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Stencil Organizer album

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…

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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!


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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?

Lynne Joncas
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'Stencil Organizer album' have 2 comments

  1. April 30, 2018 @ 8:54 am Julia Cotrim

    I love the idea of altering an album for organizing stencils! TFS!


  2. August 21, 2018 @ 1:49 pm Jessica Gregg

    Very adorable… and you’re right about a big win when it’s both pretty and functional. I had to laugh about the “chaos” as I’m a huge messy crafter myself and I tried to picture me doing that and I laughed! One week sounds about right for me too! Great post! Love this


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