Monday 27 August 2012

H2H Challenge: Back to School

As August comes to a close, the challenge over at H2H is to create a project for back-to-school.  I decided to create a covered notepad, as I thought this would make a nice gift to the teacher at the start of the year.

I used up the very last of my retired Typeset paper pack, however this project could just as easily be made with the all-new Scholastic paper pack.  I purchased a 5" by 8" pad of paper, and simply created a folder to hold it.  The back flap has a pocket that the cardboard backing of the pad fits into, and the front flap has an inner pocket as well.  After a lot of scoring and folding to create the folder, I simply embellished the front, and voila!


To create the folder, I started with a sheet of Kraft, cut at 8 1/4" by 11".  Along the 11" edge, I scored it at 5 3/8" and 5 5/8".  This created the basic folder.  To create the pocket on the back flap, I started with a sheet of Kraft cut at 6" by 8 3/4".  I scored this sheet at 5 3"8 and 8 1/4" respectively.  I trimmed 1/4" off the top, and adhered it to the back flap using the folds for adhesive.  This way, the cardboard back of the pad slips easily into this pocket.  To make the pocket on the inside of the front flap, I used a 6x6" piece of Kraft, scored at 5 3/8" and 5 1/2", and again adhered it using the folds.

It was mostly trial and error, as I wasn't working from any kind of template, but I like how it turned out.  If my directions aren't making sense, and you are interested in trying to create a similar folder, please contact me and I will answer your questions.

CTMH Products used to create this layout include:
Papers: Typeset (retired), Kraft and Creme Brulee cardstock
Stamps: Typeset WOTG stampset, Blue Ribbon
Inks: Black and Juniper
Embellishments: Vineyard Berry Pleated Ribbon (retired), Black Waxy Flax (Z1089), Evergreen Cork Shapes (Z1719), Black Opaque Gems (Z1335)
Other: Cricut AP Cartridge (Z1686)

For more inspiration, head on over to H2H and check out the fabulous artwork created this week by my fellow Design Team B members, or click on their links here: Haley, Angel, Nancy, Dorothy and Dania.

If you want to play along, here is what you need to do...
  1. Use mostly Close To My Heart products, though it doesn't have to be 100%.  
  2. Create a project for back to school.
  3. Post your project to your blog or other online gallery. 
  4. Link your blog post to this challenge at H2H.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I love to read your comments, so please let me know what you think.  Happy scrapping!


  1. I LOVE this card Cheryl. The colours and papers work so well together, you have a real eye for putting them together. :)

  2. Perfect gift idea! It looks amazing. I like the details, especially the ribbon.

  3. You did an amazing job, any teacher would be proud to be given this notepad as a gift!