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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Creative Diary Cover

By: Lynn B. Krucke for Jacquard Products

Create a fun a colorful cover for your journal or diary, from Jacquard Products.

Materials:

  • Jacquard Castaway Stamp Pad
  • Simple handmade journal—this one has a folded cardstock cover and several pages stapled inside.
  • Jacquard Extravorganza
  • Jacquard Pearl Ex Stamp Pads Gold, Black and Copper
  • PolyShrink™ plastic/Lucky Squirrel
  • Jacquard Lumiere Burgundy, Old Brass, Burnt Orange
  • Vellum Tape (3M), Glue Dots
  • Fibers or ribbons to coordinate with project
  • Cosmetic sponge (optional)
  • Rubber Stamps - Petroglyph Angels - set 72 (Impress Me/Sherrill Kahn), 2106 Berry Sprig (Hampton Art Stamps), 2186 Large Handwriting (Hampton Art Stamps), LL847 Classic Lowercase (Hero Arts)
  • Inkjet Printer
  • Iron
  • Heat Gun
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Tag shaped template or Sizzix die cut machine with tag die
  • Scissors
  • 1/8" hole punch or Japanese screw punch

Steps:

  1. Note: Unlike traditional pads, the Castaway pad works by removing color from the paper. The results are unpredictable- using the ink on one kind of black paper may leave a beige or whitish image; on another type the image may look greenish while a third is not affected at all! Plan to experiment with different papers-watching the results is half the fun! The pad will not work on coated papers. Before beginning a particular project, always test the Castaway ink on a sample of the paper you will be using.
     
  2. Follow the directions on the ExtravOrganza package to print a sheet with several words. Font selection is up to you, but size the words so that they are at least 3/4" to 1" tall. cut out words from the printed ExtravOrganza sheet. Remove the fabric from the paper backing. Fringe the edges of each word by pulling threads along each edge of the fabric.
     
  3. Using the clear Castaway inkpad, stamp the journal front with stamps from Sherrill Kahn’s Petroglyph Angels collection. Set the journal aside for at least 5 minutes.
     
  4. With a dry iron set on cotton setting, iron the journal cover until the stamped images "appear."
     
  5. Use your fingertips or a sponge to add sheer smudges of color to the journal cover with Lumiere paints.
     
  6. Overstamp the journal cover with the berry sprig stamp in gold Pearl Ex ink. Add accents with the handwriting stamp using black ink.
     
  7. Lightly sand the shrink plastic in both directions. Use the tag template or the die cut machine to cut out a tag shape from the sanded shrink plastic.
     
  8. Lightly sponge Lumiere paints onto the shrink plastic. Remember that the colors will be more concentrated after shrinking. Stamp desired message onto tag shape with black Pearl Ex ink.
     
  9. Heat the shrink plastic with embossing heat gun until it reaches its final size.
     
  10. Adhere the ExtravOrganza words to the journal cover with vellum tape. Use craft Glue Dots to attach the shrink plastic tag.
     
  11. Punch hole in journal cover and add fibers/ribbons.
     

 

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