I've spent months organizing and cataloging my unmounted stamps, and I think I'm as done as I'm going to be at this point - someone asked me to share my system, so here we go! I'm really happy with this so far - it's wonderful to be able to have everything in one system that is searchable, so I can access and use what I have!
I got this little shelving unit at Goodwill, and it works so perfectly in my little space - the boxes are double-stacked with a sheet of cardboard between them for support. These are all my unmounted image stamps and most of my clear stamps, sorted by category... I do have my Impression Obsession and Power Poppy clear sets stored separately, but they're indexed along with the others in Evernote.
The boxes I used are from Clearbags - they are 5 7/8" x 1" x 8 7/8" Crystal Clear Boxes, and they're just the right size to accomodate 2 half sheets of plastic, with stamps on both sizes (with just the thicker EZMount, they only hold 3 layers of stamps; if there are thinner stamps like the clear ones or the thinner EZMount, 4 layers will fit).
Here, for example, are the contents of the Bunny2 box. My daughter and I stamped all the contents of each box, and then scanned them (these are the images on the sheet to the right)...
...then in my photo editor I clipped each image, cleaned them up, and saved them as separate files.
I can add notes or thumbnails of the cards I've made with each stamp, and I may do that at some point. For some I've added a direct link, which is a great resource when I need to link up a stamp or set in a blog post! Right now I'm happy to just be able to search for images. I can even search multiple tags at once. Say I wanted to find all the sentiments that I've designed for Impression Obsession that have a theme of courage - I can click on the tags for dkdesigns, Impression Obsession, sentiment, courage, and I'll pull all those images up at once. There are 14!
An alternative to stamping and scanning each image is dragging and dropping images found online - that's nice for current stamps and new purchases.
I got the plastic sheets at MyBinding.com, and they're 20mil report covers - very heavy and sturdy. Regarding the issues we've all heard of with stamps reacting with plastic sheeting... these are not acetate. I have had some of the stamps on the sheets for almost a year, and I've checked and rechecked them to see if there's any evidence of reaction with the clear stamps and EZMount foam, and I don't see any issues at all. (In contrast, there was visible clouding on the CD cases within a month or 2.)
My sentiment stamps are indexed in the same way, but I stayed with the CD cases just so the stamps were in smaller batches. As I mentioned above, I have noted a reaction between the EZMount foam and the CD cases, so each of those is lined with a plastic sheet.
A closer look at the labels....
Each case has an index inside it, which was scanned and each image separated like I showed above.
Here's what it looks like inside...
...and the sentiments can also be sorted by their tags. The only sentiments that are in with the other unmounted stamps are ones that would only be used with stamps from that category (you might have noticed there was a sentiment stamp in with the bunnies - it says "Somebunny thinks you're special!" so I would obviously only use that with the bunnies.)
Thanks for peeking in!