Friday, March 18, 2011

Aphra's Tiny Notepad

Hello my scrappy friends! Aphra here today to share with you how to make this sweet little notepad with your March kit and a few items from your stash.

Here's what you'll need to get started: 4" x 8" strip of black cardstock, 2 sheets of white cardstock, For the Record paper scraps, For the Record sticker sheet leftovers, border punch, butterfly punch, and binding rings or some other type binding (I used my Bind-It-All with a 1" red ring).

Step One--constructing the book. I cut two 4" x 4" squares of black cardstock for the front and back covers and eighteen 4" x 4" squares of white cardstock for the pages. Then, I used my Bind-It-All to bind them. If you don't have that machine, you could use binding rings or eyelets and ribbon.

Step Two--decorating the cover. Anytime I make a mini album (or in this case, mini notebook), I put a lot of detail into the cover. That's the part I'll see and enjoy the most. Then I use a pretty simple scheme for the inside. So that's what I've done here. I used a 3.75" x 3.75" scrap of Echo Park For the Record paper for my base. Then I cut a 2" x 12" strip of paper, border punched it (Martha Stewart Doilie punch), and then scrunched it up and stuck it down to create a ruffle. I added a .75" strip of paper and a leftover border sticker on top of the ruffle. Then, I added a few label stickers and a double punched butterfly with a little pearl in the center. Three different ribbons tied to the binding was the final touch.

Step Three--decorating the interior pages. As you can see, each interior page has a sticker or two plopped down in the corner. Just enough to add a little color and help me use up the rest of those cute Echo Park stickers that came in my kit. Cute and easy!

Hope you've liked my little tutorial today! And if you make a mini notepad, I would sure LOVE to see it. You can post it over at the Facebook page for us all to enjoy. Thanks! See ya soon.


  1. Oh, I just love this! The scrunched up border-punched strip is a fab idea....tfs!

    ~Sharon C.

  2. Another darling thing to have around for those last minute gift ideas! LOVE IT!!

  3. That is fantastic - would make a great teacher gift!!!

  4. Great idea Aphra! This is so much cuter than a plain spiral notebook!

  5. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [19 Mar 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  6. Love it, Aphra! GREAT way to use up the leftover bits!!!

  7. I am so making this for my daughters teacher! LOVE IT!!
    Now I may need to get a bind-it-all. You guys are the best enablers :)