Good morning! I'm so excited to share my template challenge this week :O) I couldn't get Lauren's awesome templates out of my head for the past two weeks! Probably because of the challenge, but seriously, I drew sketches and took notes on the three templates I'm showing today while I was sitting at work. Mind you, I should have been looking over our money or contracts, but I was sketching on scrap paper! I took those sketches home and this is what I created:
Flower Pen Holder
Paper Clip Dispenser
Notepad File Box
Paper Clip Dispenser
Notepad File Box
I created this set for a friend at work who has a birthday coming up :O) Both the Flower Pen Holder and the Paper Clip Dispenser use the "For Keepsake" template. I printed the template scaled to "multiple pages per sheet" at 2 per page with a horizontal configuration for my Paper Clip Dispenser. This shrunk the template to approximately a third of the normal size.
While I was sitting at work thinking of these baskets I wanted to make, certain Longaberger baskets on my desk were my inspiration (for the pen and paper clip containers). I thought I could easily figure out how to make a paper clip dispenser based on the design of the Longaberger Paper Clip Basket. Wouldn't you know, I came home tonight and finally put it together...and my "vision" worked like a charm!! After I made the lid, I cut some pink foam paper about a quarter of an inch smaller than the inside of the lid. I didn't want it touching the sides so the lid would still fit the right way. I took three squares that I cut to the same size and cut a hole in the center of each (same size as the hole in the lid). I adhered the squares together with Crystal Effects and set them aside to dry. Once dry, I trimmed a piece of magnet to fit just inside the hole of the foam and lid. It was a little "taller" than the hole, so before I adhered it, I trimmed the magnet lengthwise to fit. Peeled the backing and adhered in the hole. I used Crystal Effects to adhere to the inside of the lid because I feel like it's a stronger bond and it seemed to be doing a good job of holding the foam together :O)
I have another Longaberger basket on my desk that holds my gerbera daisy pens :O) I don't recall the name of the basket, but it's shaped like a jar and kind of tapers at the top. I think it was the Blue Ribbon Basket or something like that. Anyway, the Flower Pen Basket I created is definitely not shaped like my Longaberger basket, but I really thought I could make the template work for flower pens. I only cut a window on one side thinking that the basket would most likely be pushed against the cubicle wall, but in hindsight, I would probably cut another window to make it easier to see the gem rocks and my cute, purple butterfly on the window :O) It was really hard trying to get a good photo of it.
I feel like anyone who likes to craft has made flower pens I kept the lids on my pens because I don't want them marking up the inside of my holder. Another option would be to line the inside with acetate. Then if the pens marked it, you could wipe it off.
For the inside panels of both For Keepsake baskets, I stamped white polka dots (PTI Polka Dot Basics) on Pretty in Pink cardstock. I also did this for the middle divider of my "From the Desk Of" template. I used some remaining flowers from my bunches to accessorize my templates.
Originally I was planning on laying the Notepad File Box on it's back to make it look like an in/outbox (mini) but I liked it so much when I stood it up, I left it alone. I wanted a cute way for my friend to display her notepads on her desk and thought this design was perfect! You'll notice I didn't modify the notepads we use at work to match the basket. This was on purpose to show what it will truly look like at work. We go through these things pretty quickly. Didn't this one turn out cute? I really did like it when all was said and done! I hope my friend isn't reading my blog this week... If she is, I guess it won't be a surprise :)
I really hope you get to play along today! The My Timeless Templates were soooo easy to use!! They're listed for $5 on Papertrey Ink, but they also have two free templates that you can use. Both of them are adorable! Part of the challenge of using a template today was to create a birthday gift and use the color purple or a butterfly.
If you upload to an online gallery, be sure to use the keyword MTTC02 (no space). I can't wait to see what you come up with!! Be sure to check out the My Time to Create Design Team's projects also! The sneak peeks are intriguing :O)
Okay, that's all I have for now! Be sure to post your creations to Mr. Linky on Lauren's blog so we can check out your projects! Have a great weekend :O)