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Junk Mail Paper – Part Two

It’s time for another installment in my Junk Mail Paper series!  In the first post, I showed you the simplest version of how to recycle your junk mail and unwanted paper into new paper .

Junk Mail Paper - Part One(If you missed the first post, you can find it HERE.)

If any of you actually tried this, I would LOVE to hear about it or see pictures! Share them in the comments!

Now I’m going to show you one of the things you can do with your new paper – making easy-tear notepads out of it!  I also have a fun reusable notepad holder to show you!
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Isn’t it cute? Let’s get started!


The Supplies
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For the Notepad
1. Homemade junk mail paper (not pictured)
2. Paper cutter or scissors (not pictured)
3. Chipboard
4. Wide Painter’s Tape
5. Two pieces of wood that are taller and wider than your paper and at least a half inch deep.
6. 2 four inch C-clamps (not pictured)
7. Clear 100% silicone sealant – for window/door/attic
8. Magnetic tape or button (optional)

For the Holder
1. DIY 5×7 Chippendale Frame from Oriental Trading Company
2. Scrapbook paper
3. Mod Podge
4. Paint
5. 1 magnetic button
6. 1 small washer
7. Hot glue and gun
8. Sand paper (optional)
9. Primer (optional)

The Directions
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Start by trimming each piece of your homemade junk mail paper to the same size.  Make sure you flattened it first by following my instructions in Part 1.  If you have some pieces with worse deckle edges or more uneven edges than the other sides, trim those sides first.  Save those trimmed edges to recycle into more paper! My paper has been trimmed to 3×4 inches.  By the way, I FINALLY found my paper cutter! Yay! You might remember me talking about how frustrated I was about not being able to find it for 2 years in a previous post.  Anyway…

Also trim a piece of chipboard to the same size.  I have actual chipboard.  T, my hubby, brought home a HUGE box a few years ago from work, and I still haven’t gone through the whole thing.  I LOVE free stuff! You could easily cut out a piece from a cereal box or other similar food box.

Junk Mail Paper - Part Two of a series.
To assemble and make the notepad, first cover the edge of each board with Painter’s tape.  It should generously cover around each edge, touching 3 sides, like the picture shows.  I used shelf inserts from our TV stand for this.  Get creative! You don’t have to go buy wood scraps to do this!

You need to carefully stack your paper and chipboard.  The chipboard serves as a sturdy backing for your notepad. I find it easier to add the chipboard last, but you might find it easier to start with it.  If you’re recycling a food box to use as chipboard make sure the printed side is facing up and you stack the paper on top of it to hide the print.

To stack the paper, carefully line up each edge that will be at the top of the notepad.  If a piece lays lower than the rest, it won’t be touched by the glue and will just fall out.   I suggest doing it piece by piece and not just tapping the stack on a table to get them even.  Pinch the top of the notepad tightly so the papers won’t slip, line it up with the taped edge of one board, put the other board on top lining it up with the paper and first board, and then tightly secure the C-clamps around everything (use the picture above as a guide). Make sure your paper didn’t move while you put the clamps on.  It needs to be as straight as possible.

There are lots of different glues you can use to secure your notepad, but I’ve found that I really like the clear 100% silicone sealant the best!  It creates a nice thick binding and the paper tears off so easily.  It also doesn’t bleed into the paper like some other glues will.  Apply 2-3 layers of glue to the top edge of your notepad.  I like to wear a glove and apply it with my finger. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for drying.  The Painter’s tape will protect your boards from glue and keep the notepad from sticking.

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This is the only picture I could find of one of the notepads I’ve made in the past.  This one was a gift for my mom a few Christmases ago. It has varying Christmas themed paper and a magnet on the back.  You can add a magnetic button or piece of magnetic tape to the back of yours to stick it up on your refrigerator.  However, if you want to make a notepad holder, don’t add a magnet, and keep reading!

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Oriental Trading Company let me pick out some items for review, and I just HAD to have this DIY 5×7 Chippendale Frame!  It comes unfinished, so there are so many crafty things you could do with it!  It also come in an 8×10 size.  I started by disassembling the frame.  There are 3 inner pieces: the glass, the chipboard, and the filler paper.

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Then I just painted the frame in Canary Yellow.  You could sand and prime it first, but I wanted some of the wood grain to show through.  A helpful tip to keep paint from getting all over the edges of your can is to put a piece of Painter’s Tape over the top and wipe your brush on that instead of the edge of the can! Neat, huh?!

