Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A little holiday gift idea

For quite a while now, I've been playing around with the idea of making personalized scratch pads. The question was how, right? Well, as it turns out, it is kind of easy (albeit, a bit tedious, but here goes).

This is a small padfolio and coordinating pen made with Papertrey Ink's Spiral Bouquet. I wanted this to coordinate with the digital kit that was available from Paper Crafts magazine for World Card Making Day. The cover is stamped (SU Creamy Caramel, Palette Burnt Umber) and has highlights of white from Liquid Applique. The oval tag is stamped (same colors) and made into a Making Memories metal tag. The ribbon is stamped with Burnt Umber.

Inside, I made a personalized pad from the digital kit. I created all of this in MS Word by setting my margins to 1/4 of a page, inserting a 1" strip of the patterned paper from the kit at the top and typed in "from the desk of Jennifer Ellefson" in a font called Little Days. I copied the design to be printed 4x per sheet, cut and gave all the bottom sides a decorative edge. To make the pad, I cut a piece of chipboard the same way, stacked it all up and applied PVA along the top edge. I held it together with clamps (yes, my fun, colorful clamps that I wrote about here) until it was dry. I adhered the pad to the folio with red line tape.

The pen is simply lined with a piece of the digital paper that I mis-cut. ;) It is a Pentel RSVP pen (available at WalMart and Staples, amongst others, I'm sure).

It always seems like this time of year leaves you scrambling for little gifts for teachers, bus drivers, etc. and I think these might just fit the bill. And since I'm about as far from an expert as you can be with digital scrapbooking, I'm sure you can do this as well! If you do, I would love to know where you post it, so leave me a link!

Be well! ~ Jenn


Anabelle said...

This turned out awesome, Jenn!!!! I can't wait to try one. Super stamping, too. ;)

Julia said...

That is amazing! Now I want one!!! Only I need pink and green and it should say my name on it!Hint Hint! Seriously..this is utterly the best! Your stamping is superb! I bet you could sell a boatload! ;-)