Friday, November 30, 2007

Office ATCs

...Or how to pass the time on a slow day at work.

I had enough to keep me busy most of the work day, but not enough to fill a full eight hours. I had down time. I was bored. And my work computer doesn't have solitaire (I know, it's a true hardship, believe me!). So what's a crafty person to do with little to do? Why, get creative of course! All it took were a few basic office supplies and I had plenty to play with for a while.

* Light-weight cardboard--anything light enough to cut will do, such as a Kleenex box
* Scissors or paper trimmer
* Adhesive (I keep a cartridge of MonoAdhesive on my desk, but a gluestick will do)
* Colored memo notes or copy paper, newspaper, scraps of leftover wrapping paper (from birthday, retirement or Christmas parties)
* Pens or colored pencils

I started by cutting a piece of light-weight cardboard down to ATC size, 2.5" x 3.5". Next, I took a sheet of paper from my memo cube, folded it, and cut out triangles, changing the widths and heights for variety, but keeping them short enough to fit an ATC. I did this with several different colors, and even found a piece of gold foil wrapping paper to use as well.

I then decorated some of the colored triangles with "garland" and "ornaments" using my colored pens--I even used the paper from a Hershey Kiss as the garland on one tree (yellow tree on a blue ATC). I tore the edge of plain white copy paper for snow drifts, and used a Presto! Jumbo Correction pen by Pentel (whiteout in pen form) to make snowflakes, the garland on a dark tree ("Comfort and Joy" card), part of the snowdrifts on one card, and even to decorate one of the trees. Here's how they turned out:

And this is what two of them look like when used for full-size (4.25 x 5.5) cards:


The Crafty Chik said...

OMG! Your post is too funny! I can only wish I'd have a down day like that! Your ATCs look great though for such limited supplies! LOL!

Betty O said...

These are too darn cute. And to think that when I have a few minutes of "down-time", I actually look for something to do. Never, never again! Thanks so much for sharing.

Heather said...

Thank you, and thank you both for visiting. :)

Jane said...

Wow, I want enough privacy at work that I can play like that and not get caught! Our cubes have short walls so anyone walking past has full view...and I'm right by the printer so everyone is always walking by. Sigh.

Very creative use of your time though!


Donna said...

cute! I want to work where you do...I'd never be able to do this!

Heather said...

Thanks, Donna! Work has picked enough now that I scarce have a chance to check email, let alone get creative, but it sure was nice that one day! ;-)