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I cut a piece of scrapbook paper to the size of the chipboard that came with the frame and glued it to the chipboard with Mod Podge.  The paper I used is part of the Black and White Monochromatic Paper Pack from Oriental Trading Company.  I love the variety in this pack.  If you scroll back up to the supplies picture, you can see the designs it comes with.  I especially love the music themed paper!  This pack is the standard 12×12 scrapbooking size. They have MANY other paper designs and paper packs besides this one. Can you tell my foam brushes get a lot of use?!

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How you reassemble the frame is up to you, BUT I chose to layer it with the glass on the bottom, the paper in the middle, and the chipboard with the scrapbook paper showing on top. You can reuse your frame by layering it this way.  You will be gluing something to the top layer. So if you don’t put the glass on top, you save it from the glue and can use it as a regular frame in the future.  I didn’t want a shiny front for mine either, which is also why I chose to layer it this way. You need to put all the layers in there to make it nice and snug.

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Use hot glue to attach the washer to the notepad and the magnetic button to the scrapbook paper.  Don’t do it the other way around.  This is what makes it reusable.  It is A LOT cheaper to add a new washer than a magnet to a new notepad.  You might even be able to reuse the chipboard backing if you carefully pull off the remaining glue!

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Embellish your paper and frame! I made simple paper roses out of the scrapbook paper and stamped “notes” onto the bottom of my paper pad.

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I also used Mod Podge to line the edges with the same scrapbook paper.  I know some people think the gray and yellow combination has been overdone, but this is my first time using those colors together! I couldn’t resist! 🙂 I even put yellow thread in the paper to give it a little more character.

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That’s it! You now have a cute reusable notepad holder with a homemade notepad!  Even better, these frames come with attached hanging hardware and can be hung vertically or horizontally.

Oriental Trading Company
If you haven’t heard of Oriental Trading Company before,  a visit to their site will definitely be worth your time!  Everything is affordable, and they have a Lowest Price Guarantee.

Here are some great links to get you started:
1. Shop OTC
2. Sign up for email savings
3. Request a free catalog
4. Sign up for Oriental Trading Rewards
5. Explore free project ideas

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**This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading Company.  I received a gift card to put toward products for review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions and reviews are written with complete honesty.  The entirety of this post is comprised of my own thoughts and words.**

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DIY Sticker Stenciled Wall Art – Stickers from Oriental Trading Company

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I love this quote, and knew for a while that I wanted to make some kind of wall art with it and hang it where I do my crafting.  I really like the reverse stenciling technique, where your fill color is under the stencil and your background color gets applied around it.  An easy way to do this with letter stenciling is to use stickers.  I really like this sticker pack you can get from Oriental Trading Company.  It comes with 12 sheets of stickers.  Each one has several letters of the alphabet, symbols, and punctuation. They also come with 3 different letter sizes and several styles.  So they are perfect for creating a unique looking quote.

The Earth Without Art Wall Art
The Supplies
1. canvas
2.
stickers
3.
acrylic paint
4.
painting supplies
5. painter’s tape (optional)

The Directions
The Earth Without Art Wall Art
1. Paint your canvas however you would like and let it dry completely. This will be the color of your letters.  If you want each line of the quote to be a different color, measure, and paint stripes.  You can get really creative with this step!  I chose to make mine look like Earth, to match the theme of my quote.

The Earth Without Art Wall Art
2.  Spell out your words using the stickers.  I found that these stickers aren’t very sticky, so I used a hairdryer to melt the sticker glue a little once they were in place.  For stubborn stickers, I applied a really thin layer of Mod Podge under them and around the edges.  I also added some strips of vinyl so more of the first layer would show through. You could also use painter’s tape.

The Earth Without Art Wall Art
3. Paint over everything.  Make sure this layer is contrasting to your first layer, so the words really stand out.

The Earth Without Art Wall Art
4. Let it dry and remove the stickers.  Make sure you pull them straight back over themselves to get clean edges and not straight up or at an angle.

Oriental Trading Company is my go-to place for online craft supplies.  They have over 30,000 products in hundreds of categories.  Besides craft supplies, you can find party, wedding, scrapbooking, teaching, holiday, Sunday School, VBS, kids’ craft supplies, and so much more!

