I’m a list-maker. I’ve always liked having things written down so I can remember them and refer back to if needed. It’s not that I have a particularly bad memory. I suspect it’s more a case of I remember what’s important to me, and not the mundane stuff. So when you’re a list-maker and a papercrafter, the two worlds often collide. Especially when I get distracted from making the list because I’d rather pretty up the notepad. That’s what happened today and the Bragworthy Stamp Set finished it off nicely.
As I started to think about creating a new cover for this 3-1/2″ x 7″ notepad I pulled out the Symbols Of Fortune Designer Series Paper (DSP). This pack of twelve double-sided 12″ x 12″ sheets is simply gorgeous. In fact I can’t believe I almost didn’t get it simply because I wasn’t excited by the coordinating stamp set and dies! Today I was drawn to this beautiful design of cranes on a Soft Succulent background.
Using the DSP as my inspiration I chose Evening Evergreen Card to cover the notepad. But before going any further I first measured the notebook and discovered it was actually a shade over 3-1/2″ wide. So, using my Paper Trimmer I cut the Evening Evergreen Card at 3-9/16″ x 11″. Then I cut a 3/4″ x 3-9/16″ strip off the end (I’d need this small piece in a minute).
Next I measured the depth of the notepad and found it to be a little under 1/2″. So with the long side of the 3-9/16″ x 10-1/4″ piece at the top of my Paper Trimmer, I used the scoring blade to score the card at 7-1/8″ and 7-5/8″. Then I folded the card along the scored lines and sharpened the creases really well with a Bone Folder.
Now I was ready for that small piece I’d trimmed off a minute earlier. Using my Bone Folder I pulled the strip between it and my thumb a few times. This made the card curve gently so I could wrap it around a mechanical pencil. Then with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I glued the ends of the strip together so it created a loop snug against the pencil. With that done I placed the ends onto the inside back of the larger piece of card and glued it into place.
Finally glued just the back section of the cover (with the pencil loop attached) to the original back cover of the notepad.
Now it was time to decorate the front of the pad and for that I started with a 3-1/8″ x 6-5/8″ piece of Soft Succulent Card. Then I cut a 3″ x 6-1/2″ piece of the cranes DSP and glued it to the Soft Succulent layer. Finally, using more liquid glue, I added the assembled piece to the new cover.
That just left the sentiment and I couldn’t resist “Look at you doing grown-up things and stuff”, from the Bragworthy Stamp Set. This definitely made me laugh as I thought it was so apt for a to do list.
Using Evening Evergreen ink I stamped the sentiment onto a 7/8″ x 2″ piece of Basic White Card. Then I mounted it onto a 1″ x 2-1/8″ piece of Soft Succulent Card. Finally glued the sentiment to the DSP layer where it wouldn’t cut off part of one of the cranes.
In no time at all my newly decorated to do list was complete. Now all I have to do is write the list and then get on with the tasks. There’s always a downside…
Whatever you have planned for today I hope you’re able to add at least one fun task to your list.