Today I want to share with you the handmade gift for girls that my daughter gave her 9 year old friends this year. It seems that although girls seem to be growing up so much faster than they did when I was a child, journals and notebooks still have popular appeal!
These notebooks are simply composition notebooks bought on sale at an office supply store (end of the school year and start of the school year are a great time to pick up on office supplies for your crafts!) and covered with Designer Series Paper. I have found that the best and easiest adhesive for this task is our Anywhere Glue Stick. You get great coverage, can move the paper around a bit upon application and it holds great!
TIP: Don't forget to sand the edges with our Designer Sanding Blocks when you are done to give a cleaner look and hide any mistakes.
The pen is simply an pentel RSVP pen from the office supply store with a small piece of Designer Series Paper to match rolled into the barrel.
Another tip: roll your paper around the outside barrel of the pen to help break the fibers and get the paper rolling, then roll around the ink insert for insertion.
The flower bookmark is done with the Big Shot and the Flower Folds Die - a great way to recycle old clothing (I used a lot of maternity and baby clothing for mine!). The original tutorial for the fabric flower was done by Stampin' Up! founder and CEO Shelli Gardner two years ago (click here to see her tutorial), but this year I've taken another idea that has been circulating and added ribbon and a pony tail holder with hot glue to turn the flower into an expandable book mark! After running a brad through the middle of my flower, I hot glued the hair band around the brads before folding them over the band. Then I hot glued a piece of felt over the rubberband to cover the 'messies'. At that point all you have left to do is to hot glue the ribbon loosely around the ends of the hairband. This gives your ribbon bookmark the ability to stretch around various sized books!
My daughter and her friends love their journals ... and several of the girls have commented that they could wear their bookmarks as a headband ... which definitely stirs up new ideas and projects in my mind. How about yours?
If you would like to try out the Big Shot before purchasing, and live in the Santa Barbara area, why not join me for my Focus on the Big Shot class in February? More information can be found here.