Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Can you find the placemat in this picture?




That's right, recycling at its finest! I found an adorable Valentine's placemat at Target the other night for - get this - 90% off and I used it to make the front and back cover of this notebook! This was another great opportunity to test out my new Bind-it-All and it didn't let me down. I rounded the corners on the covers by using my corner rounder punch. I only used it to make an impression on the placemat, as there is no way it would actually cut it. But it did leave a mark and I then simply cut the corners following the mark and used my sanding block to round off any rough edges.

Inside the notebook I used regular index cards cut down to size. I rounded the corners to fit the book. On the cover of the book I simply stamped the word "hello" and added the ribbon and tag so that it's ready to give away to a friend. I love that the placemat is somewhat transparent and you can see the lined cards inside, just waiting to be written on. And on the back I added another simple little touch:



I bet you'll never look at a placemat the same way - I know I won't!






Stamps: Beyond Basic Borders (PTI)
Ink: Black StazOn
Ribbon: Raspberry Fizz swiss dot (PTI)
Tools: Bind-it-All (Zutter), Cuttlebug (ProvoCraft), tiny tags die for Cuttlebug (ProvoCraft), corner rounder punch (Fiskars), sanding block
Other: placemat (Target), ruled index cards, button, black o-wire

10 comments:

Hollie said...

OMG! So cute! There you go again, raging about how you get to find bargains at Target again :-)

Hollie said...

Suppose to be "bragging" not "raging", that's what I get for typing on my lap.

AuBien said...

WOW! This is such a clever and cute product! Awesome.

Molly B said...

That is great. I love that you can see the paper through it. Very clever. Have a great day! -Molly B

KATY826 said...

Yes, I can spot the placemat, because I bought that same placemat for my daughter. :) SUCH a cute idea!!

Lila said...

Hi Jennifer! I've never seen a placemat look so good! Thanks.
Will you be posting a tutorial on the Valentine lollipop holder? I am hoping to make them for my sweet grandaughters class for Easter. Thanks!!!

Aimee said...

ingenius! i love it!

Kathleen said...

Really, cute and love the placemat idea---I'll make a run to Target for more ideas!!

Kristy Vernon said...

Oh, I love this idea! It's adorable too.

Scrappin Cheryl said...

What a clever idea - Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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