Thursday, July 17, 2008

The First Real Post!

This is probably one of the easiest projects I've ever done...and one of the cheapest too! It's a great way to use up scraps.

You'll need a composition notebook (I got mine in a pack of 4 at the dollar store). The ones I bought have a taped spine, not a spiral bind. Choose 2 or 3 coordinating papers (cardstock and/or patterned paper), and go to town!

I've given specific instructions here for the pink cherry composition notebook.

Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Stamps: SU! Tart and Tangy

Punches: scallop, 1-3/8" circle, 1-1/4" circle

Embellishments: 1/4" Pretty in Pink grosgrain

Cherries Bling from Heidi Swapp

Using markers to ink the cherry stamp, create 'designer paper' by stamping the image repeatedly on Whisper White. This will be the top front of the notebook.

Hold the 'designer paper' against the notebook. Mark measurements. Cut to size and adhere to notebook.

Hold the Pretty in Pink CS against the notebook, lining it up with the bottom of the 'designer paper'. Trim and adhere to notebook.

Repeat with Pretty in Pink CS for the back of the notebook. (I just used Pretty in Pink for the whole back, but you could mix papers on the back too.)

Measure and cut 14" of Pretty in Pink 1/4" grosgrain ribbon. Adhere the ribbon to the notebook so that it wraps around and can be tied at the side. Make sure the ribbon covers the seam between your two front papers.

Cut the Certainly Celery CS to the length of your notebook. I cut mine to 4-1/2" x 1-1/4". Score the CS so that it matches the spine of your notebook. My score lines were 1/2" from each long side, creating a 1/4" section in the middle.

Adhere the Certainly Celery CS to the notebook. I suggest using a very tacky tape for this step.

Tie the ribbon in a bow to keep it out of the way.

Using the scallop punch, punch a scallop from Whisper White CS. If you want to, use a paper piercing tool to poke a small hole in each scallop for added interest.

Punch a 1-3/8" circle from Pretty in Pink CS. Adhere to the scallop.

Punch a 1-1/4" circle from Whisper White CS. Adhere to the pink circle.

Attach cherry Bling (Heidi Swapp) to the centre of the circle.

Use a dimensional to adhere the accent to the front of the notebook.

This would make an excellent gift for a young girl...they love writing notes!

Some other ideas:
decorate with baby-themed stamps for new parents to keep track of feedings (really useful for families with newborn twins!)
use school-themed stamps for a teacher's gift
decorate with Christmas stamps and use the notebook to record which presents you've already bought, and for whom

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