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Mount for unmounted stamps – my best use for the Creative Palette (and a cheap alternative)

So there is history here.  You might like to go back and read a few previous posts (or not, as you prefer.)

  • My review of the CP v the Gelli plate and where I die cut it with my Sizzix

That last link is full of warnings – press the stamp HARD onto the CP.  Don’t use it in this way if you worry about messing up whatever you are stamping on to. Shake the mount.  Wash the backs. blah blah blah.

I kept finding that, with every use, the CP surface got less and less sticky and washing it was too much of a bother if I had to do it every time I wanted to stamp an unmounted stamp.

I store most of my unmounted stamps like so:

In binders, and then in baseball card sleeves:

I have not ever wanted to go to the expense of mounting all the stamps, and bulking up the binders.  So over the years I have come up with a few different methods that work for me.  Generally, a strip of strong double-sided tape on a clear mount will do the trick.

I bought a bottle of Aileens Tack It (over & over) cause lots of people recommended it as a good way to make the red rubber, unmounted stamps into “cling” stamps.  It works, sure, but then you have to store all these sticky backed stamps. Ah … No.

Fast forward to the post of CP as mount and….an idea!


Why this works – first, the CP is just a bit spongy.  Not too spongy, but enough that it acts as both the mount and the cushion and gives a nice image (might have been nice had I actually shown that – sorry, I’m out of practice at blogging) especially when stamping on to my cork-floor-tile-in-a-big-ziplock-bag stamping mat. Second, there is only the couple of CP chunks that are sticky. Easy to store.  I keep a lot of plastic packaging.  This is from a Spellbinders die.  I just flipped the halves so rather than tightly encasing the die, there is a slim open area that fits two of the sticky CP bits.

Perfect fit.

Now, this makes sense for me because I already own a (mostly useless for the kind of monoprinting I like to do) Creative Palette.  But the CP is not widely for sale anymore (or not that I could find) and if you don’t already have one, this is not a good enough reason to go buy one.

As a cheap alternative, I had a go at coating a piece of sticky-backed fun foam with the Tack It.  It worked just fine.

There is a slight issue with the fun foam being quite thin.  When you press to stamp the sticky surface can just grab the paper – I found this to be most problematic with tissue paper, not at all an issue with a paint-coated journal page, for example.  I did not find it as much an issue with the CP-as-mount.

In hunting for my CP package, I unearthed a nice gelli-print, so I can add at least one decent looking image for you LOL!:

Now I must decide what to do with it.

If you have a Creative Palette gathering dust, why not turn it into a set of stamp mounts? If you don’t have one, try the sticky-backed fun foam.  Let me know if it works for you!


Stencil storage – finally happy!

Just a handful of return visits for WOYWW, then more cleaning, food shopping, blah, blah, blah.  It’s just endless.

BUT I keep finding things I bought ages ago and always intended to use for one thing but now find them perfect for another.  This is one of those things.  It’s a fairly big (A2, so about 16.5 x 23.5 inches) with just a handful of sleeves and 4-hole ring binder set up.  Of course virtually all my 12 x 12 sleeves are 3-hole punched but I solved that easy enough by punching a template or the 4 holes


clipped it securely to a stack of page protectors – matching up one of the holes seemed to be the best placement


then used the Big Bite to punch new holes.  I found punching thru a stack of them (three to four) was actually better/easier/cleaner than punching thru ONE, and the Big Bite was better than the Cropadile.


I kept most of the A4 size stencils, paper and report cover ones I cut with the Cricut, in an A4 binder in A4 sleeves.  There are too many of them and the binders and sleeves are cheap (free, in fact, cause I have so many of them kicking around!)


and I found a cheap, thin, paper pad that I used between the back-to-back stencils so I can clearly see what they look like


In the portfolio, I have the 4-6×6-to-a-page sleeves but to keep the centre from being too bulky I used only some of the holes – does that make sense? So some are towards the top, using maybe the top three rings, some in the middle and some at the bottom, using the bottom two rings.



Then I have the 12×12 sleeves with all the standard stencils – some of the old Crafters Workshop ones that are punched for storing in a binder have been added without a sleeve.


In the larger sleeves that came in the portfolio (annoyingly they are NOT 12 inches across) I have some of the oddball ones – plastic canvas sheets, teflon cooking mat, big letter and number stencils from the hardware store, and one sleeve full of crappy magazine freebies that I haven’t used yet, but MIGHT, someday …. LOL!  Not totally mended my wicked ways, have I?


