Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Here Comes the Marching Band Post-It Note Holder and Organizer, Tutorial and a Little Some Some...

It's Wednesday DT featured projects at Angels Landing today. The theme this week is cover-ups and I chose to create a matching post-it note holder and organizer along with the Special Dates Folio I created here.

The post-it note holder and organizer was inspired by a tutorial created by Angie Kennedy Juda aka ChicnScratch (you can find her post-it note holder video tutorial here). I basically just took the skeleton part of her post-it note holder and revamped it to my specifications (and I really liked that she added a pen holder as well). Because I wanted to create a matching piece to go along with the Special Dates Folio, I used a manila folder as my base so that I had the little tab sticking out on the side just like the folio I created.
Here is how you can make one of your own...

** Bare with me on my instructions...I had to retake some of the photos since they did not come out real good. I just have to find out a better way to taking pictures of my tutorials so they are easier to see and look more consistent. **

Click on pictures to see a larger version

- Manila Folder
- Cutter
- 3 Different Kinds of Coordinating Patterned Paper (My Mind's Eye Magnolia dp used)
- Sanding Block
- Terrifically Tacky Tape
- Glue Stick
- Wide Grossgrain Ribbon
- Small Corner Rounder
- RSVP pen
- 3x3 post -it note


STEP 1: Take manila folder and cut off right side so that you end up with the side that has the smaller tab.

Step 2: Cut 2 of the sides down to 8" making sure to keep the smaller tab in tact. Refer to pic on how I cut the 2 sides.

Step 3: Score at 3 3/4 inches in on both sides. Refer to the picture on scoring. This will become your right and left panels. NOTE: When measuring 3 3/4 inches from the tabbed side, make sure to measure in from the edge and not from tabbed area.

Step 4: For the pockets, score at 2 1/2 inches.

Step 5: This is what your piece should look like. Your finished piece should have the measurements listed above when scoring has been completed on all 3 sides.

Step 6: Cut out the middle piece out as shown in pic above.

Step 7: Trace entire front panel on patterned paper and adhere it using a white glue stick.

Step 7B: Repeat same step for tracing patterned paper for the inside of the holder. For the orange flowers patterned paper, I placed my piece over the paper, folded the pockets up so that I could get a complete traced image on the paper since I wanted to go all the way down to the score line. For the pockets, flip the piece so that the pockets are laying top side and trace around pocket template.

QUICK TIP: I've learned to trace templates on the "right" side (decorated side) of the patterned paper so that you are sure to get the correct pattern when you are ready to adhere paper to your template. You can always erase the pencil marks after the paper has been glued down.

Step 8: Once you have completed gluing down the patterned paper, cut off extra pieces sticking out of the holder. I also chose to sand down the edges with a sanding block once the extra paper pieces were cut off for a more finished look. Use a small corner rounder to round off the tips of the pockets (optional).

Step 9: Instead of using a ribbon belly band like I did with the Special Dates folio, I adhered some ribbon on the inside which serves two purposes: (1) Hold the pen in place, and (2) Keeps the holder closed when not in use. Put the wide grossgrain ribbon where you want before adhering in place (mine is placed slightly below the pockets). At this point, you should place the pen in the middle (hook the pencap to the top part of the holder) so you can gauge how tight or loose you want the ribbon holding the pen.

QUICK NOTE: The perfectionist in me was kicking in so I went the extra step to fold the holder so that the ribbon ends were the same length before adhering it permanently to the holder (refer to pic above). I did this because I wanted to make sure I had enough to tie it in a small bow. Approximate length of ribbon is 30 inches long if you want to tie a full bow, but mine came out to only about 25-26 inches long since I only tied a single bow to keep the holder closed.

Step 10: To completely secure the ribbon in place, I added terrifically tacky tape (1/4 inches wide) to the inside edge of the right and left pocket panels. This will keep the ribbon from moving around and getting undone.

