Can you believe that it’s time to start thinking about and planning those Holiday cards and projects?!

And why am I feeling festive in very hot Texas in August?!  Because the Holiday Mini Catalog goes live for customer order on September 1st…

But Demonstrators can order from it NOW!!! a In fact all through August – which means that I already have my copy of that Mini Catalog and my hands on goodies from that fabulous mini to play with in my craft room right now…hehehehe!!!

And you could order them now too – when you join as a Demonstrator you can order those new Holiday Catalog items the same day as you join – and WHEN YOU JOIN MY TEAM IN AUGUST I will also give you a stamp set of your choice of any value AND a cute DSP & Ribbon covered Book – click HERE to find out more!

SO just like last year, every Friday from now until the week before Christmas I will be showcasing Festive Friday…I will feature a Holiday item or two every Friday and a free tutorial with it…and of course Festive Friday means blog candy…

Sooo without further a-do, Festive Friday Kicks-Off with Santa and some very sparkly glitter…

Cute eh?  I just had to kick off Festive Friday with Santa and today’s item features a beautiful covered Holiday Notepad that is so quick & easy to make – it is very economical and is just a perfect little gift for kids and grown-ups alike…

My girls have already started writing their wish lists for Santa – LOL – and that is what gave me the idea for making these cute notepads – I have made them one each and there are plenty of papers in there for them to constantly update their lists – which they will be doing almost daily I imagine!

Underneath that top cover is a Junior Legal Pad – and the thing I love about those is that the pages can easily be torn out or folded over – making it easy to use.

And for grown-ups? These would make fabulous pads for holiday planning – shopping lists, wish lists, need to do lists…fab little gifts to make for friends, family, teachers & co-workers.

What makes it economical? To make one you need:

  • a Junior Legal Pad – I found a pack of 5 for $3 in Target
  • one sheet of cardstock
  • a piece of thick card – such as the backing sheet you get in a package of DSP
  • patterned papers to decorate

And what makes it easy?

  • My free tutorial and…
  • a package of Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper!!!

You can find Letters for Santa DSP on pg 186 of the Catalog or online by clicking HERE – that pack contains 12 sheets of papers – 2 sheets of 6 double-sided designs.

That pack of papers makes covering a notepad like this fun, quick and SUPER easy…

That whole front panel? It is one of the designs in that pack – I simply cut it out from a piece of 12×12 DSP and adhered onto my cover – that simple!

That postage stamp on the cover? Yep, in that pack of papers are 2 sheets covered with beautiful holiday themed postage stamps – and there are some like the one below that are perfectly sized to punch out using that fun new Postage Stamp Punch that you can find on pg 212 – I simply punched it out and added it using Dimensionals…

See that glittery silver sparkly layer underneath my Santa paper? Hehehehe…say hello to the brand new beautiful Silver Glimmer Paper!!!  Yes, another GORGEOUS item debuting in the Holiday Mini Catalog in September – it is so sparkly…

And so easy to cut – unlike other papers like this I have used in the past, this paper loses NO glitter when you cut it – NONE – I love it!

Sarah’s Tip – when I cut glitter papers in my Paper Trimmer I keep a blade specially for just this – I have found that glitter papers dull blades very quickly and so now I just keep one in a little pot for just this purpose – when I want to cut glitter papers I simply pop it into my trimmer and doing this avoids dulling a decent sharp blade that I might have had in there.

And finally my Pencil...I find these glittery pencils in the dollar spot in Target periodically and LOVE them – as do my girls – and I found a silver glittered one in my closet which would go perfectly with this notepad…

To jazz it up a little I tied on 3 cute little Jingle Bells with some silver elastic cord…Jingle Bells I hear you ask? Yes!  Yet another cute beautiful new addition coming in the Holiday Mini Catalog – and they really do jingle!!!  AND you get 48 of them for just $2.95!!!  Bet you can’t wait for September 1st now…

For ‘planning your order’ purposes if you wanted to make notepads like I did with that santa on the front, you would get 2 sheets of ‘santa paper’ per pack…also in that pack are 2 sheets of a similar style with ornaments down the side – perfect for kids a bit older & grown ups too – you can see a piccy of other papers in that pack including those ornaments at the end of my post…

So what’s inside? Open up that cover and inside is the legal pad – I covered the top of it using some DSP and added Silver Glimmer Paper to the inside of the cover – well, a girl just can’t have too much glitter, can she?!

