Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tutorial for "Bee Yourself" Pocket Notebook & Bookmark

Here are the instructions to complete a cute & easy pocket notebook & a bookmark using the following CTMH products:

  • Garden Green, Creme' Brulee' & Colonial White Cardstock
  • Veranda Bulk & Creative Basics Papers
  • Spring 2010 Petite Perks Stamp Set
  • Creme' Brulee' Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Chocolate Ink Pad & Marker
  • Sunflower Ink Pad
  • Blending Pen
  • Scoring Tool/Stylus

Other non CTMH products used:

  • 1 7/8" Scallop Punch by The Paper Studio
  • 1 1/4" Circle Punch by Family Treasures
  • Jute
  • 8" x 5" Yellow Notepad
  • Foam 3D dots
  • Terrifically Tacky Tape
  • Personal Paper Trimmer

Score an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock at 5 1/4" and 5 3/4", (on the long side), to form the base of your notebook. Fold on score lines.

Cut a piece of B&T paper at 4 3/4" x 8" and adhere to cover of notebook.

Cut a piece of cardstock 3 1/2" x 5 1/4" to create pocket.  Adhere a strip of 1/2 wide x 5 1/4" long B&T paper to one of the 5 1/4" sides of the cardstock. Place adhesive on the back of both sides and the bottom of cardstock and adhere to the inside cover of the notebook to form pocket. (Be sure not to ahere the top of the pocket, or you won't have a pocket - ha!)

If desired, stamp image on the top of each page of the yellow notepad and then adhere notepad to the right side of the notebook. (I used Terrifically Tacky Tape to get a good bond!)

Stamp image with Chocolate ink, (I used the large bee from the Petite Perks set, coloring in the body with a blending pen and Sunflower ink), cut out image, and adhere image to 1 1/4" circle punched from Colonial White cardstock. Layer the punched circle on a 1 7/8" scallop punched from Creme' Brulee' cardstock. (Note: I used 3D foam dots between each layer to add dimension). If desired, draw "flying dashes" with a chocolate marker to simulate the bee's flight pattern.

Wrap a piece of 22" piece of jute, which has been knotted on each end around the center of the notebook. Place a 3D foam dot on the upper and lower part of the scallop and adhere to the front of the notebook, centering the jute between the foam dots to hold jute in place, yet still allowing room to shift so it can be tied to close the notebook.

Now for the bookmark instructions...

Cut a piece of Colonial White cardstock 2 1/2" x 6" and taper the top edges. Cut a piece of B&T paper to the same dimensions and adhere to cardstock. Add a 1/2" x 2 1/2" trim strip of B&T paper to the bookmark, placing it approximately 2 1/4" from the top of the bookmark. Stamp a large bee, a small bee, and "Bee Yourself" sentiment with chocolate ink, color in bodies of bees with Sunflower ink & a blending pen, cut out and ahere to trim strip of bookmark. (Note: I used 3D foam dots on these as well for a little dimension). Punch a hole, centered, about 1/2" from the top of the bookmark. Run a 5" piece of Creme' Brulee' stitched grosgrain ribbon through the hole, and then tie a piece of 3" jute, which has been knotted on each end, around the grosgrain ribbon to hold it in place.

Trim the ends of the grosgrain ribbon and place the bookmark into the pocket of the notebook.

The notebook/notepad would be great for grocery lists...you could place your coupons in the little pocket before heading out to the grocery store! I hope this tutorial was helpful and easy to understand and I welcome any comments you may have! Enjoy and have a blessed day!



  1. Becky I love this! Thanks for posting the tutorial!

  2. Very cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial for this :)

  3. This is very cute, Becky! Thank you for sharing it.


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