October 12, 2009

Take Note Inspirations

Just a note: Hey everyone, thank you so much for the sweetie pie comment love! I am so dang happy to share this set with you all. And a big thank you to Nichole for illustrating the set so wonderfully. For all of you who like the tote bag and have requested....I will not be selling them in my Etsy shop. Although I would love to, the owner has a no-no policy on selling this tote. You can make them all you want for gifts, but that's it. I'll be making lots for girlfriendy Christmas gifts along with more notepads. If you'd like to purchase the pattern, it's by Alicia Paulson (Posie Gets Cozy blog)and you can purchase it here. It's called the Jane Market Bag. Now don't be scared because it's a downloadable pdf file. You just purchase it then download the file.....save it, print it off and you're good to go. And it's only $6 bucks. It's a few pages with good instructions. I only had one goof ball moment where I messed up and had to rip some stitches out. Yes, I'll admit it this one time, I made a mistake. Snort! Have fun with the pattern, have fun with my new stamp set!

I am so super duper excited for tonight's post. This month's release of my new set called Take Note is so near and dear to me. If there's one signature craft item that I make, it has to be my little notebooks. I have been making them for years for little gifts for friends, family and teachers. This stamp set came about when I brought some little notebooks as gifts to the Papertrey girls this summer at CHA while we were out to dinner one night. Jane and Julie were really fond of them I think and we just started chatting about them. Next thing I know, Nichole and I are dreaming up a stamp set. I sent Nichole sketches when I got back from CHA and here we are tonight with my new stamp set. Nichole works wonders with my sketches...she turns my little hen pecks into wonderfully illustrated designs. We go together like peanut butter and jelly!!

So let's move on to my first project created with Take Note. Each of the designers were assigned a sentiment label from Take Note so you'll be getting lots of inspiration tonight. I used the *grocery list* sentiment along with a polka dot outline circle to create a circle embellishment at the top of my notepad. Keeping with the grocery theme, I used strawberries and pears from the Fruitful stamp set in colors of Sweet Blush, Spring Moss and Dark Chocolate.
I stamped and cut out two strawberries to place on my grocery list circle embellishment. The 1-3/4" circle punch works great to punch out the circle accents. Then you can use the Super Jumbo scalloped punch(the blue one) for matting. A snippet of Sweet Blush Saddle Stitched ribbon and tied Vintage Buttons create a horizontal accent. A new Martha Stewart border punch was used with Dark Chocolate cardstock under the ribbon accent.
Now, check this out. I asked Nichole if we could do customized notepads to go along with the Take Note stamp set and she said let's go for it! So now, you don't have to take your junior notepads to get them cut. You can simply order them from Papertrey. There's two colors to choose from, white or cream.

The thickness of these notepads is about half of what I'm used to working with. After chatting with Nichole, we have some great ideas for these thinner notepads. I like them even better now than the thicker pads. You can use the pads to make a thinner notebook by themselves....or you can layer two notepads together and position a piece of Scor-Tape on top of the already gummed notepads to create a thicker notepad. Or check out this cool idea below. You can adhere one notepad to the the left side and one to the right side..........
Then when you close your notebook like in the photo below, you'll have two individual notepads that create an overall thicker notebook when closed. Is that a snazzy idea or what????
I hope you'll love this new set as much as I do. I can't wait to try each and every sentiment on more notepads. But wait, I have something fun to go along with my grocery shopping list. I whipped up a matching shopping bag using some pretty Amy Butler fabrics that I've had in my stash for a while.
I think it would be super cute to fold up a shopping bag....tuck a matching shopping notepad into the pocket............
......and tie it up for a pretty gift. This is what I love about crafting. You can mix and match stamping and paper crafting with sewing or quilting to create some fabulous gifts! I love it all!
Okay, let's go see the PTI girls' creations. I'll be blog hoppin' right along with you! Here's the links.......and thanks for stopping by. You'll be sure to see more notepads from me soon. :)

Note: That flower embellishment on my tote was inspired from Heather Bailey. I'm calling them my Frizzy Flowers and you'll be seeing more of those on totes featured in my Etsy shop soon. Tote pattern is from Alicia Paulson.

