Bamboo Placemat Memo/Photo Holder

Hello! Tami Sanders here to share an inexpensive organizational project with you.

Do you have lots of paper “bits” tucked here and there like coupons, business cards, notes to self, etc? Do you forget where you stash them? How about making a memo holder to keep them all need and organized and more importantly – at hand when you need them! And not just any memo holder, but a decorative one using TCW Stencils…

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The base of the memo holder was a bamboo placemat that I found at the $1 store.

Then I selected a few stencils: TCW366 Scallop Flowers and TCW278 Circle Explosion and inked the designs using ColorBox Crafter’s Inks in colors that coordinated with my space. I did the circles first, then added a scattering of the flowers. Heat set the ink to make it permanent, then add a coat of sealer for good measure…

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Then all that was left to do was to add paperclips in between the bamboo slats to hold memos – or as I did for the sample – photos…

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Supplies Used:

THE CRAFTER’S WORKSHOPTCW366 Scallop Flowers and TCW278 Circle Explosion

OTHER: Clearsnap: ColorBox Crafter’s Ink: Aquamarine, Limelight, Fire, Tangelo and Sweetpea and ColorBox Stylus & Tips, Bamboo Mat, Ribbon and Paper Clips

Tami Sanders… The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Museum Scrapbook Page

Hello! Tami Sanders here with a scrapbook layout that I would like to share.

Sometimes you have a special photo that you just can’t find the perfect paper for. That’s when you need to create your OWN paper! The Crafter’s Workshop has TONS of stencils in lots of different themes and styles.

My family recently visited Houston for Spring Break. One of our stops was The Fine Arts Museum, Houston. They have this cool art installation in a tunnel that connects two buildings. I really wanted to show off the photo so I went through my TCW stencil stash and pulled out a few that I thought would accent the photo.

I decided to use Izink Inks as they have a slight shimmer and are a hybrid of ink and acrylic paint. They are easy to work with and dry fast, plus they aren’t so liquid-y that they ooze under the stencil.

I used a disposable plate to mask off a rounded edge of the Circle Explosion template. If you only want to use a certain portion a template, there are lots of ways to do it. Blue painter’s tape is a quick and easy way {I used it to hold the foam plate down}, or think of objects with the shape you want. If you can’t ink over them, you can always pencil in the lines, then mask them off with the tape.

Here is the finished page…

museum layout

I made a short video that shows how I created this scrapbook page step-by-step…

Supply List:

THE CRAFTER’S WORKSHOPTCW278 Circle Explosion, TCW454 Specimen, TCW437 Texturized, TCW227 Chevron and TCW363s Mini Diamonds

OTHER: Clearsnap: Izink Ink: Iris, Volubilis, Mimosa, Safran, Cavier
and Jasmine and ColorBox Stylus & Tips, Beacon Adhesives: Zip
Dry, Black and White Cardstock, Metal Label and Brads

TOOLS: Trimmer, Blue Painter’s Tape, Foam Plate and Pencil

Tami Sanders… The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Layouts and Stencils…..

Hi Everyone…..Lynne Forsythe here, I am OVER THE MOON EXCITED to be sharing with you one of my latest creations using the Crafter’s Workshop stencils.

As my children have grown older I began to shy away from layouts
and to expand into forms of Mixed Media.
Now, my art is about to return to it’s roots…..
with a new little addition to my family… grandson Izaya!
I have more pictures of this little one than I know what to do with!


I LOVE Mixed Media so I began to experiment with how to
integrate the techniques into my layouts.

You're Special by Lynne Forsythe

I pulled out a few of my to go to stencils…
TCW267 ~ Ledger
TCW278 ~ Circle Explosion
TCW202 ~ Harlequin
TCW324 ~ Hexagon

You're Special by Lynne Forsythe

As I am a bit unfamiliar with applying “mists” through stencils
I decided to experiment with a few different applicators…
Make up Sponges
Paint Brush
Sea Sponge

You're Special by Lynne Forsythe

I LOVED how the Sea Sponge gave the appearance of texture.

You're Special by Lynne Forsythe

When I was happy with my “misty” background
I just had to add some texture….
a bit of Ferro through the TCW202 Harlequin Stencil.

You're Special by Lynne ForsytheFor a bit of a pop…..
I ran a bit of Molding Paste through
the TCW267 Ledger Stencil
….the perfect addition.

Now that my background was complete
I scrapped this “manly” page of “My Lil Bug!”
Isn’t he just the cutest??!??!?

Lynne Forsythe
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team
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Karenliz and her stencil aliens

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I spotted this post by Karenliz and just had to share. Not only is her work beautiful (and of course she uses our stencils!!) but she’s fun to read too!  Here’s her post using Circle Explosion (TCW278) and Cornflowers (TCW375):







“AGAIN Stencil aliens took me over the other night. They took me over so much that I never took step by step pictures of how this piece developed.  You can see the aliens first creation HERE. I was so involved that I lost all track of time and if my house collapsed around me I wouldn’t have noticed. That’s aliens for you!

I love all the bright colors and the layers on the piece. I tried to draw my own flowers so I can cut my own stencil but I really can’t draw. I do keep trying over and over. My mother and brother were artists but I didn’t get the drawing side of it.  Stencils and rubber stamps are my friends in my art room. You can use them in so many way.  
There are so many new stencils coming out that I’m afraid I will be visited by stencil aliens over and over. So stay tuned!
Thanks so much for stopping by!”

Martha Richardson’s creations


















Martha Richardson has a real love affair with our templates and Tattered Angels Sprays.

Tattered Angels Paint Mediums Used on above tag:

Glimmer Mist in Key Lime Pie & Pearl

Glimmer Chalkboard in Fairway & Calypso

She took 3 of her favorite templates:













And then went to town with them.  Here’s what she writes:

“I often talk about MOP TAGS, these are manilla shipping tags that I use to mop up any excess mist and I save them for future use. I have two tags created from these Mop Tags and stenciled watercolor paper.

















Tattered Angels Paint mediums used:

Chalkboard Glimmer Mist in Firefly, Valencia, Alaskan Salmon & Pink Polka Dot

Glimmer Glam in Chandelier & Rockin’ on Sunshine















“The above photo shows the back of the tags where I added the left over pieces, the watercolor paper that I use and more stencils & it’s matching MOP TAG! 

My second project is part of a monthly challenge created by 3 fabulous artists called THE WHATEVER’S, based on creative storytelling. If you want to know all the specifics you can find all the info. here at Nathalie Kalbach’s blog or here at Catherine Scanlon’s blog or here at our very own Tattered Angel, Vickie Chrisman’s blog! I was intrigued by the concept and spent sometime thinking about the story I wanted to create. I knew that a piece of old wallpaper would be the base for my 1st page/story and of course this could only be created with Tattered Angels.”















“Tattered Angels Paint products used:

Glimmer Mist in Nougat, Partridge in a Pear Tree, Woven Burlap & Cinder

Glimmer Chalkboard in Chalk

Here is the finished page and you’ll be able to read my story about The Whatever’ here.”

Thanks Martha! Absolutely beautiful!!  Click here to read her blog.