If you are like me, you love to buy pretty papers, but after a while it gets a little boring to just use them to make cards and scrapbook pages. These new products are from Sierra Pacific and are selling at Ben Franklin Crafts. The plain notebooks, writing pads, pens, etc. are perfect for decorating, made from recycled material, and best of all most of them sell for $1.00! (The pen is only 49 cents!) I think decorated these items would make great party favors or craft fair hot sellers. You could probably use them as party make-it-take-it favors and that would save you lots of work. Tomorrow I plan to work on decorating a few of the items and I'll post pictures
of any that I finish.
Although I didn't particularly like how this project turned out (the patterns are a bit too busy so the embellishments don't show well), but I thought that you might like to see how easily the Sierra Pacific items can be decorated. I used K.and Co. paper (Carolyn Gavin 8.5x8.5 double sided paper pack). Only two sheets were needed for both the note paper box and pen. I basically fit the paper to the box by tracing and testing. By leaving the brown cardboard showing along the edges there was no need to struggle to wrap the paper around the edges. I used Merikan double sided tape to stick the paper down. The embellishments were from K. and Co. too (the 284 piece package of die cut cardstock). If you can't find the pack of die cuts you can easily cut out and glitter some of the designs from the 8.5x8.5 cardstock. I think next time I try to attach a pen I might use thin ribbon because the embroidery floss doesn't look quite right. The button that holds up the easel is from the new Blumenthal buttons sold at Ben Franklin Crafts. The reason I made an easel format is so that reminder notes can be paper clipped to it and yet the easel can be folded down for gift giving. I didn't fill in the bubble yet because I haven't decided what sentiment or whose name to put on it. Anyway, this is just a sample and I'm sure you can come up with some better way to decorate these low-cost craft items.
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