Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Desk Calendar Favors

I usually don't craft multiple items because I get bored easily, but I did need just a few for an after Christmas party.  These are for the guys so I kept it simple.  It's hard to think of something guys would actually use or want.  I started with photo strip acrylic frames which I found at Ben Franklin Crafts. I used the inner paper as a guide for cutting the background paper (mostly scraps from the DCWV Far East 8x8 pack).  The saying (Funny Bones) was stamped on marker paper (from BFC) and trimmed to fit.  Coordinating pigment ink was rubbed on the edges. Finally a mini calendar (Vippies) and a small charm with cord were added.
Matching pen boxes were made with the Sizzix die shown below.  The boxes can also be filled with glass nail files for girls or perhaps several chocolate bar minis will fit.  I was not sure if the new flat dies in the plastic pouches would cut cleanly but with the Sizzix magnetic platform they work wonderfully. You might not be able find the pack of charms any more because they were in a clearance basket at Ben Franklin Crafts.  I wish I had picked up more packages as they were really marked down....maybe they're still there.  You can easily substitute an Asian coin with a hole or make girly calendars with butterflies or flowers.  Hope this idea is something you can use for future party favors or to make yourself a photo strip calendar for your desk.    Happy Crafting in 2014!

8 comments:

eva said...

great idea! i've never seen frames that size before. super cute!

Handmade Cuties said...

Those boxes are so cute and handy! Looking forward to your 2014 craftiness. Happy New Year!

Creations by Shirl said...

These are cute and great last minute thinking on this idea..... I'm sure the guys loved them too.... Happy New Year Lynn!

Cheryl said...

That is such a perfect gift for men! I was thinking about getting that die and now I guess I have to get it! Happy New Year to you and Wayne!!!

Have A Scrap Happy Day said...

That's perfect for the guys. Love how you used the coins too to add that special Asian touch.

Tammi said...

A great gift idea! Happy New Year!

Shirley N said...

Great sentiment for your fabulous calendars, Lynn. A good reminder for the entire year! Wishing you the best in 2014!

Leanne said...

great ideas especially to keep it simple for the guys. for someone who doesn't like to create multiples these are awesome! Great share Lynn!