Diva Challenge entry for the week. The challenge was stripes. I wanted to do another Zendala and thought I'd combine the two. Not sure I pulled off stripes, but I like it! Tangles used: Aquafleur, Sprigs, Ilana, and Maize (variation).
Nice timing that the Zentangle® blog just posted suggestions for displaying Zentangle art. I've been working on a display/storage option myself. If you hadn't noticed, I've been doing a lot of Zendalas lately. (Mandalas drawn with the Zentangle Method typically drawn on 4 5/8" diameter round tiles from Zentangle.). To see more of my Zendalas, click on the Zendala label on the right side of my blog.
Well, after you get so many Zendalas, you need storage for them, right? And they are just too pretty to put in just any old CD case. So here's what I came up with. You can adjust the number of pockets to fit your need (whim). You can easily load each pocket with two Zendalas, front and back.
You can hang them.
You can simply accordion fold the booklet to take with you.
A hole punch (I used 1/8" for eyelets and a larger punch for hanging)
Eyelets to match your hole punch size (for a 5 pocket booklet you need 8 eyelets)
Eyelet setter - (you could probably substitute small brads for the eyelets)
Some type of clips to hold pockets together temporarily (I used 4)
A piece of paper for a template, cut to the same size as your pocket (mine was 5" x 5")
Clear plastic CD/DVD pockets * (I used 5 per booklet)
* I used Memorex clear CD & DVD Keepers that I purchased at Office Depot. I don't remember the price but it looks like they are about $10 for 50 on Amazon. While they do have their logo embossed on the pockets, I didn't find it too obtrusive. I don't notice it on the completed booklet. Also, on the opposite side from the logo, they have a half moon cut. Again, I don't notice this. Check out the photos, they are hardly recognizable. However, you could check out different brands to see if you could avoid either of these.
1) Mark your template at 1/2" up from the bottom and 1/2" over from each side.
6) The top or final pocket goes on in exactly the same manner. Once it is on, you can decide if you want a single hole in the center of the top flap for hanging. I did not use an eyelet for decoration as I didn't want it obstructing the view of the Zendala when closed.
7) Accordion fold the pockets. Unfold and you're done! Fill with your beautiful Zendalas and hang. Or stand them up to display. When you need to take them along, simply fold them up and go!
To modify this for Apprentice tiles, remember to change the placement of the eyelets. I set mine 1/4" in from bottom and side and the tiles fit fine.
I'd say the only real drawback of this booklet is that you sometimes see the glare reflected on the plastic and you don't get to feel the paper. But you can easily take them in and out and they are protected. I think it's a fair trade off.