Formerly: Back-To-School Bargain, Now: Designer Notebook

Who doesn’t love a good sale? These spiral notebooks were $0.01 each in the back-to-school bargains last fall, and I couldn’t resist adding them to my “stamp-ables” collection.

Recently I posted one idea for covering the spiral, and here’s another suggestion: create a flexible spine by breaking all the cardstock fibers.

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“Whaaa?” Don’t worry, I hear you 🙂

The trick with card stock is that it wants to crease when it bends, rather than being flexible, like fabric would be. But because Stampin’ Up! card stock is so high-quality, you can actually get a material that acts more like fabric than card stock.

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To get your card stock “fabric”, you are basically going to work your cardstock back and forth to break up the fibers in the cardstock and allow them to flex against each other. Not sure what I’m talking about? Just try it… you’ll see 🙂 All you need to do is run your card stock through the Paper Crimper about 4-5 times. You can smooth out the crimps if you want (as I did here) but the fibers will be much more flexible, and perfect for the flexible spine here.

100310-faux-suede-detailWhat else can you do with card stock “fabric”? You can make Faux Suede!! Yup, just keep working your cardstock back and forth (I like to run it against the edge of my Bone Folder, as if I were using that curling ribbon stuff you put on presents). When the edges of the card stock begin to separate, gently peel them apart. You’ll end up with two pieces of suede-looking paper.

My flowers here are punched from Faux Suede pieces.

100310-glitter-detailFinally, I wanted to add a little bling to my notebook. Here’s where the Sticky Cuts Letters and the Fine Cosmo Stampin’ Glitter come in! The letters are a double-sided adhesive sheet, and super-easy to use. Just peel the backing, stick the letter, peel the top sheet and dump on the glitter.

Finally, the beautiful brocade design on the notebook front was created with the Kind Thoughts Brocade stencil from the Definitely Decorative catalog supplement. These stencils are a great way to cover large areas in a snap.

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