5.03.2012

1 Supply 3 Projects: Decorative Gift Wrap - Part 2

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I'm back with another project to put to use decorative papers and gift wraps. 
Be sure to catch up on Part 1.

This week's project is a set of oh-so practical notebooks.

Try This - Decorative Wrapping Paper Notebooks

1 - Decorative Wrapping Paper Notebook - Supplies
Supplies: Decorative Gift Wrap, Cardstock, Printer Paper, Scissors/Xacto Knife, Spray Adhesive/Glue, Hole Punch, Twine

2 -  Decorative Wrapping Paper Notebook Tutorial
Directions: Begin by cutting all your paper to size.  For the smallest notebook, I cut the cardstock and decorative gift wrap, which will both serve as the cover, 5.5"x7.5".  The pages I cut to 5"x7".  In all, I fit about 12 sheets of paper in (which translates to about 24 pages once folded in half).

3 -  Decorative Wrapping Paper Notebook Tutorial
Attach the decorative paper to the cardstock using glue or spray adhesive.

4 -  Decorative Wrapping Paper Notebook Tutorial
Fold both the pages and the cover in half lengthwise.  To get a clean fold, I scored mine first using the back side of my xacto knife.

5a - Decorative Wrapping Paper Notebook Tutorial
On the fold, punch two holes about a half an inch from the top and bottom of the pages and about 3/4 of an inch from the top and bottom of the cover.   Just make sure the holes for the cover and the pages line up.

5b - Decorative Wrapping Paper Notebook Tutorial
Now bind the two together using a piece of twine.  Tie off on the inside of the notebook and trim.

6 -  Decorative Wrapping Paper Notebook Tutorial

That's it, my friends!  You can switch it up by printing out some simple lines or even a grid to create a lined or gridded notebook.  You can also create them in all different sizes.

I made a set by scaling up each of the measurements above by +1" in the length and +0.5" in the height.   These are great for keeping in your purse to jot notes, shopping lists, and ideas.  Tie them up with a ribbon, and you've got yourself an adorable little giftset! 

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7 comments:

  1. i meant to stop in world market to buy paper last week when you first blogged about. somehow i didnt make it in, even though i walk right by it on my way home (dangerous!). i will get there!

    these notebooks are so cute.

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    1. Yeah, man. It's dangerous. The problem is that you see all these pretty patterns. You have no idea what you would do with them, but they're only $3 so you just buy it.

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    2. i bought some on my way home tonight! but they only had the pink ikat and for that, i am blaming you.

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  2. Those are gorgeous!! I'm in love with your stuff!

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  3. I just bought that blue pattern today before I even saw this post! I guess this is a sign I made the right decision in buying the paper. You have great taste! :)

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  4. Hi I have some artwork of mine that I want to use as notebook covers, is there a way I can do so without it looking too childish? Also, how can I ensure the art doesn't get smudged since I mostly doodle using Sharpies? I hope you can help. Thank you :)

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