaxing this week.
    Take care and happy WOYWW
    Lynnecrafts 13 xx

  5. Marit on 13 March 2024 at 12:05 pm

    I’m not really a stamper but still I have a lot of stamps and would LOVE to find me a useful system… I made me a folder that sounds like the thing you describe and yes, I have the same issues (stamps don’t stick/fall of and no idea where they came from either – no brands on it anymore…) I most like cutting my own stamps from erasers and those, I throw in a box. That works best, ha! Enjoy your day, hug from Holland. Marit #15

  6. Annie Powis on 13 March 2024 at 12:35 pm

    There’s always biscuits here and I’m happy to put the kettle on. I’m not a stamper so can’t help with the storage sorry.
    Annie x #7

    • Spyder on 13 March 2024 at 1:16 pm

      Yes I have bickies and cake!
      Your craftroom looks very tidy! And inviting.With plenty of room! Will look forward to seeing your finished filo/folder too! Happy woyww ((Lyn))#16

  7. Chana Malkah on 13 March 2024 at 1:41 pm

    No biscuits, but I keep the kettle going all day! So sorry about your soakaway issue! Been there, done that, I got the T-shirt and the hat! We spent several thousand dollars to remedy a flood situation in our old house. Two years after we built our new home, the government declared it a “Flood Zone.” Now, not only do we tense up each time there is heavy rain, but we are also paying through the nose for flood zone insurance that we are “forced” to carry! I hope the work your contractors are doing permanently sorts your issue!

    I have tons of stamps, but I store them in envelopes. If I don’t keep all of the packaging, I will cut off the name and adhere to the envelope and the chipboard inside the envelope. The system you describe seems cumbersome! I hope you get it sorted!

    I haven’t tried the alcohol inks on acetate! I will have a go at it later today! Thanks!
    Chana Malkah, WOYWW #18

  8. Helen Lindfield on 13 March 2024 at 7:48 pm

    That’s why I try and resist buying especially polymer type stamps, my red rubber cling ones I keep in the packaging they come in and they stack in big boxes (vertically so as not to squash the stamps) Such a shame your system isn’t working for you. Happy WOYWW – sorry this is brief, I am running late and cooking dinner! Helen #2

  9. Lindart on 13 March 2024 at 8:35 pm

    Storing stamps has had several evolutions in my art room. I have now unmounted all my stamps because they were taking up SO much room and it was hard to find a stamp I wanted. So they are now in pockets in binders. I spent a lot of time at first making my own pockets, but now I use pre-made pockets. I staple them to magnetic photo pages because they are nice and sturdy. I also use tac it again and again glue on the backs of my unmounted stamps, and place those on pieces of magnetic photo pages, sticking to the plastic. I stamp the image, with the maker written underneath, and slide that in with the stamp. So the stamp is on a cut piece of magnetic photo page cut to the size of the pocket. All are kept in binders that are labelled (Animals, Halloween, People, etc) I have 3 shelves of these binders. I buy the binders, usually full of magnetic photo pages at my local thrift stores. If you want to see, go here: https://lindart.blogspot.com/2021/10/woyww-646.html

  10. Angela Radford on 13 March 2024 at 8:57 pm

    I do tend to keep my stamps in their original packets and then store them mostly by make in a really useful box and have a few mixed makes too. Ages ago when I was still buying red rubber I used to mount them on glossy card sheets and keep them in a folder but even those tend to escape the card in time. I think putting the kettle on and eating biscuits sounds good to me. Good luck with getting started with the bubble papers, you’ll love them. If you need any help with it just send me a message. Wishing you a very happy woyww. Hugs Angela x12x

  11. BJ on 14 March 2024 at 5:21 pm

    Honestly don’t know how anyone manages to go to crops, I’d have no idea what to pack, I am much happier in my craftcorner! Hope you managed to relax in the end, Hugs BJ#3

  12. Kyla on 14 March 2024 at 5:27 pm

    ooh the joy of stamp storage!! My dylusion ones come on those cards so I just created 2 covers and made a ring binder for it. But, for all the other stamps I tend to keep them in CD and VHS tape boxes, like with like, eg all flowers together etc. Hope you get your garden sorted at some point

  13. Julia on 17 March 2024 at 6:28 pm

    Omg you can’t make it up. So glad the blockage wasn’t an explosion in the waiting…must have been a horrible weekend waiting for well, nothing to happen! I have my clear st@mps in all sorts of half way storage ideas, that special card didn’t work for me because they need to be washed and sticky and mine aren’t always. Cough. I have no problem with us packaging them, knowing which make they are doesn’t bother me, although, perversely, I can usually tell…the quality in these silicone stamps varies wildly. But, I’m a stampede first so probably have many more than you do. Cropping, yep I too have bags that don’t need to be unpacked in between…but, we’ve started an ‘off crop’ Chinese whispers round to try to encourage cropping in between crops…so far, I haven’t had to unpack properly but I can see it happening!!

  14. Sarah Brennan on 1 May 2024 at 6:10 pm

    Really hope the soakaway works properly now Lisa-Jane. I use blank DVD cases – without the inserts for my Clarity stamps. You can put stamps in both sides and a paper insert means you can write on the spine. They sit in four DVD towers from IKEA in the shed. Have fun at the next crop outing. Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #1

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