Hey there crafters Rita Barakat here! Do you have a ton of stencils and no clue how to store them? I happened to have a little 6×6 craft binder that I had not used and I don’t know why I didn’t think about this before but it’s perfect for storing stencils!
First I had to decorate it! A little texture paste and misting…
I used the wildflowers stencil and a little modeling paste! (LOVE this stencil!)
When it was dry I added my stencils!!!
On my newer stencils I went ahead and left the packaging so I would know the names when I do my blog posts. I also make a document to keep track of all of my stencils…
Here is a screen shot of how it looks – I grab the pictures online, shrink them down and keep them in separate files for 6×6 and 12×12. This really helps for the older ones when I don’t have the packaging anymore. So there you have it! My way for storing stencils! I don’t have that many 12×12 stencils yet so I keep them with my latest papers stored loose and horizontally. I hope this gives you some ideas on storing stencils, I would love to know how you store your stencils! Leave me a comment !
Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. In addition to The Crafters Workshop she designs for the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®,DCWV and freelances for a variety of manufactures.
11 thoughts on “Storing Stencils!”
I have the packaging for most of mine and I have them standing up in a box on my counter to easily flip through. I LOVE that you’ve made documents of yours!!! I have enough now that flipping through every time to see what I want to use is not so fun anymore 🙂 I’m thinking put them in alphabetically and have the document to quickly see what I want to use and finding it would be easy. Thanks!!!!!
It has made it so much easier Wanda!
so many stencils! so much to store! I too use binders! Have one 12×12 plastic one which of course is full; still searching to find another!
I store the same way, But the idea to make a file with the pictures is new for me and a great idea!! TFS
You are so welcome Wilma!
That’s a great idea. I need to organize mine like this. Right now I have them all in a plastic bin on my table, not the best way to store them. Thanks for sharing
LOL Loey! I totally understand! And Carmen- this has worked out so much better, I am going to find a 12×12 binder for the big ones too!
I store my 6×6 ones the same way, although I made mine out of sheet protectors and washi tape. My 12×12 one is a purchased one. They work really well for me too! Thanks for sharing!
FABULOUS idea, thanks so much!! My collection is growing and so this may just be the solution!
This is awesome, Rita! I was looking for a better way to store my stencils. I have mine on a loose leaf ring binder and really wanted something more structured. Thanks for sharing this idea.