The kids love having new ways to carry their valentines. It is even more fun to have a cool delivery method. A few years ago we made large envelopes to go on the backs of the kid’s classroom chairs and each child delivered their cards and goodies by dropping the treats into each persons envelope. This year Continue reading →
When I was in school I took an Origami class. The teachers thought it would be a fun way to learn about another culture; it was. It was also an awesome-cool way to learn to fold the notes we passed during class. This was of course before the days of cell phones and text messaging. I still use the skill today and decided to share some of it with you for valentines notes.
I have to different size notes for you the first is a lined sheet of 11.5″ x 8.5″
I used the poem from the movie 10 Things I Hate About You.
“I hate the
way you talk to me,
and the way you cut your hair.
I hate the way you drive my car.
I hate it when you stare.
I hate your big dumb combat boots,
and the way you read my mind.
I hate you so much it makes me sick,
it even makes me rhyme. I hate it,
I hate the way your always right.
I hate it when you lie.
I hate it when you make me laugh,
even worse when you make me cry.
I hate it when you’re not around,
and the fact that you didn’t call.
But mostly I hate the way
I don’t hate you.
Not even close,
not even a little
bit, not even
Fold in half along the 11.5″ side to find the center.
Fold the corners into the center line to make a triangle.
Fold the bottom edge up to meet the bottom of the triangle.
Fold each side in to meet at the center line. This forms the sides of the envelope.
Fold the top down to form the envelope closure tab. You can seal it with a piece of tape or sticker.
The second sheet of paper is a 12″ x 12″ sheet of scrap-book paper. Follow the same steps as above.
I used lines from Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
“You have bewitched me
body and soul
and I Love, I Love
I Love You.
I never wish to be parted from you,
from this day forth.”
12″ x 12″ paper
Fold to center
Fold up to bottom of triangle
Fold side 1 in
Fold side 2 in
Super fun folded note tutorial from H and P Artistry. This is a fun way to fold love notes and leave them around the house for your loved one to find.
Next week I look forward to sharing heart-shaped place mats, a valentine table runner, and felt valentine envelopes.
Part 2 of the journal series is the Homemade journal. My nieces are going to love these monogrammed Journals. It takes a little lime to complete the journals but the time is well worth the final outcome. The design is super simple and the process is easy to complete. The Kiddo even helped on this one.
16.5″ x 10″ piece of vinyl fabric (leather or fabric with heavy interfacing works great.)
20″ piece of ribbon for closure (you will cut the ribbon to size once finished)
1 buckle (you can omit the buckle if using vinyl or leather)
Paper – I used a 12″ x 9″ sketch paper.
basic sewing supplies, you can use a machine or hand sew.
Step 1 – Paper prep
I used a sketch book for my paper because it is a more heavy weight and has a better feel. The down side is having to tear each peace from the pad. tearing 3 at a time worked 5 not so much.
Organize into groups of 10 sheets.
Fold each 10 sheet group in half. This makes a booklet of 20 pages. 9″ x 6″
I made 60 sheet journals by clipping 3 folded sets together. The clips keep the pages together and the crease well defined. If you make a few journals at a time grouping the page sets together makes keeping the projects organized easier.
Measure the width of the page set for an exact measure of the spine. I used a generic 1″ spine to allow for a pin and whatever else the girls may carry in the journal.
Step 2 – Placement and sewing
Use 1 of your page sets to decide on spine placement. I measured .5″ from the outer edges to the raw paper edges.
Using chalk I marked the spine edge and the corners to help with placement later.
I marked 1″ over from the spine edge to define the full spine space.
Test the spine and closure fold. Decide if you want the flap on the right or left of the journal. I decided on the left.
For an added detail you can add a curve to the corners. Use a curved object and mark the curve then cut carefully.
Step 3 – stitch pages
You can work from right to left or left to right of the spine.
I lined my paper fold up to the right spine chalk mark. Open the set keeping the center line on the chalk line.
I used painters tape on both sides of the paper to keep it in place.
There are 2 ways to stitch the paper in place.
1. Set your machine to the longest straight stitch and carefully stitch the sheets in place. Remember to back stitch.
Tip: a zipper foot works really well to keep the lines straight, especially when adding the next few sets of paper.
2. Hand stitch the paper in place. This is a little harder because you may need to use a hammer and a nail to preset the stitching holes. Use an extra large needle or leather needle to stitch the paper in place. Make sure the stitches are equal distance apart and you may want to stitch over a few times to make sure the paper is secure. Hand stitching looks beautiful on the outer spine.
Hand stitching is around 2 or 3 inches apart while machine stitching is much closer together.
Line up the next bundle and tape in place. If using a zipper foot the page lines up quite well. Continue with the same stitching process.
Step 4 – closure
There are 2 closure options for a buckle style. Use a button buckle or cut 2 parallel 1″ slits in the cover for the ribbon to go through.
I choose 2″ in from the edge of the inner cover and the center point.
You can machine stitch or hand sew the buckle in place. I tried it both ways and it worked either way. Be careful when stitching with your machine (close zig zag stitch). If the needle hits the buckle the needle will break.
To attach the closure ribbon or cording fold under the raw edge and stitch it in place. Make sure you line it up with the buckle and pin in place.
To close the Journal
Slide the ribbon through the buckle and wrap it around the journal. Slide the ribbon back through the buckle for extra security. Trim the ribbon to fit.
I embroidered an initial but you can leave it solid and it is elegant and beautiful. You could sew on a patch, buttons or decoration. You can also cover the inside cover by gluing in an end paper. I have not tested out glues because I decided to leave the inside as is. You could also stitch in end papers jut make sure the stitches are even and straight because they show on the outside.