5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash – Stencil Storage

Print Looks like this series is getting you excited to tidy things up. Did you dream of labeling ALL THE THINGS last night? Good! We have more great ideas where those came from — I promise!

Today we’re going to focus on stencil storage.

Stencils have made quite a comeback in the paper crafting industry. I remember having an alphabet stencil on a ruler when I was in grade school. Now wasn’t that handy? And then in the 80’s those bad boys were used to sponge paint quaint designs on walls of homes and classrooms all around the globe. But these days they are paired with spray mists, pastes, paint, gesso, and all the delightful messy mediums, allowing us to playfully create with color and texture and style.

But how to store them? Let me tell you — We. Have. Ideas!

Stencil Storage and Organization Solutions

One of the best ways to start is by keeping it simple. Keisha has a plastic folder attached to the side of her desk where she stores her stencils. Talk about easy access! It’s simple, practical, and a great use of space.

Keisha - pocket on side of desk

Another great idea comes from Jodi. Since unused stencils are sometimes hard to see, she stores a “test” of the stencil so that she can easily see what it will look like once it is used.

Jodi - stencil example

Amy has a dedicated drawer for her stencil storage. When it comes time to create, she can grab this drawer and take it to her work area. An added bonus: there’s room for other supplies she’ll use when creating with stencils!

Amy drawer

Each of Stephanie’s stencils is removed from the original packaging and lovingly labeled and placed in these flap pockets from Clear Bags. At 6 7/16″ X 6 1/4″, they are the perfect size for 6×6 stencils.

Stephanie - MFT pockets

Barbara uses the same pockets from Clear Bags, and once she has them all packaged and labeled, she stores them upright in a bin and categorizes them by type (with stencil supplies tucked neatly behind). Her section dividers are created using common file folders that you can find in any office supply store. They are sturdier than cardstock (and who wants to waste their cardstock?). You might have some already in your home office, right? Use a corner rounder to avoid getting the sleeve of your sweater caught on the pointy corners.

Barbara Bin

6×6 album pages like these in the My Favorite Things boutique are another fantastic option for storing stencils. Sharon stores hers much like Barbara does, but in page protectors rather than flap pockets.

Sharon - 6x6 and bin

You can also do what Kim does. She uses 6×6 album pages and connects them all with a loose-leaf ring. This solution is fantastic for hanging on a hook on the wall for easy access and more desk space.

Kim Stencils

Cindy likes to keep her stencils tucked away in a 6×6 album. It keeps things tidy (and awfully pretty!).

Cindy mini album

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Don’t forget to label everything! We’ve created printable label templates for you to download for our MFT stamps, stencils, and Die-namics. These .doc files are fully editable and are compatible with 1 3/4″ x 2/3″ 8195 Avery Return Labels, 1 3/4″ x 1/2″ 8167 Avery Return Labels, and all comparable sizes. You can find them HERE.

Wow! Such GREAT ideas, am I right? We’ve given you a lot to ponder about storing your stencils, and we want to give away two prizes, too!  We’ll ADD to your stencil stash with Concentric CircleLarge Chevron StripesStargaze , Graduated Hearts, and Sun Ray. Here’s how to enter for your chance to win these five stencils: Leave a comment on this blog post letting us know your favorite way to use stencils. All winners from this week will be announced next week! Print And this is just the beginning! Make sure you visit the blogs of our Design Team for even more tips, tricks, and ideas for stencil storage and organization.

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  • Victoria Luna

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    I love to use sparkle medium and texture paste with my stencils and my favorite way to storage them is the 6 x 6 album. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    • Julie S

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      I don’t use stencils yet, but I just got some great ideas for storing my many embossing folders!

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    • Vicki Smith

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      I only have a few stencils but I use them with embossing paste that I color with ink pads and that allows you to have lots of colors and I store them in a 6×6 album.

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  • Maureen Hayes

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    Firstly, thanks for this great series on organizing, especially stencils because I really needed to find a solution for mine and this gave me two great ideas that will work for me! I use stencils in card making, mixed media and art journaling with texture paste, mists, and paints and inks! I even use them with doodling just with pens. Thank you for the chance to win this lovely and generous pack of stencils.

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  • Rubeena

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    omg I never thought to organize my stencils!!! no wonder I hardly use them. when I do, it’s with embossing paste to create little textured backgrounds on cards 🙂

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  • Cindy C.

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    I use my stencils with distress inks and texture paste to make fun backgrounds. Love all the storage solutions!

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  • Brandi R

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    WOW fabulous post! Definitely has me motivated to clean clean clean 😀 Thank you ♥

    Favorite way to use my stencils is with inks….either leaving solid or use with distress ink for a wee bit of watercolor effect.

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  • Sandra Schroeder

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    Stencil storage…right now mine are in a clear plastic 9 by 12 container. Who’d of thought there would be so many better ways to store them? Well, you did…lol. Right now my favorite way to use stencils is with texture paste. I just love the way it adds demention to a card, not to mention all the different ways there are to color it.

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  • Whitney W

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    Just bought some stencils. Haven’t used them yet! Excited to try it with embossing paste!

