Every year, there are quite a few things that I do about which I scratch my head as we near the end of a Stampin' Up! catalog period. One of them is to treat some of my Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers as if they were treasures, and not products to be used and enjoyed by others. Every year! And this one has been no exception, although there's only one set that was pristinely unopened – up until this week. The set is Mocha Morning Specialty Paper. It's a "specialty" paper because two of its designs are flocked. Flocked! I couldn't believe when I opened the package how much I wanted just to run my fingers over the flocking again and again. Where has this been all year?!
So for sure I wanted to use this for a large project so the flocking would not be missed. Aha! I was responsible for our Family and Community Education (FCE) club's door prize for this month's meeting, and a composition book cover would be just the thing. I knew this because several of the club's members had bought my covered books at last year's fund-raiser fair and really liked them.
I covered the front and back covers with the lighter of the flocked papers, and then covered the spine with the black flocked paper. To enhance the elegant look of the papers, I punched the long edges of the spine cover with the Scallop Edge Punch. The finish touches are a piece of Basic Black 5/8" Satin Ribbon wrapped around the front cover and tied into a bow, and then an RSVP Pen which I "filled" with a piece of the lighter paper. Just gorgeous, if I do say so myself!
This is a really great project for craft fairs. In fact, I went to a craft fair today and there was one vendor who had the composition books covered with very cheap paper and she was selling them for $5 each. That's how I priced mine at our fund-raiser fair last year and people snatched them up! This one would sell for much more than that, I'm sure, especially as I covered the inside of the covers with coordinating (but not flocked!) Designer Series Papers.
A hint for those who might be considering something like this for next holiday season's craft fairs: Buy the composition books when they're dirt cheap at Back-to-School Sales in August and September!! I have a whole shelf of them for THIS year's fund-raiser next month. Fifty cents a piece, and I'll bet they're cheaper on the U. S. mainland!
It's a beautiful weekend here and I've enjoyed the craft fairs that are here for the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. I hope you're able to do something that you really enjoy and have fun with this weekend, too!