DIY Notepad // Great Gift for Teacher!

Hi friends! School is almost back in session in Maine and kids have already gone back to school in other parts of the country. Why not make this cute notepad for your teacher this year!

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No teacher? That’s OK use your favorite colors and images and make one for yourself, it is fast, frugal and fun!

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Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry Use coupon code: TEACHER to get a free Mini Apple Peg Stamp, OR any mini peg stamp of your choice, when you spend $25 or more. Coupon expires on Sunday, August 28, 2016.

Supplies:
White copy paper (Cut 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″)
Cardboard 4″ x 8 1/2″
Grossgrain ribbon (Offray)
Stamps (Rubber Stamp TapestryFruit WreathCherry Blossoms (big branch), Bittersweet (little branch)
Hot glue
Scissors
Paper trimmer
Cardstock/Patterned paper
Dies or Punches
Clothespins or binder clips
Die inks
Silicone spatula or scrap of cardboard
Buttons & twine (optional)

Directions:
1. Trim copy paper and clip stack together, apply glue to short edge and smooth with a silicone spatula or scrap of cardboard.
2. Stamp apple and branch motif on white cardstock, punch out and set aside. Die cut any other elements you might want from cardstock or patterned paper.
3. Fold an 8 1/2″ x 11″ patterned cardstock in half and warp around the pad of paper to determine fit and score and crease to make a neat spine.
4. Cut a notch on the cover and feed ribbon through if desired, glue both layers of cover together.
5. Glue the other piece of ribbon for the tie closure to the cardboard backing. Also glue on a loop of ribbon for a pen/pencil holder. Glue the paper pad on top.
6. Attach the cover to the back of the pad (cardboard side) so it wraps around and the ribbon closures meet at the open side.
7. Embellish as desired.

The options with this litte notebook are endless, you can make stocking stuffers, party favors or even handly list pads to keep in your pocketbook. Add a magnet to the back and you can even put it on your fridge and best of all you can use up some of your pretty paper and ribbon scraps:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Got Ugly Scrapbook Paper? This Project is For YOU!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun, quick and easy bookmaking project that only requires paper and adhesive! You can use any paper you want but it is perfect for the older scrapbook paper in your stash that you don’t care for because you can use the back side for the pages and the print will be hidden. Aren’t you glad you kept it now?

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Watch the video to see how fun and quick these little notebooks are!

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Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Adhesive
  • 20 minutes

I have seen some really cute notebooks that some of you guys made following my tutorial on Instagram, thanks for sharing! If you want share your pics you can post them on Thefrugalcrafter Facebook page of use #thefrugalcrafter when posting on Instagram, it might work on twitter too but honestly I’m not sure LOL! If you love this simple idea I would love it if you shared it on Pinterest or your favorite social media (handy links at the bottom of the post!) Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Duct Tape + Juice Pouches = Cheap Crafty Fun!

Hi Friends! I love recycling…or upcycling stuff because it is fun to make something useful out of things you normally throw away. I wanted to make a sturdy pencil pouch to go in my binder and I did so using 4 juice pouches, Duct Tape and a zipper. Watch the video to see how!

I used fun patterned duct tape from Oriental Trading Company in this project. They have Duct brand as well as their own brand of duct tape. Both are very good quality, the only difference I see is that the Oriental Trading Company brand is a tad bit less sticky but it has held up fine in any of my projects. The OTC brand is a bit less expensive and has 20 yards in a roll in most cases where as the duct tape brand is 10-15 yards usually. Since they carry both you get a fantastic selection at $4-$5 a roll and the skinny stuff is even cheaper. All of that info is in the product listing if you are unsure. I hope you try this, or some other recycling craft. I decided to put my pouch in the kids plastic canvas project binder to hold the scissors and yarn needles that are constantly slipping out of the binder pockets. What did I tell you, useful. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Back to School Project!

Howdy friends! Today was the first day of school, all 3 of my kids had a good day, they all had nice teachers and friends in class and only a little homework. I, on the other hand, had homework. Beginning of school year paperwork to fill out, my goodness, I mean they have been enrolled in this school 5 years now, why do I need to do this each year (times 3 kids) hello, computers!?!  But I got it done and if that is my biggest complaint today life is pretty good! So, last night when I made out the kids lunch slips and lunch money checks I noticed that I was running low on envelopes so I thought I would make some cute lunch money envelopes to send in:

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I used pages from old books that were in bad shape and headed to the dumpster before I rescued them.  I used my new Kreate-a-lopes to make the envies, stamped on them and done! Here is a video to show you how, it would have been shorter if not for my gabbing:)

I did want to mention how awesome the Kreate-a-lopes were and how nice the inventor of the templates is. If you want to help him grow his business of envelope and other innovative crafting templates you can visit his Kickstarter page here. Here are a few envelopes I made in seconds with the Kreate-a-lopes I have:

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Of course during my envelope binge today I misplaced my A2 templates…you know what that means, time to clean the craft room.  Unless I get distracted by something shiny which will probably be the case since I made like 20 glitter rainbow resin pendants today…oh wait, I bet it is stuck to something with resin! Fun fact, you can clean unfortunate resin spills with nail polish remover (don’t ask me why I know this…) Luckily these template are very durable LOL! Wow, another rambling tangent today, go figure.

