Monday, January 6, 2014

Avery Elle Stamp Storage Pockets

I recently decided, in the midst of purging, cleaning, and re-organizing my craft space, that I would also re-do my clear and cling stamp storage. I wanted to give the Avery Elle stamp storage pockets a try after seeing some others use it for storing stamps (namely Jennifer McGuire, videos of her stamp storage at Video: Clear and Cling Stamp Storage and Video: Clear and Cling Stamp Storage – Larger Sets).

I looked around sites online comparing prices and shipping costs and found that many places were roughly the same total between the price for two packs of 25 and shipping, but there was one site (Scrapbooking Warehouse, see below) where it came in about $4-$5 cheaper than most of the other places. I thought I'd have to wait longer for them because I chose the cheapest shipping option available, but it didn't take that long to get them - I ordered on 12/26 and got them in the mail 12/31.

Here are the places online where I researched the price and shipping (sometimes sales tax applies depending on where the company is physically located):

  • Scrapbooking Warehouse - this is where I purchased mine
    $6.88 per pack of 25.
    $2.99 shipping for DHL Budget/Domestic (this is the shipping method I went with), $6.45 USPS Priority shipping.
    $16.75 total for two packs.
  • Stampin Mania
    $7.99 per pack of 25.
    $4.95 flat rate shipping, free US shipping over $100.
    $20.93 total for two packs.
  • Archivers Annex (not sure how long this will be around since they are closing?)
    $8.00 per pack of 25.
    $5.12 estimated shipping for my zip code, free US shipping over $75.00.
    $21.12 total for two packs.
  • Amazon (sold/shipped by Midwest Scrapbook)
    $10.62 per pack of 25.
    No shipping.
    $21.24 total for two packs.
  • Ellen Hutson
    $8.00 per pack of 25.
    $5.75 shipping for orders up to $25.00.
    $21.75 total for two packs.
  • Simon Says Stamp
    $7.99 per pack of 25.
    $5.99 flat rate shipping, free US shipping over $75.00.
    $21.97 total for two packs.
  • Avery Elle
    $8.00 per pack of 25.
    $6.95 flat rate shipping, free US shipping over $60.00.
    $22.95 total for two packs.

Here's what it looks like after getting the majority of the stamp sets moved over.

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For the smaller sets, I transferred them over to a new transparency cut to fit the storage pocket, if they were too tall to go in as-is. Otherwise, I just put the sets in as-is if they already fit.

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For the larger sets that didn't readily fit into the storage pockets (even to transfer them over to a new transparency), I used 8.5 x 11 sheet protectors. I put them in the sheet protectors upside-down since there was no flap to keep dust out, and then used a piece of washi tape to keep the stamps from falling out the bottom (this is more a temporary solution for larger stamp sets since I didn't want to break them up to make them fit the pockets).

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I also used the storage pockets for wafer thin metal dies, with a bit of magnet cut from a strip and adhered to heavy cardstock. It works okay, but I think magnetic sheets would work better.

The containers are Cabinet Binz from Bed Bath and Beyond. I'm still trying them out and haven't quite decided yet if they will be the long-term solution.

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