Saturday, January 2, 2010

Memo holder

Hello & Happy New Year! It's Fran here, and for my 1st post of 2010 thought I'd show you this little note holder which has 2 pockets, that I designed using just 1 piece of A4 card (which is approx 8.25" x 11.75").

Supplies needed:
  • 1 piece of A4 card to make the basic holder
  • Scorpal or some other scorer/measurer
  • WoJ image for the front. I've used 'Willow writing recipes' & colouring medium of choice
  • patterned papers and embellies to decorate
  • 2 brads & string to make fastner for your holder (I've added metal charm to the end of mine)
To make the basic holder :
Take 1 A4 Sheet of card (choose a thickish weight)
1. along the long side from the left, score at 0.5" and 5.25":
2. flip it round then do the same from the other end so it looks like this: 3. then along the shorter side, score at 6" and 6.5":
4. turn it back to the long side as shown in photo and measure 0.5" in, either side of the middle section:
cut away the thin strip shaded in, fold along all score lines and cut as indicated in photo. If you then turn this around so the shorter folds are at the bottom you should have something like this . . .
Once all decorated, you just need to glue down the 2 small square flaps and then the side bit to form your pockets like this . .
but I like to decorate it all whilst still flat & leave this bit until right at the end.

To decorate:
1. Prep & cut all your pattern papers:
I used half sheet of double sided paper for mine plus some bits from a die cut accessory sheet (this is MME bloom & grow set) You will need 2 rectangles slightly smaller than 4.75" x 6" for the front & back panel and 2 just under 4.2"x6" panels for the spine (in & out). I've sponged all sides with 'tea dye' distress inks

2. Colour your image to match:
I've used Copics in colours shown plus some I missed out: E000, E00, E21, for skin, E02 for cheeks. YR20, YR23, Yr24 for stool
3. Ready to start sticking! Click on photo for bigger view:
4. Now all that needs doing is to fold it all up and fold the 2 little flaps either side to make your 2 pockets.
That's it! All done. Here's my finished holder with views of inside with and without contents:

My sheets of note paper were just cheap A4 copier paper cut into 4. I just printed some matching clips and lines onto it first.
To fasten you just wind the string around the brads in a figure of 8 couple of times then just let the little charm dangle down - thought this was less fussy then trying to tie a bow every time.
Well, I hope you like my little holder. As the pockets are half inch deep it would make a good little gift holder for things like chocolate bars, packets of seeds or other small things like that. If you do make one please leave a link as I would love to see it.


  1. Wow you did a beautiful job. Great tutorial!

  2. Fantastic what a beautiful pressie!! Love it xx

  3. What a great idea Fran, especially if you do not have a Zutter - in fact even easier - great tutorial! Liz

  4. BEAUTYFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    greetings anneke

  5. Happy Newyear Fran!!

    Youre creativity is just stunning
    thankd for sharing this beatiful holder.
    xx Sonja

  6. Fran!!!!
    Você é tão criativa!!! Amo visitar seu blog e ver todos os seus trabalhos ... Eles são fonte de inspiração para todos nós.

    Um Feliz 2010 para você!!! e muito obrigada pelo tutorial.

    You´re so creative!!! I love to visit your blog and see every work here. You are such an inspiration for all of us. Happy 2010!!!! e thanks a lot for the tutorial.



  7. What a lovely project! And what a great tutorial! Beautiful, Fran. Happy New Year to you! Warmest wishes Lesley

  8. This is fabulous FRan, very creative. Love it.

  9. Fab tutorial- Happy New Year!!!

  10. Wow, such a gorgeous memo holder. Love the papers and embellishments, and thank you for the tutorial - would make a nice teachers present I think (must try to remember it!!).
    Love, Andrea xx

  11. What an absolutely fab memo holder - I love it! Thank you so much for a wonderful tutorial - I can't wait to get started.

  12. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial!

    I just was working such a Memo holder yesterday evening using your tutorial*g.

    You can see it on my blog:-)


  13. A great tutorial and easy to follow. So easy in fact that I actually made one. Thankyou.
    Here is my memo holder link

    hope you like it.

    Kylie xo

  14. Hey - great tutorial!

    And I even managed to make one as well. Here the link to the holder, it's just missing the notes...



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