Friday, February 20, 2009

Quick Birthday Gift

As we were walking into the school today, we met my daughters friend Sophia who walked in with us. As we were saying hello, she mentioned that today was her birthday! We wished her a happy birthday and then she went to her class and Lucy went to hers. I came home and wanted to whip a little something up for I looked through my stash of "alterable" items...and this fun little notebook came alive! I also have a little set of "blendy pens" that I'll attach with ribbon and give her as a little something.
I always keep my eye out of "good" notebooks. By "good" ones that have a good sturdy cover-not necessarily cardstock-but a good cover and a fun size. I grabbed a handful of these notebooks a couple of weeks ago, just to have on hand, and I just finished altering the last one, so I'll look for more today during my shopping.

To alter the notebook, for the front cover I like to line the top, right side and bottom edges with 2 sided sticky tape. I like to put a line of tape down the spine of the notebook, and then for the back cover, down the top, side and bottom again. For these I used the scor-tape from It is WONDERFUL tape, holds really well, you can buy different widths and it is a great price!

I love this's from the Cupid's candy shop line by SEI. These are colors that my daughter really loves...and she'll be so happy to come home and find a notebook just for her! She always asks, "is that for me mom?" I do make her quite a bit of stuff, but she'll be super excited today!

I lined the notebooks with paper, trimed the edges with scissors, then decided to use my American Crafts rub-ons for the names. I pulled out my long rectangle nestabilities for Sophia's name plate, I used the regular and scalloped long rectangles. For Lucy's name plate, I used the labels 1 nestabilities. **I'm so happy that I made the pluge and bought my Big Shot!! I really do use it almost is SUCH a great tool!**

The flowers from American Crafts and Prima. The photo doesn't show really well, but in the middle of Sophia's flower, there is a little yellow circle with a black "S" in in...from SEI. Lucy's flower just has a fun random button.

Don't you the having the ability to make fun things?! It is so fun to give handmade-personalized makes me so happy!

I hope you all have a great day! Today starts of "ski-week" for us, so no school next week, but my parents are coming Tuesday..YEA!! We are all so excited!! Have a great one and thanks for stopping by!!


Sabrina Jackson said...

What a cute little gift. I bet she was all smiles when she got it too. You are absolutely right, it is nothing better than a handmade gift. I get more gratification out of it knowing that someone likes and "uses" what I give them rather than buying something that they will not use and put all the way in the back of the junk drawer ;).
Love those papers!!!!!


Lisa Brown said...

very cute, Jeni! These are awesome..,how fun!

Mary Fish said...

Two adorable projects. Did you use rub-ons for the letters? Hugs, M

Tina said...

These are great! You are full of mega talent!