Hi! Lately I have been sharing a lot of organizational tips (see links below) since I have been finally finishing my new craft room. (Yes – it is done! I hope to share it all in a few weeks.) Today I am sharing my stencil storage… after many requests due to the growing popularity of stencils.
(Supplies are listed in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)
As I show in the video, I keep my stencils in sleeves that are about 6.5″ x 6.5″. The sleeves (found HERE) actually come with an adhesive flap which I just cut off. By keeping my stencils in sleeves, I don’t get them tangled or icky. I found these sleeves fit most of my stencils. (This doesn’t include the Tim Holtz stencils which I keep on a ring anyway.)
I keep my stencil sleeves in categories (which I share in the video) with plastic dividers. The dividers are cut from inexpensive plastic folders I got on clearance at an office supply store. (They are similar to the ones I found HERE.) I just added category titles using clear label in my label maker and rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper.
Since stencils are thin, these sleeves are thin… making for a storage system that doesn’t take up much room! You could easily store your stencils in any container you may already have. But I found two that I really like. If you have seen my stamp storage (HERE), die storage (HERE) or ink storage (HERE), you know I love InterDesign Linus storage containers. Both of my options are from this great line.
STORAGE OPTION #1
My first (and favorite!) option is the Linus 6″ Pullz. I found it is the perfect size to hold my stencil sleeves, Tim Holtz stencils (see them in the back?), my two most often used embossing pastes and embossing paste tool. It takes up so little room and is easy to grab and get creating. (It measures approximately 11.5″ x 6″ x 3.5″)
STORAGE OPTION #2
My second option is the Linus 8″ Pullz. This is just a tiny bit bigger but holds quite a bit more because the stencils can fit along the width. As you can see in the photo, my stencil sleeves fit in the front with the Tim Holtz stencils on the side. Behind the stencil sleeves are 6 jars of paste and my paste tool. Again, it is sturdy and easy to grab and get creating. (It measures approximately 11.5″ x 8″ x 3.5″)
I hope this was helpful! Before we go, here are a few more links that might be helpful:
- I use this line of containers for many of my storage solutions. Here are links to some: Stamp Storage, Ink Storage, Handmade Card Storage, Die Storage and Various Other Storage.
- Label Maker Video – In this video I show how to use my favorite label maker in a way to conserve label. (Watch at the 8:10 time mark.)
- Basics of Stencils Video – Looking for basic info on stencils, stencil tools and paste? This link may be helpful.
- Stephanie Klauck – My good friend Stephanie also uses these stencil sleeves and shares how she does it.
(By the way, I have NO connection with the company that makes these containers. I just really like them.)