Yesterday was a very productive day. I mentioned that with only 4 months to go, I really should get going on my Christmas crafting. That meant making plans for what I need to do and when. I did do that, but first I needed a place to write things down. So that’s how I ended up with today’s project share; a little pine tree notebook.
The idea for my notebook started with a pattern from the Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper (DSP). While obviously there are poinsettia patterns in the pack, you might not know there are pine cone and holly designs too.
The 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ notebook I’d bought from Dollarama came with a plain green cover, and when I found a 2″ strip of the pine cone DSP I thought it would go well. So using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I attached the DSP down the edge of the front cover. Then I glued a 1/8″ strip of Soft Suede Card against the edge of the DSP.
I found my “a little note” sentiment in the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and stamped it onto Very Vanilla Card using Soft Suede ink.
Now I wanted to complete the back cover of my notebook, starting with a place for the mechanical pencil.
I found a small strip of Soft Suede Card and pulled it between my thumb and a Bone Folder to give it a curve. Then I wrapped the card around the pencil and fixed the ends to each other with liquid glue. With that done I glued the ends onto the outside of the back cover on the notebook. To complete the back cover I glued on layer of Garden Green Card to secure the pencil holder in place.
BEAUTIFUL BOUGHS DIES
Now while I liked the patterned paper on the front of my notebook I decided it needed some extra embellishment. So I pulled out the Beautiful Boughs Dies.
First I put some Adhesive Sheet on the back of some Garden Green Card and then die-cut a small pine branch. Next, after after adding Adhesive Sheet to the back of some copper Metallic Cardstock, I die-cut the small pine cone.
For my sentiment I chose the smaller label die from the Beautiful Boughs Dies. I like how this die cuts a little square from each end and they remind me of old-fashioned fixings. So next, from the scrap of the adhesive-backed Brushed Metallic Cardstock on my desk I cut two more tiny squares.
With that done I used liquid glue to fix the sentiment to the front of my notebook with the stem of the pine branch tucked under the bottom edge. Under the lower part of the branch I then placed the copper pine cone. Finally I inserted the two tiny copper squares into the holes and my sentiment looked like it had been riveted on.
This is such a sweet notebook and while it has embellishments, they’re fairly flat so won’t get caught on anything. Now I have a place to write down my Christmas crafting plans I’ve got no excuse for not getting tings done.