Holiday paper craft, pt. 1: Notebooks

Witness messy desk in action. Holidays are always a great time of year for messy desk! I’ve tried to beautify messy desk for you, here. At its height, there are things of all kinds flying around — lists under pencils under ribbon under yarn. And that is how I like it — a sign that things are happening.

Recently, I’ve started making a few little handmade notebooks. I’m not sure why. But I love the idea of putting pages together (“binding”), then giving them a colourful cover. The books are tiny — small enough to fit in a hand or a purse, and perfect for jotting down wayward, passing, and therefore precious things. I simply use spare printer paper, cut it to size, add a cardstock cover, then fold and staple it all in the center. I apply a bit of masking tape to the spine to reinforce things and add a handsome blue edge.

Then my favourite part: designing a notebook cover. After doodling, I settled on these flowers using colour pencils. I never tire of the colours which, together, make me feel a little lighter — the drawing showcases flowers and colours at their most comedic, I think. So, a few notebooks and a card later…

Other than these notebooks, I have otherwise been busy making cards, cards, cards. I’ll look forward to a post on those soon. Until next time, happy making to you!

Earth laughs in flowers.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Holidays!

It looks like Christmas is just around the corner. This one really crept up on me (it always does, but I’m usually a little better prepared!). We are leaving today to spend the weekend south of Chicago with A’s relatives. I’m, of course, bringing my latest work-in-progress with me – a purple cartridge belt ribbed scarf for my friend, R.J. Yep. Still working on it (but past the halfway point now). I’m looking forward to catching up with A’s family and getting some more rows on that scarf.

In the meantime,
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Whatever your plans, Knitting Panda and I hope that the next days find you warm, stuffed with treats, and in the presence of your very nearest and dearest.

Season’s Greetings and Merry Christmas!character-8

 

P.S.: I am working on a little backstory post about ‘Knitting Panda’ in the coming days. Stay tuned, and stay warm!