Hi – poki here with a project to help keep you organized at your desk (maybe!) If you are like me, you are always looking for your notepad and pencil which are always “MIA” somewhere on your desk by the computer. My project today will give both the notepad and the pencil a permanent “home” near your computer, standing up so you can see them!
Here is a photo of my finished project (I went out to my wildflower garden for the photos – and captured a couple of butterfly shots while I was there!)
For my digital art work, I chose Etc by Danyale AFTERNOON IN THE PARK – the color palette looks enough like “Fall” to please my love for all things “Autumn” but it is also generic enough that it won’t seem out of place in other seasons either!
My Traditional Scrapbooking supplies:
- clothes pin
- 5×7″ plastic stand up frame (portrait style)
- 12″ sheer ribbon adhesive (Scor-tape or other strong adhesive)
- Carl paper drill
- HP Brochure paper
I started by creating the digital art pieces on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ canvas – ready for printing when I was done! The size of the pieces will need to be determined by the size of your notepad. My notepad was 3 1/2″ wide, so I created art pieces that would fit eh notepad as a topper.
After I gathered all the pieces (notepad, pencil, and clothes pin), I laid them out in my finished pattern to determine what size chipboard I needed to contain them all. This layout process will also help you decide what size to make your title piece.
My two printouts:
Printout 1 shows the paper to cover the background chipboard
Printout 2 shows all of the other pieces for the project.
My work process:
1. Create art pieces and print, then cut out. In order to make sure these pieces were flexible enough for scoring and folding, I printed them on HP brochure paper.
2. Score the topper piece about 1″ from the end. Add a piece of scrap cardstock 3/4″ x width of the notepad, and glue inside the folded area. This will give your topper added strength when trying to tear off sheets from the notepad. Continue to wrap topper piece around the notepad. Add the strip of patterned paper to the front of your topper.
Use Carl drill to cut two holes through the topper and the notepad. Insert ribbon and tie the topper to the notepad. TIP: If you do not adhere the notepad to the topper or to the background, you will be able to remove used up notepads, and insert new ones later! (This part is complete, set aside until later.)
3. Adhere background piece of paper to your chipboard. Wrap it around the edges and adhere in the back. Be sure to cue away some of the bulk from the corners to make a smoother fold. See sample.
After you have wrapped your printed paper around the chipboard and adhered it, add a piece of cardstock to cover the edges of the printed paper! (This piece is now complete. set aside until later)
4. Cut the title piece to size and adhere to cardstock (set aside until later).
5. Add a strip of printed paper to the edge of your clothes pin, and trim to fit (set aside until later).
6. Now that all the pieces are modified, replace them on top of your covered background, and tweak the arrangement if needed. Then begin mounting the pieces on the background. I recommend this order: 1) clothes pin (with pencil clipped in), 2) title art piece, and 3) notepad – Be sure to only add adhesive to the topper and not to the back of the notepad, so it can be replaced later. I use Scor-tape (strong double-sided sticky tape) to adhere my pieces.
7. When the front piece is completed, add it to your 5×7″ plastic frame and place it on your desk where it is easy to see it! When you want o write on the pad, just lay it flat on the desk with the stand hanging over the edge, write your note and then return the stand to its upright position, so you are sure to see the note you wrote to yourself!
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- It's almost BIRTHDAY TIME in my family! - February 21st, 2014
- Fussy cutting project ... long time coming! - January 31st, 2014
- Christmas Card keeper - December 2013 - December 20th, 2013