5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash – Stencil Storage

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash – Stamp Storage

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After the overload of the holidays, the new year brings a fresh perspective. If you’re anything like me, you have an innate need to organize, minimize, and prioritize, and often our goals and resolutions center around our craft. Am I right?

If you’ve been frustrated by the lack of organization in your creative corner, we’re here to help! We’re bringing you a whirlwind week of creative solutions to whip your crafty stash into shape.

You might think you’ll never be organized or don’t have the resources to take control, but we hope to prove you wrong and get you on the right path. You’ll find it’s easier to create when you can find what you’re looking for in a snap!

Our 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash series will focus on the following areas: your stamps, stencils, Die-namics, card stock, and ink pads and refills. And to sweeten the deal, there will be some fabulous prizes to be won each day! So buckle up and settle in for awesome ideas you can implement today.

Stamp Storage and Organization Solutions

To begin with, you’ll want a good supply of our Large Clear Pockets for storage. These pockets are a great way to keep your stamp sets organized and visible all at the same time. One of my best tips for organizing is minimize packaging. Use the pockets to help you to reduce the bulk of extra packaging leaving you room for MORE!

Sharon shows the pockets here with a stamp set ready to be stored.

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Below, Stephanie shows the pockets in action. You can see that she has added white card stock behind so that the stamps are easy to see. She has labeled each set as well.

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Barbara has a great solution for stamp sets with coordinating dies. Simply slip the dies behind the card stock insert, and you’ll have everything all in one spot!

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Once you’ve got everything corralled, it is absolutely IMPERATIVE to label everything. I know you think you’ll remember, but you won’t. So grab a labeler and spend a fun afternoon or evening getting everything in order.

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Want an even easier solution? 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.

Here are a couple of ways to store your sets, once they are all in pockets and labeled.

Stephanie uses small bins and organizes her stamps by manufacturer. She can grab the bin and take it to her desk to look for what she needs.

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Sharon uses a larger bin and divides her stamp sets according to type. You’ll notice that this bin is large enough to store the stamp sets side by side.

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When it comes to background stamps, we have a solution for storing and labeling those as well. Stephanie labels the back of each stamp and uses the same small bins she used for her clear stamps (as seen above). This unifies the look of her stamp storage. You can usually find bins like this in the dollar store, so stock up!

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Let’s take a peek inside Kim’s craft cabinet!

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Kim has a handy hubby (lucky girl!), and he was able to alter this beautiful antique armoire to suit her storage needs. He custom built pull-out drawers and added dividers measuring slightly over 6 inches.  These drawers are substantial enough to easily handle all of her products and keep her super organized. This concept would be simple enough to modify using a dresser as well.

Look at that stamp drawer! The small bins are simple to remove and keep everything under control.

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The bins are manufactured by InterDesign, and though they are made for food storage, they are the PERFECT solution for stamp storage. Thanks for the tip, Jennifer McGuire! As you can see, they are clear which makes for a streamlined look. You can buy the InterDesign ‘Fridge ‘n Pantry Binz HERE.

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Inspired? Already heading to the craft room to tackle your collection of stamps?

Hold on a minute! Before you go, take a look at this beautiful prize we’ve gathered for two lucky winners. We’ll ADD to your stamp stash with Photo BoothWild Things, and Friends Like Us, but also give you the fantastic resource of 100 Large Storage Pockets.

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win: Leave a comment on this blog post letting us know your favorite My Favorite Things stamp set OF ALL TIME. All winners from this week will be announced next week! Print

Our Design Team likes to organize, too. Be sure to check out additional tips and tricks for stamp storage and organization by visiting their blogs.

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It’s been so fun having Karin with us this week! She’s back again today with a couple of clean and graphic designs in a fantastic palette of colors.

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Check out that gorgeous, glitter ombre! The Friend Die-namics allows you to make QUICK cards that are absolute standouts. A simple stamped sentiment and a handful of colorful baubles completes this look in lickety-split fashion.

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Simple layers of color are punctuated by a classic die-cut heart and stamped birthday sentiment. The Wild Things stamp set isn’t all about the animals (though, they are pretty fabulous.) There’s a great collection of versatile sentiments as well! Mix and match your supplies and see what you come up with.

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It’s been a pleasure, Karin. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us!

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Whip that craft area into shape in the new year by celebrating with us as we  give you tips for craft storage and organization! Join us January 19 – 23 for 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash! We’ll give you tips, links, and inspiration. And there will be PRIZES. So many AMAZING prizes! SCORE!

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Always in My Heart

Karin Åkesdotter is with us again today sharing two more inspiring projects.

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Wild Things includes a full menagerie of furry friends for your cards and projects. I’d be lyin’ if I said I wasn’t smitten with this charming fellow. Karin’s simply layered design allows him to stand out against a colorful backdrop and Stitched Scallop Edges Die-namics grass.

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A pretty scalloped window from the Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows Die-namics frames a stamped flower from the Desert Bouquet set. Karin finished the card off with a perfectly placed stamped sentiment.

