As a papercrafter it’s so easy to make everyday things pretty. I’m also very keen to use every scrap of paper and card that I buy. Waste not want not, eh. So when I came across a very boring 1-1/2″ x 2″ Post-It Note® pad I had the perfect idea. Why not add a quick cover to disguise the sticky notes into a mini book. So that’s how I ended up with today’s simple Sunday project.
At 1-1/2″ x 2″, my Post-It Note pad is one of the smallest, if not the smallest one they make. For this reason I felt that I needed some patterned paper with a very small design. Once I had that I could cut the cover piece from coordinating coloured card.
In the end I found a gorgeous colourful print in the Flowers For Every Season 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. I cut a piece 1/8″ smaller than the pad size, so 1-3/8″ x 1-7/8″ and set it aside.
The paper I’d cut featured lots of bright colours and in the end I chose Magenta Madness Card for the cover.
Using my Paper Trimmer I started by cutting a strip of Magenta Madness Card 2″ wide. To make the cover easier to open I decided to add a 1/16″ lip, so instead of being 1-1/2″ wide the cover would be 1-9/16″ wide. Then after measuring the height of the pad at 1/4″ I added 1/16″ to that measurement too. So in the end I cut my 2″ strip of card to 3-7/16″ long (1-9/16″ + 5/16″ + 1-9/16″).
After scoring the card strip at 1-9/16″ and 1-7/8″ I folded it along the scored lines and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
ITTY BITTY GREETINGS
Before going any further I thought it would be fun to stamp a ‘title’ on the spine of my book. With essentially only 1/4″ x 2″ to play with I knew it would have to be a very small sentiment. So after looking at the Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set I chose two.
Using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped “I’m here for you” between the two scored lines on the card. Then on a scrap of Very Vanilla Card I stamped the second sentiment, “for you”.
Now I had the sentiment for the cover I punched it out using the Classic Label Punch. However, while it was an appropriate height, it was much too wide for my project. So turning over the punch I fed the sentiment back under one end of the mechanism. Once I could see just the sentiment inside the punch area I punched again, trimming it to the perfect size.
After that I set the sentiment aside for a moment while I assembled my ‘book”.
First, using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow), I glued the little pad to the inside back cover. Then I added my tiny piece of Designer Series Paper to the front.
All I had left to do was attach the sentiment to the front with liquid glue and my mini book was finished.
How sweet is this! It makes me want to find more of these little pads so I can create my own little library.
In my Flowers for a new season blog post you can see another pretty pattern from the Flowers For Every Season DSP pack.