New construction project takes aim at disasters.

What am I talking about? :/

I had a big problem and I needed to solve it before I could go any further with the Pop Tarts box alteration.  Ribbon drawer was a flaming mess (I’d use the other “F” word but it is highly inappropriate).  Then I had another mess with my scrap pieces of chipboard hurtling to their doom as they leaped from the shelf they were stored on.

I made six boxes from the scrap chipboard pieces.  The pieces measure as follows:

  • Bottom of box – 6 inches by 3-1/4 inches (1 per box)
  • Sides of box – 6 inches by 1-1/2 inches (2 per box)
  • Front and back of box – 3-1/4 inches by 1-1/2 inches (2 per box)

You will see in the photo that my front and back pieces are taller than the sides of the box.  I just didn’t want to cut them down.  Call me lazy :/

Handmade chipboard box

Handmade chipboard box

There will be a full tutorial on  making this box on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.  I have to edit the video first.

I used four sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 kraft colored card stock cut into one inch strips.  I cut them from the 11 inch width and got 11 strips from each sheet of paper.

Kraft card stock cut into 1 inch strips

Kraft card stock cut into 1 inch strips

Each piece of card stock was scored down the center at 1/2 inch.  These strips are used to put the boxes together and give the chipboard strength.  I got out my “Big Guns”.  The giant roll of double sided adhesive I purchased a couple years ago from a surplus store in Wichita, Kansas.

Adding adhesive to the strip of card stock

Adding adhesive to the strips of card stock

I didn’t cover the boxes with paper and decorate them up all nice and sweet.  They won’t be seen by anyone…..maybe not even ME :/

Box to hold my ribbon

Box to hold my ribbon

After creating six of these boxes, that flaming mess of a ribbon drawer is now organized.  One construction project took care of TWO DISASTERS.  Go Me!  😀

Organized ribbon drawer

Organized ribbon drawer

Now that I have done all of that work…..I wonder if I will get back to the paper covered Pop Tarts box?  Leslie, get your butt in gear and finish that project!

Leslie

Construction project halted due to entanglement.

The greeting cards I have made recently have disappeared.  Frankly, I can’t remember where I put them to get them out of the way for all the other projects I am dabbling in.  Never fear, I will find them.

When I went through all the paper I have stashed away to do my video for creating a scrap stash, I found some sort of plaid paper that would be good on a food box altering project.

Altering a food box

Altering a food box

While I was on the phone with Bobbie, from CraftyCritter919 on YouTube, discussing a “Collaboration” we could do together I started this altered box project.  By the time I had to leave with Joe to do some things for him and leave the conversation with Bobbie I had the box pretty well covered.

Food box covered in paper

Food box covered in paper

When Joe and I got back home I went to work on the inside of the box.  In the photo above, under the box are the closing flap pieces.  I covered them with a coordinating piece of paper from this stash to cover the hole left in the box by the manufacturer.

Inside of food box covered

Inside of food box covered

Okay folks, this is where the wheels fell off and construction was halted.  I have a lot of ribbon.  I want to wrap a 1 or 2 inch wide piece of ribbon around the box.  I know I have that in my stash.  Only problem is….well you’ll see.

Flaming mess #1

Flaming mess #1

This is Flaming Mess #1.  It used to be very well organized.  That is until I went to a thrift store and found several pieces of uhm…naughty lingerie…. many months ago.  I chucked the new purchases in the washing machine followed by a good heated session in the dryer.  Then I diligently used a seam ripper to separate the lace bits from the lingerie.  Let me tell you….that is one of those hair brained ideas I get once in a while that take a long time to complete and is a bit too fiddly for my tastes.  Gathering up all the lace bits and muttering to myself “What the Heck were YOU Thinkin?” I just crammed the lace into the ribbon drawer, promptly banged the drawer shut and never opened it again.  Until yesterday that is.

Not wanting to leave the ribbon drawer in the state it is currently in any longer I went through my craft room looking for small boxes I could organize with.  Didn’t find any…..but I did find Flaming Mess #2.  Yikes!

Flaming Mess #2

Flaming Mess #2

This was like playing the block game Jenga, or the long ago game of Pick Up Sticks.  Pull on one piece and they all come crashing down.  Since all the pieces were scattered all over my work table, I sorted them into like sizes so I could get a good look at what I had to work with.

