Are you a list maker? I am not naturally one but have found that if I use them I get SO much more accomplished and remember what I need to WHEN I need to. Christmastime is really overwhelming at times and I find that making and keeping list help me stay on tray and save money! One problems is that I often lose my little loose paper lists. This year I thought I would try to be smart and alter a mini composition book, that will easily fit into my purse, to be my official lists book!
There are a few tricks to making this that I wanted to share...
A list book isn't very useful unless you have a pen at all times. I personally lose pens so I thought I'd better incorporate a pen holder of some sort into the design. I used a crop-a-dile to punch out the holes for a ribbon tie. (I wanted to be able to close it to keep the pages nice and keep things in.)
Here is what the inside looks like. I used glue to adhere the twill on the inside.
I trimmed the Holiday Vintage Prints patterned paper to fit the measurement of the book and rounded the corners. (I punched a hole in the same place that the note book had be punching it before gluing the ribbon on. I did the same with the decorative stamped layer)
I tend to collect coupons and also like to keep receipts, both gift and regular so I utilized these great envelopes. (available here)
I used Fresh Alphabet to label the outsides of the envelope... I just LOVE this alphabet!
I used Fancy Flourishes and Peaceful Poinsettia to decorate the envelopes then glued them in. I kept the flap on the envelope and glued it behind and onto the book cover. Now I have a smooth opening to place the coupons and receipts in.
I used a few circles as tabs to help me keep organized...
I wanted to keep it simple and flush with the sides of the paper.
The finished lists book! (I call it "lists" because It will hold multiple lists for me!)
Now... you can make these as a quick and inexpensive gift... and make them general, not just for holidays! How easy would it be to personalize these too!
Let me know if you have any questions. I'd love to know if you make one yourself!
Thanks for poppy-ing by!
All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps- Fancy Flourishes, Fresh Alphabet, Holiday Treats, Peaceful Poinsettia, Beyond Basics Borders
- Ink- Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado, True Black
- Paper- Vintage Holiday Prints, Ripe Avocado, Vintage Cream, white 2.5 x4.5 envelopes
- other- Vintage Pure poppy buttons, Rustic twine, Mini comp book (Target), Ripe Avocado Twill.