A Craft for the Not Crafty
If you know me you’re probably thinking “um, yea okay, you’re craftier than I am.” But the truth is, I’m not. I have the MIND of a crafter but absolutely no follow through, patience or ability to make things look as good as those crafty people out there. Really, just ask the 2 cross-stitch projects that are not finished, the countless puzzles started and then put away, the sewing machine that is fixed but untouched, the patterns and materials bought and sitting in the closet and all the pretty art supplies that look a little too clean after 4 years of owning them.
Anyone out there relating to this? Well I’m proud to say that I just did a “crafty” project in about 5 minutes and it’s something ANYONE can do!
Chris and I are constantly bothered by the coupons that print one to a page and then leave you with half a sheet of unused paper. If you’re as into couponing as I am, you have probably thought about this also. So we of course thought to use the paper as scrap paper but for people in an apartment attempting to stay clean and organized, there was really no smart way to store/use the scraps. But today I did something with them. I made a notepad out of materials I had around the house and no it’s not perfect nor worthy of selling but it’s good enough for me and most importantly, it was completely free, took about 5 minutes to complete AND is reusing materials I would have thrown out.
What you need: paper (any size, any color), a ruler if you’re fancier than I am, 1 colored paper/post it, a hole punch and a piece of ribbon.
All I did was trace one of my internet coupons and cut it out. I then used that as a “template” to create similar sheets with all of the paper I had. You can use a ruler and make it look real good but I just did it freehand. I then stacked all of the papers together and trimmed whatever edges really didn’t line up. Then I got fancy and took a colored post it and cut out a little rectangle to give the notepad a little color. I aligned the post it to the top and in small stacks, punched a hole in the center of each sheet. I then cut a piece of ribbon, stringed all of the papers together and tied the ribbon into a bow.
Yup, THAT’S IT. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s imperfect and I’m proud of it! I might even get crazy and glue a magnet to the back and hang it on the fridge.