Thursday, June 9, 2016

Making Wood Blocks Fit back in the Case.

Call me traditional but I still enjoy stamping with my stamps mounted on wood blocks.  There's something nice about having my stamps permanently mounted and that each stamp has it's very own block. It's not unusual, however, to run into a problem where I can't get the wood blocks all back into the case.  How frustrating! Has this ever happened to you?
I saw Donna Griffith (a staff member from the Stampin' Up! home office) do something that I have now started doing myself.  Check out these pictures to see what I do.

Step 1: When you first open a brand new stamp set, don't remove any of the blocks.  If it looks jam packed in the case, you know you might have problems fitting it back in at a later date.  So, to repeat, don't remove any of the blocks. you just need to slide out the rubber sheet of stamps from under the blocks being sure to keep the block configuration intact.

Step 2: Pop out the rubber stamps from the sheet of rubber and place them onto the blocks, making sure each stamp matches with the correct size block.  (I am using the new Confetti Celebration stamp here)

Step 3: Take out one block and adhere the rubber to the block.  Then take a sharpie marker and draw the outline of the block into the case.  Once you've done this, return the stamp to the case and take out the next stamp and repeat. 

Here's what the inside of the case will look at the end.
Now there's no problem putting the stamps back and making them all fit!

I am convinced that this new strategy has saved me hours of wasted time and effort in my life.  That's just more time to allow me to stamp. 
Actually, since time is money, it means I have more money to spend on new stamps in the new catalogue. 
This thinking is called "stamping logic"
It makes perfect sense to me. 
Hope you find this tip helpful!
With all this time you will now save, feel free to head to my online store and browse! 
:-) :-) :-)


  1. That is a great tip Gen! This will also save me time picking up my stamps from the floor after I throw the case against the wall in frustration. :-)

  2. This is an awesome idea!! I have an all in one printer so I lay the stamps on the scanner glass label side down the same way they are in the case. I cover them with a light blanket to block light, then photocopy it. Trim to fit the case, laminate with my Xyron and stick it to the case with Fuse. Your way is much easier...

    1. Thanks! Glad you found it helpful!

  3. Found you bc of the Stampin success mag! This is pure genius!! Anxious to check out more of your blog!

    1. Hi Holly! Thanks for popping in! You are always welcome to say hi!