What Would Connie Do?

What Would Connie Do?  Ask your questions at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Pat emailed me to ask, “I just love looking at your shelves and the stamps on them in a lame attempt to see how you organize them.  
My question is …how do you organize them?  As yet I do not have a system I love, so I need help.”

Dear Pat,
Everyone has a different system.  For me, I like to separate mine into themes.  I have all my sentiments on one shelf.  I have a lot of sentiment stamp sets so they have to be on their own shelf.  All my flower sets are together, all my masculine sets are together.  I have a lot of “vintage” style stamp sets and I keep all those together.  Alphabets, animals, birthday party, all of these just stay “together”.  Not everything has its own shelf but I do try to break them up with a nick-nack or turn the boxes on their sides.  When I’m looking for something in particular, I can find it quickly and easily.
Connie Stewart's stamp storage - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com I know some people sort alphabetically but that didn’t work well for me.  No offense to those of you who prefer alphabetically.  To each his own!  It’s just that when I want to find a sentiment, I want to look at ALL my sentiments.  When I need a flower, I want to see ALL my flowers.

I really like this layout and I love my Ikea shelf!  The entire unit was under $100.  It doesn’t take up too much space in my room because the shelf is just the right depth for DVD style boxes.

Hope that helps Pat!

Another reader emailed me and asked about Stampin’ Around Wheels.  “Hey Connie!  I have a lot of Stampin’ Up’s wheels but I see that Stampin’ Up doesn’t carry the ink cartridges anymore.  Any suggestions on what I can do?”

I did love the look of the wheels but the appeal of them seemed to diminish.  I think we can all agree the images were great but the process to use them was cumbersome.  Awhile back I shared a video on how to convert wheel stamps to border stamps.  Once I did this I found I used my “wheel” stamps all the time.  No more handles, cartridges, etc.  It was GREAT!  Here’s the video and I hope it’s helpful. 

Now, if you just don’t want to convert them and want to keep them as wheels, no problem.  Just roll the wheel on an ink pad and you’re all set.  Keep in mind that the ink will only go about 6″ around before the ink is removed so you won’t be able to go far but that is one way to keep using your wheels even though the ink cartridges are no longer available.

Well, my stamping friends!  I hope that today’s tips are helpful to you!  I just love to answer your questions each week.  Got a question?  Email me at connie.stewart@cox.net and I will be happy to answer them.

A HUGE THANK YOU from Ginny (and from me) for the support of her choir trip to New York next summer!  She was just in shock of how many FLASH CARD SKETCH BOOKS were ordered yesterday and couldn’t wait to go to choir today to share her excitement with her friends.  As you know schools do all kinds of fundraising efforts to help the kids earn the funds for these kinds of trips.  I thought it might be fun to offer my wonderful stamping friends something special and give 100% of the proceeds to her trip.  So, here’s what I have for you… FLASH CARD SKETCH BOOKS!

If you have ever needed a FLASH CARD resource, this swatch book is just the ticket!  The swatch book contains sketches for (12) Flash Cards and (12) Flash Card 2.0 layouts.  Get creative with the layouts too.  See the sample that uses the Butterfly punch?  Change it to flowers, hearts, or stars!  Each layout is sure to make your Flash Card collections more user-friendly.  

Order your FLASH CARD SKETCH BOOK at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - 24 FLASH CARD layouts!Order your FLASH CARD SKETCH BOOK at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - 24 FLASH CARD layouts! Order your FLASH CARD SKETCH BOOK at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - 24 FLASH CARD layouts!
A great resource and a great cause!  To order yours, just click below!  Ginny will have a special thank you card for you too.  :)

Hope you all have a wonderful Thursday!  I look forward to sharing with you tomorrow!

22 Responses to “What Would Connie Do?”

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  1. Molly says:

    I can’t seem to find how to order the sketch book. Where is the link?

    • Connie says:

      Molly, there is a “Buy Now” button under the pictures. Just click it and it HOPEFULLY it will take you to the Paypal site to order yours. The button was giving me fits this morning so hopefully it will work. I had to click it a couple times to get it to take me there.

  2. Cindy in Boise says:

    Great tip on the wheels! Thank you!

    A question about your storage… do you not have any wood mount stamps in the old cases? I have a ton & they just don’t store as nicely as the new cases.

    Thanks for all you share!

    • Connie says:

      Cindy, I have transferred all my wood stamps into the wood mounted stamp cases. I wanted everything to be uniform in size. I know what you mean about those older style cases. There were 5 different sizes and they didn’t always stack nicely.

