Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Rolodecks

Rolodecks


I love old school office supplies and was excited to see the new release of Address Book from Spellbinders, which included these rolodex card dies, along with some very cool label dies that I will be using for another project. I didn't let the fact that I did not have a rolodex stop me!


Rather than use my own hand painted paper, I decided to raid my supply of Artists' Paper that comes free within the pages of so many wonderful Stampington & Company magazines. Thanks to all those artists who contributed! These pages are one sided, so I started off by gluing two pages back to back.

I then used the Grand Caibur® Machine to die cut my first card.

 For this project I made 23 cards, with the tabs varying from left to center to right.

Since I did not have a rolodex, I needed something else to store the cards in. I found this box in my stash -- it had been waiting years to be used in the perfect project. 

Perfect fit! Time to collage..
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I gathered my materials from my ever-growing supply of "stuff", which included ephemera, magazine clippings, stickers, rub-ons, stamps, and the like. I also used a number of small die cuts from Spellbinders.

I dove in and when I came up for air, I had completed all 23 cards.

Here are just a few:




Then on to the box...

And my completed project!




Supply List

Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:

GC-001 SpellbindersTM Grand Caibur® Machine
S5-167 SpellbindersTM Shapeabilities® Address Book
S4-396 SpellbindersTM Shapeabilities® You Are Here
S4-397 SpellbindersTM Shapeabilities® That's the Ticket
S4-386 SpellbindersTM Nestabilities® Cogs
S4-390 SpellbindersTM Nestabilities® Majestic Elements Gold Circles One 

Preferred Promotional Partners: Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko StazOn Solvent Ink Pad, Tsukineko Momento Dye Ink Pad, Imagine Crafts Inkblushers sponge

Cross Promotional Partners: 7 Gypsies Paper, 7 Gypsies Stickers, Basic Grey Papers

Other: box, ephemera, decorated card stock, scissors, glue stick, rub-ons, washi tape, rubber stamps, colored pencils, water-based markers, metallic pens 

49 comments:

Sue Marrazzo said...

Nice IDEA, Seth!!

elle said...

LUV this!

Judy Shreve said...

Great idea - and love your (found) box!

hollyllama said...

I love this! If I had a Rolodex like this, I'd never get any work done. ;) I'd be too busy thumbing through it!

Mel said...

J'adore!!

Roberta said...

Love these Seth! So original.

Parabolic Muse said...

Seth, this collection of cards is yummy beyond. I love working on rolodex cards and collages, and this gives me new... inspiration!

Jessica Sporn said...

fabulous project and love your collaged cards and box. I see a class forming here...

Patti Sokol said...

I love this because it has your imprint all over it!

Jenny said...

This is so much fun! I really want to hold it and pull all those cards out one by one. This really looks like one of those projects to get lost in... cutting, pasting, stenciling, etc. and forgetting to eat, brush your teeth, or look at the clock. My kind of project!

Brian Kasstle said...

Oh Seth I love this addition to the Rolodex family!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Really really COOL Seth!
(and yes, I am a Luddite and still use a Rolodex....*sigh*)
Yours is MUCH MORE visually appealing than mine. :-)

XXOO~~
Anne

Erin in Morro Bay said...

What a great idea to put the Somerset papers back to back - duh! - I never thought of that. Wonderful project and a super new idea for me when I use the SS papers. Thanks, Erin

Kim Mailhot said...

This is fantastic, Seth ! An awesome project that could be used and embellished in so many fun ways ! Love !

Norma Conway said...

I, too am in love with the altered rolodex card and keep mine in a wheel. If you want to trade, let me know, any time!!
Here's some views of my cards:
http://www.thefairyyellowbugqueen.blogspot.com/2013/01/another-fabulous-mail-day.html
http://www.thefairyyellowbugqueen.blogspot.com/2013/01/dc89-crowns.html
http://www.thefairyyellowbugqueen.blogspot.com/2012/09/spider-love-altered-rolodex-cards.html
http://www.thefairyyellowbugqueen.blogspot.com/2012/08/altered-rolodex-cards-make-me-happy.html
http://www.thefairyyellowbugqueen.blogspot.com/2012/05/pass-through-pink-rain-cloud-with-smile.html
http://www.flickr.com/photos/19394614@N00/6772061055/
Okay I made myself stop. If anyone wants to trade, just contact me.
You got me going (Seth!!) once again. HA! *smiles* Norma, x

Karenliz said...

