project | notes featuring Tim Holtz product

Here’s a project I created that was first seen in the Tim Holtz Idea-ology booth at CHA…

Take a $1 notebook from the craft store that has a nice thick chipboard-like cover.

Combine with your crafting stash.

Create a notebook that is all your own.


  • Avoid loose bits on the front. Use good liquid adhesive to really seal stuff down.
  • To color the edge of paper, use ink and rub along edges before decorating. I did this with tumbled glass distress ink.
  • You can apply paper to cover with dry adhesive along very edge of ALL sides, as well as center. Be generous!
  • Cut off most of the excess paper, then use sanding block to get the bits off and rough up the edges.
  • Cover inside of covers with paper when finished.
  • re-color metal with alcohol ink, paint, or embossing powder.
  • Sometimes simple is good. Especially if you use a very busy paper!

Supplies [images link to Simon Says Stamp on-line store]:

7 thoughts on “project | notes featuring Tim Holtz product”

  1. Hi May,
    This project looks so cool, but I am confused. From the picture it looks like a tin, not a notebook. Did I miss something? I love the end product, just trying to figure it out.

  2. It’s a notebook. Photos are of front and the aqua edges are pages… Knob is on front of journal…

  3. This is WONDERFUL May! I love all of it. I also love your pictures – so interesting. Keep up the very inspiring work. I love to see what you’re up to. Have a wonderful weekend! XOXO

    p.s. any luck with the Raskog??

  4. May,
    Enjoyed watching you introduce yourself for the class-Double Take. Now I will introduce myself ..I’m a first year retiree from a 25 year career in education where I was a school librarian. My name is Patricia League but I go by Patty. I have been crafting for many years-too many to count. My first love was stamping which lead into scrapbooking. From there, I have tried many other paper crafts. I love to make jewelry and knit.
    I am so excited about the class and can’t wait for it to start.
    Take care,

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