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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

Vashi Washi – The Ultimate Washi Dispenser + Discount Code

Hello beautiful people, happy weekend! I have something pretty awesome to share with you today. A few weeks ago I purchased a Vashi Washi tape dispenser from a shop on Etsy and it arrived yesterday. I couldn’t wait to load it up and take it for a “spin”.

And spin it Does… check this out!

Once loaded up with all of your tapes it spins wonderfully.

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I ordered the Vash Washi Deluxe edition which comes with a stainless steel blade for cutting your tape and is said to be able to hold 50 roles. In reality, that’s going to be a bit subjective depending on the types of rolls they are… skinny washi, standard or wide. In any case, it holds a lot!

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The Vashi Washi is smaller than I thought it would be, which was a really nice surprise since it’ll live on my desk. According to the item listing, the dimensions for the deluxe version are 160X150X160mm (6.3X5.9X6.3inches) LxWxH. If you’re anything like me, you’re thinking… mmmkay… 🙂  so here’s a photo of it next to my coffee mug, for reference..

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I love that not only does it make my washi tape easier to get to, therefore easier to use. But having in out on display where I can see and enjoy it is a nice bonus.

Michalis Noukaris, the creater of the Vashi Washi, was kind enough to offer Art & Whimsy followers a 5% discount when spending more than 27 euro. At $30.97 the Vashi Washi Deluxe should meet that spending requirement but he also has other items available including a longer version of this holder. >>The discount code is ARTANDWHIMSY<<

He runs his shop out of Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, so allow adequate time for shipping. My order was a bit delayed because he was waiting on a shipment of parts, but it wasn’t too long of a wait once my vashi washi shipped.

Thank you for reading & I hope you found this info useful.

xo,

Belen

Planner Clip Storage

Planner clips, I love them! Whether I make them myself or buy them from some of the amazing ladies on Etsy, I just can’t get enough of them. Not only are they functional for marking particular pages in my planner and keeping smaller bits securely attached, they’re also an easy and fun way to add some bling!

While my planner clip collection is still small, I continue to make and buy more. They’re like potato chips, you can’t have just one. Ok, who am I kidding, they’re like Planners… You Can’t Have Just One!

As my collection grows I’ve found myself in need of a way to store them so that I can easily see what I have and where I purchased them. Having that info comes in handy when posting to my blog and social media.

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This is what I came up with and it seems to working well for me. Using trading card sleeves and a 3 ring binder I’m able to keep my clips neat and organized. By adding in a pre-printed card that has space for me to write where I purchased the clip and from whom, I have the info that I need at the turn of a page.

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Planner Clips by Art & Whimsy (left), The Planner Society (top), myluckycharm_ & emileespeaks (bottom)

I’ve found that this even works with the chunkier polymer clay planner clips, I just clip them to the top of the card rather than push them into the pocket.

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To make your own, you’ll trading card sleeves, like these HERE, a binder and some pre-printed cards. I made mine using my Silhouette.

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Once your info cards are printed, trim them with your paper cutter to fit the pockets of your trading card sleeves. Standard size will be 2.5 x 3.5. I insert mine so that the info faces away from me so that when I open the binder I see my pretty clips and the info isn’t obstructed on the back, but you can see which works best for you.

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Planner Clips by Art & Whimsy

All that’s left to do is just stick your planner clip filled pockets into your binder and you’re done!

Thanks for reading & Happy Planning!

xo,

Belen

Tutorial: Washi Tape Holder

Hi all! I hope everyone had a wonderful week and managed to find some time to get their art on. I’m super excited to share my most recent project with you today, a washi tape holder!

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If you follow my blog, you may recall that a few months back I posted about the k-cups holder that I repurposed into a washi tape holder. You can see that post HERE. Well that worked well enough for a while, but it has become time to find something new.

I’ve been scouring Pinterest and Etsy, looking for something that would work. I did find many wonderful washi storage ideas, but few that fit my criteria. My ideal solution being minimal footprint, vertical storage and having my wash tape be easy to get to.

I did find a couple of options on Etsy that were close, but not quite. Plus, being the BIG fan of instant gratification that I am, I just couldn’t fathom waiting the 20 days for something arrive.

So, I decided to build my own.

I asked my Beloved, for his skilled assistance with the power tools and set off for Michaels to buy what I needed.

Materials:

  • Wooden base
  • Wooden dowels (I used 3 long dowels this holder,  5/8 diameter)
  • 2 inch screws (One for each dowel)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper

You can easily pick up these same items at Home Depot, but I knew that Michaels would have the kind of unfinished wooden base that I wanted, in their woodworking section.

Tools:

You can design your washi tape holder in any configuration that works for you, depending on how big your stash is and how much space you have. I built mine with 6 dowels, 2 rows of 3.

2015-07-16 19.56.18You’ll first want to sand your dowels and wooden base with a fine grit paper and then measure the length of dowel that you want to cut. This will determine how tall your holder is. I cut mine into 12″ sections.

