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Old 12-05-2007, 03:30 PM   #81
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I use teflon craft sheet and/or walmart foam mats and scratch paper. The craft sheets are so fantastic
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Old 12-05-2007, 04:43 PM   #82
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I just use the back side of stuff that's gone through the printer and I no longer want (or was a mistake). The whole reduce, reuse,recycle thing.
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Debra, I've tried doing this, but I've found that a "normal" size sheet of paper just isn't big enough for me! LOL

I like to spread out while I'm stamping, but have this compulsive weird thing that all my pieces have to remain on the scratch paper.

Yeah, don't ask! LOL
I agree - "normal" size is too small, so I use the mistakes from home and the recycle/scrap pile from work, and tape two 11" sides together to make an 11x17 sheet. Perfect! I like having the white side to test colors, outlines, etc. And I like knowing I'm using what others would have thrown out! (We are all so clever and resourceful!)
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I used ugly patterned paper.

(please don't laugh cuz some of my paper is ugly....)

This is either paper that I bought years ago before my scrapping style was really refined, paper that I received in swaps, or the "least-loved" papers in a multipack.

I even have a slot in my storage system for "Uglies". This is also the paper that the 3 year old is given when he wants to use his scissors....
I love this idea. I have plenty of ugly paper I won't ever use. The "packs" always have at least a couple of really bad ones. Now that my twin sister is a demo I mostly use SU! stuff. I need to find a shelf now for my "uglies". TFS!
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:15 PM   #84
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Last year I was at our local dollar store and the had calendars for 25 cents each!! These are 18 by 26 so they work pretty well. I bought several and save each months as it ends. This has been a great find for me!
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I just use the back side of stuff that's gone through the printer and I no longer want (or was a mistake). The whole reduce, reuse,recycle thing.

Ditto!
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Old 12-06-2007, 04:23 AM   #86
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I went and picked up a sheet of tempered 1/2" glass . . . it's about 6 and a half feet long and 3 and a half feet deep for about $40. It's my entire work surface. I keep a can of Bon Ami handy for quick clean ups. Probably one of my best investments yet.
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Old 12-06-2007, 04:35 AM   #87
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I also use the big desk calendars blotter thingies! PIck up a couple after the first of the year, real cheap, works great!
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Wow!

Such a variety, but they are all great ideas!!

Thanks everyone!
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Old 12-06-2007, 05:20 AM   #89
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I buy a pad of newsprint at M's for 40% off, tear off about 20 sheets at a time and use that on top of my table. Not only does it provide a little cushion, it protects my table, acts as a "test" stamping sheet and when it is filled with "test" stamps I turn it over and use the reverse side. On pad will last a very long time!
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Old 12-06-2007, 08:08 AM   #90
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I bought a bunch of $1 desk calendar's from Target and use that.

I also have all my birthdays written down on it so on a new month I rip the page off and know who I need to send cards to
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I covered my work table with contact paper so I don't care if it gets inky anyway, but I also have a clear soft plastic desk protector. I got it at Office Depot. It's the same size as those old desk blotters, if you remember what those are! LOL! It provides a nice cushion for stamping. Then on that I have the grid paper because I always use the little ruler on it.
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DH is an engineer and brings me plotter paper (blueprints) that is in their recycle bin. It covers the whole stamping table or dining room table and is free. Easy to pick up and pitch.

I noticed a post about IKEA materials...I got a wooden cutting board there, which is a little bigger than 12X12 and about 2" thick. It is super sturdy wonderful for stamping on the floor in my living room. I like having SOLID portable stamping surface. The cutting board was supposed to be for the kitchen. Funny how crafters repurpose everything!
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I think this is why I use my dining room table to work on projects. It has a glass top that is not going to get warped by my heat gun, that I can scrape paint or ink off of, etc. I guess when I finally get everything back in my craft room where it belongs, I will need to get a piece of glass to protect my desk in there.
I do use old catalogs that I don't intend to buy from when I use wet adhesives or gel mediums. Just glue and then flip the page over for a clean surface. Keeps you from laying stuff down in stray adhesive/medium and ruining your project. They are portable so you can use them if you want to work anyway from home or in a class setting. In a pinch, they can double as a cutting surface if they are thick enough.
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Old 12-06-2007, 09:37 AM   #94
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When I first started stamping I used an old telephone book and tore out pages to stamp on. Later I picked up a 12 x 12 slab of smooth marble--keep a spray bottle of water and just spritz and wipe off when done--everything comes off and doesn't blow or warp with the heat gun.
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I used to use grid paper from SU, but now I use the Non-Stick Craft Sheet from Ranger. Seriously, you won't believe it until you see it, but it's AMAZING. Paint, heated on EP, stuck on Stickles, etc. all peel off when dry. Ink and wet paint wipes right off. I just got it at a stamp/scrap expo a few weeks ago and it's wonderful! My DH does model railroad stuff and you should have seen his face when he saw this mat - I have to keep my eye on him when he's in our hobby room so he doesn't steal it for his stuff!