The front has a sort of flap/pocket area that fits the cardboard that has textured wallpaper on it, some of my favourite texture tools for Gelli printing.



They are painty and hard to get into a sleeve sometimes so this is better, having them all grouped like this.

Now there are just these two places, rather than the Crop in Style binder, the A4 binder, a large file box, and a couple of book rings, to look thru when wanting a stencil.


There is still room in the portfolio for more, so I have room to grow!

Now, back to those visits….




Zetti stuff and about that house….

OK so I finally finished all the stamping of the Zetti grab bags.  What a huge amount of stuff!

Five sleeves of four 4×6 pockets


Three sleeves of nine 2.5 x 3.5 pockets


and two sleeves of 20 2 x 2 slide pockets


And, just cause so many people were curious, these are the two I will never use – the quotes themselves are fine, but that FONT.  It might as well be comic sans…. The other small one is the single duplicate I got.


I was cutting out some of the first images I stamped on white, just to test the fit on the little house.  I am torn – while I like the idea of colouring them I am also pretty in love with the stark B&W images.  I simply can’t decide.  I’ll have to colour a couple and then take a photo and look at them both.  Maybe that will help me figure it out….





{sigh} Sometimes I just struggle with creative decisions….

…but at least I feel like I’ve made progress.  I may have to set it all aside to work on DDs play-leader’s memory book, but I have a fear they will hoard all the stuff that needs to go inside till the last-minute, or the kids and parents will wait for the last-minute to hand over art, writing and photos. What ever have I let myself in for??




Project Life card holder – design refined and easier

I tried and discarded SO many versions of this, mostly to do with decorating it.  The quick and dirty one from yesterday was just that – not hugely attractive, really, but functional.  So I took the time to work out a better way for the basic construction, and minimal decoration (OMG – all those oddly shaped edges to cover where a pain – life’s too short….) and created what I think nicely walks the line between form and function – not butt-ugly but no museum piece.

WARNING: This post is massively photo heavy (40+) but it should be clear enough to follow.  I will create a PDF from the post using my Readability trick but there will be a slight lag between the post going live and the PDF being created then added.  When it has been added you can download the link HERE.  If it doesn’t highlight when you hove, come back.

Some minimal changed to the cutting of the carrier.

Cutting your collapsible Wine Carrier

1. Look at YOUR carrier.  Does it look like this?  If not, you should probably open it up, really look at how it is constructed, and read thru all the steps, checking to note any differences between yours and mine.  PLwine

Measure 3 inches up from the bottom edge.  Check YOUR carrier – this SHOULD fall below the diagonal slashes you see.


Cut thru all layers, dividing the box into the handle section and the base section.


2. Working with the HANDLE section, snip to detach ALL of the dividers.


3. Snip a small bit from each tip (1/4 to 1/2 inch)


NOTE: If you want a holder that hold ALL 3 x 4 cards, SKIP THIS STEP.  If you want a holder that has two  3 x 4 pockets and two 4 x 6 pockets, cut one divider from each side.

4. Cut out one of the dividers, like so:


You don’t have to do this, but I trimmed away the hump on the side, once I determined that didn’t affect the structural integrity of the carrier.


5. Collapse the carrier.  Notice that the two sides are connected but not fully stuck – slip your ruler under the long triangles and measure to the bottom edge.


6. Now measure across.


Mine is about 10 inches across and about 5 inches high.  Cut two pieces of heavy cardstock, adding 2 inches to the across measurement.  My cardstock was A3 size so I had more than an inch on either side, but an inch is enough.  12 x 12 cardstock will be fine.

NOTE:  Bearing in mind you will be slightly crushing the HANDLE section to fit it inside the BASE section, accept there will be a little bowing of this piece in the final project. Or drive yourself crazy trying to accommodate that. Your choice…

7. Score the cardstock. Oops.  Must have missed that photo.  Assuming 10 inches, score at 1 and 11 inches.

8. Fold over the scored section and hold the two pieces back-to-back – slip them into the handle section, just like you did your ruler.


Line up the bottom edge of the cardstock with the bottom edge of the handle section

9. Make sure it all works, then stick the centre sections of the two pieces together.


Slip this into the carrier

10. Mark the flaps to match the angle of the sides

NOTE that I added the paper-backed adhesive first, but if you mark first then you don’t HAVE to use adhesive with a backing paper, and will need slightly less.


11. Cut away the bits


This is really going to depend on YOUR box.  You just want the sides to match.  Feel free to stick first and trim.  For my box, there is a taller, smoother side.


and on the other side, and extra loose layer of the carrier.  I could either slip the extra under


or stick and snip


The point is,  this is what you want to end up with:


Believe it or not you are nearly done!

