Scrap chipboard, paper scraps, and old Sizzix dies. Oh My!

I’m working on my craft room for about 15 to 20 minutes each day.  Being sick is just not for me!  It will be a month tomorrow.  Crapazoid!  Three days is long enough but 31 days is ridiculous!  Tuesday of this past week I went to our family physician because I was getting fed up with being sick and wimpy.  The upshot is, according to my doctor, the Sepsis infection is still not out of my body.  He prescribed more antibiotics for me since I was only given a seven day prescription from the hospital when I got discharged.  So now it will be two more weeks of further medicine.

Hey, I’m okay with that as long as this sick and wimpy stuff goes away.  SOONEST!

I’ve managed to get my work table cleared….well a small section of it anyway.  I did get all the stuff I took with me to Arizona put away.  Took a week but it is all put back.

Getting cleared up

Getting cleared up

Do you have a stash of something in your craft space that makes your guts get tied up in knots?  You look at it and have a knee jerk reaction like “I’m going to just chuck all of this crap!”  I have this mess of stickers.  What the heck was I thinking?  Why did I even buy this stuff?!  Most, if not all of it, is well over SIX YEARS OLD!

Box of stickers.

Box of stickers.

Another stash I have that makes me cringe is all of the chipboard scraps I have from other past projects.  It is ALMOST like having an avalanche of crap stuff when I open the door.

Scraps of chipboard

Scraps of chipboard

Now I’m not going to say…..”Old is the new _____ (you fill in the blank)”.  But I’m going to say just because something (or someone) is old doesn’t mean there is no further life in them.

Case in point:  My Sizzix dies that have long been discontinued.

Heart Border die from Sizzix.

Sizzix Heart Border die

Sizzix Heart Border die

Diamond #1 die from Sizzix.

Sizzix Diamond #1

Sizzix Diamond #1

Diamond #1

Diamond #1

Diamond #2 die from Sizzix.

Sizzix Diamond #2

Sizzix Diamond #2

Hearts die from Sizzix.

Hearts die from Sizzix

Hearts die from Sizzix

Frames, Stamp Combo from Sizzix.

Frames, Stamp Combo from Sizzix

Frames, Stamp Combo from Sizzix

A couple of Stampin’ Up!’s discontinued stamp sets.  I DON’T KNOW IF THESE ARE ACTUALLY DISCONTINUED.  I’ve had these for a number of years.

I {Heart} Hearts.

I {Heart} Hearts - Stampin' Up!

I {Heart} Hearts – Stampin’ Up!

Tiny Tags.

Tiny Tags - Stampin' Up!

Tiny Tags – Stampin’ Up!

Vellum quotes that I purchased in 2005 for one of our daughter’s wedding.  I think they are from Deja View.

Vellum quotes by Deja View

Vellum quotes by Deja View

Clear stickers from NRN Designs.  Also circa 2005 for the same wedding.

NRN Designs clear stickers

NRN Designs clear stickers

Acrylic “Jewels” purchased from Hobby Lobby circa 2006.

Acrylic "Jewels"

Acrylic “Jewels”

The “Newby” is from Bead Landing.  An assortment of different sizes of rhinestones.  This set was purchased last year.

Bead Landing rhinestones

Bead Landing rhinestones

Silk flower bouquet, circa 2005, I think I bought them from Michaels.

Silk flower bouquet

Silk flower bouquet

While I have been “convalescing” I’ve spent some time watching YouTube videos.  One of them I watched…..I don’t remember who offered this fabulous tip…..made me rethink my pitiful small stash of fabric flowers.  The fabulous tipster showed how to take the flowers off the stems and stash them for use on other things.  I tried that and it works.  I also changed up the color a little bit by applying a little bit of acrylic paint on the flowers.

Acrylic paint on fabric flowers

Acrylic paint on fabric flowers

The final item is my mounting stash of chipboard off cuts left over from previous projects.  I found the video!  Here it is.

