Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Notepad & Tutorial

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas with this cute little notepad I just made.  I was feeling crafty today and wanted to play in my craft room and here's what I came up with... 

I had this cute paper from last year's Christmas Card batch and the ribbon was used to wrap one of my gifts from a previous year.  Talk about recycling - LoL!

This notepad is also getting a lot of buzz - thanks to Stephanie over at "Under the Table and Dreaming" blog who featured my creation on the Sunday Showcase.


Now let's get to crafting...

What you'll need:
  • cardstock
  • ribbon
  • paper
  • scoring tool
  • rubber cement
  • binder clips
  • paper trimmer/scissors
  • ruler
  • double-sided adhesive/glue
So, let me tell/show ya how I made the notepad and the cover:

1.  I started out with 10 - 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper that I cut in half (straight down the middle), then turned those same sheets 90 degrees and cut down the middle again.  You should end up with 4 small sheets per cut page for a total of 40 sheets.  They'll each measure 4.25 x 5.5. 

2.   Gather those 40 sheets and stack them evenly.  Then, using the brush included, apply your rubber cement evenly across 1 edge of the stacked sheets.  This will create the "spine" of the notepad and allow you to tear away sheets 1 by 1.

(available at your local craft store)

3.  Use something heavy to apply pressure as the rubber cement dries.  I chose to use these handy little binder clips - they'll keep the sheets together as the cemented edge dries.  Be sure to give it at least 12-24 hours to dry, then remove clips. 

4.  Choose a decorative cardstock and cut it to 8 and 3/4" x 5 and 9/16".  Then, score the cardstock at 4 and 3/8" and again at 4 and 1/2".  Fold at the scored lines.  Apply a double-sided adhesive to the back side/last page of the notepad and place inside of the cardstock cover (rubber cemented edge should be against the scored/spine of the cover.  Pick your favorite ribbon and cut to about 24". 

5.  Wrap ribbon and tie.  VOILA!  There you have it.  Use your notepad for to-do-lists, grocery list or even Christmas gift list. 


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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful Thursday!

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will
of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Enjoy your loved ones and give thanks for your many blessings during this season.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Celebration!!!


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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 27th

Have you all seen this?  There is a new movement on the horizon. 

Move out of the way Black Friday!  Slide over Cyber Monday.  
And come on in Small Business Saturday!

"Support small businesses like mine on Novemeber 27th in the first ever Small Business Saturday. It's one day to support the small businesses that are getting our economy going again." Shop online at

Shop online...anytime - for great gifts and stocking stuffers, too!

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wind-down Wednesday

Today is known by most people as "hump-day".  It's the day that puts us half-way through the work week and almost to the long-awaited weekend.  Well, I need a weekend-day in the middle of the week.  Anybody else have this need?  To help satisfy this necessity I've decided to create my own little special 1-day weekend...on Wednesday.  From now on, I plan to make every Wednesday my "Wind-down Wednesday".  Have you ever felt the need to getaway from EVERYTHING and EVERYONE?  Then, you need a mid-week break.  We're all entitled to some "me-time".  Aren't we?  Aren't you?  Why certainly!

I kept it simple today.  Afterall, this is my 1st weekend day in the middle of the week - LOL!.  After a full day of work, I realized that cooking would go against anything related to winding down, so I decided to let my personal chef at Quizno's (LoL!) make my dinner.  My toasted sandwich was delish!  YUM!!!  Having my hair done was long over due, so I treated myself to a sweet salon visit and I left the salon looking prettiful!  (Yes, that's my new word - prettiful).  It was nice to be pampered by someone else's hands today.  Wow,  I owed it to myself!  I'm planning to keep this up and make it a weekly thing. 

Got any suggestions on how I'll wind-down next Wednesday?  How do you wind-down after a long day?   

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And the winner is...

And the winner is.....
(drum roll please)

Sheri O!

Sheri O said...

I love polka dots! And I can do all things through Christ is one of the greatest scriptures for me when ever I am struggling. I also love Delight yourself in the Lord - it's a beautiful fall cover! Oooo I just thought of something - these would make excellent Secret Sister gifts!!!
Check out her cute gifts...


Feel free to stop by the website and shop for more little notepads, just like these.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010


Today is a...
and you're invited to join in the fun.

Hey there blog family!  I've missed you so much!  It's good to be back, posting and following in the blog world.  I had to take a brief hiatus, but nevertheless I'M BACK (and I'm not just back, but I'm back with goodies, woohooooo)!!!  I want to say a big THANK YOU to all of you for hanging around and patiently awaiting my return.  And to show my appreciation for all of your comments, posts and blog love I'm doing something special.  I'm declaring today a SUPER-SPECIAL-SATURDAY GIVEAWAY!  Why is it super and special?  Glad you asked - because this is my first "appreciation giveaway".  So, let me see....What can I gift you with?  How about 2 "little bitty" Positive Notes?  I'm choosing these guys because they provide the perfect little message of encouragement to see you through each day. 
I'll use a random "winner selector" to choose the recipient of the SUPER-SPECIAL-SATURDAY GIVEAWAY.

Here's how to enter:  There's 4 ways to play: 
  1. leave a comment, here on the blog, and tell me which 2 "little bitty" Positive Notes you like best and why.
  2. become a follower
  3. leave a comment, on Facebook, and tell me which 2 "little bitty" Positive Notes you like best and why.
  4. "like" us on Facebook.
The winner will be announced on Thursday of next week.
P.S.  make sure your email address is available in your settings, so I can respond to the winner.  :o)

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