Monday, November 25, 2013

inspiration monday


 this jumbled up paper mess is my "inspiration file".  and that rubber band holds it all together.  nice, huh?  it started out as a moleskine cahier,  but as soon as i filled it with favorite quotes, the notebook began to morph into a holder for little bits of paper and other ephemera.
 anyway, i was looking through it the other day…..





 and i came across an article i tore out of a family circle magazine…..back in 2005!  i was so inspired by it at the time, that i had placed a sticky note on it with an idea for a little accordion booklet.  fast forward eight years :)) , and i decided it was about time to put my idea into action!





first, i cut out ten "pages" using this pocket gift tag die and my cuttlebug, along with some scrapbook papers by heidi grace.  then i folded up the bottom flap and glued the side tabs to create a pocket at the bottom of the tag.





next, i turned the "pages" over and joined them together with a piece of washi tape.
(i taped an acrylic block to my cutting mat to help keep the bottom edges lined up.) 





once all the pages were taped together, i had an instant accordion booklet!





to create my little "rejoice tags" for the pockets, i cut out rectangles from a piece of striped vellum and wrote things i'm thankful for onto each one using a pitt artist pen.





once i had lettered ten tags, i stapled a piece of ribbon to the top edge, and glued a number onto each one.  





the only thing left to do was make a front and back cover!  i used the same die-cut, but this time i trimmed off the pocket at the bottom.  then i created a title on coordinating paper.





next, i placed a sheer ribbon on top of the cover, and used foam dots to attach the title over the ribbon. after adding some black and white baker's twine to the top of the pages, i attached the front and back covers to the rest of the booklet using the same washi tape method.






lastly, i tucked my little tags into each pocket, and eight years later, my project is finally complete!!  woo hoo!  definitely a reason to rejoice!!  :))


{supplies:  heidi grace scrapbook paper, cuttlebug, memory box pocket gift tag die, ribbon, vellum paper, tombow mono multi glue,  pitt pens, 6 B graphite pencil, washi tape, baker's twine, foam tape} 






20 comments:

Julie Steed said...

I love little projects like these. The bright, cheery colors you used will surely invite you to open it and count your blessings regularly. :)

marie said...

What a wonderful idea....I'd have clipped it out of the magazine too! It's so nice to have a reminder to 'rejoice' close by. Very pretty!

Debs M said...

wow, love this x

roc said...

i had to giggle when i saw lindt chocolate with sea salt. that's a staple in our house, too!

Ophelia said...

I absolutely love this!!!

Jeanette said...

Lori!
I LOVE, LoVe, love this idea!!! You captured the sweetest sentiments in such a beautiful, creative way. Your lettering is fabulous, as always, love the colors of the paper and when you've got washi tape and baker's twine - count me in! :)
You've also given me ideas on how to save my "ideas".
Counting the blessing of you, your blog and the endless inspiration you share with us!
Hugs,
Jeanette

Karen Matthews said...

Love it, just what I needed right before Thanksgiving!!!!! 10 reasons to rejoice!
Thx
Karen

Createology said...

Now this really makes me smile. How thankful and joyful all these little blessings are in such a bright cheerful booklet. Eight years is quite the gestation period. How fun you went through your inspiration folder. Happy Thanksgiving and Chocolate Bliss Dear...

angela said...

That is so so so awesome! I probably told you this already but your sense of gratitude is an inspiration in itself!

Isabel said...

I love this nice idea. Beautiful tags! Kisses.

Martina Visnjic art said...

Wow, beautiful idea. Love it!

Cynthia Schelzig said...

oh what a gorgeous accordian tag book.....fabulous idea!!

Sandi Keene said...

Love this!

ellie said...

i think that '10 reasons to rejoice' should be the thanksgiving version of the 12 days of christmas! really adorable!

Erica said...

Love, Love, Love, Love this!! Did I mention I loved this?! So cute!

Mayte clay said...

I like very, very much. Fantastic idea!!

Glòria Vivas said...

Ufff, it's fabulous!
I love it!
Wonderful!
Kisses

Consie @ AtopSerenityHill.com said...

This is just beautiful. What a great gift it would make!

Voegelchen said...

Love this! And your not alone with unfinished idees, I have a basket full of projects waiting under my desk :-) Lately I created an Adventcalendar out of a muffincookingpan (or however this is called in english) that I bought two years ago.

Melissa @ Sweet As Texas Honey said...

Just fabulous. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I love to see the wonderful ways other people show gratitude for the blessings in their lives. Well done!

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