Sunday, June 7, 2009

Top Note Pocket Tutorial

As a teacher, this time of year is full of good-byes and reflection. I am the coordinator of the after school program at my school and have a fantastic staff of teachers who spend 2 extra hours a night at school to keep  my students off the streets. I wanted to do something some special for them, and designed this:

I've been accused of giving too much candy, so I decided to give little treats for next year--pens, post-its, paper clips, etc! The basic idea of this came from a swap my upline had after cruise. I don't have the name of the original designer. I designed mine to close, which makes it a bit different than the original. 

Want to make one?

First, decided on the paper you want to use, etc. 

You will need:
Big Shot
Top Note Die
Sticky Strip
Paper Snips
Bone Folder and ruler
Embellishments (I used the 5 petal flower punch, oval scallop punch, oval punch, fresh favorite buttons)

Step 1: Cut your base paper 4 1/4 by 9 inches and 4 1/4 and 5 1/2 inches. 

Step 2: Fold the 4 1/4 by 9 inch piece in half and place on Top Note die so that the fold is at the bottom of the shape, but won't get cut off. This picture might help:

Step 3: Use the Top Note die to cut another Top Note out of the other piece of cardstock. Adhere this to the unfolded piece. Placement is hard to explain, so hopefully, this picture helps.

Step 4: Cut a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 piece of designer series paper and cut a Top Note out of it.  Trim along the perforation to create a layer. Adhere to inside Top Note. 

Step 5: Use a ruler and the bonefolder to create a score line across the tips of the Top Note flap. 

Step 6: Use sticky strip on the sides of the Top Note inside to seal shut.

Step 7:  Tie a ribbon around the top, where the note curves. You can slide it carefully off when needed.

Step 8: Stamp before inserting anything! Embellish as desiered.

By the way, I am submitting this for this week's """>Diva Coffee Break Design Challenge  #130. Be sure to check out the other submissions by clicking on the link!



  1. This is great! I love that it closes, and I love your directions! :) I will definately have to make one!

  2. Very neat idea. Thanks for the tutorial. Also I am glad you joined in with our design team and played along with us.

  3. What a super idea! I'm going to have to try that one!

  4. Very nice, interesting, and thanks for sharing the instructions :)

  5. Great tutorial-TFS! I am sure the teachers will love this gift. I haven't seen anything like this before using the Top Note die- very clever and original!


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