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 [email protected] 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!

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

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