Saturday, February 23, 2013

For You: Post It Note Easel Tutorial

You asked for it… and today’s Super Saturday Tutorial Delivers it!  Today’s Tutorial will walk you step by step through the methodology behind making the basic post it note easel holder!  LOL, the decorations are up to you… but all the mystery is solved!1apostitnotesupersattutorial

Today’s post it note easel tutorial is heavy with pictures… one for each step of the way.  The post it note holder base was purchased in the craft section at Wally World.  Enjoy!

Step By Step Post It Note Easel Tutorial

Part I - Covering the post it note holder

  1. Measure the chipboard base of the post it note holder you plan to cover with designer series paper.  I always use Stampin’ Up! Grid Paper on my work surface so measuring is a breeze!1measureothepsostitnoteholderforpaper
  2. Use a straight edge or a scrap of card stock to measure the depth of the rivet on the post it note holder.  Measure each side separately as the depth may differ.  I used a pencil to mark the depth on my grid paper.2measuredepthofrivetusingstraightedge
  3. Cut Designer Series Paper to the measurement you acquired in step one.  In this case, two pieces of DSP will be cut… one for the back and one for the front of the post it note holder.   Working with the piece you plan to use for the top of the post it note holder, place the paper under the jaws of the post it note holder and make a pencil mark to indicate the center of each rivet.  (I used ink pen for better visibility.. you’ll want to use a pencil so you can erase it!!)3makeapencillinecenteredonrivetslfcbyu
  4. Use your lovely new Stampin’ Trimmer to cut at the pencil mark to the depth acquired in step two… in this case it was 3/4”.  I set the blade of my Stampin’ Trimmer at 3/4” and cut to the top of the paper.4cutatpencillinetomeasureddepthfrom2
  5. Use a Japanese hole punch or Crop-a-Dile tool and the 3/16” hole to punch hole.  You want to align the hole so that it is on the line but doesn’t pass beyond the cut.  I’ve darkened the cut line with an ink pen to make it a bit more visible in the photo… clear as mud, right?5punchatbaseofcutlinewithcropadile
  6. Insert a pen into the jaws of the clip on the post it note holder.  A stick pen works best… and the barrel of your Signo White Gel Pen will work too ;)  This lifts the jaw of the post it note holder so you’ll be able to slide your DSP under the clip in a future step.6placebarrellofpeninjawsofpostitnoteholder
  7. Fold down the four flaps at the top of the cut DSP.  (I’m showing a different DSP in this step because I forgot to take the photo of the folded flaps when preparing the tutorial… oops!)7folddowncutedgesof4inchpaperslf
  8. Slide the paper under the pen lifted jaw mechanism, carefully unfold the ears or wings… you can use a bone folder to help unfold the ears.  Glue the paper in place before removing the pen.8withedgesfoldedinsertpaperbelowjaws 9unfoldtheflapsandglueintoplace
  9. Glue second piece of DSP to the back of the post it note holder and trim the corners with your paper snips or sand using a sanding block.  I prefer to do both… trim and then sand.10removethepenandsandortrimcorners

 Part II - Making the Post It Note Easel

  1. Cut a piece of chipboard 3.25” x 5” and with the long side aligned at the top of your Simply Scored board, use a straight edge and the large ball end of the scoring tool to deeply score at 2”.  (This is a really great use for the chipboard that is packaged with most Specialty Designer Series Paper Packs from Stampin’ Up!… LOL, it’s also a really great opportunity to re-use those old hotel room keys!)11scorechipboardeaselat2and4inches
  2. Repeat, scoring at the 4” line.  OR you could have scored at 1” and 3”  vs. 2” and 4” LOL…12scorebothsidesat2andfourinches
  3. Now… bend one time on each scored line.. this is kind of scary… the chipboard will rip along the scored line but it’s ok.  Just be sure to bend it ONE time on each score line, NOT back and forth or both ways.  LOL.. I know it’s tempting but don’t do it!13foldalongscoredlinesonetimeoneside
  4. Flatten out the chipboard onto a 3.25” x 6” piece of DSP and glue in place Be sure to FOLD the chipboard and DSP together as you glue.  OF NOTE:  place the torn chipboard scored lines facing the back of your DSP.  AND… glue so that the DSP extends beyond the smaller scored chipboard portion or  1” section.14gluedesignerseriespapertochipboard
  5. Make a Tee Pee shape with your DSP covered chipboard.  NOTE:  the chipboard edges are butted together.15makeateepeefromthedspcoveredboard
  6. Now, glue the flap to the tee pee chipboard base.16finishbygluingflaparoundtheneweasel
  7. AND attach to your DSP covered chipboard post it note holder forming the post it note easel!  When doing this, turn the easel toward the table to check the alignment, and resist temptation to glue at the top edge of the chipboard post it note holder or you’ll have a really rockin’ easel!17glueeaselinplacebutnotattop

I look forward to reading your comments!



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Lynda said...

Thanks for that Sharon. It'll take a couple of reads but I think I get it. End result is well worth it. ooxx

Donna Ellis said...

An awesome tutorial, Sharon and really pretty gift idea. I also love your use of paper lace on yesterday's blog post - very sweet!