Monday, April 7, 2014

Create an "Elegant" Notebook with Top Dog Dies!

Authentique Paper and Top Dog Dies are teaming up over the next week to bring you tons of inspiration using Authentique Paper and Top Dog Dies products!


After you check out the projects here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the Top Dog Dies blog to find out what the talented members of their Design Team have in store for you today!

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Hello!  Shellye along with a different take on the standard card die. For my project, I've used Top Dog Dies' A2 Card #1 Die to create a rather handy and elegant notebook.

Notebooks make great little gifts to have on hand...and they're so easy and quick to put together.  Here's a look at the die that I've used:

I started by cutting the shape from a mat board, although any type of heavy chipboard would work just fine.  Next, cut two different patterned papers from the Classique: Elegant Collection using the same die.  
Cut all pieces along the score lines so that you have three different sections for the mat board and patterned papers. Set aside.

First we will assemble the bottom flap of the notebook.  Have the rectangular base and one rounded piece of mat board on hand. For the bottom flap: cut a strip of paper the same width as the mat board and at least 1" high.  Score at the 1/4" and 3/4" marks and fold as shown above.  Adhere the scored flaps to the base of the mat board and the bottom flap of the matboard.  

Next, adhere the die-cut papers to the mat board pieces.  I found that using my Xyron Creative Station worked perfectly for this.Punch holes along the top pieces (as shown above) using a Cinch or Bind-It-All.
Cut notebook paper or copy paper to fit the inside of the notebook; punch matching holes at the top of the papers. Bind together with a metal or plastic comb.




With the pieces assembled, we now have a bound notebook!

For the front, I used Top Dog Dies' Heart Doily Dies and the Classique: Elegant papers.  One of the Components' stickers sits in the middle, followed by flowers from Petaloo.  
Authentique Products: Classique: Elegant- Elegant Five Paper; Elegant Eleven Paper; Foundations2 Paper; Petite Type Stickers; Components 6X12 Stickers

Top Dog Dies: A2 Card Die #1 TW0001; Heart Doily Die


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Be sure to check back through Friday for more project inspiration! We have an Authentique Prize Pack to give away to one of our lucky commenters (please leave unique comments!)

Also, make sure you stop by the Top Dog Dies Facebook Page and tell them Authentique Paper sent you!
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32 comments:

  1. Gorgeous notebook, love the color palette and all the layers!!!

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  2. WOW, What a beautiful project. I love the colors/patterns and paper, I am such an addict!! Oh so "Elegant".

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  3. Wendy Sue sent me over - but I'm here all the time. Love the blue and black combined. Makes a very bold statement. Great album.

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  4. Gorgeous project! The colors, the pattern. Just beautiful.

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  5. I agree that notebooks make great gifts. Thanks for sharing this pretty project.

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  6. That heart is pretty and what a great project. I love the colors of the paper. This would make a fabulous present for someone!!!

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  7. I really like the blue & black with the white! The doily heart is just great looking on the front too!

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  8. I love doilies, you can make so many things with them. I also LoVe to layer things to create texture. Just love the colors! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas, I LoVe to learn new things & ideas. Thanks so much.
    Linda ;0)

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  9. Wow, this is gorgeous! Loving your project and so happy to be creating with all of you at Authentique this week!

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  10. beautiful project. Love the paper with the heart doily

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  11. What a gorgeous notebook! It's such a creative and lovely idea!

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  12. Great looking notebook.
    Fun use of the dies and
    cinch.
    Carla from Utah

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  13. This is just BEAUTIFUL!!!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    *Crafting With Creative M*

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  14. Such an elegant notebook! Never would of thought to use the card die to make a notebook.

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  15. What a beautiful album!i love the heart and the patterned paper.

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  16. Love this project!! Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

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  17. Beautiful notebook! I love the shape and details on the closure flap! Pretty paper choice too!

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  18. Wendy Sue from Top Dog Dies sent me

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  19. Love the notebook, so pretty. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  20. What a gorgeous journal to capture all our precious thoughts in! Love the Classique Elegant papers in turquoise especially!!! Makes my heart swoon!!

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  21. I always admire people who can think out of the box like using this card die and incoporate it into a notebook. The colors and embellishments are gorgeous.

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  22. Wendy Sue from Top Dog Dies sent me. :o)

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  23. This notebook is gorgeous!!!

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  24. Yah… I just don't have this "mathematical mind" to figure out how to take this die to make that gorgeous book. Wonderful!!

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  25. This would be a great easter gift for mom. I want to make this!!!!

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  26. Wow, love your project! So clever, creative and fun! It is the perfect Mother's Day gift! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  27. Fabulous gift idea, thanks so much for the step-by-steps :)

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  28. What a gorgeous notebook. I love the beautiful colour combination

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  29. That notebook is just beautiful! It would make a perfect gift!

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