Monday, July 25, 2011

The video on youtube for the Recycled aluminum can frame is by: happyaur.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Recycled Aluminum Cans Photo Frame

I got this idea from a similar project seen on a Youtube vido. I haven't been able to locate the video again. I added some embossing and some alchohol ink to my project. If I run into that video again I'll post it on this project. This is made using recycled aluminum cans and an unpainted wooden frame purchased from Michaels.  How cool is that?

Cut your favorite graphics from soda/drink cans. Nip the top rim with a pair of wire cutters. Then just cut your pieces out using Tim Holtz Scissors. Those scissors are so slick, they cut the aluminum "just like buttah". Put the pieces in your embossing folders, if you like. I used the Cuttlebug and one B plate with about 5 pieces of lightweight chipboard. (Two B plates were too thick and made little cuts into the aluminum.) Hot glue the pieces onto a wooden frame...I painted mine black first. Then as an option you can use tiny tacks/nails in the corners of the pieces for an added touch. (My hubby did that part for me. He also offered to drink some beer if I would like to make one using beer cans. He's so nice.) Now I need a nice photo to put into my new frame~

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Nantucket mini album 3 ring binder

 I learned the 3 ring binder technique by watching Laura at Follow the Paper Trail.
The three rings come through the spine of the book to allow for ribbons and bling.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ephemera Charm Necklace

Made using Cathe Holden's free ephemera downloads from and printed on Shrinky Dink sheets for inkjet printers following the manufacturers direction. Cut out the charms. Just punch an 1/8" hole in the top of the charm, bake them in an oven at 300-325 degrees for about 5 minutes on a piece of brown paper bag. They contort while backing and then settle back down as they shrink. When they lay flat again you know they're done. They shrink to 1/3 of their original side. Place a book or other weight on them for about 30 seconds while they're cooling to help them stay flat. Add the O rings and they're ready for your use on necklaces, keychains, or scrapbook project. Fun, fun, fun!!