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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mini Notebook for your Purse

With Halloween over (Happy Halloween!) I find Christmas is on my mind (nevermind Thanksgiving, I guess). In fact, my husband and I have a plan this year to get all of our Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving. So, I decided I needed to get organized. I found tiny composition notebooks at Target (2 for .99). I wanted something to carry around in my purse to write down gift ideas and gifts bought for everyone on our list.

I followed my tutorial on covering notebooks in fabric. This time though, I found it easier to paint the notebooks white to cover up the black and yellow swirled design.

Trim the fabric. This is a great project to use up those fabric scraps!

Trim the head n bond.

Iron the heat n bond to the fabric.

Peel back and iron on the notebook.

Trim the edges.

Iron over it one more time. Nice and slow on the edges. And there you have it- a mini notebook that will fit right into your purse. You could use it for grocery lists, thoughts, phone numbers, anything!

I will like to these parties this week.


  1. ohmylanta. I was JUST thinking about this tonight! I was thinking of writing a post specifically about not being ashamed to start doing Christmas-y stuff even though it's not even Thanksgiving! I even just bought new handsoaps from b&bw's to put in the guest bathroom for Christmas! And I have a list going on my desktop of homemade ideas for the family this year. Woohoo!

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  3. I found you project linked to Craftastic Monday. This is a wonderful method. I had no idea you could use that heat'n bond stuff to adhere fabric to paper. Thank you for posting this.

  4. love it! what great stocking stuffers too!

  5. These notebooks are so cute! Love them!

  6. Hi, Courtney! Great idea, what cute books! Thanks for the tip on painting white first.

  7. Love this! I've always used paper and have NEVER even considered fabric. Duh! These would be great gifts to have on hand for those just in case gift emergencies!

  8. very cute! I made a notebook for my purse, but mod podged paper on, and it lasted a while, but now is peeling off. I think this might hold up a bit better!

  9. Cute! Notebooks are great to craft with!

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  11. Courtney, adorable, these are so cute!!

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  12. I love this idea! Especially since it uses small quantities of fabric! Love scrap projects!

  13. Courtney,
    I'm always in need of a notebook, this will be ideal.

    I am inviting you to share your talent at our blow out linking party.
    Thank you,

  14. What a cute idea! This would be wonderful gifts to make!

  15. These would make perfect stocking stuffers! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Cute! I have a stack of those little books staring at me as I type this. Been wondering what to do with them. Now I know! Thanks for sharing.
    Suzie @

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  19. Very cute idea! Love that you made them personal and one of a kind by picking your own fabric. I love carrying notebooks around because you never know when you need to jot down something!~

  20. Cute little notebooks and a nice clear tutorial! Thanks for linking to A Round Tuit this week! Hope you have a great weekend!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  21. Very cute. I love the fabric. This would be fun to individualize for my kids when we're at restaurants, etc. Thanks for such a wonderful idea!

  22. Great idea for all those "little" gift obligations -- I might try it with some patchwork as well. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  25. That is so adorable. What a chic looking notebook to be able to carry around. Great tutorial too!

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