It’s been a while since I’ve done any creating as I continue my recovery, but I’ve not been away from my craft supplies. In fact I’ve been reorganising and rediscovering all the goodies I’ve collected over the past 10 years. It’s a great way to get inspired, and I collect my ideas in a notebook I keep handy for exactly that purpose. Unfortunately today the cover fell off, and without thinking I sat down to replace it using some card and an image from the Filled With Happiness Stamp Set.
FILLED WITH HAPPINESS
I actually started with the Filled With Happiness Stamp Set and chose “It’s a good day to have a good day”. The sentiment wraps around a pretty fruit branch image which is quick and easy to colour.
So I began by cutting a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Basic White Card. Then I stamped the sentiment and image in the centre using Tuxedo Black ink. Next I chose Old Olive Stampin’ Blends for the leaves and coloured one half of each leaf with the dark marker, and the other half with the light one. Then I switched to Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends. Once again I didn’t bother to blend, but used the light marker to colour the small flowers. Finally I used the dark Daffodil Delight marker to colour the fruit.
Now the image was done I chose Daffodil Delight Card to create a coordinating mat layer. After cutting the card to 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ I fixed the white layer on top using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
To complete my task all I needed was to cut a new cover for my notebook. The original cover was right there and it made sense to start by measuring that (7″ x 10″). Now I often find that notebooks that are stapled on the fold need a little extra for the cover, so I added 1/8″ to each measurement just to give me some ‘wiggle room’. I chose some bright and cheerful Sweet Sorbet Card and cut the piece 7-1/8″ x 10-1/8″. After opening up the notebook pages I laid the cover on top and stapled it into place. Finally I mounted the stamped layer on the front using liquid glue and my notebook was better than new.
OPTIONS FOR THE SPINE
During my recent sort out I found a saddle-design ‘booklet stapler’ that my father gave me many years ago. It’s still made by Bostitch and allows me to lay the folded pages exactly under the stapler mechanism. As I had it right there it made sense to use it today.
Obviously not everyone has one of these specialist tools or wants to go to the expense of getting one. So I had a think of some alternatives that you might try. First there’s a long-armed stapler. This might be better value as it’s much more versatile than the booklet stapler and cheaper too. Just check how many pages the stapler can accommodate before you buy one.
The other, much cheaper option, would be to use the piercing attachment on the Take Your Pick tool with a Stampin’ Pierce Mat to put holes through the page folds and into the card cover. Then simply use a needle and strong thread to tie the pages and cover together. If you have any other suggestions for joining pages, please share them in the comments below.
But for now that’s all from me for today. However as it’s the last Sunday in the month I’ve joined the Share It Sunday blog hop. So if you’re looking for more creative inspiration please hop on through by clicking on the links below. You’re currently at number 12 Tracy Elsom – Papercraft With Me (Canada).