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May 28, 2012

Design Team: Denise O'Connor Week 8 Term 3

Scraps Goodies!

Denise is creative, and we all know that. But she still amazes us, at how she views things! Take today's project for example, she took what most people would recycle or slap on a smash book, and transfored it into a useful gift! See what we mean below!

Do you have a mess like this?

In case you were wondering, that is my scrap drawer and it is overflowing. These are just the patterned paper scraps and I hate to hoard my scraps so when the drawer stopped closing nicely for me, I knew I had to do something. At the same time, I also was trying to come up with a little something to make for my son’s teacher on the last day of school. I like to give the teacher a gift card to an office supply store so that they can get supplies that they need for the classroom, but I really like to add a little crafty something. I always try to make it something that is useful to them. Kill two birds with one stone right? Well here is what I did.

First off, I cut down some scraps to 4”x6” (this could really be any size you want) and then I went through my stamps and found a bunch of “Take Note” or “Just A Note” stamps. I also used some of my school themed stamps. On each sheet, I stamped something so that each sheet was different and unique. I then cut a piece of medium weight chipboard to the same size and stacked the papers. I ended up having enough sheets that I opted to make 2 sets. Once I had the papers all stacked, I backed them with the chipboard and then used binder clips on the sides to keep them all together.

I then (using a paintbrush) added 2 layers of Padding Compound sold by Chica & Jo on Amazon and let it dry. A little bit of this goes a long way. When it was all dry…I had custom made note pads. I love these!

Now, of course since this is a gift, I have to package it up! So using my eCraft, I cut out a couple of shapes from and layerd a circle tag stamped with Papertrey Ink’s Tag-Its #6 mini set. Then I tied a pretty red ribbon in a bow around the two notepads and using Scor-Tape attached the label that I made right to the ribbon so that it could easily be removed from the notepads.

Well I couldn’t stop there, I had to make a coordinating card (after all I need something to put that gift card in) and using some more scraps, I created a simple patterned paper background and then used some more shapes from to frame my stamped tag. I think I will put all of this together in a cute little gift bag with some black felt tip pens to go with the notepads.

This project was really easy to do and I think I am going to make up some more of these for me!

What a beautiful card and project! Thank you Denise!

Love Denise's project? Leave her a comment!

Denise O'Connor


  1. Oh what a lovely idea!! thanks for the inspiration, xx

  2. TFS this helpful tip. Lovely carda!


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