The Amazing Paper Grace Thinking Outside of the Box Blog Hop

We’re so excited!  For months we’ve been bringing you creative ways to use your dies to make stunning cards.  Not today!! Today, we’re showing you how to make anything but a card.  I issued the challenge that the creative team could pick any die and not use it in the way in was originally intended. What that means for you is everything we are showing today is pretty much outside of the box.  Dies are meant for this kind of inspiration and as you hop around, you’ll be amazed at some gorgeous creations that will have your head shaking.  Yes there are prizes, but have your gift list sitting by so that you can pick out the next gifts you might be making for someone special.

I’ll tell you a little bit about my creation and will share a link list below so that you can see the creations of each person on the Creative Team as well as information on how three lucky people can win Amazing Paper Grace Dies.

I keep mini legal pads around the house and because they are so economical.  To make them even more of a deal, I take them to Office Depot and have them cut in half vertically and it doubles my stash.  The resulting pad is long and tall and perfect for list making.  I knew I wanted to create a little portfolio using the Filigree Bookmark Die along with the Filigree Pocket.  So I had my paper pads cut to 2-1/4″ wide and had them cut shorter to 5″ tall.  You can get 2 pads out 1 mini legal pad like I’m showing below.

I cut four bookmarks along with a piece of cardstock cut to 5″ x 5-1/4″ and scored 2-3/8″from each edge to make a tall side fold panel.  I glue a bookmark to the front, back and insides while matching to make it look like it’s one bookmark.  On the front, I folded down swirl motif by half and the half swirl on the front along with the swirl on the back, look like a full swirl.  The half mini legal pad is secure because you simply slide it into a pocket and then there is a pocket on the left hand side of the portfolio to keep other notes or your list for the day.  These tie closed but it would be just as easy to put any other closure you dream of.

Stamps:  None
Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White – Cover – 80lb smooth, My Minds Eye
Ink:  None
Accessories:  Amazing Paper Grace Dies,  Spellbinders Filigree Bookmark, Spellbinders Filigree Pocket,  PL-001 Platinum™  Die Cutting And Embossing Machine with 8.5″ Platform, The Paper Studio – Pearls, May Arts Silk Ribbon

How to Win:
Hop around to each Creative Team Member and leave a comment on each blog, three lucky winners will win a die of their choice from the Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Elegance Collection.    In making the rounds, a comment should be left on the August 15th Blog Post of each Creative Team member – in your comments let us know if there is a project you would consider making.

When to Check Back:

We’ll pick and post the three winners on Saturday August 19th on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog.

How to Claim:
The winners have two weeks from the time the blog post is published to claim their die.  Simply click on the contact tab at the top right hand corner of the Amazing Paper Grace blog, leave your mailing address and type the name of the die you’d like.  Becca will be sending out the winning die.  Please give us a month, we’ll get it to you, promise!

Who can Play:
Any of our lovely readers including our international friends.

To start thinking Outside of the Box, hop to:
Visit Becca      –  at
Visit Melissa  – at
Visit Teresa    –  at
Visit Anita      – at
Visit Kristi      – at
Visit Joanna   – at

P.S.  These are all gifts you can make, yes you!!  Please feel free to ask questions of all the designers in their comments because we all love to mentor readers through making wonderful gifts for their families.

  • Aunty sueAugust 15, 2017 - 9:09 am

    This is so practical and beautiful and we’ll wrote up thanksReplyCancel

  • Susan MillerAugust 15, 2017 - 9:09 am

    This is just beautiful! Love the papers you used.ReplyCancel

  • Maria LuisaAugust 15, 2017 - 9:21 am

    This is just beautiful !!!!ReplyCancel

  • JackieAAugust 15, 2017 - 9:23 am

    I love the note pads…beautiful creations as always!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Mellor aka Loopy Lynda UKAugust 15, 2017 - 9:24 am

    Good morning Becca, just gorgeous!!!
    Love it when you think outside the box!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy LyndaxxxReplyCancel

  • JoanAugust 15, 2017 - 9:25 am

    This is a beautiful gift. Thank you for sharing with us.ReplyCancel

  • SuzzieQAugust 15, 2017 - 9:27 am

    Becca, you are so clever. Always thinking out of the box! I like the idea of the shopping list pads made from purchased mini pads.ReplyCancel

  • Yoshiko GlennAugust 15, 2017 - 9:28 am

    What a wonderful way to glam up a legal pad. Your creations are beyond amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Carol bAugust 15, 2017 - 9:29 am

