Rubber Stamp & Paper Document Marking Don't Mix

By Michael Ross

They are expensive. A self-inking rubber stamp that is only 11/16" x 2" costs $29.95; a 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" self-inking stamp costs about $37.95. And, that is for each person doing any document work! Moreover, these stamps only come in the color, size and font originally required. Things change.

Time is wasted and production is reduced. Numerous receivers require copies to be made which means a trip to the copy machine. When sales, customer, marketing and clients are to receive copies of a document, each requires the appropriate marking. Not only do you have make a trip to the copy machine but then, you have to mark each copy.

They will obliterate the text or content of the document in the area in which they are used. They are generally used in the margins of documents. If not, this use-in-the-margin requirement renders the document easily susceptible to alteration as the "stamp in the margin" can easily be blocked out and an unprotected "original" made on today's high quality copiers with no trace of the stamp.

Stamping a document is a manual process. Multiple page documents mostly end up having only the first page marked. The remaining pages are therefore unprotected and unidentified. Because of this practice, rubber stamps tend to defeat best practices as well as full document protection.

The purpose of a document is easily altered when using rubber stamps for document management. A document marked on the first page and/or in the margin is no defense for unintended use.

Rubber stamps awkward for marking selected pages of document that has been revised or changed. For example, if a user has a 15 page document and has modified pages 3, 7 and 13. she must thumb through the document to manually apply the appropriate stamp to each revised page. Again, this manual process subjects the document to inadequate and possible improper marking that increases as the number of pages increase.

They are mostly ineffective and outdated for today's paper document management requirements. Manually marking documents with self-inking stamps is limited to what you have available in you desk drawer. If unique or special marking is required, a stamp must be ordered and still requires manual application. - 30551

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The Dave Draper of Rubber Stamps

By James Pynn

Rubber stamps and me: a love affair. What's with the rubber stamp? Well, that's like asking the gent wearing that fashionable fedora why he bothers with keeping his head warm. A rubber stamp is not glamorous, no sir. What it is -- is dependable. It does exactly what it's designed to do: stamp. No special stamp apps that you can download and play online. These are solid, real tools for real people. Or at least mostly real people.

The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can ink now that you can customize rubber stamps. From public notaries to grade school teachers, there is always a reason to stamp. Stars, smiles, emblems -- even signatures -- can all be cut into compact, perfect stamps.

Why stop with one stamp? Why stop with two? They are so affordable you could make out with a cool half dozen before your bank account even knew what happened. The best part is you can even customize how your stamp can be constructed. Want a wooden handle? Maybe something like Dan Draper would use? Not a problem -- not this day in age.

Can you remember your dear Aunt Agnes? You know, the one on your mother's side -- with twelve cats and rollers perpetually in her hair? Well, you may have forgotten, but the lady loves to scrap book. She has the world's largest collection of pictures of you feeding the dog your tables scraps. Help her make her scrap booking dreams come true and send her a nice set of decorative stamp.

Flowers, vines, and cherubs -- you name it and they can make it. Who are they? They are professional stamp manufacturers and they are as rare a breed as fedora-sporting gents. You can add metal press plates, spring-loaded recoils, and even an assortment of colored ink pads. Why lock yourself into only one color? Order up, ink, and let the stamping begin. - 30551

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Gift Giving Grief

By James Pynn

It's horrendous, but my wife's birthday is coming up soon. By soon, I mean like tomorrow. By horrendous, I mean it's not my favorite time of the year. The problem I don't know what to get her. I usually save my best gift-giving ideas for Christmas -- it's her favorite holiday. But for some reason, "gift givers block" sets in and I end of up in a last-minute panic.

The crux of my dilemma is the fact that our birthdays are only eight days apart. Her birthday comes up first, so it's my responsibility to set the tone. Here's the trick: if my presents are lame then her presents end up being lame too. If I can deliver when it counts, then I get the gifts I've been hungry for.

Your spouse, I have found, is the only person in the world who is closest to you. He or she is the one who knows the particulars of what you like and what makes you happy. He or she knows which DVD you've been pining for and which CD has been at the top of your Amazon Wish List. The pressure of giving the perfect present is nerve-racking enough, but then you have to worry about the card. The nightmare never ends. Finding the right card can be problematic. I fancy myself a sincere guy, so getting the perfect one means hours at the card shop, drifting up and down the aisles.

Compounding problem of finding the right gift is finding the card. The card takes the longest to pick out. I know some husbands who can blindly pick out a card ad be done with it. I fancy myself a sincere guy and could never be so jaded. I mean, it's tricky because if I pick the wrong card, then my wife rolls her eyes and I'm in the doghouse.

Suddenly, as if struck by lightening, I decided to run out of the store and make my own card. I mean, why fork over four or five dollars to have a card kind of say what you mean to say? Just say it yourself. I had a rubber stamp custom made so my chicken scratch could be avoided, and stamped it on a 5x7 card. Originality goes a long way -- I think my wife appreciates the fact that I'm trying to convey my own feeling. - 30551

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How Self Inking Stamp Support Modern Business Practices

By Hagen van Peterson

In a modern office setting one of the most important drawer of your desk is the one that holds all the stamps. It has at least seven different custom stamps all having an integral part in the daily business. These stamps all have different functions - they are all important, but none is more important as the self inking stamps.

Sure most of the stamps used are self inking stamps, but they are taken so for granted that we do not even inquire as to how it works. From what I understand, as you press down the pad rotates to the faceplate of the stamp, they have a brief moment of togetherness and then their affair is cut short as the faceplate slams into the paper, leaving its mark. Sure, this all sounds a bit over dramatic, I mean we are talking about self inking stamps here, not Romeo and Juliet. But it is poetic. In the hast of our lives we eliminated a step in the stamping process, no longer needing individual pads of ink, embracing the future without them.

Self inking stamps are an importan part even in today's computerized business world. Also in the future this kind of stamps will help to promote organization as well as efficiency. There are at least three ways that self inking stamps can help your business:

1. They can improve the quality of your organization. Normally you can buy the stamps in three different colors: red, blue or black. This way you can easily and quickly see where the paper belongs.

2. They can reduce mess and clutter on your desk or in your drawer. Without the messy inkpad to worry about, there are no smudges or spills to clean up.

3. They can save you time. Without having to fuss about with an inkpad you literally cut the time it takes to stamp your paper in half.

Self inking stamps are small and mostly unnoticed devices. But these stamps have an effect on the professionalism of your business. These kind of stamps can improve your organization and also optimize your workflow. For these reasons alone, the small investment in self inking stamps is justified.

You can also get creative with self inking stamps.

Self inking stamps can be customized for almost every purpose. Maybe you are working as a teacher and would like to introduce a new and individual way to compliment your students on their work. Or it is a family member's birthday, and you want to express them how much you love them. These stamps can be customized to fit almost every appliance. - 30551

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