To cut down on the cost of Christmas I’ve been making some handmade Christmas gifts. One of the things I’ve been making is covered notebooks, I went Christmas shopping with my daughter recently and I couldn’t believe how expensive they were.
It is definitely a lot cheaper for me to buy some plain notebooks and cover them myself using the colours and designs I want to use.
I watched an Ann’s Happy Stampers tutorial where she used one of the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies to make non-Christmas cards, they looked so pretty I had to give it a try. There are 4 dies in the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits that can be used all year round.
My mother-in-law hasn’t been very well and she loves handmade gifts so to cheer her up I made a special one for her. I used Real Red and Whisper White cardstock for the notebook because her favourite colour is red.
To work out the size of the cardstock I needed for the cover I measured the width, length and thickness of the notebook and then added 1″ which is to adhere it to the back. The notebook measured 3″ x 8-1/16″ x 1/4″. I cut the cardstock for the cover 3″ x 9-3/8″, I wanted a small lip at the bottom so I scored it at 8-1/8″ and 8-3/8″.
Once I’d added the red and white panels to the notebook it looked so pretty I could have left it like that but I wanted to personalise it. I used my Large Letters Framelits Dies to die-cut MOM in Whisper White cardstock.
Covered notebooks are quick and easy and you don’t need a lot of supplies which makes them really cheap to make. I have made quite a few now and I really enjoyed taking a plain notebook and prettifying it.
For this notebook I needed 2 sheets of card.. The notebook and card works out to just over £1 and I had lots of cardstock left over that I can use on other projects.
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*When designing a project or when I CASE a project I always use my cheap cardstock to make a prototype before making it with my Stampin’ Up! cardstock. I do check the measurements I add to my blog posts but when typing lots of measurements mistakes can be made. When making any project I recommend making it first with cheap cardstock before using your best cardstock.*