Tim Holtz Fragments

Reported by: Reyanna Klein

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 stock photo from

The back of the package explains a bit more about them…

“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:

  1. Ovals and circles (without pre-drilled holes).
  2. Tiles (squares and rectangles, without pre-drilled holes).
  3. 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!

First, I decided to make a necklace. I cut out a small piece of patterned paper (Studio Calico), a bit larger than the Fragment (you could also use photos!). I then spread some Glossy Accents on one side (doesn’t matter which side), so the whole Fragment was covered.

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.
I used my craft knife to cut the paper out of the charm opening (spinning it around in the opening). Then I added a bit of Glossy Accents to the back (and brushed off excess with a small paint brush) to seal it. If you’re making a necklace, I suggest using double-sided patterned paper (as I did here), that way, it’s pretty on both sides.

After letting the Glossy Accents dry, I strung through embroidery floss, and it was finished! This would make a great gift! You could make 48 necklaces for under $20 (less if you already own the Glossy Accents)… something to keep in mind for Christmas this year… 😉 (modeled by “Tiffini,” an alterable dress-form from Creative Imaginations).

You could also tie a bow with ribbon through the charm and use it as an adornment on a card or scrapbook page.

Tim (the creative genius he is) came up with a great technique of sanding, stamping and embossing the Fragments. It creates such a cool look! I tried it on a large Fragment and used it as an embellishment on a layout.

(All papers, stickers and embellishments used in these projects are part of Studio Calico‘s February kit. Papers include Studio Calico, K&Company, My Mind’s Eye, Creative Imaginations and Making Memories. Alphabet stickers are American Crafts and Making Memories. Little girl’s face [on card] and butterfly [on layout] are both K&Company die-cuts.)
  • 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.
Cons: (which is pretty difficult)
  • 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.
All in all, I LOVE these! I’m sure I’ll quickly make it through my one package of 48 charms! And I will most likely be purchasing the other two types as well!
You can purchase them at Archiver’s Photo Memory Store (if you don’t have one near you, you can call your closest store, and they will ship to you). And the following online retailers sell Tim Holtz Fragments:
If you’ve used Tim Holtz Fragments, what have *you* done with them? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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6 Responses to Tim Holtz Fragments

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    moonlightgrrl February 26, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    hey Reyanna… cool projects! I just might have to go out and get some of those charms! (and what a clever way to plug SC too… they really have such awesomeness every month!)

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    Anne aka Anniescraps February 26, 2009 at 8:36 pm #

    Nice post and love the layout, card and jewelry. I was turned onto them at a workshop with Tim. They are a bit of magic.

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    april February 27, 2009 at 10:38 am #

    what a fabulous review. Thanks for all the information and great ideas!

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    Kimberly February 27, 2009 at 11:50 pm #

    Such an AWESOME review! Loved all the great information you provided…as well as INSPIRATION! AWESOME! xoxo

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    Anam_Kihaku February 28, 2009 at 12:33 am #

    i love these. i like to sand them and then spray them with glimmer mist or alcohol inks.. but my favourite thing is to use them as an emphasis point on photographs like this one

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    I used fragments on my Christmas tags…I stamped an image first instead of using background paper.