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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Christmas Notepads

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I know that many of you own a Cuttlebug, Sizzix, or other die cutting machine. I recently purchased a new Sizzix die which as you know works with most major die cutting machines. The new die is called "Album Cover & Page" and is a standard size die. You can cut chipboard, tag, scrapbook paper, etc. with the die. I decided to make some Christmas notepads for people to toss in their purses when they go shopping.

I cut 2 pages out of chipboard to use for the back and front covers of each notepad. I cut out 4 pages of patterned paper for each notepad so I could cover both sides of the front and back covers. I cut 12 pages out of white tag to use for the pages in the notepad. I chose to use tag instead of copy paper so that the pages would be sturdier.

I rubbed a dye ink pad along the side edges of the chipboard to give them some color. I also brushed that same dye ink pad along the front and back edges as shown in the photograph. I did that in case I didn't line my papers up exactly when I covered the chipboard. You do not need to brush on as much ink as I did. I got a little carried away with my rubbing! Dye ink dries quickly, but I set the chipboard aside to dry completely while I adhered Scor-pal tape to the backs of the 4 sheets of patterned paper.

Next I attached the patterned papers to the inside and outside of the front and back covers. The Sizzix die cuts 3 holes in each page so I lined up the holes so that they matched and ran a piece of 1/8" wide ribbon through each hole and tied each piece into a little knot. The ribbons are tied loosely so that the pages can turn easily or be untied to add more pages to the notepads.

I added embellishments to the front covers just for fun.

The notepads I created today are for Christmas lists, but by using different papers you could make notepads for everyday use.

Talk to you soon. Have a great night!

1 comment:

sucor said...

Great project! Cute and useful as well!