Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Get Organized with Eileen Hull Dies by Sizzix and a tutorial

Hi crafty friends, if you're like me you are always struggling to stay organized and keep things where you can find them.  I am constantly looking for a notepad, so I made this handy little organizer to help me keep up with my notepads.  If you scroll on down a bit, I've put together a picture step by step tutorial for you!

This little note organizer is made with dies from Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix is just what you need next to the phone or on your craft table!  In one little unit, you've got pens and notepads in the Card Box, Planner Storage & Organizer  and scratch paper in the Notebook Pocket.  I'm going to keep this on my craft table because I always need a little note pad handy to keep track of the supplies I use.  AND I always have small offcuts of paper to put in the Notebook Pocket.  
I used two dies to create the two storage units, the Sizzix Scoreboards XL Die - Card Box, Planner Storage & Organizer and the Notebook Pocket.  In the back of the Organizer box you can see a pencil holder which is a little extra bit I added to the box 'cause I needed this box to nicely hold my pens too!
Here's a view from the other side where you can see the Notebook Pocket.  I love making journals and I use a lot of 8.5" x 11" paper in doing so.  That means that I end up with a lot of off cuts that really are a good size for scribbling a quick note or doing a computation.  I needed somewhere to store these bits of paper and the Notebook Pocket is just what I needed.  You can see that I've filled it with odd shaped strips of paper off cuts.

I embellished the front of the organizer box with masked on vines and a couple simple flowers that I made with the Bookmark, Tag & Pocket die set.

On the opposite side, on the Notebook Pocket I added a bookplate from the Bookplate, Hinges & Label set along with another flower made with the Bookmark, Tag & Pocket die set.  At the very top of the bookplate, I added a floral arch from the Floral Arch & Words set.


Tim Holtz Memoranda Paper Pad 12 x 12

Step 1:
First we'll make the organizer that I am using to hold notepads with the Eileen Hull Designs Sizzix Scoreboards XL Die - Card Box, Planner Storage & Organizer

Step 2:
I used Sizzix Little Sizzles - 6" x 13" Mat Board Pack to make my organizer as it is already cut to 6" x 12" which is a perfect size to work with the XL dies.   However, you can also use medium weight mat or  chipboard.  I recommend using adhesive sheets to apply the design paper to the chipboard.  I buy 12 x 12" sheets and cut to 6" x 12".  Cover the mat board with an adhesive sheet and burnish it down so that the adhesive does not pull up when you remove the protective liner.  Now place your design paper cut to 6" x 12"  over the adhesive and press down.  No need to burnish as it will be burnished down after die cutting.  If you want your organizer to have paper on both the out and in sides, put paper on both sides of the mat board.  Place the paper that you want on the outside of your box facing down on the die.

Now run the die through your machine.

Step 3:
You should have these 4 pieces die cut.  We will not use the little piece that comes out of the label holder.

Step 4:
Set the pieces aside from the previous step.  Now cut a piece of design paper and a piece of lightweight cardboard (such as what comes in shirt packaging) or heavy cardstock slightly larger than  3" x 4 1/2".   Adhere the paper to the cardboard or cardstock with adhesive sheets and then trim down to 3" x 4 1/2".  Score lengthwise at 3/4", 1 1/2", and 2 1/4".  Fold into a square as shown in the 2nd photo and use a piece of washi tape to hold it together in a square shape.

Step 5:
Ink the edges and do some masking on the body of the organizer if you wish.  

Step 6:
Die cut 3 sets of  flowers using the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Bookmark, Tag & Pocket.  Cut between the petals on the two larger flowers as shown in the first photo.  Using tweezers, give each petal a twist to create some depth.  Assemble the flowers, stacking the smaller flowers on top of the larger flowers and using a brad to hold them together as shown in the 2nd photo.  Set the 3rd flower aside for use on the Notebook Pocket.

Step 7:
Now let's assemble the organizer.  Place Scor-tape along the back of the square cylinder prepared in step 4 and press into place along the inside spine of the organizer as shown in the 2nd photo.  Be sure to place the Scor-tape on the side with the tape so that when you adhere it to the box, the washi tape will not show.

Step 8:
Fold the tabs in on the bottom of the box and place Scor-tape or glue on the tabs.   Adhere to the bottom of the box which is the rectangle we die cut in step 1.

Step 9:
When assembled, it should look like this:

Step 10: 
 Rub the edges and masked design with  Prima Mettalique Wax.  I used Bronze Age and Vintage Gold.  Die cut a scalloped circle with the large scalloped die from the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Bookplate, Hinges & Label die set and adhere where shown in the first photo.  Then adhere two flowers made in step 6 over the scalloped circle offsetting towards the bottom as shown in the 2nd photo. 

Step 11:
For the next step we'll be using the Notebook Pocket.  Follow Step 2 above to adhere and diecut the paper for the Notebook Pocket pictured below.

Step 12: 
After die-cutting the pocket, ink all the edges.  Fold along all the score lines and place Scor-tape on the flaps.

Step 13:  
Fold the narrow flap up and adhere to the flaps.  Place brads in the holes at the top to help hold the flap in place.

Step 14:
Die cut a bookplate from the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Bookplate, Hinges & Label die set.
 Select an image to fit inside the bookplate .  Adhere the bookplate in the center of the Notebook Pocket and adhere the image inside the bookplate.  Lightly rub Prima wax around the edges.  Assemble the 3rd flower from Step 6 if not already done so.  

Step 15:
Line up the Notebook Pocket and the Organizer and mark the side of the Organizer on the  Notebook Pocket as shown in the photo.  Place Scor-tape up to the marked line.  I found that Scor-tape was not securely holding the two pieces together, probably because of the masking, so I added glue over top the Scor-tape.

Step 16:
Adhere the Notebook pocket to the Organizer.  If you have used liquid adhesive, use rubberbands to hold eevrything in place while the glue sets up.

That's it all finished.  Put some pencils in the pencil holder, a memo pad in the organizer and loose notesheets in the Notebook Pocket.  

Thanks so much for joining me today!


  1. What a delightful--and useful--project. I can see some great little gifts in the making in my mind! Your tutorial is so helpful. tfs

    1. Yep these would make great little gifts or party favors, thanks for stopping by!

  2. I love how you combined these two dies into one useful (and pretty) organizer. I am always needing notes too- Maggi- will be experimenting with this combo idea too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Wonderful project and excellent tutorial! Pretty and useful - my favorite combo!

    1. Thanks for popping by Susie, I appreciate it!

  4. What a great idea for organization - this would hold so many items nice and tidy! Beautiful papers and florals on this Maggi! Julia xx

  5. I'm curious as to how you were able to get your 12x12 paper to cover the entire length of the die cut which is wider than 12" (almost 12 1/2" wide).

    1. The paper that I used has a strip at the top where it tells you what brand, collection etc. So when I diecut I placed the paper so that the outer tab on the right side of the die was cut in the info strip. That tab is folder under and won't show so it does't matter if it is not covered by design paper. HOpe that makes sense, if not let me know!


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