How to Up Cycle a Letter Tray Using Graphic 45

In this guide, you will learn how to upcycle a letter tray into a shadow box.

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How to Up Cycle a Letter Tray Using Graphic 45
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Start out with a plain letter tray.

Start out with a plain letter tray.

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From the Quotes Craft paper, cut 2 pieces at 2 1/2" x 14" and 2 pieces at 2 1/2" x 10 7/8". Use the newsprint side and with a blending tool ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

From the Quotes Craft paper, cut 2 pieces at 2 1/2" x 14" and 2 pieces at 2 1/2" x 10 7/8". Use the newsprint side and with a blending tool ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

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From the Quotes Craft paper, cut 2 pieces at 1 7/8" x 10" and 2 pieces at 1 7/8" x 13". Use the newsprint side and with a blending tool ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

From the Quotes Craft paper, cut 2 pieces at 1 7/8" x 10" and 2 pieces at 1 7/8" x 13". Use the newsprint side and with a blending tool ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

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From the Typography Craft paper, cut 2 pieces at 3/8" x 11" and 2 pieces at 3/8" x 14 1/4". Angle the corners. Use the number side and with a blending tool ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

From the Typography Craft paper, cut 2 pieces at 3/8" x 11" and 2 pieces at 3/8" x 14 1/4". Angle the corners. Use the number side and with a blending tool ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

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From the stripe paper in the Communique Collections, cut 2 pieces at 1/2" x 10", 2 pieces at 1/2" x 13" and 2 pieces at 1/2" x 2". With a blending ink the edges using Black Soot Distress Ink.

From the stripe paper in the Communique Collections, cut 2 pieces at 1/2" x 10", 2 pieces at 1/2" x 13" and 2 pieces at 1/2" x 2". With a blending ink the edges using Black Soot Distress Ink.

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From the Typography Craft paper, cut a piece at 9 7/8" x 12 5/8". Use the numbers side. With a blending tool, ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

From the Typography Craft paper, cut a piece at 9 7/8" x 12 5/8". Use the numbers side. With a blending tool, ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

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Using the Quote Craft paper, cut 1 piece at 8 3/4" x 10 7/8", cut 1 piece at 8" x 10 1/8", cut 1 piece at 5" x 5 1/2" and 1 piece at 4 3/4" x 5". With a blending tool, ink the edges using Black Soot.

Using the Quote Craft paper, cut 1 piece at 8 3/4" x 10 7/8", cut 1 piece at 8" x 10 1/8", cut 1 piece at 5" x 5 1/2" and 1 piece at 4 3/4" x 5". With a blending tool, ink the edges using Black Soot.

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From the cream stripe paper in the Communique Collection, cut a piece at 7 1/2" x 9 3/4". With a blending tool, ink the edges using Black Soot Distress Ink.

From the cream stripe paper in the Communique Collection, cut a piece at 7 1/2" x 9 3/4". With a blending tool, ink the edges using Black Soot Distress Ink.

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From the red telephone paper in the Communique Collection, cut a piece at 7 1/4" x 9 1/2". With a blending tool, ink the edges using Black Soot Distress Ink.

From the red telephone paper in the Communique Collection, cut a piece at 7 1/4" x 9 1/2". With a blending tool, ink the edges using Black Soot Distress Ink.

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From the Communique Collection, cut out the women at the typewriter and the western union piece. With a blending tool, ink the edges using Black Soot Distress Ink.

From the Communique Collection, cut out the women at the typewriter and the western union piece. With a blending tool, ink the edges using Black Soot Distress Ink.

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From the Communique Collection, cut out 2 4x6 telephone cards, communique & telephone 3x4 cards, postage stamps & C from a 4x6 card & a extra 4x6 card to use backside. Ink the edges using Black Soot.

From the Communique Collection, cut out 2 4x6 telephone cards, communique & telephone 3x4 cards, postage stamps & C from a 4x6 card & a extra 4x6 card to use backside. Ink the edges using Black Soot.

