November 11, 2008

Mini Christmas Notebooks

Hi everyone, glad you liked my Holiday Inspiration Station. Please link me up to yours if you make one, I'd love to see it. We're having water line problems today due to some faulty copper pipes...so I'll make this a short post today.

A while back, my friend Carmen came over and we whipped up some cute holiday notebooks. These are the junior notepads that you find at any local office supply store or Walmart. I have my printing shop cut them in half for me so that I can make my mini notepads. They measure about 2.5" x 8". The cardstock covers the front, spine and back and then you embellish the fronts.

The first ones I made use My Mind's Eye patterned paper and the Papertrey set called Merry and Bright. Sentiment is from the Papertrey set called Take a Bough.
I stamped the fun tree pieces in Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado and Aqua Mist Papertrey inks. The tall image fit perfectly into the Spellbinder's Long Dies. Papertrey Pure Poppy Saddle Stitch ribbon finishes off the main image.
My second set of mini notebooks use Made of Snow from Papertrey Ink. I paper pieced the scarf with some My Mind's Eye patterned paper that coordinates with the cute MME snowman background paper. More of the same PTI ribbon and Marvy snowflake punches and buttons finish off the design.
Here's a closeup of the cute snowman. I used a cool blue Copic marker to add some shading and then applied glitter on top of that for some shimmer.
Here's the notebooks that Carmen made. I think she did a fantastic job, don't you? I love her Papertrey Santa image from the Believe set that she layered up with paper pieced presents. Her patterned paper was from Basic Grey, last year's line I believe.
We'll be using these for little gifts for friends and teachers. I must make more!

40 comments:

DeeDee said...

Oh Mish!!! Those are darling!!! I loved your first full sized version, but this one would fit in a purse much better I think!!! I wonder if our big ole paper cutter at work would cut these note pads in half....Hmmmm.....I'm gonna try it!!! Oh boy, these are so CUTE!!! TFS!!! HUGS!!!

Chris said...

sorry about your water pipe problems!! i hope they are cleard up quickly and cheaply...>"< i make these little notebooks all the time, i love to give them as gifts!! yours are fabulous for the holidays...i must make some xmas ones. p.s. i slept with "snoring man" last night...LOL i got up and worked in my craft room til 3 am with the cats...LOL

Katie said...

Will you please STOP using that MME paper!?!?!? Every time you use it I think, "I NEED some of that paper," and have yet to find it locally. I think I may finally break down and get some online. Thanks for the great gift idea!

Tricia said...

So cute! I actually started an inspiration station when I was stamping yesterday, and decided that I need to either 1) buy more Longaberger baskets or 2) go to some antique stores so I can find cool things to put my stash in. :) Last year I did a scrapbook in January that covered the previous year. I've though about making the pages for that, just like you made a December one. Thanks for the constant inspiration!!

shelley- aka hairchick said...

Beatiful!! I love all of your work! You are truly inspiring!

Nancy Riley said...

Michelle, your Junior Legal Pad Christmas Wish Lists are ADORABLE!!!!! Very well done!

Mel said...

Mish...these are awesome. What a terrific idea...I will be making some of these as well for gifts..a great idea!

mochamama said...

Love these Mish, they are adorable......me thinks I gotta make some!

Melissa said...

I am SO going to be making some of these! Fabulous job!

Many Blessings,
M.

resmith said...

These are so great. I love them. They would make perfect gifts. Thanks for sharing.

Gerb said...

I was cleaning out some of my bookmarks last night... almost deleted your since I have never made any of your ideas - they are just beyond my scope of ability - but they are all so fun to look at! I'll have to keep stalking. Thanks for letting me.

Rachelle said...

these are just so darling. I love both your and Carmen's. Hmmm...wonder where I could get get the cut around here?

Melanie said...

These are absolutely gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing!

Cindy H. said...

What a cute idea! These are just so adorable!!

Otter said...

Mishy Poo! These are as cute as ever!!

Dottie K. said...

