Sunday, August 7, 2011

Back to School Blog Hop - Day 2

Welcome to day 2 of the Back to School Blog Hop! You should have come from Andrea's Coffee Time. If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop, then head over to Queen of my Craftroom and join in the fun! We have 3 sponsors: Karbar Digital Stamps, Jen's Digi Stamps, and Hambo Stamps. Each sponsor is giving away a digi stamp. Details on how to enter for the drawings from our sponsors will be on Queen of my Craftroom's blog.  There will also be blog candy along the way, so sit back and enjoy all the creative ideas that these talented ladies are sharing!

My project today is one of my favorites! It is an altered notebook. This time of the year you can pick these up for next to nothing. I think I paid 25 cents for mine at Walmart!!

I've made several of these in the past as gifts, but I decided to make one for myself to have at the beginning of my school year. They are so simple to do and depending how elaborately decorated you want it, they are relatively fast to make. The black printed paper is from the Grade School paper pack from DCWV. I used Hello Kitty Greetings for the stack of books cut at 5 1/2 inches. I added a white shadow, but made it about a half inch smaller and inked the edges so it didn't look so huge!  I used the Hello Kitty Font for my last name cut at 1 1/4 inches. I used my Gypsy to weld the shadow feature in the same light blue cardstock as the middle book. The top letters are in the same yellow cardstock as the top book. I used the Cuttlebug folder Polka Dots to emboss the apple and red mat under my name. I used green cardstock as the bottom mat that matches the bottom book. I added some doodle dots with my black gel pen on my name and a little bit of lime green stickles on the leaf of the apple. I used Stickables Franklin sticker letters to add titles to my books. (These are the subjects I teach.) My favorite part of this notebook is the cute ruffled ribbon I found in my stash. I used glue dots along the seam of the paper and edge to add the ribbon. I used my iRock to add big rhinestones to the side and teeny tiny rhinestones on the red background paper. The back of the notebook is just a printed paper from the same Grade School paper pack, but no other cuts were added to the back. (I forgot to take a picture of that.) This project will also be My Sheri Crafts Back to School Challenge.

**Blog Candy Giveaway**

I will be giving one lucky person some crafting goodies! Included are 2 alphabet label stickers, journal tags, decorative sticky notes, fun fibers, beach themed paper stack, a set of scalloped cards with envelopes, a heart stamp, a Star Cuttlebug folder and a Creative Memories Mini Parfait set. All you have to do is leave a comment on both of my posts for this blog hop (Saturday and Sunday). I will use to select a winner on Sunday August 7. You do not have to follow my blog, but I encourage you to browse my blog and if you like what you see, I would be happy to have you as a follower! Thanks for stopping by! Now, hop on over to Kimberly's Crafty Spot.

Back to School Blog Hop Line Up:

Stephanie ~ Always Crafting
Mila ~ Milamemories
Bobbi Jo ~ Sweet Sassy Diva
Kerri ~ Cares of Kerri ****you are here****
Kimberly~ Kimberly's Crafty Spot ****next****
Jamie ~ JME Creations


  1. Super cute notebook, I love it!!! TFS

  2. Sooo cute! This would be great for taking notes at meetings! Love it =)

  3. This is such a great idea. I love the colors!!

  4. What a great idea! This will be perfect for all of your notes this year. TFS!

  5. Great notebook Kerri, I love the titles you added to the books, and the ribbon is darling!!!

  6. LOVE this altered notebook!! You did an AWESOME job!!!


  7. Your altered notebook looks great!

  8. I love your notebook. You did a fantastic job on it! TFS

    rlhamm1 at gmail dot com

  9. Great altered notebook!!

  10. Great Job Kerri

  11. I love making these notebooks!! Your is great for any teacher for taking all those notes during those first few weeks of schools. And you make a great point to buy them right now when they are on sale because I know I did have to buy one last year and it killed me to pay over a dollar for it. LOL. I already have 12 in my stash and have to go back soon for more.

  12. Super cute idea! Thanks so much for sharing and also for the chance to win! Looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations, I am now a follower. :)

    I would be honored if you stopped by my craft blog, Made Especially For You.


  13. That is so stinkin' cute!! The colors are fantastic and I too love the ruffle ribbon. :) Tfs and have a great day.

    stars paper passion at gmail dot com

  14. Those look like great gifts! I am sure everyone loved them! Good job!

  15. Way too cute. Thanks CallyAnn(new follower)

  16. Adorable project! I stumbled upon your blog while hopping around! I am your newest follower! Hope you will pop over for a visit!


  17. AWESOME! That is GREAT and I love the touches of bling too! Thanks for joining us this week at My Sheri CRAFTS ;-)

  18. So creative. Keep up the good work!


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