85 comments:

Shirlann said...

wow, wow, wow...I am so over the top on your new set!!! I am the post-it note queen and I buy tons of paper pads and notebooks. I made some notebooks from your idea last year and gave them to my collegues...this year they will really be impressed! Your set will be the first in my shopping cart. Ooohhh, I am so loving this set...squeal!

Jennifer Holmes said...

OH...MY...WORD! This is too much to take in all at once! The stamp set...the notepads...and then there's the bag that coordinates?!? This set is going to make great holiday gifts, and I can't wait to get a hold of it all! Well, maybe the bag has to stay at your house, but I can buy the rest:)

Becky P. said...

I love this. I have made several of your notepads for gifts, and I always get rave reviews. You are right, it is annoying having to go to Kinko's to get the pads cut in half. This is really going to make my stress at making the notebooks cute, much easier. Great Job!

Sharon D said...

Congrats on having your great idea come to fruition!

Debbie Olson said...

Mish, this is the prettiest grocery list I ever saw, hands down! And that shopping bag--FAB!

Anonymous said...

This is my first time posting on your blog, but I have to tell you that I have loved your work for a while and LOVE this set. It's a must have! And the notepads too! The sample you just posted is awesome, as well as the bag. I do miss seeing your seasonal "inspiration stations" that you have previousy posted. Keep up the great job! Veronica in Az.

Melissa said...

So happy for you Mish....give yourself a little pat on the back for creating something so unique and desirable. I'm honored to get to work with you and use your amazing products.
Melis

kolling143 said...

This is such an amazing idea!! Cool, cool, cool!!!!! What a dream to see your "scratches" turn into a stamp set!! Congratulations.

I also love that new punch by MS you used....do you happen to know the name of it? Oh, and where you bought it too! :)

simpsondn said...

This is the cutest note pad I have ever seen! I am buying this set! You are very talented!
Donna - Gilbert, AZ

Alyssa B said...

love this idea. I have never made a notepads before but I surely will when I get this set. Great job Mish

Nancy said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Since seeing your notepads last year I have tried to create notepads for friends and family but they just never reach the same level of style as yours. With this set I don't need to worry about that anymore. Love love love it!!

Sarah Doyle said...

Woo! HOO!!!I am beyond excited about this set.. can not wait.. I bought my first notepads from your shop recently and already went to the office shop for junior pads and had some cut to try to make some gifts.. this set is amazing and has my creative juices spinning!! Thank you for sharing your talent with us.. I can't wait to get this at the release! well done, Mish:)

Anonymous said...

I am speechless (or nearly so) with this idea you and Nichole have brought to fruition! What a great set -- the paper pads and then to pair them up with eco-friendly bags - so beautiful! I am truly amazed at your creativity and talent! This is just so cool! Thanks for just hangin it out there girl!

Rita said...

You are brilliant! I love the notepads and Take Note stamp set. Can't wait to start creating my own. Thanks, Mish!

Becky Oehlers said...

YAY MISH!! It looks great and was so much fun to play with!! What a GREAT bag too! Love all of those bags!

Cindy Holshouser said...

Ever since I discovered you I have loved making your notepade:) This set will be going in my cart.

Jo R. said...

Congrats Mish on another fabulous set! I love making "your" notepads after seeing them on your blog, and family and friends love getting them! Just a cute, well thought out set!

Tina said...

Oh wow! This is awesome! I love it!

Roxanne M said...

Wow!! Right up my alley. You are a girl after my own heart with this set. Love this kind of stuff too and how cool to get the pads too in such fashionista colors! Definitely going to be getting this set and making my gifty-poohs with it this year! Thank you for the fabulous idea!

Dana said...

You and your bright ideas... :-) Your notepad and matching shopping bag is just fabulous!! I can't wait to see the full reveal of this stamp set!

Jane said...

Gasp!!! you ROCK!!!! it's a must have!!!!!!

jenny said...

WOW I LOVE YOUR NOT BLOCK !!!

Anonymous said...

Woohoo! Lovin' it! Can't wait to see the bag and notepad combo in your Etsy store. I only hope that I'm fortunate enough to get a hold of one. Congrats Mish! Sheri in HI.

