Good Wednesday morning, friends, and welcome to another edition of Heartfelt Creations Wednesday! Today I have an in depth tutorial that will show you how to transform a humble cereal box into this lovely desk set. The notebook holds a 5″x 7″ junior legal pad, and is constructed in such a way that it is completely reusable. An inner pocket allows you to take out the legal pad once it is used up and just slip a fresh, clean pad in its place. The construction is very sturdy, made to last. Today, I’ll share detailed instructions for making the notebook and then will share the directions for making the gift box on tomorrow’s blog. This is a long post with lots of photos and instructions, so let’s jump right in and get started!
….and here is a photo of what we start with.
You will find a complete list of materials used at the end of this post.
The first step is to open both ends of the cereal box, flatten it down and cut off the end flaps.
Next, you want to cut down one of the sealed sides of the box so that it will open up like this. I have an ancient guillotine style cutter that I picked up at a yard sale for $2, so that is what I use. But you can use a craft knife and a straightedge to make the cuts if necessary. Cut the box so that it measures 11 3/4″ in width and 10 ” in height.
Turn the box so that the 11 3/4″ side is against the top rail of your score board. Score at 5 3/4″ inches and again at 6″. If you are lucky, like I was, the 6″ line was part of the original box, so that made it easy. Valley fold both of these crease lines and burnish with a bone folder.
Now that we’ve built the base for the notebook, we will need to cover it inside and out. I didn’t photograph these steps, but the basic procedure for covering the notebook is the same as for cutting/scoring the box. Once I get into the “messy” part of a project, I’m not as good about taking photos. My hands are always covered with glue or ink and I don’t want to mess up my husband’s camera! Contact me if anything seems confusing or unclear and I will do my best to help you.
Trim a piece of 12” x 12” dark brown cardstock to 113/4” x 12”. Place the 12” side on the scoring tool. Score at 10” and crease using a mountain fold. Place the 11 ¾” side on the scoring tool and score at 5 ¾” and again at 6″ . Create valley folds and crease. Trim the corners to eliminate bulk.
Use a glue stick to completely cover the front of your notebook, being sure to glue well along the edges and around the spine. Cover the front of your prepared box with the paper, wrapping the 2” overhang over the pocket flap. Be sure to line the spine crease marks on the paper up with the spine on the notebook cover. Once everything is lined up, use a bone folder to securely burnish the paper to the notebook front. Use your bone folder to help you crease the spine. Trim along the edges if necessary. Lightly sand along the edges to distress, if desired. Sponge edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Line the interior of the notebook with an 11 ¾” x 7 ¼” panel of complimentary paper from the collection. Score the spine using the same measurements as you used on the notebook front. Secure with glue stick, as you did on the front. This panel will be short, but when you fold the pocket up, you won’t notice it.
Fold the pocket overhang to create a pocket on the interior of the notebook. Secure the left and right hand edge with Aleene’s Tacky glue. Use alligator clips or clamps to hold in place while the glue dries.
Embellishing the cover:
Cut a 28” length of 1 ½” wide wrinkled ribbon. Run ¼” wide red line tape around the center of the notebook cover from front to back. Burnish down lightly, remove the liner and add the ribbon over the tape, making sure the ends are even.
Choose a 5” x7” card front from the Antiquity paper collection. Use the embossing pen to trace around the flourishes and corner pieces. Cover with Wow! Embossing glitter and heat set. Lightly distress the edges and mat with Cherry Cobbler cardstock. Machine stitch the edges. Use Tea Dye Distress Ink to stamp the center with the Large Elegant Word Background. Center the card front on the front cover of the notebook and secure with Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Add the Finesse Rhinestone Swirls along the left hand and bottom edges of the cover, as shown. Use Aged Mahogany Distress paint to add paint spatters by tapping quickly and lightly in random spots of the cover.
Die cut two of the large Sweet Juliet Blossom dies from patterned paper. Ink with a selection of red distress inks. Set aside.
