Ok, back to our regularly scheduled programming :) Wow, I'm sorry to not have posted any kreations since Friday - life happens :) I've been kreating lots of little gifts lately and this was one of the gifts for my daughters preschool teachers last week. The idea for a pocket/refillable notebook cover came from Lisa Somerville. I had to come up with my own dimensions as her notepad was much smaller and she could kreate the cover using 1 sheet of cardstock. I figured out how to fit my larger notepad using the same pocket concept. I picked up these monogram notepads at Michaels for $1, they were about 3-3/4 x 9 and I decorated them to be a very cute gift - BONUS, they color coordinated perfectly with our SU colors. I had to use 2 sheets of cardstock to get my desired pocket effect. You may be wondering what I mean by pocket - the back of the notepad which is usually a thin piece of cardboard, will slide into this pocket, so when the pad runs out, they can slip another notepad in its spot. These particular measurements fit my notepad, so you may need to alter them depending on the size you have. TIP#1: For any size pad, take a piece of copy paper and place your pad in the middle and mark approx 1/8" from the sides of your pad to kreate a template for your pocket piece.
*Take 1 piece of 8-1/2 x 11 cardstock and score it at 3-7/16 and 7-9/16. Fold pieces inward kreating a 'gate' type card and your soon to be pocket. TIP#2 Before adhering the 'pocket' make sure the cardboard backing of your notepad slides in. Then adhere with sticky strip to close pocket.
*Take an additional piece of cardstock for the cover that measures 4-1/8 x 9-3/4 (again this is for my pad). TIP: Whatever width your middle panel is for your pocket part, will be the width you will need for your cover. Then at one end I scored at 5/8" and 1-1/16" (depends on the thickness of your pad). This will wrap around top of pad.
*Next I decorated the front of the cover (supplies listed below)
*Placed sticky strip on the 5/8" portion and slide it into my pocket to kreate a flap/cover to my notepad.
*The final touch, adhered ribbon at the top with sticky strip (under the flap, between score marks). Cute right?! And funtional, gotta love it :)
I hope that you can understand my wordy (possibly too simple) directions. It really is simple though. I played around with copy paper until I got it right and then transferred my dimensions to cardstock. Give it a try! Totally transforms an ordinary notepad. By the way, they were a hit with the teachers!! :) I don't think the photos do them justice. I am more than happy to help, if my directions are too confusing, just email me! Sorry for the long post!
Tomorrow I'll show you the cute little paper clips that I made to go along with them too. Gotta run for now - dinner to prepare, some play time with the kids outside, 1 more load of laundry - life :)
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Stamps: Soft Summer (Occasions Mini), Non SU Letters
Paper: Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, Tango Tangerine
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, 1/4" White Grosgrain, 1/4" Old Olive Grosgrain, 5/8" Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain, Sticky Strip