Instant Idea: Craft clearance bins sometimes yield packs of studs similar to ‘bedazzling’ bling. They make useful stand-ins for expensive shaped brads.
Simply place background over a piece of fun foam or an old mouse pad, push in to place, flip the whole shebang over, and fold over the prongs with a popsicle stick. I bought this pack of various sizes and shapes of studs for about $2 in 2005 and it’s still going strong!
P.S. Congrats, cuz, and have a good time at college!! ;-)