Old School Stencils

Old School Stencils

I thought I would share these since a lot of us enjoy using stencils. I was looking for some information about programming our heater controller and ran across a folder that said stencils. This is what I found.

The small ones are freebies from Leisure Arts magazine. The green ones are from Ben Franklin and I have no idea when I got them. Some of the holiday ones on the left are from a craft store in the city I grew up in down in Southern California. The ones that were purchased were 99 cents each. Maybe my Mom bought some of these to use but I think I probably did.

Funny how most of them looked like they were never used just like some supplies I have that I bought more recently (over the last several years). They were also made for a different purpose than card making but it is fun to see how for the most part there is very little detail compared to what we use today. I told my hub we could use them to add seasonal decor next to our house address on the curb. Ha.

Fun Journal Card Storage Box


I created this box for my craft closet to store pocket page/journaling cards. Funny how many pocket page cards I have and don’t really even do that. I thought I was going to.. just like the other 10 projects. Anyway…

This was just a plain chipboard box. I first sprayed it with Heidi Swapp spray ink Color Shine. It was kind of sticky and not soaking in. So I decided to paint over it with gesso so I could paint the outside again. Well the color sprays mixed in the with the gesso while I was doing that. I was liking that flat paint look so I left it that way.

Then I decided it needed more. So.. I got several of my Hero Arts stamps out and stamped all over the box using Archival ink. Now it looks way more fun to me and it was fun doing it. It was challenging stamping on the box though since it is flexible a bit and not solid behind the stamping areas so I put my hand inside the box to stabilize it some. For the lid I may have done that a bit different than the box but using the same sprays and gesso. I love cardmaking and sometimes do some scrapbooking but it is always fun to do a different kind of crafty project (I have several waiting).

I entered this in the a2z Scrapbooking Challenge for December since they had the theme of anything but a card.