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!


Personalize a book for a child.

I finally have something to share.  A personalized children’s book for my grandson who will be five this November.

It has taken me most of the month to create this.  Energy levels and mood swings have run amok as I’m recovering from a Sepsis illness.  I won’t bore you with the tawdry details.

A big shout out to Shelly Makowski for checking in on me via text messages during my long absence.  Thank you Shelly.

A DISCLAIMER:  I don’t consider myself to be a prize winning children’s book author.

The concept for this book came about because of a long ago memory.  About 30 plus years ago a publishing company had a Christmas promotion.  Parents could write in and submit the name of each of their children to the publisher.  For a fee, the child’s name would be placed throughout the Christmas story and the personalized book would be mailed to the child just in time for Santa’s visit.

This book is about Simon and the day he climbed a tree.

The book of Simon

The book of Simon














The papers I have used are all from my stash.  The majority of them are really very old….circa 2005.  Of course, I had to use my Graphic 45 ABC Primer paper from my stash for this book.

Everything has been glued to chipboard.  This is a book, not a mini album, and I felt it would be required of me to securely attach all of the story components.  That way a little boy, or his Mom or Dad, won’t have to worry about things getting lost or put in the wrong spot.  I think it might even be safe to say this book may even survive the toss test.  Maybe even the buried under toys and blankets test.

In the coming week I will be back with more creations.  My business paperwork is nearly done.  Once that is completed I can dedicate more time in my craft room and start making things for my family for Christmas.  With the way this crazy illness saps my strength I figure I will need the extra time.

I hope I have inspired you to create something fun and whimsical.


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