I am in the altering business for this post, and it is a YouTube swap I am in with Scrapdaworld (TMika), who is the host of this swap. My task, should I choose to do it (and I did) was to make 5 packs of 3 Altered Clothes Pins. Before I show you the end results (all except one, which is for TMika's eyes only, LOL, plus I have not made it yet), I want to talk to you a little bit (just a little) about what the heck you use these clothes pins for ( in addition to the daunting task of hanging clothes up).
Well for one, you can use them in mini albums. All the pin does is hold a photo in place. You can also use it to hold a journaling spot, tags, layouts, bookmarker, post a note pad, and just for decorative purposes. They are fun to make, and for a minute, I thought to myself, "what the heck did I get myself into." I never felt the need for a clothes pin (except to hang clothes), but the more I looked at it, the more I said, "Hum, very interesting", especially after seeing her video on the swap. I love getting goodies, especially goodies I could use.
So, I had three paper brands to work with; Graphic 45, Prima, Recollections (Michaels brand), My Mind's Eye, and Washi Tape. I have the Recollections Garden Florals and My Mind's Eye's Lost and Found-Portobello Road to work with. I thought I would be able to find my Washi Tape, but for some reason, both roll are lost in the abyss of my office, so for the moment, I will make due with what I got to work with. One of the pins, I need to put a little bling on it, and I need to put a topper on the bag, So here is the first one:
The main point to this project (or any project for that matter), is you are the master of your craft, and no one can say otherwise. I love doing these projects, I love sharing them, so you can know that you do not have to buy the products they advertise. In fact, you can make a kit using these by just customizing your embellishments to your liking. They do not look like the others, and you will have the know how to make things on your own, instead of depending on others.
So let's recap:
Materials and cost:
Clothes pins- $1 at Deals (or any dollar store)
Rhinestones- $1 in the dollar bin at Michaels, Joann's, or LSS (Local Scrapbook Store)
paper -$0 if you are a scrapbooker or crafter and have a stash or scraps. $1 if you do not, look for paper in the same place as you found the rhinestones.
Double sided tape $1-3.50 depending on if you find it at a drug store, higher if you go to LSS. You may be able to get on sale if you have a coupon from Michaels or Joann's.
Overall, this is about a $10 project that you can complete in about an hour. The project is a winner if you want the kids to do it. I would say a 6 year old can do it. Great rainy day project.
Well that is it for now. Have fun, involve the kids, and have a blessed, crafty day.