StencilGirl Hop — Keeping memories with Crossed Circles and Squares

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Keeping memories, special personal totems using Andrew Borloz’s Crossed Rounds and Squares Stencil L159 from StencilGirl Products


I wanted to create something a little different than a journal page and my inspiration board was getting way too crowded.  So I culled that board for highly personal photos, quotes, cards and objects to put on a new smaller inspirational tack board I could look at every day to remind me of what is important in life.  The project started with a bit of gelli printing with acrylics directly on fabric with lots of color and the Crossed Rounds and Squares Stencil L159.

Using simple cardboard from a box, some batting and the fabric I made up a tack board.  Staples and wonky hand stitching on the corners created a secure base. I had appliqued  a vintage flower doily. Stitched on some lace ribbon and colorful buttons.  Braided strips of the fabric for a rustic hanger and the tack board was complete.  Full of light and color and things I love, I can now see it every day when I begin creating.

The step out photo collage is below(you can click on the photos to make them larger) and be sure to visit the other StencilGirl Creative Team members to see their creations with this graphic and versatile stencil. Luckily I saved some fabric to use for other projects…..

Hope you enjoyed this project, now hop on over and visit the team, I am sure you will be as amazed as I am at how many different projects you will see.  Enjoy…

StencilGirl Talk

Marjie Kemper

Kirsten Reed

Leslie Jenison

Sami Harding

Corrine Gilman …that’s me

Janet Joehlin

Linda Kittmer

Carolyn Dube

Paula Phillips

Mary C. Nasser

Maria McGuire



  1. I LOVE this idea! I especially like that is being used to have the important things to look at everyday. SO inspiring! LOVING that handle!!!

  2. Looks great and what a fun board to use. I love the fabric you made with the stencil!

  3. I love this! Beautiful colors!

  4. thank you for the chance to win that’s gr8 smilz

  5. Great idea and the result looks fab!

  6. I love the idea of creating a custom background on a board like this.

  7. Lovely inspiration board! Thank you for the chance to win!

  8. Great ideas. Thanks. Hopping along.
    Stay inspired!

  9. I am excited by the layering and textures…thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Andrew Borloz says:

    Very colorful background! Thanks so much for showing how the stencil can be used creatively!

  11. greate idea to keep “special things” in an inspirational way! and lovely result!

  12. Corrine this is GORGEOUS, I love the colours and all the details. Thank-you for the walk-through too sweetie, I love a good nose at the process, soooooo inspiring.
    Huge hugs x

  13. I love your inspiration board! I NEED ONE! This is a great stencil to use on it too. Thanks Girlie!

  14. Great idea! I love your new inspiration board! I need one myself.

  15. Fabulous stenciling project Corrine! Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration to use fabric and a simple piece of cardboard to make a very useful item. I love the cheery colors and the wonderful patterns made by the stencil. Did you use a fabric paint extender with the acrylics ? Thanks for the inspiration Corrine!

  16. Oh Corrine.. just lovely.. fabric, paint, photos. I love seeing you son as a young man. Priceless piece of art.

  17. Karen Buchanan says:

    What a great background for the inspiration board!

  18. Gorgeous inspiration board, Corrine!
    What a liberating process to Gelli print directly onto the fabric! I must try this! 🙂

  19. Denise Spillane says:

    What happy happy board. I want to create one now! Love this stencil!

  20. Carol C says:

    What a great project!!! Another great way to use this stencil!

  21. Love the way you used this stencil, very creative…

  22. Corrine, this is such a fun idea.

  23. Love the fabric you made. Great use of the stencil

  24. Very cute! love the colors

  25. Jone Johnson says:

    Unique way to use this stencil. I love your project. Thanks for showing us different ways that a stencil can be used.

  26. Wonderful project! I love the stencil, especcially the little rounds with the cross in it are too cute 🙂 and so cool the lace holding the lovely card ♥ Conny

  27. Corrine – this is amazing! Now I have so many ideas for my daughter’s dorm room – what fun way to decorate her room!

  28. I love this idea! I have been meaning to make a board for myself!

  29. Love how everyone is using the stencil. Thanks for another great and inspiring idea!

  30. What a lovely project!! Great colors and makes a wonderful background until the board gets filled up with mementos and photos!

  31. I need to try my hand at this! Enjoying all of the wonderful artists!

  32. so much talent on this bloghop! i can’t believe what u made, i love it! tx for sharing and inspiring, aloha, angi in hana

  33. Love your use of the stencil in this project!

  34. A lovely inspiration board! Great stencil as well! What a wonderful giveaway!

  35. This is very creative! I love the colors and the doily. Great work 🙂

  36. What an awesome project! I love it!!
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  37. Very nice!

  38. Such a unique and colorful project. Nice quote.

  39. Just beautiful! TFS!!!

  40. Love this project. I must make one for my office. Thanks for the inspiration!

  41. What a fun project for this stencil. Another idea for my to do list! thanks.

  42. What a wonderful project! Love it that you didn’t have to spend a lot to create such beautiful one of a kind memory board!

