Better Than Target’s Dollar Spot
It seems that the latest craze at Target has become its “dollar spot”. This is where you can find all kinds of items for $1.00, $3.00 and now $5.00. Mostly these are impulse type items. Crafters, have begun to scour the “dollar spot” for items like washi tape, colored paper clips, baker’s twine and other craft supplies.
There are many items at the “dollar spot” that some crafters buy but could very easily make themselves. I refuse to buy items that I can duplicate at home with just a little effort. It nearly killed me to cough up the $3.00 for these hum-drum store-bought tags, but I had to do it to prove my point.
Here are some of the items I’m talking about. In this case they are all packages of Valentine’s Day tags.
I just picked some pretty cardstock, ran it through my die-cutting machine and added coordinating baker’s twine. It took no time at all and I was able to use up some of my paper scraps.
Again, I just cut two sets of tags. One set is made from colored cardstock and the other from kraft cardstock. I ran the kraft cardstock through my die-cutting machine and then joined the two with coordinating baker’s twine. I didn’t have an arrow punch so I used some other fun dies I had. The little hearts were made using a paper punch.
I cut the burlap and cardstock hearts on my die-cutting machine. I added natural twine because it coordinated with the burlap. The Target tags have hideous stiff brown plastic ties.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a die-cutting machine to make tags. They are very easy to cut free hand.
Cut a rectangular piece of cardstock. Mark and cut off a small piece on each corner.
Next punch a hole in the center. Add some baker’s twine, ribbon or string and you’ve got a handmade tag you can be proud of!
I am a crafter and I enjoy taking the time and effort to make things uniquely my own. When I give something I made to friends or fellow crafters I don’t want them to think, “Oh, I saw that at Target.”
I had fun duplicating these items, however, I think they still leave a lot to be desired. Stay tuned for my next post to see how I made improvements to these tags!
The Humble File Folder
I assume most offices don’t rely on paper filing systems anymore with technology what it is. I really don’t know since I am self-employed. I do remember when I did work in offices that we dealt with the metal file cabinets and the humble file folder like this.
Nowadays I’m sure file folders are all virtual which leaves these poor paper guys out of a job. They abound at yard sales and thrift shops sadly waiting for someone to purchase them. Well, I will be buying a lot of them now as I came across yet another “day late and a dollar short” craft. Um, yes, I’ve been on Pinterest again!
First you unfold your folder, like this.
Then you fold it up this way and that until you get something that resembles this. (If you’re really interested in how to do this, you can check out Pinterest or Youtube.
You should end up with something that looks like this. It should have a page in the middle and 4 pockets.
Ta da! I covered it with patterned card stocks and papers, added an embellishment on the front and tied some soft pink elastic around it to keep it closed.
Now I have something to put in my purse that will corral my to-do lists and receipts.
I even have some blank pockets I haven’t used yet. I guess I’d better go shopping now so I can collect some more receipts!
So the next time you see those poor humble file folders sitting in a pile looking forlorn, remember that you now have the power to give them new life!