Thursday, January 5, 2012

Spiral Notebooks: New Year's Day craftLAB Recap!

Posted by Crystal Pepperdine, Founder and Executive Director of Flint Handmade


The first Sunday of the month just happened to fall on January 1, 2012, so we rang in the new year with many of our friends and members at craftLAB!

Thanks to the generosity of our friend Kate Kehoe of Chicaloo Photography & More, who donated her old hole punch machine to Flint Handmade, we made spiral notebooks!

Nicole made a supercute notebook featuring an owl with button eyes!

All supplies were provided, but people were encouraged to bring their own scrapbook paper if they wanted and Nicole brought the most adorable coordinated paper.

Ali is a papercrafter, too, so she brought some lovely purple scrapbook paper.

Sarah rolled with the paper we had on hand...and used our circle punch to make polka dots for her cover.

Dana also used the circle punch to make labels for her "Sewing Ideas 2012" spiral notebook!  Her husband collated lined and blank paper for her so that she could have intermingled sheets for writing ideas and drawing pictures.  How sweet!

Hayley just stopped by to consign goods in the Flint Handmade Shop, but I convinced her and Steve to stay and make notebooks, too.  Steve was skeptical, but by the end, he was very pleased with his color selection for the front and back covers of his notebook!

Danielle brought her own paper, too...

...and made the cutest mini-notebooks using the leftover spirals from larger notebooks!  So resourceful!

Wondering what the covers were made out of?  Michelle is using her portable papercutter to cut paper to size to glue to an old SkillShare flyer! 

Our SkillShare Workshops in Fall 2011 filled up so fast that we had lots of leftover cardstock flyers, so I came up with the idea of covering them with scrapbook paper and making notebooks after Kate said she would donate her hole punch.  We crafters love to upcycle materials that would otherwise go to waste!

Toe thought the SkillShare flyer looked good as is, so she made a notebook featuring the flyer itself!


Gwen (l) and I decided to cover our notebooks with paper that had been donated to Flint Handmade.  Clever Gwen put the spiral at the top of her notebook to make a flip pad!

Amy arrived a little late and wasn't going to make a notebook, but I said that she had to!  She used some light blue checked paper to make a cute notebook that would be great for recipes.

Darice, Dieshawn and Shanterra (l-r) all made very colorful notebooks!

Finally, Theresa made a matching pair of memo pads.  Too cute!

The spiral notebooks were so popular, we may offer this craftLAB again.  Keep checking our blog for updates!


  1. Had so much fun, as usual! It was a great way to start a new year!

  2. i'm all for having another craftlab featuring the spiral notebooks---especially after the craft swap in february! what a fantastic way to use up scrap paper to make something that you can use. i'm using my little notebook as a FH craft diary, recording the FH events that i attend in 2012. i'm looking forward to filling it up this year :) xo