Are your stencils out of control?

Hi Friends! Last weekend I came up with a new and better way to store my stencils and it cost less than $10. Have a look:

It was really just an update of this method but I love how I can grab all of my messy stencils and take them wherever I want to work. My other templates (tracing and cutting ones) live in a binder I can flip through but for the messy ones it does the trick.

Here are the categories I have my stencils sorted in:

  • Small stencils (6″x6″ and smaller in the front of the divider so I can see them from the outside)
  • 12″x12″ background stencils-store bought
  • 12″x12″ background stencils-handmade
  • 8.5″x11″ stencil backgrounds
  • DCWV brand 12″x12″ stencils
  • Oriental Trading 12″x12″ stencils
    *All others are 8.5″x11″
  • Basic Shapes
  • Nature
  • Borders/Designs
  • Occasion

The only ones that do not work in the Darice Spectrafile are my large decor and homemade hot glue stencils. I hope this gives you some ideas to corral your stencil stash. Happy crafting!

9 Responses

  1. Well, you have me rethinking now about this. I have been using 12 x 12 (3) rings notebooks with protector pages and a piece of paper in the protector but the thicker one I have is getting really heavy and some of my Prima stencils are a bit to big. This might hold all my stencils. Drawback is I have 6 x 6 and 12 x 12 of some of the same stencil (interesting to use both on one page) and have gotten used to seeing them individual. I do like both ways but like your option. They should make dividers for this.


  2. Awesome idea. My stencils are definitely getting out of control. Thanks.


  3. I have mine in a binder right now but it is getting a little thick. I may have to switch to your new method. Thanks for the idea!


  4. Great Idea. I used them at the law firm, but never put 2+2 together.

    Thanks Lindsay. . . :0)


  5. I use something similar to store all my embellishments and scrap paper for card making. It’s so easy to find everything and I can take it away with me too


  6. Great idea Lindsay! ~Diane


  7. Lindsay… Oh what a great idea. Got really excited and investigated where to buy one ( or more )… And sigh … !!! Seems impossible to find it in Europe and none of the US stores I found selling them were shipping to Europe…how disappointing ! Just got excited and it was followed by disappointment….sigh.. Again….
    But thank you for the idea !! You are so sweat to share a tons of great ideas, techniques etc with us… Love your blog !!!!
    Hugs from SPAIN


  8. Clever idea clever lady!!!!


  9. I like this idea! I have mine in separate plastic folders organized in a similar manner to your method however the one piece file really appeals to me. Thank you!


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