Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Studying Abroad

This little set goes to a friend who will be spending the summer abroad studying. I thought it would be nice for her to use as a journal, noting special sights, people, etc. The composition book I found at Big Lots for 59 cents. The large paper clip from my desk drawer. The pen is made from clear plumbing tubing that is 3/8" x 1/4". The tubing was cut at 5 1/2". I then took matching paper leftover from covering the notebook, cut it 1 1/4" x 5 1/2" and rolled it up real tight. Make sure to not use card stock, it is too thick. Then I inserted it into the tubing. I then took a Bic pen from my drawer and using pliers removed the ink barrel and nib from the stick pen. I then took the ink barrel and nib and pushed into the middle of the paper inside the tubing. Trim any excess paper if needed. I dropped a very small drop of super glue where the nib is sticking out of the tubing. Then I inserted a silk flower that had at least 1/2 " stem left on it, into the opposite end. I again used just a touch of glue to hold it in place. The paper is K&C Danny O Aqua Map Flat Paper. The embellishment on the super sized paper clip is also K&C. The tubing can be found at Lowes or any local hardware store. I paid about $3.50 for a 10 ft. piece. You could also stamp on the insert paper if you needed to, for a a coordinating look. Cindy I hope you enjoy your summer!


Anonymous said...

what a great way to send off a friend. You have out done your self with this one but then again you are Shelia. well done!*

Pat said...

What a great idea! The pen is so neat - love how you reworked it.

Valda said...

Even though I am not a crafter, this is the firt blog I go to each morning. I am always truly amazed at the way you can turn an everyday item into something so special. You have a knack at specializing it for each individual and the love that is poured into it always shines through. Shelia, I too am searching for that rainbow