Hi. I am Lynne Joncas and today I’d like to share with you my latest attempt to keep my craft room less messy – I have created a stencil organizer. It’s a great idea on how to keep all your stencils in one place – I am hoping that this solution will help me minimise my craft room ‘chaos’… well, at least for a couple of weeks…
A while back I altered a 4 x 6 photo album to hold some of my cutting dies, and a friend mentioned using similar albums to hold her stencils, which I decided was a fabulous idea that I definitely needed to try!! I picked up an 8×8 album for 25 cents at a thrift store and personalized it with lots of great CCB products, and it is now such a handy way to keep my stencils organized… I have arranged them by manufacturer and have been thinking about adding tabs to my most used ones. I love creating projects with a vintage feel, and it’s definitely a bonus when they’re practical too!
Materials used to upcycle the stencil holding album:
7gypsies Gypsy Moments 12×12 Board and Room
7gypsies Gypsy Moments 12×12 A Novel Thought
Architextures 12×12 paper Vintage Bunting
Architextures Findings: Dress Form with Stand
Canvas Corp Heirloom Collection: Sewing on Ivory Paper
Canvas Corp Burlap Fringe – natural burlap
Gypsy Soul Lasercuts vintage frame
Recollection adhesive lace
Cuttlebug with dies and embossing folder
Hot glue gun
I had a plain black 8×8 album including quite a few page protectors – I have to admit that I did end up adding a few more page protectors, because I have more stencils than I thought I had!. To start, I covered the front, back and end piece of the album with patterned paper and inked the edges for a soft, vintage feel.
The Gypsy Soul Lasercuts frame fit the quote perfectly!
I covered the image with patterned paper, then sand and inked the edges.
The outer edges of the frame were run through a Cuttlebug embossing folder, then painted, inked and wrapped with a bit of twine.
I cut the flowers with this die, then inked and layered them, using small antique silver brads to hold them together.
I adhered the lace to the burlap fringe, then cut it to just a little wider than the lace and frayed the edges a bit before twisting it and attaching it with hot glue.
I love to fussy cut, and these vintage scissors added an extra bit of artsy-ness to my project … yes, I know that’s probably not a word-LOL!
I was pleased with the functionality of this finished project, and I think it looks nice enough to leave out on my work table, unlike the plastic drawer I used to have my stencils stuffed into!
What do you think?