I Double Dog Dare You to make some tags using scrapbook sticker sheets!.

I got sidetracked.

My intention was to get in my craft room and begin purging.  Clear out the massive amount of crap I have in there so I can find a home for the new paper cutter Joe got me.

I did make a start.  I have several 13″ x 13″ pocket folders chock full of sticker sheets.  Most of them are missing stickers.  While going through the file pockets and trying to sort the stuff I could purge…an idea struck.

Here is a sample of the condition of my sticker sheets.

Partially used sticker sheet.

Partially used sticker sheet.

I didn’t feel right in putting that in a pile to give to someone.  Frankly, if I received this sticker sheet from someone I think I might have thoughts of passing it on to someone else.  The images are photo quality.  Burlap images.  Button images, quite a number of them are stuck to the inside of the plastic file pocket I had this stored in.  I bought this sheet somewhere around 2007.  I don’t even know what I have used it on.

I have a challenge for you.  Nay.  I  dare you!  I dare you to do the following:

Paw through your stash of sticker sheets and select one.   Any one.

Locate your stash of chipboard.  Haul out  your stash of saved cereal boxes.

Find your cache of chipboard pieces or cereal boxes

Find your cache of chipboard pieces or cereal boxes

Grab a spool of lace trim.  This is the only lace trim that I have so I have used it.

Locate your stash of lace trim

Locate your stash of lace trim

I have a small stash of burlap that has been crammed away in a drawer for about 5 years.

Small stash of burlap

Small stash of burlap

Get your stash of small flowers.  No bigger than 1-1/4 inches.  This is just a tray that was easy for me to get to and it has a mix of flowers in it.

My stash of small flowers

My stash of small flowers

If  you have made decorative pins, bring them out.

My pitiful stash of stick pins

My pitiful stash of stick pins

Do you have some glittered up chipboard embellishments?  Well, what’s taking you so long?  Get them located.

Glittered chipboard embellishments

Glittered chipboard embellishments

Use some acrylic paint.  I’ve chosen to use my long neglected Acrylic Paint Daubers from Ranger Industries.

Sunshine Yellow

Sunshine Yellow

Snow Cap

Snow Cap

Red Pepper

Red Pepper

While you are digging around in your sticker stash find some other long forgotten pieces, too.

Sticker embellishments

Sticker embellishments

Last thing is some 1/4″ ribbon.  If you don’t have the eyelets to punch and adhere to the tags, you can always use a trusty stapler.

Okay.  Are you ready?  Need some inspiration?  Need a gift tag or two?  In desperate need of having some decorative tags that coordinate with the mini album or scrapbook layouts you are working on?  Out of money and can’t go to the store to buy some ready made tags?  Alright, alright.  I’ll shut up and show you what I’ve done.

Here they are.

Tag #1

Tag #1

Tag #2

Tag #2

Tag #3

Tag #3

Tag #4

Tag #4

Tag #5

Tag #5

Tag #6

Tag #6

Tag #7

Tag #7

Tag #8

Tag #8

This is all that remains of the sticker sheet.

 

The sticker sheet after

The sticker sheet after

I even made the buttons 😀  I used a 1 inch circle punch and a 3/4 inch circle punch.

 

1 inch circle punch

1 inch circle punch

3/4 inch circle punch

3/4 inch circle punch

Button stickers

Button stickers

Not bad for about four hours work.  Any fun distraction is always helpful after I have finished my daily business paperwork mess :/  I’m nearly finished with July.  Woo Hoo.

Leslie

 

Make your own Notebook or Memo Pad

I’ve been working on my day job paperwork for the past week and a half.  Slogging away 8 to 10 hours a day on it, then had a couple days off for a quick trip to Colorado and then back at it once again.  I’m playing “Hookie” from my paperwork right now.

Before we head back out to my day job I have to make a memo pad for Joe and two mileage diaries for our work.  Since I’m at a point where I can work just in the mornings and then play in the afternoons today was a good day to get started on these projects.

All three of the items I need to make are Hard Cover Books.  The first I’m going to work on is a memo pad that will fit in Joe’s shirt pocket.  I made one before but it is too wide for the pocket and I need to remake the covers only.

