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.
- 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.
- 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).
PEN AND PENCIL HOLDER:
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.
- 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.
- Optional: Include pencils and pens in coordinating colors.
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
Fan Decks (Arnold Grummer’s)
Assorted embossing folders
Alcohol Inks in assorted colors