Thursday, January 6, 2011

Portfolio notepad project

Today's project is a portfolio note pad that I made as a teacher gift. I started with a small size note pad (9 x 6") that I purchased at my local Staples and then made a decorated portfolio cover using coordinating papers.

 To make the portfolio cover, I cut two pieces of a nice heavy double-sided cardstock to form the front & back covers. I then attached them with a coordinating piece of cardstock that I scored and folded to create a 1/2" spine. I then cut another strip of cardstock (1" by 6") and adhered it to the top of the notepad. I decorated the front of the portfolio with more of the paper and then embellished it with a flower made using the Tim Holtz "Tattered Flowers" die cut. And then the entire thing is finished off with some "antique photo" distress ink.

I'm not happy with the flower (although it looks much better in real life than in the photo) as I couldn't make it as full as I wanted (after all, this needs to be a usable item) and think next time I would use a stamped image instead of a 3-D embellishment. But that's the way of crafting, right? Create, criticize, improve.

Crafty Sentiments - anything goes or anything but a card
Craft Your Passion - anything goes


  1. So nice project! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Thanks for sharing the instructions. I love your blog I am visiting from feline playful and have become a follower x

  3. Hello, I found you trough Feline Playful and I am now following you ;) I missed the chance to join in the fun with the linky thing on time, but if you'd like to visit my blog too, I would be delighted! ;)

    What a lovely notepad, gorgeous papers! And I just love that flower! ;)

    Happy and crafty New Year!
    Joanna x