Friday, February 24, 2012

Running behind - - - AGAIN !

Trying to catch up with books and keep up with swaps - I am behind on posting my reviews.  I hope to do more of the crafting as well as tutorial style.
I have so much going on right now that I am not sure how well this is all going to go.  I will keep trying and working on it.  
Journal style maybe with a little bit of catch up mixed in.  
* I have started taking pictures of the process for making the hair bows that I have been working on.  
* I have taken only a few pictures of the few ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) that I have made.  Forgot to take pictures before I sent out the first 3 or 4, but I  hope to do better from now on.  
* I am doing more bookmarks.  Anyone that knows me at all will know that I do a lot of bookmarks.  I take pictures of some, but not all that I make and  send out.  I really should try harder to get the documentation of what I do.  
* I always enjoy exchanging bookmarks, now I am swapping ATC's, attempting to do Tangle Art (in the style of Zentangles) and even thinking about trying my hand at post cards, tea wrapper folding & friendship books.  
Wish Me LUCK & come back to see how I do.

Craft - Shrinky Dink Chip Bag

Yep, those are potato chip bag - 
only smaller!
Girl Scout leader was the first to point out this particular recycle craft project to me.  Thanks Christina ;)  

*Step #1 .....  eat - enjoy - empty the bags (make sure to get all the chips out, if there is a little bit of oily residue that doesn't seem to effect it, but the chips need to be all gone)

* Step #2 ..... Lay them out flat on an older cookie sheet (I say older only because as the chip bag shrink some times it leaves a little bit of residue on the cookie sheet that is hard to get off without scrapping.  I tried lining the cookie sheet with foil and it did NOT work at all.)

* Step #3 ..... Place in a oven that is set to 200-225 and watch closely.  After only a couple of minutes it will start to bubble and then shrink.  If they are taken out early they will have a crinkle look to them or they can be left in till they flatten out more completely. 
(Kids love to watch them shrink it is the magical part) 

* Great uses for shrunk down chip bags - my daughter used a hole punch and strung it on a chain, she wears it to school allll the time.  There are several exchanges and swap sites that I am a part of and I have used larger "Grab Bags" and put a ribbon in the corner to make it into a bookmark.  If the really small candy wrappers would work better, I would love to make a charm bracelet for my kids.  I have also used them for scrap-booking but they could be used for any kind of craft embellishment.  
Lots of options, a fun and easy idea.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Craft - Paint Chip Notebook

Paint - Chip Notebooks  
Found this great idea for using / up-cycling paint chip cards. 
What a fantastic way to use these color cards.  T
hese miniature notebooks are perfect for purse or pocket.  
Kids love the colors and textures of them.  
Each notebook holds 25-50 mini sheets of paper cut into short strips that are 2 inches wide and about 3 1/2 inches long (depending on the size of the paint chip card).  
Folding the paint chip card into a matchbook type cover for the paper.  
Then I take a mini hole punch to the paper and the cover 
(or you can staple the paper together as long as it is only about 10-15 pages). 
Using a 1/8 inch ribbon thread through the holes and tied in a bow, 
then glued down to keep it from unraveling.  
Fun and easy to make.  
The cover is easy to get hold of and it only takes a page or 2 of copy paper to fill the book out.  Great fun to see what kind of color combinations can be put together.  
I just had to share - I hope others like it as much as I do.