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  • Danielle Near

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    With ink of course

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  • Erin D

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    I having been using a lot of texture paste and embossing paste with my stencils. I love the look you can achieve with stencils and I have been struggling with how to store all the different sizes I have. Thanks for the ideas.

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  • Lee

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    I’m still getting into using Stencils so I’ve not experimented a lot. But I like coloring my embossing past with my ink pads and making pretty designs!

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  • Nancy L.

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    This are just great ideas and so simple to do! Thanks!

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  • Katie Skiff

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    This is one I need. I don’t have a lot of stencils but they don’t have a home either.

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  • SHELLEY ANDERSON

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    THANKS FOR THE GREAT TIPS ON STENCIL STORAGE….I AM GOING TO BE IMPLEMENTING THIS IN MY CRAFT ROOM ASAP! THANKS AGAIN!

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  • Jeanette Wilde

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    I haven’t yet gotten into the stencil world. I have a few but really haven’t used them yet. I really like the ring idea as I have a lot of Ikea hooks and they would hang nicely.

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  • Alma Dirpaul

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    I am loving the organization tips. Thanks for the giveaway too.

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  • Regina M. Hamitlon

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    I love using stencils with texture paste to create backgrounds for my scrapbook layouts.

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  • Pai

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    i used them most with mists. these are such great storage ideas!

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  • Janet (Swanlady21)

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    Love using stencils to give texture and depth to my cards and pages, so I use embossing paste and inks.

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  • Becky Carafa

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    Since I am not a technique girl, my favorite thing to do with stencils is the old sponge ink onto it, or maybe using it as an impression plate.

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  • Dana W

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    i use regular ink with my stencils the majority of the time!

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  • Marcie Sharp

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    My favourite way to use stencils is with embossing paste. It give such a fun texture! Love love love these helpful tips!

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  • Betty H.

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    I like using embossing paste with my stencils but I’m still new to using them so I experiment a lot. I so appreciate that you are doing this week of organizing tips! Thank you! Thank you! Oh, and thank you so much for the printable label templates! What a time saver!

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  • Charyl

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    I love to use my stencils as a background effect. I remember watching Amy (Prairie Paper & Ink) use a brick stencil background on a card and I thought wow I’ve got to buy that stencil. I have used this particular stencil over and over when I needed a brick wall.

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  • Betty

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    recently i have been making lots of watercolor backgrounds -then i use a stencil to give a little pattern to the background – thanks for the tips on stencil storage – i was just pondering on this yesterday

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  • Sandy

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    I like to pounce ink with dauber.

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  • Jennifer Harvey

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    Wonderful ideas. I love the ideas of keeping the pastes, pallet knives and sprays with your stencils and will do that. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Carrie R.

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    I love to use my stencils with sponge daubers or an ink blending tool. I also love the look of stencils with embossing tape.

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  • Janet Zeppa

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    So many awesome ideas! I use my stencils with distress inks and have started to play with paste too.

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  • Joy Jenkins

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    As I haven’t yet, I would love to use the texture paste with the stencils. Great storage ideas!!!

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  • AmyS

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    I really love my texture pastes with stencils….don’t know why, but I love a lumpy card!

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  • sueb

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    Thanks for all of these super helpful ideas.

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  • heather t

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    i love using stencils for backgrounds, love all the ideas today!!!

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  • Love Yarn

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    I love the stencils in the pocket on the side of the desk. I love to use them with mist sprayers

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  • L. Brown

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    I have just started using stencils. Right now they are in a box but they won’t be for long. Thanks to all the girls for some great storage ideas.

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  • Kirsty

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    Oh, I need to read all the DT posts! I’m really not completely happy with my stencil storage right now. I love to use stencils with embossing paste that I’ve colored with reinkers.

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  • Lola Delans

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    I love Cindy’s 6×6 album for storing stencils. That easily can be stored on a shelf.

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  • Natalie

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    Great storage ideas!

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  • Lisa is Busy Nerding

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    i have never used a stencil for card making. I KNOW. But I would love to try! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • Lisa McCann

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    i love using my stencils with Dylusions spray inks and watercolour paper.

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  • Denise M.

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    Right now I am addicted to using stencils with texture paste!

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  • Denise M.

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    Right now I am addicted to using stencils with texture paste!

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  • Angela DeAnda

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    I love using stencils with my distress ink pads and the round dauber, it’s a great way to do ombre backgrounds on cards! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  • Debbie Nelson

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    I love using stencils to make background paper! Loving all the wonderful organization inspiration. My craft room organization was my top resolution for this year….now, I know where to start! Thank you sooooo much!

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  • Debbie Nelson

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    I love using stencils to make background paper! Loving all the wonderful organization inspiration. My craft room organization was my top resolution for this year….now, I know where to start! Thank you sooooo much!

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  • Susan White

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    I have my stencils in a small box, I must label them!!

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  • Sue S

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    I like to use texture paste with them. I think I’ll switch to thhe hook on the side of the desk.

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  • Melanie Smith

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    I love using my stencils with distress inks and watercolor paper. Such pretty results. Love the storage ideas for the stencils.

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  • Joan VanCourt

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    Wow, first I was excited about getting my stamps organized, now I need to tackle the stencils. Thanks for this wonderful series on organization AND the label templates. MFT is awesome.

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