Make a Cute Notepad Cover

It’s probably no surprise that I love beading and beads but lately I’m really fascinated with all of the beautiful things people are making with paper and rubber stamps and those fancy paper punches that create lacey borders and assorted cut-out shapes!

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Scrapbooking is lovely but time is always short, so I look for quicker projects like greeting cards and gift tags. I enjoy “variety” when I craft. Instead of being totally devoted to one craft form and making large projects in that medium, I tend to dabble in several craft categories and then try to complete small projects in each. For example, I wouldn’t make a quilt, but I would sew a small quilted ornament. But getting back to paper crafts . . . ;-)

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Recently, I found a great tutorial that I thought you might like so I’m including it below. You use those inexpensive little notepads that are sold 4 in a package. Add a decorative paper cover and you have something that’s absolutlely adorable! Perfect for small gifts, party favors, or just for you!

Thank you to Angie Kennedy Juda of ChicnScratch for this fun project!

http://www.mychicnscratch.com/2008/03/another-notepad-tutorial.html

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Too cute to toss away!

On my computer desk, I have this little calendar – and I mean little!

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It measures only 2″ by 3″. I bought it because I was captivated by the artwork of Becky Kelly and her absolutely adorable themes of children, woodland fairies, and tiny forest animals.

But when the pages are this cute, how can they just be discarded at the end of the day? (Click on the picture to make it larger.)

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I just didn’t have the heart to put them in the trash, so at first I used them for bookmarks, and next for writing little notes, and then it hit me – they’d make great gift tags!

So I gathered some supplies . . .

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And I cut some tag shapes from colored cardstock and trimmed the calendar pages.

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Then, I did some experimenting with shapes and sizes.

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I discovered that if I added my info to the reverse side, I’d have a cute enclosure to include with my customers’ bead and jewelry orders!

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The tags really are a win, win, win!

I’m recycling . . .

It’s fun to share these sweet pictures . . .

And I have another quick and easy project to work on during TV Time! :-)

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