For my projects I wanted to find a number of uses for these...
you know, those plastic sleeves that so many scrapbook products come in. The plastic sleeves are great for purchasers to be able to see what they are buying, but they are not recyclable, so I wanted to find some ways to use them on my projects. My goal was to find the top 10 uses for plastic sleeves, and I came close to that many.
#1 mini album sleeves--
I took a few empty sleeves, and slid photos matted on patterned paper into them. Then I covered plain chipboard which I had cut to slightly larger than my largest sleeve. Finally I used my cropadile to punch a hole through both chipboard pieces and put a jump ring through the chipboard and through each hole that the packaging sleeves had (for hanging from a store's hooks).
#2-5 several ways to use them on a layout--
For this layout I used sleeves in several ways, First, I die cut flowered shapes into two 6 inch strips of plastic and used those die cut strips as masks for the background of this layout. Then I took the die cut plastic flowers and layered them with crackle paint and popped them up with pop dots. Finally I took one 12" strip and dripped alcohol ink onto it. When the strip was dry I sewed it onto the bottom of my layout.
#6 Copic palette--
Like I've mentioned before, I am not a Copic instructor, but I do know that you can use a bit of plastic sleeve as a palette to mix two Copic marker colors. Color a large dot of the darker of two colors you plan on using on the sleeve.
Then pick up some of the dark color with a lighter color marker.
Use the mixed color for a cool mixed effect.
#7 Stamp Your Own Transparency--
If you use Staz On ink, you can stamp right on a plastic sleeve to create your own transparency. For this card, I stamped 3 butterflies with Staz On red then cut around the butterflies and used a small glue dot under the butterfly body to lift it slightly off the card.
#8 Goody Bag--
Fill with some candy and fold a piece pf patterned paper and a small tag on top and voila you have your own little treat bag!
#9 Keep the product in it's packaging to organize--
While I take a lot of products out of packaging, there are some that are just as easily kept in the sleeves. Especially if you have a peg board to hang them from:
So I am missing 1 to make my top 10 uses....if anyone has a few more uses, please link me up! And, if you take a minute to follow my blog and leave a comment I will enter you into a random drawing for a bunch of fun goodies. I will draw a winner on Monday :)
And now, let me direct you to the next blog on the hop. Please continue on to Sandie's blog for some inspiring recycled projects! Enjoy the rest of the hop and thanks for stopping by!