Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cute-a-fied Mini Notebook!

Hi! How are you all today? 
P.Princess got up at 7:30 this morning to go walk with me and she is snoozing now.. My gosh, my cute  girlie can sleep like no other, she'll sleep until noon every day if I let her! Good thing it's summer! Oh but, I am so not looking forward to having to wake her when school starts! UGH! Ok so enough about that... Well, I made a little something last night, while I was sitting in bed...
{Do you guys ever do that?}

We'll call it a "Sweet girl...Cute-a-fied mini notebook!" Cause that's what is! Ok so I did a tutorial on this so there is some pictures (smile)  I probably could've taken more but I hope this will help! It is so simple to do...let me show you how I did it!

The supplies:  - hot glue gun,glue stick,scissors,scrapbook paper,ribbon/yarn,embellishments Oh..and the mini notebooks you can pick these up at the dollar store in 3-4 come in a pack depending on what kind they have. You don't really need the paper cutter unless you want it.  The paper I was using had straight lines so I just used them as my guide and the cutter as a table....Remember.... I was sitting in bed!

Have your scrapbook paper ready...Using the glue stick apply glue to the notebook. Line the notebook up in the corner of your scrapbook paper. Be sure to do one side at a time, when the first side is glued then close the notebook, and kind of fold it so that when you close the book it isn't too tight when you glue the other side...I hope that makes sence.

After both sides are glued then cut around the notebook.

so now you should have a covered notebook.  I cut a 1" wide strip of paper
glues that just under the center mark of the notebook. 

Then I cut a 5" piece of yarn that I found at dollar tree and just tied it around the inside flap of the notebook.

I had some cute litte bead thing-ys and used some of the yarn to tie those together.  I hot glued those on the front. Then I added the "sweet girl" brad to the center of it. 

See that little edge there is not straight...yeah, it's bugging me...I didn't even notice until I'm looking at these pictures!

AND this is how you make a cute simple can make them bigger, I was just needing a small one!
so I just used the scraps.  Start by cutting a rectangle or square shape..what ever you prefer...


After you cut it out, cut a triangle shape at the top... 

then snip the top of that rectangle off and you have a cute tag. Use a hole punch and make the little hole and I used a piece of brown thread to put through it.  I didn't take pictures of that...but I just glued that in the center of the pink strip of paper on the front of the notebook..Then I used a stamp that said,"Kisses" and stamped it on top of it!

With some of the left over paper decided to show you how to curl it...have you ever seen this?  A friend of mine showed me this.  She actually gave P.Princess a gift and this is what she did...

I used the card stock style paper for this, use your scissors to curl it by pressing firmly down on the paper as you pull the scissors towards you.

Umm. that didn't work the way it was supposed to! 


I twisted it around a pencil.... worked!

Then I did some white curls with just regular paper...just using the scissors!

I had a little cellophane bag I tied those little cute curls together using some of the yarn..then tied it to the top of the bag!

And there you have it!  How to make a cute, INEXPENSIVE, mini notebook complete with a tag and paper curls...

Have a great day my friends!

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  1. Super cute!!! Great little gift to have on hand when those occasions suddenly come up.

    Great job!!

  2. Adorable. We have done this at a church activity... cheap, simple, cute!

  3. thank you for stopping by my dear!!!
    Following you back :)

  4. very cute! i love the tag. and i would not have ever noticed the side if you would not have pointed it out!! i think it looks GREAT~:)

  5. This is so cute! Much better than those ole composition notebooks!

  6. I had to smile when you mentioned that your daughter can sleep like no other. My kiddos are early risers. My alarm goes off before 6am just so I can beat them up, and even then I don't always make it! Thanks for following me. I am following you now too!

  7. I love this idea!! It would be a perfect teacher appreciation gift, for sure!! :)

  8. Hi there,
    This is super cute! I am following you back and thanks so much for your kind comments over at Jada Roo Can do
    We have a lot in common. I too have one child on earth and two in Heaven. It's a hard road to walk but know you are not alone

  9. What a cute notebook! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am your newest follower too! :)

  10. How absolutely adorable! I also love how you used up those bits of scrap paper - very creative!

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  11. Adorable! I love how you curled the small strips of paper. Never thought of doing that!!

  12. Thanks for visiting my blog and following, I'm following you back. What a cute girly girl notebook! I sure someone will enjoy it very much.

  13. Really cute! I think I'll try making one for my youngest =)

  14. This turned out so cute! I love the curls you added to the packaging- it's the perfect touch :) Thanks for visiting my blog and for your sweet comments- I'm so glad you like my printables! Love your blog- following you now too :)

  15. Cute blog Kirsten! Thanks for taking the time to visit mine. This would make such a sweet little gift! Love the packaging! Your newest follower,
    Jenn :)

  16. So cute, I love how you made the wrap match your mini!

  17. what a great idea!!so simple but fantastic. Thanx for following my blog at

    i'm now also following you xxxx

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