I'm not talking about the twizzlers behind the paper boxes or the bottle of cabernet stashed under the sink for "inspiration" (although those both sound like fine ideas...). I'm referring to the shelves, boxes, filing cabinets, you name it, full of 12X12 sheets of patterned papers, cardstock, ribbons, buttons, brads, rivets, clips, cutouts, chipboard cutouts, fabric cutouts, alphabets, tags, shiny flowery thingies, glitter, ephemera...did I mention 12x12 paper?
You get the idea. Scrappers love stuff, we are creative beings that for the most part create because we are inspired...and nothing is more inspiring than pretty stuff! And there's nothing wrong with that! Scrapbookers are always challenging themselves to use up their stash, in fact right now I am trying to not buy anything else until I use up some of my existing stash. But there is one part of my stash that I sometimes find extra challenging to use, and that's my scraps. Often in scrapbooking you will cut into a piece of paper and will have some of it left over. I keep almost all of my scraps and try really hard to use them up. But the pile is there and sometimes I feel guilty about the waste, especially when I've only used a small part of the paper.
Finally, the other day, while I was changing the garbage of all things, inspiration struck. I really think I'm a genius for coming up with this one.
You know those giant 454 gram tubs of spinach that you can buy? The ones that come in the big plastic container that isn't recyclable in many areas? Well, I was about to cram one of those containers into a garbage bag when I thought, not for the first time, isn't there anything I can do with this besides sending it off to the landfill? I took a closer look. These containers are well made, they have a lid that fits well, they are clear...really the only difference between them and a lot of other plastic bins is the label on top.
And then it hit me...the label could be covered...with....it's getting clearer....SCRAPS!!!!
As you can see here, once inspiration hit I wasn't limited to spinach containers! I'd been holding onto a few empty Tetley tea containers for awhile for the same reason, they were so well designed that it seemed like a waste to just thow them away.
I took my "supplies" and headed for my craft room to create. Once I was finished I had four snazzy new containers to use for storage, gift wrap, or organizing.
The best part is that this project is incredibly easy and fast!
Start by taking a piece of plain white paper and press it into the inner most indent of the spinach container lid. Then, trim around the indentation and you now have a template for cutting out your paper. Go though your scrap stash and find a piece of paper that will fit your template. For my project I used sassorted scraps of Stampin Up Designer Series Paper in Razzleberry Lemonade (all four projects). Once you've decided on your paper, trace the template onto the wrong side of the paper with a pencil, and then trim it with scissors. Keep trimming until the fit is perfect!
Once you are sure that your paper is perfectly trimmed, get out some good craft glue. I like Aleene's Original Tacky Glue because it dries clear and bonds different surfaces together well (like shiny plastic to paper). Apply glue to the wrong side of the paper, trying not to apply it too thick. Then, carefully position the paper in place in the indentation on the lid. Apply gentle pressure to the paper to ensure that there aren't any lumps and that the paper adheres to the lid. Let dry. If you wish, you can trace another template for the inside of the lid, as the label will show through on the inside (I wasn't able to remove all of the label). This isn't necessary but it looks nice, especially if you are using the container to wrap a gift. Once the glue is dry, you can place it back on the container and start thinking of what you want to do with your beautiful new designer container! I've already decided to save the next three to help organize my coat closet. I'm going to assign one to myself, one to my husband, and one for the dogs, to hold all the "things" that are always floating around in the closet (hats, gloves, leashes).
|Spinach Bin Container Holding Yarn|
I then wrapped the paper around the canister slowly, making sure to line up the edges and smooth the paper where the glue was. When I reached the end, the Snail Adhesive held the edge cleanly in place. That's all there is to it! If you like you can embellish the tins a bit. For the pink tin I used a scrap of Stampin' Up grosgain ribbon in a pretty spring green, and a few dollar store floral embellishments.
Here are my completed projects!
As you can see, this is a simple project but one that is satisfying because the results are attractive, useful, and green! I will leave you with a few more images of how I used my new containers.
|Holding yarn (I'm a wool snob!)|
|Craft room organizers.|