Tutorial: Using extra Project Life supplies to make chipboard thickers

If you're like me, you've got lots of Project Life supplies that you're not using, and probably won't ever get to use because you'll want to get the next kit coming out, or you use your own supplies too. Or, perhaps an awesome friend passed along her extras when she went digital.

I wanted to find some uses for these extras, so over the next week or two I'll be sharing some ideas.

First up - chipboard thickers! I have a project I'm working on (will share next week) and needed some alphas. What better but to use up some of the hundreds of grid cards I have on hand.

You'll need:

Grid cards, Project Life card stock, or really any scrapbook paper (thicker works better)
Mod Podge
A foam brush
A manual die cut machine
Alphabet dies

Grab some chipboard. I like these chipboard coasters, which you can find easily on Etsy, or if you do a quick search, buy them in bulk packs of 1000, like I did.

 For my project that I'm working on, I wanted to use the grid cards for the paper on the letters:

Grab your Mod Podge and your foam brush, and paint on a layer of the Mod Podge on the chipboard. Then put on your grid card. (If it's patterned paper, make sure you lay the pattern face UP). 

Let it dry. Then, I used my paper trimmer (which is heavy duty - if you don't have a heavy duty one, either don't cut your chipboard (you'll have some waste, unfortunately) to cut it to the size of the letter I wanted, or cut it with scissors.

Then run it through your die cut machine as you usually would. (Mine is the Creatopia, which I LOVE).

 Here's what pops out:

Punch out your letter:

How cool is this?! And check out the ones below, which I did using some paper from the Clementine card stock pack.

That's it. A simple way to use up some of your extras. Stay tuned to the blog for more ideas next week!


  1. What a great idea! Love it. What is the alphabet that you are using in the photos shown? Thanks for sharing~

    1. Hi Brandi! I'm using the Bigz Alphabet Typeset from Stampin' Up! For chipboard, you'll want a steel ruled die like the Sizzix Originals or Bigz dies (Stampin' Up! carries some special versions of these).


      This one's pricey because it's a full alphabet set (four dies). If you check out Sizzix.com and click on their outlet store, you might be lucky and find an alphabet die on clearance!

  2. Cute idea Melissa! Love the look of those stripy blue letters.

  3. I have gotten so great deals on Sizzix alphabets on their website, clearance prices but never seem to remember to drag them out. I spend a small fortune on thickers. I have got to do this!

    1. I forgot to mention in the post that cereal boxes work great as chipboard too!

      Yes! Drag yours out!