How I store my stencils!

I love stencils! I have been collecting and using stencils in my art projects for about 15 years (before that I used my moms collection LOL!) and you know me, I never throw away anything that can be use in my artsy endeavors. I also take in a lot of orphaned art supplies (friends start a project and when they are done they have no use for the stencils again) that might prove useful in my art or the kids art classes I teach. so how do I contain the stash? Watch and see:

I divided the stencils into several categories: Patterns/backgrounds, basic shapes/boarders, occasion/seasonal, Alphabets and masks/poistoids also I put any trace & cut stencils (AKA templates) in my larger Crop ‘n Style PSB (paper/sticker binder) so any diamond fold stencils, color blocking scrapbook templates as well as cool cards and paper boxes I have saved over the years to take apart and trace, they are all in there in page protectors. My brass stencils live in a divided wine box crate with my embossing folders and texture plates since that is what I mainly use them for. This method makes the most scene for me since I have so many stencils with no plans to purge any ūüėČ After posting this video on YouTube viewers shared their storage solutions, here are some ideas:

Ronisuescrapper says:

I do not even come close to the amount of stencils that you have, but I have mine in a three ring binder, with pocket pages, and have them divided that way. The ones that actually came with the 3 holes in them for binders I have in the front. They all fit nicely that way, but if I ever get more, I will for sure keep your technique in mind, because it is great. Thanks! ~ Roni

Pistos En Agape¬†has this idea…

I hang like stencils on ring binders and attach them to the bottom of the wire shelving common in most closets. So far I’ve had no problems with untangling one from another since they hang loosely across the shelf wires.

Hope this makes a little sense.

SkrimpnSkrap says:

I find keeping my stencils in sheet protectors in 3 ring binders works really well. I have a binder that is 8.5×11″ and one that is actually a 12×12 scrapbook for larger stencils/templates. It’s easy to flip through, find what I want and pull it out. I keep a blank sheet of paper in each protector with stencils on either side. This helps me see exactly what they are and they tend to get intertwined with each other a bit less. Hmmm…now I’m inspired to go use my stencils! THANKS!

Joyce B writes:

Thank you. I only have enough stencils for a plastic storage box but if I were to get many more, I would definitely consider storing them this way.

Cecilia Sawyer likes to store her stencils this way:

You really hit on a common problem we all have. I found the accordion fold folders for 12×12 Scrapbook papers are really good. I noticed you had some. I just label the sections with names like: circular designs. Stencil Girls, Joggles, Texture backgrounds, numbers and letters, etc. I have a smaller accordion folder for my 6×6 ones. Thanks for the video.

I used to store my stencils like Cecilia does, it worked well for my larger ones but I just had so many! I hope these ideas help you get your clutter under control. Thanks for sharing your ideas ladies and til next time happy crafting!

 

10 Responses

  1. A great idea, Lindsay, and some great ideas from others too! I don’t have too many yet, and I’m another one who stores them in page protectors. use the ones that are open on 2 sides – you access the long open side by removing the page protector from the ring binder. I’ve experienced some problems cutting them with my Cougar cutting machine (small pieces lifting with the blade) but someone on the Thyme Machines forum suggested spraying the back of the stencil material with repositionable glue which helps the stickiness of the machine’s mat to hold them more firmly. The stencils end up slightly tacky on the back, which really helps hold them in place when you use them, and I am planning to store them on waxed paper in my ring binder. I always put in a piece of paper that I’ve stencilled on to so I can see at a glance what they are. When I get too many for one ring binder, I shall just start another one!

    Thanks for your great hints and tips – keep ’em coming!

    Shoshi

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  2. Excellent solution! I may be using part of this idea. I have 3 binders with most of my shapes, occasions, alphabet and shape/border stencils in them. I don’t have any brass stencils. All of my crafter’s workshop and other background stencils are actually in a folder on my desk because I use them all the time! I don’t have a lot of masks yet, but the few I do have are in with my background stencils right now because I have been using them pretty frequently really. Amazing how you get such a huge amount of stuff into such a little space when you separate and organize sensibly isn’t it?

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  3. I will try organization stencil tips and maybe I will use stencils more often. I’m not using my stencils because they are are not organized. I store my stencils in a box.
    Your upbeat blogging and videos make my day! Love your tips!
    Your cute + humorous ways make me laugh.
    Thank you for brightening up my day with my favorite subject,crafting!
    Oh Happy Happy Day to You!

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  4. TFS Lindsay! I store my 6 x 6 stencils in a plastic box with a snap on lid so I can carry them to play dates with my 6′ x 6″ Gelli Plate…then I angle them in the box so I can flip thru them…I cut down an alpha divider set to be able to sort types – when I want a flower stencil, I look behind the ‘F’ divider, circles behind the ‘C’ divider, etc. My 8×10 stencils are in a folder stored like yours…mostly use the 6×6. I have some 6 x 6 free form with no sides that like to tangle so I put a piece of paper between them.
    My metal stencils are in a 3″ zippered 3 ring binder and stored in plastic photo/baseball card pockets – again with an alpha divider to sort types of stencils….perfect solution for me!
    TFS your video Lindsay!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  5. What do you cut your stencils out of? I have a Cricut and a Cameo.

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    • usually card stock like file folders or sometimes acetate but it dulls the blade something fierce. For the cardstock ones I use acrylic paint on them a few times with out cleaning and it gives them a durable plastic skin:) Lazy and effective!

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  6. Great ideas Lindsay! ~Diane

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