Monday, May 28, 2012

Kitty Notebook Tutorial :: Amy Crockett

Hello and Happy Memorial Day Peachy Friends!!  This is Amy from Scrapping Mommy and I am here to share with you a cute kitty notebook and a tutorial on how I alter spiral bound notebooks.

First thing you need to do is to remove the spiral binding.  You do this by using a pair of round nosed pliers and carefully bend the wire at both ends so that you can twist it off.  Be careful to keep all the papers together so that you don't have to try and get all the holes to line up at the end.  Set the papers and back cover aside.

Next,  you want to measure the front cover.  I usually replace the notebook cover because lately I can only find them in plastic and the papers don't stick too well to them.  I have a huge stack of chipboard that I bought at some clearance center that I use.  Don't toss the front cover, you need it as a template.  I measure the original cover and then use a heavy duty paper trimmer to trim the new front cover to fit exactly.

I then cut out my cute little kitty with my Cricut and the Meow Lite cartridge.  I used the new Here Kitty Kitty Face Assortment from Peachy Keen Stamps to add an adorable face to my kitty.  I then used a pen and chalk to add some details to the face.  The label that I have the kitty on is from Elegant Edges.  I added some pen stitching to it.

I then added some fun patterned paper to the front cover (with the same measurements that I had when I cut the chipboard cover.  I add a little pen stitching around the edges of that as well.

Now take your original cover and use it as a template to make the holes in the left side of the front cover.  I used a pencil to outline all the holes and then punched them out with a good hole punch.

All that is left is to re-assemble the notebook and add a name to the front.  I chose my daughter because she loves notebooks and kitties, so this is the best of both worlds for her.  I can't wait to give it to her.

Here is a close up of that adorable little kitty face......so darn cute!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Don't forget that there is an amazing sale going on over at the Peachy Keen Stamps website through tomorrow.......hurry over before it ends!!

Hugs,
Amy

10 comments:

Miss Giebel said...

Amy, this is fantastic! I love the kitty! The paper is darling too!! What a cool tutorial!!

Kim's Kreations said...

Super great idea. Love the kitty. I have been looking at Smash books. I didn't have a clue. Found a great site from Kand Company. This idea would work great for a Smash book.
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Cassandra said...

What a neat idea Amy! Too cute! Great job once again :)

Pat N. said...

Great altered notebook! Love your kitty!--Pat N.

Sherry said...

What a cool notebook. This would be fun to alter your child's notebooks for the new school year. Each one would look different, so they could find them quickly. TFS
Sherry

Glora said...

I LOVE this idea. It turned out SO perfect and I just love the personalized touch! Hugs- Glora

Angelica said...

Beautiful, Amy! Thanks for the fabulous tutorial!

Carol said...

What a very creative way to personalize a notebook TFS

Cindy :) said...

omg I was just thinking this morning I would like to alter a note book or note pad for the next PK challenge depending on what it is, this afternoon I come here and see you just did....awesome...love it, great job :)

Lisa said...

What a cute idea. Love the kittens, that face is so cute. I'm sure your daughter will treasure that.