Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hybrid Highlight - Covered Notepad

Hey there! Jen Tapler here with a quick and easy hybrid gift idea to share with you. This is one of my "Go-To" gift projects and I'll often make up several of these cute little notepads to have on hand - because you just never know when a gift-giving occasion is going to sneak up on you!

My BFF's Mom is flying over from Oahu this weekend and she's going to come hang out with me for the day on Friday to craft. She is just about the sweetest "Not-Mom" you've ever met and she enjoys getting little hand-crafted gifties (and she's WAY more appreciative of these things than my own non-paper-crafting Mom! ha!). I used Libby's Blessed kit to create this personalized little 3x5 inch covered notepad for Mama Les:

These things are SO easy to make! You can pick up a pack of 3x5 inch "Scratch Pads" at your local Office Max for super cheap (they also come in a larger 4x6 inch size that I often use for this same project as well). I always start with a cardstock base, because it's sturdier and I personally think it just gives the project a more finished look. To make the base, cut a piece of cardstock to 5.25x7 inches and then score (along the 7-inch side) at 3.25 and 3.75 inches. Fold along the score lines and then adhere your notepad to the inside and you're ready to decorate the front! Here's what it looks like opened up (sorry for the bad photo):

Because I'm a paper girl, I love to mix in embellishments from my paper stash on my hybrid projects - I love the depth and dimension these elements give my hybrid creations. On this project, I used printed digi papers, the bracketed journaling box thing, and cut out the individual letters from the alpha in the kit to spell "les". I added some ribbon, a mulberry flower and a swirly rhinestone adhesive. If you're new to hybrid or just don't have a lot of physical embellishments in your stash, you can easily use printed digi ellies instead - Libby's kits are always full of beautiful flowers and swirls that look FABULOUS cut out and adhered with a little foam tape!

I'm so excited to give Les this little notepad Friday. The colors in the Blessed kit are just perfect for her!

I hope you all enjoyed this little project and mini-tutorial and it inspires you to create your own fun covered notepads!


RobinD said...

Such a pretty project! Thanks for such clear instructions too!

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [24 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria