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Old 03-01-2008, 08:01 AM   #1  
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Default Stamp-a-majig ??

I love my stamp-a-mjig - and have decided I want to make a set of PERMANENT templates for certain stamp sets - like alphabets and All In the Family - that I hope to use over and over.

Does anyone have a great idea /solution for the templates? I thought about vellum but think it may be too thin. I tried AC Moore and Michaels and neither sells sheets of clear plastic and I can't think of a store that might carry something like this. (I even tried plastic plates minus the edges - doesn't work - plastic is too brittle)

I thought about page protector sheets but think they may be too thin.

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Did you look in the stencil section? I use blank stencil material. It isn't exactly clear, but you are able to see through it enough to use it! HTH!
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Try going to an office supply store and get overhead projector plastic. It's sheets of clear plastic that you can run through a copy machine and use on an overhead. They are sold by the box and you will have enough to last you a lifetime. I'm a teacher and use this in my classroom all the time. I think it would work great for your templates. You can cut them to any size and the sheets are sturdy. HTH
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Thanks!

Where in WI are you? I grew up in Oconomowoc and hear WI has been hit with a terrible winter!
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If you go to the quilting section of fabric stores, they have special template sheets for cutting your own quilt pattern. They are thicker than vellum.
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I use SU's cardstock vellum and it works great!
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acetate transparencies- any office store
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Someone had mentioned using the dividers included in the Cropper Hopper paper holders. It's the perfect solution! They are made of the same material and they are smooth on one side and textured on the other just like the original ones.
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DH got an insert with his new car to go into the book to keep your paperwork in. Well, he didn't need it, so I cut off the front plastic sheet to use. Also, what about cutting up the boxes that the papertrey stamps come in, they are a nice heavy duty clear plastic and since you never need the box once you put it into the CD case, would be a good use. Also some of the kids' toys now a days come with a nice heavy duty sheet of clear plastic on the front or outside of the box. I rescued one from a doll box and it only had printing on one small corner. This piece was like 2 feet by 2 feed wide. Totally works great for me!
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you can buy extra stamp-a-majig imaging sheets. They sell for about .89$ for three sheets. I believe I bought mine @ www.createforless.com

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I've used the very thin papers that are used when giving permanents. I got mine at a beauty supply store years ago. They are very thin sheets of paper. I just lining up the corner of the paper in the stamp-a-majig and stamp the image. I make sure to put a dot in the corner that was lined up in the stamp-a-majig so I know which way it was lined up if I want to use it again. I keep these templates in my stamp sets that I have and they're ready to use again whenever I need them.
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In grocery, hardware & bed-n-bath stores, they have plastic cutting mats for chopping food. They come 2 or 3 sheets to a package, some are larger than others. Most have one or more textured sides that hold the ink well. I can get at least six small sheets per mat, and they are almost exactly like the sheets that come with the Stamp-a-majig!

I cut the sheets into whatever size works best for the set of stamps, then store the sheet right in the stamp case.

India Ink Black from Stewart Superior stamps especially well on my mats - I really don't like cleaning up after Staz-On.

This tip was somewhere out on the net a couple of years ago, and it's one of the best I've ever found!

Here's a picture of one of my spare packages:

http://homepage.mac.com/lreynolds/images/chop_mat.jpg
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I have found that the clear shrink plastic sheets work great for this. They are sturdy, yet crystal clear. Do not shrink of course.

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I've been using SU! cardstock vellum ever since I got my Stamp-a-ma-jig and it works great. One advantage is that you can easily put some type of a register mark in the corner for those images that could be used in more than one direction (if you accidentally turn your vellum CS on the "back" side that totally messes up your project; ask me how I know!)
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Quilt stores sell big pieces of almost see through plastic to do your own patterns. I think that would work really well for you. I bought it to make envelope templates and have used them over and over with no signs of wear.
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you could use one of the thin papers like vellum or even the acetate transparencies used on top of the clear plates that come with the stamp-a-ma-jig using a removeable adhesive. The whole key to me is the thickness of the plastic that you can "feel" when you have it positioned correctly. Of course you'd have to make sure you lined it up with the plastic plate perfectly but it's an idea.
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[QUOTE=craftingpink;8980066]Try going to an office supply store and get overhead projector plastic. It's sheets of clear plastic that you can run through a copy machine and use on an overhead. They are sold by the box and you will have enough to last you a lifetime. I'm a teacher and use this in my classroom all the time. I think it would work great for your templates. You can cut them to any size and the sheets are sturdy. HTH[/QUOTE

