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Monday, July 30, 2012

Notepad Holders

Seriously, this is my new favorite thing to make!! It's just such a great idea and they look soooo cool:) Every time I pull it out of my purse to write in it, who ever sees it, wants one!! We're going to be making a bunch of these for the craft show! Quick, easy and you don't have a lot of cost involved. 1.25 for the case, one sheet of designer series paper and a junior notebook. I've been cutting mine down with my Fiskars rotary paper cutter just fine. My friend Deborah has a Carl rotary cutter that does an even better job! The beautiful double-sided papers are from the Mocha Morning set I'm so sad this pattern is retired and wish I had ordered more! just love love the way all the designs in the collection coordinate. The stamp is from the Apothecary Art stamp set.
I've tweaked the dimensions a bit and this is so wonderful it just bears repeating the directions!
  • Stampin' Up!  DVD cases (4 for $5.95) 
  • Designer Series Paper 3 coordinating pieces: (case liner: 10 5/8" x 7") (notebook top: 5" x 2)         (inside pocket: 8 1/2" x 3")
  • Circle or oval punch
  • Sticky strip
  • Thin pen (RSVP pens are too fat)
1.       The junior legal size note pads will need to be cut off the bottom. If you cut it to 7 inches, you'll have room for one of those cute little short pens on top!  If you don’t have a paper cutter that will do this, the office stores do this for you for a small fee.

2.       Leave the notebook loose instead of adhering it to the case so the user could remove it for easier writing and to replace when the tablet is gone. The notebook topper is 5" x 2" and can be secured with sticky strip. This can be embellished with a die cut strip or ribbon if you like.

3.       Before placing the 10 5/8 by 7-inch dsp inside the case, consider the pattern on your paper to determine if you’d like ribbon, die cut or some other embellishments on the cover. Adhere those then simply slide in the case.

4.       To make a pocket to hold receipts etc. cut a coordinating pieces of dsp 8 1/2" x 3.  Fold it in thirds and secure it in the back and on the bottom with Sticky Strip. Use a circle or oval punch on the front edge in the center so you can reach inside the envelope more easily.  Depending on the designer paper you select you may want to embellish this pocket with a die cut or ribbon before adhering it to the inside of the case. 
5.      A Thin pen can be included (RSVP pens are too fat) or one of those short mini pens will fit at the top of the notebook.

 Check out some more examples here: http://astampabove.typepad.com/my-blog/2011/02/hard-case-notebook.html.  and here: http://flowerbug.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/06/clear-case-notebook-gift.html.

5 comments:

  1. Thats such a cool idea Carole! Love the notebook!! I'd totally want one if I saw you take that out of your purse :)

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  2. Very clever! I would have never guessed it was a DVD case! It's beautiful"

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  3. Beautiful notebook Carole ! Great tutorial as well :) I hope you have a great day, Shirleyx

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  4. Such a cool idea! I like the pocket for receipts etc!

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  5. These are so cute!!!!! I'm your newest follower from SC. Stop on by sometime!

    Chanda Stehlik
    www.onecraftymommy.com my SU only site
    www.soNOTbetty.com my frugal/real food site

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