Thursday, August 12, 2010

Guest Blog by Lain Ehmann!

I am beyond excited to introduce today's guest blogger! She is none other then superstar scrapbooker Lain Ehmann! She is the genius behind the Layout a Day workshop I joined in May and! Lain always leaves me inspired and this post is no different!! Enjoy!!!

Well, I don't know how things are going at your house, but around here, we're gearing up for back-to-school. On one hand, that makes me pretty excited (I get my life back!). But on the other hand, it makes me more than a little nervous. We've got to clean out the dressers. We've got to buy new shoes. We've got to get twelve 6-packs of washable gluesticks. We've got to order books, order backpacks, order lunchboxes. Where is my notepad??

Ahhh... here it is!

And here's how you can create a super-cute notebook to collect all your end-of-summer, back-to-school errands and notes.

1. Grab a plain ole' notepad. Mine was 5x8, and it was even half-used-up! Doesn't matter. We'll make it cute. ;)

2. Trim a piece of patterned paper or cardstock to slightly longer than your notepad (in my case, I trimmed it to 5x9").

3. Adhere the "extra" flap of the patterned paper over the top and to the back of your notepad. Use lots of adhesive!!! (I don't recommend using a gluestick -- especially the washable ones you bought for your kids' school supplies!)

4. This is what the back will look like. Not too exciting, but hey, it's the BACK!

5. Crease the top of your cover so that it will flip up easily.

6. Start embellishing! I used my scallop border punch to create a cute little edge.

7. Keep embellishing! I added a bottom strip of patterned paper, some ribbon, a button/paper flower, and some letters. It's adorable, if I do say so myself!

8. Make your notes. Go shopping. Breathe deeply. Smile. Ahhh... isn't that nice?

About the author: Lain Ehmann is a blogger (and scrapbooker) who dedicates herself to educating and liberating scrapbookers via online inspiration, education, and fun. For a copy of her Super-Secret Fast Scrapbooking tips, visit her at


Toni said...

Well Danielle and of couse Miss Lain.. Love the blog and already finished two note pads and just love it !!! Happy two years Danielle this is going to be a even better tear for you and your blog I just can feel it.. Happy scrapping..

Ruth(y) said...

I'm not into scrapbooking or anything creative, unless I can purchase it already made or have a friend make it (hint, hint Danielle), but I do love this post and this is totally something I would do. It reminds of having to cover our textbooks in elementary school with paperbags to preserve the. It's simple and very cute. Great post!

Rosann said...

how cool is this Dani? I'd love to have Lain on my blog :)

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I live in Champions Gate, FL with my husband and our four fur babies (3 cats and 1 dog)I spend my time either being creative or trying to get the creative juices flowing. I love to cook, go for swims and take the dog for long walks.