Monday, August 1, 2011

Fancy It Up

This is not a card, this is a cover to a mini legal pad.   Wouldn't this look sweet sitting next to your phone?  Or it makes a nice little practical gift and doesn't cost much.   You can pick up  a package of the mini legal pads at an office supply store.  I think you can even find these at Walmart.  They cost about a dollar a pad, you gotta love that price.

It's very easy to do.  One sheet of double sided 12" x 12" paper, and a stamped image is all you need, of course you can jazz it up all you like.  For this cover I used a second piece of paper for the rectangle under the image.  I've made these with smaller images and only used one sheet of paper. 
The pad measures 5" x 8", it's a 1/4" wide.  Add a smidge onto to tops and sides plus the 1/4" for the thickness of the pad and that's the cover.  Cut a small piece of paper 5" x 2" to cover the flap of the pad.  You can make a flap for the inside of the cover with the left over paper.

don't forget the inside
Since this is going to be handled more than a card you should use a good a heavy paper and red line tape.  Cover the flap of the pad so that the papers contrast and then attach it to the cover with the red line tape. Fold your paper around the pad to open like a book, apply red line tape around the edges of the bottom of the pad and adhere it.  If you are going to make a flap cut it and apply the tape just to the outside and bottom edges.  You can add a little matching image to the flap, I used an initial.  Then you just put the cover together like any other project.  You can make it as plain or fancy as you'd like.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Teddy Bo digi "Walkies"; Just Rite "Special Occasions" alphabet; Stampin' Up "Basic Gray" for the initial
ink - hp printer; Ranger "Antique Linen"
Paper - Stampin' Up "Bella Bleu" dsp; Recollections neutrals card stock; Georgia Pacific white cs
miscellaneous - copics, Recollections bling; CTMH blue square brads; mini legal pad; Stampin' Up oval and scalloped oval punches; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Teddy Bo #15 - alter something
One Stop Craft #141- Vintage
CES #47 - Feeling the Blues
Totally Papercrafts #77 - Bling It Up
Simply Create #49 - Favorite Animal
Sisterhood of Crafters - create a 3D project
Charisma #30 - 4 legged friends
4 Crafty Chicks - Get Your Bling On
My Time to Craft #150 - Delightful Dogs

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.


  1. This is fabulous! I have some of those tables ... mind if I give a try??
    Thanks so much for joining in our 'Simply Homemade' challenge at The Sisterhood! Hope to see you again next challenge!

    One of the "Sistahs"

  2. Rockin idea for a pad of paper. I love how you fancied it up with the image and the paper. thank you so much for sharing it with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

  3. Fabulous project, pad looks so much better, thanks for joining us at Teddy Bo. Colette xx

  4. I love your idea,Christine!
    Thanks for joining us at Teddy Bo Challenge :o)


  5. LOVE IT! What a transformation! Beautiful papers and an adorable T Bea, who is coloured so perfectly! Thanks for playing along with us at the Teddy Bo Challenge, hugs Annie xXx

  6. What a fantastic job! Your coloring rocks =) Thanks for joining the Sisterhood's challenge!

  7. This pad is so cute! Love the colors & the image is great! Such a cute gift idea!

  8. Gorgeous!!! Love this and now I think I need one for each of my daughters!!! (I say that everytime I see something fabulous with this bears!! LOL) The colors are fabulous and LOVE the image that you have used!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Teddy Bo!!

  9. Super notebook love the image and the colours thanks for joining us at the Teddy bo challenge.
    Hugs Angie x

  10. Your note pad is just fantastic...great colors and your coloring is wonderful :0)))

    Thanks for playing with us at the Teddy Bo & Co Challenge ;0)

    Hugs Nicole

  11. What a great project. Those papers are gorgeous and your colouring is fab.
    Thanks for joining our 'blue' challenge at CES this week.
    Caroline xxx

  12. Oh- beautiful project - I love it and that image is soooo cute.
    Thank you for playing at Simply Create.
    Ike xx
    SC DT

  13. Hello - just me back again :-)
    Gorgeous bling,
    Thanks for joining our 'bling' challenge at Totally Papercrafts this week.
    Caroline xxx

  14. Hi sweetie, this is just fab the image looks gorgeous with those papers, great job, thanks for joining us this time at Teddy Bo big hugs love Pops x x x

  15. Totally fabulous!
    And the paper fits perfect!
    Thanks for joining us at the Teddy Bo challenge
    Nela xx

  16. This is gorgeous, love the image and lovely colours. Thanks for playing with Charisma this week.
    xx Vee

  17. This is it! Thanks so much for joining us at CES challenges xx Jenny xx

  18. Really fabulous project :)

    Thanks so much for joining us at One Stop Craft Challenge this week,



  19. Oh this is fabulous I love it!!!

    Thank you for joining us girlies over at CES Challenges, good luck.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  20. so cute & pretty! i may have to dig out some notepads and make a few myself- thanks for the inspo!

  21. I love cute notebooks like this. Great job! Thanks for joining us at The Sisterhood of Crafters.


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