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From the Communique Collection, cut out 6 pens, the label and and ink bottle. With a blending tool, ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

From the Communique Collection, cut out 6 pens, the label and and ink bottle. With a blending tool, ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

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From the Communique Collection, cut out a camera, pen, ink bottle and the photo labelled 1923. With a blending tool, ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

From the Communique Collection, cut out a camera, pen, ink bottle and the photo labelled 1923. With a blending tool, ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

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Adhere the 2 1/2" Quotes strips around the outside of the letter tray.

Adhere the 2 1/2" Quotes strips around the outside of the letter tray.

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Adhere the 3/8" number strips all the way around the top of the letter tray.

Adhere the 3/8" number strips all the way around the top of the letter tray.

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Adhere the black and cream stripe pieces to the inside of the letter tray. The 2" pieces, will need to be adhered right beside the 12" pieces.

Adhere the black and cream stripe pieces to the inside of the letter tray. The 2" pieces, will need to be adhered right beside the 12" pieces.

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Adhere the 1 1/2" newsprint strips to the inside sides of the letter tray.

Adhere the 1 1/2" newsprint strips to the inside sides of the letter tray.

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Adhere the numbers paper overtop of the black and cream stripe paper. Make sure to show a bit of the black and cream stripes.

Adhere the numbers paper overtop of the black and cream stripe paper. Make sure to show a bit of the black and cream stripes.

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Adhere the newsprint paper to the numbers paper, leaving 3/4" border of the numbers showing.

Adhere the newsprint paper to the numbers paper, leaving 3/4" border of the numbers showing.

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Adhere the Quotes paper to the newsprint paper, leaving 1/2" of the newsprint paper showing.

Adhere the Quotes paper to the newsprint paper, leaving 1/2" of the newsprint paper showing.

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Adhere the cream stripe paper to the quote paper, leaving a 1/4" of the quote paper showing.

Adhere the cream stripe paper to the quote paper, leaving a 1/4" of the quote paper showing.

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Adhere the red telephone paper to the cream stripe paper, leaving 1/4" border of the cream stripe paper showing.

Adhere the red telephone paper to the cream stripe paper, leaving 1/4" border of the cream stripe paper showing.

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Adhere the lady at the typewriter in the top left corner &  adhere the Western Union card to the bottom right corner of the red telephone paper. Leaving a quarter inch around each image.

Adhere the lady at the typewriter in the top left corner & adhere the Western Union card to the bottom right corner of the red telephone paper. Leaving a quarter inch around each image.

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Adhere the quote paper in the top right hand corner. Adhere the newsprint paper slightly over top of the quote paper.

Adhere the quote paper in the top right hand corner. Adhere the newsprint paper slightly over top of the quote paper.

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Adhere the plaid card overtop of the top of the newsprint paper. Adhere the "C" in the top left corner of the plaid paper. Adhere the telephone card, slightly overtop of the plaid card and "C".

Adhere the plaid card overtop of the top of the newsprint paper. Adhere the "C" in the top left corner of the plaid paper. Adhere the telephone card, slightly overtop of the plaid card and "C".

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Adhere the two 3x4 cards together. Roll the top right and left corners of the cards down. Adhere the postage stamps to the bottom left corner. Foam square 3x4 cards to the bottom left hand corner.

Adhere the two 3x4 cards together. Roll the top right and left corners of the cards down. Adhere the postage stamps to the bottom left corner. Foam square 3x4 cards to the bottom left hand corner.

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Adhere the 3 pens in the right corner, overlapping each other. Foam square the label and ink bottle overtop of the pens. Adhere a pen underneath the label and ink bottle going horizontal.

Adhere the 3 pens in the right corner, overlapping each other. Foam square the label and ink bottle overtop of the pens. Adhere a pen underneath the label and ink bottle going horizontal.

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Adhere two pens above the two 3x4 cards. Make sure to have the pens overlap one another.

Adhere two pens above the two 3x4 cards. Make sure to have the pens overlap one another.

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Adhere an ink bottle to the bottom right hand corner, slightly in front of the other bottle. Foam square a pen overtop of the other pen. Adhere the camera & lady image to the bottom left hand corner.

Adhere an ink bottle to the bottom right hand corner, slightly in front of the other bottle. Foam square a pen overtop of the other pen. Adhere the camera & lady image to the bottom left hand corner.

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Your shadow box is now complete!

Your shadow box is now complete!

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