If you haven’t heard of Oriental Trading Company before,  a visit to their site will definitely be worth your time!  Everything is affordable, and they have a Lowest Price Guarantee.
Here are some great links to get you started:
1. Shop OTC
2. Sign up for email savings
3. Request a free catalog
4. Sign up for Oriental Trading Rewards
5. Explore free project ideas

**This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading Company.  I received a gift card to put toward products for review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions and reviews are written with complete honesty.  The entirety of this post is comprised of my own thoughts and words.**

Here are some other wall art projects you might enjoy:

DIY Wall Art- Textured Mixed MediaDIY Wall Art- You Don't Have to be an ArtistDIY Love Note Frame

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DIY Popsicle Soap Crayons – Glycerin Soap from Oriental Trading Company

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My kids love to color!  Especially, M, my four-year-old.  Anytime he sees me doing something crafty he asks if he can help me or color/paint something of his own.  L, my one-year-old, just recently discovered his love for crayons and markers, and while he’s pretty good at keeping it on the paper, that doesn’t stop me from finding marks on our furniture and walls!

Let me interrupt myself for a moment to say that I LOVE that both of my boys are showing an interest in crafty things!  Proud Mama! Ok, back to the post…

I love it when I can let them be creative, but not have a big mess to clean up in the end.  Have you seen those soap crayons in the store?  They are marketed toward bath time.  Talk about easy clean up since they are made of soap!

Here’s the issue I have though that really makes me go, “hmmm….” – we all know that soap is slippery when wet!  Try to grab it from a bathtub full of warm water and good luck!  Ask a toddler, and you might have a temper tantrum on your hands.

Lots of people are making these crayons on their own, because it saves a lot compared to the store price, but every one I’ve seen is just some shape of soap that would be hard to hold onto, let alone color with when wet.

So, I’m going to show you a VERY easy solution to this problem, with a bonus storage solution! Instead of using soap molds, muffin tins, ice cube trays, etc…. use popsicle molds with big handles!

I have these awesome molds with big, chunky handles, that make it easy for little hands to hold onto!

I’ve been wanting to make these for a while, and when Oriental Trading Company (OTC) generously gave me the chance to review some of their products, I knew their glycerin soap was going to be first on the list!

These soap crayons are so easy to make!

The Supplies

The Supplies
1. glycerin soap
2. popsicle molds with large handles
3. bright soap dye or food coloring
4. soap scents or essential oils
5. sharp knife
6. cutting board
7. plastic spoon or knife for stirring
8. wax paper
9. double boiler or microwave safe glass measuring dish with a spout (like Pyrex)
10. stove or microwave
11. vegetable cooking spray or petroleum jelly (optional)
12. rubbing alcohol in a spritzer or spray bottle (optional)

The Directions
1. Decide if you’re going to make layered colors or one solid color per mold.  If you’re making layers, you will make your soap in small batches.  You will make the same color several times to alternate the colors so that the end of each popsicle won’t all be the same.
2. Cover your work surface in wax paper, waxy side up.  This will make clean up a breeze if you accidentally drip any soap.  It also works well as a place to set your used stirring utensils.  They won’t stick to the wax paper.  You may line your molds with cooking spray or petroleum jelly to make demolding the soap crayons easier.
3. Get your dyes, scents, stirring utensils, and molds ready before you start melting your glycerin soap.  Have everything opened, lined up, and ready to go! You’ll have to work fast once the soap is melted.
4. Cut your soap into slices or cubes.  Put the desired amount into your double boiler, or microwave safe bowl.OTC Glycerin Soap

OTC Glycerin Soap

Double Boiler Method
Put the desired amount of soap in the double boiler and let it melt.  You can stir it once in a while to help it along, but over stirring is not recommended.

Microwave Method
Put the desired amount of soap in your microwave safe, glass container. Microwave on high in SHORT bursts.  I recommend 10 seconds at a time unless you’re making a huge batch, then do 30 seconds.  Watch it closely.  It can go from unmelted, to boiling over in a matter of seconds. Lightly stir it just enough to push the unmelted parts around in between each burst.  Shorten your microwave time when it gets close to being completely melted.

