I dusted off my Rubicoil (coil binding machine) today.  It’s been a while since I made a notebook and I had a request from one of my co-workers who will be taking his young daughter on a road trip over Easter break.  She loves to draw/doodle and he wanted a special notebook made just for her (I made him one last year – guess it was a hit!).  He also specified that it should be purple and pink with flowers.  I have just the patterned paper for the job!

The “client” is pre-school age and the book will probably be full by the time they arrive at their destination so it also needs to be sturdy.  Adding delicate embellishments wouldn’t make sense for this project.  I did, however, take a few extra minutes to add a pencil holder to the front of the notebook and thought I’d share the process with you.

I’ll show you a picture of the finished book first so you can see what I mean when I say I’ve added a pencil holder.  It also means you can stop reading after that point if you are not interested in my mini-tutorial:

As you can see, the pencil holder is a simple ribbon loop.  It’s not difficult to do but it’s important to keep a few things in mind if you want the pencil to stay in place and if you want the user to be able to put the pencil back in the loop when they want to.

Step 1:

Place some Scor-tape (or fairly strong two-sided tape) on the back of a piece of ribbon…I deliberately placed my tape so the blue flowers would be hidden as they didn’t match my notebook pattern very well:

Step 2:

Remove the backing and wrap the ribbon around the pen or pencil you want to use.  Be sure to wrap it relatively tight but leave a little wiggle room so the pencil can slide in and out. (the blue flower in the picture will be hidden eventually):

Step 3:

Using more strong two-sided tape, adhere the ribbon to the edge of the mat you are using for your stamped image.  I placed my ribbon a little higher than the middle of the mat to make sure my pencil wasn’t going to hang over the edge of my notepad when I was finished.  Adhere a second piece of two-sided tape on top of the ribbon to make sure there is a strong bond to the stamped image when you attach it.

Step 4:

Attach the stamped image to the mat.  As you can see in the picture below, the “offensive” blue flower has been covered up and I’m left with a small ribbon loop to hold my glittery pencil.  You can also see that I went “outside the lines” with my watercolouring on Anya’s hair but my little client won’t mind. (I do sometimes go outside the lines when I colour…I don’t worry too much about it as it’s part of the beauty of a handmade item.)

I’m repeating a picture of the finished product just so you don’t have to scroll back to the top…I’ll also share a few project details at the end:

I used K&Co Kazoo patterned paper.  This was a really fun pack that they put out just before Valentine’s Day.  There are lots of great double-sided, kid-friendly patterns in this pack.

The pencil was from Wal-Mart – a left-over from my Valentine Treats.

I used Doodlebug glitter on the crown and wand and the colouring is hybrid – copic markers for the skin tones and SU reinkers for the dress/hair.  I currently use watercolour paper for my images but will have to switch to something more suited to copic markers when I have enough for everyday colouring.

I hope my co-worker’s little princess enjoys her book!