Saturday, June 5, 2010

ScrapTiffany Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the ScrapTiffany Recycled Blog Hop! All the designers on the hop will be presenting projects that will somehow involve recycling materials. Some may use non scrapbook supplies on their projects or use packaging or other creative recycling ideas.  If you've just happened onto my blog, please go back to the start of the hop at the ScrapTiffany site here: www.ScrapTiffany.com

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!




39 comments:

  1. OOOO how celver are those ideas Rebecca...love your work am already a follower TFS

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  2. I have so many of those also, what a great idea to use them like that.

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  3. Awesome Ideas Rebecca! Love the uses for the bags, I have tons of those!

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  4. I'm thinking you might could use it
    (if you don't have a cool TimHoltz
    heat resistant sheet) to put under
    your stamping project. If ink gets on
    it you could just wipe it and use it again.

    :D TR


    mrstjf2000@yahoo.com

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  5. These are all wonderful ideas :)

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  6. What clever ideas! Love them and will definately be using them!

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  7. FANTASTIC ideas Rebecca!! Love the little butterflies!

    Another idea to add to your top 10 might be to make a shaker box/window.

    Have a great day!

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  8. my addition to this AWESOME list is to use it to stamp a mirror image. STamp with die ink onto the bag, then transfer that onto paper.. stamp with the stamp again on the paper to give you a clean version and a mirror image that when added with a bit of "water" swirls can be a reflection in a pool or lake! Love this for a tree stamp!

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  9. I use my packages to store stuff in too.....and have made little window cards too :)

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  10. Wow, such awesome ideas Rebecca! Very creative uses of those plastic sleeves!

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  11. Fabulous ideas! I can totally see me doing a few of them! BTW, your kiddos are seriously cute!

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  12. These are some great ideas. I hate throwing all these bags away and keep trying to find ways to use some of them. TFS.

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  13. I too keep a bog full of these bags and sleeves. I use them as a "window" for a home made box or for shaker boxes where you need the "acetate" - some plastic is strong enough to use for shakers.

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  14. you are so clever! looove these ideas and the projects!

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  15. You sure came up with a lot of creative uses for the plastic sleeves! I love that border you did on the tree page with the alcohol inks! Awesome look!

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  16. what a fantastic post ! i really like the idea of using them to mix ur copic colors with....supern idea !!!

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  17. These ideas are super cute! Thanks for sharing them.

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  18. LOVE LOVE LOVE these ideas!

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  19. I save and use mine as well, I have never seen the candy idea!! Am defiantly using that for party favors!!! Thanks!

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  20. I like the transparency idea... so smart!

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  21. I really like the candy bag project! Great idea for some upcoming birthdays.

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  22. I knew those little packages were good for something. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  23. Clever ideas! I'm inspired.

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  24. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I really liked the idea of stamping to make tranparencies and look forward to trying it myself, loved the way the butterflies looked!

    I use the plastic for shaker box windows and for organizing scrapbook items in my very cramped scrapbook area (small corner of our living room atm lol)

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  25. Many cute things...great job...love all..:D

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  26. i love your ideas i also reuse the bags for getting ready for our monthly crop.

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  27. I love your ideas!! so cute and clever :) Thanks for sharing!!

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  28. Oh I love your ideas!

    I participate in a lot of swaps and I love to put the swap items in those bags. It keeps them safe during the mailing process and it also looks more professional than using regular zipper top bags.

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  29. I love love love your projects for these sleeves! wonderful ideas!

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  30. I love all these ideas!!! And that gorgeous butterfly card

    Another thought is using packaging for other small embellies likes brads or eyelets

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  31. I save the 12x12s to organize layouts that I take to crops. I put in my paper, photos, embellishments, etc. already to scrap.

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  32. I threw a ton out tonight and I am going to have to fish them out of the trash...heehee

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  33. I love this idea. I use my bags like this to put supplies in to take to a crop so I don't have to take a lot of stuff.

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  34. Very smart! I love all the ideas. Great job!!

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