Sorting Flaming Mess #2

Sorting Flaming Mess #2

Locating the pieces that I could easily use, I went to my industrial paper trimmer and got the pieces ready to assemble into boxes.

Chipboard pieces ready to be assembled into boxes

Chipboard pieces ready to be assembled into boxes

Half of the two Flaming Messes is taken care of…..the chipboard pieces are neatly stacked in the cupboard.  The ribbon mess is still a Flaming Mess and will be until I get the boxes made.  Not sure when that will be. :/

Monday’s “Subscriber Question” is about measurements of card front pieces using an Operation Write Home sketch.  It is a tutorial on using a sketch to create a greeting card.  This birthday card to be exact.  The full video will be ready on Monday.

Using a card sketch

Using a card sketch

What “Flaming Mess” in your craft space has you derailed from a project?  Hello….am I the only person that has this problem.  Oy Vay!

Leslie

Creating on a budget.

The temptations are out there.  Online, in big box craft stores, YouTube videos, things you see in other people’s craft space.

Sometimes, it seems, there is just as much of a problem for “impulse shoppers” within the crafting community as is in your local grocery or convenience store.  See it and you gotta get it.  I know this only too well and have fallen prey to the temptation many times over the years I have been doing paper crafts.

Ribbon bows are not my forte.  I can tie the bows but they look like I enlisted the aid of a three year old.  Wonky, squished, disproportionate, and just plain sad looking.  My bows always need help.

A couple years ago I wandered the aisles of my local craft/hobby store, Hobby Lobby, and saw a template to make paper bows.  At nearly $5 I thought it would be a great deal.  The template has various sizes and types of bows that can be made so it seemed economical.  I got it home and quickly made a paper bow using the template.  Even the template was no insurance against the three year old bow maker.  :/

The template was chucked into a storage device and forgotten about.  Then I watched a video showcasing the new “Envelope Punch Board”.  The bow that came from the punch board was every bit as good as the one I made using the template.  Albeit done by someone that knew how to work with the paper to make it look like a bow and not some mangled thing.

While making my Christmas gift tags I took that template back out and gave it one more try.

Bow making template

Bow making template

Hello my new little friend!  At the cost of $5 I can make about five different styles of bows.  The $20 Envelope Punch Board can make one style.

The template takes longer than the Punch Board.  You have to trace around the stencil item, cut it out, fuss around with it, and then get  your bow made.  The Punch Board has no messing about.  Stick the paper in an area and punch, turn and punch, move and punch.  Just that fast, lickety split, you are ready to fold and create the bow.

Sorry, I don’t have any photos of the Bow Punch Board for your comparison.  Here is a link to a blog post featuring this tool – Envelope Punch Board.

You decide which you would like to have in your craft space.  I have a video showing how I used the template to make the bows on the Christmas gift tags.

Leslie

2 Templates Added to Blog

Friday, October 16, 2015, I have a video tutorial on cutting your scrap paper stash down to usable pieces.  Paper you WILL use instead of ignoring it.

I have added 2 new templates to my blog.  One is the cutting dimensions I use in Friday’s video.  Click on the “Scrap Stash Cutting Dimensions” template and save it.  It is a PDF that you can print out anytime  you need it.  Also, check out the “Operation Write Home” site.  Click on THIS LINK to go directly to the card sketches.  Each card sketch has the measurements for every element on the card front.

The second is “Nested Layers on Greeting Cards” that is a PDF also.  You can download it and save it on your computer to print and use anytime you need it.  This is only a PARTIAL listing of mat sizes to be used on card fronts.

Why cut up the used card stock and design paper into all of the different sizes?

