Tutorial: Post-it Note Holder

I made this beautiful post-it note holder as a hostess gift last month, using the Tranquil Textures suite. I just can’t get enough of the colours in this suite, especially Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig – and that adorable octopus, so detailed!

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The holder is just the right size for a mini-pencil or pen (I bought a pack of eighteen at the dollar store for $4) and a pack of 3 x 3″ post-it notes.

This time, I used the Share What You Love suite to make my project. Which do you like better?

This project takes one piece of 8 ½ x 11” cardstock, cut into three pieces as follows: the easel piece, the front piece, and the pen pocket piece. I’ll walk you through each of the steps.

Easel piece: 11 x 3.75”
Score at 0.5, 4.75, 9, and 10”

Burnish all your score lines and fold. Here’s the view from above – apply tear and tape as shown.

Remove the backing from your tear and tape, and attach – voilà, an easel!

Front piece: 4.25 x 7.25”

Score at 4.25 and 4.75”; Rotate and score along long edges, 0.5” from each side

 

Cut two pieces of DSP: 3 x 2.25” & 3 x 4”. Attach larger piece as shown:

Cut in on your side score lines as shown above and “notch in” on the little tabs. Then add two pieces of tear and tape to the bottom two flaps.

Flip your front piece over and apply two glue dots to the tiny side flaps as shown above.

Flip your front piece over again, and fold the bottom piece up as shown above. Add the other piece of DSP.

To turn your front piece into a box, slide the small tabs inside the long tabs of your box and attach with the glue dots. If you look closely at the photo below, you’ll see what I mean!

 

Then apply tear and tape to the inside of the bottom flaps as shown above. Finally, cut off the extra cardstock on the top. In the photo below, I have cut off the piece on the right, but not yet the piece on the left.

 

Now for the third piece: the pen pocket piece.
Cardstock: 3 x 4.25”

Score along short edge at 0.5, 1, 1.5, and 2”

You’ll also score along the long edge at 0.5” from the edge. Which side you do this on will depend on whether you want your pen pocket to be on the right or the left of your post-it notes; are you making it for a righty or a lefty?

Attach one piece of tear and tape at the end of your pen pocket, and “notch in” the small tabs as shown below.

Fold up your pen pocket and attach with the tear and tape. For the small flaps, put a glue dot on the inside of what will be the front flap. This will give you a clean, smooth edge on the front of your piece.

You’ll also need 2 pieces of DSP cut to 2.25 x 3/8”. Attach these to the front and side of your pen pocket.

Now your individual pieces are complete – you’re ready to assemble your project!

Use Tombow glue or snail adhesive on the back of your pen pocket, and the inner side of the pocket which will slide alongside the post-it note holder.

At this stage, it’s useful to have the pad of post-it notes in your holder, to give it some support as you’re pressing the pieces together.

Then, apply tear and tape on the back of these two pieces so you can attach it to your easel.

The project looks pretty cute now! …

 

… but you can dress it up even more if you like with stamps, ribbon, embellishments, etc.

And here’s a side view of how it looks on the easel:

What kind of hostess gifts have you made, or received? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Stampin’!

 

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How do you make a beautiful catalogue even better??

With the help of the circle tab punch and the 1/2″ circle punch, I created these terrific catalogue tab kits for my Stampin’ Club members (and of course, one for myself!).

It’s so easy now to find exactly what I’m looking for in my annual catalogue! I love them!

I love making and giving gifts for my club members … I usually give gifts when the club starts in September, and a year-end gift in June, as well as a bonus holiday gift at Christmas. It’s my way of thanking my loyal customers for choosing me as their demonstrator!

By the way, there are two spots left in my club, so if you’d like to join, contact me!

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Epic Fold Card Tutorial

I learned a new fold recently that I have been having a LOT of fun with. Remember the beautiful six-month milestone cards I posted recently, after giving them to my two team members at our May meeting?

Well that’s not the only card I’ve made with that fold. I used the same design to make my mom’s 65th birthday card (talk about a milestone!). She loves mushrooms, so I used some of the retired paper A Little Foxy that I’d been saving for just the right occasion.

Then a friend contacted me asking for Thank You cards for her son’s teachers as he is graduating to high school. I was happy to oblige, even incorporating the custom message she’d asked for (I printed it from the computer and punched it with my Decorative Label punch):

And then my June workshop participants got to use the Tranquil Textures suite and learn this fold themselves:

Now at last I’m ready to share the tutorial! Presenting the Epic Fold card!

(Note: If you prefer video tutorials, click here! If you prefer written tutorials, read on!)

Start with a piece of 8.5 x 11″ cardstock. Score along the long edge at 4.25″.

Rotate 90 degrees and line up your cardstock at 2.75″. Cut from the edge of the cardstock to the centre line you scored.

Then rotate cardstock back to its original position and cut along that centre score line to the line you cut in the previous step. As a result, you will be removing a large chunk of the cardstock, as shown below. Set it aside for a later project 🙂

Score the remaining cardstock at 2.75 and 5.5″.

You’ll also need assorted pieces of either stamped cardstock or designer series paper, all measuring 2.5 x 4″. And don’t forget a white or vanilla insert to write on!

Assemble your card and decorate as desired.

Have you tried any fun folds lately? Show me your creations in the comments!

Happy Stampin’!

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Four-Step Stamp Cleaning

Yes you read that right – cleaning your stamps has FOUR steps! But wait – the Stampin’ Scrub only has two sides. How can there be four steps? Because for the first and last step, you need scrap paper. Stampin’ Up! has terrifically useful grid paper for sale, but you can also use just any old scrap paper you find lying around. I like to use paper destined for the recycling bin at my work.

Any time you finish with a stamp, before you reach for your Stampin’ Scrub, you need to stamp off on your scrap paper multiple times to remove any excess ink. By the time you finish a project, your scrap paper should look like this:

Next, scrub your stamp on the wet side of the Stampin’ Scrub, and then the dry side. I like to colour over the wet and dry symbols with nail polish to make it easier to tell which side is which – I always use the same “colour coding”, blue for wet and pink for dry.

Finally, return to your scrap paper and stamp off again. This step often gets missed, but it’s really important! Your stamp will pick up inky residue from the Stampin’ Scrub, and this grubby substance can easily damage the next inkpad you use, or transfer to the project you’re creating. Yuck!

See the “Live it with Zest” sentiment and the circular lemons stamped on the lower right corner of the image above? Those images are all stamped directly following a scrub on the Stampin’ Scrub – that is, there was no ink on the stamp other than what the stamp picked up from the Scrub. Stamp off repeatedly onto your scrap paper until the stamp is truly clean and doesn’t stamp an image.

I also clean out my Stampin’ Scrubs about once a month. They get a lot of use when I’m hosting classes, so your Scrub might not need to be cleaned quite that often! I’ve started keeping track of the “last clean date” by writing it on a piece of painter’s tape on the outside of the Scrub.

I hope that tip is helpful to you! Happy Stampin’!