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Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions simply leave a comment and I will get back to you. Til next time happy crafting!

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Cute ID Tags!

I just realized that I never posted the backpack tags I made for my kid’s school bags this year. I got a chance to work with the new ATC background stamps from Pink Persimmon and now that they are available to buy I thought I should share the project:

 

These stamps are clear so it is easy to line them up if you want to cover an area larger than an ATC (artist trading card 2.5″x3.5″) I also recommend stamping on a foam mat or mousepad to ensure that all of the design makes contact with the paper because there is a lot of detail in these. It is a classic background I will use again and again. It would be cute on a Father’s day card!

After I stamped the backgrounds I swiped a bit of white paint over the design and stamped their names with the Soda Pop Alpha set also from Pink Persimmon, I love how the letters link together so well! The Ruler is from the Hello Vintage Girl set and I used the “A+” stamp from Little red Wagon. I love how all of the Pink Persimmon stamps work so well together.

Well, today we have a snowday and my kids will be up any minute so thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Back to School in Style!

Newsflash: Everything at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff is 40% off til Midnight Sunday!

I know…It’s only August but before you know it the kids will be getting on the school bus for their first day of school. I used the SVG die cuts in the Apple For Teacher kit to make some cute back to school goodies:

I love the gift bags, you can fill them with goodies for teacher or supplies for kids, I think it would be really sweet to make a bag like this for a pre-schooler who want’s to go to school with the “big kids” but is too young so they can play school anytime they like.

It is still summer and I’m making sure my kids stay on track with their reading. That’s why I designed this bookmark with a slot cut into it so my beginning readers can isolate one line as they read, now that they are starting on chapter books it is easy to lose their place and this really helps. Teachers can make these up and laminate them so they will hold up through the school year and still be see-through.

These sweet apple clips can be used as bookmarks too if you like! Also you get a plain paper clip and a plain apple SVG die cut so you have more versatility!

But that’s not all, I know not everyone has a die cut machine so I included full color printables in this kit, just print, cut and glue! As always you also get outline black and white templates too 😉 Here is a look at the Apple For Teacher kit:

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You might also like Teacher’s Helper SVG set too:

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I hope I inspired you to create a little back to school treat this year!

Don’t forget the 40% off sale on at LSS through Midnight Sunday! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Back to School Minibook (with free template!)

As promised I made a mini-book with the template I designed for you yesterday:

Stamps: Pink Persimmion, PSX, Paper: DCWV, Autumn Leaves, Other: Cricut+SCAL software, Crop-a-Dial, binding combs, DYMO label maker

Stamps: Pink Persimmon, PSX, Paper: DCWV, Autumn Leaves, Other: Cricut+SCAL software, Crop-a-Dial, binding combs, DYMO label maker

I just cut the bracket edge card ( you can download a printable version or SVG versions to cut with your cricut from yesterday’s post) with my cricut and scal software and cut each layer a bit shorter than the last. I used my deep cut blade set at depth 6, pressure max to cut the shapes first out of chipboard (I saved it from the back of a paper pack but you can use a cereal box since you will be covering it with pattern paper), then used my standard blade to cut the same shapes again from pattern paper. To cover the backs of the pages I put my paper print side down on my cricut mat and cut it again, Best of all you can make this on the small cricut machine because the largest page is 6″x12″!

Aren't they the cutest!

Aren't they the cutest! Stamps: Pink Persimmon, Coloring stuff: Ink: Stampin Up!, Prismacolor Pencils, Goo-Gone

The kid stamps are from the little red wagon set from Pink Persimmon, I love this set because they look a lot like my my kids, I stamped the girl twice because I have twins and I will have photos my 3 children on their first day of school. The letter stamps are moldy oldies from PSX (my very first stamps actually!) but I love them and they are classic so they never go out of style!

To bind my book I used my crop-a-dial and a cheap comb binding from staples, you get 25 11″ long bindings for under $5 and you can cut them whatever length you want. To see a tutorial on binding a mini-album with a Crop-a-Dial click here. You could also use a Bind-it-All but I don’t have one so I’ll make do for now 🙂

You could embellish the book however you like but I’m keeping mine flat so I can slip it into a page protector in my family album, I find odd sized mini-albums hard to store otherwise and this way it won’t get lost.

I hope you can swing by on Monday for the Creative Cuts and More blog hop! You will be “Clearly” impressed with the work the Design Team Divas have cooked up for you! Until then Happy crafting!

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