Trash to Treasure – Recycling

Okay, that “Treasure” part is a bit of a stretch, but I figured it would be a catchy title.  😀

I have not done a video tutorial on repurposing or recycling a food box that is bound for the trash.  I did take photos of my progress throughout the process and I will share it with you here.

Joe likes the strawberry flavored Pop Tarts.  We purchased a giant sized box of them from our local Sam’s Club.  Inside the box were two more boxes…which I didn’t keep because of the way they opened.  Even with the perforated cut lines the boxes tore all kinds of ways that were not even along the perforations :/

Anyway…..Once I had the box in my craft room I cut the flaps off first thing.

Cut the flaps away to have an open box

Cut the flaps away to have an open box

No fancy tools needed to do this.  Just a pair of scissors will work.

Use scissors or a craft knife

Use scissors or a craft knife

I saved the long flaps to cover the hole in the bottom of the box.

Hole in bottom of box

Hole in bottom of box

Flaps to cover the hole

Flaps to cover the hole

The paper I used is from my stash of design paper.  It measures 11-3/4 x 11-3/4.  I cut the paper at 5-7/8 to get it, roughly, cut in half.  With one sheet of the paper I laid it against one side of the box leaving about 1/2 inch over the top of the box so I could cover the rough edges.  Where the paper rounds the corner I cut a notch out at the fold line for ease of turning the corner and relieving a bulky pinch point.

Place the paper over the front of the box, excess paper folded over and a notch cut out for the corner

Place the paper over the box front, with the top excess fold and cut a notch where it turns the corner

Apply adhesive of your choice to the back of the paper then attach it to the box.

Apply adhesive of your choice and apply to the box

Apply adhesive of your choice and apply to the box

Smooth the paper over the box and press the top edge inward.

Smooth the paper over the box and tuck the top edge inward

Smooth the paper over the box and tuck the top edge inward

Cover the inside of the box to  hide the edges and cover the box flaps that are now the bottom of the box.

Cover the inside of the box to hide the edges

Cover the inside of the box to hide the edges

Decorate the outside of the box to finish it off.

Altered Pop Tart box

Altered Pop Tart box

Coming up in my repertoire of ideas is a trip to the hardware store to purchase a roll of metal duct tape.  I’m going to be using the tape on some dies for a couple of winter themed cards.

Metal duct tape and dies

Metal duct tape and dies

Leslie

Get your Stripe On!

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I have been saving glass food jars for quite a while now.  Joe had requested them to be saved for his screws, nuts, bolts, and myriad other small things.  Uhm….they sit on a shelf in our hallway unused.  So….”Fair Game” you think?

There are several of these jars with a clear plastic label that is really HARD to get off.  Soaking in hot water doesn’t budge the label.

Clear label

Clear label

I tried using my brand new Tim Holtz heat tool.  All it managed to do was loosen the plastic label from the powerful glue.  Oh well, soak a paper towel in alcohol and let it sit for several minutes.  That should bust that glue loose.

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Uh-h-h-h.  Nope.  Alcohol didn’t cut it.  I had to bring out the “Big Guns” for sticky removal.

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This stuff cuts through the toughest stuff, and glue on this jar was pretty stinking tough.  With a paper towel, and a good sized squirt of the Goof Off,  I wiped the glue right off.  There were some areas that required a bit of scrubbing but it all came off.  There is a residue left behind from this stuff.  I cleaned the jar with another paper towel and a good sized dollop of alcohol which cut right through the Goof Off stuff.

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With some masking tape or painters tape, begin making your stripe pattern.  If you want narrow stripes lay the tape out on a cutting mat.  Using a metal ruler and an exacto knife cut the strips to the width you want to use.  I tried putting the tape around the neck of the jar and had nothing but a wonky line.  I had to go to my “Resident Guru” for his mechanical and strategic abilities.

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After he got the tape “Just Perfect” (according to him) then I used several colors of the Adirondak Alcohol Ink from Ranger Industries and Tim Holtz.  Click on the image to enlarge it if you want to see the spacing and the mess.

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I left this to dry for 24 hours.  Mostly because I had run out of steam and energy.  Grrr!  I hate this being such a wimp!

The next day I took all the painters tape off and assessed my handiwork.  I didn’t like the one yellow stripe that was barely noticeable.

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If you don’t have a roll of this stuff already in your craft space….I think it is well worth your while to head to your hardware store or big box home improvement store.  This metal tape is really and truly very thin sheet metal with a glue backing.  This stuff is used by the heating and air conditioning people when they install furnace and a/c ducts in your home.

This tape is called “Shurtape Hold Strong”.  I’ve used this on many projects.  AND you can run this stuff through an embossing folder and your die cutting machine.  Totally awesome stuff!