These are just darling. I love making these for gifts. Tell Carmen her are just so cute also. What fun to have a buddy to work with. :)

Sandy said...

Super cute projects, Michelle!! I've got to find a place that will cut the pads. What a fantastic and festive little gift.

leenda said...

BRILLIANT!

Cindy Lyles said...

These are so cute Mish!!!! Awesome ideas and incredibly inspiring, as always Mish...hope the pipe issue is a small one - definitely!!

Kathi said...

Love the notepads . . .are there directions and/or dimensions anywhere on how to make these??? I need just a little help figuring it all out! Thank you VERY MUCH for sharing your talent with all of us!!!

Chelsea said...

those are adorable ... great idea for gift giving!

curtis said...

Thanks for sharing your creative ideas. I also wanted to let you know I made your Pumpkin Desert and took to our neighbors who had just returned home from there dad's funeral. They loved your dessert. Thanks for the great receipe, it is so good. I also make your soy bean salad all the time. You have awesome receipes and I really apprecaite you passing them on. Thanks again. Susan N.

Victoria said...

I just love these little note books and they would be perfect for a little gift for the season for all kinds of people.
I love your ideas!

Michelle said...

What a great idea to cut them in half! I absolutely love these! Great gift idea!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

These are darling! I think I still have some cut pads leftover from a few years ago when I first learned to do this. Ü

Crafty P said...

Those are so cute... I didn't see but did you add a pocket to the left side? I think it would be a perfect shopping companion: list on the right, receipts into the pocket on the left. hmmm... gets my creative juices flowing!

Karen said...

Those are so cute. I can see where they would be a neat gift for any occasion. Thanks for the inspiration.

cherylquilts at sCS said...

How cool! I just bought some of these junior legal pads last week and had a few cut in half. Guess I have to go back for more! LOL! Thanks, as always, for the wonderful inspiration. These are absolutely darling!

Stef H: (Illinois, US) said...

WOW Mish. These are great. I certainly needed some inspiration and you gave it to me! Wonderful! Thanks a bunch.

Stef H

devona said...

Mish, I am new to your blog and I must say I look forward to checking it daily. Your cards are so beautiful yet simple. I have loved everything you have made. I am now doing an inspiration station for every season. I love it. It really gets the ideas flowing. I dont have a blog yet but am working on getting one. Cant wait to see what you make next!!!!

devona said...

What kind of die cutting machine do you use? I am in search of one but not sure which one is the best. I love the scallop square punches you use alot and would like to have a machine that does that one. thanks

Nancy said...

WOW, So Stinkin cute! Of course as soon as I saw this I was on a mission to find the Minds Eye paper! To heck with the laundry..LOL Thank you for providing such awesome inspiration!

Danielle Marie Oakes said...

Do you have the measurements for the paper with the score lines used for the notebook
Awesome Idea!

patriciad said...

Clever idea to slice those notepads in 1/2. There's some cute stuff happening here. Love it - Carmen did a great job too. Would that be the Carmen of the impeccable manicure Carmen?? :-)

Thanks for the cute ideas.

Debbie Olson said...

Mish, these are great--perfect papers for the images too--you always ROCK, my friend!

Leslie Miller said...

These are so cute and I LOVE them! I've never found these junior notepads at Wal-Mart, but I keep looking!

Pam said...

Oh Mish!!! these are just darling..could you post the measurements of the paper to complete the project..plus, when are you going to start some Christmas baking ideas?..I love your receipes that you post and your ideas that go along with them..I love your blog..

Anne Marie Peterson said...

Mish, these are simply adorable!! I love making these little notebooks, and yours are the best! I love your style!!
Hugs,
Anne Marie
http://didsomeonesaystamp.blogspot.com

Cindy Major said...

Wow, they all look fabulous!!

Cindy

Brooke S said...

Michelle,
I am totally hooked... I really NEED to make mini notebooks... Where do you get the notebooks cut down to size.

Hugs
Brooke

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