I use these sheets too. Whenever I use a stamp set that requires the stamp-a-majig, I cut several pieces of these overhead transparency sheets to fit the size of the stamp box. Then I'll stamp all the stamps with staz-on ink on several pieces (one image in each corner depending upon the size of the stamp). Then these are permanent stamp-a majig images that I store riight with the stamp sets. That way I don't have to constantly stamp an image each time I use a particular stamp set.
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Where in WI are you? I grew up in Oconomowoc and hear WI has been hit with a terrible winter!
I'm not sure where craftingpink lives in Wisconsin, but I live in Hartland - a neighbor of Oconomowoc. Yep, our winter has been close to a record for snow fall. But frankly, I love the stuff! We are skiers and snowboarders, and it's about time we had enough snow around here to keep the cross country trails in our county & state parks open for more than a couple weeks. In years past, they even had to make snow and shorten the world reknowned Birkie race! However, several weekends of either below zero weather or freezing rain kept us from heading out to ski areas even when they had tons of snow! Nice to know a former neighbor!
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I use SU's cardstock vellum and it works great!
Ditto! And it's inexpensive too.
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This is my first post...and I guess it's going to be a dumb one, but can someone please tell me how to use the stamp-a-majig, and how it relates to this post, using the clear plastic. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.
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Watch this clip skoonce2001 as I think to see it you will understand more, when I saw it I had to have it! Saves having to re-stamp on the plastic you get in the kit to save time!

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If you know anyone in the medical field, before everything is switched to digital, maybe they can get you x-ray film. I have a huge supply of it thanks to a friend's daughter. Some of it is light blue but it is a nice weight and works great!
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I don't have a stampa majig and I think now I'm going to get one. After seeing how easy it is to use from that video I could really use it. I get so frustrated with trying to keep things straight.
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Just LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Don't know what I was thinking not using it before.
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Thank you Kezza22...very heplful.
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The Stamp-a-mijig was my first SU purchase and I was so excited to receive it. That was over a year ago and I've yet to figure out how to use it. Any advice?

Transparencies work great for creating templates.

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I do the same thing - I have templates for all my wood mounted alpha sets - I cut 2 1/2" squares so that I have four letters on each piece. It really is a huge help (and I can even use the squares to play with my word to get a sense of how large it will be - as long as all the letters aren't on the same template )
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Julie,
I watched a You tube tutorial, and went to a website step by step.
I just got mine, haven't used it yet, but I bet it helps with two-step stampin.
AND, I just am going to use transparency sheet. It's inexpensive and I won't mind it not being used for anything else. I'm not sure I'd waste cardstock vellum. lol
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Julie, I use my Stamp-a-mig to see if a color will work well before I stamp it on my project piece. I also use it to see if I even want to add something. Its so cool to be able to stamp on the acrylic, and then move it around my page to see if what I want to do.. saves on wasting paper. If you make cards using lots of stamps to make a scene, you can do with this little jewel and I use mine everyday.
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Vellum works VERY well!! Just make sure what you get is not parchment
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Did you look in the stencil section? I use blank stencil material. It isn't exactly clear, but you are able to see through it enough to use it! HTH!
Your idea for permanent guides is great! I have saved the flat sections of the formed plastic wrappings that you find on electronics. It is amazing how many things are wrapped this way. After carefully opening the package, I will hand cut as much of the flat portion I can and then use the paper cutter (the old one) to cut sections. The plastic is just heavy enough and crystal clear! Hope that helps.
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