Use Aged Mahogany Distress ink to stamp 4 sets of the Tattered Blossoms onto light patterned paper from the Antiquities collection. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder, tap off excess and heat set. Die cut and sponge with a combination of the red Distress Inks, varying light and dark colors on the different blooms.Set three sets aside, (minus one of the largest blooms and one of the smallest blooms) for use in decorating the gift box. Shape two of the largest petals with the embossing mat and tool kit. Curl some petals under, curl some up. Pinch the edges of some blossoms. Shape one of the smallest blooms by putting the 5mm stylus into the center and pressing down into the embossing mat. This will make the petals stick straight up. Pinch the tips of the petals to form points.
Stack the 7 shaped blossoms alternating the petals on each layer to form the flower, then glue on top of the Sweet Juliet flower base, as seen. Spritz with Gold Perfect Pearls Mist and heat set. Add black rhinestones to the outer petals of the Sweet Juliet blooms and one black rhinestone to the center of the completed blossom. Glue down in the lower left hand corner of the notebook.
Die cut two sets of the vine from the Sweet Juliet Die. Snip each in half and spritz with Perfect Pearls. Layer beneath the blossom, securing with white glue.
Place the metal butterfly in an embossing folder and run through your Grand Calibur. Bend the wings and tap with Distress Paint. Use foam tape or dimensionals to secure to notebook cover.
Tap the pen nib with Distress paint and use white glue to secure to the center of the butterfly.
Tap the metal key and keyhole with Distress paint. Use red line tape to secure the key, and foam tape or dimensionals to secure the keyhole. Add rhinestones to the keyhole.
Cut a ticket from the paper collection and mat with Cherry cobbler and Basic Black cardstock. Cover with Glossy Accents. Add three black rhinestones. Set aside to dry.
The inside of the notebook: Cut a 5” x ¾” length of burgundy paper from the collection and glue onto the header of the 5”x7” legal pad. Fussy cut one of the Fleur de Lis diamonds from the paper pack and glue to the right hand edge of the header. Cover with glossy accents and let dry. Fussy cut a strip of the Fleur de Lis diamonds and decorate the left hand pocket.
Cut a journaling tag from the paper collection. Stamp the background with the Post Card Stamp using Tea Dye Ink. Stamp the Sentiment with Coffee Archival ink. Sponge Aged Mahogany Ink along the edges of the journaling card. Wrap ribbon around the base of the journaling card and tie a square knot. Glue in the center of the left hand page. Insert the legal pad in the right hand pocket. This completes the notebook.
OK…I think we both need a break now! LOL Come back tomorrow and I will share the much simpler directions for making the matching gift box. I’ll include some special tips on shaping the flowers. Thanks for stopping by, and for hanging with me on this looooong post. I did my best to give you clear, detailed instructions. Let me know in the comment section if you have any questions. You know I love hearing from you. It makes me happy…right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers. Until tomorrow,
Heartfelt Creations Product Used: HCPC 3323 Large Elegant Word PreCut Set; HCD 722 Tattered Blossoms Die; HCPC 3468 Tattered Blossoms PreCut Set HCD 736 Classic Leaf Die; HCPC 3545Open Leaf PreCut Set; HCD 740 Sweet Juliet Die;HCD 735 Gift Ensemble Die; HCDP1 237 Antiquity Paper Collection HCPC 3563Post Card PreCut Set; HCPC 3363 Inspire Me SentimentsPreCut Set;Paper Blossoms Molding Matt;Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
Other Product used: Cardboard cereal box; Ranger Distress Inks in Aged Mahogany, Festive Berries, Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo; Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist; Scoring tool; Aleene’s Tacky Glue; Clear Embossing Powder; Want to Scrap: Black Rhinestones, Finesse Swirls Rhinestones/Black; Spellbinder’s embossing folder of your choice; Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler , Basic Black: 12” x 12” Brown cardstock; Embellishments: Graphic 45 staples ; Ideaology Pen nib; metal key; Distress Paint: Aged Mahogany/Worn Lipstick; Versamark embossing pen and embossing pad; Wow! Neutral Ultra Shimmer Embossing Glitter; 5” x7” Junior legal pad; Glossy Accents; Coffee Archival Ink; Red Line Tape; 1 ½” wide wrinkled ribbon; craft knife, metal straightedge; bone folder; Glue Stick; Foam tape or Dimensionals