Sunday, December 20, 2009


Here's a link to some amazing pictures of the intensely fierce Iron Crafter competition! Thanks again to Elenor for documenting and sharing! CONGRATS to the winners and thanks for all who competed. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!!!


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Are You Ready For Iron Crafter!?!?!?!?!

Thanks to Tom for the tasty graphic!

Be here Friday for
!!!Craft Battles!!!
!!!Cake Walking!!!

and general good times.
Beer provided by Big Boss!!!
Woo Hoo!!!



Scrap Wrap on News 14

Check out the Scrap on cable news!
Featuring our own professional wrapper Julia Gartrell.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Video and links round up!! Jewelcase Mania!!

These windmills were all made with soda bottles!
(BTW, the glitchyness is kinda cool)

Here's something you can do with all those jewel cases you have lying around...

From Instructables

Or perhaps you fancy a fancy pants chandelier!

From (This whole site is great BTW...)

For those who know graphic or web design and the joys of customer service...
Clients from hel*

Irresistible look at the dark side of DIY

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Alright! More Fun Craft Publications

Have you ever been hungry and nauseous simultaneously?

I never thought a banana could be frightening...

Click to enlarge... it'll blow your mind.

Witness the velvet shadows!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Craft Publication of the Week!

Each week or so we will feature some of our favorite kitsch-y, vintage, retro, weird, or just plain goofy craft publications from our big trunk of magazines! If you have any favorites of your own send 'em in!

Just look at how cute!

The Circus Was in Town!

Hey everyone, check out these awesome pictures from the Durham Holiday Parade!  *click* Major props to those who braved the wind and drizzle and made the parade scraptastic.  And thanks to Eleanor for sharing her pix!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Circus is Coming!

Wanted! bearded ladies, acrobats, clowns, trained animals, trapeze acts,
musicians, hoopers, tightrope walkers, jugglers, unicyclists, horses,
elephants, and lions!

This Saturday 12/5 ... The Scrap Exchange circus is coming to town .....

What will you be?

All are invited to process and participate, the picture is of Jim Kellough's awesome sign that he made to help get folks educated and involved in walking in Durham's Holiday
Parade.... Details are on our website. Hope you can make it!

Or just come on out and enjoy the Durham community.

Free costume making on Saturday December 5th, 11-1. We will line up start processing to the parade at 3:10.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Scrap Exchange Quilt!

This beautiful quilt was made by Karen Gonzalez, a Scrap Exchange customer.  She says: "This quilt is the result of a huge bag of home-dec weight fabric scraps collected at last year's Scrap Exchange warehouse sale.  I followed the original rectangular shapes of the scraps to create a horizontal pattern of "slices."   I sewed the whole thing in a week and gave it as a wedding gift to my best friend.  It was difficult to part with it!"  Thanks to Karen for sharing her ScrapX creation!

If you have a project you'd like to share that you made from Scrap Exchange materials, email a picture and description to!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Louise Nevelson & Robert Rauschenberg - Master Reusers

"When you put together things that other people have thrown out, you’re really bringing them to life – a spiritual life that surpasses the life for which they were originally created." - Louise Nevelson

Cascade, 1964
wood and paint
100 1/2 in. x 109 in. x 17 1/2 in. (255.27 cm x 276.86 cm x 44.45 cm)
Acquired 1993
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of an anonymous donor

Dawn's Wedding Chapel IV,
from Dawn's Wedding Feast, 1959-60
painted wood
109 x 87 x 13 inches.
The Jewish Museum
Courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York.

Untitled, ca. 1950 - 1959.


Louise Nevelson.
Image via

I think a painting is more like the real world if it's made out of the real world. - Robert Rauschenberg
Untitled Combine (Man with White Shoes), 1955
Combine: oil, newspaper, photographs, postcard, fabric,
printed reproductions, graphite on paper, stickers, found painting,
mirror, shoes and socks on wood structure with stuffed Dominique hen
86 1/2 x 37 x 26 1/4 in. (219.7 x 94 x 66.7 cm)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles The Panza Collection

Satellite, 1955.
Oil, fabric, paper, and wood on canvas with stuffed pheasant
79 3/8 × 43 1/4 × 5 5/8 in. (201.6 × 109.9 × 14.3 cm)
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
gift of Claire B. Zeisler and purchase with funds from the Mrs. Percy Uris Purchase Fund

Bed, 1955.
Oil and pencil on pillow, quilt, and sheet on wood supports
6' 3 1/4" x 31 1/2" x 8" (191.1 x 80 x 20.3 cm).
Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Gift of Leo Castelli in honor of Alfred H. Barr, Jr.
Image Via

Robert Rauschenberg with some of his works

Monday, November 23, 2009

Scraper Bikes + Yarn Bombing = Awesome

SCRAPER BIKES!!! How else do you reuse a Doritos bag? An oldie but a goodie.

Creative Bike reuse? You BET! SCUL rules!!!

All photos by SCUL

After too many falls off your bike you can start Yarn Bombing...

"Tree Cozy" by Carol Hummel

Bus by Magda Sayeg in Mexico City

And... Wait for it...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Reuse Artworks

Awesome work by artist Zac Freeman!

Via, via the googmeister.

Sports Gear re-use at the National Museum of the American Indian. Via

Brian Jungen ‘Blanket No. 7' (2008) professional sports jerseys, 69 x 53½” Sender Collection. All images ©Brian Jungen

Great post about art and re-use (link) from

Thanks to Julia for reccomending the Heidelberg Project! as seen above.