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A Blueprint Becomes an Idea Factory

Video playing around with stencilsThings don’t always go as planned with me and that is what happened here.  I had the intention of making this into a blueprint type of thing since this stencil was inspired by blueprints of archeological sites.  But my mind took it a totally different direction and turned into an idea factory!  Be sure to check out the video and see how I layer the stencils.

Blueprint of Archeological Treasures stencil by Carolyn Dube for StencilGirl Products


I’m giving away one 9×12 Blueprints of Archeological Treasures stencil to one random commenter!  This is day 6 of the giveaway – be sure you’re entered into the 5 giveaways from earlier this week!  I’ve got all the links below for you.


Watch Layering stencils on top of each other on YouTube.

Video playing around with stencilsSupplies Used




Win This Stencil!

To celebrate the launch of my stencils, I’m sharing a new video every day this week and a stencil giveaway each day!

Today you can win Blueprint of Archeological Treasures 9×12  and no matter which side of the pond  you are on you are eligible to win!   Leave a comment and you’ll be entered!

Want more chances?  Share this on Facebook. Come back and leave a comment telling me where you shared for another chance.  Share on Pinterest then come back…Share on Twitter….then come back. You get the idea!

Giveaway closes on Wednesday, November 26th  and I’ll announce the winners here on the blog on Friday, November 28th.

Be sure to check out the giveaways from earlier this week too!

Monday: Picasso’s Words

Tuesday: Kindergarten Writing

Wednesday: Blueprint of Archeological Treasures 6×6

Thursday: Fridge Poetry

Friday: Verbage

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  • gill November 22, 2014, 7:32 am

    Great stencil – perfect for layering!
    Why ARE they called ‘blueprints’ ??? where’s the blue??

    • Carolyn Dube November 22, 2014, 9:41 pm

      The inspiration for the stencil came from archeological site blueprints Gill 🙂

  • Sandra Sapienza November 22, 2014, 7:47 am

    Loved the layering of stencils.

  • Paula November 22, 2014, 7:54 am

    I love all your videos because I always learn something.
    This is a fabulous idea for creating depth on journal pages & even card backgrounds. Thank you for sharing.
    I have shared this on Pinterest I have a board Carolyn Cube.

  • Corinna November 22, 2014, 8:00 am

    Great new stencils!!!

  • Mandy Fariello November 22, 2014, 8:24 am

    Another fun use for your stencil…Love it!

  • Sylvia Tabor November 22, 2014, 9:12 am

    When I first saw this, being of the programming persuasion, “flowchart” came to mind, which plays nicely with your “idea factory”… love that wallboard words stencil and all the fabulous stuff one can do with it

  • Glenda L November 22, 2014, 9:58 am

    Love geometric designs. This could be used for a number of ideas… even scrapbook applications for various size photos linking family or friends with events on the connectors. Lots of ideas running through my head. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Diana Ryman November 22, 2014, 10:09 am

    Love your tutorials and stencils! Thanks for opportunity to win one!

  • Heather Goldsmith November 22, 2014, 10:30 am

    Wow, loads of potential in this stencil. 😉

  • Consie @Atop Serenity Hill November 22, 2014, 11:03 am

    This stencil has so many possibilities for using it…love it!

  • Rebecca November 22, 2014, 11:06 am

    Stencils are exciting…especially for someone like me who is challenged in the drawing department…Love all the colors!

  • April Lopez November 22, 2014, 11:14 am

    love your colors!!!

  • Caroline Duncan November 22, 2014, 11:26 am

    Such a fun page using the stencils!

  • Caroline Duncan November 22, 2014, 11:28 am
  • mera buford November 22, 2014, 11:44 am

    I love the way you use layers so freely. The tunnels have so many possibilities.

  • Victoria S November 22, 2014, 11:44 am

    I love this stencil!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jan Johnston November 22, 2014, 11:47 am

    WooHoo! Wonder what three stencils would look like. Play time.

