How Do You ‘Stick It’ ?

 

I hope this title didn’t offend you, but sometimes we all have to ‘stick it’ to something! (Hopefully not someone!) The crafting market is filled with so many choices of adhesives to use on various projects. If you are like me, chances are you have tried several types of products and found favorites that work for you.

When you use a lot of adhesive products, cost becomes a ‘sticking’ point. (Sorry, couldn’t resist!) I have found that one of the most economical products is Miracle Tape. They offer these adhesive strips in many sizes. You can tear off the amount you need or cut it. I cut it with my ‘Sticky Scissors’.

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I can even trim some of the pieces to fit into corners or make them even thinner. They offer 1/8″ wide adhesives, but sometimes that may be a bit too wide for some projects. When I need a skinny strip of adhesive, I usually cut a portion from the 1/4′ wide roll and it works just fine! I also cut angles on them, like I did with the tiny heart.

The corners of all the cards I make are adhered with Miracle tape, and I usually fill in the sides of the papers with tape from my tape glider. (I use and love the Scotch Advanced tape glider. It works for me!)

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These adhesives are used on every card I create. Of course, the Glue Dots are also one of my favorites. They also come in many sizes and types so they are useful in many applications.

 

Speaking of ‘Sticking It’, I also use a small piece cut from a larger mouse pad to use as a cushion when I need to punch a hole with my paper piercer. I can insert a brad and also use the tiny mouse pad to invert it so I can close the clasps without damaging the brad.

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These are just a few of the ‘sticky’ products and ideas I use when I create my cards. I know you have your favorites too! Since I ‘stick’ to these products, I don’t know if any new adhesives have hit the market. (OK. I’m done. 🙂 )

Thank you for visiting me today and I hope I have given you some ideas on using adhesives in your projects!

Enjoy your Creative Day! ~ Vickie ~

(I am not affiliated with any of the above mentioned companies in any way, or receive compensation from them. I just happen to like their products.)

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What Can You Do with a Graduation Gown?

This is the time of year for graduations and celebrations! Many graduates will be bringing home their grad caps, tassels, and graduation gowns after their commencement ceremonies. Chances are, they will not be taking them when they move to college or start their new careers. These once treasured items will be left at home.

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This graduation gown can be re-purposed to protect clothing!

When my eldest son graduated from high school in 2007, he kept his graduation gown and cap. (Of course, since we had to purchase them!) His cap was put in a drawer, along with his tassel. His graduation gown was hung in his closet.

When he went away to college, I was organizing his closet a bit to make room for some of my clothes that I didn’t wear often. (His room has the largest closet in our home.) As I was hanging some of my ‘dressy’ dresses, I decided I needed to protect them. I found that I was staring at my ‘purple’ solution in his closet! I decided to put his graduation gown over my dresses!

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You can re-purpose a graduation gown to protect your clothes!

Now, instead of just hanging in the closet, it has a very useful purpose! I found that I could fit several garments inside the gown, and I loved the fact that it was long enough to protect all of my clothing. Since the grad gown zips in the front, it is easy to put around clothes. (Much easier than trying to fit other garment protection bags over the tops of the hangers!)

When my youngest son graduated in 2010, I had another purple graduation gown to use in my closet, instead of just hanging it! I use it to protect some of my husband’s suits and jackets.

Graduation gowns can also be used to protect clothing when moving or traveling! (Just make sure your grad brings it back so you can use it!)

I still haven’t figured out a way to re-purpose their graduation caps! If anyone has ideas, I would love hear about it!

Congratulations to all the Graduates!

~ Vickie ~

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