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Clamshell Packaging Safety Tip

Clamshell Packaging Safety Tip is what we have for you today! Who doesn’t want to just toss whatever product it is when you have to try to figure out how to get it out of its clamshell packaging? You have your hand raised too? Well, I have a few quick and simple tips that will keep you from doing that. Ready? Here we go!

Supplies Needed

SHARP scissors

Your item

 

This is the area we are going to cut off from our packaging. Due to the strong seam here, it can be painful and sharp when cutting off the packaging of your product. That is why we have the Clamshell Packaging Safety Tip!

Take your sharp scissors slightly to the left of the side of the package as shown. Make sure there is space between your scissors and your hand. This will allow the cut packaging seam to seemlessly go between the scissors and your hand avoiding any injuries.

Here is a close up of what I am speaking about. I opened up my hand so you can see how it is just going straight through my hand out the back by my wrist as I cut.

Finished! The Clamshell Packaging Safety Tip is complete! I realize it is a simple and easy thing to do however the fact that it intrigued 2/3 of my favorite people (the other 1/3 was at work) I just had to share.

Don’t forget! When you have left over packaging the possibilities are endless!  Use them as a card, tag, emboss them, make shapes for future cards.. Seriously ENDLESS!

This is what you will end up with, the outer seam of the packaging and no cuts on your hands! Remember this around holiday time because that is where I always caused the most damage to my hands when opening packages for my kids or loved ones.

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Baby Shower Card Using Sign Language Stamps, we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set

Winner is Kathy D!

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Go Green! Reuse Jeans for an ADORABLE Pocket using a Die Cut!

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Go Green and reuse jeans for an adorable pocket using a die cut? Did you really see that? YES YOU DID! Who doesn’t love to create something cool and with texture? I know I sure do! In this video I will show you how you can use your everyday old pair of jeans through your manual die cut machine! Yes you really can AND you can create this adorable pocket which would work perfect for a gift card,  business card or so many different things! I love how this came out and wanted to show you how cute it was not decorated and just plain all by itself. If you are anything like me, you are looking at this thinking of all of the wonderful things you can make with it!

Now whether you learn better by video or pictorial, we have you covered so let’s get started!

The supplies you will need are:

Jean material (or your material of choice)

Manual die cut machine and platforms

Die (Sizzix Die #659768 Pocket with Scalloped Edge by jillibean soup)

Fabric Glue (I use Fabri-Tac by Beacon)

Scissors

Supplies

Take out your jean material and scissors. Cut the material on the inside of the seams so that you have a piece of material that will fit on your chosen die.

Cut on the inside of the seams the size you need for your die

Take your material, die cut machine, die and platforms out. Starting with the bottom going up place items in this order:

platform

die

material

platform

What you need

Run the “sandwich through your manual die cut machine.

run die supplies through the machine

Take out your die cut material. Notice the creased lines from the die. This is where you will fold your material. I personally fold it in the opposite way of the fold as I feel it gives a better crease. so for this picture, you would fold your creases to the back.

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Fold the material on the three crease lines.Fold creases with finger

Take out your fabric adhesive (Fabri-Tac) and glue on the two folded in edges.

Apply glue to the  bottom of envelope and side

Fold over the flap and press the edges to make the envelope paying close attention to the corners so that they are folded in.

Fold over flap and line up edges of folded material

glue the last side of the pocket down

Press down on the edges squeezing out excess glue. Remove excess glue.

Squeeze edges you glued to be sure proper adhesion

Place on flat surface reinforcing the edges by pressing firmly down on the folded areas.

press down on all glued edges

Set aside and let the pocket dry.  Now your pocket is complete!!

finished project

finished envelope

Embossing Upcycled Packaging Materials – Mondays with Melissa

Have you ever upcycled something or repurposed it? Do you know what upcycling or repurposing is? If you don’t, you are going to LOVE me.. and maybe hate me a little too. Upcycling or repurposing is when you take an item and find another purpose for it and in many cases making it better! Whether it is an old book, table, chair, outfit.. The possibilities are endless!

As a crafter, I LOVE to buy new creative items because the industry is forever changing however I also want to be kind to our planet. This is where upcycling comes in. Embossing Upcycled Packaging Materials is really fun and makes you think outside of the box. Its a great way to get your creative juices flowing! I love to try to upcycle and repurpose as much as I can-almost to a fault-so that I can try to find another way to use an item. Especially on creative projects. You would be amazed at what you can come up with!

Here I created a card using the upcycled packaging material from an embossing folder set I purchased as seen in the video. I punched a circle out of paper and stamped the celebrate sentiment from our Sentiments for All Occasions stamp set. It’s a great set that covers just about anything you would need for a sentiment. I thought it would be cool to use the sentiment as a background. I really love how the project has the added texture with the upcycled element.  I think the embossed upcycled element also helps to highlight the colors surrounding it. In this creation, I punched out a flower from the upcycled material with a flower punch. It worked GREAT!

 On this creation, I decided to do something a little different. I made an embellishment by punching out a circle out of decorative card stock and put it BEHIND the embossed upcycled tag so you can really see the dimension and texture of the embossed tag. I used a punch after I embossed the upcycled material to obtain the tag shape. The sentiment with sympathy is from our Sentiments for All Occasions stamp set. The upcycled material is easy to use and work with. A word of caution; be careful with the edges when you are cutting them because they can be sharp.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. If you enjoyed what you saw be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more tutorials, creations, surprises and of course for Mondays with Melissa!