Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cute & Simple Gift

While browsing through one of my favorite digital scrapbooking websites, The Lilypad/Sahlin Studio, I came across these awesome monogrammed notecards.  At the time, I thought they would be great for journaling about anything (a C for Christmas, S for Swimming), or anyone (N for Natalie, etc.)  I quickly bought them and downloaded them waiting for the right page to try them out on.  Fast forward a month or so with very little scrapbooking time and I still hadn't gotten to use them yet.  Then I remembered I had a friends birthday coming up and I remembered seeing a post on The Letter 4 about making your own notepads.  So I decided I'd try it out.

I made a document with 6 of the monogrammed notecards on it all sized 4" width x 3.5 " height.

I printed 20 of these pages at my local print shop and then trimmed them all to size.  I also cut a piece of cardboard (cereal box, extra packaging, whatever) in the same size for the back.  Then stack them all together getting the top as even as possible. 

Using your glue gun, cover the top edge in glue.  Take a scrap piece of cardboard, and smooth it across the top, smoothing the glue and pushing it around to cover it all.  I did this three times, paying extra attention to all four edges, making sure they are all covered.  Sorry, I couldn't hold the glue gun or the cardboard to smooth it while holding the camera, too.  I hope that makes sense. The glue kind of lapped over the front edge, so I just tore off the top page and used my scissors to cut off any excess on the edges.
This was after the first coat.
I also covered a big Symphony bar (toffee and almond kind, YUM!) to make it extra special.  Everyone needs chocolate on their birthday.  I just took the outside wrapper off, leaving the silver wrapper on.  I measured a piece of paper (8x8 pad of paper was perfect!) to 8"x 6 3/4".  Lay the candy bar inside, wrap up one edge and crease the bottom edge.  While holding that edge, pull the other side tightly and crease that bottom edge also.  Then run a strip of double sided tape or glue or whatever adhesive you like one one edge and glue down the other side on top of it.  I then just wrapped a ribbon around, and then secured the stacked flowers together to the ribbon with a brad.  Again, pulling the ribbon tight, glued it together in the back.  Easy Peasy! This was all a little kit with paper, the flowers, ribbon, and more.  Made this even easier.  Now it makes a little gift something a little more special.  A great little thank you gift for teachers, coaches, visiting teachers or teachees, or someone who just needs a little pick me up.
I also added a necklace to this for her gift.

So there you have it.  Two easy, simple little gifts.  I love giving something handmade whatever the occasion.  I hope the recipients feel the same way. lol


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16 comments:

Leslie said...

Very cute! I always need more note pads.

Deborah March said...

Just the CUTEST thing!

My Very Educated Mother said...

Great gift idea!

Kara said...

Love the notepad. There are just so many things that you can do with a glue gun. Why am I just finding this out lol. New follower would love for you to come check out my blog.

trophyw.blogspot.com said...

Very sweet-I'm sure your friend loved it.

mjhuntsman@msn.com said...

She did love it!!! I feel so special! Thanks Kim. You are so creative.

Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It said...

Yeah, I'm glad you liked it, Mary Jo!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

What a cool gift. And I'm grateful for the tip about how to glue a notepad. Who knew? Thanks for stopping by & leaving a comment on my blog.

Warmly, Michelle

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Oh My! What a neat gift idea! This is so cool! I'd like to invite you to link to my weekly Things I've Done Thursday party that goes until tomorrow at noon EST. I think my readers would love your stuff!

Melanie
http://bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com/2011/11/things-ive-done-thursday-9-and-etsy.html

Vanessa said...

Oh super cute, love the notepad idea!

Danielle said...

I love homemade gifts! so much better than store bought! Thanks for linking up and sharing:>

Erika said...

Love this gift idea! I'll be featuring you on next week's Thrifty Thursday Link Party! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Jennifer said...

Cute and fun!!
Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

Amy said...

This is a super cute idea!! LOVE it!!

Trish @MomOnTimeout said...

I think this is such a great idea! I wanted to let you know that you're being featured this week at Taking A Timeout Thursday.
Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday.

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Thrifty Crafty Girl said...

I'm your newest follower, you are really close to 100 followers! And I love that notepad, I might have to make a few for myself!

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