Thursday, 11 March 2010

Lovely Design Pattern Downloads

Ok, so it's been a bit quiet round here and I admit, the no. 1 reason is probably because I've been procrastinating. I decided the only thing to do was to gave myself a kick up the bum and just jump right in and post something, anything to break the cycle.

I am now really glad that I did because I'm really please with these little note books I knocked up and am excited to share this Lovely Design blog find with you all.

You have probably heard of Sharilyn and her company Lovely Design before as she sells probably the most coveted address files on the blog circuit. What you might not know is that Sharilyn has a blog of her own with some really lovely projects and tutorials that I'm sure will inspire you just like me.

Here I have used some of the pattern downloads I found on the Lovely Design sidebar to make these sweet little jotters and some mini envelopes.

For the envelopes I used a template from the Designers Tool Box and added a little label I had previously downloaded from Givers Log.

To put the note books together I printed the patterns onto off white card stock which I then cut in half to get the right size cover. I used some Muji paper I had to hand for the pages which was lined on one side and plain on the other so I could sketch and take notes. The Muji paper was also quite thin which made it a good choice as I wanted to sew my book instead of stapling. Once cut to size I folded the pages and cover to create a book and used a couple of pegs to hold it all together while I stitched with my machine down the fold line and finally rounded the corners with a craft punch.

I have also been thinking of printing these patterns on to card stock and using as an alternative cover for the mini travel journals I made for Simple Blueprint recently. They could also be used to make really cute calling cards if you add your name and no. in Photoshop....oh the possibilities are endless aren't they!

You will find some really thoughtful and creative ideas at Lovely Design so I hope you have fun browsing the achieve over there! You can let me know what ideas you have for these gorgeous patterns by leaving a comment below.


  1. Hello! Great post! I just wanted to do you print on cardstocks? Do you do it with normal ink printer? I've always been afraid the paper would get stuck in there..

  2. These are beautiful! I'm a pocket notebook nerd myself and I absolutely love these!

  3. Hey Meg, I dont use any special ink and have a really inexpensive Lexmark printer at home which handles card just fine. In fact iv tried running all sorts of things through it and it copes just fine!
    Nicole, Im a big fan of the scout note books! Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. Thanks for commenting on my blog! And adding me to your blog roll! I've been following yours for a long time and am a big fan. If you are interested, I'd love to collaborate on a project for your blog. Any ideas, let me know!
    // Amanda Joy

  5. Wow! these notebooks are cute, really.When visiting Lovely Design blog, I've always been wondering how these patterns would look in a bigger scale. And here they are - truly lovely designs!