I have always enjoyed being crafty. I remember getting really excited about stickers and fun stationary when I was little. Well its good to know that some things in life never change!

I was introduced to scrapbooking in 2005 and have been hooked ever since. My love of crafting has branched out to include DIY, projects, gardening, baking, and canning. I hope to share my projects here.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Retractable Gypsy Stylus holder

Hello all! I just wanted to share my idea for keeping track of my Gypsy stylus. I am constantly setting it down and then it gets buried on my craft table, or I just plain forget where I put it. I have tried to use bracelets and wrist straps with my stylus, but I find that having a stylus dangling from my wrist while I am trying to craft is just a tad annoying.

Here it is:

My husband had one of these retractable ID reels for his work ID, and I thought it would be great to use for my stylus.
I picked up this package of reels from Staples office supply.

I used some pliers to open up the V-ring that was attached to the ID badge holder.

I added a jump ring to my stylus, hooked it through the V-ring, and then reattached it to the badge reel.

Here it is all attached

I decorated it using a 1" circle of Bazzil Bling paper, and a 1" Font 1 Shift J on page 47 from my new Cricut Everyday cartridge. I used some Shimmer Mist to give my Monogram some sparkle, and then finished off my reel with some mini gems and ribbon.

Here is a close up of the back. It has a clip on it. I just hook it to my collar or pocket.

Here is a picture of it pulled out some. The reel has a 33-inch cord, plenty of line to comfortably reach my Gypsy. I just have to remember not to let it fly back into place, or I may be hitting myself in the face with my stylus! LOL

Have a Great and Crafty Day!


  1. oh my goodness! This is awesome!! I want one. Do you think my work would mind if I blinged out the hospital logo that is on my id badge? LOL :) I am always loosing my stylus too!

  2. Jan I was wondering if you could tell me how you added the tabs at the top of your blog???

  3. What a wonderful and inventive idea!!

  4. I also would love to know how you added the tabs to your blog.

  5. I love this!!! I do have to say, I busted right out laughing with the image of the stylus wacking you. hahhaha!!

  6. Thanks for all the great comments Ladies.

  7. Jennifer - It lookis like you figured out how to add the tabs!

    Josie0602- Look under the posting tab on your dashboard. The "tabs" on the top of my blog are pages. You can add pages to your blog.

    Hope this helps.

  8. What a great idea! It came out so cute too :) Heck, my desk is such a mess I actually can't find my huge ATG gun sometimes. *LOL*