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The Crafter’s Workshop – Doodling Templates

Reported by Reyanna Klein

I was first introduced to the doodling templates of The Crafter’s Workshop at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in 2007. I purchased two right away… I really wanted to try my hand at doodling.

This company has come a long way since 2007. I was so excited to see them at Winter CHA this year! With new shapes and smaller versions of favorites (for card-makers and scrappers who prefer small designs), they have so much to offer!
Flourishes, flowers, paisleys, circles, dots, journaling lines, holiday-specific designs, and more… they have it all! They also have alphabets, and the fonts are just so much fun. Another great thing about their templates is that they make two sizes: 12×12 and 6×6. Not all designs come in both sizes, but it’s nice to have the option on many of them!
The Crafter’s Workshop can also boast about an eco-friendly product! The stencils are reusable (I wiped mine off with baby wipes or simply soap and water), and they come with very minimal packaging.
The first template I decided to play with was the Mini Boom template (the larger 12×12 size is called Boom Boom Boom). Perfect for Independence Day or fireworks layouts! You could also use these templates on invites to a block party!
I used some Kokuyo Repositionable Adhesive to stick the template to my paper. To reinforce the hold to my paper, I also used my magnets and Basic Grey‘s Magnetic Precision Mat to hold the template in place.

I tried to dab on acrylic paint with a paintbrush first. That didn’t work on this mini template (due to the thickness of the template and the small shape of the firework). When that didn’t go as planned, I grabbed a 0.3 Copic pen instead. This worked perfectly! These really are *doodling* templates, so they do work best when using a pen (as opposed to paint).

Next, I decided to see how the templates do with spray-on paint. I decided to use Maya Mist, and I can see that I’ll have A LOT of fun with this in conjunction with the templates!
I, again, used the repositionable adhesive to adhere the template to this canvas bag. There’s no way to get it to stick perfectly, but I thought I’d try this method to see how it would go. So I attached the template (Carnation), held the mist six inches away, and sprayed away!
It looks SO cool..

Before I tried it on the canvas bag, I tried it on paper, and it actually works even better! Much more crisp, clear, and beautiful! But I just think it’s so cool that you can use these templates on fabric (fabric paint spray is available at craft stores… Maya Mist is not made for fabric, so I do not recommend it).
The Crafter’s Workshop even has ideas on their website for sewers and quilters. Definitely work checking out if you’re a sewing crafter. 🙂
One of my most favorite shapes The Crafter’s Workshop carries? The circle! I know… it may sound a bit boring, but I LOVE circles. Circles are so fun and versatile, and so are the templates!
This was another time my Basic Grey Precision Mat came in handy. I used the magnets to adhere the template (Circle Circle, Dot Dot) to my layout, so that I could make sure I got it positioned *just* right. Then I took a pencil and lightly made a dot (inside the template dot) in each place I knew I wanted to stick my embellishments. You don’t have to stick to their template. Here, I skipped every other one…


I flipped the template the other way, so I could have the same dots under my photos as well. When I removed the template, I had dots in a perfect circle (I did do some measuring beforehand, so that it would be centered on my layout). These dots were a great guideline for me to add some pearls to the layout. I’m not sure how else I could have done a near-perfect circle with near-perfectly distanced pearls…


Bazzill Cardstock, Basic Grey papers/alphas/rub-ons, Studio Calico *&* stamp,

Colorbox ink, Mark Richards pearls, Prima flowers, and leaf/ribbon from Jo-Ann Fabrics.

These templates were so much fun to work with, and I can’t wait to try them out on all sorts of different projects. I have a feeling this could get addictive…
Pros:
  • Many different shapes and sizes.
  • You can use them with pens, pencils, markers, ink pads, paint, and paint spray/mist.
  • Very easy to use with pens and pencils.
  • Website has lots of ideas in their gallery.
  • Versatile! Suitable for crafters of all types: embroiderers, seamstresses/sewers, quilters, scrapbookers, card-makers, stampers, etc.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Inexpensive (yay!).
Cons:
  • Smaller designs take some experimentation to get the look you want.
  • Can’t use paint (and sponging technique) with every design.
  • If you don’t have repositionable adhesive or a magnetic mat, templates may be difficult to keep in one place.
You can purchase The Crafter’s Workshop templates at the following online retailers:
I also happened to see a few templates at my local Hobby Lobby!
Have you used The Crafter’s Workshop doodling templates yet? What’s been your favorite technique? Do you have a favorite design? Let us know! We’d love to hear!
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6 Responses to The Crafter’s Workshop – Doodling Templates

  1. Julia Stainton April 6, 2009 at 8:07 am #

    I only have a couple of the dots templates but I love them. They are fabulous for a guideline for adhering buttons or brads.

  2. Rach April 6, 2009 at 11:41 am #

    I have a couple of the templates and love using them. I’ve used chalks with mine and the effect always looks great.

    I’ll definitely be adding more templates to my collection!

  3. Nikky April 6, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    I love CW templates, they are awesome, both for cardmaking and scrapbooking, I’ve used them on load of projjies.

  4. Leslie April 6, 2009 at 6:02 pm #

    I have the circle template, and it has replaced all of the other circle-cutting systems that I have used!

  5. Erika M. April 6, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    I have a couple and use them all the time!

  6. Lavimom April 8, 2009 at 11:01 am #

    I have and love the orchid template. So far I have only used it as a mask on cardstock with chalk ink. I wish I had more of them.