Posts Tagged ‘library’


Today, I have a super cute guest post/ tutorial to share from Caitlin of the blog Packagery. Caitlin also runs an adorable packaging supply shop by the same name; and she created this fun diy with just a handful of materials. Its a mini library card notepad tutorial. These notebooks are perfect for jotting down short little notes or lists. And is a great way to recycle some of those paper scraps you may have lying around. So, let's get to it. Here's Caitlin's project...

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Materials: 1. a stapler (make sure it has staples) 2. scrap paper (graph paper, handwriting paper, etc.) 3. cardstock (library cards, index cards, old postcards, etc.) 4. paper trimmer (or scissors, x-acto knife, etc.) 5. bone folder (or a spoon) optional extras: 6. embellishments such as stamps, stickers, labels 7. corner rounder

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Step by Step Instructions: 1. Trim your paper the same size as your card. I used a 3"³ x 5"³ card, with 6 sheets of scrap paper cut down to 3"³ x 5"³. This will give you 12 sheets/24 pages per notebook. You can also tear your paper down to size, for a different look. To do this, lay a ruler on top of your sheets and tear along the edge of the ruler.

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2. Fold paper in half and crease with a bone folder. Do the same to your card. Place the folded paper inside the folded card, and crease again.

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3. Make sure everything is lined up and folded nicely. Then carefully unfold your notebook and staple once or twice along the outside folded edge.

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4. Done! You can round the corners of your notebook for a neater look, or add some cute stamped images.

*If youre looking for library cards, you can find them for sale in my shop here.

Tips: To make your notebooks flatter, stick them under a pile of heavy books for a day or two. Where the heck do you get a corner rounder? I got mine here from amazon. Its a Zutter Round-It-All and its a pretty neat tool. You cant trim a ton of paper at once like you can with a (very expensive) commercial rounder, but it handles these notebooks just fine.


Thanks so much Caitlin for sharing this tutorial with us! For more inspiration, visit the Packagery blog and Caitlin's packaging supply shop.

And for more quick and easy project ideas, click here to visit the tutorials page.


wrapping ideas from papernstitch

Here's an idea for  wrapping your gifts this year. Its super inexpensive. In fact, I used materials that I already had around the house- so it literally cost me nothing.  I just used a brown craft box, a vintage library card with envelope and some string. I wrote a note on the library card, stuck it into the envelope and attached it to the front of the box. Then I wrapped the box with string several times and tied it in to a bow.

wrapping ideas from papernstitch

Don't have these supplies? Don't worry you can still get this look for free! Here's how... Use a brown paper bag from the grocery store. Cut it so its flat and cover a box you already have. Then use these free downloadable library cards from Creature Comforts. And finally, use any kind of string you have available to finish the look (this could be yarn, twine, even dental floss, whatever you have lying around).

And if you want to add some extra flare, just create a paper holiday ornament on your computer. Print it out and cut to shape. Then attach underneath the string.

wrapping ideas from papernstitch


My dad was a librarian in Michigan in the '80s, very near the Herman Miller worldwide headquarters.  So I grew up around mass-manufactured steel office supplies, molded plastic chairs, books, and the things associated with books: tote bags, Kik Step stools, bookends, bookmarks.  Though I came close, I never became a librarian.  But several of my friends are currently in library school.  So if the career is coming back, why not bring back the style, too?

vintage metal fileascot librarian blouse

Two of my dad's pet peeves: people who thought librarians said, "Shhh," and people who pronounced it, "li-bary."  What a radical!

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I love vintage library furniture.  It acts as an industrial-strength junk drawer, or a no-nonesense place to get work done.  Who couldn't get work done on this desk?

library card filesteelcase desk

And don't forget the hardware -- a handy date stamp and some date due cards and pockets.

date stampdate due cards and pockets