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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Sparkling Notes Tutorial!

I ran across the instructions for this fun notepad holder. I think the original pattern came from Lisa Sommerville's blog. I've had the finished notebook for so long I forgot about it until I opened it up and saw I had the score lines written on the pad inside. I like this pattern because it allows you to reuse the holder when the paper is used up. As long as it has a cardboard back to the pad you can replace it!!! Such a wonderful idea.

To make this I took a piece of Blue Bayou card stock and on the 8-1/2" side at 2-1/2" and at 5-3/4". Turn the card stock and score it on the 11" sice at 5-1/4" and at 5-3/4". Cut away the two side rectangles. Make sure you cut about 1/8" below the 5-3/4" score line. You need to give a little leaway for the cardboard backing to the notepad. Click on the photo to see it close up. You will see how much was cut off on the top edge of each side. It's just below the two center score marks. I drew the score lines in with a pencil so you can see them better.

Then I glued the bottom edges and the flaps shut. I figured if the glue distored the paper it wouldn't show because the notepad would hide the seams. Insert your notepad and decorate the front as desired.

For this one I used the Barouqe Motif's set and the Linen background stamp. I wanted to keep it simple and this set allows you to give it that touch of elegance at the same time.

This notepad holder was VERY fun to make. I am going to make some to sell at the next year's craft fairs. They would also make wonderful Christmas Gifts, Hostess Gifts, Customer Appreciation Gifts and even a Stamp Camp item.

Thank you for stopping by,


Anonymous said...

Love those crystals!
This note pad is too pretty to use :)

Unknown said...

I love the bling on the holder and I never thought to put it in a punch circle, wow I love the layout for cards also. I have to try one of these holders.

Kathy H said...

Wanda - so do the two side pieces "wrap" around the card board backing and then that top piece fold down over to become the front? Hope that makes sense!
Kathy H

Unknown said...

Thanks for this share Wanda. I have never seen a holder done like this before. I like that it can be used over and over again. This definately goes on my "have to try it" list.

Anonymous said...

what a lovely gift this would make! All the bling just sets it off perfectly! TFS such a beautiful idea!

Diane said...

What a wonderful project,they can be given to so many people as a small gift like you said!!! Thanks
for the tutorial!

ktstamps said...

Great stuff! You are so impressive! kt

Shannon McGann said...

This is a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

Beth M said...

Love this! Thanks so much for sharing your pattern!

Debbie said...

BEAUTIFUL!! I love the elegance of it....well done!!

Sohott said...

Have you ever done such a notebook "cover" for top or side spiral little notebooks, much like your glue bound notebook here? Post if you ever get the whim and have a pattern. TFS - Sohott

BTW - blog candy is mine! hehehehe

Paula said...

Very Very Pretty. Would make wonderful gifts. Thanks for sharing.