Sunday, April 25, 2010

In honor of Earth Day 2010

If you are as old as I am, then you probably also have a stack of floppy disks laying around the house that you've wondered how to recycle without compromising the data you stored on them.

Considering most computers don't even have floppy disk drives anymore, the release of the data is probably not as scary to anyone.  However, knowing that some of my disks had some personal data, I've still held onto quite a few wondering what to do with them.  Call me paranoid.

Well...I think I've come up with a solution!  I'm going to use my scrapbooking tools to destroy the disk safely and to use the data part in a craft.  I'm going to show you all how to make flowers out of your old disks!

First you take your standard disk like this one:

Then pry off the top metal part.  This is pretty easy to do, it's not very thick metal.:


Now for the hardest up the disk.  This takes a bit of force.  As long as you hold onto the plastic casing alone, the inside data ribbon will be just fine.  So pop it open like this:

I haven't quite found a use for the casing, so I'm putting it to the side for now.  Perhaps one of my readers will have a better  idea for me.

With the round data ribbon, I use scissors to cut petals all around.  To make sure that no one could restore the ribbon (I told you I'm paranoid), I've gone in and cut out some sections to give it a little dimension.



Lastly, I used pigment ink to give the ribbon some color.  Please note that the ribbon does not soak in the ink, so it does take some time to dry.  I left my first flower out to dry for at least a night.  I would recommend playing with the different types of inks to see what works best for the look you want.  You could try acrylic paints, alcohol-based inks (not sure what that would do the ribbon), maybe even a little distressing!

The idea is to not be afraid to try something new to get a fun look.  To finish it up, I embellish the center with paper or bling.

I'm going to play around with a few layouts and these floppy disk flowers to showcase how you can use them for your next scrapbook project.

1 comment:

  1. What a cool idea!! It looks so different and such a good use for "old" stuff!