Thursday, September 2, 2010

Take Note!! It's Hip Hop Time!

Hip Hop!!!

Thanks for stopping by the Ippity blog to complete the Unity and Ippity DT Blog Hop for this week!  If you didn't start out from the Unity blog, please go there now so you won't miss any of the creations that the girls have made for you today!!  

Click HERE to go to the Unity Blog now!

It's Kelly again today and I am back with a follow up post and Tutorial related to my Hippity Hop Post on Monday!  Remember this project I showed you for our Back To School Hippity Hop Challenge (IHHC39)?  

Before it was adorned with Ippity stamps from the House a Home and Quotes a la Happy stamp sets, along with some cute paper, it started off looking like this...

This notepad holder was purchased from Michael's a while back, but I was able to figure out a way to recreate it and I wanted to share it with you!  They are so easy to make!  And the best part about it all is that they are very affordable to make too!!

I went to my local Staples Office Supply Store and found the notepads (3x5) and mini pens in sets of 12 each and my total bill at the store was only $12.07.  So that's basically $1 per Notepad/Pen set.  (Plus the cost of any embellishments you add to them!)  So that is very affordable!!!  Right??

How would you like to learn to make one of these from scratch?  

Are you ready to get started??

Here is the list of supplies you will need...

  • Scratch pad and mini pen
  • Kraft cardstock or Designer Paper (1 sheet of 8.5 x 11)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Score Pal (or score blade for your trimmer)
  • Glue stick 
  • Red line adhesive
  • Exacto knife
  • Ippity stamps and embellishments of your choosing

Step 1:  Cut the long edge of your cardstock at 5 1/8th (5.125) inches.  (If you want to stamp directly onto your paper, now would be a good time to do that.  Or you can add embellishments after it is completed.

Step 2:  Place the long edge of your trimmed paper at the top left hand corner of your ScorPal and score it at the 3in., 3.5in., 4in., and 7.5in. marks.

Step 3:  Fold the score marks you just created.  Make a valley fold at the 3in mark, a peak fold at the 3.5in mark, a valley fold at the 4in mark and a peak at the 7.5in mark.

Step 4:  Create the slot that will hold the pen.  From the top of the Notepad holder, measure down 1 inch and cut a slit between the fold lines at 3in and 4in.  Now cut another slit as before 1 3/4in from the top.

Step 5:  Reverse the fold on the section you just created with the slits.  This creates the section that the pen will slip onto.

Step 6:  With the right side facing up and the front flap at the far right, place adhesive on the section at the far left.

Step 7:  Fold the flap (following the valley fold up and onto the middle section.  You now have a reinforced bottom with two layers of paper.

Step 8:  Turn the Notepad Holder over so you are looking at the inside now.  Using red line tape, place a strip all the way up the inner spine closest to the base section.  Cut away the portion of tape where the slot is.  Remove the backing and fold the spine onto the base of the Notepad Holder.

Step 9:  On the back of the pad of paper, apply three lines of red line adhesive.

Step 10:  Remove the adhesive backing off the red line tape and affix the paper pad to the inside of the Notepad Holder's base.

Step 11:  Fold the front flap over the paper to close the front cover.  Insert the pen into the holder.

Step 12:  
Decorate your Notepad Holder 
with Ippity stamps!!

Here is how I decorated my new Notepad Holder.  To see the details of my project, please visit my personal blog.  I made this for my neighbor and good friend Lisa!!  I am looking forward to gifting many of these Notepad holders! They are the perfect teacher gift or even stocking stuffer!  I hope you will give this easy project a try.  And let us see what you do to decorate yours when you do!!

Ippity products used on this project...

Just Wanted to Say stamp set
(frame and sentiment)
Echo Park paper
(Life is Good)

Need some Ippity stamps?
Click on the link below to get some!!

Locate an Ippity Chick!


  1. What an awesome Hip (Blog) Hop!! All the projects were beautiful! Great job! :)

  2. Seriously this is an amazing project thank so much for sharing!!!

  3. I love this. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  4. GREAT tutorial KellY!!! The step by step was so easy to follow and WOW what a great priced mini gift :)

  5. I just love the notebook and what a great tutorial. I have to add this to my list to try.

  6. I love this and it is a great tutorial and I will have to try it, I think that it would look very nice by the phone better than what I have

  7. So pretty! Thank you so much for the instructions! I see teachers gifts with this one!

  8. this is too cute! Fantastic tutorial!

  9. kelly, thanks for taking the time to show us this cute note pad!

  10. Awesome I am making one of these this weekend.. oh maybe 3..!! Thanks for the brillant idea.

  11. What a fun project Kelly..thanks for the tutorial!

  12. Ohhh..this is just awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the tutorial...I have to try making one, too..what a fabulous Christmas gift for someone, too!!!

  13. Kelly---you are sooooooooooo clever! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I have got to bookmark this:) LOVE IT!

  14. I just have to try it Kelly and your tutorial is totally easy to follow!!! Both projects are so differnt in style, yet they both so ROCK!!!

  15. THANK YOU KELLY!!!! Love this tutorial and will definitely have to make some of these!

  16. Really great, thanks for sharing this!

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