Trip Tokens: Travel Memorabilia Bracelet

It’s an original project by Studio 5’s Do-it-yourself Diva, Jennifer Heslop. She says the challenge of collecting just the right card, ticket or brochure turns into trip memory all its own.

Instead of buying expensive trinkets and knick-knacks from souvenir stores this year, tell the family you’re doing something better. Their challenge is to collect vacation freebies: postcards, ticket stubs, room keys. Anything they can punch with a standard single-hole punch, and affix to a large binder ring.

You will find the ring becomes stuffed with unique items that reflect your destination stops. When you come home, you could:

• Decorate your travel ring with scraps of ribbon. Hang it on a hook or bulletin board.

• Make it into a little scrapbook by adding decorative chipboard covers to the ring, and enclose the contents.

Or take it one step further. Make it a memory bracelet by making your own unique charms from your favorite items. Here’s how:

1. Color copy your collection onto Ink Jet Shrink Film.

Note: Shrink film comes in many different colors finishes. For the opaque look shown in the picture, use white paper with a matte finish.

2. Using a 2-inch paper punch, punch out the section that will become the charm.

3. Punch a tiny hole through the charm near the top. (This is how you attach the charm to the bracelet.)

4. Decorate the backside of the shrink film image with markers, stamps, or water based acrylic paints.

5. You’re ready to shrink! Follow the manufacturer’s directions to shrink the cut-out.

6. Cool the charm. Attach it to your bracelet using jewelry jump-rings.

7. Add character to your jewelry by embellishing with additional silver charms and beads.

You’ll have a truly unique treasure, and memory!

Studio 5 Contributor Jennifer Heslop loves turning trash into treasure. She is handy
with a hammer, and has a knack for saving a dime by doing it yourself!

If you have questions for Jenn, e-mail her at

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