WOW This is fantastic. I have all those Artists Papers too. This is a great way to use them. Must get those dies! Thanks for the inspiration!

oneartistjournal.com said...

Oh sooooooooo yummy!! (-: Happy making gorgeous cards!

oneartistjournal.com said...

Oh sooooooooo yummy!! (-: Happy making gorgeous cards!

Ro Bruhn said...

Fabulous work as ever Seth.

PamelaArtsinSF said...

Oooohhhh what eye candy! I just love this. Thanks for the great shots and inspiration.

Katalina Jewelry said...

Very cool project Seth!

lynne h said...

very, very cool, seth... : )

xoxo

trish quilty said...

very clever Seth. Looks like it was fun to do!

Darlene K Campbell said...

Okay Seth, we have to meet. As soon as I saw that "perfect box you'd been saving for years" I knew we had the best of the best art-craziness in common. Aren't boxes and cardboard grand? I work at a store so you can imagine the excitement when I find something to alter, or my frustration to know I can't bring everything home. I actually like these cards in the box better than a rolodex. (hey, I used to have one of those...) Your cards and box are wonderful!

.Trudi Sissons said...

Seth! I love your collage work on these. I think it's some of your best work. The contrasts, colours and compositions are top notch!

Eileen Bellomo said...

Very cool project. A few years back I was in a rolodex exchange with some fellow artists. We each created cards (decorated, of course) with our information and sent them to everyone in the group. So much nicer than a plain old white card. I love the idea of a die to cut the cards, because the ones I bought at Staples were so flimsy I had to glue three of them together. Question: will the die work in other machines? I have the Sizzix Vagabond.

Karen - An Artists Garden said...

This is such fun Seth - so vibrant
K

Wen Redmond said...

as usual, very creative!

Beth Rommel said...

love it, I hate to think a rolodex is old school, but I guess "sigh" it is.

Renee said...

Love this idea, Seth! Thanks for the inspiration.

Bill said...

So cool. I like the box as a holder better than a Rolodex. It beckons discovery.

Jane Wetzel said...

this is awesome!

queenb2u said...

As always, inspiring. Thanks for sharing. Now I'm off on a new tangent thanks to you.

Marit said...

I'm in ooh and awe Seth! I love the small size of the cards and the finished project is fabulous! BTW - do you know Patty van Dorin? She did a 'rolodex project' once (can't find a catergory about it on her blog though... but I remember it from her posts) Here's the bloglink: http://ramblingrose.typepad.com

Jo Murray said...

OMG...when do you find the time!? That's a helluva project...beautifully done.

Birthing Your Creative Fire said...

Love it! Looks like you had a lot of fun. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who has a stash of old boxes that have been waiting around for years. Thanks for letting us know which dies you used.

Next project: Recipe cards with your favorite art project recipes.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Wow, What a meander. So many of those photos have a beautiful abstract feel to them. After I got over that layer, I was able to appreciate the art work!

World of Michael Trent said...

Amazing piece of art! I need these dies!

Allie Gower said...

Gorgeous, I used to participate in rolodex swaps, it must be a lot easier with a die!

Judy Shea said...

Seth.. these are just so colorful and beautiful. So cool with the box to.. just flip through them. Nice.

Mary said...

I found your blog through someone else and I am so glad I did. Your projects are so innovative and I love the colors you use. I have a rolodex at work and I think I will be raiding the extra cards to make something really fun. Thanks for helping keep the creative spark alive.

Belladonna said...

Amazing, what a great idea!

Carol said...

Great work, Seth, really wonderful use of colour and design.

Paul Browning - The Artsider said...

What a brilliant way to create a colourful box of art. Great use of the dies, much more cost effective than buying a Rolodex (esp here in the UK). BTW I've just watched your mixed media DVDs and can't wait to have a try at the techniques. Have a good weekend. Px

ArtPropelled said...

I'm imagining seeing this glorious box on someones desk and trying to contain myself from pouncing on it and browsing through it. It begs to be explored doesn't it?!

Don Pezzano said...

Great look Seth. Making my keen to pull out some paper right now!

amy of four corners design said...

they are great! and I loved how you used a box from your stash...that had been waiting for the perfect project...

Lynn Cohen said...

Looking at this project reminds me about the Dream Box for the May workshop in Portland Or I plan to attend. I better get started collecting snippets from magazines and books, painted papers, etc. time to start packing my suitcase...good thing we are driving this trip! I'll only have to "check my bags" in the trunk of the car! Getting excited!

Stacie Florkowski said...

love it!