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Hanging File Folders on Made It Monday

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Like so many other people, I am perpetually on a search for a way to keep my life organized.  When I saw this project at The Silver Lining I thought I could tweak it for myself.

So, I set off to try it myself. Aren’t you lucky!!!??!!  I even took pictures along the way! First, I gathered materials. Well, I gathered everything I thought I would need, and almost every material changed throughout the process!

I used:

5 File Folders

4 pieces of scrapbook paper

White Glue

Hot Glue

Ribbon

Duct tape

A Curtain Ring

I started by cutting the tabs off of the folders. To be perfectly honest, it would be more than OK to leave them on there. I was having a OCD moment, and the staggered tabs were driving me nuts! I did keep the center tab on one folder, for hanging.

 

 

 

 

I Measured 4 inches down from the cut edge (on the inside of the folder) on each folder. And drew a line.  From that line up is where each folder was glued to the next.

 

 

I traced the outline of the tab onto a piece of scrapbook paper, cut it out, and glued it to the top folder.

 

Now, I began gluing the folders together. Each folder is nested into the one below it. So, the lower half of the back of folder 1 is glued to the upper half of the inside back of the next folder. Once the folders are covered in paper, the nesting is a little easier to see in my pictures!

 

 

 

Once all of the folders were glued together, and dried, I flipped the whole thing over, and added a strip of duct tape at each folder, for some added strength. Let’s be honest, those folders are not going to budge now!!!

 

 

Using alternating papers, I then covered the fronts of the folders. Since I removed the tabs, the alternating papers made it obvious where the openings were. This picture shows the nesting a little better!

 

 

 

 

 

On the bottom folder, I papered around the bottom for a cleaner look.

 

I am not sure that I love the purple, but I had it on hand, and I did not want to spend money on this project! I hot glued the ribbon down the sides, folding it over, to close the folders. I folded the ends of the ribbon over and glued them down.

 

 

 

I clipped a drapery ring to the top tab, and hung my folders on a hook.

 

With the sides closed, you obviously can not put a lot of paper in each folder. This is fine for me. Mine currently holds my jump off lists. My jump off lists are starters. The things that I start every list with. The grocery jump off has about 50 things on it! I have to drive a little ways to get to my commissary. So, I buy about 6 weeks worth of food at one time. We fill in basics and fresh foods at a store closer to us.  I add to the jump off list as I think (or plan for) other things I want.  I have 5 jump off lists, and will share them in a later blog.

 

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What would I change? I would have duct taped the sides before adding the ribbon. When my budget allows for purchasing more craft items, I will probably put a grommet in the top, so I can put the drapery ring back into the curtain bin! However, for now, I already had those!

 

Happy Crafting!

J.

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Wands

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We all know of the series about the young kid who gets whisked away from his horrid aunt and uncle into a wonderful world of witch craft and wizardry. Recently, my nieces discovered the book. And they love them. Being the “Crafty Aunt” that I am, when the youngest one asked for a wand, I couldn’t say no.

 

I searched for ways to make the wands online. The best tutorial that I found was one where you make the wand from paper. Somehow, this just didn’t seem like enough. So, I began experimenting with polymer clay. Each of the three wands turned out completely different. There as LOTS of trial and error, and I have no step by step pictures. But, I will share the final ones, and how I got there.

 

I rolled the clay out as flat as I could make it, without it sticking to the table.

Then, I cut out a piece about 1 inch wide, and equal to the length of the dowel that I was using. (Each one is a different length, from 8 – 11 inches.)

I sprayed the dowel with spray adhesive to make it a little tacky.

Then, I started rolling the clay around the dowel.

And rolled.

And rolled. Trimming extra from the ends as it built up.

I did the same thing for 4 or 5 layers of clay.

Then, I embellished. The first one has only twists in the clay. The other two have long, thin rolls of clay to act as vines and texture in the “wood” of the wand. I hope you like them. If you have any questions, let me know! J.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My First Pinterest Try

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For many months now I have, like so many others, been building my Pinterest boards, and gathering ideas for projects.

So, as much as I am looking forward to trying so many of these fabulous projects, I had to pick one where I truly had every single supply on hand already. I chose to make a paper tree.

You can click on the photo for the tutorial. I had to change mine some, based on the materials that I had handy. Also, based on the fact that I seriously have trouble cutting on a line, even when it is so nicely drawn out.

1. I gathered all of my supplies.

Mini stack of scrapbook paper

Multiple pairs of pliers (Seriously, you only need one. I am just picky.)

Scissors

White glue

Wire (I had a ton of different wire, none of it green floral wire. This particular wire is the kind used to hang a drop ceiling.)

2. I cut out my leaves. 

Rather than tracing and trying to match up leaves that were close, as the original tutorial suggested, I folded my paper in half, and cut both pieces of one leaf at one time. It was totally free hand, and I think most of them turned out just great! In total, I used around 165 leaves. I would have done more, if I had not used all of the paper I had in my color scheme!

3. I cut my wire pieces.

I cut the wire in pieces 12 – 16 inches long. 8 inches would have been more than enough!

4. I glued the leaves to the wire.

I opened my leaf so the back sides were up.

Use a line of white glue.

Put a piece of wire in the glue.

Cover with the other piece of the leaf.

After it dries, trim the edges, if you can not glue straight, like me! (I did get better through the process.)

5. Gather the sticks. (I had them before, they were just not included in the supply picture. Oops!)

My sticks came from the front yard.

6. Start wrapping those wires around the branches.

And wrap….

And wrap…

And wrap…

And wrap.

Since my wire was silver, instead of green, I covered the entire branch (well, the part that shows from the vase.)

7. Display in the vase of your choice!

The vase matches the colors in my living room perfectly (instead of my craft room!) I love it!

Now. What would I change?

I would use a much thinner wire. I had some serious calluses after all of this wire. I imagine I would have still had one or two, anyway, but these were ridiculous!

As a trial, after I was done, I tried gluing the wire into folded paper, and cutting the leaves with the wire already glued in place. This would have eliminated the need to trim my crooked gluing.

Happy crafting!!!