Saturday, April 8, 2017

Cardboard Art

Some of you may have noticed I'm having a major meltdown on my blog.  It isn't me, because I'm freaking.  It's blogger and I have no idea why.  I first noticed the problem when I couldn't click on my favorite blog links to visit.  Now, those little icons have disappeared.  Right now, all I can suggest is, if you scroll "comments" to the top of the page, you should see the comment link underlined, and be able to leave one.  

I was afraid I wouldn't be able to publish any posts, but I see this one should work, or at least I hope it will.  I'm going to try to create something every day as planned, but I had a setback yesterday, when I dropped my camera on a ceramic tile floor and it jammed the lens cap into the lens.  I took it to a place that repairs cameras, and the nice gentleman was able to free the lens cap AND made sure my camera was not damaged.  He didn't charge me anything, either.  All I paid was a lot of angst and gas to get there, since it was in the opposite end of town to where I live.

But I've talked enough and it's time to recycle.

Today I'm going to deconstruct two cardboard snack boxes and two maps, one of which was given to me, and one of which I received in a riverboat brochure.

I cut the boxes using my guillotine cutter.   I didn't think you needed me to show how I cut and assembled the two maps.

My Crop-a-Dile was in the basement, but I wish I had taken the time to get it, because it is a life saver when it comes to cutting holes.  Note the template I made a year or so ago that will work for any size piece for which you need to cut holes.

Also note the tape I used to lift the top piece.  I ended up using two thicknesses.  This is not recycled, of course.

I was in a swap where I exchanged ribbons and/or fibers with others.  That swap was a godsend, because I received fibers and ribbons I never would have gotten, otherwise.  And all it cost me was one ball of fibers I picked up at the Dollar Tree (where everything is $1.00 USD).

Now I admit, I thought buying the TH die cuts was a bit extravagant at the time, but they have also been a godsend.

No way would I get these children fussy cut as well as these were, and I saved a ton of time, which is not on my side this month.   Although the Idea-ology image was not on clearance, it was on sale at 40% off.  And I still have 106 more pieces I can play with.

Here are a few more random shots.

One final look at this wall hanging.   For Day 8 of 22, I recycled two cardboard cracker containers.  I also recycled a gifted outdated map of my city, and a map from a riverboat cruise I received through the mail.  I used some of the ribbon/fibers I received in a swap and outlined both maps with a Sharpie.

Thank you for sticking with me through this nightmare of me not being able to return comments or leave messages.

13 thoughtful remarks:

chrissie said...

Great recycling project Elizabeth with wonderful images and ideas.

Your blog seems fine today so maybe it needed a rest yesterday
Good news about the camera and great that it was free of charge to repair it.

Have a nice weekend

Love Chrissie xx

CJ Kennedy said...

Yay! Comment link is working today. Glad to hear your camera wasn't damaged and so good of the camera shop not to charge you for the fix. Fun to watch you put together the wall hanging. I've meant to mention how the term "fussy cut" cracks me up. I just cut something out. Never knew there was a special term. What is a Crop-o-dile and do I need one?

froebelsternchen Susi said...
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froebelsternchen Susi said...

A fantastic hanger - great project Elizabeth!
My dad is born in Luxembourg/city.
His wife in Germany and they lived for 10 years in France together..
And just now they are off to Dubai to go on a sea cruiser .... the perfect hanger for them.
This hanger speaks to me - I don't know how I now managed to comment -- I tried it 10 times today with no success, but now I went via Posts (Atom) and back ...and had success!
Super that the camera isn't damaged!

I will try to comment your last piece as well, but just in case I don't manage a second time :

I love your Santorini pages!
Thans so much for joining us at Art Journal Journey!
oxo Susi

Nancy said...

Like you, I seem to have lost my reading list and can't find the blogs I follow. But comments are working now- and I like your project. It's fun and the fiber hanger adds to it.

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful hanger, it took a long time to get to you comments today! Hope you soon get things sorted. Hugs, Valerie

Divers and Sundry said...

Yayeeee! I wanted to comment on Santorini and couldn't make that work. I'd love to vacation in Greece and stay there. The pictures you included were wonderful!

sheila 77 said...

Hello Elizabeth, I had to resort to trickery to get a comment in. I do hope it sorts itself soon, I would be beside myself if it happened to me.
Your recycled projects are tremendous fun. Your double map looks great and I can see how good it would be to have a supply of ribbons and threads and so on. How useful it is to have a supply of ready cut people, I remember when you bought them.
If the blogging crisis gets too much for you do go and stroke Bleubeard and Squiggles, that is supposed to be a good destresser (as of course you know).

pearshapedcrafting said...

Well! That 'senior' moment lasted a while - I just couldn't figure out what you meant by scroll the comments to the top of the page - suddenly the light bulb came on in my brain!!! If you don't mind I will double up on commenting! First - your Greece pages made me feel so warm - late night chill here! Then I must say that this wall hanging is just fabulous! The two maps look great together! Hope things get sorted soon! Hugs, Chrisx

Rita said...

So glad your camera was okay--and for free! Pretty pages.
I had blogger disappearing all my blog list so many times that that was why I went to follow by email. Blogger has been doing some weird things lately. I'm glad your comment section is working. :)

~*~Patty S said...

Great use of cardboard E for your lovely project.
It really is too good to waste.
Oh and glad you got your camera fixed.
Lawrence really did save the day!
Those kids are darling and you are so right about having to cut them by hand like that would have taken an age.
They are standing near a favorite spot of ours in France = GIVERNY.
Perhaps they are budding artists studying Monet ;-)
Also I could not help but squeal a little when I came to your photo featuring Switzerland at the bottom. Munich, my birth place, just managed to make the page on the middle right :-)
The fibers do make lovely hangers!

Darla said...

Wandering back through the posts I missed. What a great hanger. If you ever need more fibers give me a shout. I have lots of leftovers from knitting.

Jeanie said...

I really love this cardboard box panel you did with the fibers from the swap. Love it A LOT and all the interest, texture, elements. I hope it's hanging somewhere in your space because it's very wall-worthy!

I know what you mean about swaps. Sometimes you get things you'd never have or think of.

And I've dropped my camera more than once and each time I fear will be the last. The back viewer has a spider web crack but it's still taking pix. Go, Canon!