Hi everyone! I have recently updated the way I store my small stencils so I thought I’d share it with you in case it’s something that may be of use to you, in your craft room.
The first part of my stencil storage is exactly the same. It is what I store them in that has changed. I will copy the instructions from my old blog post onto this one so you will have step by step instructions, as well as links to the products I used. (Some of the products have changed a bit since I wrote the original blog post.) The new part will be towards the bottom of this post.
How I store my small stencils:
First I start out making stencil storage sheets, which are laminated sheets of cardstock.
Instructions: To create your stencil storage sheets, use the following steps:
- Cut sheets of cardstock to fit your stencils: I chose to cut mine into two sizes. The majority of my stencils fit on to a 7.5″ tall x 6.5″ wide sheet of cardstock. (I cut mine to 6″ but you should cut them to 6.5 so you have a little wiggle room). However, my Tim Holtz and one of my Studio Calico stencils were tall and thin and so I cut cardstock to fit them at approximately 8″ tall x 5″ wide.
- Laminate the Cardstock: Place the cut pieces of cardstock into the laminating pockets and run them through your laminator and then trim the extra laminator pocket material from your cardstock sheets.
- Label Cardstock Sheets: Using your label maker, create a label for each of your laminated cardstock storage sheets. I put the initials of the manufacturer and then the stencil name. For example: SSS – Chevron
- Adhere Your Stencils: After you have sprayed the back of your stencils with stencil spray, stick the stencils onto the newly laminated sheets of cardstock.
This is what one of each of the laminated cardstock sheets looks like once they are completed and the stencils have been adhered:
Now that your stencil storage cards are created it’s time to put them away. I am using the Clarity Stencil Folders to store my stencils in. I bought two sizes, the A5 size for my tall, thin stencils and the 7×7 for my 6×6 and smaller stencils. They look like this:
Both the (7×7) Stencil Storage Folder and the larger A5 size hold 24 stencils each.
This is what the inside looks like (full):
The good news? The stencil folders are inexpensive. Bad news? You can currently only order them from the UK. However, the shipping was not too bad for my order! (Links below)
The products I used to create this storage solution are listed and linked for your convenience below.