Pin It

Monday, March 02, 2009

It Started Out As a Plain Old Scratch Pad!

It did!! It was just a plain old scratch pad. I had ordered a bunch of them online at Staples a while back. I have them packed away in my storage closet (in a spot where I can get at them!!!). I take one out now and then to use as a scratch pad. But tonight I was looking at this scratch pad and thought I could dress it up a bit!! And this is what I came up with.

I found that a 12" x 12" piece of decorative paper worked well with this. You can get by with 8-1/2" x 11" but you would need to use two pieces for the notepad. It's not a big deal and the pieces would be glued or taped together in the back so you couldn't tell. But it's just a way to do it so that those who do not have that long of a piece of decorative paper or card stock can make these too.

I set the scratch pad on top of the decorative paper and made a mark so I knew where to cut it. They are not perfect sizes, meaning they measure in the 16th's and 32nds". It's just easier to lightly mark the paper and bring it to your paper cutter. And each pad is not the same size either! SO you would need to do them one at a time or trim when you are done.

Anyway, I cut the paper and set the scratch pad on top of it. I took the bottom end of the paper and brought it all the way up to the top where the pad is glued together. I pressed the paper into the edges of the bottom of the pad to make a fold mark. I removed the pad and folded the paper on those marks. I used the sides of the paper as my guideline for a straight fold. I put the scratch pad back on the paper and repeated the folding of the top. The top flap is not very big at all. Here is where I added a piece of card stock. I used the VersaMark pad and the flowers image from the Stampin' Up! set "Bird on a Branch." It doesn't really show on the card stock. And now that I look at it I think i should have used the matching ink pad and it would have shown up more. If you click on the photo you can see the images a bit better.

The flower in the pot is from the Stampin' Up! set "Always in My Thoughts." I colored it in with a blender pen, watercolor crayons and markers. I sponged the edges and layered it on a piece of card stock. The words were done on the computer, punched out and then layered. I did add a little circle magnet to the inside of the flap. It does show when you open it but from the outside it doesn't and it helps keep the flap closed. You can add ribbons or buttons to dress it up even more if you like! There's not a whole lot to making these, just a little materials and a little time!!! But it sure did dress up a plain old scratch pad!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting,


Erika M. said...

Great idea!


Great idea indeed. Do you have a pic of the inside? The top of the pad doesn't look like you wrapped the CS around so wondering how it's attached.

Diane said...

It looks fabulous Wanda! You did an fantastic job with it!

Unknown said...

Great job on this, I love to make these. Love the image, DP and color combo.

Anonymous said...

So very pretty!! This is a great idea!! TFS!