Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Adventures With Adhesives

I am obsessed with all the new adhesive products I keep finding out there on the crafting market, I am having a great time working with several different kinds of adhesive products as I clean out and organize my creative spaces.  My last post featured the Duck Tape sticky sheets, printed tapes and the new products by Scotch Tape.  Today’s project will feature some Adhesive Mat papers and the Scotch Expressions Tape which I will be using to bling up some office supply accessories and some storage containers in my kitchen pantry, every girl needs a little bling in her everyday world.

First up were the cookbooks in my pantry, some of those books are very old and kind of falling apart, I wanted a place to keep them for easy access so into the pantry they went.  Unfortunately I found a problem with the wire shelving we used for storage, (it was a re-use/re-purpose project) the books kept falling through the wire and would not line up leaving it looking messy no matter what I did.  While cleaning out my office shelves I came across several old magazine holders which had seen better days but were still in pretty good shape, the light bulb went on.

I went looking for something to cover up the steel gray color of the holders, they were kind of boring and had old super stuck on labels which were not coming off.  I went to my scrapbook paper stash to see what pretty prints I could stick onto the front of the holders and found some great adhesive paper mats, no double stick tape or hot glue needed, just peel and stick. I was very careful to measure and line up all the stripes as I cut them out and stuck each paper to the magazine holders. All lined up with everything nice and neat, it only took about 10 minutes to give my pantry shelves some color, the new jumping off point for all the rest of the storage containers I plan to use to organize that closet space very soon.

Time to get back to organizing my office storage spaces.  I have a secret, I have a love affair with good old fashioned pencils and I just adore the pretty printed ones the most.  I actually lust after all the pencils in the dollar bins at Target and Michael’s; if I see them I have to have them, needless to say I am getting quite a collection of pencils and had nowhere to put them without creating more clutter.  Ah oh!!! Now what? I looked around for several containers to put them in and found two choices, a clear recycled pickle jar and a rod iron basket.  The pencils looked great in the iron basket but they kept falling through the openings as I filled up the basket, which was just not going to work so the pickle jar was the best choice.

I could see all the lovely colors but the jar was very plain so I brought out my favorite tape to add some bling to my jars, I needed three jars to hold all my pencils and a few special pens. I alternated the tapes on each jar to give each one its own personality making them a nice set which would look very pretty when I placed them on my shelves together.

Here they are in their new home next to my resource file box and another magazine holder I covered with the adhesive mat paper. They are bright and cheerful sitting there together, I just love the look.  You will see the rest of the bookcase makeover in a later post when I finish the rest of the clean up and storage solutions, keep reading to see that one soon.

Thanks for joining me today to see my newest adhesive projects, there are probably still a few more items I will be using some kind of adhesive products on since I am on a mission to re-purpose as many objects as I can for storage.  Keep reading to see what I am up to next.

I want to wish each of you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!!!! Enjoy the Love!!!

See you soon.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Upcycle With Duck Tape

I must confess I have fallen in love with some new products over the last couple of months.  I am crazy about the new Duck Tape printed adhesive sheets and rolls of color Duck Tape; I want to put them on everything! I also fell hard for the new Scotch Expressions tape, they are so pretty in a variety of colors, the pinks and blues are among my favorites so far.  I had a great time finding projects I could try them on, here is what I did.

I went to may shelf of ordinary notebooks; this one is by Mead, pulled it off the shelf and gave it a quick and easy makeover.  I chose a cool black and white Zebra print Duck Tape sheet to paper over the existing cover.  The adhesive back makes it easy to create a fast cover giving the front of the notebook more body and making it sturdy and resistant to spills and stains. The sheet was not quite long enough to cover the book top to bottom so I centered it then used two layers of the Scotch Expressions tape to fill in the top, bottom and left side of the book cover. Last but not least I labeled it with my label maker so I would know the contents, all done and ready to use.  I have a bunch of those notebooks in boring basic colors which need a bit of bling, I can not wait to get going on the rest.

The very first project I ever created with a Duck Tape sheet was my Creative Inspiration Journal.  My journal kept getting fatter and fatter and the cover was not holding up well at all, it was getting very ragged.  In the past I covered basic sketch books with scrapbook papers, embellishments and clear plastic covers, all of which took a lot of time and effort.  I thought about using the same materials again for my newest inspiration journal but kept putting it off until I stumbled (literally) into the Duck Tape display at Staples.  Here was something to give my journal some stability and bling without all the time and expense.  Leopard is my all time favorite print and there it was on the stand, I bought several, you never know when you might need some leopard print for something.  Thanks to the tape sheet the cover is holding up well, at least until the pages start to fall out, I will just hole punch them and use the cover on the binder they will go into, I always have a backup plan!

This was a quick little project using a roll of Duck Tape with the 49er Football team logo on it.  For my husband’s birthday I threw him a football themed party featuring his favorite team the San Francisco 49ers.  I collected all kinds of themed items for several months before the party, but I could not find drinking cups to go with our theme so my daughter and I decided to make our own.  We purchased some red cups and cut out the logos from the tape and put them on each cup, no one even knew we made them, mission accomplished. Quick, easy and lots of fun to make!  You really have to get some of these products and see what you can do with them.

Thanks for letting me share my Duck Tape projects with you today, there are more to come in the very near future.  Remember to think outside the box and you will have a colorful and creative environment to work and play in.
See you soon.


Please Note: I have not been paid or sponsored to promote any of the above products; I just love to share great products and projects with all of you as I happen upon them.  Maybe someday that will be the case but not at the present time, I will let you know if and when that ever happens.
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