Raise your hand if you've ever needed a project done, like, yesterday. Uh-huh, I thought so. Not that this kind of thing ever happens to me. At least not often. Aw, who am I kidding? It's a regular occurrence. As luck would have it, the day Mandie & I were leaving for CHA I realized I should probably bring a notebook with me for a couple of the seminars I was taking. But honestly, how does it look at a craft conference if you walk in with a plain notebook?
So with 30 minutes left before I had to swing by and pick up Mandie, I pulled out a composition notebook, some Scor-Tape, a few embellishments, and a couple of sheets of paper from Graphic 45. Ten minutes later, I was ready to go with this in my bag:
Yes, I appear to be jumping the gun a little on Halloween, but I promise I'm not. I happen to have been called the Wicked Witch of the West more than a time or two, just ask my husband. (Honestly, I don't know where people get that idea.) Besides, have you taken a look at that new Graphic 45 Primer paper pad? Wouldn't that make an awesome notebook for a teacher at the beginning of the school year?
The Graphic 45 papers are perfect for a project like this. They have lots of detail, so there's not a lot of work involved and you still get some wow factor. I kept it all relatively flat, so as not to have something rip off while shoving it in my bag. The ribbons are the perfect extra touch as they don't add a lot of bulk. Note that this project requires 2 sheets of the same paper if you want the back to match the front. I didn't think to take a picture of the back, but I used the backside of the paper on the back of the notebook, because it was the same color and a coordinating pattern. Don't get anxious about making the edges perfect - swipe a little distress ink along all of the edges and it covers anyplace that isn't quite perfect, plus it adds dimension.
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