Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Inside Story and How to Make Your Own Light Box

Thanks to all of you for your kind comments on my "clean" should see it now!! And NO, I'm not going to show you. By request, here is the inside of my cabinet. The top and bottom shelves are original to the unit. My DH made the 2nd and 3rd shelves.

On the top shelf, right side, I added a small wire shelf unit. On it are my Fabriano cards/envelopes. Underneath the wire shelf are boxes of linen stationary for making personalized notes. To the left are my bead boxes, books and candy for gifts, and Zip Loc bags.

The second shelf hold a small organizer with "stuff" in it... dimensionals, rubber bands, hand held punches, etc. Another of those wire shelves holds mediums like Gamsol, shaving cream, Gesso, etc. Under the shelf are two plastic bins of Scor-Tape and various supplies. To the right are stackers that hold manila file folders & chipboard.

The third shelf holds the heavy machinery....A Rollabind, a couple of Xyrons, a Bind-it-All and the accessories for them.

Bottom shelf are some baskets I got on clearance from Michaels that hold my alterables. On the left are notepads, of all sizes and shapes that I pick up whenever I see a good deal, the center one holds pails, glass vases, etc. and the one on the right has all the rest...candles, coffee mugs...anything I might need for a quick or not so quick, gift.

How is this for a light box? I purchased one of those 16" light boxes (no lights as I read an Ott light does just as well).

It's ok but just not big enough and it's a bit lopsided. I didn't want to spend $50 right now for another box so went on the hunt for an alternative. I found a great DIY here. (just click the red area for instructions)

The guy is funny and gives step by step instructions along with photos for how to make your own. Mine is probably a bit bigger than I really need but it works great. I have two small Ott lights that I set up on the sides, but you could use daylight as well. A great way to save money and recycle at the same time. I sew so I had a roll of tracing paper from a pattern making class but you could use white tissue paper on the sides and top just as easily. I taped it down with my tape gun. I got the poster board at Dollar Tree 2/$1.

I promise to get back to stamping....I had several big projects get done...One down, two to go! Whew!! My posts may be a big irregular as baking time gets closer....but I promise to post recipes and photos of the cookies if you'd like.

Thanks for popping in and do give the photo box a's really easy and a great money saver.

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