Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Heartfelt Creations April Alumni Blog Hop

If you are looking for my Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Tutorial, please click HERE

Welcome to the April Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop! Each month, on the last Tuesday of the month, the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team participates in a Blog Hop! Be sure to visit each blog on the hop, and leave a comment, because one fortunate Blogger will be chosen to receive a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations! The winner will be announced on Saturday, April 30th, at noon. The April Hop starts 8am EST on Tuesday, April 26th and closes Friday, April 29th at midnight. 

You should be coming to my blog from Regina M. Hamilton's Blog. After visiting me, head on over to Gini Williams Cagle's Blog. For a list of the Alumni Blogs, see the end of the post. 

I decided to create a little notepad holder for you today. This sweet, little book is 6" x 4" x 1/2" and contains two pockets and a handmade notebook!
For my project this month, I dug through my Heartfelt Creations paper pads and came up with the Vintage Floret Collection, unopened, never used! {Gasp! How does THAT happen!??} I fell in love with the chocolate brown and dusty pink colors in this collection!

I created a darling notepad holder, that is also suitable for storing 6" x 4" photos!  
 I did not actually have a notepad that was 6" x 4"...so I made one to tuck into the right-hand pocket! I think this is the perfect notepad for jotting down prayer requests and such!
I started out by cutting brown cardstock to 6" x 12" and scoring at 3", 3 1/2", 7 1/2" and 8" to create the double-spine holder. I used the Swirling Die from the Border Essentials Die Set to create an pretty edge for the cover.

I covered the outside surfaces with the Vintage Floret paper, sponged with Walnut Stain ink. 

I made a flower with some of the paper scraps and the Arianna Blooms stamp and die. I use the Open Leaf stamp and Classic Leaf Die to make the leaf cluster. 

I stamped the sentiment from the Everyday Hero Newsprint set and cut it out with the arrow banner from the Everyday Heroes Die.

I have small magnets hidden inside the covers to keep them closed. The inside flap is blank, but you could add a photo or favorite scripture.

Inside, I created one center pocket for photos or journlaing blocks. I used the border die again to make a "fancy" pocket topper. I also created a large pocket on the right side. The right-hand pocket holds a notebook filled with blank paper for writing or sketching.
I created the notebook from cardstock, cut to 5 3/4" x 7 1/2" and scored at 3 3/4". I cut the paper slightly smaller for the inside pages. I stacked the cover and pages together and marked at 2" and 4" from the top edge. I used a paper piercing tool to create holes through all layers and attached everything to the cover with a bit of string. I also added a latch with magnets to keep the notebook closed. 

Slide the back cover of the notebook into the pocket on the right side of the holder.



December Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop List:
Regina M. Hamilton
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE!
Ginny Williams Cagle
Amy Doria
Caroline Duncan
Emilia van den Heuvel
Loretta Lock
Sarah Miller

Heartfelt Creations Products:
HCDP1-227 Vintage Floret Paper Collection
HCPC-3665 Everyday Hero Newsprint Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3608 Arianna Blooms Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3545 Open Leaf Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-783 Border Essentials Die
HCD1-761 Everyday Heroes Die
HCD1-748 Arianna Blooms Die
HCD1-736 Classic Leaf Die
TSMP-800 Memento Dye Ink Pad (Rich Cocoa)
HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit

Other Products:
Cardstock: chocolate brown
Ink: Ranger Distress Walnut Stain, Spun Sugar
Tools: EK Success 1 3/4" circle punch
Magnets: Basic Grey
String: craft supply
Adhesive: ATG tape, Scor-tape, Ranger Claudine Hellmuth Studio matte multi-medium, foam adhesive squares


  1. So pretty and classy.

  2. Wow this is a gorgeous notebook love the papers you used and the flowers are beautiful

  3. Wow...this is absolutely gorgeous Gloria! Thank you so much for the awesome tutorial. I'm definitely going to make one! Have a beautiful day!

  4. What a gorgeous notepad, Gloria! I like those colors. A friend just introduced me to Heartfelt Creations and I'm finding many things I like.

  5. WOW!! stunning project!!

  6. Very pretty and would make such a lovely gift for friends!

  7. Gorgeous project. Love your color selcetion

  8. Very nice. Thank you for sharing!!

  9. An absolutely gorgeous note-book and cover. The papers are beautiful, as are the Heartfelt flowers. x

  10. This is just beautiful. I love the gorgeous fillagree borders!! What a lovely gift or for keeping to use yourself!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  11. This is beautiful. "You inspire me." ;)

  12. Your work is gorgeously beautiful

  13. This comment has been removed by the author.

  14. your notebook is absolutely gorgeous. The flowers are so pretty.

  15. What a wonderful creation! It's beautifully designed and so pretty! Love the border edge!

  16. OH MY GOODNESS!!! This is fabulous and so fun.......Great tutorial and as I want to try something similar, gonna pin this. Love it. Great job. (Dorina D)

  17. Everything about this notepad holder is exquisite, from the cover, to the dimensional flowers, to the sweet little notepad inside. I always love seeing your creative projects!

  18. Hi Gloria, So miss you on the team...this card/book is fantastic...shore going to make the time to copy this one! love it...inky hugs

    1. I miss you ladies, too! I look at the HC Blog every week and drool. ;)

  19. Beautiful Gloria!! I love this little notebook with the pretty flowers and die cut edges. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents with us.

  20. Such a clever journal and beautiful flowers on the front!

  21. I love this paper collection. Love the notebook, it shows off the paper so well.

  22. I love this. This is how I envision bible journals. This is beautifully done. I have been working on one with stamps and another that I journal verses! Great job.

  23. Just my style! Wonderful job with the journal and use of dies and stamps.

  24. Such an elegant notepad!

  25. Love this little folder/book. It is gorgeous and practical and I would make such a lovely gift!

  26. I'm counting all the people I could make this for

  27. This is so beautiful. Who ever recieves this is a very lucky person.

  28. This is so beautiful. Who ever recieves this is a very lucky person.

  29. This is beautiful!
    I am most definitely copying you for one at the telephone! Thank you.

  30. Gostaria de fazer uma parceria com o nosso site?