I am so happy to finally have a chance to make this blog post! What a crazy couple of days we've had. And by the way, THANK YOU for every kind and encouraging word. I know I am behind on answering emails but I really appreciate every thought sent my way. And I hope everyone who reads this will scroll down to the bottom of this post and take a minute to enter my giveaway drawing. I have four little cheerful bundles ready to brighten the day of some faraway friends. Each little package includes a Scrap Happy Recycled Stationery Kit (what's that, you ask? Just keep reading!), some pretty clothespins as seen here (you know, for your kitchen and other clippy needs), and some other assorted goodies to surprise and delight. If you've never left a comment on my blog before, now is a good day :) It's fun to see who's out there, and where, and I am more than happy to ship overseas, so don't be shy! I'll leave the comments open until next Wednesday, and draw the names on Thursday (Valentine's Day). Don't forget to leave your email so I can tell ya that you won. Your email will only be visable to me and I promise not to spam ya'll.
Now, what I have been wanting to share for a few days . . . something cute and fun that I hope you will enjoy. . .
Over the years I have gotten so many free patterns and crafty lessons from the internet and more specifically, from other blogs, and today I am going to try my hand at making a craft tutorial to share. Technical writing is not my specialty, as you will see, but luckily I think I was able to snap enough pictures that the basic instructions should be pretty easy to follow. This project has a difficulty rating of . . . not difficult at all. And the total expense should be about a dollar well spent at the scrapbook paper shop ( a lovely way to spend a winter's hour, let me tell you!)
Okay, here goes the craft tutorial . . .
Scrap Happy Recycled Stationery Kit
This project consists of a paper wallet that holds re-usable scraps of paper for jotting down quick notes and shopping lists. When your wallet gets too old to use, it can become the scrap paper for the next one--clever :)
What you will need:
- A piece of pretty double-sided cardstock at least 10x6 inches
- A coordinating piece of cardstock at least 3x3 inches
- A brad (paper fastener)
- Some kind of string—paper jewelry cord, hemp cord, yarn, whatever (about 24 inches)
- A sewing machine, needle and thread, or tape
- Whatever scrap paper you have on hand—anything headed for the recycling bin, but should have at least one side with no print.
- Tools needed: paper trimmer or scissors and ruler, nail or awl
Step 1: Cut the big piece of cardstock to 10x 6 inch rectangle.
Step 2: Fold it exactly in half as shown below. The outside of the wallet is shown face up here.
Step 3: Now measure 1 ¾ inches from each of the short ends, and fold again. What you have now should look like the picture below. There are three creases in all.
Step 4: Cut two circles from the coordinating cardstock, mine here are 1 ½ inches across and 1 ¼ inches across. It doesn’t need to be exact. Use the nail to poke a hole in the center of each circle, and in one side of the paper wallet, about 3 ½ inches from the center crease.
Step 5: Stick about 2 inches of the string through the hole in the wallet, then poke the brad through the small circle, then the bigger circle, and then the wallet with the string sandwiched between the wallet and the bigger circle. Fasten the brad down tightly.
Step 6: Stitch up both sides of the wallet as shown, or use tape if you like.
Step 7: Now fill your wallet with scraps of paper and you are done! You can leave love notes or make your grocery list on your own recycled paper. Too cute!!
Now don't forget to leave a comment so you can win a funky cute stationery kit like this one! And yours will be filled with all of my best most beautiful scraps, with hand stamping and other fun details.
Have a wonderful day everyone!!