12. To keep the cards from slipping around, line the BASE of the box (the other section) with a bit of  Fun Foam


Putting it all together

1. Slightly “crushing” the HANDLE section, slip it into the BASE section.

2. With WET adhesive (bearing in mind this is the step that is going to unite the HANDLE section and the BASE section and what is going to keep the top part from slipping out of the base when you carry it) stick the OUTSIDE side section  of the HANDLE section to the INSIDE of the BASE.  Then stick all the dividers to the inside of the base.  Take care here, to try to keep them straight.


THIS is when you will see the slight bowing of the cardstock.  it really isn’t going to matter.

You can skip this but I think it finishes the internal dividers nicely.

3. Cut  a piece of cardstock as wide as the divider.  Slip it into the section and mark the angle.


4. Score the line and crease.   Trim away the extension



You will end up with a piece like this.  Add adhesive just to the areas that will meet when it folds over the carrier divider.


Now slip this piece over the divider and stick it together.  It won’t cover it completely but it’s not going to matter.  Feel free to cut two pieces and stick them back to bak, either die of the divider, if you prefer.


Do the same for each divider.


Finally: Decorate!

I simply used ONE sheet of 12 x 12 paper and decorated the areas that had the writing on them – that was just the outside of the base.


And I added a bit of decorative tape to some of the raw edges, as well as a simple strip under the hand-hold


DOH!  It looks crooked but it isn’t, it’s the angle of the photo, promise!

There you go.  I think that is a good compromise between taking AGES to decorate every little area, and having an ugly carrier with shop logos all over it.  And it will hold a TON of cards.

For free.





Project Life card storage from a wine carrier? Yep.

There was a post on UKS about PL storage.  I replied to it at 7:23.  By 8:27 I had made this:


I took the photo before I decorated the front, to show how the 4 x 6 cards fit by removing one of the dividers, but you get the idea from the first photo:


It was so easy, took very little time (less if you don’t bother with ever a minimal attempt o make it look “pretty!”) and works a treat. I often print and cut my printable PDFs to make sure they perform as expected, and I’ve just been stuffing them in a box. Now I can put them all in here so I can find them when I want to, rather than printing another set.

So easy.

1. Take your wine carrier.  They usually come collapsed, so leave them like that and cut the bottom at 3 inches


2. Open both bits out


With this one, but perhaps not every one, cutting at 3 inches leaves a bottom and the hand hold part with the dividers.

3. Snip opposing corners of the divider like so:


In order for the top to fit INTO the bottom, it needs to be “smaller” – these two minimal snips allow you to wedge the top with the hand hold into the base, like so


4. I imagine with some, if the dividers are taller, you may not need this step, but to make the dividers more solid, and keep the cards from shifting around within them, I cut heavy cardstock to fit and create a liner.  Now you COULD go to the trouble of making a proper BOX to line the divides, but this works well enough for a quick fix.

I did taller ones for the BACK of the dividers


and smaller ones for the sides. You don’t HAVE to cover the ends but I did.


Now you can see these are attached only at the top. Maybe you can see that they sort of hang there – there is nothing of the carrier itself on the inside.  That can be sorted.  Let’s look at the OTHER side:

5. Snip out one of the dividers.  On mine, the corners are smaller on one side (where we made the original snips) so I would just cut out filly one of the snipped corners.


Now you have four divides that fit the 3 x 4 cards and one that first the 4 x 6 cards!


6. Stick the opposite side liners cardstock top AND bottom.  The top is stuck to the carrier itself, but the bottom will get stuck to the liner on the other side. You’ll get it when you do it, I promise!

As you can see I only have a few of my cards in it at the moment.  I think you would need to add something to keep them from slipping around, just to fill the space.  Again you could make a cardstock cube to drop behind them to solve that problem.

Is this the prettiest holder?  Nope.  Is it functional? Yep. Did it cost me anything?  Nope.  I had the wine carrier and the cardstock wasn’t even scrapbook quality but just some heavy, bright, cheap stuff I got at Lidl LOL! And ignoring the time it took me to photo and create the post (almost as long as it took me to make the darn thing!)  it took about 40 minutes.  I’m off to the store anyway so I may just pick up another one and make another one.  I’d be interested to grab a different store’s wine carrier and see what the differences are, but I’ll probably be going to my usual store so not today.

Cheap as chips, and a bit of fun on a Friday.  Have a go, make it super pretty, and let me see a link. {wink}