Creativity in Measures

Remember my little collection of tape measures? Must be the vintage typographic numbers, or something, but I adore vintage measuring devices. Pull out your measuring tapes and rulers and head on over to SC Johnson’s Family Economics for my blog post on gettin’ crafty with ’em. If you leave a comment over there, I would appreciate it so much, you know, it makes me look good! Then come back here and tell me what kinds of ideas you have or have done with your tools of measurement!

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29 Responses to Creativity in Measures

  1. #1 - Mommy of Monkeyshines says:

    Very darling ideas! I especially love the star. I don't have anything that I have personally made with rulers before, but you have my creative juices flowing!

  2. #2 - bridget {bake at 350} says:

    LOVE that star!!!

  3. #3 - LeAnne says:

    Oh, you are clever. My dad finally stopped letting me "play" with his fold-out rulers because I couldn't figure out how to expand them without breaking them each time!! I think I was about 5 at the time….now I wish I had them all!

  4. #4 - jenny b harris says:

    What a fun challenge! I just spent 15 minutes wrestling my bendy ruler into every form I could think of. I ended up with a sort of asterisk-y shape thing, but I'm sure I will continue to mess with it and see what I can come up with. Love your blog by the way, your work is so clever and inventive and you are very generous with your creativity!

  5. #5 - Barbara Bechtel says:

    i never thought of the crown! They also make lovely stands for postcards and photos. Just keep in there closed position and insert your photos in the recesses.

  6. #6 - June says:

    What fun this is. Great play on creativity
    hugs June xxx

  7. #7 - Elaine A says:

    Hi Cathe –

    Love these ideas, I left a comment at SC Johnson. I'm not allowed to play with my husband's carpentar rulers because he says I'll break them – LOL! I like to snap them into different shapes, they are just fun to play with. I have seen Tim Holtz make little books/journals out of wooden rulers and they really looked awesome.

    Elaine Allen

  8. #8 - StunningAnnaK says:

    Love the star!

    How simple, yet stunning!

  9. #9 - Noreen says:

    What great fun ideas you have for using measuring devices. My problem is that I could not give away the old tape measures or yard sticks. Several years ago I did find a bunch of new folding tape measures, and I bought several to give to nephews and my grandsons.

  10. #10 - Claire says:

    I want a star just like that! Wonderful idea!

  11. #11 - Lori Anderson says:

    Ohh – pretty! Another fabulous creation! I love the crown, and Barbara's comment about tucking postcards and photos.
    Lori (the BlogFrog)

  12. #12 - Kelli says:

    I'm loving the crown! Vintage measuring devices around here go for a mint but I would lurve to have one for that crown idea!

  13. #13 - Karen says:

    How fantastically cool!! Hubby, our son, and I all like rulers (our wee daughter, not so much….but shaped them into a crown and she'd be all over it! :> lol) and these and what you've done have most definitely caught my eye…thanks! :>

  14. #14 - Kristin Kneupper says:

    Love it!!

  15. #15 - RosyRevolver says:

    I love these. Your creativity is immeasurable. 🙂

  16. #16 - teddybearswednesday says:

    They are both stunning. So simple yet so beautiful

  17. #17 - Nikki says:

    Oh my WORD I love that star!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. #18 - Dumpster Decorators says:

    Clever, next time I pick up one now I have more ideas then just using them to pop mail and photos in.

  19. #19 - Carole says:

    Love the star and crown!

    I haven't used them a lot, but have used wooden, as well as cloth measures for book binding, altered books/cards, and jewelry pieces.

  20. #20 - Robin Sanchez says:

    OHH I love these too! I have one in the shape of a crown on my bulletin board over my desk at work.


  21. #21 - DeeDee says:

    Wow….such great ideas…my brain is running on over load…hehehe! love them all thanks for sharing them..I had to go find my granddads ruler and make me a crown…love it.

  22. #22 - Inkqueen says:

    Love them! I just grabbed by vintage one I found at a thrift store and made a crown. Looks FABULOUS. Thanks!

  23. #23 - CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on in the Printables category today [23 Mar 10:16am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  24. #24 - Lissie says:

    Lovely purses and fun trucks for needles!

  25. #25 - Kelly says:

    Thanks for sharing! My husband designed our house and I would like to frame a blueprint with old tape measures. Now to find some old tape measures. Another reason to hit the thrift stores(like I needed one anyway).

  26. #26 - judi says:

    the ruler designs are awesome! those folding rulers always remind me of my dad's that sits in his huge heavy metal tool box. (he's 88) mmmmhhh memories 😉
    the star was somewhat predictable (but still way cool) however the crown was. well. the "crowning touch"!
    i too love the graphics and anything with numbers!
    thanks for sharing!
    ~judi 😉

  27. #27 - Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    I used to do that with those rulers as a kid!

  28. #28 - stephl says:

    I am feeling like I must send you some vintage paper measuring tapes. I found them in my grandmothers house after she passed away….a whole box… apparently they were printed as advertisements and given to customers…, i just need to find where I put the whole box!!

  29. #29 - Jon Cruce says:

    Fantastic article post.Really thank you! Want more.