For the second year, Stampin’ Up! is offering a paper product as part of its Sale-A-Bration FREE PRODUCT OFFERING. This year the paper is in a 6" x 6" pad of 72 sheets – 3 sheets each of 24 different double-sided papers. While I was in 7th Heaven last year with all the So Saffron in the 12" x 12" papers offered (I’m definitely a "yellow" person), I was not very impressed with what I saw in this year’s paper offering. For one thing, there are lots of little house and tree designs that don’t come very close to what we have here in the Hawaiian Islands. Of course, there are some Victorian houses and gardens around. But, by and large, we’re tropical in both house and garden.
Now I have a different take on the Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper Pad that’s in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog. I went ahead and ordered it with my last $50 order just to try to find something in the non-house and non-tree/leaf patterns that might be interesting. Ho-hum. NOT!!
Today I wanted to make a little booklet for a friend. But I wasn’t sure what the theme of the booklet should be. As I looked around at my newest products, I saw that paper pad and had an "A-HA!" moment! An address book!!!
And here it is. I actually had Lucy’s address list on my computer as I had been helping her out a couple of weeks ago when her printer was in need of repair. All I had to do was figure out how to get her address list on a small-ish (less than 4" x 4") size paper. As manipulating text with computer software is my career of choice, no problem!
The booklet uses Stampin’ Up!’s chipboard as a base for the cover, and I glued papers from the Welcome Neighbor Pad on it, printing "Lucy’s Addresses" on one piece with my computer’s printer. I lined the inside front and back with another design from the DSP pad, too.
Finally, I bound the booklet with a Bind-it-all binding. This is not a Stampin’ Up! product, but Stampin’ Up! does not yet offer any kind of binding product. I have a comb binder, and am just fine binding booklets with ribbons. But this just seemed to demand a sturdier binding, so I dragged out the Bind-it-all. Actually, my local scrapbook store, Island Scrapbooking, had a class on how to use the Bind-it-all last week, which made me finally decide to get my year old machine out and try it. Good thing I did, because I think I’m going to be able to show off a lot more Stampin’ Up! products now that I can use it successfully!