Monday, July 13, 2009

Summer Notes- Free Download!

I know I'm late with my whole 12 weeks of summer fiasco, but trust me, the way life threw us curve balls left and right...there was NO time for scrapping, creating or anything but work. Things have settled and I was so happy to finally create this weekend. I'm attempting to post weekly til fall rolls around. I'm not making any promises though. Just know I am here now and ready to share some fun stuff all week long. To make it up to you, I created a free download. See, absence is good for all of us! ;)
I absolutely love keeping scraps of paper with me at all times. In a time of cell phones, planners, laptops and such, I still use good ol'fashion scraps of paper to jot down numbers, emails or sketches. OLD SCHOOL...I know! I always keep something handy for the long waits at the post office, doctors, or playground. Trust me these little notebooks come in handy!
This is a tiny tutorial for a summer notes matchbook...
Things you will need:
  • Shabby Chic Crafts (FREE summer tags)
  • pattern paper (I used American Crafts & Scenic Route)
  • tiny letters (type your own or MM)
  • punches (Martha Stewart-lace border, Ek Sucess-scalloped square 2.25" & circle 1.25"
  • craft knife
  • sewing machine (optional)
  • paper trimmer/scissors

Start by selecting your favorite summer papers and trimming them: width 2.5", length 5.25". I used my border punch on one end and fold the other end at 1/2" mark, fold again at 2".

Sew along the edge to add some dimension.

I punched a circle to decorate the front and cut a butterfly with my craft knife.

You can decorate the inside as well...

Print your free download & punch your tags using a scalloped square punch or cut with trimmer. Staple the tags inside (tuck inside the 1/2" flap). Fold your book.....
Ta-da! Your matchbook is ready to go!! Have fun creating your own!! Send us a link, I'd love to see how yours turns out! :) We have an awesome guest designer tomorrow! Til then....

xoxo, Veronica

3 comments:

Zarah said...

Super cute! :D

Michelle said...

I love making matchbooks. Aren't they fun?!! I'm like you, I always keep a small notebook handy. Nothin' beats it :)

The Creative Place said...

These are fabulous! I've made a few before but these are way cuter! I'll have to try these! Thanks for the inspiration and download!