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Best laid plans...and a fun project

Just over two weeks ago, I got onto my Facebook Live that I do every Wednesday called What's Up! Stampers?, and I had just discovered that our furnace wasn't working. It was a stressful day for sure, and when I came on Live, I shared what was happening and that if the furnace guys called, I'd have to go. They did, so I dropped the Live and picked it up in a part two a little while later. Needless to say, I was frazzled enough that I didn't share everything I wanted to share and forgot some things I wanted to say. I got done that day feeling pretty upset.

Fast Forward to this past Wednesday. I was ready for a good one. I had a great plan, notes on what I was going to talk about, and a project ready of which I am very proud. So I start my video, flip the camera to start my project, only to see comments that my audio was going in and out and was difficult to watch and understand. That totally threw me off my game, and immediately I started hurrying through the project, dwelling on the issues, and just downright feeling pretty crappy. I've since done a couple test runs, and things seem to be working fine. But what upsets me the most is that I had the most precious project to share, and I felt like it was just ruined.

What made that experience on Wednesday easier is that I knew I can still share the project right here on my blog. It's a fabulous notecard pouch (complete with 2 notecards) that is a cinch to make. Thanks to demonstrator Mary Fish for the amazing template for the notecard pouch idea!

So here's what I think is so slick about this pouch...It's almost a full sheet of cardstock - 8" x 11 1/2", to be exact, scored in half both directions (so at 4" one direction and 5 1/2" the other direction. This is a detail I even forgot when I was frazzled on Wednesday. I used a full sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock instead of just 8" x 11", which worked but didn't when I tried to put the pre-made belly band around it. ARG!

Then, once you've got the cardstock scored, two simple cuts create the great pouch - and no adhesive! As you can see in the photo, if you cut from the 5 1/2" score lines to one of the 4" score lines, it just creates a great little spot to tuck your notecards.

The note cards inside the pouch are the cherry on top.

Both cards are made with the Whisper White Notecards & Envelopes (now Basic White Notecards & Envelopes), the True Love Designer Series Paper, the Love You Always Foil Sheets and Specialty Designer Series Paper, and the Lots of Heart Bundle (see links to my online store in the product list below).

Black geometric card

-True Love DSP: 3 1/2" x 5"

-Blushing Bride Foil Sheets: 1" x 4"

-Basic Black cardstock: 1/2" x 2"

-Basic White: stamp the heart in Blushing Bride ink and cut out with the die

Floral card

-True Love DSP: fussy cut the flower

-Stamp the heart & sentiment in Rococo Rose

Both of these notecards are super simple, which makes the whole project a snap to put together. Stick your notecards with envelopes in the pouch and add the belly band for decoration and functionality.

Belly Band

-Basic Black cardstock: 1" x 8 1/2", wrapped around the card

-Rococo Rose Foil Sheets: Tasteful Labels Die

-Basic White: Tasteful Labels Dies

Notecard Folder Front

-Rococo Rose cardstock: 4" x 11"

-Love You Always Specialty DSP: 3" x 4"

-Basic Black cardstock: 3 1/4" x 4 1/4"

I imagine a project like this as something that would make a perfect gift. Best part is, you can put the whole thing in a standard Medium Envelope from Stampin' Up!®, and off it goes to your next happy recipient.

Stamping blessings!


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