Hybrid Notebook

List of Supplies:

  • Electronic Digital Cutting Machine that cuts .SVG files-I used my Silhouette Cameo OR X-ACTO knife w/steel ruler
  • Medium Weight Chipboard or Heavy Cardstock
  • Deena Rutter’s Count On Me Cutting Files Vol.1  http://pixelsandcompany.com/shop/Count-On-Me-Cutting-Files-1.html
  • Scrap paper–such as copy paper or leftover pattern paper for inside of notebook
  • Ruler
  • Pattern Paper-either digital or commercially printed
  • Washi Tape (optional)
  • Ink for distressing (optional)
  • Strong Adhesive-Xyron, Scor Tape, Glossy Accents or Zip Dry (for small areas)
  • Binding Tools- Cinch, Zutter, Crop-A-Dile, book rings
  • Black pen for doodling (optional)
  • Additional embellishments as desired
  • Small heart punch (optional)

Hello, and Happy Hybrid Monday!  CT Member, Sandy, here to share with you a notebook I made using some of Deena’s Cutting Files and her paper line from My Mind’s Eye, Good Day Sunshine (the girlie version).  I had a pile of leftover printer paper from another project, and rather than throw them away, I thought I would make a small notebook with them! This project is perfect for recycling any scratch paper, even cut pieces of pattern papers would be fun to include. I would rate the difficulty level of this project as EASY, as long as you have a digital cutting machine that works with .SVG files.  If not, you can still make the base of this project with a paper trimmer or X-ACTO knife and ruler, then just add your own embelishments. Let’s get started!

Step 1:  I usually decide the size of the mini book I want first, however, in this case, I am starting with the inner pages.  To begin, I measured the papers and added 1/4″ to the top and side measurements–this is the size I need to cut my chipboard for the notebook cover.  Working in the Silhouette Studio Software, I created a rectangle with that measurement, then duplicated it so I had a front and back cover.

Step 2:  I went to my collection of Deena’s cutting files to see how I wanted to embellish the cover.  I chose the card topper, a thought bubble, the woman icon, and the stacked numbers from her Count on Me Cutting Files Vol.1 Collection.  I LOVE how versatile this kit is!

Step 3:  While still in Silhouette Studio, I resized the card topper to be the same width as my cover by using the crop tool.  Just type in the same width measurement as the cover, and the program resizes the topper to fit perfectly! *At this point it is VERY IMPORTANT that you pull the cutting files you’ve selected over on top of your cover, and rescale them to fit exactly where you want them! (f you find they slip under your cover, just right click and select “bring to front”) I completely assembled what I wanted my finished notebook cover to look like before I ever put paper on my cutting mat.  I really like dimension on my projects, so I planned to layer some chipboard pieces–the topper and the thought bubble.  Once I had the bubble sized appropriately, I used the Offset Window feature and selected internal offset to made a duplicated bubble slightly smaller for stacking.

Step 4: At this point you are ready to cut! I used a medium weight chipboard on my project.  You can buy chipboard by the sheet at your local scrapbook store (LSS), online, or do what I do sometimes…ask my LSS for the  chipboard/heavy stock pieces at the bottom of the stacks of papers they have on their display racks. You can also take the backing off a glued paper pad you may have on hand.  Place your chipboard on the cutting mat and set your blade appropriately (I needed to do a test cut to find out what that number was-for me I used 7).  Remove all cutting files from the digital mat, EXCEPT for the ones you will cut with the chipboard.  Make your cuts, then decide on which papers you would like to use for the other cutting files to complete the look of your notebook.  You’ll notice, I like to fill my page and have extra cut files on hand for extra projects.

Step 5:  Once you have selected your papers,  drag the other files back onto your digital mat and place accordingly. I selected a different paper for each thought bubble, the card topper, and the numbers.  I chose to cut 2 woman shapes to layer, using the front and back of the same sheet of paper.  Lastly, you must cut 4 pieces of paper for the front and back of each side of your notebook covers. VERY IMPORTANT!

Extra Tip:  **I’ll share a little trick with you that I do when covering chipboard.  I LOVE to put wash tape around all the edges so that you can’t see the board!  I just love the peak of color and the added durability it gives.  If I don’t use wash tape, then sometimes I will use acrylic paint to “seal” the papers to the edges of the chipboard, or you an always just use an ink pad if you don’t want to see the naked board.**

Step 6:  Once everything is cut and removed from your mat, it’s time to put it all together.  I use my  Xyron machine all the time when I am making mini books and want a full-coverage adhesive.  However, you may use any strong adhesive of your choice.  I would NOT call a glue stick strong in this case.  Just sayin’.  Ok, moving on! I trimmed a slight bit off the top and sides of each paper that is the front, back, and insides of the notebook–not only so the wash can peak through, but so that the edges of the paper are less likely to catch and lift. Adhere those papers to the chipboard.  Next, adhere your cut papers to the other pieces of chipboard you cut out previously.  Let the layering begin…

Step 7: In the case of my notebook, I attached the topper first, then placed the numbers and woman (2 papers on top of each other), glued some punched hearts on top of each other, then put the thought bubble on last.  Just for interest I used a black pen and traced around some of my shapes, and drew dashed lines.  The border on the bottom came as an embellishment in the paper kit, and I thought it would “ground” my woman and be a nice touch.  Everything should be adhered by now, right?  Good.

Step 8: Time to bind it all together.  I have a Cinch machine, so I used a 5/8″ black wire coil to hold my notebook together, but you could easily use book rings as well.

That’s it!  A notebook is a perfect gift for someone, a place to keep track of your thoughts and ideas, lists, whatever….Notice my question mark–I wonder what I will use it for?  Now it’s your turn to have fun making a notebook of your own, and please–SHARE it with us if you do!  We’d love to see it.


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