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« on: March 13, 2010 05:54:39 PM »

i have a pile of laminate samples. they're almost like really thin wood. about the same thickness of a guitar pic. one side is super pretty and then the back is scratchy and has text on it. all of them are about the size of a gift tag. what should i make with them?? any ideas?    thank you
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2010 06:04:24 PM »

all of them are about the size of a gift tag. what should i make with them?? any ideas? 

Why don't you make gift tags out of them then?
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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2010 06:07:31 PM »

Had a bunch of those a few years ago and made little notepads with some, and with the others I made a couple little boxes just using hot glue and covering the seams with pretty ribbon.
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2010 06:20:21 PM »

i like the note book idea. did you use two of the samples? or just one with paper on top?
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2010 06:29:43 PM »

I saw someone paint them with chalkboard paint, wrote on them with chalk, and used them as package tags and labels labesl for storage baskets.
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2010 06:36:29 PM »

wow. mini chalkboards?! neat. thanks for your ideas
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2010 07:38:47 PM »

I have about 2000 of these things. My dad got them for me and I haven't wanted to throw them out because I know there's something great to be made. I just haven't figured it out yet. lol.
The things I've made/thought of are:
key chains
a mobile (glue the ugly sides to gether)
a lamp shade (kinda like how they make the ones out of photo negatives)
garlands (link them together with little jump rings long ways)
curtains (I haven't done this but I think it would make a really neat looking curtain on a kitchen window or something smallish, again link them together with rings like the garlands and lamp shades)
mosaic with them (I've read that you can score them with a certain tool and then break them, your only bound to geometric shapes though no rounded edges)
frame them (a whole bunch of small squares of colors/textures is really nice and expensive looking)
.... I'll add more as I remember them. Plus I'll be watching to see what these other craftster geniuses can think up. Cheesy

Oh and on the chalkboard note, I have some that came as chalkboard (also glow in the dark, metallics, metal, leaves/organics in them, white board, and lots of other cool stuff)
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2010 07:39:58 PM »

My roommate and I had scored a bag of these at an artcycle store -- we made key chain/tags out of them -- covered them with scrapbooking paper or old wallpaper sample paper and modge-podge and put "Keys" on them in letter stickers.  Some we put one-letter initials on.  Gave em as gifts and he sold some at a craft fair for self advocates served by his agency.  People paid up to 2 bucks for them!

Gift tags is also a great idea -- I am going to make some with "handmade" on them -- we had so much fun that we grabbed another bag not long ago.  

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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2010 08:29:59 PM »

I love the ideas on here so far! I adore little flooring and paint samples.

I have used little paint samples as Inchie bases and they totally rocked. I bet laminate samples would be even better. If you or someone you know is into miniature art, collage, scrap booking or other paper crafts you could treat these little beauties as another form of paper.
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2010 10:48:35 PM »

Yeah they seem like they'd be great for inchies/ATCs, and with the pre-drilled holes, you can make a book or garland or mobile out of the finished projects!
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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2010 08:32:13 AM »

i'm new to this inchie phenomenon but i'm curious. looking them up now Smiley thanks so much for all the ideas. i love these things. so pretty!
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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2010 07:30:21 AM »

If they are as big as 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches, they can be ATC's (Artist Trading Cards), and I'm currently on an inchie binge, so they look pretty fabulous for inchies to me, too!
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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2010 09:23:41 AM »

Yeah they seem like they'd be great for inchies/ATCs, and with the pre-drilled holes, you can make a book or garland or mobile out of the finished projects!

I second the ATC idea. I have made all sorts of ATCs out of the laminate samples from my stash. They also make really nice pendants for necklaces.
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« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2010 03:15:03 PM »

I had a ton of these after a house remodle. I used two of the larger ones, polymer clay, and some leather to make this:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=219423.0
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« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2010 03:43:48 PM »

It looks like your portable usb drive could use some crafty love...

Why not use them to make your flash drive spectacular?
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« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2010 06:17:56 AM »

If you carve in them the pattern you like and then cover it with paint you can use them as personalized stamps to mark your craft or artwork.
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« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2010 07:17:34 PM »

maybe...doll house furniture? If you cut and glue?  Looking forward to the result..
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« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2013 07:32:45 PM »

My Dad was a carpenter and had tons of these when we were growing up. When my first child was born 43 years ago, (!), I wrote numbers and letters on each of them. I used them as flash cards- we had very little money. Just a thought! They really lasted a long time.
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