Hard cover memo book

This one is too wide and he has been begging me to fix it for him.

His old one is really well worn.

Worn front cover

The old front cover had a couple of stamped sentiments in the white labeled areas.  The stamping has worn away and the Stampin’ Up! paper I used is just about worn off.

Worn out back cover

The back cover is even worse.  Once again, it is Stampin’ Up! paper and hasn’t held up very well to being sweated on, taken out and put back into his shirt pocket.  You can see the printing on a box I cut up to use on this older project.

Joe uses both sides of the paper

Over the last couple of years he’s got a lot of use out of this note pad.  He uses both sides of the paper and there is only one page left blank, and only the back side of the one page.  Time to make a new one.

This is really simple to do.   The size you make them is up to you.  You can use school notebook paper if that is all you have on hand.  The amount of pages you want in your book is up to you as well.  We buy the 8-1/2 x 11 legal pads from our office supply place.  I like the white pads better than the yellow ones but use what you want.

8-1/2 x 11 legal pads

In making mine I cut away the top margin, which is blank, and I cut away the left margin with the red line running down.  This choice is up to you.  My way isn’t the “right” way it is just my way.

How many pages you want in your book is up to you as well.  I have used an entire pad and cut the paper to 3-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.

3-1/2 inches wide

6-1/2 inches long

You can use the cardboard from the paper pad.  I’ve chosen to use a piece of 12″ x 12″ chipboard I purchased at my local scrapbook store.  I’ve measured and marked two columns 3-1/2 inches wide (3-1/2 and 7).  Then I measured down and marked the two columns at 6-1/2 inches.  This is a fantastic recycling project.  If you have cereal boxes you are saving for a future project this would be a good time to use some of it.

Meausre and mark your chipboard to the size you will need

The best paper to use to cover the chipboard with is a heavy weight card stock.  Although the Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper I used on Joe’s old notebook looked really good when it was first made, the thinner paper does not hold up well in the long run.

The paper I have chosen to use is Graphic 45’s Communique.  I like the graphics on the paper and the back side of the piece I have chosen is RED, which is Joe’s favorite color.

I’ve cut a piece of the 12 x 12 paper to 4-1/2 x 7-1/2.  I have added one inch to the width of the chipboard I have cut.  This will give me about a 1/2 inch to wrap around the chipboard.

Cut your card stock one inch wider than your cardboard

Cut your card stock one inch longer than your cardboard

Apply a liquid glue to one side of your cardboard/chipboard then lay it, centered well, on your card stock.  Mash the fool out of the cardboard to get good adhesion of the glue to the card stock.

Add glu to the cardboard then lay it on your card stock

Next you will cut the corners of the card stock.  Don’t cut right up to the corner of the cardboard/chipboard, leave yourself about 1/8 inch.  Removing these corners takes the bulk out when you get to gluing the flaps over.  You will have a nice smooth mitered corner when you get finished.

Cut the corners away

Using your fingers, or a bone folder, train your paper to go over the top of the cardboard/chipboard.  This will give your cover edges a nice crisp edge.

Fold the edges of the card stock over the cardboard

Glue these flaps into place.  Repeat these same steps to the other cover of your notebook.

Glue the flaps to the cardboard

Lastly you will cut card stock to cover the cardboard/chipboard that is left exposed.  I used the remaining 3 inch strip of card stock from this 12 x 12 sheet.  I measured the pieces 3″ x 6″.  Glue these cover pieces and then adhere to the cardboard/chipboard.

Glue the cover piece over the exposed cardboard

I have these covers under a weight to keep them from buckling or curling as the glue dries.  This also ensures really good adhesion of the glue to both the card stock and the cardboard/chipboard.  I will leave these overnight to dry under the heavy pressure of my cast iron dutch oven with these covers atop a piece of wax paper and topped with another piece of wax paper.  This will prevent any glue that leaks out sticking to the surfaces above and below them.

I’ll have pictures of the completed notebook with details in another post, probably tomorrow.  Have fun recycling and creating.

