Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Joy Notepad - Couture Creations

Hello everyone! It is my turn on the Couture Creations Blog today. I have created a sweet little notepad cover for you. I love notepads. They come in all sizes and shapes and one can never have too many! Creating custom covers for them is fun and easy, and they make wonderful quickie gifts!

You can decorate your notepad cover as much or as little as you wish.

My notepad measures 8 x 2 1/2 inches. If you cannot find notepads this size, you can purchase standard 8 x 5 inch pads and cut them in half. My office supply store will cut a whole stack of pads for me for a few dollars. If the "right" clerk is on duty, he will cut them for free!

1. Cut tan cardstock to 8 1/8 x 5 1/4 inches. Score at 2 1/2 and 2 3/4 inches on the short side. This makes your basic notepad cover to fit a 8 x 2 1/2 inch notepad.

2. Trim printed paper to 3 x 2 1/2 inches. Score the long side at 1 and 1 1/4 inches. This will create a little "topper" to hide the ugly binding on  your notepad.

3. Cover the notepad binding and then attach the notepad to the right side of the notepad cover.

3. Emboss green cardstock with the Endless embossing folder from the All Occasions Collection. I used Core'dinations Cardstock and sanded it to revel the pale core of the paper.

4. Trim black cardstock to 8 x 2 3/8 inches and attach to the front of the notepad cover. Trim embossed cardsctock to 2 1/4 inches wide. Trim two pieces, joined where the embossing matches, to create a 7 7/8 inch long strip. Attach the embossed strip to the black cardstock with the seam near the top of the notepad cover.

6. Using the large Ivy Doily Die (Fantasia Collection), cut and emboss a doily from printed paper. You may need to use the Piercing Tool to remove some of the tiny bits from the die cut shape. Attach to the top of the notepad cover with foam mounting tape, making sure to overlap the seam.

7. Stamp sentiment onto tan cardstock with black dye ink and cut with a Circle Nesting Die.

8. Attach the sentiment to the center of the doily die cut shape.

9. Add self-adhesive pearls to the four corners of the notepad cover, and attach a postage stamp image sticker to the bottom center.

10. Using the Scallop Rectangle Nesting Dies, cut a scalloped rectangle from black cardstock.

11. Line the Rectangle Nesting Die template over the a section of embossed leaves cardstock and tape down. Cut the embossed paper and adhere the rectangle to the scalloped rectangle mat.

12. Trim black cardstock to 8 x 2 3/8 inches and attach to the inside left of the cover. Trim printed paper to 7 7/8 x 2 1/4 inches and attach to the black cardstock.

13. Attach the leaf image to the center of the panel at an angle. Add a a postage stamp image sticker to the bottom right edge of the panel.

Thanks for joining me today! 

Couture Creations Supplies Used:
Circle Nesting Dies
Rectangle Nesting Dies
Scallop Rectangle Nesting Dies
Ivy Doily Die
Endless Embossing Folder
Self-adhesive Pearls

Couture Creations Tools Used:
Foam Mounting Tape
Craft Mat

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Treasures Pitch Black, Colormates Medium Coffee Brown; Core'dinations Signature Graphic 45 Antique Moss
Patterned paper: Graphic 45 French Country Rendezvous
Stickers: Graphic 45 French Country
Rubber stamps: My Favorite Things Cheerful Blessings
Stamping ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
Notepad: Staples Office Supply


  1. Thanks for the inspiration! I think I'll make some of these for an upcoming baby shower for a door prize.

  2. this is so pretty and what a great tut :)

    *i still have the one you made me tucked away so it stays new :)

  3. This is absolutely beautiful! I wouldn't mind having one of these so whomever gets this is going to be one happy person!!


  4. Funny, my foot hit a stack of pads under my desk yesterday which made me think of Jamie and Papertrey and us all making notepads. This one is a beauty, especially love the layers :)

  5. Beautiful note pad,Thanks for the tutorial!!!

  6. Sometimes, we are so alike it is scary...I make these all the time! I also cover up the ugly header with pretty paper. They make great gifts, too! I like them because a) they keep my notepad nice and neat and b) I can find it on my messy desk! LOL This is gorgeous, of course, and the embossed paper adds so much. Clever you!

  7. I love that texture envelope! fun project- how are you cutting down your pads???