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Video Turning Gelli Prints into Journal Prompts with a Stencil

Verbage stencil by Carolyn Dube for StencilGirl ProductsI use art to process emotions and feelings but sometimes I get stuck.  That’s when having a prompt helps me get moving again.  Gelli prints and my new Verbage stencil to the rescue!

This stencil, packed with words of action  to celebrate the emotions and excitement of life, is a great way to create prompt cards.  And I’m giving one away to celebrate my latest release at StencilGirl!

Watch  Using a Stencil to Create Journal Prompts on YouTube.


Video Turning Gelli Prints into Journal Prompts with a Stencil


*Just to clarify, Verbage is not to be confused with verbiage.  Verbiage is a real word.  Verbage is a slang term that refers to a big list of verbs like on this stencil.




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 a Verbage stencil 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

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  • Consie @ Atop Serenity Hill November 21, 2014, 7:51 am

    And another great set of words! Thanks so much for sharing all the ideas this week! Happy weekend.

  • Rebecca November 21, 2014, 8:43 am

    Love your words…and the flexibility of this stencil!

  • Glenda L November 21, 2014, 9:12 am

    Love that stencil. I have tons of Gelli prints as well… boy that is addicting to use… anyway, great ideas, Perfect for making project life type tags as well. Thanks.

  • Carol Macdonald November 21, 2014, 9:13 am

    This is great. Shared on Facebook and twitter

  • Ingeborg van Peteghem November 21, 2014, 9:13 am

    Carolyn, I love love looove your new stencils!!

  • Jan Johnston November 21, 2014, 9:14 am

    this is the BESTest. Thinking I need to buy myself an early present. hahaha

  • Judy Morrissey November 21, 2014, 9:22 am

    Love the stencil. I will be sharing this on face book. Thank you

  • Shari Czerwinski November 21, 2014, 9:31 am

    What a fantastic idea! Stencils could be a great prompt to overcome a writer’s block. Thanks for the great week!

  • Denise Huntington November 21, 2014, 9:35 am

    I love your new stencils, Carolyn, and all the great ideas you bring to us in your videos.

  • Christine Mack November 21, 2014, 9:35 am

    Another great video and stencil.

  • Beverley November 21, 2014, 9:36 am

    I love the image headlining this stencil. I really need some words!!!!

  • Jean Marmo November 21, 2014, 9:44 am

    Another amazing word stencil!!! Could see using this in so many ways!

  • Jean Marmo November 21, 2014, 9:44 am
  • Judy November 21, 2014, 10:02 am

    I have some cards I’ve played with but never thought of taking the next step with stencils. THANKS for the idea.

  • Susann Trandem November 21, 2014, 10:08 am

    I love it. These word stencils are grand. I am ready to win

  • Cindy Kotora November 21, 2014, 11:01 am

    Love all your videos Carolyn!

  • Julie November 21, 2014, 11:02 am

    Love your style Carolyn …. and yours OOPS. Stencils look awesome

  • Janet Baker November 21, 2014, 11:29 am

    Loved watching the YouTube video and already left a long comment. I’m going to check out the blogs from earlier this week also. Thanks for generously sharing your time, talent, and stencils!

  • Vicky November 21, 2014, 12:09 pm

    I love your scribbling writing and all those word stencils, so yammie, need to have some more 🙂

  • Ruth L November 21, 2014, 1:53 pm

    You know Carolyn, this week I was playing with ATCs and when I looked at your page and I saw in it immediately some more options for ATC, guess I am going to continue 🙂

  • cher November 21, 2014, 2:33 pm

    Love this stencil. Love your work. You inspire me. Thanks!

  • gloria November 21, 2014, 3:03 pm

    Another great stencil….keep them coming!

  • Pam Cain November 21, 2014, 3:31 pm

    Love the ideas of gelli art index cards and the stenciled words to prompt journaling.

  • Marjie Kemper November 21, 2014, 3:36 pm

    Love all the layering!!

