Friday, April 6, 2018

Ribbon Spool Shaped Notepad

This week we have a fun challenge on Cutting Cafe. Regina challenged us all to make a notepad using any file from the Shaped Cards section. The hardest part of this challenge was which file to pick! I had so many ideas from looking through the shaped cards section. The idea was to basically make a front and back of your chosen design and then to cut several sheets of paper or cardstock for the filler.

Well, you know me...always thinking outside of the box. LOL

I decided to use the Ribbon Spool Set for my notepad cover.

Here is how I created it...
I resized the spool to fit to the size of my notepads from the Dollar Tree. The length is 5.25" and the inside spool width is 4". I cut 4 of the base pieces, 2 patterned paper to layer the front and the back (I didn't layer the inside as the notepad will be covering it up), 2 pieces for the middle of the spool and then I cut 2 base pieces for the pockets and cut them down to 3" tall, and 2 layering pieces to fit the inside pocket pieces. I also cut a piece of cardstock 2.5" x 3.25" for the spine. Along the 2.5" side I scored it at 1" and 1.5".

I layered the patterned paper to the front and back and inside "pocket" pieces. To the front only, I added rick rack  (and now I think I'm going to go back and add it to the back) and then typed and printed "sew I don't forget" and adhered that to the front as well.

To the second set of spool bases, I adhered adhesive to the bottom and sides only to create my pocket.

To the spine I adhered double side adhesive to both sides of the 1" ends.

I removed paper from the inside of the spine piece and adhered to the inside pieces.

here is what it looks like when you flip the inside over:

I removed the paper and centered a 24" piece of ribbon:

I forgot to take a picture of the next step: Adhere the front and back decorated spool pieces over the ribbon.

Next, trim off about .5" from the back of 2 paper pads. This keeps the end from sticking to the adhesive on the bottom of the pocket, plus makes the pad fit in better. I learned this trick from my YouTube friend Amber. I got the idea to make this notepad holder from her tutorial HERE.

Now insert the note pads in each pocket

Tie the ribbon ties and you have a cute notepad holder.

Note: there is space in the middle to add a pen, but I didn't have one that matched. I will buy one and add to it later.

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  1. I AM IN AWE WITH THIS my friend so awesome....

  2. Very very cool! And beautiful! LOVE THIS and just might try it myself!

  3. A Great tutorial and note pad - Bravo!

  4. Love your "sew" cute note pad. Thanks for the awesome details of instruction as well.

  5. It's a great idea Debbie. Thanks for the tutorial.