Shimmer Sheetz

Shimmer Sheetz Sunday: Holiday Head Start

September 24, 2017

By Judi Kauffman

I like to get ready for the holidays way ahead of time. The projects I’m sharing today are perfect little stocking stuffers and they make super teacher gifts or party favors. They’re great for birthdays and other occasions, too. And be sure to whip up a few to keep and use around the house! Fan decks are great for bullet journaling, grocery lists, favorite quotes, prompts for projects, and more. The magnet-backed pen and pencil holder would be handy on the fridge, in a locker, or on a file cabinet.


The fan decks from Arnold Grummer’s come pre-drilled with heavy chipboard covers, a stack of inside pages, and screw post hardware. I chose 2.5” x 3.5” and 2.5” x 5.5”, and there are other sizes available.

  1. Decorate the front and back covers with pieces of embossed and/or alcohol-ink altered Shimmer Sheetz. I love LOTS of pattern so I combined flat pieces (ink-altered, but not embossed) with two different embossed patterns – squares and an all-over floral design. Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet holds the Shimmer Sheetz pieces in place.


  1. For matching hardware, use alcohol ink on the screw head and the bottom of the screw post. Add a round hole reinforcement if you want more detail (optional).


The magnet-backed plastic pen and pencil holder came from an office supply store. I altered the Shimmer Sheetz with Tim Holtz’s Alcohol Inks in colors that coordinate with the purple plastic.

  1. Using pieces of Shimmer Sheetz that have been altered with alcohol inks and/or embossed and lightly sanded (same as for the Fan Decks), decorate the flat surfaces that are visible when the holder is in use – front, sides, and bottom, but not the back because of the large magnet.


  1. Optional: Include pencils and pens in coordinating colors.


Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Other –

Fan Decks (Arnold Grummer’s)

Assorted embossing folders

Alcohol Inks in assorted colors

Sanding block

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  • Reply Sanna September 29, 2017 at 10:45 am

    fabulous project!!!

  • Reply Christine Smith September 25, 2017 at 5:05 am

    It should say ‘look’ sooooo cool! xxx

  • Reply Christine Smith September 25, 2017 at 5:04 am

    What awesome gifts – they ok sooooo cool! xxx

  • Reply LYNDA September 24, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I think these would make Great gifts to be delivered to close friends with sweet treats on Tables set up for arriving Seasonal trading.
    Happy Giving, LYNDA in Utah.

  • Reply Marjorie DUMONTIER September 24, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    These are gorgeous and nice projects !

  • Reply Joni September 24, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    These are gorgeous! I love the technique. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply judi kauffman September 24, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    I’m writing to say ‘thank you’ back for the kind words. It makes my day to think I’ve inspired others! These projects are easy and fast, plus sturdy and durable. You can always add refill pages, the covers are substantial and the added layer of Shimmer Sheetz is easy to wipe off with a dampened paper towel if you handle it with sticky fingers (like the one I have in the kitchen).

  • Reply BeverlyBL September 24, 2017 at 9:19 am

    These look great. I love your color choices. Good to know about Arnold Grummer. I’ve bought paper making supplies from him, but didn’t realize he had things like the fan book. Cool.

  • Reply Jean marmo September 24, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Oh my! These are stunning! I have some of those fan decks! You have totally inspired me!

  • Reply Connie Sue Larson September 24, 2017 at 7:26 am

    What a fabulous idea!!!!! Thanks much!

  • Reply Joanna Mackintosh September 24, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Love these projects – thank you.

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