  1. Die cutting.  The desired color of card stock or design paper from your scrap stash is ideal for die cutting.  You don’t need to cut into a brand new piece of paper.
  2. Punches.  Same as for die cutting.  Instead of punching one or two items from a full sheet of card stock or design paper go to  your scrap stash for the desired paper.
  3. Ready made pieces of card stock or design paper for your card fronts or scrapbook layouts.  No longer creating a need to cut up whole sheets of card stock or design paper.
  4. Fishtail banners.  Use  your 1 inch wide pieces of scrap to cut down to the size you want for the Fishtail pieces.
  5. ATC cards.  Artist Trading Cards have been around for quite a long while.  Use your scrap stash for creating your beautiful ATC’s to showcase your creative style.
  6. Junk or Junque Journals.  Tear, cut, or die cut your way through your Junk Journal by using from your scrap stash.
  7. Day Planners.  Are  you into the whole Day Planner rage?  Fauxbonichi?  (However it is spelled).  Planners made from Composition Notebooks?
  8. Inchies.  Use your scrap stash to either punch or cut the 1 inch square elements for your tags, card fronts, collage design, and even of your favorite paper combinations framed as home decor.
  9. Home Decor.  Speaking of Home Decor.  Use from your scrap stash to create wall hangings, cover papier mache boxes and figures.
  10. Paper Beads.  Are you into the whole Paper Bead making thing?  Get into your scrap stash for your bright and beautiful bead creations.

Is it time for you to get that box or bin of large scraps controlled?  Join me on Friday to see how to get this mess you hate into something you will be excited about.

Leslie

Not so very good Infomercial

I had a stroll through “Crazy Town” yesterday and stopped to have a brief visit.

Coming up with ideas for my YouTube channel can be a challenge for me.  How does one make a long and boring tutorial interesting?  I mean, there is no excitement in watching someone cut up paper.  How best to get someone to sit and watch a video of nothing but paper cutting?  There will not be a completed project at the end of the video.

I had a talk with my husband, Joe, as he was traveling from El Paso, Texas with trucks he was en-route to deliver in Dodge City, Kansas.  He is a most excellent “Scrubby”.  If you have never heard the term it is a blending of two words….Scrapbook Husband….Scrubby.

Most of my creative endeavors have been using papers from my scraps.  My recent post on the Christmas gift tags was all about using my scrap papers.  So…..from the genius of my “Scrubby” and my ill attempt at an “Infomercial” here is my  3 MINUTE video enticing my subscribers to sit through a video nearly 20 minutes long of watching paper being cut.  Kind of like watching paint dry.

Christmas Gift Tags

I know it is not even the middle of October 2015.  Too early to be thinking about Christmas you might say.  Getting a jump on your gift giving and fabulous handcrafted items can be a year long endeavor.  So, while you are making those special gifts for friends and family why not take a break and make some gift tags to go along with your creations?

I am going deep into my small scraps.  The 2-1/2 inch by 5-1/2 inch pieces.  I’m not sticking with the typical Christmas theme papers either.  Think about these tags for other occasions….birthday, anniversary, baby shower, weddings, and any other event you will be giving a gift that will require a tag.

My stash of small paper scraps

My stash of small paper scraps

I used three sheets of 8-1/2 by 11 Recollections card stock to create the tags I will show you.  A video tutorial will be up on Wednesday to show you how to make these awesome tags.

3 x 3 note card gift tags

3 x 3 note card gift tags

2 x 2-1/4 note gift tags

2 x 2-1/4 note gift tags

2-1/4 x 3 gift tags

2-1/4 x 3 gift tags

The whole lot from 3 sheets of card stock

The whole lot from 3 sheets of card stock

See you Wednesday.

Leslie

Turn a mini album tag into a Christmas card

Through September and on into October I have been creating videos on how to make mini album tags for the newest batch of creative people coming in.  I used to be one of them.  Searching for answers to my burning questions and not finding much in the way of an answer.

As in life, one thing leads to another.  For new card makers that don’t have a lick of interest in ever making mini albums, but need to be inspired to create a greeting card, I thought it would be good to show how a mini album tag can be made into a card front.

I chose to use one of the Measured and Layered tags with a pocket as my inspiration for the card front.

This tag is my inspiration

This tag is my inspiration

I have some old….circa 2009….Stampin’ Up! stamp sets which are Christmas themed.  Serene Snowflakes, Delightful Decorations, and Big on Christmas.  These are no longer available at Stampin’ Up! but if you have them in your stash of stamps you can give this a try.

Old Stampin' Up! stamp sets

Old Stampin’ Up! stamp sets

This is what I came up with using the mini album tag format and converting it into a Christmas card with a little gift of tags tucked into the front pocket.

Mini album tag converted into Christmas card

Mini album tag converted into Christmas card

I will have the tutorial on making these cards up on YouTube Friday – October 9, 2015.

Leslie

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