  • Ruth L November 22, 2014, 12:28 pm

    Loved the layering stencils, it even brought me to another idea, but I am still busy with first one, but it comes, definitely. Fantastic spread Carolyn.

  • Mary C. Nasser November 22, 2014, 12:36 pm

    Brilliant, Carolyn!
    Now every time I see this stencil, I think of good memories from Ephesus and Pompeiii! Got this stencil in the mail this week! Yippee!

  • Janet November 22, 2014, 12:40 pm

    I would have looked at the finished page and wondered, how did she do that? But you have revealed another stencil-ing secret to the world. Always love you and your practical ideas.

  • Raine November 22, 2014, 12:55 pm

    May I just say…WOW! What a creative idea! I love how your mind works!

  • Sharon Giles November 22, 2014, 1:39 pm

    What fun to play with these ideas. Yes, yes, yes, I covet this stencil.

  • Marguerite Harty November 22, 2014, 1:58 pm

    Fun fun fun, love all your fabulous colors.

  • Wendy November 22, 2014, 2:29 pm

    So many things you could do with this stencil on its own or for layering. It would also make a great framework for doodling! Love how you popped out the focal point squares and layered with the word stencil!

  • Denise Huntington November 22, 2014, 2:46 pm

    Love today’s page! I like the way you added the words to the background and then journaled in the tunnels. Your work is so fun!

  • Susan Reiser November 22, 2014, 2:48 pm

    Love the layering idea.this one came out great. Might try it myself with putting words in the boxes to try. Have to get that wall of words. Love the tickets too!

  • Cecilia Swatton November 22, 2014, 3:36 pm

    This is a beautiful stencil, Carolyn — useful in many different applications. And it works nicely with at least one of your earlier stencils that came in the 6″X6″ size. Thanks for coming up with all these great stencil designs!

  • Shari Czerwinski November 22, 2014, 4:59 pm

    Love all your new stencils! And the layering of stencils and your bright colors are fantabulous!!

  • Winecountryjim November 22, 2014, 5:24 pm

    OMG every time I watch one of your creative adventures!!! I end up buying another Stencil or art supplies… You Spark me!! Lol

  • Jean Marmo November 22, 2014, 5:44 pm

    Love the wall of words under the blue prints! Such a cool page!

  • Marie Blessing November 22, 2014, 6:39 pm

    Love your idea for layering. Can’t wait to try it. Your ideas are always so much fun.

  • Christine Mack November 22, 2014, 7:02 pm

    Another great way to use stencils. Thanks

  • linda badgley November 22, 2014, 7:20 pm

    I would love to try this with gesso to make a resist and inks..

  • Susan Schultheis November 22, 2014, 7:23 pm

    Another great stencil. I love how you used the colors and the word stencil to give you page pop and interest.

  • Vicki ross November 22, 2014, 9:24 pm

    Another home run, Carolyn! Love hearing how you ‘think up’ these seemingly obscure stencil ideas! Then how you use them!

  • doreen November 22, 2014, 10:59 pm

    New subbie here. Love your enthusiasm. Found you when I watched ’21 ‘. Love and Hugs

  • Cheryl Gebhart November 22, 2014, 11:15 pm

    Very cool journal page – I love the way you layered the two stencils.

  • Shelly November 23, 2014, 12:04 am

    I love it. Never thought of combining two stencils like that. Thanks.

  • Judy Mac November 23, 2014, 12:25 am

    Love the bright colors in this piece but like the pops of white too!

  • Sue Chesley November 23, 2014, 12:38 am

    I love your new stencils, Carolyn! And thanks for the video – I love seeing how you recover the mistakes and they become a new opportunity – it’s the attitude! Thanks always!

  • Gail B. November 23, 2014, 1:48 am

    This stencil is really different from the ones I already have. It looks like it would be lots of fun to play with.