Anonymous said...

Mish,
You hit it out of the park with this one! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this stamp set! You know I don't post much but you know I love your cards and notepads..........I just HAD to post and tell you that this was WONDERFUL! HOME RUN.........Elizabeth G.

Susan said...

I really like the pastel colours you have used in this set.
I usually write grocery lists on scraps of paper - having a notepad like this would make shopping much more enjoyable!

Kathy T said...

Oh my gosh! How cute is your packaging??? Love the idea of a grocery list and cloth bag. Gonna use that for my stocking gifts for my grown nieces. Thank you so much for sharing. I swear you could package a rock and I would have to copy it!

Cammie said...

CONGRATULATIONS! This set is the best ever! I've been admiring your little notebooks for sometime. With these stamps, the notepads, and your inspirtation, I'm ready to create some wonderful gifts for others, and of course me.

Heidi said...

Congratulations! What an awesome set!! I love the bag you created too :0)

Sue D said...

Michelle - Your new set is absolutey wonderful, the 15th won't be here soon enough for me!!! Also, love all your stories, you truly are blessed with an amazing family - I am inspired daily by you and yours. Thanks so much!

jennifer said...

You have outdone yourself! This new set is amazing!! I'm planning all of my Christmas gifts with this one. I love all of the possibilities and can't wait to get a set and get started :) I wish I could sew as well as you did here because that is a fabulous gift idea!

Peggy said...

What a fantastic set!! Congrats on your new creation!! These notebooks are on my "to do" list for holiday gift giving. I even tracked down the bag pattern too!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

I have been making these for a very long time too and you have been my inspiration! I still love making the full size jr. pads with cover like you did so many years ago!

WOWZERS! This has to be my all time favorite notepad! I love the colors, theme, everything!

What an awesome idea to make a gift bag to match! Oh my! I've got to find this pattern and make some as gifts for Christmas! Is this one that you find in a quilt shop or is it like McCalls, Simplicity, etc?

LOVE the notepad idea so we don't have to cut them! I was just going to ask how you cut yours anyway: do you have them cut the verical lines off and then cut the rest in half? If not, then do you just use the half with the vertical lines for yourself?

Congratulations on an AWESOME set! I can't wait to purchase this! I hope Nichole is ready as this set will sell out pronto! Ü

snarflemarfle said...

Congratulations on such a wonderful set!!! I made several notepads for my son's teachers and the three administrators at his little preschool this year. They got rave reviews! Now I can take them to the next level with this awesome set!

And I love a previous poster's comment about how you could package a rock and she'd copy it. I think I'm with her.

Kim said...

Mish, I am super excited about this set! I have been making these little notebooks but wishing I had some of these "list" sentiments just like you included in your new set! And I am hopping up and down excited to have well-priced, pre-cut, pads in gorgeous colors to go with them. Now, if my sewing skills improve (just beginning) I love your idea of a matching grocery bag. Thanks, you made my morning!

Sherri said...

I love this set and your grocery list!! Great idea.

Molly B said...

I am so making this little set for my son's preschool teachers, my MILs, my friends..... you get the idea! Love you Mish! This is awesome!

Debbie said...

love your notepads and that bag is awesome! I am thinking Christmas gifts! thanks so much for the wonderful ideas

Steph Zerbe said...

Fabulous idea and this a gorgeous creation. Love the coordinating market tote! So crafty!

Lauren (mytime) said...

Congrats Mish! Your notepad and matchy bag are just fabulous!!

Victoria Hassink said...

Your are brilliant...I have the same tote bag pattern and was going to use them as gifts...I make lots of your note books! Now you have solved all my Christmas/Birthday gift problems!!! Teacher gifts too...I am a sub and would love to get this as a gift if I was a full time teacher!

Otter said...

Mishy you know I love this!!! I just got done with a ton of these for the craft show!! They are on the A!!! LOVE IT!!

Carol R said...

I absolutely adore the notebook you made to match the 'whipped up' shopping bag. Now that would make nice 'blog candy' or a give away with the stamp set! I do not like to sew, but that bag is so cute I just might have to break down and make some for Christmas!

ssymens said...

Great job Michelle! I am so impressed. Thank you. Sue

Anna Was said...

