What is old, is new again…Fridge Magnet Notepads!

Received the cutest fridge magnet notepad as a little gift from my SU dealer with my last order! It was so cute, I had to reverse engineer it to see how it was made. I love notepads, and my husband is one of those perpetual list-makers…he leaves them everywhere, and he’ll use anything as his notepaper…old envelopes, torn off pieces of cardboard from packaging, strips of newspaper, etc. I like to make sure there is an available supply of real notepads, those little scraps drive me nuts!!! So here are some of the toppers I have created for my notepads (which by the way, make an excellent gift!)


Here is a zoomed view of a couple of them:

Fridge Magnets

To make these notepads, purchase narrow ruled 5 x 8 gummed top notepads (50 sheets each) from your local office supply store. I found the pads at Staples (in Canada) 12 to package for less than $10.00. Have the copy shop staff cut the pads in half, so you have 24 2.5″ x 8″ notepads. You will also need coloured or patterned cardstock, my attached template has cuts for both 8.5 x 11 inch (letter) and 12 x 12 inch paper. The 12 x 12 sheets will make 4 notepads (3″ wide), and the letter sized paper makes 3 notepads (2.83″ wide). Because you have an extra 1″ with 12 x 12, I found the pads looked best when you have a double fold at the top…making a slightly narrow decorating area. The two notepads above were made from 12 x 12 cardstock. Other supplies needed:


  Simple instructions

The above notepad was cut from letter sized cardstock…elements were cut from shapes found in the MTC Gallery, and cut using my Zing. If you would like to try this project yourself, here is the cut file for both 8.5 x 11″ and 12 x 12 inch papers: FridgeMagnetNotepads_lna








Happy cutting in 2013!!

Liz A.









Lucille's Footed Box

Hi, my name is Liz Ackerman, I am one of the newer members of the KNK team and a very big fan of the KNK Zing!! I am going to bet that I was one of the first to write to KNK asking when they were going to take preorders when the Zing was first announced! I even had mine ordered before Make The Cut! announced their affiliation with KNK. Oh, did I tell you, I am also a big fan of Make The Cut!

Over the years I have created and used templates for computer crafting. One of the most talented artists I have ever known was Lucille Wilcox. Lucille F. Rock Wilcox (died Nov. 2008) was noted for her meticulously precise designs for boxes of all shapes and sizes. Her templates were very popular and hugely sought after in the early 2000’s, and she had a large internet following. Of all of Lucille’s designs, her footed box was and is still today one of my favourite files, the front seen here is one of my earliest creations using Lucille’s template, back then we printed on 8-1/2 x 11 paper, and then cut by hand using exacto type knifes, a metal straight edge ruler and a sewing cutting mat:


Using Make The Cut! I have raster traced Lucille’s template and created this box so that it can easily be cut using electronic cutters such as the KNK Zing, the newest cutter in the KNK family. Here is the completed project (my apologies for the horrible photos):



The completed project is 5-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ tall. Papers used are DoubleMates Racy Raspberry (red) and a paper from the K&Company Designer Papers, a double sided printed paper that I thought coordinated well with the DoubleMate. You could easily embellish the box with bling, silk or paper flowers (quilled flowers would be the ultimate touch!), etc, and the box has many possibilities: gift box, chocolate box, knick-knacks, jewelry, etc. You will need 2 sheets of 12 x 12 cardstock (or several 8-1/2 x 11 sheets) for the construction of the box as designed, and one half sheet of printed or contrast if you want to use the panels as shown. The complete box could be made with a printed paper and a solid colour used for the panels, or just plain without the panels. The file that I am offering is in Make The Cut! format, and has two pages. Here are some photos I took during the construction phase:



And here is a link to the Make The Cut! file: Lucille’sFootedBox-Temp


If you have any questions or need help with the file, please feel free to give us a shout out: Liz Ackerman

PS – I have added a piece to the file, it’s a lattice panel, I added it to the front of the box using the flip side of the paper used for the panels…very cute! email me if you would like that file!