06 April 2015

Krafty Tips & Tutes: Making a Note Holder

Hello everyone. Krafty Girl Tracy here, sharing my tutorial on how to create this book style note holder.

Some of the supplies you will need include:
  • Note Pad - this one is 4 x 5.5 inches
  • Sturdy cardstock for the base - 110lb white cardstock 
  • Pattern Paper and coordinating cardstock (if you like to layer)
  • Stamp -  Smarty Pants
  • Embellishments
This style of note holder is really easy to make and can be modified for different size note pads. You just need to do a little planning to figure out the size of your base and where to score.

Your first step is to measure the length, width and depth of your notepad.

This notepad measures 4 by 5.5 by 0.25 inches.

You want the width of your note holder to be larger than the notepad. My front and back cover will measure 4.5 inches. I then added 0.5 inches for the depth of the note pad (this is to account for the layers that will be added when I decorate the holder). 

The cardstock base I started with is 8.5 x 9.5 inches.

Along the 9.5 inch side of your cardstock score at 4.5 and 5 inches.

Along the 8.5 inch side of the cardstock, score just longer than the length of the notepad. I scored at 5.75 inches. This is to create a pocket for the notepad to slide into.

This is what your note holder will look like after you fold it.

From here you can start to add some of your layers to decorate.

The sizes for the basic layers of cardstock and pattern paper are:
  • 2 cardstock @ 5 5/8" x 4 3/8" and 2 pattern paper @ 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (front and back cover)
  • 1 cardstock @ 5 5/8" x 3/8" and 1 pattern paper @ 5 1/2" x 1/4" (outside spine)
  • 2 cardstock @ 4 3/8" x 3 1/4" and 2 pattern paper @ 4 1/4" x 3 1/8" (inside top panels)
  • 2 cardstock @ 4 3/8" x 2 5/8" and 2 pattern paper @ 4 1/4"  x 2 1/2" (inside bottom panels)
  • 1 cardstock @ 3 1/4" x 3/8" and 1 patter paper @ 3 1/8" x 1/4" (inside top spine)
  • 1 cardstock @ 2 5/8" x 3/8" and 1 patter paper @ 2 1/2" x 1/4" (inside bottom spine)
Start with your inside and adhere the top panels first. To help create your pocket for the note pad, add a strip of score tape to the middle spine (bottom) portion of your base.  

After the top inside panels are decorated and the centre taped down, staple close to the edge on each side of the holder to create the pocket. I used my Tim Holtz tiny attacher, however regular staples would be fine. The staples will be hidden by the rest of the layers. You could also sew along the edge after putting your pattern paper down for added decoration.

Now you can finish adding the remaining layers on the inside.

Then you can add an image, additional layers and embellishments to the front of your note holder. I used the Smarty Pants set for my note holder.

The back is also decorated to hide the staples and finish off the look of the note pad holder.

Here is a look at the inside with the notepad. 

Here is a similar style note holder for a 5 x 8 x 0.25 inch note pad. This one is decorated with Pippi from the Book Pals stamp set.

For this note holder I started with a 11 x 12 inch sheet of cardstock.

Along the 11" side score at 5.5" and 6".
Along the 12"side score at 8.5"

Have a wonderful and Krafty Day!


1 comment:

  1. That is a really great idea and super cute. Thanks for the tutorial.