I love making things that have more than one use, so what could be better than making a personalised card that actually doubles as a notebook too? This is a really simple and effective way to make a stunning card that the recipient will be amazed at!
I started this one with the Wildflower mini kit from Etc. by Danyale:
Isn’t that just gorgeous? I love love love this kit and just couldn’t resist it when I saw it – the colours, the flowers, and the papers are truly scrumptious!
Now once, you have decided what kit or papers you are going to work with, you will also need:
- A small notebook (the one I used measured 3″ by 5″ and flipped open at the top (a notebook that opens at the side will not work for this project);
- Card base (I used a 5″ x 5″ card blank from my stash but you could cut card stock down to whatever size you wanted if you don’t have any card blanks. For a 5″ by 5″ card, you would need cardstock measuring 5″ by 10″);
- Heavyweight paper for printing (I find the 90gsm or lower paper is too flimsy and prefer 165gsm or higher, but I’m not sure what the USA equivalent is);
- Bone folder for scoring card (optional);
- Craft knife or scissors
- Sticky tape, PVA glue or similar; and
- Ribbon, brads, lace, etc. for any embellishments you may want to add (optional).
I created a square shape in Photoshop measuring 4¾” by 4¾” and then filled that with my paper and added embellishments. The cover was the same width as the notebook (3″) but I added an extra 1½” to the length so the cover would wrap over the top of the notebook and cover the label at the back. The overall measurements were 3″ x 6½”.
Since I was printing onto A4 paper, I was able to make two card fronts (and notebook covers) on one sheet of paper.
As you can see, I decided to make a total of four notecards. I printed off the cards and covers on two sheets of A4 paper and then cut them all out.
Next, adhere the card top to the card base, but only put sticky tape on the sides and bottom:
You can just stick the sides if you prefer, as long as the sticky tape or glue you use is strong enough to hold the card in place when the notebook is inserted.
This is the completed card:
As you can see, the card top is one eighth of an inch shorter than the card base all the way around. The card top is adhered to the base at the bottom and sides and there is a gap at the top into which the notebook can be inserted. I did not add any embellishments to the card, but if you do, make sure you leave enough room in the centre of the card for the notebook.
I used a small notebook I bought from the supermarket (you can get five for just over £1 here, around 60-70 cents). Whatever notebook you use, it needs to be the same length or smaller than the card base.
I actually find it easier to do one strip of sticky tape at the time, as otherwise, I end up sticking the paper down with it overlapping on one side! Of course, you can trim it if this happens, but it is better not to have that problem in the first place!
I started with one side, then removed the backing on the other sticky strip and gently adhered the notebook cover to the notebook.
As you can see, this left the end of the cover overlapping the edge of the notebook.
Open the notebook slightly and slot the back of the notebook into the gap in the card.
And here is the second card:
So you end up with one card and a note book that can then be used by the recipient.
Here are the two cards and notebooks together.
I hope you will have a go at this yourselves as it is a very simple and effective card that is sure to go down well!
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