Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Divas - Anything But a Card

Hello.... I hope you are all well.... it's Team A's turn over at 

and we have a wonderful theme for you this week of....

'Anything BUT a Card'

so no cards allowed this week... can't wait to see what you all make instead! :-)) 

I've made some Mini Note Books.... they have little Post-It Pads inside...

I was lucky enough to win this Mini Note Holder Kit in some Candy from my lovely blogging friend Claire about 15 months ago. Now I'm gonna confess... I've got the kit out a few times but couldn't figure out the instructions and how to do it!! Lol ... but thought this time I'm gonna master it!! 

 The Kit has 3 Post It Pads and the bits and bobs to make the holders for them... I really like how they came out and I got better with each one that I made.

and this is how I made them....

You are given two pieces of chipboard in the Kit...that act as guides.... the long piece at the top... and the one on the left.... I chose some pretty paper and began placing the pieces on the wrong side... placed the first piece of square chipboard in the top left corner... I used strong double sided tape to stick it.

then move the side guide piece over to the right hand side and use it as a guide on where to put your right hand square of card.... hope you are following this.. it is hard to explain!!

Then you take the short piece of card for the spine and stick that in the centre.... and now all your bits are stuck on for the basic note holder.

So take both guide pieces away. Trim any excess paper so that you have just enough to fold over and leave a nice margin as below...

Fold each side along and glue securely.... I used Tacky Glue for this....

If you want to add a ribbon... then now is the time to add before you put the inside paper over....

Trim a piece of paper to size and cover the inside neatly.... again I used tacky glue....

I found it works best if you bend the holder into shape every once in a while.... as the glue is drying... that way it has some give for the hinge.... 

I forgot to photograph the next stage!! but you glue the Post-It Notepad onto the right hand inside of the holder.... leave all to dry properly.... then decorate the front as you wish....

 If you are wondering where the ribbon went on this one - I decided it was a bit too thick and looked awful when tied!! So I trimmed it off this one.... but I used some thin white organza ribbon one of the others and that worked really well.

Once you get the hang of them, they are so easy to make and I think they look really sweet!! they don't need much decoration. I've used a Flower and some Bo Bunny Isabella Metal Trinkets.
You can make these yourself without a kit... if you Google 'Post It Note Holder Crafting' you will get lots of Tutorials that come up. The dimensions all depend on the size of the Post It Pad... but once you have the measurements it should be straight forward. They make lovely gifts. As soon as I get time I am gonna make some bigger ones too! :-))

We are sponsored by the wonderful Craft Bag

I hope you can pop on over to our main blog at Divas by Design and see the team's gorgeous creations!!! :-))

Can't believe it's mid-week again! I almost forgot to schedule this post ... but remembered in the middle of the night!! Glad it's all done in draft!

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my last card. My asthma is a lot better now... I've doubled up my Inhaler which helps. The weather forecast says it should brighten up a bit by Thursday... so let's hope so and fingers crossed it will be nice for the weekend! :-))
Take Care
Love and hugs


Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Hi Sue what gorgeous holders for post it notes such a lovely idea and would make great stocking fillers. Its lovely and sunny here today I hope you are getting some too! Susan xx

Crea-Sandra said...

These are beautiful, such a great idea!
Hugs ♥ Sandra ♥ DTsis

Loopylou. said...

oh wow wow wow Sue! tat kit is just fabulous and I love the way it puffs up like a real book!! I love it!
huge hugs Lou xxx

KraftyKoolKat said...

What gorgeous creations Sue. They are all very pretty. Sorry you have been poorly while I have been away but glad you are feeling a bit better now.

Big Hugs

chrissy xx said...

GORGeous! What Wonderful creations!
I LOve your colours and design and they are pretty with or without the ribbon.
Your detailed instructions make it look easy Sue! Think I could master this by just looking at the pictures
So thank you for that.
It's been lovely here {when} each time the winds have died down.

cotnob said...

These are absolutely gorgeous Sue, I'm glad you took the time to figure out the instructions. The metal embellishments make them look very vintage and expensive.
I'm glad your asthma is a little better, the forecast for the weekend looks good at the moment, let's hope it stays that way.
Take care.

Sue said...

WOW! These look gorgeous Sue. Such a fabulous design, thank you for the wonderful instructions too. I love the papers and beautiful detailing you have added.
I am pleased your asthma has eased a bit. Fingers crossed we get the nice weather that has been promised.
hugs Sue xx

Claire said...

OMG Sue, these look absolutely amazing and had forgotten that was in the candy I sent you - I love these, gorgeous papers and detailing and would make great gifts. Well done on perserveering with them, well worth it. Hugs, Claire x

Chrissy said...

Oh! WOW!!...these are gorgeous Sue..great tutorial and love the oval frame detail on the front..they will make fabulous gifts..


Vicky said...

Gorgeous hun....:o)

biggest of hugs Vicky xx

Janice said...

These look great Sue, love how they have come together and that's a great tutorial you've written. Glad you are feeling a bit better, if you are anything like us you'll have oil seed rape surrounding you affecting asthma and hayfever loads. Jx

Kathleen said...

Hi Sue, these are gorgeous, love the colours and beautifully made, so out of my comfort zone.
Sorry not posted any comments for over a week but have been without my computer.

Kath x

Kerry Phillips said...

Great creations Sue, thank you for the tutorial. I will have to give this a go one day soon. x

Tammy said...

These are gorgeous Sue!! Beautiful papers and I love the metal trinkets! Thanks for the tutorial too!
Hugs, Tammy

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Oh I just love these hun, what a great gift!
Hugs Shell xx

Pia S said...

These little books look so elegant, Sue! And I like this idea for making a personal gift!

Desire Fourie said...

Sue these are adorable little covers for post it pads and thanks for sharing the tutorial.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Ira Huberts said...

NEAT!!! Supercool darling notebooks and a wonderful tutorial as well! Beautifully made Sue! Lots of love and hugs, Ira xox
Ira’s Crea Corner

meg said...

Love the notelet holders Sue what a great idea your tutorial was really easy to follow you're great at explaining the steps. Hope you are feeling a lot better and have a great weekend.

Hugs Meg

Anneke said...

Dear Sue
your notebook is supercool and with a pretty design .
thanks for sharing and making this tutorial for us.
lots of hugs from Ann

Jules said...

Oh I love these Sue!!

Love the finished look and your step by step pictures are perfect .. .. thank you for showing us how you did them.

Gorgeous embellishments too!!

I hope you are having a good week.

Love Jules xx

Sarah-Jane said...

These are so pretty, and useful too. Love the cameos and the colour of the paper.
Sarah-Jane x

Doreen said...

Gosh these are stunning Sue,just love them...Take

Glenda Atkins said...

What an awesome array of 'post it notes' holders. Thanks for sharing the instructions!

Betka said...

WOW Sue these are fantastic and your pictures on how you created the personal gift is awesome you are such an inspiring crafter, superb work.
Hope you have a lovely Sunday.
Big hugs (:Betka:)

Pat (mspfd) said...

Wow, you did a fabulous job on these. I think they are the prettiest post-it holders I've seen.