Stencil Storage

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.

 

 

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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.

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some multiple sizes of stencils & masks

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Here is the basket I once used.

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View of the 12×12′s hanging & the old basket.

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previous solution, my cart and metal basket

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I originally used these drawers.

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loved the over-size drawer, just didn’t like the cabinet.. to picky!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

  1.  6×6 Ronda Palazzari Mini Fancy Feathers stencil by TCW (The Crafters workshop)
  2. Balzer Bits Number Mask
  3. wood feather from Unique Laser Designs
  4. wood tag from Unique Laser Designs
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best stencil storage wins this


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Where am I ?? Good question~

The snow has finally melted off of the top of our pool, now I know, Spring is on its way!    I love the changing of seasons!  I use that as a perfect time to make a few changes in my personal life and business life.

I am often asked, “Where are you working now?  Where are you teaching?  Who are you working for?”  Then I have to ask myself.. Really? Where am I? 

Coincidently I just updated my “working” resume and my “craft” resume.  I am surprised how often changes are made to the craft resume.  Mainly just adding new locations or changing the dates of past design team terms.  However, when I answer those questions about where I am, most of the time the answers are the same.

I am still the Paper Craft Instructor at the Kenosha Hobby Lobby, in fact I have been there since 2009.   I still have my ties to the Kenosha Public Museum, area schools, the country club, and stores.  But most of the time I am teaching in my home studio and classroom.  I have a few proposals on the table for a few other locations to start teaching at.. but that’s on hold till we finalize the details.  I am still a Close To My Heart consultant and of course the owner of my Scrap It Girl business.  I am a full-time paper craft instructor, designer, and retailer.

My classes range from Scrapbooking, Card Making, Tool & Technique classes, Cricut Classes, Kids Crafts, Home/Holiday Décor,  Mixed Media and Altered Art.   I teach about 2-5 classes per week, but every week is different.  I am currently scheduling myself at the Kenosha Hobby Lobby 2 times per month and 2 times per month at other locations.  The rest of the classes will be in my home studio.    Another huge question I get is.. how do I find out about your classes?  Easy answer.. just ask me, message me, or call me.   My class schedule, info, price, and additional info, is emailed out once a week.   I do have a class every Tuesday at 9:30-11:30 a.m and 5:30-7:30 p.m.   I usually have Kids Classes on Friday’s.  My private classes are all over the place, same with group events.  But I am available to teach pretty much any day or time of the week, as long as you let me know in advance.  This is my full-time job, so I try to meet with you according to your schedule.  I also have women that schedule private classes for groups of their friends.  I have had bridal shower parties come in and make what they need for a brides wedding, a baby shower class, and even a graduation party.  I can either help with the ideas of planning, decorating, or maybe just renting out my tables and party props.   I also make party invites, decorations, and help set up.

Here are just a few pictures of recent happenings…

 

Ask Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine, My Ask CS article.

Ask Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine, My Ask CS article.

Another Girl Scout troop earns an arts & craft badge from my classes.

Another Girl Scout troop earns an arts & craft badge from my classes.

I make custom party props from wood. Order your props from me for your next event.

I make custom party props from wood. Order your props from me for your next event.

Getting ready for a new sink and countertops this summer. This is the painting/wet bar area, in my studio.

Getting ready for a new sink and countertops this summer. This is the painting/wet bar area, in my studio.

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Card Class for 25 Kindergarten Students @ a local school.

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One of my classes made front page news.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Between teaching, kitting, designing, and blogging about classes, I also take classes. I know how important it is to stay up to date with the newest tools, brands, and collections.
If you are ever in my area and want to stop by to see my studio give me a quick call.

If you are interested in following me elsewhere you can find me here.

Design Team Calls Website
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ScrapChallenge Website
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Unique Laser Designs, Design Team Coordinator & Designer
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Now you know where I am today.. let’s wait to see where I am tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by!
Scrap It Girl, Kimberly

Tags & Bags April Challenge

Welcome to our new Challenge for the month of April.  This month we want to put some of our bags and tags to use.  You can use both or just one.   You can create a layout, card, altered art project, mini album or even a holiday project.. whatever you want as long as you use bags or tags.. or even both~

Our March Challenge winner is #19 Laura Turcotte & our winner for the February challenge was #18 Catherine.. please use our contact page to send me your address and info so we can send you the monthly prize along with your winning badge to add to your blog.

Amanda is our Host this month, thank you Amanda for this awesome prize package.  Stop by her blog to see some of her recent posts and projects.

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Our April Host

Here is what the winner for our April Challenge will receive.

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April Prize Package

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a look at what my design team did with bags and or tags.

Time to link up your projects using bags and tags.


Favorite Things Friday~Colors

Back again with another Favorite Things Friday post.. today we are sharing our favorite color that we enjoy designing with.

I go back and forth.. some days I love my pinks and browns  but lately I have been playing with teal & turquoise.

What’s your favorite color to get crafty with?  Do you have a favorite paint color, distress ink, color shine, mists, alcohol ink, or do you make your own color?

Whatever your favorite color may be.. Link it up below..

Here are just a few of the colors my design team love!

Kelly's Purple

Kelly’s Purple

 

Laura's Fav. Colors

Laura’s Fav. Colors

 

Kimberly's Fav. Colors

Kimberly’s Fav. Colors

 

Jamie's Fav Colors

Jamie’s Going Pink

Katy's Colors

Katy’s Colors

 

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Jessica’s Color


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