Step 11: For pen, cut a piece of patterned paper 3 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches, wind tightly and place in barrel of pen. Insert the very backing of a 3x3 post-it notepad on the right panel (or left whichever is your preference).

Step 12: I created a printable doc for the Shopping List and Notes ready for cutting - just cut on the gray lines - both lists measure 5 x 3 inches (click here to download). Close holder by tying the ribbon into a full bow or single bow like the one pictured.

Step 13: Decorate the front of the holder. I used the musical notes image from Marching Band 1 and the raccoon playing the cymbals image from Marching Band 2. The image is printed at size 2.5 x 2.15 inches and colored with prismacolor pencils blended with baby oil. I used nestabilities to cut a circle and scalloped circle to showcase the image distressed with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen. I topped it off with a pink prima flower, crochet fleurette and button strung with embroidery thread.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and let me know if you have any questions...

Thanks so much for feasting your eyes on my Angels Landing Wednesday project and tutorial. I couldn't let you go down this far into my post and not reward you for reading my long novel...

In celebration of my birthday today (Yay ME!), I am offering some Angels Landing yummy blog candy. All you have to do is leave me some lovin'. You have until 10pm CST on July 26 (Sunday) to enter. I will post the name of the winner on Monday morning. The winner will get to choose 2 digital stamp sets of their choice including the 2 new releases, Marching Band 1 and Marching Band 2.

Click here to see what you could win: Angels Landing digi-stamping store

Digital Stamps: Angels Landing (Marching Band 1, Marching Band 2)
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye (Maganolia)
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (White, Jo-Ann's Value Paper Pack (Teal)

Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen), Stampin' Up (Creamy Caramel)
Other: Prima Flower, Crochet Fleurette, Button, Embroidery Thread, Scotch Mounting tape, 3x3 Post-It Note, Terrifically Tacky Tape, Wide Grossgrain Ribbon

Coloring: Prismacolor Pencils blended with baby oil


Lauri said...

Happy Birthday!!!! Love your cover up!!! and thanks for the tutorial!! Have a great day!

laos348 said...

What a wonderful project - thanks for all the instructions!

Judi M said...

Great job on your tutorial, Alma. The step-by-step photos really make it clear. This would make a wonderful gift set with your Special Dates Folio.

Hope you have a fabulous birthday. :D

Leigh Ann Baird said...

This is awesome! Thanks so much!

Lynn said...

Thanks so much for all the work you put into creating this fabulous tutorial!! It is certainly one that I am going to use.

Your note pad holder is delightful! I love how the ribbon holds the pen in the folder!! Sensational!!

Liz Williams said...

The tutorial is great. This is a clever little project.I'll have to try that sometime.

Nicole said...

Happy Birthday! These digi's are cute and what a great job you did on that little organizer! WOW! Thanks for the chance to win!

Martha said...

ahh how cute, great tutorial

Sparkle said...

This is just adorable.

Michelle said...

Dang girl – that’s hard work…putting it together and then creating the tutorial - - that’s some serious passion for the craft right there!

Stephanie said...

WOW!! What a great tutorial!! Love the pen holder - thanks so much :)

Hope your enjoying your day!!

Annabelle Bulat said...

This is so cute! Thanks for the great are good. I need a note holder & have a ton of file folders so I'm good to go.

melissa Dahan said...

that is adorable. I will have to try that.

Jessica G. said...

Happy Birthday, Alma! Great tutorial!!

Melanie said...

SUPER GREAT project!! Thanks for sharing the template, I LOVE IT!! Now I'm ready to case it!!

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Fabulous tutorial. I look forward to following it! Happy Birthday!!

Cassie_lu said...

love the tutorial and the end result looks great.

ashjoy said...

Very cute, and Happy Birthday!

Anita Hovey said...

Super idea! Happy Birthday :)

raindropecho said...

This is wonderful! Thank you for this helpful tutorial, and thanks for the congratulations.
- Ann

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Wow, girl, this is such an AWESOME project!! So BEAUTIFULLY done!

Cindy said...

Great Idea. Thanks for Sharing!