You can view the papers in Letters to Santa online by clicking HERE – simply click on ‘more images’ and you can view all the papers included in that pack…

As well as the paper featuring Santa, here are bits of some of my favorite sheets included in Letters to Santa – check out those Bingo boards – you get 4 on a 12×12 sheet – 2 sheets per pack – meaning you get 8 bingo boards in total in one pack – TOO CUTE!

And those ornaments – just beautiful…

WANT MY FREE TUTORIAL SO THAT YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN HOLIDAY NOTEPADS? Click HERE to find it in my Project Tutorials section where you will find a printable version too!

Now finally onto my Festive Friday Blog Candyleave me a comment to let me know what you think of my Santa Notepad and you will be entered into a prize draw…

The winner will be chosen by on Monday and one lucky winner will win a pot of the new cute Jingle Bells AND one of my Holiday themed Notepads & Pencil!

And remember that during August when you Buy 3 packs of Designer Series Papers you get to choose 1 for FREE – this is a fabulous deal and you can find out all about it by clicking HERE – buy your Letters for Santa DSP now & get freebies!


Festive Friday Kick-off is here!!!
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17 thoughts on “Festive Friday Kick-off is here!!!

  • August 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Simply love this tutorail! I will definitely be making these for my kids! Thanks for the inspiration and idea!

  • August 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    What a super cute project and easy to do as well. Thanks for the free tutorial. Christmas will be here before we know it and it is never too early to start on all the projects I have planned.

  • August 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    What a great idea! I will be making one for my daughter for her ever-evolving list!! Thanks for sharing your tutorials. With school starting next week here I am looking forward to some crafting time and this will be the perfect starter project!

  • August 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I love the Santa notebook & will add this project to my list of gift ideas!

  • August 12, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    What a great and cute idea! Hadn’t thought about covering junior legal pads!

  • August 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    It’s hard to start thinking about Santa when it’s soooo hot outside! I’m an hour north of you so we’re roasting here too. What a cute notebook. Thanks for sharing the idea and offering it as a prize.

  • August 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks so much for the inspiration. This definitely makes the “Believe” aspect of Santa so much better.

  • August 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    That is sooo cute. I have found all of your tutorials so easy to follow and your creativity is such an inspiration. I’ve just madeover my craft room while my boys were at cub scout camp and now you’ve got me itching to get in there and mess it up! I can’t wait for the Holiday mini! TFS.

  • August 12, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    What a super cute project to kick off holiday crafting! Thank you,Sarah, for all your easy to follow tutorials. Whenever I am looking for something special I know I can find it here. TFS!!

  • August 12, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Wow!! I hadn’t actually looked at that Santa paper til now. So cute. Love what you did with it and that you used the silver glimmer paper with the jingle bells. Can’t wait to get some of those, so I would love to win some and your adorable notepad!

  • August 13, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Festive & fun project–love the bells & glitter paper.

  • August 13, 2011 at 6:25 am

    So Cool! I did print this out for making for my grand-girls. Thanks for sharing!

  • August 13, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Darling! and sooooooooooo easy too! I’m looking for items to make and include in a craft show, and this one will be added. TFS

  • August 13, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I love this project! I can hardly wait to make some of these as “early bird” Christmas gifts! Thanks so much for the wonderful and well done tutorial–you’re the best!

  • August 13, 2011 at 11:58 am

    What a fun project! Thanks for all your great tips. You always give us enough details so we can do it ourselves without frustration. Love the dsp; the Santa is great for those long lists & the bingo cards would be so much fun also. This would be such a fun stocking stuffer or little gift to anyone. Who couldn’t use an adorable notebook to keep track of their lists. I know I could use one for my extremely long SU wish list that looks to get much longer with the new mini on Sept 1st. Thanks for sharing!

  • August 14, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Sarah, grrrr, now I need to run to Target!!!! My husband thanks you to stop putting ideas in my head…LOL. I didn’t really like that Christmas DSP at first, now you have me rethinking it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • August 14, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Sarah, your Santa notepad is adorable and so very useful. Can see making these for gifts, shower prizes, journals for new babies, babysitters, etc. There not just for Christmas as could be a “grateful” journal decorated for Thanksgiving. Love the tutorial and thanks for so generously sharing with us!

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