Handmade Notebook – Quick and Easy

Hi Everyone! This week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is one that can be interpreted in many different ways. The theme is, Take Note. You can create your own notebook, use notebook paper on your project or alter a notebook….of course there could be other ways to interpret the challenge too. Let your imagination run wild. I decided to create a quick and easy notebook that only took about 30 minutes to create. See how I put it all together below.

Also, stop by Stacy Hutchinson’s beautiful blog, Tattered Nest Designs. Last week she created an absolutely gorgeous tag. Her style is amazing and you won’t want to miss out on her latest creation for the challenge.

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Quick and Easy Handmade Notebook


Creating a Quick and Easy Notebook - Step 1

I begin by choosing a piece of cardstock from the Tim Holtz Dapper Paper Stash Collection and cut a 12×12 piece down to 7″ x 10″. My finished notebook will measure 5″ x 7″.


Creating a Quick and Easy Notebook - Step 2

I ink the edges with Forest Moss and Black Soot Distress Ink.


Creating a Quick and Easy Notebook - Step 3

I like my notebooks without lines, so I cut 5 sheets of 8-1/2″ x 11″ copy paper down to 6-3/4″ x 9-3/4″. Using a bone folder, I crease them in half.


Creating a Quick and Easy Notebook - Step 4

I fold the cover in half and crease with a bone folder. I then slip the folded copy paper inside the cover and sew the binding together with a sewing machine.


Creating a Quick and Easy Notebook - Step 5

Next, I choose pieces of ephemera and layered papers from the Tim Holtz Collector Layers, Snippets Ephemera and Botanical Layers. I distress the larger pieces and ink them with coordinating Distress Inks. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Chip Quotes.


Creating a Quick and Easy Notebook - Step 6

I’m happy with the arrangement and add May Arts Natural Burlap Twine to tie everything together.


Quick and Easy Handmade Notebook

To finish the notebook, I add a couple more butterflies and some Tim Holtz Idea-ology pieces. Below are some closeups.


Quick and Easy Handmade Notebook

Quick and Easy Handmade Notebook

Quick and Easy Handmade Notebook

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I put together this quick and easy notebook and that you’ll join us for this fun challenge. Don’t forget you could win a $50 gift voucher to Simon’s amazing store by linking your project to the challenge. See ya there!

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  2. I’m so inspired by your mixed media pieces, Cathie. Thank you for always giving such great step-by-step instructions.

  3. very pretty Cathie – love all the layering on this one and the fact that it’s a usable notebook!

  4. Super cool custom notebook, Cathie! I love how you started with a base of patterned paper, built up elements and bound it all together with some traditional twine!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  5. Inspiring post! I’m in love with your notebook, so vintage! love love love the layers! Barbara

  6. This is gorgeous! That paper was perfect for the cover and I love all the wonderful layers.

  7. What a fun little notebook Cathie! It reminds me of the old vintage primers. The metal charm is a perfect touch! Happy Valentine’s Day! Maura

  8. Oh my! Those warm colors, those layers and distressing. I loooove this project for the cozy look and all the elements matching so well together! Hugs, Marzena

  9. ooh Cathie! I love this notebook and I am going to have to make one too! My friend is a keen gardener and she would absolutely LOVE this!! GORGEOUSNESS!! 🙂

    Lols x x x

  10. This is such a beautiful creation! As always, your detail shots are so helpful and inspiring. I also like the way you combined the floral theme with plaid! I would’ve never thought to put those two patterns together, but you nailed it!

  11. another great make Cathie, love the Dapper paper and the collage of ephemera is gorgeous, hugs kath xxx

  12. Love this gorgeous notebook, Cathie. The distressed background and all the embellishments are awesome. 🙂

  13. What a beautiful project, this is just gorgeous Cathie and I love how you’ve layered the elements to create such depth to the piece…vintage beauty at it’s best! <3

  14. What a beautiful decoration you made on this cover!! I absolutely love it!

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