2015-07-16 19.58.49This is where the miter box comes in super handy. It keeps those dowels from rolling around while you’re cutting them and helps ensure a nice straight cut.

2015-07-16 20.15.04Once your dowels are cut, lightly run the sandpaper over the cut edges, just be careful to keep the edges nice and straight, or you’ll end up with a wonky holder. This is a good time to grab that wood glue and keep it handy.

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I used some of my larger rolls of washi to layout the placement for each dowel.

2015-07-16 20.26.50Using the washi rolls as a rough guide, use your speed square to mark the centers of each roll. That’s where you’ll place the dowels.

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Using a small bit, drill some pilot holes where you made your marks. These pilot holes will help prevent your wood from splitting when you insert the screws. Tip: place the edge of your wooden base over the edge of your work table as you drill to prevent drilling into your work area.

2015-07-16 20.39.46Once you’ve made the pilot holes in your base, you’ll need to do the same with your dowels. Carefully drill 2 inch deep pilot holes into the cut ends of each dowel.

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Now, using your drill, finish drilling the screw all the way into your dowel. You can wipe up any dripping wood glue with a damp paper towel.

Repeat these last two steps for each of your dowels until they are all screwed onto your base. Give them all a finishing twist, by hand, if you find any are a little wonky.

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The last step is to add your rolls of washi tape and you’re all done!

If you’d like, you can paint your holder at this point. A couple of coats of spray paint should do nicely. Also, if you have a need to protect your work surface, you can glue small felt circles over the screw heads, on the underside of your base.

I felt the need to do neither. I may decide to give it a distressed paint job at some point in the future, but as of right now I’m Loving my new holder and rather like the look of it unfinished.

A HUGE thank you goes out to my Beloved for his help and masterful use of the drill. It was the one are that I just didn’t feel confident doing myself.

This particular washi holder will hold roughly 100 rolls and as Patrick pointed out, now I have room to buy more washi! You just GOTTA love a man that supports your wacky obsessions!

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I hope that you’ve found this tutorial helpful and feel inspired to make your own washi tape organize/holder. If you do, I’d love to see!

Thanks for reading and I wish you a Happy Day!

Container Confessions

Hello lovelies!

I have a confession to share with you today.  There’s just no easy way to say it and no use denying it… I’m a container slut. It’s true, I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m fast and easy with my affections for a good looking, functional and well constructed container.

Having recently succumbed to the charms of the Sizzix Big Shot, I found myself in need of something to store my dies in and quickly set about searching for something suitable.

There were quite a few options that would accommodate my Bigz and Bigz Large dies, such as plastic, cardboard, and baskets, but like I said, I’m a sucker for a good looking container so I went with two of the Sizzix Tim Holtz Die Storage Boxes.

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These covered boxes hold ten Bigz dies or seven Bigz L dies and measure 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 x 9 5/8. The lids will help keep the dust of the cutting plates and their sturdy construction will help ensure that they stand up to the weight of a full box of dies.

If you have the XL dies or edging dies, these storage boxes are available in larger sizes as well.

The next container I’d like to share with you might not be as easy on the eyes, but as far as functionality goes, it’s an A+ in my book.

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This is the Zutter Magnetic Die & Stamp Storage. It comes with three sheets that are magnetic on one side to easily hold your thin metal dies.

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2015-04-21 18.37.15The best part is that if you have stamp / die sets, the other side of each sheet will hold the corresponding stamps. No more having to remember whether or not you have a die for a particular stamp or having to hunt it down in your craft space, they’re now together, in their same storage solution!

2015-04-21 18.35.30The Zutter Magnetic Die & Storage box comes with its own transparent snap on lid and measures 12 1/2 x 8 3/4 x 2 5/8 inches. It comes with three magnetic sheets and three dividers. You can also purchase additional magnetic sheets plus dividers, if needed.

I do hope that you won’t think less of me for my container confessions *giggle* and that you’ve found this post useful.

I wish you a happy day!

 

 

A Handy Tip for Sending and Storing Washi Tape Samples

Good morning artsy people! Today I have a recent find to share with you.

I’d been looking for something to wind washi tape samples around, something light and thin that I could include in Happy Mail and Pocket Letters. Well, while browsing Amazon I came across these little beauties and they’re perfect!

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What they are, is plastic floss bobbins and you can get a pack of them for just a couple of dollars on Amazon. More info available HERE. They’re sturdy, extremely light weight and tuck nicely into a pocket letter or happy mail envelope. Of course, you don’t have to buy 1,000 of them, like I did, but for the price, I figured what the heck, I can give some away and include some empty ones in Happy Mail that I send out.

Another great thing about them is that you can use them to store your own washi tape samples that others send you! They have a handy little hole at the top which allows you to thread them through any number of key rings and clips to help keep them all organized.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed today’s tip!

 

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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