About

Stencil is a DIY craft studio with projects for all ages and skill levels. If you’ve been collecting ideas on Pinterest (so many in fact that you are starting to think you could star in a new t.v. show called “Pinterest Hoarders”) but haven’t taken the crafting plunge, then Stencil is the place for you. Or maybe you’re a regular crafter and you want to advance your skill level but you don’t have some of the equipment needed to craft your creations, then Stencil is the place for you.

Want to throw an awesome DIY craft party for your next baby or bridal shower? Contact Stencil! Want a fun new way to motivate your team and build morale? Contact Stencil about our Corporate Team Building projects.  Want to create a Pinterest worthy project? Come join us for one of our workshops and save $10 or reserve a seat and save $5. Want to just pop on in and create something crafty?   Don’t worry about reserving a seat, just come on in during one of our open studio times! Stencil is a BYOB studio after 4pm, so feel free to bring your own beverages to enjoy while you sit back, relax and craft the night away.

At Stencil we are here to help your ideas come to life!

Meet Nicole, Chief Creative Crafter at Stencil.

Nicole BolinDon’t you love it when someone walks into your home, compliments a particular item, asks where you got it and your response is….”I made it.”  I KNOW, ME TOO!!  We are like two peas in a pod, me and you.

So here’s a quick little fun fact sheet about me:

Favorite Food? Donuts, specifically sprinkle donuts.  Clearly donuts are an important part of my life, seeing as they were the first fact that came to mind when I started thinking about this list.

Married?  To a brilliantly nerdy scientist who thinks I am only a little crazy for keeping almost everything he tries to put into the garbage can with the thought….”I might be able to use that someday to make something….”

Kids? I am a step-mom to 3 great kids: Ragnar, Roark and Taylor and I have 2 furbabies: Napoleon and Midori.

Home? While I currently live in the sunny southwest (Scottsdale, AZ), my heart will always be in Chicago.  If you ever find yourself planning a trip to Chicago, check out my blog posts: DIY Chicago Food Tour, the DIY way to get around Chicago and Chicago Green Spaces – Four Fabulous Finds in less than Four Hours.

Favorite Minion?  Definitely Stuart.

Favorite Quote?  Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

And here’s a lil bit more about me…

I have always been an analytical person by nature so it makes sense that I have spent the last 15 years of my life in the scientific field.  But I have always been a very creative person as well.  So about 2 years ago I decided to switch careers.  I spent a year and a half studying interior design at the New York Institute of Art and Design.  While going to school, I spent every extra minute I had on DIY projects.  I did everything from re-tiling fireplaces to making a giant 5 foot scrabble board.  In July 2016, I graduated from school with a certification in interior design and decided to create Stencil in order to teach others how they too can create beautiful DIYsigns for their home and lifestyle.