Friday, January 21, 2011

Let Your Light Shine --

My second project for this month is this cute little mini-notebook.  The Country Life cartridge has so much fun artwork that you might totally overlook!  (And guess what -- it's on sale for $29.99 at ScrapbookPal right now!)  I fell in love with this vintage-y lantern and the phrase to go with it, and I thought it would also be the perfect way to showcase these neat Distress Stickles in Picket Fence. I used them to give the "glass" part of the lantern that perfect vintage glass look, and it's gorgeous in real life. 

Little notebooks like this make great gifts and are quick and easy to make!  Here are some instructions for how I put it together.

1.  Cut chipboard for covers.  I like to make my mini-notebooks 4.25"x5.5", so that I can cut regular letter-size papers into quarters for the filler pages.
2.  Cut filler pages to match covers.
3.  Decorate cover as desired.
4.  Bind notebook.  I used a Bind-it-all, but you could also use a Cinch, jump rings, or even take it to a copy shop and have them bind it for you.  (Seriously, though -- if you like the idea of making your own books, a Bind-it-all is a GREAT investment.)
5.  Add a few ribbons to the top.  I wouldn't go too crazy with these, though, because too many will make your book less functional.
6.  Brighten someone's day with a cute little gift!  Or tuck it in your purse for yourself  -- I'm not judging...  (I still haven't decided the destiny of this little cutie.  I originally intended it for a gift, but I just love it so darn much!)

Materials:  PP -- Cosmo Cricket "Happy Together" collection; Ribbon -- Stampin' Up, Offray; Die Cuts -- Cricut Country Life cartridge; Distressing -- Colorbox Chalk Ink in "Chestnut Roan"; Binding -- Bind-it-all; Distress Stickles -- Ranger Inks


Tonya said...

Very cute, Tomi Ann! I didn't know about this cartridge. I may have to look into it. I am still selling some of my older ones. Anyway, thanks for sharing, and thanks for sharing the how-to as well. You are kind.

Sandra said...

oh yes, I'd have to keep this little cute notebook for myself

Kristyn @ Good Gravy Crafts said...

Love this, what a cute notebook.


mschiddy said...

That Stickles effect on the lantern looks so cool! The photo close up really looks clear and detailed. Great project.

I'd like to give a blog award to you if I could. It's here: Magical Blog Award

Barb Craft said...

Lovely notebook! This would make a fabulous gift!
Barb :)

Bobbi said...

This is really cute. I got Country Life for Christmas because I wanted it for the banner feature but really like all the wordart and images now. TFS

Lillian Child said...

oh my gosh, but that is a DARLING lantern - LOVE the notebook! Great job!

And I just discovered your blog on this hop and am now a follower - so very nice to meet you!