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Whip that craft area into shape in the new year by celebrating with us as we  give you tips for craft storage and organization! Join us January 19 – 23 for 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash! We’ll give you tips, links, and inspiration. And there will be PRIZES. So many AMAZING prizes! SCORE!

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Product Spotlight: Fluttering Hearts Cover-Up

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Now that you’ve had a chance to shop the January release and hopefully play with your new goodies a bit, let’s spotlight one of the new products to see how our team put it to use!

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The Fluttering Hearts Cover-Up Die-namics provides a more interactive approach to card making. A four by six grid of partially-cut hearts allows you to gently lift the sides to reveal a pop of color beneath and add a bit of dimension to your card fronts. This design presents so many opportunities for creative play – let’s see how some of our design team members were inspired by it!

Julie, Michele, Kimberly, and Jodi layered the Fluttering Hearts Cover-Up die cut over a contrasting panel and added a sentiment on top.

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Cindy and Barbara added color and pattern to their die-cuts.

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Keisha and Sharon were selective about which hearts they curled, adding extra embellishments to an assortment of hearts.

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So, did you pick up the Fluttering Hearts Cover-Up Die-namics yet? Hopefully today’s post has inspired you to get it out and create something beautiful. We would love to see what you do with it so make sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media sharing so we can give you a virtual high five for your incredible work!

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Whip that craft area into shape in the new year by celebrating with us as we  give you tips for craft storage and organization! Join us January 19 – 23 for 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash! We’ll give you tips, links, and inspiration. And there will be PRIZES. So many AMAZING prizes! SCORE!

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Creative Construction with Blueprints: Back at the Beginning

We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to both assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches as well as design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints.

Did you know you can find ALL of our printable Blueprints sketches in one spot? Our Printable Resources section over there in the sidebar is packed with handy reference materials including Blueprints. We thought it appropriate to kick off this series by going back to the beginning and focusing on the first two Blueprints we created for you. Take a walk down memory lane with us!

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Cindy put Blueprints 1 to work in this bright and cheery card. Brand new card stock colors and a fun handwritten stamp set from Miss Tiina brings color and whimsy to this classic Die-namics set.

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Our Design Team has had fun pulling out our inaugural Blueprints to breathe new life into them. These designs never go out of style and their innate ability to complement a variety of products make them a natural fit into your crafting toolbox.

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Whip that craft area into shape in the new year by celebrating with us as we  give you tips for craft storage and organization! Join us January 19 – 23 for 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash! We’ll give you tips, links, and inspiration. And there will be PRIZES. So many AMAZING prizes! SCORE!

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Wild for Pure Innocence

The incredibly talented Karin Åkesdotter is with us today sharing two beautiful cards featuring Pure Innocence characters and some extraordinary coloring.

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The Roarin’ Good Day character is perfectly framed within the charming scalloped hole Karin created with the Peek-a-Boo Circle Window Die-namics. The window puts the focus right on the beautifully colored, sweet-not-scary tiger…right where it belongs.

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This darling Wild for You girl is ready for safari. Once again, Karin wows with her coloring and perfect framing. A simply stamped sentiment and a bit of added dimension make both of these Pure Innocence beauties interesting to look at and simple to assemble.

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Whip that craft area into shape in the new year by celebrating with us as we  give you tips for craft storage and organization! Join us January 19 – 23 for 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash! We’ll give you tips, links, and inspiration. And there will be PRIZES. So many AMAZING prizes! SCORE!

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Release Rewind Day Two

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Before getting to Day 2 of our Release Rewind, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky ladies have won $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Michele’s blog: Elizabeth Garcia

from Cindy’s blog: Rubeena

Congratulations to you both! Your Gift Vouchers will be emailed to you sometime later today, so keep an eye out. And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs. We appreciate you all!

Our designers are back with a second round of Release Rewind projects. Click through to each of their blogs for more January inspiration. Huge thanks to Nichol for all of her outstanding work this past week!

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Release Rewind Day One

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The countdown is over, orders have been placed, and now our team is working to pack and ship your orders as quickly as possible because we can’t wait to see what you do with the new stamps, Die-namics, and inks. We don’t want to leave you hanging in the meantime though, so how about our talented team shares another dose of January, 2015 inspiration? Day one of our Release Rewind begins now.

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You Have My Heart

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Barbara has been working overtime creating beautiful love-themed cards with our January Release. She’s sharing one of them with us today. Don’t forget, the entire release is available now!

The new Damask Background is a gorgeous choice for adding elegance to your cards – the scale makes it the perfect accent pattern. After stamping, Barbara ran the panel through her die-cutting machine with the Fluttering Hearts Cover-Up Die-namics to create amazing texture, and then highlighted each individual heart with a die cut created with the Heart Puzzle Die-namics. The final, most important piece, is the beautiful sentiment stamped and embossed using the Smitten with You stamp set – a fabulously versatile collection of mix-and-match sentiments for everything from Valentine’s Day to every day.

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January products are shipping NOW and we can’t wait to see what you create with all the fun new products! Make sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your projects on social media – we always love seeing what you’re up to!

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