5. Once it’s all melted, add in your dye and scent/oil.  Stir until it is just mixed in.
DIY Soap Crayons

6. Immediately pour it into your molds.  If you are layering colors, the prep time between each color is enough to let the previous layer set up.
7. Gently tap the sides of your molds to prevent bubbles.  If you can’t get your bubbles to disappear, lightly spritz them with rubbing alcohol.  Silly me, even with my background in making soap from scratch I completely forgot about this step in my excitement of making these!  So mine have some bubbles.. err.. character!
8. Gently glide the handle part of your mold straight in so you don’t mix colors if you layered your crayons.
9. Let them sit for a minimum of 4 hours.
DIY Soap Crayons

10. Slowly pull the soap crayons out.  If they don’t budge with just a little bit of pulling, do not force them.  Try these two demolding tricks:

~Freeze your popsicle molds for 30 minutes to an hour (oh the irony!).  Let them sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes and try again.
~If that doesn’t work, run all sides of your molds under warm water, or dip them in a warm water bath.  This method usually works, but if you get them too warm, you risk melting them some.

As a last resort, use a plastic knife to loosen the edges of the crayon from the mold.  You’ll mark up your crayons this way, so try the other methods first.

A Few Tips
1.
For writing on white surfaces, make sure to select really bold colors and add a lot to your melted soap.
2. Use them wet or dry.
3. Put some thought into your scent choice.  I have a huge collection of soap scents since I make soap from scratch.  I was all ready to match up fun scents to colors.  For example: apple jack scent to a green and orange crayon.  But I also have a large collection of essential oils.  Since bath time usually happens before bed time in our household, I decided to put a combination of lavender and peppermint oils in each crayon.  They aid in relaxation, just like those nighttime body washes you can buy for kids.
4. Clean up is easy! Just use warm water to wash the excess soap away.
5. Use the popsicle tray to hold the crayons when they aren’t in use.
6. When you get to the end of the crayon and that hard-to-use stub, just melt it off of the popsicle stick in a microwave safe glass dish and pour it into a new mold.
7. Get your kids involved in the making process!  M really enjoyed helping me make these.  While most of this project should be done by an adult, he had fun putting the sliced soap into the containers, picking out what color to do next, and stirring in the scents and colors.  When kids are involved in making something, they will take pride in it.  It will make for good conversation when it comes time to use them.

DIY Soap Crayons
Now start coloring!  Don’t limit yourself to the bathtub.  These crayons work great on many other things.  My favorite being the kitchen appliances!  I can plop my child in front of the refrigerator and let him color while I do the dishes!  And the added bonus is that when you go to wipe up their artwork, your refrigerator gets a good cleaning!  Extra bonus: give your child a wet rag, and make cleanup part of the fun!  You could write out reminders and grocery lists this way, too and save some paper!

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Besides making awesome crayons this soap is really good for cleaning!  I wanted to test these crayons out on a window (works awesome by the way!).  First, I cleaned the window really well with Windex.  Then I wrote my message on the window, snapped this picture, and wiped it away with a damp towel.  I wish I had taken a picture of the towel.  The soap cleaned up everything the Windex missed (which was a lot!) and made my window extra shiny!  How fun would it be to completely color a window stained glass style, and make a sun catcher out of it?!

DIY Soap Crayons
Don’t they look good enough to eat?!

I really enjoyed making these crayons, and coloring with them too!  Oriental Trading’s glycerin soap worked perfectly for this project.  It works great just as soap, too!  They have some fun molds, colors, and scents you can use!  Another neat way to use this soap is to encase small plastic toys in it.  Well, I KNOW OTC has no shortage of fun toys and party favors!

I’ve been a long time fan of Oriental Trading Company.  I was given their products as a child when I attended Sunday School.  I used their products during high school when I taught Sunday School and VBS.  And now as an adult, they are my go-to place for my crafting supplies.

Oriental Trading

They offer over 30,000 products including: craft supplies, scrapbooking supplies, teaching supplies, kids’ crafts and kits, party supplies, wedding supplies, Sunday School and VBS supplies, and SO MUCH MORE!  They even offer personalization for many products. You can also find craft ideas and a list of supplies needed to complete them! Everything is affordable, and they have a Lowest Price Guarantee.

If you haven’t heard of Oriental Trading Company before, they are definitely worth a visit!  While you’re there, make sure to sign up for savings, request a free catalog, and sign up for their rewards program so you can earn money toward your purchases.

**This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading Company.  I received a gift card to put toward products for review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions and reviews are written with complete honesty.  The entirety of this post is comprised of my own thoughts and words.**

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