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Movers & Shakers...

Welcome to the second group post of the February Papertrey Ink countdown!  The 5th anniversary festivities are nearing an end...only a few more days!

Today the team is focusing on a new line of products being released in just a few days called Movers & Shakers.  The product line consists of two stamp sets: Movers & Shakers Sentiments and Simply You, along with a collection of dies intended to create interactive cards.  So. much. fun.  Eeek!  

My post is quite long today, so bear with me!  There's lots of fun stuff to see!  I chose to feature one of the new dies from the Movers & Shakers: Zipper collection.  There are two dies in the set, both cut a rectangular panel, but one with the zipper along with short edge and one with the zipper along the longer side.  For my projects today I'm using the die that cuts the zipper along the short edge.  

My first project uses this die along with the new Simply You stamp set to create a boxed set of notecards.  


There's a twist though!  Inside the box there is a pocket (created with the Library Pocket die) which is filled with sentiment strips stamped from the new Simply You set.  Each one finishes the sentence "You..." and conveys a different sentiment.


These sentiment strips can be inserted into a little pocket that was created by stitching above and below the "zipper" portion of the diecut.  This allows you to customize the notecards for different occasions as you need them...or this set would be perfect for gift-giving as well!


Once the sentiment strip has been inserted into the pocket, the card is ready to be given away.  The recipient of the card can then follow the instructions on the little arrow by the zipper tab and pull it away to reveal the sentiment.  


After the zipper strip has been torn away, the stitching holds the edges firmly enough that the strip stays put and won't slip out, even though there's no adhesive on the strip (it would be too difficult to slip it into the pocket it you tried to put adhesive on it).  I hope this all makes sense...it's a fun concept but a little hard to put into words and pictures, so I hope it's making sense!  :-)


And here is the box, all closed up.  Creating the box is very easy...I posted a tutorial HERE a while back...it's my favorite way of packaging card sets.  


And that's not all...I have another project for you!  Nichole challenged each of use to use our assigned die along with an existing set to create a second project.  I chose to combine the Movers & Shakers: Zipper die along with the Tiny Treats: Valentine set.  Today is Valentine's Day...how could I resist sharing a Valentine's project?

For this project, I used the zipper die to create little notebooks.  The die itself makes up the front and back covers as well as the pages. 


The zipper portion hides a secret message on the front cover.  For the rest of the notebook pages, it acts as the perforation so the pages can be torn out of the notebook.


Here's a peek at the secret message hidden on the cover of each...


My daughter and I worked together to  make 25 of these for her class Valentine treats!  We used a Silly Band to attach a pencil.  The backside was stamped with the "to, from" message from the Tiny Treats set and a heart from Simple Valentine...


I realize it's too late for you to use this concept for Valentine treats, but you could use this same idea with any of the Tiny Treats sets.  They would make adorable birthday favors, Christmas treats, etc.  Here are a few construction tips if you'd like to try your hand at making something similar...

I used regular copy paper to diecut the notebook pages.  Each notebook has 24 pages.  I was able to cut through a stack of 6 sheets at a time, so four passes through my Vagabond was all it took for each notebook.  The back cover is cut from plain white cardstock, the front cover front patterned paper.  I also diecut 2" strips to use as the topper of the cover.  This allows you to create the hidden message under the zipper.  Just make sure when you adhere this topper to the front cover that you aren't putting adhesive on the zipper part...put it above and below, but not directly on the zipper or the recipient won't be able to unzip it!  :-)


For the binding, I just punched a row of holes across the top through all layers (cover + 24 pages + back cover) using my Crop-a-dile and then stitched through the holes with twine, stitching all the way across and then back again, tying the ends together into a bow.



What do you think?  Fun, huh?  I've got lots of other ideas for this die, not to mention the others in the collection!  I can't wait to play with them more!  But for now, be sure to swing by the other DT gals to see what they've created with the Movers & Shakers collection!!  :-)


Supplies not linked, but available on February 15th at 10pm EST from Papertrey Ink:  Movers & Shakers Sentiment stamp set, Simply You stamp set, Beautiful Butterflies stamp set, Movers & Shakers: Zipper die collection, Fine Linen ink

Supplies not linked, but available on February 15th at 10pm EST from Papertrey Ink: Movers & Shakers stamp set, Movers & Shakers Zipper die, Raspberry Fizz and Aqua Mist Pattern Packs