Stencil Storage

I don’t have a card today, but though I would share some crafty organization I’ve been working on this weekend. After several years of having all my stencils just thrown in a bin, I finally decided it was time to organize them. I looked at several different options before finally deciding to go with a 6×6 album set up.

Mel's Card Corner | Stencil Organization

I started by gathering all of my stencils and putting them into 6×6″ page protectors from We R Memory Keepers. Behind each stencil, I inserted a sample I created by doing some very quick ink blending through the stencil on a piece of regular printer paper. It was enough for me to see what the finished piece would actually looking like, but doing it on printer paper kept the cost and bulkiness to a minimum. I labeled each of the page protectors using my Brother P-Touch label maker.

Mel's Card Corner | Stencil Organization

Next, I created some dividers so I could separate the stencils by company. To create the dividers, I measured the dimensions of one of the page protectors and cut come card stock to the same size. I used my Envelope Punch Board and trimmer to cut out the tabbed section for the left side then used a 1/4″ hold punch to add the holes. I created tab using the Circle Tab Punch from Stampin’ Up!® After adhering the tabs to the divider, I ran them through my laminator.

Mel's Card Corner | Stencil Organization

To label my tabbed dividers, I used a 3/4″ circle punch to cut out some stickers. I just used some Avery address label stickers which worked perfectly. I wrote the names of each company on the stickers then stuck them on the tabs then assembled everything together in the album. The album I used in a 6×6″ D ring album from We R Memory Keepers.

Mel's Card Corner | Stencil Organization

I absolutely love how this organization plan came together. I finally feel like my stencils are organized in a way that will make it much easier for me to actually use them. As I mentioned, I have them organized by company right now. I’m going to leave them that way for a while, but I’m open to organizing them by type instead (geometric, floral, etc.). I’ll just need to use it for a while to decide which sorting method will work best for me.

Until next time …

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  1. Sharon O says:

    What about stencils that are larger than 6 x 6? Maybe an 8.5 x 11 notebook with sheet protectors for all of them?

  2. Maggie B says:

    Great idea Mel…thanks for sharing. I definitely need to do this as it’s so much easier to see what you’ve already got. Have an awesome week. ~HUGS~

  3. Ann Greene says:

    Great Idea, Mel. So glad you shared. I keep forgetting I have stencils. I’m trying to get my craft room organized but it’s also got the washer and dryer in there taking up much needed real estate. I’m so going to do this. I need all the help I can get, LOL. Thanks again.

  4. Annie says:

    Oh, this is such a wonderful post. I have mine in a binder, but 8-1.2×11 size, not 6×6 which is much more manageable. I am definitely using this idea to organize mine. Thanks so much for posting this. I really appreciate it!

    annievee1977 (on instagram)

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