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I cut the tape to the width I wanted using a paper trimmer.  Yes, you can use this stuff with your paper trimmer.  Leave the paper backing on before you cut it.  Or….you know what will happen.  It will stick and you will be saying a few words you would not wish to have repeated by the little ones in your home :/

Mark the tape at the desired length you want to span your jar.  Then Joe wanted a “Perfect” cut line so I brought him my little paper trimmer for him to use.  He’s so fantastic!  I just love this guy.

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Once the metal strip has been applied to your glass jar, precisely or almost precisely :D, you will need to use a bone folder to smooth out the wrinkles in the metal tape.  This will also make the tape stick fully to the jar and not come loose later on.

I would suggest you spray your newly created beauty with a sealer.  I use a Krylon “Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze” that is good for craft projects.  Give your jar a couple coats of this stuff.  Take it outside first.  Don’t spray in the sun or you will get “Orange Peel” texture.  Once sprayed, bring it in the house to finish drying for a glassy smooth finish.

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I’ve read that this stuff, the Krylon Clear Glaze, will even make your beautiful creation dishwasher safe.  Hand wash the first time though to make sure the metal tape doesn’t have a problem.

I have a few touch ups to do on mine before I spray it with the glaze.  So, do you think you might want to try something even more adventurous than stripes?  If you give this a try leave me a link in the comments section.  I may be totally inspired by you!

Leslie

Tim Holtz January 2014 tag.

Once I finished making my granddaughter’s mini album, last week, I thought it was time to begin a project I am totally unfamiliar with.  Doing a bit of “Altered Art”.

There are some things I have to be drug kicking and screaming into.  This is one of them.  Using Tim Holtz, and Ranger Industries, Distress Stains.  I don’t have any of the black and gray that Tim used on his tag.   I used Weathered Wood and Vintage Photo on the tag base.

Tim Holtz - January 2014 tag

Tim Holtz – January 2014 tag

Using the items that I have on hand I thought I’d give this a try.  The numbers Tim  has on his tag are rub ons.  I have some really OLD number stickers that have been hanging around in my craft room since 2006.

Number stickers

Number stickers

After I applied the stickers, rubbed and mashed on them with my bone folder to make sure they were stuck on good, then rubbing them some more on the back side of the tag I figured it was time to get out the sanding block I have had from a home improvement store.

 

Distress the number stickers

Distress the number stickers

Tim’s tag has some black spatters on it so I broke out my black acrylic paint, watered it down a bit using a paint brush.  Next I set to banging the paint brush on my left index finger.  Uhm, OUCH!  It smarts when you  hit your knuckle with a wooden stick!  I can actually say that I did get some spatters going on.

Black paint spatters

Black paint spatters

I had to do a bit of scheming to come up with a pocket watch.  YES!  I remembered I had a Graphic 45 paper pad called “A Proper Gentleman” and there is a pocket watch in there.  Looked to be about the right size I would need, too.

From A Proper Gentleman

From A Proper Gentleman

My old Sizzix dies are being brought out and into the light.  This time I have used the Circles die.  The largest circle will fit in the time piece area of the image.  I hope anyway.

Sizzix Circle dies

Sizzix Circle dies

A piece of scrap packaging, a bit of metal tape and I’m in business here.

 

Metal tape and packaging

Metal tape and packaging

Tape on the package piece

Tape on the package piece

Metallic circle die cut

Metallic circle die cut

Next was to run the die cut through a Tim Holtz embossing folder.  I think this is the one he used on his tag…

Embossed die cut

Embossed die cut

I don’t have the die that Tim used, and I don’t have the grunge board he used.  I do, however, have a silver gel pen and an image of a pocket watch.  I went around the outside of the watch with the gel pen.  Note to self…..next time maybe don’t do this.

Silver gel pen around image

Silver gel pen around image

Very carefully, I cut the watch face out from the image and inserted the embossed metallic circle.  The test fit worked very well.  Take the piece out and then smear some black acrylic paint on the embossed piece and wipe it off – quickly.

 

Remove the watch face

Remove the watch face

Distress the embossed piece

Distress the embossed piece

I then taped the embossed piece into the pocket watch “ring” that I had left after cutting the face out.

Tape the embossed piece into the pocket watch image

Tape the embossed piece into the pocket watch image

I don’t have a ticket the size used by Tim Holtz.  However, I do have one or two tickets that I can use.

A ticket, anyone?

A ticket, anyone?

I do have the rubber stamp set that Tim used on his ticket.  I stamped it on one of my yellow tickets then had to use a Stampin’ Up! Ticket Corner Punch to make this look like a ticket.

