Stamping can be a lot more fun if you can find the perfect image you're looking for. When you only have a few stamp sets, it's easy to browse through your sets to see what you have. As your collection grows, finding a particular image can be more difficult. Sooooo to help me in my task of finding images, I created a stamp catalog for myself. My stamp catalog contains only images that I own.
To create a uniform look for my catalog, I designed a template that I fill in when I get a new stamp set. You can download a copy of my template HERE. My template has a spot to put the stamp set name, number of images, catalog where the stamp set was first available, when the stamp set retired, the price and a place to put notes. I like to stamp each of my images on this page (see image at right above). If you don't have time to stamp each image, all you have to do is photocopy the cover sheet of your stamp set with the template (see image at left above).
Once I have my catalog page ready, I place it in a sheet protector and organize the pages alphabetically in a binder. I have one binder for all my current (still available for purchase) stamp sets. I organize this binder into categories like: sentiments, backgrounds, mini catalog sets and holidays.
I have several binders that house all the catalog pages for my retired sets. I label the spines of my binders with the categories that each binder contains. One of my most common uses of the catalog is to find the perfect sentiment for my cards. With my stamp catalog, all I have to is pull the binder off the shelf and quickly flip through the pages to find exactly what I need. A little time spent organizing your collection when you have spare time, will help you when you're in a time crunch. I hope you like this Thursday tip. :)
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