Not much going on here at the mo- Half way though a journal page about the school where I work ( the stags head is our logo) . Also hubby picked up the latest edition of craft stamper , so I have been having a read though. 
This little soldering iron arrived today - I have not bought it to solder anything with but ...to cut my own stencils with . I saw a fab tutorial on you tube for making your own stencils out of plastic file dividers -The tool cost the price of two small stencils, so if it works , i shall be able to save a little ( who am i kidding !! ha ha). Of course i can't find the blinking video now can I ? But this is very similar . You can just print onto acetate as well. I will let you know how I get on .
Well ...I found some acetate and couldn't wait. It cuts very smoothly , there is a knack and I was a bit shaky though I could have chosen an easier one to start with!!

I quite like the wobbly bits :).

If you would like to join in with the fun , hopping round other crafters desks , you need to pop over to see Julia who has all the details.

Soojay xx


  1. wow, that sounds a challenge! hope you get some great results with the soldering iron! and if not, you can take up soldering instead! Happy WOYWW Helen 4

  2. Making your own stencils you are good & just think of all the different patterns you can create . Happy woyww jill #8

  3. Wow! You didn't choose an easy one to experiment with that's for sure,but you did very well! It's a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  4. You're like me..jump straight in with both feet first!! Why take the easy road and choose an easy pattern to start with? Doing something tricky like you did is a challenge...you did really well!
    Hugs, LLJ 12 xxx

  5. I have seen videos on cutting stencils using a soldering iron. I thought about trying it...glad i stopped by to see your results. I wouldn't have noticed the shakiness had you not said something. I am rather impressed with your result, especially since it's your fist stab at it!

  6. I'm seriously impressed at you making your own stensils....and love the results. Well done you.
    Annie x # 10

  7. Goodness what a really difficult shape to start with and you've made a great job of it. It doesn't look even a bit wobbly to me. Very impressive Sue. I look forward to seeing your journal page. The stag will certainly be an impressive image. Barbxx

  8. Brilliant, Sue!!! what a great idea well done indeedy!! and yes it was tricky but I too like the shakey bits!!
    ...thanks so much for your inspiration:D
    Happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x #25

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  9. I love the idea of re-purposing plastic file dividers! It's great finding another use for an object. Happy crafting,

    Max #24

  10. Hi Sue! I don't believe I visited before - or perhaps I just don't remember? I added you on G+. I love the idea of using a soldering iron to cut your own stencils. I've been looking at some stencil cutters (which work on the same principle) but they didn't seem very good quality. Yours looks much better! And DIY tools are always cheaper than craft tools! Will definitely look into that! Have a crafty week! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #28

  11. How cool!!! I need music staff stencils; hardly any out there...so off to find the soldering iron and the tutorials! Have a great week. Oh, and the start of the journal page looks great.
    -K #33

  12. This is so strange, I picked up a solder iron this week too. It was a a local reuse store and it just had to come home with me. Your stencil is great! Peg R 36

  13. You stencil looks lovely- distressed- in a good way. I cut them with my digital cutter. More my speed. push the button and go have a cup of tea!
    thanks for visiting
    Robyn 1

  14. Your stencil cutting is fab - so neat and I can't see the wobbly bits at all! I have a stencil cutting tool but didn't get on with it - perhaps I need to persevere a bit more! I really like the design you chose too.
    Hope you have a great week,
    Diana #23

  15. oh my gosh how cool is this? I love that you found a way to cut stencils cleanly. ( I am guessing the shaky part goes away after time) but, I have made some ghetto stuff with dies and it is all kinda... ( good thing I am smooshing paint through it thoughts) so, I love this :) tfs! ~Stacy #44

  16. How clever I'm very impressed :-) thanks for visiting. Anne x #7

  17. Great stuff, Soojay - love the stencil you have cut. Once I get my Cougar cutting machine up again I shall be cutting some more. Those polywallets you can get are excellent for stencils too. I've made acetate ones but they can split a bit, I find. I haven't ever cut any by hand.

    Thanks for a lovely comment - yes, I agree, it's so hard for the hubbies to watch us suffer, and Doug has more than his fair share of that at the moment. Poor Shaz, my heart really goes out to her. Glad you like my colouring - it was a fun interlude this p.m. when I felt a bit more like doing something light! Not feeling so bad at this stage of the cycle this time, because they reduced the dose, so hopefully I'll be up and running a bit sooner this time. I have so many plans of things I am wanting to do!

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #40

  18. Well done with the stencil making - very effective.
    Toni xx

  19. I like the idea of making stencils and will have to look at this. I already have the soldering iron and have never used it but don't tell him in-doors or he might try to pinch it Lol! Have a good woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 22

  20. Way to go, Sue! I've seen the same video and as soon as it finished, I put a soldering iron on my Amazon wish list. Now I've seen what a great result you've had on your first try, I really must put it in my basket and buy the darned thing lol. xx


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