MFT | 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash: Stencils

Hello! This week, My Favorite Things is sharing all kinds of fun organizational tips and tricks for organizing your crafty stash including stamps, stencil, dies, cardstock and ink! Each day will feature a different product and will include ideas for storage, organization and keeping everything in a system that works for you!

The MFT Creative team will be taking part all week long, sharing what we use to organize and what works for us. Hopefully once the week is done, you'll have a lot if different ideas to help you get organized and ready to create!

Today's post is all about stencil storage! Stencils have become really popular over the last couple of years and come in all sizes. The most common size is 6x6 and that's the size that's shown in my storage today.

I use the same Sterilite mini crates that I shared yesterday in my stamp storage post. They are the perfect width for 6x6 stencils to fit in with a little room to move. I love how many you can get in one of these... since stencils are so thin, they don't take up a lot of space.

I store all of my stencils in clear plastic flap seal bags from Clearbags.com - I get the 6 7/16" x 6 1/4" size and then I just cut the flap off the top so my stencils can slide in. I cut down cardstock the same as I do for the stamp storage pockets and this keeps the pocket nice and sturdy to hold the stencil. These bags aren't as thick as the stamp pockets, but since the stencils are so thin and light, it works really well. I haven't had any problems with this system. ;)

Once I have the stencils in their sleeves, I use my label maker and create labels the same as I do with my stamps. I put the manufacturer name on the top and the stencil name on the bottom. Most stencils come with the name right on it, but I still like to label them so I can easily find what I'm looking for.

These sleeves don't have flaps on the top to close them (I cut the flap seal off before I add my stencils in) but that works out okay since they stencil is one piece and doesn't have any small parts. I haven't lost a stencil yet with this system! ;)

So that's a little peek into how I store my stencils. Make sure to head over to the My Favorite Things blog today (and all week long) for a lot of ideas, links to the other MFT Creative Teams blogs where they're sharing their storage ideas, and awesome amazing giveaways!! ;)

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12 comments:

  1. So neat and tidy. Love your organization. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Nice consistency in your storage methods. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. A very neat and tidy storage solution for stencils!! I don't know what I would do without my label maker. :)

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  4. You got to love those label makers, whatever kind you have. It sure has helped me, Thanks for sharing you ideas with us.

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  5. I love when the storage system makes it all look uniform. I love all the great tips!!
    Kim A.
    unlchamps@aol.com

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  6. Thanks for sharing your storage ideas.

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  7. When I get stencils, I will so do this!

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