  • Paula Binkley November 21, 2014, 3:55 pm

    I absolutely love watching your videos. You always have such great ideas. Even in an oops. Hope you and your family have a super Thanksgiving . May God bless you all.

  • Karin November 21, 2014, 4:05 pm

    Love the font, love the words, love what you’ve done with the stencils!

  • paula November 21, 2014, 4:18 pm

    wow,what a great stencil – I’d love the chance to win verbage – and what a beautiful page.

  • Raine November 21, 2014, 4:26 pm

    Great idea! I love the gelli printed journal cards.

  • Wendy November 21, 2014, 4:34 pm

    Great stencil. So versatile. I don’t always like to write a lot in my journal. A single word sometimes says it all for me. Lots of options here.

  • Laure Janus November 21, 2014, 4:39 pm

    Another winner, and I placed an order with Stencil Girl just yesterday! That’s OK, I’m sure I’ll order again sometime…LOL. LOVE your videos, Carolyn!

  • Laure Janus November 21, 2014, 4:42 pm

    I also posted to Facebook and Pinterest!

  • Linda Lapotka November 21, 2014, 5:46 pm

    This is a wonderful video. i just watch the wonderful video. Great ideas. It would be a wonderful one for my Rolodex Cards A Day.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Cassie @ For the Art of It November 21, 2014, 6:03 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win another great stencil. I like the idea of prepping large sheets of paper and then cutting down to smaller sizes.

  • Cassie @ For the Art of It November 21, 2014, 6:04 pm

    And of course I pinned this one too!

  • Sherri Scott November 21, 2014, 6:05 pm

    What a great idea! Not only is it a great idea for your gelli prints but it does provide inspiration

  • Amy m November 21, 2014, 6:07 pm

    what an absolutely fun stencil. I can think of so many ways to play with it. Thank u for the opportunity to win one

  • Lujean Martin November 21, 2014, 6:19 pm

    You sure come up with fun stencils…and great ways to use them too! Thanks for your awesome tutorials…they never fail to make me smile! 🙂

  • Susan Reiser November 21, 2014, 7:10 pm


  • Rae Lynn November 21, 2014, 7:21 pm

    I really love this idea! It’s such a good way to refine your thoughts.

  • Susan Reiser November 21, 2014, 7:29 pm

    Cheer those awesome thoughts and imperfections! Super idea!

  • John Hutchens November 21, 2014, 9:10 pm

    nice stencil, thanks for the chance to win

  • Caroline Duncan November 21, 2014, 9:15 pm

    What a super clever idea to use the words stencils as prompts or even titles! Can’t wait to give this a try!

  • Caroline Duncan November 21, 2014, 9:19 pm
  • Johnna November 21, 2014, 9:54 pm

    I love this idea! Your work is so inspiring

  • RR Cady November 21, 2014, 10:38 pm

    Like the stencil; is there a script one?

  • sandy K November 21, 2014, 10:43 pm

    I enjoy your blog ideas and would love to play around with this stamp set. Thanks for the chance and keep up the good work!

  • Brenda November 21, 2014, 11:06 pm

    Love your word stencils. So many uses for them.

  • Jennifer Hammond November 21, 2014, 11:27 pm

    I just love you. You always make me laugh. I have been down lately and I always can go watch one of your videos on you tube and feel so much better. Thanks and thanks for giving me the chance to win I don’t have any word stencils yet!!!!

  • Shelly November 21, 2014, 11:56 pm

    Really like the verbs.

  • SusanJane November 22, 2014, 1:08 am

    Love these little prompt cards! The basic black just works on those Gelli prints. Cool.

  • Marit November 22, 2014, 4:22 am

    Hi Carolyn – I have been under a rock for over a year now. Lately I am trying to catch up with what I missed (a lot!) and I’m glad to see you still creating and going on strong! I will check out your former posts to see what you are all up to – from this post alone I think I might come across some amazing art pieces and inspiration again. I can use that! Oh, and I would love to win the stencil to try and get my mojo flowing again… Have a great weekend beautiful one!