Chipboard off cuts

Chipboard off cuts

So…..here are the results of playing with my old stuff.  Bet you are bored and about to go somewhere else by now. 😀  Now don’t judge me by my lack of finesse with the glue gun.  I can’t always see the stringy bits until I see them in photos. :/

Love that is true never grows old

Love that is true never grows old

Always kiss me goodnight

Always kiss me goodnight

Here in my heart, I give you the best of my love

Here in my heart, I give you the best of my love

Okay, now other people can crank out a gazillion of these in no time flat.  These three have taken me all week to do.  I’m getting back into my craft room and, virtually, starting all over again.

If there is anyone interested in having some, or any, of these die cuts on chipboard to create things from you own stash let me know.  All of the dies I have used were discontinued a long time ago.  You might be able to find them on eBay but you won’t find them at Sizzix.

Covering the File Folder box.

Finished file box

Finished file box

The first thing you will do to cover your brand spanking new file box is to figure out what paper you want to use on the inside and the outside of the box.  Second thing is to decide what color of acrylic paint you want to use on the edges of the box – inside and out.

Painting all of the structure strip pieces, and a little past the strips is all you will be glopping the paint on.

Paint all the edges of the box

Paint all the edges of the box

Depending on the color of your paint, you may need to use more than one coat.  I had to put three coats of the white paint on this box.  Let it dry between coats before you begin attaching the papers.

The MEASUREMENTS for the papers are as follows:

The FRONT and BACK pieces will measure 11-1/2 inches by 9-1/2 inches.

The LEFT and RIGHT sides will measure 9-1/2 inches by 2-1/2 inches.

The BOTTOM will measure 11-1/2 inches by 2-1/2 inches.

Inside measurements

Inside measurements

The INSIDE LID and FLAP measurements are as follows:

Inside LID measures 11-1/2 inches by 2-1/2 inches.

Inside FLAP measures 11-1/2 inches by 1-1/2 inches.

Inside lid and flap measurements

Inside lid and flap measurements

The OUTSIDE LID and FLAP measurements are as follows:

OUTSIDE LID measures 11-3/4 inches by 2-3/4 inches.

OUTSIDE FLAP measures 11-3/4 inches by 1-3/4 inches.

Outside Lid and Flap

Outside Lid and Flap

The OUTSIDE FRONT measurements are as follows:

Outside Front measures 11-3/4 inches by 9-3/4 inches.  If you put the crescent shaped notch in the front, trace the notch on BOTH THE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE PAPERS SEPARATELY then cut away an additional 1/4 inch or less.

Cut away for the notch

Cut away for the notch

Front measurements

Front measurements

The BACK measurements will be the same, as follows:

11-3/4 inches by 9-3/4 inches.

Back measurements

Back measurements

The LEFT and RIGHT PANELS will  measure the same and they are as follows:

9-3/4 inches by 2-3/4 inches

Left and right panels

Left and right panels

The BOTTOM PANEL will measure as follows:

11-3/4 inches by 2-3/4 inches

 

I had an EPIC FAIL!  I have some magnets that I purchased to use as closures.

 

Magnets for the closures

Magnets for the closures

I’ve never used magnets before so I didn’t know how I was going to make this happen.  I carried on with it.  Placed the magnets where I wanted them, cut holes, installed the magnets, covered them with paper to secure them….and they didn’t work.

 

Installed magnets

Installed magnets

Now there are EIGHT (8) yellow dots on the flap which tell the tail of my EPIC FAIL.

 

Yellow dots

Yellow dots

The way I fixed it was to just attach a length of ribbon.

Ribbon instead

Ribbon instead

I used my trusty ruler to attach the letter stickers to the outside of the box.  The stickers are from the Paper Studio baby papers used to cover the file folders.

Attach the sticker letters

Attach the sticker letters

The rest of the stickers, the file folder tab labels, and the folders are inside the box I made.

Stickers, tags, and files

Stickers, tags, and files

My baby is so beautiful.

My baby

My baby

My husband is home now and we are running errands like crazy people.  There will be a small gap in my creative posts.  I know, I hear all the loud sighs of relief from you guys.  I think you may deserve a break from me for a day or two.  BUT NOT FOR LONG!

Are you ready to go and “Show someone how special they are”?

Leslie

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