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:

  1. 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
    http://cccscraproom.blogspot.com
    cccscraproom@windstream.net

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  2. 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!

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  3. 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!

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

    Anne :)

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  5. Fabulous idea Katie, just love them.

    Leslie

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  6. 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

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

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  8. 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!!

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

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

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  11. WOWZA fabulous job! I just love them all!

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

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

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

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  15. i just love these!!!!


    rosiemini@gmail.com
    www.scraplovingminis.blogspot.com

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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!

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  18. 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

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

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