 

Stamped sentiment

Stamped sentiment

I don’t have the little hangy down thing that Tim used on his safety pin doo dad.  BUT I do have some Memory Makers Page Pebbles and a bit of paper with a sort of time theme.  I used a Stampin’ Up! 3/4 inch circle punch to cut out an image from the paper.  Then I attached the Page Pebble to the punch.  Hey, that turned out pretty good 😀

3/4 inch circle punch

3/4 inch circle punch

Decorative paper

Decorative paper

Page Pebble

Page Pebble

Hey, pretty cool!

Hey, pretty cool!

And, lastly, I have the word stickers from Tim Holtz that match his tag.

Word stickers

Word stickers

I think I’ve already told you that I am a “Sissy La La Pants”.  I survived the making of this tag challenge and have come pretty close to what Tim has done.

Lesson learned in this piece?  Doesn’t matter what you have OR DON’T HAVE.  The important thing is to get out of your comfort zone and try something totally not of your ilk.  I learned that Distress Stain is pretty fun to work with.  Having a sample to experiment with is freeing.  Sanding blocks and distress techniques have their place in crafting.  The right coach can help through the squeamish times.

Was I successful at making a Tim Holtz Tag?  Yes, indeed I was.

My January 2014 tag

My January 2014 tag

Hey, Tim.  Bring on February.  I’m ready for whatever you have to throw at me.

Uhmmm, maybe :/

Have you tried the tag challenge?  What do you like about it?  What have you learned about it?  I want to know.

Leslie

 

 

 

Goal for 2014 – Put Things Away!

I  have developed a really bad habit over the past eight years.  One that I am determined to break.

I don’t put things away when I’m finished using them.  I only do it when I’m so frustrated by the amount of CRAP on my table that prohibits me from being creative.

Piles of CRAP

Piles of CRAP

I have disrespected my tools and products for so long.  When I come into my room I don’t think of this space as being a spiritually uplifting space.  A place where creativity reins.  I just think of it as CRAP.

Piles of crap are everywhere on my working table.

A pile here...

A pile here….

A pile there....

A pile there….

And more piles

And more piles

I tell myself that I’m going to get this room cleaned up and organized.  But I get to the door and look at the mess.  With a huge sigh I turn and leave.

Well, that has ended as of yesterday – January 11, 2014.  I found a form on the internet at Productive Flourishing.  The form I have chosen is titled Productivity Jump Starter.  You’ll have to scroll down near the bottom of the page to find this form.

Productive Jump Starter

Productivity Jump Starter

First thing I did was to go through the piles of CRAP on my work table and put everything in piles.  Like stuff with like stuff.  That way I could see what was actually there and what would require my main focus.

Sort out "Like with Like"

Sort out “Like with Like”

I found that my adhesives were the most abundant and needed to be dealt with first.  ATG tape, “Magic Mending Tape” as Joe calls the stuff I think of as Scotch Tape, metal tape rolls that have become my most favorite, my two ATG guns, painters tape, and a glue stick.

Various adhesives

Various adhesives

The cupboard above my work table, which my husband worked so hard installing several years ago, holds my liquid glues and foam dots on the bottom shelf.  The second shelf has some glittery water color things and some Pearl Ex.  Along with my Spin and Splash toy.  The top shelf has my stash of glitter.   Unsightly mess is what it is.

Cupboard above my work table

Cupboard above my work table

I gathered together all of my adhesives.  Wet glue and dry stuff.  The wet glue all went into a cardboard box I made in November.  The box is one covered in newspaper sheets from the Classified section and not one of the pretty ones.

The dry adhesives are in a tray I purchased from IKEA many years back and just tossed stuff in there.

Getting the adhesives all together

Getting the adhesives all together

I decided to build my own storage device for the dry adhesives.  The rear section will hold my foam dots and my Scor-Tape.

Where the Scor-Tape and foam dots will live

Where the Scor-Tape and foam dots will live

I will need a section for the Scotch tape and my glue dots.  I also had to figure how much space I would need for the rolls of metal tape and painters tape.

Figure out where the other tapes will live

Figure out where the other tapes will live

I located a piece of Foam Core board and got my trusty metal tape.

Foam Core board scrap and metal tape

Foam Core board scrap and metal tape

This is, by far, NOT the prettiest box I have made but it is doing what I needed it to do.

It works and that is all I care about

It works and that is all I care about

I, briefly, toyed with the idea of taking my ATG tape out of the box but decided it was fine just where it is.

Box of ATG tape

Box of ATG tape

Now all my adhesives are together on one shelf.  Everything has a place, and everything is in its place.

Now neatly organized

Now neatly organized

I can now see the surface of my work table.  WOO HOO!!!

A cleared space

A cleared space

Since I have fully retired from my over the road truck driving job I no longer have any excuse for treating my beloved craft supplies as though they are CRAP.

Do you have a major project that you have been putting off because looking at it sucks the very life out of your soul?  Join me in this journey from Crap to FAB! 😀

Leslie