Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Altered Notepad Tutorial

Since I've had several emails and a few comments about how to make this notepad, I decided to do a little tutorial. And because I'm home from work today for Veteran's Day, there is no time like the present!

I think these notepads are sometimes referred to as Junior Legal Pads. They are 5 x 8" in size. But actually you could use any size simply by adjusting the measurements of your paper pieces.

First I cut a piece of cardstock 5" x 8" as the base for my front cover. I used Stormy Prismatics light.

Next, I cut my Basic Grey Ambrosia designer paper. Since the paper is 6 x 6 and my notepad front is 5 x 8, I had to make a couple of little adjustments. You will see from the picture that I cut my dp at 5" to fit the width of the notepad. Then I cut it again at about 2". That is my bottom section. The top section of dp is approximately 4" x 5". What I am trying to accomplish is to stretch the paper so that the portions that will be covered by other paper is open. Make sense?

I adhered the dp to the cardstock base using Mono Multi Liquid Glue . It lets you wiggle the paper around to get the perfect placement, and when it dries, it's NOT coming apart!

The band of Ambrosia designer paper beneath my JustRite Butterfly medallion measures 1.25" x 5" wide. I cut cardstock to mat it using Stormy Prismatics light, Papaya Prismatics dark, and Blush Red Prismatics dark.

I adhered that piece to the top of my note pad using red line tape. All the stress is on that piece, so you want to be sure it's going to stay.

The designer paper piece folded over the top of the notepad measures 5" wide x 1.75". I matted it with cardstock measuring 5" x 2". That piece was scored at .75" and again at 1". Just because I like a lot of layers, I added one more piece to the side folding over the front. This was also adhered using red line tape.

I stamped my butterfly from the Harmony Circle Stamper III Ensemble on Neenah Natural White carstock. It was cut, embossed and layered using my circle nestabilities. And that was the last step in completing the altered notepad.

Since I've never done a tutorial before, I hope this was clear! If not, please feel free to email me if you have a question.

And don't forget to check out the adorable JustRite projects today at Charmaine and Kimberly's blogs!

If you haven't registered for the JustRite Christmas Ensemble Dreamy Treat, be sure to comment on my blog post below.

Thanks for stopping by!


Carrie said...

This is a neat project. Instead of cutting the tablet up you covered it. Very nice.

Laurie in MN said...

Your day off and you made the tutorial. Go out and have fun with a friend.

Very clear tutorial, thanks.

Gabriela said...

Thank you for the awesome tutorial. You're the best! (and you have beautiful hands and lovely shaped nail beds). I know - I'm a dork.

Kim said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial! This helped a ton...and your tutorial was GREAT! :)
Hugs~ Kim

Anonymous said...

Good job on your first tutorial.

Barbara in Bellflower

patty w said...

My daughter is making some cute notebooks for gifts to friends ! I'll have to show her this post. She is only 12 and loves to craft!..so does my 9yr old son!

mitch1066 said...

mmm would make good stocking stuffers!Thanks for sharing:)

Charlene H. said...

Great tutorial. Now I have to go to Walmart in search of those legal pads. Thanks a bunch for showing us.

Jennifer McCloskey said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I think I could actually do this. I love how you stated where all the products came from...even Wal-Mart:) Great job!

Darlene L said...

Thanks for the pictorial! Love when you do this--so easy now to follow and make one myself. You are appreciated. Darlene

Sandra Smart said...

Oh, I love this! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial! I think I will make these as teacher gifts this year!

Julia Aston said...

Thanks for sharing the deets for this project! what a great idea to cover a note pad!

retiredheather said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial. It was great. Wish me luck in the prize catagory.

Nancy Ward said...

Hi Michelle,

Today (December 23, 08) I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

Would you let me know if that's OK?


Nancy Ward