Using the negative space of letter stickers

Using the negative part of used letter stickers

Using the negative part of used letter stickers

Searching through my abundant supply of letter stickers to find the right size for this project I found this really, really old set of stickers.  No “T” 😦  There is, however, a black outline from where a “T” was.  BUT to only have one negative letter was not going to be good.

I’ll use it anyway, along with a couple other letters.  Sorry for the out of focus bit here.  It is a bit of a trial working the camera with my left hand since I’m right handed.  I dropped the camera about four times trying to get the thing to focus where I wanted.  So you get to see the best of 4 😀

Cut around the negative space

Cut around the negative space

I have one of the original Cricut machines.  The smallest it will go down is 1″ which I’ve used on the letters of the person’s name for this Holder.  I have not played with my Cricut much so I really don’t know all that it is capable of….other than cutting out letters.

I need to get into my room and get it cleaned out today.  I have some black rhinestones I need to find in that flaming mess so I can attach one to the “U” where the unsightly space is.

Speaking of letters, I dug further in my stash for the lettering around the cover.

OSU's Pistol Pete and Bullet

OSU's Pistol Pete and Bullet

Both images…Pistol Pete and the Spirit Rider on Bullet….are from the internet and printed on Whisper White card stock.  Should you decide to print a photo on card stock and wish to have the image not fade over time there is a product that is good for this.

Krylon‘s “Workable Fixitif” is the best stuff to use.  This is NOT RECOMMENDED for use in scrapbooks because of the chemicals in this product.

Krylon Workable Fixitif

Krylon Workable Fixitif

If you draw with chalks this stuff is the best.  It will keep the work you have already done from smearing as your hand moves around the paper as you draw.  You can still go back to an area already worked with no fear of having a slick surface with no chalk adhesion.

When you first spray this over a photo on card stock the photo will change and get darker.  Don’t worry, let it set for about 20 minutes.  It will dry clear and your photo will look as it did before  you sprayed it.  Also, take this outside!!  Spray this pungent stuff outside.  Do several passes about 5 inches from the surface of what you are spraying.  Don’t linger in a spot too long or it will cause the colors to bleed and run.  Not good 😦  Coat the entire image and surrounding paper you will be working with.

I have a treacherous path into my room.  This space is beginning to look, and feel, as though it should be featured on one of those “Hoarder” shows.

A pathway through my craft room

A pathway through my craft room

I have two bases being pressed right now.  They will not be workable until later this afternoon so it is time to get in this room for some purging, cleaning, and reorganizing.



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maureen Mathis
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 13:51:28

    Have fun cleaning! I like putting things where they belong! Then when everything is put away, you’ll have a good idea if any of the storage spaces need to be “repurposed” for something else that fits it better. That DOES NOT MEAN GOING TO THE STORE FOR MORE STORAGE CONTAINERS, though!

    Kelley actually suggested that maybe it was time to PURGE some of my supplies when we were making space for her in her room. I don’t believe my personal dictionary even has a LISTING for that word – have you ever heard of it, because I HAVE NOT!!!


  2. aspot2stampShelly
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 18:30:42

    HI Leslie
    Love the way you think outside of the box. I have this thing called Packratism 🙂 Yup pack as much stuff as I can in this already stuffed space, well Brian would say that at least lol. I’ve not heard of the krylon spray ,I was told to spray cheap aerosol hairspray on the chalked images but even then it’s much better to in a well ventilated area. I will have to check this stuff out. Hope all goes well with the craft room clean up. Will be looking foward to seeing your progress.



    • Message In A Fold
      Dec 17, 2011 @ 10:18:16

      Join the “Packratism” League 😀 Nearly everything I see anymore I think how it can be used on some project. Plastic lobster bibs, restaurant menu that looks like an old newspaper.

      Aerosol hair spray works pretty good. The only problem is the “sticky” factor. Any moisture, even years later, is attracted to the hair spray. The Krylon stuff doesn’t not attract moisture so the piece won’t get sticky in a humid area.

      Yikes! The clean up turned into a marathon and I was up past midnight. Course I had to take a few breaks from time to time to rest my aching back and feet. While doing that I watched a few crafty videos 😀

      Love you my Friend – Leslie


  3. gardenpinks
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 19:02:22

    Kelley should wash her mouth out with soap 🙂

    Just think of all the things you will find Leslie that you forgot about since you last cleaned and tidied your craft area. I think I enjoy the time I spend rearranging my craft stuff – perhaps I need to get out more 🙂 I shal be glad when I have the space to have all my craft stores out and around me instead of having to keep ferretting around hunting for items that have been stored and then having to put it all away again when I’ve finished.

    Using the negative of the letters is good…necessity is the mother of invention!

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx


    • Message In A Fold
      Dec 17, 2011 @ 10:26:51

      Lord have mercy, I have valid proof of insanity. Dragging all that stuff out and sorting through it. I could have done a “Haul video” and called it Crap-tastic or something like that! Good thing Joe wasn’t home or he’d be asking me if I’m making head way on driving us to the Poor House 🙂

      Your day for wallowing around in a messy craft room will come. Except I don’t think your room will get messy since you’ve trained yourself to put things back after you are done with them. THAT is a good habit to have and I’m going to set that as my next goal 😀 Be respectful of my craft room and my products.

      Love you – Leslie


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