Sara in NL

Love this! And if Newfoundland weren’t so far away, I’d jump in my car right now just so that I could touch it. (That’s the inner child in me who wants to touch EVERYTHING!)  This wonderful Index Card (from Index Card a Day) was created by Sara who teaches many cool classes over at The Paperie (also in NL). Sara used so many of our stencils in this, that I couldn’t resist re-posting her blog post. Thanks Sara!!

Index Card a Day #52 – Enjoy the little things…

“I’m finally back to finishing the last 10 ICAD’s from this summer! For this one I smeared light molding paste over a fun stencil, Bug Doily, and let it air dry. I then painted over it with my cheapie water colours paints, blending them together. Although I really liked the blending colours, I wanted a bright spot and that wasn’t happening so I misted the centre with Lemon Zest Dylusions Ink Spray and then blended around it again.

Over that I stippled watercolour paint through another stencil, Art Is, and painted the wood veneer stars. The sentiment is, of course, stamped over a premade background and cut out! I love the texture of the molding paste, especially with the text over it.

And the addition of a quick spritz of Studio Calico Shine? Awesome!”

 

Stencil Organizer with Ronda

Ronda Palazzari created this video because so many people saw her previous post about her stencil organizing system.

The video below is a Two-fer.  Not only do you get to see Ronda’s stencil organizing system, BUT you also get to see how she created this gorgeous binder cover (above).  If you just want to see how to use every stencil and tube of paint you own, fast-forward to the midway point.  Enjoy!!

Stencil Storage idea

People always ask “What’s the best way to store your stencils?” Lucky for you, Ronda Palazzari posted the answer to this very question on her blog.  Here are the highlights (but definitely go to her site to read lots more!!)…

A couple months ago i was reading the Cocoa Daisy Blog and found this awesome stencil storage solution Alissa had posted.  Be still my heart for mine had been tucked shoved into 12 x 12 file folders and to be honest it was getting hard to close the draw.  You see i hardly ever leave them in their packaging.  out of the packaging, in the packaging, out of the packaging.  Yeah that’s just too much work for how often i use these amazing design tools from The Crafter’s Workshop.  I actually think i gasped while reading her post.  How simple & brilliant is her storage solution?  and of course i was struck with a big “DUH, why didn’t i think of that?”  Sometimes you can miss the obvious.

I grabbed some page protectors and started adding in my 12 x 12 stencils.  Yes i’m a dirty girl.  Like Julie, i don’t clean my stencils.  I do occassionally wash them off but i’m not going to spend hours making them look brand new.  it’s just not me.  Alexi helped with this task tremendously.  My left side of my brain took over and demanded labels on the page protectors and of course the 12 x 12 had to go in alphabetical order.  I am thinking of jacking Alissa’s idea further and adding in the colored cardstock.

As for the little guys, those are arranged in 6 x 6 page protectors by groupings.  I am always adding to my stash of stencils (say that 3 times fast) so alphabetical order didn’t make sense to me.  Right brain took control again and said they should be arranged by likeness.  So i gathered them in groups of 4, what made sense to me.  Alexi again was a tremendous help.  She colored most of the backgrounds and added in all the labels.  They now are all tucked into a grey album that’s begging to be altered with stencils but that’s a project for another day. 

I LOVE this new storage.  It has been incredibly useful to just fill through my album to search for the perfect stencil.  Plus i actually put them away when i am done!  There are a few protectors left to fill but i am guessing it won’t take me long to add in more stencils!

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Ed. Note: Ronda says,  “no” you can not have her book of dirty stencils.  You have to go and dirty-up your own.