Wednesday, July 01, 2009

My Guest Room is a Mess

Two posts in one day! It's like Christmas morning! If your Christmas morning includes a mildly crazy blogger. Anyways, I have been working on a project for three days straight, and I am done!

My principal asked me to scrap (that's code for cover with glue and paper) notebooks for the staff to receive as a "Welcome Back to School" gift. I'm not going to lie: it stressed me out a little. But then I remembered that A) I have nothing better to do and B) I can never say no so I may as well get used to doing random projects for people for the rest of my life. Actually, it was pretty fun. Plus, I watched Princess Protection Program twice while I was working. That was all the payment I needed.

Here's the final result: 72 sort-of-well crafted notebooks. Click on the picture to see them bigger.

If you want to make them yourself, they are super easy. If I hadn't made a big fat 72 of them, I could have added monograms, embellishments, ribbons, etc. You can make them as simple or as fancy as you want.

Here are a few tips. After the first thirty I started to get the hang of it:

1. Start by cutting a piece of paper to the size of the notebook. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge or other glue DIRECTLY to the NOTEBOOK and then position the paper on top. Smooth out wrinkles.

2. Add whatever extra papers or embellishments you want. You want to put the glue on the backs of your extra papers this time, not directly onto the notebook.

3. I wouldn't put a "top coat" of Mod Podge on them. In my opinion, it's not really worth it and can make the paper look kind of strange.

A few more:

PS: My hand looks very strange in that picture. It's because I am not left handed, but I wanted to have an "action shot." Oh well...


Joyce Family said...

The PS had me rolling!!!

Leah Williams said...

I love it! :) They are adorable!

Miss Nikki's News said...

amanda you are awesome, such a cute idea1

joeandjan said...

I like the one with the flowers best. Of course, I didn't analyze all 72 of 'em--only the ones that had their on picture--so I'm sure there are others that are just as beautiful! Do you get a lot of brownie points from your boss for doing this?

He McCord said...

you are super creative! i love them! hope you are enjoying your summer!

Katie said...

I wish I was as artsy as you! I did something super crafty this week, but I don't think it was really appreciated. Remind me to tell you about it. :) hehe

Our Family said...

Those look great. I can't believe you made 72 of them!