UPDATE: 3/7/2011 Please see the comments section of this post from my stampin' sister Linda for additional tips for cutting out rubber images. She also makes a suggestion of what to do with the wooden blocks. I have a post on that - click here.
For some time now, I've been been thinking about un-mounting my wooden stamps. Wooden stamps take up a lot of space! I was recently inspired by my stampin sister Linda to just do it!
There are some images I will choose to keep on wood. For example, I have several that have colored images on the wood - I want to keep those as a color guide. There are others that may be side & top mounted, or that I just like mounted. As I go through them, I'll decide. One area where I'm moving 100% of mounted to un-mounted - my largest collection of wood mounted stamps - are my Stampin' Up! stamps. Sending a BIG SHOUT OUT to Stampin' Up! for adding un-mounted images to their product line!! They call them "clear," however the images are the same good quality rubber as on their mounted version. You can see through the acrylic block, thus clear. ;o)
For the last couple of years I have not mounted my SU! images. I've placed them on EZMount. There are two types of cushion - regular and thin. It's a matter of personal preference. If you like a lot of "cush" when you stamp, pick the regular. I have my mounted images stored in their cases on a CD/DVD case and my un-mounted images stored in a binder. Looking forward, they will all be together. I like togetherness. :o)
My journey begins....
- First I made the decision that I really wanted this change and acknowledged to myself that it will take time and effort. I also wanted the benefit of having all my SU! together in one area. I would not have to try to remember if a set was mounted or un-mounted.
- Next, I thought about the time table - I wanted to set up a schedule that is attainable. I received a request that helped me with my time table - it's something I'm excited about. I'll share more about that in a future post. Back to my journey....
- Because I have so many SU! images, I choose to keep them in alphabetical order. To get maximum storage on the CD/DVD case, I organized my sets by size, then alphabetical order. Another driver for this change is that I want to save my energy for creating, not use it on searching. :o) I started stacking all the As, Bs, Cs, etc....
- I took the As and put them in alphabetical order.
- Now comes the tedious part - the un-mounting. The good news with SU! images is, they come off the sponge mounting pretty easy. I found three scenarios. (1) they peal right off without any residue - clean, (2) they peal of with some sticky residue. It's very similar to Aleene's tack it over & over glue, and (3) they peal right off with a dry coating.
- For scenario (1), I placed the rubber directly on EZMount. Scenario (2) I left the residue on and will use as is. It sticks nicely to the acrylic block and does not leave any sticky. Scenario (3) I found I could just rub the majority off with my thumbs. I did have to use a little "elbow grease," but it comes off clean. If I can not get it off by rubbing, I use an adhesive remover (I use Duck Adhesive Remover). NOTE: If you do decide to use EZMount for your images, I highly recommend purchasing a hot knife. It makes cutting out your images so easy and quick. You can also use quality craft scissors. You can precondition them with a non stick spray (I've heard some people just use PAM) or you'll have to clean them often.
- After my images are ready to store, I started placing them in storage cases. I decided to use the SU! cases. That way, when I buy new SU! images, I'll just stick them in alphabetical order on my CD/DVD case. Depending on the size of the set, I can get three or four sets in one case!!
- The SU! cases have a space to slide paper or card stock in so you can label it. Using my PC, I created a template. I update the template with the name of the sets that will be in that case. I stamp the images in the blank area - using a different color ink for each set. For the sets where I saved the little sticker with the number in the set, I peel it off and place it inside the new storage case.
- What a great reduction in space!! In the photo I now have 28 sets in the a much smaller space!
If anyone has any ideas on what to do with the wood pieces and all the plastic cases, please leave me a comment.
Now, back to working on the Bs. :o)
Take care and STAY POSITIVE!