Friday, June 15, 2012

Pretty Notebooks


Today is the last day of school!  I'm so excited to begin my summer vacation in a few hours!  My blog has been a bit neglected this week as I have been feverishly making gifts for my colleagues and students.  Today I'm sharing the pretty notebooks I made for my colleagues.  I got this idea from a Heidi Swapp video on My Craft Channel. 


The 5" x 8" notebooks are from Staples, and they come in packs of twelve.  I only needed one 12" x 12" piece of double-sided patterned paper for each notebook cover.  The base is cut at 8" x 12", scored to wrap around the notebook.  The little strip across the notebook is 1" x 5".


The belly band is cut at 12" x 1 3/4".  For each of my colleagues, I cut the initial of the first name, using either the Gypsy Wanderings or Lyrical Letters Cricut cartridge.  This is adhered to a circle and scalloped circle cut with the Papertrey Ink 1 3/4" Circle Die Collection.


On the front flap, I added a 1" x 8" strip of cardstock, trimmed with the ekSuccess Bumpy Roads edger punch, to give an extra pop of color.


Sorry I don't have a list of products.  I had fun picking random sheets of patterned paper at a scrapbook store, but I forgot to record all of their names.


It was fun to choose papers to match each person's personality.



For packaging, I used 6.75" x 9.75" transparent archival bags made by Recollections (found at Michael's).  They were the perfect size, and I was able to use a 2" x 7" piece of patterned paper for the topper.  So I got the topper, belly band, notebook cover, and strip on the top of the notebook all out of one sheet of paper.


To make my label, I used My Creative Time's Stitched Lollipop Holder Die.  I discovered that I could cut two "tags" out of each lollipop holder cut.  These were the perfect size for me to write a little message.  The sentiment is from MCT's All Around Everything, and the cute flip flops are from MCT's All Around Everything Accessories.  They are stamped on the Scallop & Stitched Circle Dies.  All of these stamps and dies can be found at the My Creative Time Store.

Sorry there is no product list today - just no time!  I'll be posting the gifts I made for my students in the next couple of days.  Happy summer!!!

21 comments:

Carolyn/MamaC said...

What fun and creative notepads! Love how you personalized each one! Thanks for the details on how to make the notepads.
Enjoy your summer!
Carolyn
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snappy scrappy said...

Wow...beautiful job! Lee-Ann :)

CathyinMN said...

That's so nice and thoughtful of you to make these for your colleagues. They're very cute and functional at the same time. TFS!

Adrian said...

Wow, these are great!

Kim H said...

Katie ~ Oh my where do I begin with these! They are just the BEST gift I have seen yet! I LOVE the fact they are done with a 12x12 paper, usable, and personalized for each person! CLEVER, CLEVER idea! All the papers, suited for that person, are so fun and bright! The best part is the monogram too! I LOVE when you use cartridges, which many of us might have forgotten about, and use them! Mini Monograms is one of the first cartridges I bought! Then how CLEVER of you to use the MCT lollipop die and circle for a tag! GENIUS! Plus you get 2 tags out of one die cut! LOVE it ~ LOVE them ALL! I can't wait to see the students gifts!

Anne said...

Wow these are great! Your colleagues are going to love them and they are so functional. Great job Katie.

Anne :)

CA Scrapper said...

Fabulous idea Katie, just love them.

Leslie

Glora said...

WOW, I LOVE these. What an awesome idea, I love the way that the paper wraps perfectly around there with just a few score lines. I love finding new ideas and making them my own. These really are BEAUTIFUL. They are going to love them so much!!!! Hugs- Glora

Katie said...

I love these notepads! Congrats on summer break starting!!

Ashlee said...

love this idea! We've been out of school for a few weeks but these would also make great back to school gifts as well!! I work with 9 other teachers so a pack of 12 would be perfect! thanks for the great idea!!

Rebecca said...

Congratulations on finishing your school year! These are amazing gifts! I love your detailed descriptions. Thanks for the very helpful inspiration!

Anonymous said...

What a great gift idea! TFS.
dmcardmaker (email follower)

ScrappyRae10 said...

WOWZA fabulous job! I just love them all!

tracym110 said...

Wow!! They ALL turned out great! What a wonderful gift idea!!
Tracy M

Linda Kaiser said...

Great idea! They are all so adorable. Love the monograms!

Lady Fair said...

Your notebook covers are so cute, the papers are wonderful. I'm sure your co-workers appreciate you, too!

Rosie said...

i just love these!!!!


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cricutharper said...

What a nice colleague you are to work with! These are great and I'm sure everyone who gets one will be thrilled to have it.

KELLI A. said...

I just had to Pin this! All my teacher friends, including myself, will have blast making these for secretaries, room mothers, and other volunteers! Thanks for the inspiring ideas!

Ashlee said...

Just wanted you to know that I tried this project and told my followers that I followed your instructions. Thank you again for posting such beautiful crafts! You are an inspiration :)

http://wituckis.blogspot.com/2012/06/notebook-project.html

personalized77 said...

Thanks for posting this great idea. I love how each one can be personalized with an initial and by the pattern of paper used.