Decorated Notepads

by Lena
(Mumbai, Maharashtra, India)

Cherryblossom

Cherryblossom

Cherryblossom
Paisley
Red Fantasy
Victorian

Here are some Decorated Notepads I've made.

I am Lena, a wife of 36 years, and mother to two grown children.

My passion is art and craft and you will find me crafting whenever I am not doing housework.

First, I would like to thank Christina for encouraging me to show my art. It is quite simple as you will see.

I have used handmade paper which is a bit expensive, but is vibrant in design. You can use any good quality paper.

These are rule pads with a glossy cover, the kind that flaps over. You will need good quality wrapping paper which is not glossy and not too thin.

Measure the notepad from bottom front, over the spine and back. Cut the decorative paper to size.

Use a good adhesive and spread it over the edges of the pad front and back cover – about half inch border of glue.

Cut the paper, starting bottom front and gently but firmly smooth it over the pad. Leave to dry.

Then the fun part begins.

You take 3D metallic acrylic paints and/or 3D glitter paints and highlight the design on the front of the pad.

Use paints that come in those fine nozzled, plastic bottles. Go over the design as shown in the pictures.

Further use gems or ribbon to make it look pretty.

Either highlight most of the design as shown in “Cherryblossom” or just a part of it as in “Paisley”.

On drying completely, it will give a raised effect and also glitter or shine even more.

For “Red Fantasy”, the work was not too much. The red and gold paper says it all. I took a strip of matching paper, made slots in it with a craft knife and passed stiff gold ribbon through it, ending with a bow.

The bow must be ready to stick on. Then I stuck this strip over the design paper. The gold paper flower (the blue in it is just a reflection of light on the metallic paper) was bought from a craft store.

For the “Violets & Victorian”, I have used colour printouts which I’ve stuck over co-ordinating design paper.

The violets have been highlighted using a darker shade of purple, 3D metallic paint and a lighter shade of green for the leaves and veins.

The centres of the violets are dotted in 3D gold glitter. The purple border is part of the printout but has been lightly glittered in purple i.e., I’ve spread the 3D glitter with a paint brush so as not to give it a raised effect.

The lady’s petticoat and dress neckline have been highlighted in red 3D glitter paint “dots” as also the border around her.

That’s all there is to it. I hope I’ve not forgotten anything.

Lena


Christina says...

Wow! These Notebooks are just beautiful and I am so glad you sent them in for us to see.

Thank you also for the detailed instructions on making these Notebooks, I bet it won't be long before we all have a go at these, I know I will.

And a last thanks for the one you sent to me...it is on my desk and is used daily, and it really is very lovely.

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Feb 26, 2015
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Decorated Notepads
by: Lena

Thank you Jan. I've made many more but not half as pretty as these. You can see them on my blog lenasworksofheart.blogspot.in.

Feb 25, 2015
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Decorated notepads
by: Jan (North Wales)

Beautiful work. My favourite as always is the red and gold but they are all terrific.

Jan 17, 2011
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Fabulous
by: Shanitha

Hi Lena

From the gifts and cards we have been receiving I always knew you are talented.

These are absolutely fab. Your cards you made are on display all year round in my house.

Keep it up.


Jan 17, 2011
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Just great!
by: Lucy

I knew you were always talented but this is admirable. The designs are beautiful and this Christmas, you must start early and take orders from me for christmas cards.

Jan 15, 2011
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They are beautiful!
by: Eriko

Wow...I'm so glad to see your works on this site. They are so beautiful. I'm admire you, you've got so many ideas.

Jan 10, 2011
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Cards and Note pads
by: Bernie

Dear Lena,

You're very talented. The cards and note pads are very beautiful.

Jan 10, 2011
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Amazing
by: Asha

Beautiful and great talent, Lena!!

I have been fortunate to receive some of Lena's crafty and stunning cards.

Enjoy creating master pieces !!! Love Asha!!

Christina says...

You lucky girl and I agree with you they are all lovely.

Jan 08, 2011
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Decorated Notepads
by: rosie

They are beautiful Lena

Jan 08, 2011
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Notepads
by: Valerie

Wow, Lena these are fabulous!

Jan 08, 2011
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Decorated Notepads
by: Margaret

These look fabulous, love the designs.

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