Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Where to start?!

Wow!  Time flies when you're...being productive.  Bet you thought I was going to say having fun didn't you?  Well, I'm doing that too!!

I've spent the last couple of weeks getting settled into my new job.  I really must say, I love it.  I get to work behind the scenes at one of my favorite stores!  Yay.  It's the fun, busy environment of retail mashed up with an office job.  Basically, perfect.  And it's almost like a reunion of sorts, I worked for this company before, years ago.  And now that I'm back, I get to work with some of the nicest people that I encountered the first time around.  It's great!

I am most definitely a note-taker, especially when learning something new.  So I whipped up a little notebook to jot down all the important info I need to keep track of at work.  Given my fashion forward new employer, my Project Runway fabric was the natural choice.  (Yes, I love me some Project Runway...But I assure you, it's the only thing I watch on Lifetime.)
 I used a piece of fabric slightly larger than the book when it was wrapped around it in a closed state. I coated the backside of the fabric with spray adhesive and placed it on the book.  The spray adhesive is nice because then you can just wrap the edges of the fabric around to the inside of the cover.  It sticks!  If you snip a bit in the corner areas it's easier to fold and less bulky.

I traced the shape of the cover onto some colored card stock and glued it on the inside to cover the edges of the fabric.  I also added a bit of ribbon, you know, just for fun.

Before I added the card stock to the back cover, I glued in a bit of elastic between the red piece and the original cover.  It stretches around to keep the front closed or can be flipped onto the back cover when not in use, make sense?  I used a headband that I had lying around.  (I've developed a bad habit of picking out the little contrasting stitches, as evidenced in the above photo.  Hmmm, how long will they last?)

And because I absolutely LOVE Tim Gunn, I had to get this part of the fabric on there somewhere.  Make it work, designers. 
So, are you a note-taker too?

I'll be back later with more stuff to show you.  I'm easily a month behind on sharing projects with you.  Isn't that terrible?!  Oh well, that just means lots of great stuff coming your way.

P.S.  I noticed a few new followers since I last checked in.  Hello!!  Welcome and thanks for reading.  Remember, questions, comments and rude remarks are always welcome :)


Giggly said...

Cute notebook! You always amaze me.
I love Macy's! It's the only place I can find decent plus size clothes that actually look flattering. I wish you worked at the one near my town. :)

Lisa Leggett said...

I second you on that one Giggly. They need more though...

Yes, very cute notebook Jackson! Perfect for your new job! Glad to hear that it's going so well and that you're happy there. It definitely makes the work day go by quick when you like what you do.

Carry on!

Indy said...

This is awesome!

The Relaxolotl said...

That looks so cute! I'll have to try it on one of my little notebooks- nothing like something inspiring to sketch in.

MafiosaGrrl said...

Thanks ladies! This was such a quick easy project, 15-20 mins top. You should should make one! Any size would work really.

I'm loving my job! I might have to get a second one just because CA is too darned expensive, but I'm going to make the most of it.

Regena said...

where did you get that fabric!?!? Love it, want it, need it, craving it!!

MafiosaGrrl said...

Regena- I got this fabric at a crafty store called Beverly's but I think that is only a CA thing. The fabric is made by Robert Kaufman, I'm pretty sure. It was from a line that had lots of notion stuff, like pins and needles. Online, I only see a lot of the blue/brown version of it. Good luck!