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I generally don't use anything. I have an old table from ? (my DH & FIL picked it up somewhere). It doesn't matter to me if I get ink on it. But if I'm using the dining room table or if I'm at my MIL's, I just grab some paper from the printer. I don't usually get much ink on the table, mostly just on my fingers and hands.
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Old 12-07-2007, 01:08 PM   #98
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I use a piece of clear plexiglass thing my husb got me
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I use a desk pad with blank white paper that you can get at most any office supply store or sometimes at the dollar store. About 30 sheets to a pad for about $5 and they are large- approx. 22"X17". It also comes in handy for those quick "notes to self" when you come up with a brilliant idea! (lol) Also, after the first of the year Office Depot usually has their store brand desk pad monthly calendars on sale for less than $2.00.
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Old 12-08-2007, 06:16 PM   #100
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Remember the old computer paper with the holes on the sides? My girlfriend was going to give my dd to color on - I snatched that box really quick!
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Old 12-14-2007, 01:24 AM   #101
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I have to laugh, I am in the same boat as Debra. I have two 8 foot long tables, pushed together, and a 4 foot table at the end, which is not quite as long as the two together are wide. I also spend a great deal of time and money at a local building supply store; they happen to have a roll of 4 foot wide brown wrapping paper near the exit. The always tellme take what I need. So periodically I recover my tables and I don't worry about what a HUGE mess I am making as I am working. I love it!

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whenever i print something off the computer and the second page has one line or something like that on it, i use that. sort of like a scrap paper box(remember those in school?!)~ so i never feel quilty. but the table does have glitter and things etched forever in it, it gives it character!
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I use the SU grid paper I love the fact that I can use the measurements on the bottom and side to help me line things up. I use each sheet until I can't stand the look of it anymore, lasts forever.
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I have a table that we got at WalMart and the surface is a little bit textured so I use a foam stamping pad with a pad of kid's scribble paper on top. I find the scribble paper at the Dollar Tree (for $1) and usually buy 5 or so at a time. It seems to just be unprinted newsprint paper. I tried saving my scrap computer paper but always forgot to get it out. I also have some old catalogs and calendars but keep forgetting about them. I'm not a good recycler, I guess!

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I use a sheet of what I call "quilter's template"--it is sold in the quilting/fabric department of most HL and at speciality quilt shops. It is about 24 x 18 and wipes clean of everything.....glue, tape runner, ink, you get the picture.....It is inexpensive...I use baby wipes to clean it most of the time. A bit of windex if a baby wipe won't get it.....I have never used Stazon so don't know if it comes off or not....
the only drawback to this cover is that it is slicky and your paper might not hold still sometimes. But not enough to bother me.
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I always use just grid paper. I use it at home until you almost can no longer see any white or if something sticky gets on it and I can't use it any longer. A pad of grid paper can last a very long time this way!

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I mostly use pages from a big desk calendar like many others have mentioned.

But I'm not very picky! I'll use whatever I have around! I'm big on reusing!
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Orange construction paper! I seem to have a lot of it--maybe because I'm a teacher, my husband is a principal, and I have two sons. Anyway, somewhere along the line, someone had a project requiring lots of orange paper. Two or three sheets is perfect for me and it doesn't slide around. It seems kind of funny now...
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I stamp on an old drafting table that my DH found on someone's curb for the trash several years ago. It is about 5' x 3 1/2' and is great for whatever craft project I have going on. I use the pages from the big desk calendars to stamp on. I have found them at the Target Dollar Spot the last couple years sometime around September or October so I have picked up several when they have them.

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desk size calendar
large magazines - especially for gluing - rip pages off as needed
large size scribble pad - rip off and rutn over - $1 at $1 store
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anything that's smooth and absorbent and trashable
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I use 11 x 17 copy paper. My job was throwing out a case so I grabbed a ream not knowing what I was going to use it for. Now I wish I would have grabbed more. Hopefully someone else will order the wrong thing by accident again before I run out.
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