  • Gunvor November 23, 2014, 2:25 am

    Such a great stencil! Love the technique you showed us and would love to win this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Teresa R November 23, 2014, 2:25 am

    I love the colors on this page. I saw it as a planner chart, but I am sure that, with the stencil, I could come up with more delicious ideas

  • Lissa November 23, 2014, 6:53 am

    I would love this stencil!

  • Don Kennedy November 23, 2014, 7:26 am

    Love the way you layered the looks to get a design and the white pen really does it for me.

  • Carol McGovern November 23, 2014, 7:53 am

    I love your finished look. Like color blocking.
    Your random journaling is giving me some good ideas. Thanks

  • Jo Nixon November 23, 2014, 8:57 am

    LOVE your videos. I am a devoted fan of yours and have taken your classes. Just purchased wall of words and I would love to win this giveaway.Thanks for all your inspiration.

  • Pam November 23, 2014, 9:06 am

    Love the layering of stencils. Blueprint is a great stencil for an art journal. Gives a lot of space for journaling. Thanks for sharing…

  • Pam Yre November 23, 2014, 9:08 am

    Your ideas spark my thoughts!! Live what you did with the stencils.

  • Claire November 23, 2014, 11:46 am

    You always make me appreciate my mind changing mid-stream! Love it!

  • Pamela Davies November 23, 2014, 1:13 pm

    Love the idea of an archeological blueprint – has so much potential.

  • Pamela Davies November 23, 2014, 1:15 pm

    Have posted this on Pinterest – board called papercrafts

  • Gloria J Zucaro November 23, 2014, 3:08 pm

    I am here again and wanting that “pipes” stencil! LOL! Great video.

  • gloria November 23, 2014, 3:59 pm

    Another great size – which would I get the most use from – 9×12 or the 6 inch….please please please let me win one.

  • Cheryl November 23, 2014, 7:18 pm

    I love the idea of layering stencils! A great way to add layers, texture and depth. Thanks for showing us the way!

  • Dawn November 23, 2014, 7:38 pm

    OK you never cease to amaze with your creative machine. There is so much to learn from each of your videos. I must say the most important lesson I like to (and need to) hear is reminding us of oopses being ok and that we should have fun and play! Thank you.
    and whoever wins a stencil is a lucky person!!!

  • Deborah F November 23, 2014, 9:17 pm

    I would so love to try layering this one with some of the word stencils. You could make a maze of words within the blueprints pathways.

  • Melinda November 23, 2014, 10:02 pm

    what a versatile stencil — my favorite kind!

  • Shel C November 24, 2014, 7:16 am

    I love the geometrical style of this stencil. I can see so many possibilities with it! Thanks for your inspiring design.

  • Susan Carol November 24, 2014, 12:07 pm

    I just love your videos! Love all the wonderful colourful layers.

  • jane kimball November 24, 2014, 2:31 pm

    great with gelli plate I’ll bet. Yet another great stencil.

  • Barbara Cobb November 24, 2014, 5:44 pm

    I like the blueprint stencil. Stencils are a favorite if mine, also learned a new trick, add another stencil to it… great…

  • robyn November 25, 2014, 8:17 am

    Love the colors – reminds me of a crazy 80s sweater i have.

  • Jean Chaney November 25, 2014, 10:44 am

    Wow, what fun this stencil would be. Thanks for offering one to a winner!

  • angela November 25, 2014, 1:50 pm

    now this one is colorful I like the pinks and greens more,

  • wendy November 25, 2014, 7:01 pm

    I’m working my way backwards – love your videos; you are such an inspiration! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Annie November 29, 2014, 12:57 pm

    I love this stencil and the video how to use it.

  • Jeannette Seger November 30, 2014, 3:03 pm

    Enjoyed your video using the Blueprint Treasures stencil. Very unique, but wondering if a darker paint would have shown up more on the words stencil?
    I don’t know….it is all in the experimentation. Right?

    • Carolyn Dube November 30, 2014, 3:09 pm

      You are right -all about the play!

  • J Petranovich November 30, 2014, 4:09 pm

    What a fun stencil. Very versatile.