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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Little Lady Notebook

Hi again!!  If you visited my blog yesterday, you saw the table that I set up for our ladies' event.  I decorated my table in a ladybug theme and included a ladybug notebook as a favor for each guest at my table.   From the moment I first began planning my table, I knew that I wanted to give each guest a notebook, but I had never decorated one before, so I wasn't sure yet how the design would look.  I knew my color, white & black and I knew that I would use the "Little Lady" stamp set from PTI and the black & white polka dotted paper from Hobby Lobby.  Beyond that I wasn't sure.

Enter the last PTI Blog Hop and Ingrid Danvers.  When I saw her card my jaw hit the floor!  Her card was so perfect for the notebook covers I needed to make!  So, I totally CASED her design!  You can see her beautiful card here.  Thank you Ingrid so much for your beautiful card and the inspiration it provided!

Here are my notepads completely inspired by her.

Since this was for a ladies event at church, I really wanted to include a scripture verse on the front of the notepad.  I love the scripture included in the PTI "Everyday Blessings" stamp set.  

 I was in a bit of a rush, so even though I have a sheet music stamp, I printed some public domain sheet music off of the Internet and then stamped the red flowers onto it and cut it up.  It was a bit of a time saver for me!

I sprayed each of the lady bug circle pieces with pearl glimmer mist to make it shine! Wow!! I love this stuff!! It was the first time I have used it and I can tell you that you will see it again!! LOVE the shine and shimmer it gave the ladybugs!

Something else I wanted to do but ran out of time was to make a little packaging for each of the notepads like my friend Amy did here.  I didn't have any of the little sacks that the notepads fit in though, so I custom made my own.  (I only made one though since I was out of time.) 

I took an ordinary white lunch sack and sewed down one side with a zig zag stitch.  Then, I put my notebook inside of it and pushed it as close to the zig zag as it would go.  I used a ruler and pencil to mark where I would need to sew on the other side of the lunch sack and then took the notepad out.  I then sewed the zig zag stitch on the line that I had marked.  When I was finished sewing, I erased the pencil line and used my paper trimmer to trim as close to the zig zags as I could to cut off the excess sack that wasn't needed.  I then took a circle punch and punched out a half circle at the top of the sack so that it was easier to take the notepad in and out of the sack.  This was a really quick process and just like that I have a custom-made bag to fit my notebooks for almost nothing!! :)

The only thing I decorated the sack with was this little band.  I cut a strip of paper to 2 x 11 and then ran the middle part through my Big Shot with the music sheet impression plate.  Then, I stamped the entire strip with VersaMark using Polka Dot Basics.  I then scored the lines and folded it around the sack, wrapped the twine from The Twinery around the band and adhered my ladybug circle piece.  Quick and easy but I love how it dresses it up just enough!

Thanks for visiting today!  Tomorrow I will have another notebook project to share (hopefully).  I hope you all stay warm and safe!! It is cold and snowy/icy and blizzardy here in Kansas!!  I am not sure how low it got, but I've heard -20 wind chill. YUCK!! Spring please come quickly, lol!!

Supplies (all PTI unless noted)
Stamps: Little Lady, Polka Dot Basics II, Mat Stack 3, Everyday Blessings
Paper: Pure Poppy, White, Black, Polka Dotted Hobby Lobby, Sheet Music (Internet)
Ink: True Black, Lamore Red Palette, Champagne VersaMark
Other: Music Sheet Impression Plate, Lacey Circle & Circle Nesties, Fiskars Border Punch, Pearl Glimmer Mist, Twinery Twine, Ribbon, PTI Notepads


Dana said...

Jen these notebooks are AWESOME! I too loved Ingrid's card but I really like how you've adapted her design for these tall notepads. Clever.

Sara Mac said...

Jen, those notepads are so adorable. Who wouldn't love to get one of those. Your packaging idea is so clever. Great job!

Christina said...

I just LOVE these, Jen! I have been thinking of making some notebooks, and yours are simply darling. Thanks for the inspiration!

Laurie said...

Jen these are too cute! That shimmer is alot of fun!! I bet everyone loved them!!

Keva said...

Jen, those are SO cute. I have that stamp set and hardly use it. I love everything about these little books.

Seleise said...

super cute and great resourcefulness on the notebook bags

Cathy Weber said...

Jen, I love this idea. You know I already cased Ingrid's card too! This is another great use for that design. I would have thought you stamped the music paper, it is so close to the PTI stamp set. What a great idea to make your own bag too. Love this.

Monika Wright said...

such creative ideas, Jen!

Michelle said...

These are great, Jen! Smart idea to print the sheet paper to save time. I may make some of these as Valentine gifts for the teachers. Thanks for the inspiration!

Amy said...

Jen, I said it yesterday but these notebooks are AWESOME!! The glitter mist touch is soo pretty and you captured it great in your photo! I can see here something that I want.....those lacey circles! LOL (I knew I would when I saw you using them!) Your packaging idea is GENIUS! (If only I could sew, I could have saved me some $$). Thanks for the shout out! :)

Jen said...

Love, love, love these! So clever and totally resourceful....And the bags. Amazing. What a lovely crafty offering. I'm totally inspired!

Jen said...

Love, love, love these! So clever and totally resourceful....And the bags. Amazing. What a lovely crafty offering. I'm totally inspired!

Lee Anne said...

These are so cool! Wonderful colors and I love how you mixed in some patterned paper and different stamp sets!