Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tutorial - Skinny Notepads for Teacher

When I blogged about this week's Shining Star, I mentioned that you should be on the look out for another tutorial from one of our Crewmates.  Yesterday, I looked to see who was on deck for this week's tutorial and lo and behold, it's MOI

Teacher Appreciation Week begins Monday, May 7th, so I thought I would do a tutorial on a skinny notepad for teachers!  

Here are the basic supplies you will need.  I will tell what I used to decorate my skinny notepad as we go:

5 11/16" x 8 1/2" piece of CS
2 5/8" x 8" piece of CS or designer paper
1 3/4" x 3 1/2" piece of designer paper
Corner Chomper
Score tape
RSVP pen

Start by scoring the 5 11/16" x 8 1/2" piece of CS at 2 3/4" and 2 15/16"

Fold on the scored lines and then round the corners of your notepad holder
as well as two corners on your 2 5/8" x 8" piece of designer paper. 
I used my corner chomper.

Add Score Tape to the back of your notepad. 

Adhere the notepad right along the 2nd score line of your notepad holder. 

Decorate your 2 5/8" x 8" piece of CS as desired.  Red and black the our town's colors so I stuck with that.    I used the PTI Teacher's Apple stamp set and the SU A-Z stamp.  Adhere that panel to the front of the skinny notepad holder.

Tie a bow around the skinny notepad holder with the ribbon of your choice.  

This 1/2" alphabet twill ribbon would be perfect, too!

1/2" Alphabet Twill Ribbon 

Twist open the RSVP and pull out the ink.  Tightly roll your coordinating 1 3/4" x3 1/2" piece of designer paper around it and insert back into the barrel of the pen.  Tuck the pen under the bow to complete the set.

This is such a quick and inexpensive thing to make!  I have made things as wedding favors for someone and tied in the wedding colors with the ribbon and they were a big hit. They are good token gifts for co-workers.  These are always good sellers at craft fairs, too.  Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!