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Guest Designer on StencilGirl Talk

Hello & Happy Friday! I have some exciting news to share with you today! A while back I was asked by StencilGirl to be a Guest Designer on their blog and create something using their awesome stencils. I made a canvas Travelers Notebook! My post goes live today.

I invite you to head over to the StencilGirl Talk blog to see my step by step tutorial showing how you can create your own.

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Special thanks to my friend Angel for offering me the TN suggestion. What a great way to blend my two loves, mixed media and planners!

Thank you and Happy Stenciling!

xo,

Belen

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Show & Tell: How I Organize My Stencils

I recently took on the huge task of organizing all of my stencils into some semblance of order. For a couple of years now, I’ve kept them in 13 x 15 3-ring photo albums by We R Memory Keepers, like these here. Although the description says they’re 12×12, you’ll see in the “answered questions” section that they’re really 13×15. Inside of the albums I use clear page protectors to hold the stencils.

This worked pretty well for me at first, but because I never set up a system inside the albums it soon became a mess. I’d use a stencil and just stick it back into any available sleeve. After a while, I had no idea what stencils I even had anymore. I knew it was time to straighten things out.

The first step was making piles of the various categories that I wanted to use.

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Here’s just one small area in my studio, covered with stencils. The rest looked the same, there were stencils everywhere! I asked myself more than once Why I started this project, but I pushed on. I knew that when I was done it would all be worth it and it was!

 

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Once I had all stencils sorted by category I put them back into their photo sleeves then back into the albums they went. I pulled out my handy-dandy label maker to make labels for the different categories and whipped up cute little spine tags using a Frida Kahlo stamp from Rubber Moon.

Here’s a quick video showing one category so that you can get an idea of how I organized them. Stencils in each category are now grouped together, regardless of size. Small & mid-sized stencils are in 8.5 x 11 sleeves and larger stencils are in 12 x 12 sleeves.

I hope you’ve found this show & tell  helpful. Thanks for watching!

xo,

Belen

New Art Journal Page: A Thing Called Life…

… sometimes it’s messy as fuck.

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But most of the time it isn’t. We are imperfect, we make mistakes, sometimes we are less than our best selves. Apologize when you’re wrong, do better the next time, be a good human, grow from those days that are just plain messy and remember to cut yourself some slack. We don’t have to have it all figured out.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

xo,

Belen

Create Your Own Freeform Stencils

Hello all of you wonderfully artsy people!

I’m excited to share something new (to me) with you today!

I love stencils, all kinds of stencils, they’re a great way to add surface design and depth to my art journal pages and mixed media art. Sometimes, however, I’m looking for something just a little bit different or have the need for a stencil that I don’t have in my collection.

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Because of this, I decided to try my hand at stencil cutting. Today I’ll share with you my very first attempt at cutting my own freeform stencils, using the Plaid 2-n-1 Craft Tool and a Simply Stencil sheet, which is just a stencil blank, a clean sheet of plastic for you to cut your design into.

2015-05-24 12.22.52I started by plugging in my 2-n-1 Craft Tool, giving it a few minutes to warm up while I roughly sketched out my stencil design. My goal was a very freeform design. Because I do a lot of mixed media art, I knew that I wanted the printed stencil design to look rough, almost as if it was done by hand.

2015-05-24 12.45.35Working on a protected, heat-resistant surface, I began cutting the various design elements. This will take a few minutes, depending on how intricate your design is, but I encourage you to take your time and use caution; your craft tool will be extremely HOT.

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As you can see, my cuts aren’t pretty and I had a couple of ‘Oops” along the way, but I’m not bothered by that at all, It actually adds to the look that I’m going for.

If you want a crisper design, something a bit more structured, or maybe even a design that is just a bit beyond your current drawing ability, no problem! Simply print a design that you want to use from the internet, place the printed sheet of paper underneath your stencil blank, use a marker to trace the design onto your sheet of plastic, toss the printed paper and cut your design as I’ve explained above.

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Now that my freeform stencil was done it was time to PLAY! Taking a gelli print that I had previously pulled, I stamped on the various elements of my custom stencil, using acrylics, and added some random marks with pens and markers.

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The irregularities and “oops” of my roughly cut stencil only ads to the overall look, really giving it character. I’m pleased with the outcome of my first attempt at cutting freeform stencils and am excited to try my hand at a few more.

I hope that you’ve found this post informative and that you feel inspired to try it yourself. Using the Plaid 2-n-1 Craft Tool to create own distinctive stencils is a great way to make art that truly is uniquely your own. Have fun & Happy Arting!

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Mini Stencil Storage Solution

I love using stencils in my art projects. I have all sizes of them and currently store them in a 3 ring album with 12×12 page protectors. It’s a system that really works for me and I love it.

Where I struggle is with storing the mini stencils, those small Balzer Bits and the 4×4 stencils that come as part of my monthly StencilGirl subscription. They usually end up all jumbled up and lost inside of a large page protector, which makes finding them difficult and using them unlikely.

That’s why I’m so excited to share that just now, while organizing my art studio, I stumbled upon the perfect storage solution for them… page protectors with 4×4 pockets! I had some in my scrapbook stash and find they’re a perfect fit!

I got them from Scrapbook.com and can be found HERE.2015-04-12 12.17.48In my excitement to share my discovery with you, I only snapped this one photo of my 4×4 StencilGirl stencils (yes I gave each line of mini stencils it’s own page because I’m crazy like that ) but Balzer Bits fit just as well.

It’s going to be so much easier and time efficient to find and use these smaller stencils now!

For more information about StencilGirl products and their Stencil Club, you can visit their page HERE.

Thanks for looking and have a happy Sunday!

 

 

 

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