Tuesday, December 4, 2007


One evening last week, I whipped up these altered Christmas Wish Lists using jr. legal notepads for my fellow SCS'ers/Bloggers/Stampers/Friends, Nancy Morgan and Fran Sabad. There was a little "ELFing" going on on SCS, and I surprised Nancy and Fran with a bucket of Christmas goodies that included these altered notepads. These notepads were completely inspired by Heather Nichols' Holiday List Book HERE. Nicole's Wish Lists are adorable!!! Keep scrolling down for the tutorial on how to make these notepads, and a photo of Nancy and Fran's elfing goodies.These notepads were so easy to make that I'll be mass assembling many of them next week to give as gifts through the Christmas season! It would be very easy to alternate designer papers too ... I have big plans to use Wintergreen DP too! The notepads in these photos use Dashing DP.SUPPLIES NEEDED AND RECIPE:
* The notepad itself is a Junior Legal Pad purchased at my local office supply store (Staples or OfficeMax). They have a copy center, and all you do is ask them to cut the pads in half vertically. My office supply store charged me $1.00 to cut the entire package of pads.
Stamps: Merry & Bright, "HOLIDAY HAPPINESS" from So Many Sayings
Paper: Real Red and Old Olive CS, Dashing DP
Ink: Jet Black Staz-On Ink Pad, Real Red & Old Olive Markers
Embellishments: Dazzling Diamonds applied on snowman's body with 2-Way Glue Pen, Button and Embroidery Floss
Tools: Paper Piercing Tool/Mat/Template, Word Window Punch, Scallop Punch, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle Punches
Supplies: Sticky Strip, Glue Dots (for button), Stampin' Dimensionals (for main image)
Note: In my examples, there is paper piercing along the Old Olive horizontal CS strip above and below the Real Red horizontal CS strip, and on each scallop of the scallop circle. Stamp the snowflake image from Merry & Bright on random pages of the notepad. I did use Pumpkin Pie marker to color in the snowman's nose, and Blush Blossom marker to give the snowman rosy cheeks.

*Cut Real Red CS base 5 1/2" x 8 1/4", score at 2 5/8" and 2 7/8".
* The outside DP panel measures 2 1/2" x 8", then cut at 5" and flipped with the opposite side of the DP on the bottom.
* The inside DP panel measures 2 1/2" x 8".
* The flap that goes around the top of the legal pad measures 1 7/8" x 2 1/2", and scored at 7/8" and 1".
* I used Sticky Strip to adhere the notepad to the cardstock.

Here are some more coordinating goodies that I sent to Nancy and Fran; an altered jumbo paper clip and altered Hershey's miniatures.
This next photo is of the completed buckets of elfing goodies with plenty of chocolate and a few stamping necessities. I've had these tins for quite sometime (thanks Leah!), and used Sticky Strip to attach the Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon to it. The bow is separate and adhered with Glue Dots. The hanging pendant is the same image used on the notepads, and hung from the bow with Silver Elastic Cord.
Thanks for looking! I'm slowly getting over my annual "Christmas Freak Out"! I've been completely overwhelmed with to do's in my head the last few days, but am feeling better after getting the house decorated today! woohoo! One more thing to check off the list! As Joanne Basile told me last night, and Lorri Heiling told me this morning, "BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT!".


Jen said...

I love your notepads and christmas baskets, thanks for the great ideas!!!

Dottie K. said...

Wow - Double Wow! I saw these on Nancy's blog this morning. You always have the greatest projects. Thanks for sharing!!! Don't stress out - start breaking things down and you'll get things accomplished. Once the house is decorated that's a big item off the to-do-list. :)

Unknown said...

Nancy these are super!! I have a bunch of the notepads ready to go - they are so fast and easy to do! You did a great job!!

Anonymous said...

That whole bucket of goodies is just wonderful! Way to go! I've been slacking lately...it's either stamping or shopping. Let's just say I've done a lot of shopping lately. It's good and bad all at the same time. ;)

Anonymous said...

Awesome gifts!! Lucky ladies to receive such a wonderful and thoughtful gift! I will definatly be making up a couple of those notepads!! To cute! I wish I would have gotten that set...silly me! You look at them over and over and think, um should I get it...then to late! Maybe next year!! Thanks for the great inspiration! Can you tell I am procrastinating my to do list...??LOL

StampMom said...

Yay, more fun things to do with my Dashing and Wintergreen DP -- thanks for sharing Nancy, these are super cute!

Dawn Easton said...

Wow Nancy! These are fabulous! Such great goodies you sent! Thanks for sharing your instructions for the notepads! They will be a fantastic gift

Lauren said...

I can share in your "Christmas Freak Out!" Congrats in getting your house decorated. I love the bucket gifts. Too cute.

Unknown said...

This is the cutest gift assortment EVER. You did an amazing job! Well done!

Michelle said...

Love the notepads! I love altering notepads; they always make really great gifts. Your gift baskets look wonderful!

Jackie Pedro said...

Those notepads are fantastic! So are the rest of your ELF goodies!

Martha Cavazos Fipps said...

These are terrific! Another project for me to CASE!

corinnesomerville said...

I think women suffer a whole lot more from "Christmas Freak Out" disease than men do !!! I don't think I've talked to a woman yet this week that hasn't said they are completely overwhelmed !! Do something nice for yourself, sweetie !!!
These tins are just fabulous and completely drop dead adorable !!!

Take care.

fran said...

Hey sweetie! I loved the gifts - and the notebook is soooo cute! Thanks for the tutorial - you're a wonderful friend!

Diane Gilbert said...

Wow, these are adorable! What a great gift idea!

nancy said...

These are the most wonderful little notepads and the rest of the package...well, you totally blessed my sox right off!!! I can't wait to make one of these little note pads...great stocking stuffers (may have to change them to shopping lists). You are the best ELF ever. I'm sure you've found a permanent spot on Santa's "nice" list and if he has a super talented and creative list...well, you're on that one, for sure = ) !!!

Rose Ann said...

Sooo awesome, Nancy!! You ROCK girl!! I love it all!

Diane Noble said...

Nancy, your creations are wonderful, but I just love what you did with these notepads. And the whole package deal had to be a huge blessing to the recipients. Oooh! You are such an inspiration! TFS

Bella Rose Creations said...

What a wonderful gift ensemble...TFS! You are lucky. I went to my Staples and they wanted $2 for 5 of them!!! However Kinko's did 10+ for $1.50 and did a very precise cut.

Pam Varnell said...

WOW!! You are so creative. I love these.

Anonymous said...

These are darling! Thankyou so much for sharing! I think my son's teacher would love these!
Elizabeth Glass