Butterfly Bijou Covered Notepad

The project for today is perfect when you want to give someone “just a little something”. To make the project, just cover a small notepad with cardstock and the beautiful Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper then add a few embellishments.  Use it to give as a thank you, a thinking of you or a just because small gift.  While preparing the materials for the small notepad, cut cardstock and designer series paper to make an accompanying 3″x3″ card.  Not only does the notepad make a great gift but it’s also perfect for craft fair projects.  

Butterfly Bijou

There are a variety of small notepads of various sizes available that you can cover.  The package for my project contains 3 composition book style notepads (size: 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″) and were found at my local dollar store.  Three notepads for $1 is a great deal!  

Tips for covering a notepad:

Measure to confirm the length, width and depth for front, back and side of the notepad.  Cut cardstock to the size needed and add score lines for wrapping around the notepad. (for the 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ notepad, I cut the cardstock 4-5/8″ x 7″, score at 3-3/8″, rotate and score again at 3-3/8″). Use the Detailed Trio Punch to round corners of the cardstock.  Do this before attaching the cardstock to the notepad.  Attach the cardstock to the notepad using a strong adhesive such as Tear & Tape or Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive.  Next, cut the Butterfly Bijou paper and round the corners before adding to the cardstock cover.  Embellish with desired sentiment, ribbon and coordinating butterfly.  The sentiment on the sample above is from the Simply Citrus Card Kit.  The butterfly is stamped using Misty Moonlight, die cut using the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle and color added using Just Jade and So Saffron Stampin’ Blends.  Be creative and embellish your covered notepad with using an assortment of butterflies!

The Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper is available only during the Butterfly Bouquet promotion which ends May 3, 2021. With the limited time offer for the designer series paper, it is while supply last.  The Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper coordinates with the Butterfly Brilliance Collection that includes not just the designer series paper but the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle and Natural Touch Specialty Paper.  Both the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle and the Natural Touch Specialty Paper are early released products from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.  Be sure to order the Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper before the promotion ends or it sells out.


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Spirited Snowmen Drink Coasters

Looking for a fun project?  These cork Snowman Drink Coasters feature the Spirited Snowmen and are fun to make.  Plus if you’re looking for a quick, inexpensive gift you can make a set and package them in less than 30 minutes!  You can find the cork coasters in craft stores or online.  I was able to purchase them from Widget.com last year and it is great that a variety of thicknesses are available for purchase.  Since the coasters have been on the shelf in my craft room, it was time to use them for a project. (How many times have you purchased supplies for a project only to let the items sit idle?!)  I knew the Spirited Snowman stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog would be the perfect stamp set to use on the coasters. 

The snowmen are appropriate to use not just for Christmas but for the entire winter season.  I have made several sets and the cork coasters work great to protect my wood furniture from hot and cold beverages.   

Spirited Snowmen Coasters

Stamping Tip:

To ensure a good stamped impression, I suggest using the Stamparatus.  It also allows you to stamp two images at the same time.  I did not use the magnets to hold the drink coasters in place and was careful to not move the drink coasters until after stamping  using Stazon Jet Black ink. To receive a clear impression, I found it necessary to ink and stamp the image twice.  

Coloring Tips: 

Select a variety of Stampin’ Blends to color desired areas of the snowmen.  To avoid smearing of the Stazon Jet Black ink, color just up to the edge and avoid coloring over the black ink.  Allow the inks to dry for 5-10 minutes, otherwise they can smear.  After drying, the ink is permanent.  In the small detail areas, it is best to stipple with the point end of the Stampin’ Blend versus coloring with a back and forth motion.  Note – when stamping, it is not recommended to use Stazon with Stampin’ Blends but for this project waterproof ink is needed so practice careful coloring techniques.

   Have fun creating your own Spirited Snowmen drink coasters!  

Happy stamping and contact me with any questions…

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