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alterable magnetic easels

It looks like I’ll finally make it to Stampaway in Ohio this year! I’ve heard so many fun things about it from Greg and Karen at Marco’s Paper, that I’ve wanted to go for a couple years now. Well, not only does it look like I’ll make it to the show, but I’ll go to THE Marco’s Paper store too! Wow! Can’t wait! I’ve been asked to teach a class while I’m there, so guess what?? How about an Alterable Magnetic Easel class? Using Marco’s awesome Touche’ cardstock, Tim Holtz’ stamps from Stampers Anonymous and embossing powder from PK Glitz, the project is sure to be lots of fun.

What is an Alterable Magnetic Easel you ask? Well, it’s a metal stand that comes with magnets to display photos or art! They’re great for a desk, counter top or right by your computer. Easy to switch out the display item due to the magnets, it’s easier to use than a digital frame and it’s easy to customize to your style. Here’s a peek:

Alterable Magnetic Easel


We have decided to not sell the easels anymore and have special pricing to eliminate our current inventory.

7 1/2″ easels are $8 each plus $9.30 USPS Priority Flat Rate shipping up to 30 easels per box. Original price per easel was $13.97.

12″ easels are $10 each plus $12.95 USPS Priority Large Flat Rate shipping up to 5 easels per box. Original price per easel was $16.97.

If you purchase more than 30 of the small easels, we’ll take off an additional dollar per easel making them $7 each.

If you purchase more than 15 of the large easels, we’ll take off an additional dollar per easel making them $9 each.

We don’t have a huge amount of inventory left after the holiday season, so let us know as soon as possible to get the quantities you want or need. We can send an invoice allowing payment by any major credit card and shipping can be made within 24 hrs of clearance of payment.

I had some time this weekend to create a new 7 1/2″ easel design with Love, Elsie’s Cody Collection which is WAY cute! There are 2 pieces of adhesive backed fabric paper IDEAL for the easel. Just trim 3″ off the side of the 12×12 piece of paper and voila! Peel and stick! A little extra trimming will most likely be necessary, but that’s good to do after placing both the front and back pieces on the easel. The Tim Holtz Tonic Paper Distressor works wonderfully along the edges to fray and distress. Add some embellishments and chipboard buttons to the magnets for covers and you’ve got yourself a decorated easel! Thanks to my cousin for posing with his dog and my aunt for taking great pictures!

7 1/2" Alterable Magnetic Easel Design

Title letters are often difficult to decide on when working on a project. My thought process is to think about the “feel” to the project – is it casual or formal? fun or serious? a lot to say or a little?

Thinking about this part of the title in advance can help decide the direction to go in when picking the size and font of the letters. In the case of a casual title, think of any fun characters or images that you could use as letters. In the easel title above, I used a heart as the “U” in luv. Also, can there be a fun, alternative spelling for a casual project? Use this to your advantage!

Material and texture can also play a big part in making the project successful. For the example above, I used colored craft foam cut with a Sizzix Sidekick and Sizzix Stencil Alphabet. The foam is easy to cut with the machine. I layered a solid piece behind the cut letter for a color contrast. I find that “The Ultimate” glue from Crafter’s Corner or specific glue for craft foam both work well. Set-up time is minimal and a good bond is there after only a couple minutes. Happy crafting!

LUV MY Pet Easel

I’ve been wanting to have a new design for a pet themed easel, so when the new Love, Elsie Daisy Collection came into the store, it was a dead ringer! Easy to use for pets in general, dogs or cats, it works really well to show the affection you have for your beloved furry friends. The paw prints and stripes are actually an adhesive-backed fabric paper IDEAL for this 7 1/2″ easel! The chipboard buttons work well for the magnet caps – so easy to move around where ever you want on the board. The stencil letters are actually die cut foam pieces adding yet another texture to the project.  There are shrinky dink stamped charms hanging from the ribbon that say “CAT” – too cute! Sign up for my class at Scrapbook Central on July 1 at 7pm if you want to see how to put it all together!

My dear friend Sharon completed this beautiful 12×12 easel at the last crop we were at together. She covered the easel with fabric (love it!) using spray adhesive and trimmed it with pinking shears around the edges for a terrific textured look. She then added all sorts of bling-y embellishments and Grungeboard making a really awesome project. The super duper magnets will hold the messages, business cards or appointment notes just fine anywhere on the easel. TOO fun Sharon, totally gorgeous result! Thank YOU for sharing!



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