Wednesday, February 21, 2007

retro crafty memo pad

here is a pictorial tute on the craft project i submitted for The Crafter Culture Handbook. it is a memo pad made from Jiffy baking product boxes. any boxes with fun graphics would be suitable. maybe even covering thin cardboard with japanese candy wrappers.... that's an interesting idea actually... i am posting this because i don't think the instructional photos are going to be included in the book (i haven't received my copy just yet). i see this as a supplement, if needed.

okay, so here is a quick run down of supplies/tools and such.

you will need: interesting box, paper cut to size (a smidge smaller than the covers, and as much as your stapler can handle going through), stapler, glue, decorative papers and other embellishments of your choice.

the how-to:


the box....
only a serving suggestion mind you.

cut away sides and bottom flaps (discards shown to the right), leaving front and back of box along with the attached top flaps (see left).

again, what to save.



this is the part i have a hard time explaining. with front and back covers facing each other insert pages in between top flaps (which have been folded inward). staple in place.



disguise boring inside of covers and flaps by gluing down decorative paper cut to size. for me, i feel you just can't get anymore decorative than black! shown in this image i used pinking shears on the edges of the pages.

the finished product.
at this point adding embellishments could be an option. glitter is always nice.


and there you have it...

12 comments:

Lobby The Lobster said...

Good idea. I could use a good memo pad, to take notes on. As I search for my friend Gnomey.

Carrie said...

Cool! I'm going to have to give it a try. I've got a swap comming up and it would be great to include one of those!

gregg said...

like it, love it, have to make it!

Jennifer said...

Dewd - you haven't received your copy yet? I got mine 2 weeks ago! Your write-up was very nice. No instructional photos as you suspected, but the directions seem easy to follow.

So when can I get my copy autographed?

Monica L. said...

that is so cute!

Gina said...

What a clever idea!

Jan said...

okay, that's awesome!

malin said...

Great idea! You know I have to make me some!

Freudian Slip said...

Excellent idea, I might just steal it :)
Matt

"Netta's Creations" said...

Love it!
The link do not work to get to the project. Please let me know.

Netta

Kathy said...

I know I'm super late reading/commenting here (just discovered your blog) but what a fun idea! A great way to recycle and be super cute at the same time!

Crafting Cutie said...

Thanks! I posted another blog with a link to this page. :)