Mish... I am so excited about this set! I have been waiting for what seems like forever! I fell in love with your notebooks way back when and have made several to give as gifts! Having this stamp set will take it to the next level! You continue to inspire me with your creativity! I am so excited for you!!

Karen said...

This is so exciting. I have always admired your little notebooks and now you have made is so simple for us to be able to make them. What a perfect idea.

Mary Duffek said...

Congrats on stamp set #2 and a totally awesome, unique stamp set that will be a favorite of mine! I love all the details that you and Nichole have put into the stamp set and the note pads themselves....this is sooo cool! I am so happy for you!

Blessings

Amy said...

Congratulations, Mish! This is just "the ticket" for holiday planning and to give out as a gift--you are the bomb-dity-bomb, girl!

Amy

Anonymous said...

I cannot wait to purchase the stamp set and note pads. You are such an inspiration with all of your unique ideas.

Is the tote bag pattern in the book?

Debbie said...

Congrats on your new stamp set - it's sure to be a best seller! I loved your notepad and bag too! Thanks for the inspiration:~)

connie said...

I love the notepads and the bag. It will make great gifts.

Karen said...

Oooh! I can't wait to get my hands on this stamp set. I make the notebooks all the time, but this set will give it that polish and ease! Fun, fun, fun! You have the greatest ideas, so glad to see this set from you!

Tami McBeain (tmarie) said...

Mishie you are so talented! This set is so fun and I can't wait to order it! Your bag and note pad set are to die for, a perfect gift set!

Renee V. said...

Absolutely FABULOUS!
I've always loved your covered notepads! This set is a must have for sure!
I love the fact that we can order the pads from PTI too. Great idea!
Your notepad and bag are just stunning!
Hugs!!!

Patti Gingrich said...

Congratulations on another wonderful stamp set! It's perfect for us list makers and for gift making! Thank you for continuing to share your inspiration Mish! Blessings, Patti

Kristina said...

WOW! What a great stamp set idea! It is absolutely amazing. I Love what you did with it. I was wondering what the new Martha Stewart border punch is called? It added such a nice touch to your ribbon border.

Heather said...

What a fun idea with your matching bag - and I just love the colours you've chosen! I did chuckle at the word 'snazzy'. I still use that one- hee!

2Bis2DO said...

I am so excited for this stamp set. I love making notebooks as gifts for friends and family. Thanks for dreaming this one up.

Sharron said...

Wow, I am absolutely thrilled with your new set--just fabulous! It is definitely at the top of my list of must have sets! You are so creative and I love checking your wonderful blog each day--there is always something special to enjoy. Thank you so much for sharing a way to make your charming little notepads!

Crestajune said...

I love this new set! What a great concept. I am such a notepad girl! And your shopping bag idea! I am totally going to borrow that for Christmas. I am trying to get the rest of my family on the reusable shopping bag band wagon with me. What a great idea! Thank you SO MUCH!

Eveline said...

This is a set I would buy. Versatile and fun.
Your notebook and bag look great.
Eveline.

Beth Denny said...

What did you use to create the "envelope" for the note pads? Cardstock or something heavier? I would be afraid that it would rip/tear after a while.

Alessandra Loiacono said...

Mish, Mish, you always wow me!!!! I just LOVE everything you make, congratulations on the new set, I cannot wait to put my hands on it and the new notebooks, what a great idea!!! I am just so excited to don't have to go to Staples anymore... Yay!!! Thank you so much for and awesome work!!

P.S.: Are you going to be selling your shopping bags as well???????Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Antje said...

What gorgeous ideas... first the new stamp set, then your bag!!! and finally those notepads....I just love the creativity of all of you in the DT!!

Gerri K said...

Mishy, I LOVE IT!!! I've always admired your notepads. In fact, I bought one from your etsy shop. I cannot wait to get my hands on this stamp set. My co-workers are all getting one for Christmas this year! And I LOVE the tote as well. You are so talented!!!

Dizzy Broad said...

Thank you so much for creating this wonderful set of stamps! I can't wait to order it! You are one talented lady!

Lisa Johnson said...

you are SO brilliant Mishie!

Pamm said...

