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9.21.2009

American Crafts "Flair"


{Reported by Shelley Haganman}

I remember when I saw "Flair" on Facebook and thought it was the coolest thing ever! I started collecting them and adding them to my board. These little circles of fun were so cute and full of attitude. Then I wondered how cool would it be for "flair" to be real. Well, thank you American Crafts for making "flair" exist in the world of scrapping. I love it when great ideas are translated to the real world! These little buttons of happiness are quite the rage and darn it....they are just plain cute! I have had such fun using them for this review.

Ease of use: Well I don't know how much easier American Crafts could make it. "Flair" comes in a multi-pack of 8 themed buttons for your scrappy use! Each button has a pop dot behind it making it easy to transfer right to your page, card, or project. If don't like the look of a popped flair button simply remove the pop dot and adhere to your project.

Construction/Durability: These little beauties are metal and the surface is coated so they will withstand any wear and tear you may give them!

Usefulness: Well in my opinion these are quite useful. I have found them to work great on layouts, cards, and other non-scrapbooking projects. They are quite versatile and multi functioning!

Cost effectiveness: Here I will have to say I wish a scrapper could get a few more for the money. If you break it down it costs about 50 cents a flair. Not bad, but I can honestly say that I don't care for every single flair on any given sheet. Basically, I don't think I would end up using all of them. Flair is themed and they coordinate with American Crafts papers and other embellishments so that is a bonus!

What I liked: I just think they are so darn cute! I love that they look like buttons and have cute graphics on them and coordinate with other themed American Crafts products. They are so cute! (Did I say that already?)

What I didn't like: I wish there were a few more to a pack. In most packs there are always one of two that I don't think I would ever use and for the price I hesitate to buy certain packs because of this. I guess if you had someone that liked the ones you didn't you could split the pack and it would be a good way to maximize the use of a whole pack!


What I made:

Non Scrapbooking Applications




Here I used some ordinary hair clips, added a cute "Flair" and viola....adorable hair clips!! I took this idea a bit further and created a cute necklace using a jewlery piece I found at Hobby Lobby. Totally cool "peace" necklace! There are some many adorable pieces of Flair you could mix and match them to your mood or outfit!



Now that we have the hair and jewelry covered I remember growing up how cool my jean jacket was with all my buttons attached to it. That inspired me to create them using earring posts/backs and a piece of "Flair". Once I attached them to the jacket I just cut the excess post off with my wire cutter. I think they make a plain old jacket into something special. This technique could be applied to hats, bags, shirts, magnets, and push pins for a bulletin board. After seeing the new baby "Flair" I think it would make a great gift to adhere one to the front of a onesie!! These little buttons are not just for scrapbooking!!



Scrapbooking Applications


Sports Mini Album:
(Supplies: American Crafts paper, Flair, letters, Bazzill Clear plastic sheet, Bind-it-all)

Football Layout:


(Supplies: American Crafts paper, Flair, letters, Tia Bennett digital football brush)



Where and How Much

Product name: "Flair"
Manufacturer: American Crafts
MSRP: $3.99
Available at: two peas , scrapbooking.com*, embellish-it scrapbooking


What do YOU think? Have you tried "Flair"? How have you used them? Send us your ideas and we will share them!

12 comments:

Aly D said...

how creative! i love all of your projects! i need to make some clips for my girls--they'd love that. great review. =)

Samantha said...

Those hairclips are adorable!!!

marisa said...

awesome ideas!!

krista said...

i have loved flair from the beginning! they are just toooo cute! love your sports mini!!!

marla said...

I have only seen these online but NEVER used them.

Bethany Kartchner said...

Great projects! Love them all esp the hair clips!

NancyJones said...

how adorable :)

Cassi said...

adorable -- really like your projects.

stinker said...

your projects are really cute :) i especially like the hair clip!

but flair isn't new to scrapping. years ago there was more than one company who made these. i even have an old package from sticko that i bought at target :)

julieann said...

I too LOVE Flair! As a child of the 80's it brings me back and makes me want to collect it all:):)

ckmom78 said...

love these!! Soo creative!!

Ashley Harris said...

Shelley! These ROCK! I love what you did with the flair. WOO HOO!!!