How to Organize Your Cookie Stencils
Happy Organization Day! Okay, maybe it’s not Organization Day but it should be. I think one of the keys to doing a good job is being able to find the supplies you need at a moments notice. If you can’t find what you need, whats the point? If I’m looking for a bunny rabbit stencil and all I can find is Halloween stencils then I’m not going to be able to stencil a bunny. So what’s a girl to do? She needs to get her cookie stencils organized.
Today I’m going to show you a few things I’ve done to get all my stencils in a row so I can find them ALL! And I love it!
Supplies You Need To Organize Your Cookie Stencils:
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Looking for a Stencil Binder? You can find one here:
Artfully Designed Creations Stencil Album
and here: The Cookie Countess Stencil Storage Binder
Stencil Storage Pocket Pages (single)
Artfully Designed Creation 12 x 12 Album Refill Pages
or The Cookie Countess Pack of 5 Stencil Storage Pocket Pages
Check your cookie supply store because they may sell the albums and refills.
Grab your stencils and let’s get started!
- I love getting new things in the mail. Especially when it’s something that will help me organized my tools. The other day I ordered this Stencil Album from Artfully Designed Creations. It arrived really fast.
- Once you get it, open it and remove all the stickers.
- Now, look how pretty it is! It is going to help you find all of your stencils without digging through a box looking for the bunny rabbit. And guess what? You’ll find it because it’s exactly where its supposed to be.
- Do you want to know a little secret about me? I never do things in the right order. You would think when I decided to organize my stencils, I’d buy the Stencil Album first but I didn’t. I bought The Cookie Countess Pack of 5 Stencil Storage Pocket Pages first. I didn’t buy one pack, I bought the five pack.
- Then, I organized my stencils. I decided what themes, holidays, seasons and animals they needed to be divided into.
- Here’s where the fun part comes in. Grab your sandwich bags and organize them. The bags will keep them together so you’ll be ready once your album arrives.
Before we go too far let’s talk about the refill pages. There are a few ways to use them.
- The first way is to place one stencil in each pocket. Simple right. But how much space are you wasting if you do that?
- If you add a piece of cardstock in the pocket, you can then put a stencil on each side, therefore doubling your storage space. Let’s take a closer look.
- Check out the first image in the photo above. See how I had to use two pieces of cardstock in each pocket? Well, I didn’t have to do that but I like a solid color behind the stencils so I can see the pattern without having to stop and try to see what it is. The good part is when you order a stencil you get a piece of cardstock with it. You may need to trim it a little but it’s there. Trim it and stuff it in a pocket!
- Now each pocket can hold two stencils, therefore doubling your storage space. I love cookie stencils!
I’ve never been so organized!
- The last thing you need to do is decide where you want to place the “Stencil” vinyl decal that comes with the album. I haven’t decided yet so mine is still in the package it came in. Hopefully, I’ll decide where I’m going to put it. I’ll let you know when I do.
- Place the stencil pages in your binder and organize them by the themes you created. I like keeping the seasons and the holidays together. Of course, you have backgrounds, animals, border buddies just to mention a few. But the good news is now you’ll know where they are and you don’t have to search for them.
My stencils are now in order and I can find all of them including the cute little bunny I was looking for. How exciting is it when you can find all your supplies? It’s very exciting and I can’t wait to make some stenciled cookies!
Such a great idea! I was looking for baby stencils last week and had to dig through every holiday before I found what I was looking for. Thank you!
Now all I need is someone to help me. I have so many stencils, it’s overwhelming. Thank you for sharing. Hopefully this will be the motivation I need because nothing is more frustrating than searching for one stencil because of being so unorganized. ?
Hi Lisa – do the pages from Project Life work?
Yes, they do! Each compartment that holds a stencil seems to be a little wider than the Memory Keepers compartments, but they are holding my stencils perfectly. If you’re not sure about them, you might want to email the retailer you plan on purchasing them from and ask a few questions.
I know Hillary and Shannon would be happy to answer that question for you. 🙂
It’s as though you’re reading my mind this week – I had as the top thing on my “to-do” as getting a stencil binder this week!
I hope you love yours as much as I love mine! It’s going to save us so much time! 😉 And that bunny stencil will never hide from us again! LOL
I did the exact same thing, but I bought mine at joann’s Using coupons. I actually have 2 binders of stencils. The trick is to h7nt around until you find a spiral bound binder.
YES! YES! YES! Gonna order me some today! Thanks Lisa!! Have a great day!
This is a helpful post – and I only have about eight stencils, but sense a big shopping spree coming on! Kitchen supply shopaholics unite!
I wish we were neighbors and I’d let you go crazy with my stencils! Aren’t they amazing! LOVE THEM!! Tag me in your cookies or send me a picture so I can do a Happy Dance with you! 😉
This is exciting! My daughter in law has started making cookies to sell and I’m searching for the perfect Christmas gift. First, could you tell me where to buy cookie stencils? I will get started on the album. Thank you thank you thank you
P.S. do you have any recommendations of where to buy cookie cutters? Or gel food coloring or anything else she might need?
I love cookie stencils and there are many different places to purchase them.
I usually get mine from the stores I’ve listed below. There are many more places but I thought this will be a great start for your shopping.
The Cookie Countess:
The Flour Box:
Country Kitchen SweetArt:
Have fun shopping!