Saturday, 28 September 2013

Pukka pad to something different using Graphic45 Steampunk Spells...

Pukka Pad to My Notes (or spells) a few easy steps...

My Notes A5 pad from a Pukka A5 Project pad

Having bought some Graphic45 Steampunk Spells paper recently, I wondered what I could use it for - the images are absolutely incredible - vibrant, fun and colourful - see their website for an idea of what I mean...

Products and tools you will need to make this project:-

Products for the A5 pad

  • Pukka A5 project pad (or any other A5 pad)
  • Steampunk Spells 12 x 12ins black cog on the cream background
  • Steampunk Spells alphabet stickers
  • We R Memory Keppers Washi tape or any of the others available or even paper borders
  • Black and gold zig-zag peel off sticker

For the matching bookmark

  • Any white cardstock measuring  xxx or bookmark from Craft Creations - see here
  • Steampunk Spells black cog on the cream background (left over from the pad)

Tools you will need for both items

  • Glue (Collal all purpose glue or Pinflair glue will do fine) - or 
  • Roller tape adhesive - there are many options out there - I use either the Crafters' Companion Double sided adhesive tape or C&C Tape Roller
  • Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper (Deco) - optional - see here for stockist
  • Crop-a-dile eyelet setter tool - see here for stockist (I have bought it from Handy Hippo and eyelet!
  • Raffia or Bakers Twine 
  • Liquid Pearls - White opal (optional)

Steampunk Spells pad of 12x12ins double sided cardstock 24 sheets
I have lots of ideas but the "plainer" patterned paper made me think a bit harder - then it came to me that they would be ideal to cover an A5 pad - luckily I had an A5 Pukka Project hardback pad spare and thought they would do nicely!

It is a problem however, if you do want to do more than a couple as there are only 2 sheets of this cardstock in the pad and I have had trouble finding any more.

Graphic45 - it would be really useful if you could consider producing a CD/DVD of your artwork so that we can produce more of the designs we like - especially here in the UK where I cannot find anyone else selling this pad in the 12"x12" size (I bought the 1st lot from Create & Craft TV but they don't seem to be doing that size any more..

  • Anyway, I know you should probably measure the paper to fit the covers but what I have done is put some adhesive tape or glue along the edges of the front cover and placed the paper on it and then cut it to fit it! I then did the same for the back cover.
  • Once the glue has dried (if you've used it), then I added some contrasting tape - I used Washi tape as it lets you see the pattern underneath it. (There are lots of other varieties available - some plain and some patterned - you can find a selection from Handy Hippo
  • I have then added some black and gold zig zag peel off stickers (or any other ones you may have) around the edges adding a border to it on both the front and back so it matches.
  • Then, I have used the letters you find on the Graphic45 Steampunk Spells Alphabet stickers to make the words MY NOTES (but you can obviously choose whatever sentiments you like).
  • Finally, when you are completely satisfied with the way it looks, you can add some Liquid Pearls (or even self adhesive ones) in each of the corner on the front cover - though with the first you must wait a few hours before it has hardened!

Now to make the bookmark...

  • Either use a precut bookmark (I have used the plain white one from Craft Creations or cut out some plain cardstock to 51x178mm
  • Then cover it in the remaining card that you have used for the pad - once again I have made sure that the card is matching the left hand side and the bottom of the bookmark  and glued/stuck it.
  • Once it is secure, I then cut the remaining sides to fit
  • I then added a strip of the black and gold ziz zag border peel off stick on the bottom of the bookmark to add a bit of interest.
  • You can then use the Crop-a-Dile Corner chomper so that the top have slightly more interesting corners but you can keep it plain - but if you do use one, then please make sure you do it after you have stuck the paper on!
  • Once you have done this, then mark lightly with a pencil on the back where you want the hole to go and use your Crop-a-dile and punch your hole (you could also use one hole from a normal punch) and then fix an eyelet (colour of your choice) to it - if you don't have an Eyelet setter then you can just fix it with a pen... (see a great video from Stamp.TV here as to how to do it)
  • Then add whatever sentiment you want - I have used a Happy Birthday one but it could be anything!
  • Finally you can use raffia or ribbon to add that extra touch...
And there you go - a matching Pad and bookmark set that I think would be a lovely gift for anyone!

NB - you could also add a matching ballpoint pen if you want - by taking some of the matching paper and undoing the barrel and placing it inside - this is a bit fiddly but would look lovely!

Also, I have just had another thought - you could also cover a strip of card 80x120mm with the paper and stick 3 sides of it to the front of the pad and put the MY NOTES on that instead  and then put the bookmark inside it so that it is secure!

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