OMG!!!!!! I have waited and waited for something like this. I too make a bazillion little books for gifts and was forever trying to find stamp sets that said the right things or were the right size and NOW I HAVE THEM! Thanks Mish!! (of course, now I will have to stay up late on Wednesday so I can buy it before it sells out!!!!!!!!)

Janet S said...

First thing in my cart this month is this set. Thanks for making it so easy to make an altered notebook and I am tired of having my notebooks cut. Sometimes the cut isn't clean and I hate those ragged edges. I hope they don't sell out of notebooks before I get mine! Thanks for a great set.

BethieJ said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this Michelle.. I have BORROWED your idea for a few notebooks already and so cant WAIT to get this set for MORE! (perfect for holidays.. and OH that bag.. what a GREAT gift set.. )

mommaladystamper said...

LORDY LORDY LORDY Mish, you have hit the jackpot with your new stamp set. I have been making these notebooks for craft shows and gifts. I will be waiting for the release to grab one of these sets up. Congratulations. Alice R.

Nancy L. said...

wowzers!! you gift is beautiful!!

Julie Masse said...

Mish this set and the notepads are just perfect!!!
I wish I had them now - so many lists needed for new baby! :) Can't wait to order! :)

Kim G said...

I so love this set and your fabulous bag to go with it!! Beautiful!! I have done some of the notebooks before, but now have great sayings to go on top!!

Lori H (loricabo) said...

Congratulations on your new set, Mish! This set, along with the notepads (brilliant, btw!) will be residing in my home soon.

Kathy McDonald said...

Mish, I will be standing in line to buy this stamp set! I LOVE making your altered notepads and giving them as gifts. And it was fun to see your Jane Market Bag! I made one a while back, and you've inspired me to go dig through my fabric stash and make another. Thanks for the great sample and the constant inspiration.

Michelle said...

OMG!! I am sooo dying to get my hands on your new set! I LOVE making those mini notepads. They are the perfect size to add to my giftie bags! YOU ROCK Mish!

Alexis said...

OH MY is all i can say!!!! Mish - you have out-done yourself....your set is sure to sell out!! I cannot wait for my very own set!! Great job!

Marci said...

LoVe your new set!! The new PTI tablets are just the icing on the cake! Can't wait to get my hands on them!!

Mindy said...

You GO GIRL!!! Love this set and all of it's elements. Love the wonderful ideas and all of the possibilities!! I gave one of the notepads to my sister and she wanted to know if I had gotten it at Hallmark. I wasn't sure if that was a complement or an insult! Anyway Love your new SET!

Rachelle said...

I have always loved your notebooks. So excited about this set, and the notepads. Woohoo! That shopping bag is awesome. SO I must ask how hard was the pattern to follow? Do you think a rookie could handle it?

Karen said...

Mish-I am sitting in OHare waiting for a delayed flight trying to look at today's blog! Oh my goodnesses, girlfriend, I am beyond excited about this project, stamp set, and paper tablets. Each year my girlfriend and I do to/from tags for our friends and we ponder how to package them. We thought about using Lauren's from the desk of template and including a roll of tape, some ribbon on a clothes pin, and one on your mini tablets decorated to be a Christmas list! NOW we have the perfect paper and stamp set! Woo hoo! Thanks so much for you continued inspiration, woman! You are unbelieveably creative and talented!

Victoria C said...

I cannot wait to get this set. I've tried to print my own lined paper just last week and it didn't look the way I wanted so I ended the project in complete frustration. This is the best PTI release yet!!! Thank you for working on this and making it so easy to make such nice, personal gifts for the holidays and for people like me that like to be seen in Target with a cute list! :)

Anonymous said...

AWESOME...I have followed your blog and your inspiration is amazing.
I am thrilled for you with this darling stamp set...

Thanks for sharing with us all...

Wanda

Roxanne M said...

This set has really moved me. This is probably my second of several comments I'm going to have to post to let you know how brilliant your new set is! What an incredible idea - and executed to perfection by the design team on their creations using the set. You seriously rock Mishy! Great idea!

grocery shopping list said...

Great article. i just loved your project about the grocery shopping list. It was such a cute idea. Thanks!

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