The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Winter Wonderland Notepad

Good Thursday morning to you, my friends! I'm so very pleased to be sharing my first holiday project as part of the Purple Onion Designs Holiday Design Team! This year I've vowed to make as many as the gifts that my family will be giving as possible. Today's project will be perfect for one of my son's fifth-grade teachers. It's a decorated note pad, created entirely with Purple Onion Designs stamps. Here's a look at the front cover I designed for it:

And now here are a few peeks at the pad I made to fit inside:

Yes, I made that little notepad inside myself! And it's actually super easy to do. First, I cut sheets of printer paper down to size (3" by 4") and then stamped each page with Carolyn Draws' Doodle Grid from Purple Onion in light pink ink. Next I went back and stamped each sheet with both snowflakes from POD's Snowflake Set in turquoise chalk ink.

When everything was dry, I simply stacked up the notepad pages, stacked them on a piece of tag board cut to size as a backing, and then applied four coats of PVA bookbinding glue along the top edge of the pad to adhere all the pages together. (Allow each coat of PVA glue to dry between applications.) All that was left to do at that point was create a cover and mount the pad inside. Done!! Additional Purple Onion stamps that I used for this project: Holiday Border Tape Set (on the front cover), Handwritten Holiday Set (inside), and the medium label from the Plain Jane Labels Set (inside).

Purple Onion Designs just released another collection of holiday stamps and stamp sets. And may I say that they are all fantastic! Here's a peek at one of my favorites, called This is December:


Awesome, right? And how about this cute set? This is Holiday Sweets:


You can see the entire release right HERE. You should go check them out!!

Oh, and Michele has also added a new mounting product called Tack 'n Peel to the Purple Onion Designs website. It's a cling sheet that is perfect for adhering to acrylic block handles for unmounted stamps. I've put this on my wishlist!! The link includes a video on how to use it, along with tips on other methods for stamping with unmounted rubber stamps. Lots of great information here!!

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look at my holiday project today!


~amy~ said...

This is sooooo cute Emily! What a wonderful project!

Lisa Elton said...

Your son's teacher is going to love this Emily!! I know I do ;)

Benzi said...

Wonderful project, Emily. The snowflake stamped on each sheet was just the perfect thing to do. Love it! Glad you mentioned the bookbinding glue so I knew how you did that.

Marisa said...

Darling card!! Love the snowflakes and the fun, non-traditional colour combo :)

Colleen Dietrich said...

I am marveling at all the work that went into this little notepad. Wow! I never knew that one could buy bookbinding glue! This creation is super sweet. :)

Pam said...

What a sweet gift! Love the paper pad you created and stamped!!

Brenda in IN said...

This is so cute and anyone could use it. Great idea!

Greta said...

Wowzer, Emily! This is going to be such a hit--wishing I was his teacher--LOL! Wonderful images & color combo!

Auntie Em said...

Oh Emily, there is no end to the talents you have! The little note pad covers are so cute and that would be a sweet gift BUT you are the only person I know who would not only stamp each and every page but MAKE the note pad itself. You are Super-Mom! :)
Thank you for sharing your awesome work!