  3. Pattie S says:

    Maybe it’s user error on my part, but I cannot get the Buy Now button/link to work properly. Would love to help your cause.

    • Connie says:

      Err! I had to click it a couple times to get it to work. I’m not sure what’s going on with it. Maybe try it again? If it continues not to work, let me know. And THANK YOU for supporting Ginny! 🙂

      • Pattie S says:

        Just tried again and getting the same thing. The link takes me to PayPal and a login, but not what I’m used to seeing. Maybe they’ve upgraded and I haven’t figured it out yet. What i’m seeing is my account activity, with no option for paying for this specific item.

        • Connie says:

          I just updated it. Let’s see if that works. If not, I will send you a private invoice. I am SO sorry! I am really new to these Paypal buttons.

          • Pattie S says:

            Ahhhh, There’s the page I know and love! Thanks again for your assistance. No need to say Sorry….Everything is a learning curve right?!!!! I’m a hobbyist demo in Houston. Love all your inspiration and Q&As. Keep ’em coming.

  4. Melissa says:

    I love your shelf! What is the name of it? Ikea is awesome. We plan our trip months in advance and usually take a uhaul truck!

    • Connie says:

      I love Ikea too! I just wish we had one here in Oklahoma City. I have to drive 3-hours to Dallas. 🙁 This system was called the Besta.

    • Connie says:

      The shelf is called a Besta. They can sit on the floor or mount on the wall. I really love it! It’s just the right depth for our cases.

  5. Maria Rodriguez. says:

    Hello Connie: I just ordered the sketch book and the process through Pay Pal went fine, with no glitches. I’m very happy to help this awesome young people achieve their dream to go to NYC.
    Now, I love how you organize your stamps in that awesome shelf. I have my every day stamp sets readily available at all times on a book shelf by my work desk. The Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, 4th. of July, Valentine’s Day I have them in clear plastic boxes with labels in my closet, that way I can just pull the boxes out when the time comes.
    Thank you for this segment Connie, it’s always so helpful to see how others organize their stamping places.

  6. katrina says:

    Connie, I could not find the thing to order.

    • Connie says:

      From what I can tell, it didn’t come through on the email for some reason. Technology! Who knows what happened? If you will scroll down to the bottom of this post you will see a “Buy Now” button. Just click it and you should be good to go. I am so sorry for the confusion. 🙂

  7. veronica says:

    Hi Connie,
    Would love to be able to order your flash card sketches to not only help the youngsters but also to help myself.
    Sadly (not really, I love it here) I live in the UK so am not sure if you post over the pond?
    Please let me know if you do and I will get my order in super quick.
    Many thanks Veronica

    • Connie says:

      Veronica, I wish I could send to all my wonderful stamping friends in the UK but I can’t. Boo. Thank you for your sweet offer to help Ginny. You’re a doll!

  8. Valerie says:

    Hi Connie!
    I would love to help Ginny out! My oldest daughter is in HS marching band here in the DFW area. We are a 6A school with several stellar State and National Championships under our belts. The fee’s are ASTRONOMICAL!!!! I was not prepared to dish out the nearly 4K since June! I have struggled and sold some personal items to help offset the cost. I just would have hated to tell her no because we could not afford it. Your fundraiser is absolutely brilliant! Good job Connie for using your talents and gifts to find a way to benefit your family! Count me in!
    Valerie Martin

  9. Karen Halterman says:

    Connie-I love this “help” column you do each week now and have gotten some great tips from you. I just plain enjoy your whole website! Thank you for all the effort and time put into each area-my fave is the Tuesday Tips with Connie!! You are full of great tips for us. You are my kind of stamper:very pretty, classy, WOW and simple. I don’t get into all the frills and coloring,etc, that some do, I like to see the main image on a card, not have to wade through all the “fluff” and big ribbons, 🙂

    I organize my stamps by theme also and it helps to find those certain stamps quicker.
    Keep up the great work!
    Karen from Iowa

  10. Karen Halterman says:

    Connie-can I get a home address for you as I don’t do PayPal or any credit cards and I want to order your Flash Card packet to help your Ginny on her choir trip too! My nephew’s choir went to NYC last summer but traveled from Iowa-I can imagine the cost is high coming from Oklahoma..ooh.My email is haltermk@mercyhealth.com and I will get a money order off this coming week for it. Thanks!
    Karen from Iowa

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