Stencils, Stencils, Stencils.. they are everywhere.. oh and don’t forget about the masks too. I love them both.. but trying to find the perfect storage is driving me crazy. I need a specific storage container, cabinet, or drawer for everything. I like organizing my supplies and I like to think I find the best storage solutions for it all, but when it comes to my stencils I have issues.
Here’s the problem. Stencils vary in sizes.. at first I had only the small ones, under the 6×6 size. Well then I had to get the Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi, Prima, Dylusions, and other odd size stencils. So what once worked as a perfect stencil storage, changed quickly and frequently. I have to tell you when the 12×12 stencils came out.. I tried to not buy any, since I wanted to store my stencils together. But of course they are too cute to pass up. I have this awesome black cabinet full of drawers that held my stencils for a very short time. Once I outgrew that cabinet, I moved my stencils & masks into a huge drawer.. but I didn’t like the cabinet in my craft room, so I moved them again. Then I had this metal basket that fits perfectly in my Ikea cart.. however the big stencils don’t fit the way I want. So then I tried a basic basket and I hang the 12×12′s on a board I made. This worked but the stencils are getting tight in there & if I have loose ones they tend to get tangled up in the basket and they sag.. so now I switched to a magazine organizer which seems to work great.
Well as of right now it works.. until I get way too many and need to add another matching magazine container. (which I already have for back up)
Ok so once you find your storage container for your stencils.. next question. Do you store them in the original package? Or do you take them out? I try to store them in the original packaging so I can keep track of whose is whose.. plus it keeps them from getting tangled. Once the packaging tears , I toss them.. maybe I should use a sharpie and label them all.
For your viewing pleasure, here are few different places I stored my stencils in the past.
Since I bored you with my stencil dilemma.. I think you deserve a prize. Link up a photo of your current stencil storage solution.. the best solution will win this set of goodies.
- 6×6 Ronda Palazzari Mini Fancy Feathers stencil by TCW (The Crafters workshop)
- Balzer Bits Number Mask
- wood feather from Unique Laser Designs
- wood tag from Unique Laser Designs