Leslie

 

Scrap Your Trip Laser Die Cuts and a bit of inventory management.

I ordered several of the laser die cuts on January 5th and they arrived Saturday.  Seems they all took off for the holidays and when they got back one of their machines was not working.  I did receive an email from them letting me know what was happening with my order.

Scrap Your Trip is an online supply place I have used for quite a number of my Post-It-Note holders.  They send me notification of items that are out of stock, and then I get notification of when my order is shipped.

One little problem I’ve encountered is with the size of the items I ordered.  There is not a size notation on the die cut items at their online store.  The laser die cuts are quite intricate and come in many pieces.  “Assembly Required” which is not a big deal to me.  The problem is I don’t know what the dimensions of the entire piece is.

Assembly Required

Assembly Required

Assembled laser die cut

Assembled laser die cut

These die cuts would be excellent on a scrapbook page.  Either 8-1/2 x 11 or a 12 x 12.  These are not working well on my Post-It-Notes 😦  They are too big.

Just a bit too big

Just a bit too big

I can make this die cut work by adhering it to a bit of chipboard, or a piece of a cereal box.  I think I will have to do that with all of them.

Welcome to Las Vegas

Welcome to Las Vegas

Today I will be gluing and assembling these die cuts.  Once they have been pressed and dried I will have to work out the backing for these.  Can’t have them buckling and creasing before they get to their intended recipient.

While these pieces are being pressed and drying I have given myself a challenge.  I am beginning to get an Inventory Book together of all the STUFF I have.  Have you seen the videos of the organized books people are making?

Shelly, some months ago I told you I had found some sheets online for stamp sets.  I could not remember where they were or even what site they were on.  I found them yesterday.  So I’m going to add some links in this post of where to find “Inventory Sheets” if anyone is so inclined to begin this crazy mess 😀

RUBBER STAMP INVENTORY SHEETS:

This site has not been updated in quite a long time but the rubber stamp form is still there.  It is titled “Stamps I Own” .  If your printer software has a way of making a Print File into a PDF you can save this to your computer.  That way you won’t need to hunt for this link online.  It took me about three hours to find this puppy.  The full website link is Scrapbook Inventory Notebook.  You might find some of the forms helpful to your organization.

Another place I found has separate pages for our individual groups of supplies.  All in neat little boxes to pigeon hole your items.

INVENTORY SHEETS:

kathleendriggers.com has a blog post with her inventory sheets.  They are all available in PDF form.  I did not find sheets for rubber stamps on her site but she has created a TON of these sheets.  Thank you Kathleen Driggers 😀

This morning I have been going through all of my punches.  I have itty bitty ones I forget about.

Small punches

Small punches

And I have quite a number of Stampin’ Up! punches along with an assortment of other companies….EK Success.

My larger punches

My larger punches

Using Kathleen Driggers forms I have adhered my meager supply of Border Punches.

Border Punch inventory sheet

Border Punch inventory sheet

I got through my other punches as well and adhered one to each square.

Punch inventory sheet

Punch inventory sheet

If you are thinking about getting to know what you have in your stash these two websites I’ve referred to are good places to start.

A word of caution.  This is a HUGE time consuming endeavor.  Punching out the images, gluing them to the spaces, then writing what they are and the manufacturer takes a bit of time.

Wondering WHY anyone would be so crazy to set themselves this task?

If you are planning on entering any of your creations to a craft magazine one of their requirements is to know ALL of the tools and supplies used to create  your project.  No matter if the tool or supply is no longer available on the market you will need to list all of the items you used.

This is also useful if you are one to list all the tools and supplies on your blog post below your beautiful photo of the project.  The added bonus of doing this is to get reacquainted with the tools you have put “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” for quite a while.

I’ve also heard tell of people finding duplicates of items.  As crafters we fall in love with one tool then put it away somewhere because we’ve gone on to something else.  Then we need that once loved tool and can’t find where we stashed it so we go and purchase another one.  Hence the duplicates.

It is time for me to get back in my room and clean up that mess of punches!  What will I do next?  I think I’ll tackle my Sizzix dies next.