The Cardboard File Box
I couldn’t think of a better way to title this blog post but I realize it might be somewhat confusing. On glancing at the title one might assume this post is about a file box that is made of cardboard. Okay, I can see that. But you have to remember who is writing this post. I am a mixed media
artist maker so nothing is going to be as it seems. This post is actually came about because of this….
All of this wonderful cardboard was haphazardly stuffed onto a shelf in my craft room. It was really stored rather willy-nilly and it was hard to find just the right piece for my projects. So in my quest to get my craft room more functional and organized I purchased this at a thrift store….
This is a file box from Michael’s and it only cost $4.00. Personally, it is so cheaply made it’s not worth more than $4.00, however, it is perfect for filing my cardboard. Here is what it looks like now that it’s finished….
Okay, I know some of you are scratching your head at this time asking why any sane person would keep so much cardboard, never mind filing it. I repeat. I am a mixed media
artist maker. This cardboard can be used in so many ways. It is as precious to me as the ring was to Gollum. For all you non-mixed media makers here is just a short list of the uses of cardboard.
Substrate for mixed media pictures
Substrate for mixed media bookmarks
Substrate for mixed media ornaments
Pages in junk journals
Pages in art journals
Substrate for mixed media tags
And the list could go on and on, however, I’ve had a super tiring day and I can’t go on. So before you heartlessly just toss cardboard into the trash can, ask yourself, “What wonderful, kind, mixed media
artist maker could I gift this to instead?”
I know what you mean about the Cardboard. Last March I was searching for ‘Pi’ Posters for Pi Day and happened upon a pop artist named Michael Albert. He owns a healthy juice company and created Pop Art out of cardboard. I do love his ‘Pi’ poster as well. Check out his posters made out of cardboard: http://www.michaelalbert.com/ And, good for you Helen for filing cardboard…great idea!
Dianne, I checked out Michael’s website and video. It is awesome. So inspiring. And it vindicates my collection of cardboard!