  • Gill November 22, 2014, 7:06 am

    Another great stencil!!
    Verbage – I love the word!!

  • Corinna November 22, 2014, 8:08 am

    I just love your word stencils!

  • Sylvia Tabor November 22, 2014, 9:53 am

    Cutting up gelli pulls used to kill me, but now I cut, tear with random abandonment, all thanks to you. And this is yet another perfect way to use them. Great word stencils, Carolyn! !!

  • Diana Ryman November 22, 2014, 10:17 am

    Thank you for making this stencil. I think we’ve needed something like this for a long time and I love how it allows me to create the saying I want. Over and over again. Very versatile! Thanks also for the opportunity to win one!

  • Heather Goldsmith November 22, 2014, 10:31 am

    I am in love with this stencil. 😉

  • Connie McKenney November 22, 2014, 10:59 am

    Wow! You got my creative juices flowing on this one. I’m going to get my gelli plate out and prepare some backgrounds…. with the hope that I will win this stencil. 🙂

  • Victoria S November 22, 2014, 11:48 am

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

  • Judy Mac November 22, 2014, 12:35 pm

    Still working on my lettering skills, so love your word stencils to use instead of my own handwriting.

  • Susan Schultheis November 22, 2014, 7:18 pm

    Carolyn, you are the queen of word stencils. LOve them all. Would be so much fun to create a journal page with this stencil. Thanks,

  • Cheryl Gebhart November 22, 2014, 11:06 pm

    another great stencil and fun technique.

  • Cecilia Sawyer November 22, 2014, 11:21 pm

    Love this idea Carol. So fresh and fun. What a great way to use the Gelli Print papers. I do the Journal52 prompts and we are on Prompt 47. I’ve done all of them and just love it. My flickr address is: https://www.flickr.com/photos/seaslay/sets/72157644718435363/

    I love to stencil and would love some of your stencils. Cheers Cecilia

  • Gunvor November 23, 2014, 2:22 am

    This is fabulous! Love the stencil and love your technique! I get a lot of ideas on using this stencil! Thanks for sharing and inspring!

  • Cindy S November 23, 2014, 5:20 am

    I was thinking these word stencils were a bit limited, until now. You opened my eyes to the possibilities. Thanks!

  • Don Kennedy November 23, 2014, 7:54 am

    Word to play with and think about – love it.

  • Pamela Davies November 23, 2014, 1:18 pm

    Another excellent stencil – so useful for journaling

  • Gloria J Zucaro November 23, 2014, 3:14 pm

    Two great stencils..I’ll take them if you are giving them away!

  • Dawn November 23, 2014, 7:28 pm

    I am again inspired by your creativity. Thanks

  • Deborah F November 23, 2014, 9:16 pm

    Carolyn, this one is INSPIRED!!!

  • Melinda November 23, 2014, 10:00 pm

    diy prompts — how cool is that?

  • jane kimball November 24, 2014, 2:30 pm

    The ancient English Lit major loves words, can’t get enough of them. Hope I have a chance at this. Hint, hint

  • Susie Wolfe November 24, 2014, 6:21 pm

    This could be my favorite of your new ones. The mind boggles at the potential uses. Wish me luck in winning this one …. seriously!

  • Dynamics November 25, 2014, 2:50 am

    Thanks for the definition. Being new to all this I am amazed at the different kinds of stencils and can just imagine how fun they will be.

  • robyn November 25, 2014, 8:23 am

    Not used to using words in my work, but i like the versatility and options.

  • Jean Chaney November 25, 2014, 10:43 am

    I love how bold this is. Would be great on any journal page.

  • angela November 25, 2014, 1:49 pm

    I like this one, I love writing so this would be fun to make 🙂 thanks

  • wendy November 25, 2014, 7:02 pm

    Congrats on your line of stencils – they’re fab! Thanks for the chance to win. So many great ideas from your videos – I need more hours in the day!