Monday, 5 September 2011

Back To School

A new challenge is upon us over at The Ribbon Reel and Zuzana has chosen the theme 'Back To School'. Yes, it's that time of year again when the nights draw in (oh no!) and the kids toddle of back to school. I wanted to do something a bit different for my project, and came up with the idea of upcycling a notepad. I had so much fun doing this I'm planning to make some more as gifts.

I've used kraft and this perfect-for-the-job alphabet embossed Coredinations which I've sanded to give a blackboard effect. On top of that went my 'pencil holder' - I made a slit in the scalloped circle and fed a small loop of ribbon through which I sewed so keep it nice and tight so the pencils wouldn't fall out. I've used this wonderful Celery Loop Trim to edge the circle and decorate the pencils.

Some roughed up newsprint paper and glitter Thickers make a cute 'title'. Along the side of the card I've used a paper chain ruler (this is what is supposed to be, but I think they are great for cards!), Twill Stripe and Bakers Twine topped with a flower and cute crepe paper swirl in the centre.

I've tied small lengths of ribbon onto the sprial of the notebook for a finishing flourish!

All ribbons from the The Ribbon Reel
American Crafts 'Thickers'
Core'dinations by Cosmo Cricket
Phrase Label (on side) Cosmo Cricket
Dot paper, Echo Park 'For The Record'
Newsprint paper from Two Peas In A Bucket 'Collage Kit'
My Minds Eye ''Stella & Rose paper' (on scallop)
Ruler, East Of India


  1. Absolutely gorgeous Fran, I love love the little pencil holder, and all the ribbony goodness on the spirals! The green loop trim is also one of my faves, I'm down to my last bit!

  2. What a cute card Fran and very clever too. :0) Love the pencil holder and that tiny pear.

    Zuz. x x

  3. What an adorable card Fran!!!

  4. I love this altered notebook, and how you've added the pencils, great idea! I love altering notebooks too so will have to try this. x

  5. This is really cute! I love the added stitching you've done!!