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Cardboarders unite!

Cardboard workshopHow many of us give a discarded product a second life by repurposing it? Recycling an item by using it again in a way that was not intended is the whole idea behind Cardboarders, a website about “people with a fetish for cardboard.” Cardboarders seeks to promote “playfulness, inventiveness and other experimental and creative behavior.” On it, you’ll find music videos, cardboard-intensive crowd events, art installations, and a wide range of different events where the material is featured. If you think you’ve seen wearable cardboard before, trust us – nothing compares to some of these wardrobe examples. There’s even a town built out of cardboard, called Cardboardia! Here’s a sampler of what you’ll find, including a music video from their library of films that use cardboard.

CardboardiaOxfam Where the Wild Things Are festivalwearabletown


Everything you always wanted to know about custom framing in 2011 but were afraid to ask

Art can often be exciting, but even we would have a hard time convincing the average Joe that the frame you put it in is something to write home about. However, without framing you’re gonna have a hard time bringing any art into your everyday life. So by that virtue, yes – custom framing can become very exciting. It just takes a situation wherein you’re framing something of your own that is of value to you.
So now that we’ve established the importance of custom framing for anyone who doesn’t like the sight of naked walls, the question becomes, “What the heck do I need to know about custom framing?” We tried to divulge the high points to you over the past year with incredibly witty and intelligent posts on this very blog. In case you don’t believe us, here is a handy-dandy round-up of some articles in 2011 that featured some tips and ideas about custom framing. Think of it as your adult ed “Custom Framing 101” class.

– First, it’s important to establish the value of hands-on, custom work. So we consulted with a fortune cookie for some sage wisdom.
– We also addressed the age-old debate of store-bought frames VS custom. (Hint: custom wins. Duh!)
– Often times, it’s not “how to custom frame” that is the question, but “what?” So we talked about several items that one might not think of right away. Like a rug, a page of original comic book art, and even some old vinyl records and a needlepoint.
– One item that we see more than any other, are probably diplomas and other certificates – here’s a primer on the do’s and don’ts of diploma framing.
– Once you know what you’re going to frame, that last question is “which design looks best?” There are as many answers to that as there are pieces of art in the world. So we highlighted a few techniques to get your creative juices flowing and give you an idea of what we can do. A stacked frame is a way to truly customize your image or item. If you don’t know how to approach the matting aspect of your design, we showed off some V-grooves as well as why “simple” should never mean “plain.”
That’s just the tip of the iceberg of what there is to see & know about custom framing. After all, this is only the end of our first full year. Stick around to see what we have to show and share with you in 2012. We’ll continue to give you the Big Picture.

the best dry erase board EVER

No plans should ever be cast in stone. Certainly not your to-do list. Or that phone message to your roommate – he never does his own dishes anyway. And the “Notes” app on your iPhone? pfffft, you dropped that in the toilet last week. No worries – that’s what dry erase boards are for. But any dry erase board you find at Target or Staples is gonna be BOR-ring. Time to whip up one of your own, old school-style!

We’ve been using this same idea to keep ourselves organized in our stores, but when we saw that Make & Takes had posted an easy to follow how-to we thought we’d share it. All you need is a frame with glass on the front (not plexiglass or plastic), your background of choice, a dry erase marker, and you’re ready to outline your daily schedule for the rest of the year. We like how they added vinyl lettering for the permanent items that won’t change. Here’s a good example

All the items I need to frame
dry erase board
Amy’s class photo
Bruin’s jersey
awesome photo from last year’s calendar
my college diploma