I first learned about Tim Holtz Fragments on a blog I just happened upon (wish I could remember whose… she made them into necklaces for all her friends). Then, during Tim Holtz’s “12 Tags of Christmas,” he featured them used in several different ways. I was hooked! I immediately ran to Archiver’s to get myself a set.
“Fragments – a small, clear tile that can be used as an adornment by adhering patterned paper to, or inking, and attaching to scrapbook pages and or handmade cards.”
I didn’t quite realize how versatile these were until I got these little babies home! I love that they’re acrylic. Acrylic to me equals lots of crafting fun!
The three different packaging options mean the possibilities are endless! Each package contains 47-48 pieces and retails for $9.99. The Fragments range in size from 5/8″ to 3.5″ depending on which package you buy. You can use them in all sorts of ways.
The three different types offered are:
- Ovals and circles (without pre-drilled holes).
- Tiles (squares and rectangles, without pre-drilled holes).
- Combination of ovals, circles and tiles (16 unique shapes!) charms (with pre-drilled holes).
If you choose to buy the Fragments without the pre-drilled holes, no need to worry if you’d like to make just a few into charms. A Dremel tool, Fiskars Craft Drill, or other small drill can drill holes through them!
I decided to buy the charms because I felt I’d use those more often (and I love that the package comes with a combination of 16 different shapes and sizes!). With some patterned paper and Glossy Accents, you can create beautiful charms in just minutes!
Next, I adhered the Fragment to the patterned paper and let it dry for a few minutes. I simply cut (with non-stick blades) around the Fragment, to remove the excess patterned paper.
- The price! At just about $0.21 per tile or charm, how can you go wrong?!
- The option to have them with or without pre-drilled holes.
- The tiles/ovals/circles (without pre-drilled holes) come in large sizes up to 3.5″.
- Versatility! You can add these to any craft project or home decor item. (A friend of mine added the tiles as a neat embellishment to the outside of a notebook.)
- Because they’re from Tim Holtz, you’re able to find many different techniques and tutorials on his website and blog.
- The largest charm is only 1.75″ (bigger ones might be nice for different projects).
- Acrylic tends to scratch easily.
- Drilling too many holes may crack the acrylic just a bit.
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