Thursday, September 21, 2017

Song Lyrics Rotary File by Dana Tatar

Hi friends! I'm Dana Tatar and I'm super excited to be a Guest Designer for StencilGirl today! My brain is about 90% song lyrics. I have hundreds of CDs and have to admit that in this age of digital music, I still buy them. Why? Besides having a superior sound, I love the little booklet that comes along with the music. It usually contains photos of the band/musician (eye candy), excellent artwork (more eye candy), and if I'm lucky, the song lyrics. I've cataloged just over 350 of my favorite lyrics on colorful stenciled cards for this project. This wheel of verses is the closest thing I have to a diary. Spinning through these cards makes me happy, not only because they are alphabetized, but because I know that they will serve as a starting point for a lot more great art.

Step One: Apply paint to the blank cards. I try to minimize waste and stretch the life of my products, so I used paint that was left on my work surface from other projects to color a lot of these cards. I also pulled all the paint from my stash that was in danger of drying up and used that for this project as well.

Step Two: Apply paint over StencilGirl Stencils and onto the cards. Once dry, highlight the stenciled designs with black and white pens.

Step Three: Write song lyrics onto the cards and file. I recorded my favorite lyrics in a notebook and then transferred the words to the cards as I finished them. I used correction tape as a base for the lyrics.

I have a short video that shares a peek at my cards as they spin around:

I decided to cover the branding on this rotary file. I created a table of contents for each lettered section using the Top 10 Cling Stamp Set from Paper Wings Productions and blank cards. I also added some strips of music note washi tape to the outer wheels of this file.

I hope I have inspired you today. I'd love to know what your favorite song lyrics are. Leave me a note in the comments section. As you may have realized, I couldn't pick just one!

If you'd like to see more of my work, please stop by my blog, They Call Me Tatar Salad. You can also find me on FacebookPinterestInstagram, and Twitter.


  1. This is sooooooooooooo awesome! I loveeeeeeeeee it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. This would be a great gift to someone with memory issues. You could make one with their favorite lyrics and visit them regularly for a sing along.

    1. Great idea! The back side of the cards are blank, so it would be a great place to record more memories or even add a photo.

  3. I've been listening practically non-stop to the Tom Petty channel on SiriusXM since he passed away. Right now my favorite song lyric is from his song Wildflowers: "You belong among the wildflowers, You belong in a boat out at sea, Sail away, kill off the hours, You belong somewhere you feel free".


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