Saturday, February 21, 2009
A notebook of another 'kind'
I've gotten a lot of interesting questions about the spiral notebook I posted earlier this week here and on Splitcoast. I also posted one I made for my hubby a few months ago. The original idea came from the awesome Angie at Chic n' Scratch, and each time I've posted I've linked to her tutorial. Given the messages I've gotten this week I thought I'd post another notebook with a little bit of a description of what you do...
I made this little notepad for my desk and the inspiration came from the fact that I got a new embossing folder this week (half price at Michaels!) - so you know I had to play! I have a Big Shot and I'm awaiting my order of a set of texture plates for it from Stampin' Up. The embossing folder I used on this notebook is from Cuttlebug and can easily be used on the Big Shot with the multi-purpose platform (you do not need any special mats for this). Overall I'm really happy with how well these embossing folders work; however they aren't very large, so if you want to emboss a larger surface, you will still need a texture plate and the related mats. (Angie also has a great video on using texture plates in your Big Shot here.)
Also, that little green diamond/square shape on my notepad is a Cuttlebug mini embossing folder too. I thought I'd try a set of these too since at half price it was about $4 for four:)
As for the spiral notebook itself, as shown in Angie's tutorial, what you do is make a template first on some scratch paper (lay it out over your notebook and mark off where the holes for the spirals will need to go; then you punch them on with a hole punch and then you lay this on your measured and cut cardstock and use it as a template to punch the holes on it. You then cut little slits up to each hole so you can attach the spiral part to your notepad and decorate as you choose:) ...oh and use a corner rounder on the bottom two corners - and voila!