As I was going through the instructions and downloads for our “Every Needful Thing” notebook, I decided to break it up into parts because there was so much to tell you, show you and give you. Today I will show you photos of the finished project – many of you who are experienced crafters will figure out how to do it quickly and if you need more instruction, the step-by-step directions will be available tomorrow (click here for the background on this project).
You’ll be happy to know that we were on a very tight budget so we are making each notebook for less than $5. Much of the reason why these two goals are possible is because I designed the artwork so that we don’t have to use a lot of embellishments – and you will reap the benefits of that as well! I will include all of the downloads in tomorrow’s post.
Another goal we had for this project besides affordability is simplicity. 90 women will be creating this book – many of them are not crafters at all so we needed to keep it simple as well as useful, meaningful….and of course, cute. Our plan is to cut everything beforehand, kit all the pieces and parts for each notebook in a bag and on the night of the event, each woman will create the covers, the pockets, and assemble their book. This way we will be able to have everyone feel ownership to the project without taking hours to complete them – we don’t have hours. Yes, it will be more work for our committee to get it all ready but we feel like this will accomplish our goals for our kick-off activity better (I’ll share more about what else we will be doing during our kick-off activity later).
Use today to get familiar with the format of the notebook, how it is put together, what the pieces and parts are, then think about how you want to approach it.
List of Notebook Parts
chipboard cover (front)
excerpt from a speech about gratitude
gratitude journal “title page”
gratitude journal pages
“things to try” pocket (with note-taking paper)
“recipes” pocket (with note-taking paper)
“quick family tips” pocket (with note-taking paper)
chipboard cover (back)
How will it work for you? Do you need to add more pockets? Do you want to include the Gratitude Journal section? What supplies do you have on hand to use and what will you have to purchase or substitute?
These are all things that take me a little time to process when I am working on a project so I thought it would be helpful to give you that time as well.
Some Technical Info About the Notebook
(complete instructions will be available tomorrow but this will help you as you think about it today)
cover dimensions: 10″ x 6″ chipboard
pocket dimensions: 10″ x 6″ (and the pocket fits a half sheet of paper for future handouts)
paper for note-taking + journal: 8.5″ x 5.5″ (half a sheet of copy paper)
binding: 2-hole punch from an office supply store (easy and exact)
sheet protector: regular 8.5″ x 11″ trimmed down to size
Think, Think, Think…
Now the thinking and planning begins! I’ll see you tomorrow with complete instructions and all the downloads that I created to make the notebook possible. Plus, I’ll share with you how we are making “mass production” more individualized and personal.