Well, I guess I've become highly influenced by the Planner Girls out there! There's been such a surge in the popularity of decorated planners in the last several months that I guess it was bound to happen. Quite by accident, I've ended up immersed in this world myself, with the surprise opportunity to join the Papertrey Ink Moments Inked team. And when I received my Gossamer Blue February kits, I found myself thinking in terms of my planners and organizers instead of my usual gift wrap and packaging projects. Gasp!
As you may have learned in this post, I have purchased a few different planners, date books, and schedulers recently, but haven't really taken (had) the time to do much with them. But now, after a project for GB, I'm armed with enough clips to last the entire year, I think!!
To fashion them, I used items in February's Main Kit, most notably the Simple Stories "Life Documented" Bits & Pieces and Basic Grey "J'Adore" Mixed Brads. If you have a few moments, you can make them, too.
First up, paper clips! I've seen some darling handmade ones out there which are handy for clipping appointment cards, photos or encouraging mantras to pages without adding a lot of extra bulk. For the first set of paper clips, I simply used my hot glue gun to affix die cut shapes to the clips. Some girls laminate the die cuts before adhering to make them sturdier. (I don't have a laminator, but thought I'd pass on that helpful hint anyhow.)
Next up, I removed the epoxy stickers from the "J'Adore" brads and glued them to small metal clips. They were the perfect size and are so pretty! It's a great way to add interest to plain clips and coordinate them with other embellishments in the planner. I will suggest adding a dab of extra glue so the stickers stay firmly in place.
I then took the flair badges and adhered them to extra large paper clips (3" or 76mm). The buttons have a sticky back so I covered them with a small paper circle before gluing them to the clip. (The glue will dry but if you don't cover the sticky back, your buttons will get stuck to your pages.)
I love how colorful those clips are! The February kits certainly weren't lacking in vibrant hues or beautiful patterns. I'm pretty sure every color of the rainbow was represented this month so if you love color, these kits will take you far!
It's a rare project I do that doesn't involve a mini clothespin and this one was no different. I couldn't resist sticking the pink and turquoise rhinestone hearts to these plain pegs. They, too, come backed with a sticky foam dot, which I removed because I didn't want the extra thickness. But if you like the pop-up dots, then by all means, leave them on!
Each of these clips was easy and inexpensive to make. Now, I just have to utilize them to help me get organized!
Allow me to get mushy for a minute, when I say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for all of the messages, comments, and congratulations sent over the weekend. They meant so much and I am unbelievably lucky to be a part of such an amazing community. It is a dream to join Papertrey Ink and what has made that opportunity even sweeter is a wider network of new friends! I am grateful.