Such pretty papers in the First Edition Botanical Notes paper pad, this time I thought I'd work with the 8x8 pad.
The name 'Botanical Notes' and then finding a music notes paper led me to this project, a notepad for 'notes'
I thought it would make a change from a card and be a useful gift too, I even covered a small pencil to match.
- Take a small (A6) lined memo pad (i had a little pack of 6 without top covers and you can find in supermarkets etc). Cut and fold card to cover the notepad and leave a small edge. (I used a red card). The cover needed to be 4 1/2" wide and approx 13" length to cover my memo pad (The front cover can be done in 2 pieces if you only have A4 card to work with, any join can be hidden by ribbons and lace if you wish)
- Take a sheet of paper from the 8x8 Botanical Notes pad, used the pale pink with the chevron design, cut to 4 1/4" wide by 4 3/4" in length, this will be the front cover panel for your notebook.
- Next take 2 panels of patterned paper from the pad and cut to desired size, ( I chose one with a birds design and a smaller one with the reverse side which has the music notes) then cut a corresponding mat for each panel from the red card, but don't stick them together just yet.
- Ink around all the red card pieces (mats and cover) using a black distress ink and do the same with the patterned paper panels. You can go as light or dark as you wish with distress inks, so add more if you want a darker contrast.
- I die-cut letters to spell 'notes' from the red card and also die-cut a little tab shape from the music paper and again inked the paper edge with black ink before sticking the letters to it.
- Attach the ruled memo pad to the inside of the card cover and attach the back / bottom only, using double sided tape, making sure that the cover opens and closes along the score lines. Next stick the large pink panel to the front of your notepad evenly and then add a green coloured doily to the lower section of your notebook, using double sided tape.
- Using double-sided tape attach the music note paper & card mat to the upper section of the cover at an angle. Attach the bird paper & card mat to the lower section, tucking the 'notes' tab just under the edge, so that the wording can be seen, again position at an angle across the doily.
- Take a length of cream lace ribbon and a length of red ric rac trim and position across the upper part of your cover and secure to the back of the cover using double sided tape (I positioned mine so that they met at the corner of the music note paper). I then added a button thread with paper twine to the point where they joined.
- To make a neat finish to the inside cover by hiding the taped edges of the ribbons, I cut another panel of the music note paper and again inked around the edges in black distress ink, before positioning centrally and carefully and this covers the the raw ribbon edges and tape inside.
- optional extra - I found a little pencil on my craft table and covered it in double sided tape before adding some inked pieces of paper to match the notebook.