Karen June and I have a friend whom we simply adore. It was her birthday a few weeks ago and we wanted to surprise her with placards or buttons that proclaimed we were part of her fan club. Not that we were creating an actual fan club, but we thought it would be funny to act as if there were such a thing because we knew she'd get a kick out of it.
As we mentioned last week, we've started a partnership with Smock Paper, a lovely printer and press out of upstate New York. Karen decided to make some rosette pins out of their paper for our new "fan club." We showed up at one of our favorite cafes, sporting our pins, with each of them reading "Co-President of the Laura Evers Fan Club."
We were all delighted by the love fest we had going on amongst ourselves but what was truly wonderful was the unexpected response we got from others. Three people came up to us at different times to ask us how they could make their own for themselves (I mean, who wouldn't want their own fan club???) or to make for someone they wanted to celebrate. It seemed like there was a ripple effect of optimism and joy caused by these little pins that reminded us why we do things like this in the first place: when you follow through with an idea and add that extra layer of detail that makes something truly special, it's always worth the effort. So don't just think about it... go ahead and make someone's day!
- Two-sided decorative wrapping paper (we used a variety from Smock Paper)
- Quilting Ruler or Straight Edge
- Rotary Cutter
- 2" Circle Punch
- 2 1/2" Circle Punch
- Glue Gun
- Glue Stick
- 1 1/2" or 2" wide ribbon
- 1" pin back
- Gather your supplies.
- Cut a strip of two-sided decorative wrapping paper 2" wide by 24" long.
- Accordion fold the paper in about 1/2" wide folds continuing the length of the paper strip.
- Apply the glue stick to both 2" ends and glue together creating a cylinder. Allow to dry for a few minutes.
- Flatten cylinder to create a circular medallion. Using your glue gun, apply a small dot of hot glue in the center of the medallion and hold circle together for a few seconds to allow glue to harden.
- Using your 2 1/2" round punch, cut two circles out of the decorative paper. Using your glue gun, adhere one circle to each side of the medallion. We chose to use the opposite design on each side.
- Cut a 6" piece of ribbon and notch one end.
- Glue ribbon and pin to the back of the medallion.
- Print our Fan Club Titles on card stock. Using your 2" round punch (or scissors), cut out the circle. Glue to the center of the front of your medallion.
- Go make someone's day!