One Stencil for Big Impact

Hi there and Happy Thanksgiving to all of you here in the U.S.!  With the feeling of gratitude in the air, I made this quick layout using only one large stencil.  I love using lots of layers, different media and over embellishing, but wanted this page to be about the story.

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I used the stencil below in 12×12, but there is also a 6×6 one.  I thought this stencil would be great to bring focus to the photo in the middle and to be able to use the lines as a loose guide for my journaling.


I started with just a plain piece of white cardstock and some gold mist.

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I chose the gold because it looked great with the photo and also to symbolize my children being the treasure in my life.  Cheesy, maybe…but true!

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After the mist dried I trimmed my photo.  I had actually created it in the shape of a circle using Photoshop which helped me trim it more carefully.

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I also added this glitter word phrase sticker, stitching it down to secure it in alignment of the curve of the stencil.story_TCW_Nov 2015 (30)

I loosely planned out the length of my journaling, so I would know how small to write, adjusting at the end of each line.  It worked out pretty perfectly.

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I added some lime green thread that was sitting on my desk in a messy ball under the photo before adhering it down.  The color matched the sea oats in the photo and I can’t help using something that is just sitting around waiting for the ideal place to be used!

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Sometimes one stencil can make a big impact and help give an important story an awesome background!  Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

You can follow the links below to the stencils I used.


TCW553 – 12×12 Stone Rings

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Jenni Calma

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

2 thoughts on “One Stencil for Big Impact

  1. Hi Jenni, I love the way you used the curve of the stencil to do your journalling but also the subtlety of the colouring. It’s such a simple but very effective page and your two kids look like they’re having a brilliant time. Such a lovely memory to keep, thanks for sharing, Sharon xx

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