Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tutorial {Authentique Paper}

{As seen today on the Authentique Paper blog}

Starting today, you can stop by the Authentique Paper blog the first four Sundays of each month and find a fabulous tutorial from one of the Authentique Paper Design Team members.

Today I will be showing you how to create a notepad cover for a 5x8 notepad from just a single 12x12 sheet of Authentique's beautiful paper.

Start by scoring your 12x12 sheet at 5", 5.25", 10.25", and 10.5".
Rotate your paper a quarter turn and score at 1", 1.25", and 9.25".

{I like to score on the side of the paper that will be the inside of the cover.}

Cut along the score marks as shown below.

{Score marks are red lines and cut marks are black lines.}

You will be left with this:

{I like to pre-fold at the score lines to make assembly easier.}

Insert the notepad and glue in place. Glue along the left edge of the bottom flap to create the pocket.

{I trimmed off a bit of the inside corner of the pocket flap to create the angle.}

To create the closure, use two of the circle die cuts from the Icons sheet, add a bit of string and add a small amount of adhesive in the center of each die cut to hold in place.

Punch a hole in the center of each circle and set an eyelet.

{Now you can close the cover just by wrapping the string around the die cuts in a figure eight.}

To make the notepad itself a bit more personalized, I added stamped images and sentiments every few pages.

I took some of the paper that was cut away from the original 12x12 sheet of paper and made a small coordinating card - now it's a fun little gift set!

{Wouldn't it be fun to tuck these in a backpack to surprise your little one as they head back to school?}

Thanks for stopping by today!

Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper ("Original" from the Uncommon Collection);
Die Cuts: Authentique Paper ("
Icons" from the Uncommon Collection);
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company ("Share Your Smile" - Authentique Itty Bitty);
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black);
String: May Arts (SM09);
Other: (
Eyelets - Silver);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Martha Stewart/EK Success (Scoring Board); We R Memory Keepers (Crop-A-Dile II - Big Bite);


Monika Wright said...

I always adore an embellished notepad and yours is just gorgeous!

Kelly Sas said...

I've made notebook holders before for gifts, but this is definitely NEW notebook holder! This is so cool with the pocket. LOVE it! TFS

CharityHand said...

Awesome notebook holder! Great project. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Aleks said...

Oh, wow..this is beautiful..