Today I have a great little 'Things to Do' notebook that I created using Eileen Hull's new Book Binding Die from Sizzix along with her Book Plate Hinges and Label thinlit dies - these dies are part of her Book Club - Chapter 1 die collection.
I found a pack of index cards at Staples that were vertically oriented that worked perfectly in my notebook.
Another thing I found among the journaling aisles at Staples was this cool piece that you can slip on the rings to hold pens! I put it onto the back of my journal but if I'm putting this in my pocketbook for notes - I probably will take it off since the pen sticks out on the sides, but if you are leaving this around the house to write in - it would be good to have the pen attached!
Here are a few photos of how I put this together.
The piece on the right is the Book Binding Movers and Shapers Die - you need to have a magnetic cutting tray to use Movers and Shapers dies - I added a spacer of foam to the left to keep my paper level while it was being cut.
Here is how I lined up my pages over the die. I laid the piece just below the outside edge of the cutting piece. Also, these index cards were only wide enough to have 3 cuts - so the 4th one is uncovered at the bottom here.
You need to clean out the pieces that stay inside the die each time you cut using a pick of some kind. Be careful not to pull out the rubber piece that is inside the die - if it comes out a little, just push it back in!
I cut the covers out of matboard - cutting them just a little wider and longer than my index card pages. I die cut the slots in these and then used my corner rounder on the corners.
I die cut the label and one of the hinges from Book Plate Hinges and Label thinlit set to decorate my cover. I wanted it to look interesting but not thick so it would slide easily into my pocketbook.
I used a something from my scraps pile for the large label. I made the panel using Bristol Smooth Surface paper that I shook Sleight Blue Infusions over and spritzed with water. Then I quickly laid a piece of Cling Wrap over the panel and squished it up and let dry. I removed the cling wrap and had this lovely marbelized panel!
I die cut the hinge/label out of black cardstock and embossed the sentiment in white.
I wanted the covers to be a little protected, so I brushed over them with Gel Medium.
I got out the Mini Discs to bind my covers and pages. The smaller the disc the less pages you can have in your book - the discs come in several sizes and many colors. You can find them at Staples, Walmart and Joann. If they don't have them in the stores - look on their web sites.
You just push the discs into the slots, a few pages at a time depending on thickness.
I felt my cover needed something else - and decided to outline the labels with Gold Leaf Finish that I had in my craft room - I've had it for years and don't think I ever used it before! It is a liquid like watery paint and you need to use it in a well ventilated space. I think it was just the right touch!
My Things to Do notebook measures 5 1/4" x 3 1/4".
The Inspiration Team is posting projects using Eileen's Book Club dies all month - please check it out over on Eileen's blog!
I'm linking my little notebook to:Stamps: Take Note - Papertrey Ink
Paper: Black Little Sizzles Mat Board - Sizzix, Bristol Smooth Surface Paper, black cardstock - PTI
Accessories: Book Binding Movers and Shapers Die, Book Plate hinges and Label Thinlit Dies - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Oxford Ruled Index Cards - Staples, Zutter Corner Rounder, Mini Discs - The Happy Planner/Me and My Big Ideas, white embossing powder, heat tool, Sleight Blue Infusions - PaperArtsy, cling wrap, water mister, Dina Wakley Gel Medium, pen holder tab - Staples, Gold Leaf Finish.