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 😉 After posting this video on YouTube viewers shared their storage solutions, here are some ideas:
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.
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!