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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Art Gallery, Harvest Hello, Teacher Notebook/Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

The granddaughters were here today and will soon be going back to school so we thought it would be fun to make their teachers a gift.  You want to think of something that is useful because they get so many trinkets and coffee mugs, which are useful but can become quite a collection after the years. So we decided a notebook would be fun.  Especially in an age where everyone just keeps their notes on their phones!!!  Oh well, it's the thought, right?  I still use paper, notebooks and my phone for keeping notes. I don't think paper has gone out of style yet!

This could easily be a card and almost any card can be turned into a notebook.

The 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" layer is Gorgeous Grape card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Highland Heather card stock. Those two pieces were taped together and then set aside.

The flower from the "Art Gallery" set was stamped on Whisper White card stock using Highland Heather first and the with the highlight stamp Gorgeous Grape ink was used.  The center was stamped using Black Berry Bliss but it didn't show up very well so black Memento ink was stamped on top of that. I thought it might be too dark but it turned out rather well.

The stem/leaves image was stamped using Old Olive ink on Whisper White card stock and then they were die cut out along with the flower piece at the same time. 

A 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock was cut for the front of the book (card).  The flower and stem piece were set on top of the piece to see where the words will go. The words are from the "Harvest Hellos" set and were stamped using Gorgeous Grape ink.   

After the words were added the stem piece was set in place with glue. I thought about using tape but being it is on something that could be handled every day or put in a bag or purse, it would fair better being glued on. Once the stem was in place the flower was added using Dimensionals.  I thought that flat would fair better but it didn't look as pretty. So the Dimensionals popped it up and added some depth to the front.  Perhaps it could be placed in a bag or purse with the cover folded back to expose a blank page ready for some wording! 

Once the flowers were added that piece was taped to the front of the piece.  Then the holes were punched in it.  I also took one of the white pieces of shirt board thickness cardboard from a pack of Designer Series Paper and cut it to 4" x 5-1/4".  I also punched holes in it too.  I took some white standard copier paper and cut it into fourths. I punched holes in them too. I have a RubiCoil machine I bought back in 2000 that I've used to make notebooks and TONS of cookbooks (that I sold at craft fairs). That machine has been used beyond belief. I did have to replace a spring on it because it wore out and broke.  Simple enough to so and not very expensive to repair a machine that is still being used in my workroom.  Anyway, after punching the paper, I put the cardboard piece on the back, the papers in the middle and the card stock on top. I took a coil and hand fed it through the notebook.  There is a machine that does that too but I don't own it. Back when I got the punch that other machine was $500 and I figured I could hand feed it and save myself a lot of money. I still have no need for that other machine, just my RubiCoil.  I got mine here and I have been very pleased with this company. I buy my coils from them and other office supplies. They have always done right by me and I continue to shop there. Especially the black Friday deals!!  Back to the notebook. Once the coil was thread through, I cut the end and took a chain nose pliers and curved the end inward and a bit under the previous coil so it wasn't sticking up to poke anyone or get caught on anything. I repeated that for the other end and the notebook was done.  I think the girls did a great job stamping (the Stamparatus helped out a lot with that) and they felt proud to be giving this to their teachers.

These were fun to make and they do make great gifts.

Thank you SO very much for taking the time today to stop by and have a look at my latest creation.    Wanda

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