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41  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Storing Die-Cut Letters? on: March 21, 2011 05:01:37 PM
I have about 30 sheets of letters I bought on clearance at Michaels.  The only issue I'm having with them is that the sheets are very difficult to store.  No matter where I put them, some of the letters pop out and get hitched to other sheets and so on...

Does anyone have any good storage solutions?  I was considering punching them all out and storing them in boxes or jars based on design or letter...I just figured I'd get some feedback on it and see how all of you lovely crafters store them Smiley  thanks!
42  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Classic Hollywood Coasters on: March 21, 2011 01:17:32 PM
Those came out awesome!  I was looking to revamp some of my coasters and I actually have some really neat pictures...I might have to steal your idea!  Wink
43  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: want to make an altered art journal. Where to start? on: March 19, 2011 05:32:07 PM
The pages will warp, usually...I think it gives the book character.  The book will be much thicker, too, when you've finished.

Removing a bunch of pages and adding your own might help with the warping and the overall look and feel of the book.

The best type of book to use is something hardcover and without glossy pages inside (I tried with an old text book that had glossy pages and it turned into a nightmare).  I've actually found that the old Reader's Digest compilation books work best because they are smaller and very very sturdy.  I've even ripped all of the pages out of one and used the covers since they are so durable.

Glue sticks work best with sticking the pages together with minimal warping.  Then I suggest going over the edges with modge podge to make sure they stay stuck together (but you can do that later...even after you're done painting as long as it isn't water-based paint that could smear)

Good luck and make sure you post lots of pics when its done! Smiley
44  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Empty Glitter Pens? on: March 19, 2011 05:20:06 PM
I was cleaning out my crafts tonight (long overdue!) and I came across my old glitter pens.  Some of them are dried out and the tubes are kinda cool but I don't know what to do with them...any ideas?

45  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Altered Altoid Circus Tins. Warning: clowns!! on: March 19, 2011 06:08:35 AM
That is so awesome!  I just found all of my altoid tins and have been trying to think of ideas of what to do with them...and you definitely inspired me to make something like that!
46  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: A Green Idea Chain Game 2010 on: March 16, 2011 07:36:11 PM
Funny! I just made a post about this because I have a ton too!  Someone suggested molding them into little stars and making a mobile...I'm trying it out since I've been able to bend them into all kinds of cool shapes..I'm hoping I'll be able to paint them with something, too, to give them color!

What can I do with corrugated boxes?  I've been cutting them up and using them as organizers in my desk but I feel like there's so much more I can use them for...
47  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: okay, tampon BOXES on: March 16, 2011 07:32:31 PM
I found this a few years ago and have been tempted to try it since I only use Pearls and the boxes are so awesome!

http://www.craftbits.com/project/tampon-box-oraganizer

I would reinforce the box somehow...maybe people on here would have an idea to do that but I was thinking a thicker acrylic paint or cardboard inside it or something since they seem kind of flimsy.

I like the idea of using it as an organizer box...put smaller craft items or pens/pencils in...
48  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: A Green Idea Chain Game 2010 on: March 14, 2011 10:45:39 AM
Make a parachute for a teddy bear/ other soft toy

What can I make with short bits of kite line (<5yards). For those not in the know, it's braided string of various different weights, very slippery and with no stretch in it. It has a low melting point, but is quite strong for it's width. It's also orange.

Is it possible to use them to make things like this...http://veryirie.blogspot.com/2010/08/diy-string-lanterns-string-lighting.html  I'm not sure what the method is called...having a brain fart.  But I always loved the idea of these things!

What can I do with A TON of keys?  I have old car keys, heavy machinery keys, house keys, lockbox keys, you name the key, I've got it! Except skeleton keys which are the coolest...Sad but I want to be able to do something awesome with them!
49  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Little Tea Light Holders on: March 14, 2011 06:31:19 AM
I actually washed a few out and bent them into cute little shapes...I think a mobile is a definite with these cute little things...I might spray paint them, too!

Thanks for the idea! Smiley
50  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Little Tea Light Holders on: March 12, 2011 04:20:32 PM
I've been using an oil burner like its going outta style lately and I have been going through a bunch of tea lights.  Does anyone have any crafty ideas for the little tin things the tea lights come in?  I hate to just throw them out when I'm going through about 3 a day!
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