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.

UndertheTableandDreaming


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. 





ENJOY!!




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22 comments:

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog! It's so nice to meet someone else who makes candles :)

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  2. How awesome! I want to try this!! Thanks for the tutorial!

    :)
    Candy

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  3. I'm your newest Follower from the Monday Blog Hops! Come check out my blog at: http://adventuresofathriftymommy.blogspot.com/

    Have a great day!

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  4. You are very creative! Love your beautiful & bright blog. I found you blog hopping.

    Stop bye and visit me when you can! Also, leave your link so others can find you on my blog hop!

    http://loveiseverywhere.blogspot.com/

    Kate
    Peace & Love

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  5. Hey everybody! Thanks for stopping by and following.

    Candy - glad you enjoyed the tutorial. Try it out, I'm sure you'll have fun.

    Kate - Thanks a lot for your sweet commment. I'm headed over to visit your blog. :o)

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  6. Hi What a wonderful blog! I am a new follower from Making Friends Monday.(Thanks for linking up!)I look foward to reading more from you! Stop by and visit me when you can! www.livingonloveandcents.blogspot.com

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  7. Hey there "Living on Love & Cents",

    How are ya...glad you stopped by. I love receiving "bloggy-love" comments...they make my day. I'm headed to your blog to extend the bloggy love. :o)

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  8. Hello! I am your newest follower! I dabble in paper crafts, too! I like to make cards & scrapebook. Come show me some bloggy love!
    www.bingopajamaswhengoodthingshappen.blogspot.com

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  9. I'm now following you through the Love is Everywhere Blog Hop. I hope you'll do the same! You can find me @ http://sofiasideas.com/

    Sofia's Ideas

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  10. Such a clever and creative idea! I love the added ribbon - very pretty! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  11. WONDERFUL! Stephanie, thanks for featuring my notepad. I had a ball creating it. I'll be adding the "I was featured" button to my sidebar. Yaaaay, Yipppeeeee, Wooohoooo!

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  12. You are incredible. i bet you have more creativity in your pinky than I do in my entire existence!!

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  13. WOW this is beautiful !
    Great creations !
    I LOVE paper so i love your blog !
    Come say hi and follow me :)
    Xo

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  14. Beautiful!

    P.S.
    Thanks for linking up to Welcome Weekend last week. Sorry it took me so long :-) I was already following you via GFC.

    Have a great weekend!

    http://alwaysaroundboys.blogspot.com

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  15. Man, I was just at the craft store today! Back to the store I go! LOL!
    It looks supercute! :)

    I'm already following you but stopping by through the Boost My Blog Friday Blog Hop! I hope you'll do the same! You can find me @ http://sofiasideas.com/

    Sofia's Ideas

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  16. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I am a new follower!

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  17. Okay, I'm loving this. I had no idea you could create your own notepad with rubber cement!! Super clever!! I'm so glad you linked this up to Homemade Christmas!

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  18. Welcome to all of the new followers. Glad you all dropped by to take a peak at my paper crafts!

    Frenchy - thanks for the comment...glad ya like, too. I think you and I are paper junkies. LoL!

    Sandy - thanks for the "cute" comment. I luv it! You gotta try it

    Sharon - thanks! I like that comment. :o) I am incredible! Honestly, I absolutely find great enjoyment in my paper crafts. :o)

    Michele - it was actually my husband that hipped me to the rubber cement. Now, he's incredible. It works like a charm :o)

    Cazra - glad you enjoyed, too. I'm actually working to get a full "tutorial page" to add to the blog. So, everyone else can enjoy producing paper crafts too.

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  19. This is just lovely, and you can hardly go wrong with such a gift - everyone uses note paper! :) I've been wanting to try make a little notepad myself - i read elsewhere that you can use silicone for the "binding" as well (instead of this cement you used).

    I'm a new follower, i've really enjoyed browsing through your lovely creations! I hope to see you back at my weekend parties in future! :)

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