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Where is That List?

It's in that pretty notebook tucked away in my purse!

(click on notebook to see larger image)

Hello there!  Here we are on the 1st of September.  The weather's in the mid to upper 90s, the Hurricanes are brewing in the Tropics, and the mosquitoes are biting like fiends but the stores are trying to get our attention for the Fall and Winter holidays.  Now's the time we (reluctantly) begin to think about lists.  Lists for Halloween parties and costumes.  Lists for Thanksgiving feasts and guests.  Lists for Holiday shopping, parties, cards and guests.

I pick up odds and ends of gifts throughout the year for my family.  I have found that if I see just the right gift and don't pick it up right then (regardless of the time of the year I find it) I won't be able to find the item when the gift giving event arrives; whether it's birthday, anniversary, or Christmas.  I bring the gifts home, write the name of the recipient(s) on the bag, and place the bags in a plastic bin I have tucked away inside the house.  When the event arrives, I check the bin to make sure I haven't already purchased a gift before I head out to the store.

Ideally, I'd write down all these gifts as I purchase them; unfortunately, I'm not quite that organized.  So sometime this month I'll pull all the gifts out of the bin and make my lists.  I was thinking that it might be nice to have a special place to record all these lists instead of trying to keep track of a bunch of odds and ends of papers tucked into my wallet.  The "Aha" moment came when I saw some cute little spiral-bound chipboard notebooks at a local office supply store during the back-to-school sales.

Covering chipboard notebooks with Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper is an easy and economical way to change a plain, utilitarian item into something attractive and fun.  And, they make great gifts!  I gently pulled the spiral binding apart just wide enough to remove the chipboard covers.  These particular notebooks had a glossy finish over the paper adhered to the chipboard, so I removed as much of that glossy plastic stuff as possible with a Sanding Block.

I traced the holes for the spiral binding onto the reverse side of the Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper used to cover the front and back notebook covers and the Naturals White cardstock used to line the inside panels of the notebook covers.  The binding holes were cut out with a craft knife.  The reverse side of each piece of Designer Series Paper for the front and back covers was completely covered with Anywhere Glue Stick.  The chipboard covers were placed on top of the paper aligning the binding holes on the covers with the cut outs on the Designer Series Paper.  The paper at each corner was cut away with Paper Snips (as shown in the Diagram below).

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The paper overhang for each cover was folded over to the inside of each chipboard cover.  The paper was burnished in place with a bone folder.  A thin strip of the paper was cut the same length as the paper used to cover the front cover, covered with Anywhere Glue Stick, and placed along the binding holes.  Note that this time the reverse side of the paper is visible on the front cover.  The overhang of the strip was also folded to the inside of the front cover and the paper burnished in place with the bone folder (see Diagram below). 

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(click on Diagram to see larger image)

Note that the overhang may partially cover the binding holes.  Use the craft knife to carefully cut the paper away from the binding holes.  Cover the reverse side of the Naturals White cardstock and, aligning the binding holes, place a piece at the inside panel of both notebook covers (as shown in the next Diagram).

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Place the notebook covers back inside the spiral binding and press the spiral binding prongs back together.  Wrap a piece of Chocolate Chip 1/2" Dotted Scallop ribbon around the front cover and center it over the thin strip of paper near the binding holes.  Knot the ribbon on the front and trim the ends with Paper Snips.

Since this notebook is 3 1/4" x 4 1/4", I placed it in a 6" x 8" Cellophane Bag to protect it from all the in and out activity in my purse.  Here are some additional photos of the completed notebook.

(click on each notebook photo to see larger images)

(click on notebook to see larger image)

Today Stampin' Up! introduces the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I have to tell you that there are some seriously wonderful products in this catalog.  You'll be seeing some projects made with these items very soon.  To see the mini catalog, just click on the photo of the Holiday Mini Catalog on the left sidebar of this blog page. 

The paper used for the project shown above is available in the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog.  However, Stampin' Up! has introduced some seriously awesome Designer Series Papers in the Holiday Mini Catalog called Pick Your Poison (Halloween), Spice Cake (Fall), Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty (Christmas/Winter) and Frostwood Lodge (Christmas/Winter).  Like all the Designer Series Paper that Stampin' Up! offers, these papers feature lovely designs that coordinate perfectly; allowing you to get right to the crafting without having to worry about trying to figure out the coordinating colors.  I love that!

If you'd like to receive step-by-step instructions for the project shown above, please contact me via the E-Mail Mickey button near the top of the upper right column of this blog page PRIOR to September 30, 2011.


Cardstock:  Naturals White; Designer Series Paper:  Letters to Santa (Ornaments Print); Embellishments:  Chocolate Chip 1/2" Dotted Scallop ribbon; Adhesives:  Anywhere Glue Stick; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Mat Pack (Self-healing cutting mat), Sanding Block, Cellophane Bag; Non-Stampin' Up! Supplies:  3 1/4" x 4 1/4" spiral bound chipboard notebook, Pencil, Craft Knife


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Super cute notebook! And what fabulous diagrams you made!!


Great idea & cute notebook! Thanks for sharing the awesome direction, too!

Shelley Z

I'm such a list person! Thanks for the steps of how to create your adorable book!

Joni Kelly

Mickey, this is an adorable use for the notebook and your instructions are wonderfully helpful. I have bought several of the same style notebooks with the greatest intention of covering...now I have no excuse! TFS, Joni <><

Linda Henry

Mickey, this is such a great idea, I know what You mean about lists and how they can get "put away in that special place so You don't lose it".
When I saw the finished inside of the cover I had a "aha moment" what if You cut and put a little bit of velcro on the bottom of the ribbon and add a little something like a tag or something and use it for a book marker so You don't have to flip the pages but You would be able to go right to the page You are working on and when not using the bookmarker You can just velcro it to the ribbon on the bottom inside? Wow I think I will be making some of these notebooks for lists! TFS and for the "AHA Moment"

Jen Timko

Mickey, this is a wonderful idea and your instructions are great! Love it!

Sara Mattson-Blume

Great idea!


This is such a good idea - would make a great gift, too. Thanks for sharing such detailed "how-to" notes.

Holly/Rubber Redneck

Beautiful and would make a great christmas gift!

Paula aka Scrapshappen

Cute project! And great idea to keep in in a cello bag too.

Karen Gilbert

Mickey, your list book is fabulous. You sure did a lot of work on it, removing covers and cutting with a knife to get the little spiral holes. I can relate to the list sections and especially those for gifts. I do the same thing (not making a list of what I have) and then purchase something else. Oh well, good for the retail sector.

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