Mini Notebooks for each month of the year

Happy New Year! I know a lot of people started back after the holidays on Monday, but here in Austria, the holidays last through January 6th, so today is the first day back for us.

I have so many fun and exciting things in the works for the new year, but before all of that, I wanted to share the culmination of my little challenge from 2014. A different mini notebook for each month of the year.

Don’t they look so fun and festive all lined up together?

After I admired them I packaged them up in a simple craft pillow box and tied it with a piece of natural cotton twill tape.

Now what to do with them…

Any ideas?

simple packaging for small gifts

To see all of the mini notebooks in this collection, click here.

Mini Notebooks - December

And here we are at the end. I am so excited to show you the whole collection. But first, the last mini notebook in the series. Month 12 of the year of mini notebooks project. December. In honor of the spirit of Christmas.

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Calvin Coolidge

Mini Notebooks - December

You will need:

  • a plain mini notebook
  • assorted red and white ribbon, bakers twine, twill tape, etc.

Directions:

  1. Wrap the ribbon / twine around the mini notebook.
  2. Tie in a knot and trim the ends.

Happy December!

To see the rest of the mini notebooks in this collection, click here.

 

Mini Notebooks - November

Month 11 of the year of mini notebooks project. November. In honor of simplicity and thankfulness.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not;
remember what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
-Epicurus

Mini Notebooks - November

You will need:

Directions:

Wrap the twine around the mini notebook as many times as you like. Tie in a knot and trim the ends.

Happy November!

To see the rest of the mini notebooks in this collection, click here.

 

Easy DIY Halloween Garland

In the usual fashion, I am doing some super last-minute decorating for Halloween. (hey, 4 days ahead isn’t too bad, right?) I tend to stay away from spiders and creepy crawlies because I don’t need to get the heebie-jeebies every time I walk by. So instead I went with a simple black and white garland that is just festive enough without being overly Halloween themed.

Black and white paper garland
Black and white paper garland

You will need:

  • black and white cardstock
  • a circle punch or scissors
  • white thread
  • a sewing machine

Black and white paper garland

Directions:

  1. Start by punching (or cutting) a bunch of black and white circles from cardstock.
  2. Take 2 black circles stacked on top of each other and stitch through the middle of the circle using a straight stitch.
  3. Then take 2 white circles stacked on top of each other and stitch through the middle of the circle.
  4. Do not cut the thread in between.
  5. Keep adding more pairs of black and white circles, alternating colors, until the garland is your desired length.
  6. Cut the thread, leaving a tail of string at the end.
  7. Starting at the beginning of the garland, gently fold the two sides of top circle in half (upward) so that the thread is on the inside of the circle.
  8. Fold the two sides of bottom circle in half (downward) so that the thread is on the inside of the circle.
  9. Repeat with each pair of circles in the garland.

Halloween Garland
Modern DIYHalloween garland
DIY Halloween Garland

Happy Halloween!

  • Emily - So simple and so cute. I’m also not a fan of creepy crawling things. Love the jar mummies too.ReplyCancel

Mini Notebooks - October

Month 10 of the year of mini notebooks project. October. In honor of Halloween.

Yes, Halloween excites me. That whole time of year, autumn, I find exhilarating. A passionate season. The others are so bland. In the fall, you see opportunities for change. Real change. Possibilities present themselves. None of the renewal and redemption cliches of spring.
No. Something darker and more primal and more important than that.
Alice LaPlante

Mini Notebooks - October

You will need:

  • a plain mini notebook
  • white muslin fabric, torn into strips
  • small googly eyes
  • glue (not shown)
  • sewing machine (not shown)

Directions:

  1. Cut or tear your muslin strips slightly wider than your mini notebook.
  2. Sew them onto the notebook using a sewing machine. (For more detailed instructions and photos please see this Mummy Onesie tutorial.)
  3. Glue the googly eyes on top on the muslin strips.

Happy October!

To see the rest of the mini notebooks in this collection, click here.