  43. Great project! Would love to use this stencil with my Gelli plate!

  44. Lovely background for your mementos Corinne. That stencil is fab when used with the Gelli plate.

  45. Kristin M says:

    Love the great idea. I need to find more ways to use my gelli, and I love the way that stencils layers.

  46. Very cool idea! Love it!

  47. Kate Pyle says:

    What a fun idea. Your geli printed fabric is beautiful and irresistible. I may go pull out my geli plate right now and hope I can find some batting in the landfill that is me studio. Thanks for the inspiration.

  48. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed seeing a different use of the stencil.

  49. Susan Tidwell says:

    Love that you used the stencil on fabric! very cool inspiration board.

  50. Great inspiration board, I love how it turned out and the colors used. What a great stencil! 🙂

  51. This is so pretty and it would make a wonderful gift to give to kids going off to college this fall! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

  52. That was a long way down to here 🙂
    Your almost tutorial, is wonderful Corrine, and I love to see your steps in doing a new inspirations borad ! Love the colours, and the near and dear pieces you added !! Wonderful textured !!
    Happy weekend, my dear!

  53. A great project – I love the stencil you used!

  54. Barbara I. says:

    I enjoyed your project using the stencil. Thanks for sharing it with us! This blog hop has been a lot of fun.

  55. Sandy Karsten says:

    I have never thought to stencil fabric – I always do paper. New project or an addition to my collage!

  56. Janelle R says:

    Oh my gosh – I love the depth you achieved on this, and what a cute project! I think I am going to have to try this! Thanks so much for sharing and a chance to win.
    Janelle R

  57. Great board! It just says *Cheerful*.
    Oh these stencils!!! I’ve had to clear an entire drawer in my flat file just for stencils.
    Now that I’ve done that, I have lots of room for more 😉

  58. TinkieBean says:

    Lovely project with a worthy purpose to keep our mind and heart centered on the right stuff! Beautiful composition!

  59. Such a unique take on the use of this stencil, love that! Thanks for doing a stencil giveaway I would love to win! Sanna

  60. Wonderful use of the stencil.

  61. Love the versality of this stencil because the sections all play so nicely together!

  62. So bright and beautiful, really makes me want to make one!

  63. Wow, a very clever project and something very happy to see each day.

  64. great idea and use for stencil

  65. What a great idea – it would be so fun to look at!

  66. Fantastic board! You have inspired me to make one – something I have on my list of “have to do” – now it’s a “need to do”!

  67. I love this project. What a great inspiration piece.

  68. Helen Markee says:

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  69. Never would have though t of this. Cool!

  70. This board is a wonderful idea, you will have us all doing something like this.
    Well done. xx

  71. Corrine, thanks, I enjoyed seeing your tutorial and glad to see a Gelli being used. I just got mine and have been loving it.

  72. That is lovely!!

  73. Corrine, my favorite colors… pink and yellow.. I love the light and airy feeling.

  74. Ruthanne Parker says:

    Love the addition of fabric! Fun way to use this stencil_thanks for sharing.

  75. I’m loving blog hopping … learning so much. Really like this round and squares stencil. Love your project — the color and combination of objects. lovely.

  76. Nancy Lee says:

    What a clever idea. I bet your son loves it!

  77. Truly amazing idea. Now I need to get a gelli plate!

  78. I love what you made, especially because you kept a box out of the recycle bin. What a perfect way to recycle by making this board. You did a fantastic job with this stencil.

  79. I am probably going to steal your idea – I love that it uses recycled materials. I work with kids and this would be a great way to start the new school year. Now following you on bloglovin.

  80. Corrine, I really love this inspiration board–especially because it is so personal! Lots of texture with the board, batting, fabric, paint and then all that frosting! Bravo!

  81. I love what you created Corrine. I love that it is so original, the way you showed its creation and the different types of texture involved. Very original and very creative. A wonderful display of your brilliance! HeArtfully and a warm hug, Samara

  82. Charlene says:

    Hi Corrine, I love your piece! The colors are so yummy.
    Thanks for being a part of the blog hop! This is fun!

  83. Saranne says:

    What a great project! Love the colors.

  84. TOO much fun! Gelli printing, with fabric and other little tidbits – great idea, and great results!

  85. Very nice project, I love your thinking so out of the box and the softness of your project.

  86. I love my gelli plate but have yet to print on fabric. You’ve inspired me to try it!

  87. Hmm…just bought some vintage doilies at the thrift store this afternoon! Your first step of “culling” for personally significant items really caught my attention. THX!

  88. Anita McIntyre says:

    Got my creative juices flowing.

  89. Carmen Lucero says:

    Very creative! I’ve seeing those boards but didn’t want to pay so much for them; I think I’ll make my own. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Carmen L

  90. Wonderful fabric!

  91. lots of great ideas with the same stencil. good job

  92. Loving your inspiration board!

  93. Very Original, loved your use of Gelli plate and stencils for a completely different take.

  94. This is awesome. I want to make one now. I think I will start tonight. Thank you so much for posting this!!!

  95. This is so unique and beautiful! What a wonderful way to use Andrew’s stencil. Love that background on your board!

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