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Old 05-28-2010, 05:22 PM   #1  
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Well, I got tired of looking on the internet for an affordable ink pad caddy. So today as I packaged up an item for the PO using one of their Flat Rate Large Boxes, I decided to make my own.

I used an illegal PO large flat rate box (it says for shipping only), some foam core, some florist pins, a sharp box cutter, and some score pal tape. It took about 45 minutes to make.

Here is a look at how I altered the box.

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I think it will hold all of my pads.
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Old 05-28-2010, 05:36 PM   #2  
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Old 05-28-2010, 06:04 PM   #3  
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This is so clever! You did a great job.
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Old 05-28-2010, 06:13 PM   #4  
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How very clever...I am sure the USPS will be happy over it! LOL
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That is really cool, very ingenuous!
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TOO clever!!
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Old 05-30-2010, 10:08 PM   #7  
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This is pure genius! Thanks for sharing this idea.
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I just thought of a re-esign. You could leave the other two flaps not tucked in and they could be cover with cute paper, with some sort of closure (maybe and button with twine) and then you could close it up and take it with you from room to room or pack in your case.

aaahhh haaaa. The brain is always churning.
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Old 05-31-2010, 05:49 PM   #9  
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I love the way you think "out of the box" so to speak
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:49 AM   #10  
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And really, there's no need for us to all go rogue and have illegal boxes on our desktops. I'm looking at my box stash and already see a box that will fit the bill for one of these!
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My Hubby made me a holder from a pattern by the rebel inker, take a look:

details and link to the blog where I found the free pattern here: http://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.co...-on-the-wagon/
I love this holder! The rest of my inkpages are in a wooden cassette tape holder. (and in drawers, boxes, etc
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You are awesome! What a great idea!
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You really could use any shallow cardboard box for this. Thanks for sharing!
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Very impressive!
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I made something alot like this a couple of years ago with balsam wood (from a Hobby Store--they sell stuff for trains and model airplanes) and my hot glue gun.

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Wow! That's fantastic.
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How neat is this. Recycling a PO box. You need to show them what you've done! Thanks for sharing your ingenuity with us!
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And after you've got all the ink pads put away, what other little things could sit on shelves like that...
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I use a wood laminate shoe caddy from Target for my ink pads. It is too deep so I put empty boxes in the back of each section to keep the ink pads in front. It has 15 sections that each hold up to eight pads although I usually only have six in each. This gives me room to have all my 48 current colors, neutrals, In-Colors from several years and the few craft pads I have. It sits on a small table to the side of my desk and gives me a large flat surface to store other items like a large paper cutter and my marker case. I tried to get a picture in here but couldn't figure out how to do it.
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subbing. awesome ideas
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Lots of neat ideas.
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That's really clever. I'm a bit confused about why it's an illegal box though? Sorry, this is a language thing I expect
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Thanx for sharing such a fantastic tip. xx jo xx
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That's really clever. I'm a bit confused about why it's an illegal box though? Sorry, this is a language thing I expect
Because the box clearly states on the flap that it is the property of the USPS and that it be solely used for Priorit Mail shipping.
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Ok, This morning I made a short video that is now uploading to YT to show how I made the box. I will post on my blog as soon as it is uploaded. I apologize now for the quality as I don't have a movie camera and filmed this with my Sony w370 camera. There are some blurry frames, but you will get the gist of the process.


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And really, there's no need for us to all go rogue and have illegal boxes on our desktops. I'm looking at my box stash and already see a box that will fit the bill for one of these!
probably an empty shipping from some stamp company or craft store, NO doubt.
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Ah, ok, so I'm guessing you don't pay for the box when you get it from the PO? Thanks for explaining.

We pay for the boxes and then again for the shipping in the UK

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Ah, ok, so I'm guessing you don't pay for the box when you get it from the PO? Thanks for explaining.

We pay for the boxes and then again for the shipping in the UK
No they are free here in US. I guess that is why the PO is bankrupt. I actually was standing in line at the PO to pick up a package, and I gazed over at the mailing station for Priority Mail, and it started my brain to thinking, what if I just use one of those boxes to put my stampin' up stuff in each month for classes. When I got home I came up with the idea for the pad caddy from looking at the wooden ones here on the net to ranged from $60 to $150 and decided I could not afford that right now. So Voila! the USPS stamp pad caddy was born.

Tutorial video on the original post here>
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I was lucky. I found a Stampin Up caddy w/ extender on e-bay for much less than thru Stampin Up - even with postage. AND THEN, TaDa!, I found one exactly the same at the Goodwill store for only $3.99. Talk about luck! I put mine on a round turntable and it spins more easily but not too fast.
I must admit, the PO Box idea is really clever.
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