    Just adorable. I had made something similar several years ago. Thanks for reminding me. I have note pads left from Papertrey Ink that still sells them but they are 2 1/2″ by 8″. I am going to make some more since I love how you designed your project and they are cute little gifts.
    Carol bReplyCancel

  • Maryann LaursenAugust 15, 2017 - 9:35 am

    Oh my Becca, this is sooo beautiful, and definitely one, I would like to try. I have made many different notebooks over the years and this is fabulous and sooo beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara WilsonAugust 15, 2017 - 9:38 am

    Great use of the small paper pads.ReplyCancel

  • Kristine VencelAugust 15, 2017 - 9:44 am

    What a clever idea, Becca! I also use these pads for lists but since I am writing on the left side only, the right side is usually empty & wasted. No more! Unh anh! Thank you for such a great idea……and to make it pretty besides!ReplyCancel

  • Joanna DicksonAugust 15, 2017 - 9:47 am

    Hi Becca
    Absolutely lovely…. and so useful xxReplyCancel

  • SueAugust 15, 2017 - 10:15 am

    Beautiful but useful too!ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine GallAugust 15, 2017 - 10:19 am

    Love the note holder, seems lovely to give as gifts!! Thanks for being so givingReplyCancel

  • Bente SorflatenAugust 15, 2017 - 10:36 am

    This is so lovely, and a great idea for a small gift :))ReplyCancel

  • Ann RobbinsAugust 15, 2017 - 10:46 am

    This is something I often make as a small gift for something unexpected.
    Ann RReplyCancel

  • JoannaAugust 15, 2017 - 10:57 am

    Beautiful note pad, Becca!
    Loving the idea.

  • ElaineAugust 15, 2017 - 11:21 am

    Aww Becca you and the team are sooo amazing , i love everyones project , i would like to try to copy every one { no kidding }

    God Bless and take care
    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • KathyAugust 15, 2017 - 11:22 am

    Great ideas and so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Faulba DorsettAugust 15, 2017 - 11:25 am

    Absolutely gorgeous. I sure am glad you show us how to think outside the box.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara GAugust 15, 2017 - 11:27 am

    Just loved looking at all the creative teams out of the box ideas. Wonderful journal idea and would love to win one of your dies. Thanks so much for sharing all of your creativity with us! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly FuchsAugust 15, 2017 - 11:27 am

    Hello Becca,

    What a clever use of this die. It’s so beautiful and feminine. What female from 5 to 95 wouldn’t love making a list in this wonderful notepad. Great idea for a little gift as well.


  • melitaAugust 15, 2017 - 11:30 am

    I would never have thought of getting the mini legal pads cute. Super cute project!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara TranquillaAugust 15, 2017 - 11:35 am

    Hi Becca, Super idea, outside the box. I can’t get there without a detailed map so I really, really love all the ideas from you and your team. Any time a die or stamp gives me more than one use, I consider it a great buy. I’m anxiously awaiting the Becca ‘Coming Soon’ designs–soon is not soon enough. It has been since the beginning of August because I check every day. Keep those terrific ideas emailed our way. I so appreciate you efforts. Thanks, BarbaraReplyCancel

  • Theresa GloeAugust 15, 2017 - 11:44 am

    Perfect timing as I start thinking about practical gifts for Christmas for co workers and friends. I love the elegant style!ReplyCancel

  • Betty AldridgeAugust 15, 2017 - 11:45 am

    Beautiful creation and very clever idea!ReplyCancel

  • DebraK in FloridaAugust 15, 2017 - 11:47 am

    I had no idea that Office Depot cut paper pads. Very cool idea. Perfect size! I love the way you mix/match prints.ReplyCancel

  • Lynne AnakinAugust 15, 2017 - 12:08 pm

    OK…I’m inspired. I love making little paper craft gifts for my friends and family. I have the bookmark die and can’t wait to CASE your note pad holder. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Marie FishelbergAugust 15, 2017 - 12:20 pm

    Such a cute shopping list holder. Love the look and the different uses for the dies.ReplyCancel

  • Shaunda SniderAugust 15, 2017 - 12:32 pm

    What a lovely idea! You are so amazingly creative, Becca!!! I would love to try this project.ReplyCancel

  • Beverly ParkisonAugust 15, 2017 - 12:43 pm

    Wonderful….this is what I love to do…make little special happies.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy ArtmanAugust 15, 2017 - 12:55 pm

    Hi, Becca,
    Oh-me-oh-my-oh! I’m going to a women’s retreat in Oct and thought I was all set to make Filigree Bookmarks for everyone but now I’m seeing an ensemble take shape in my imagination…a bookmark and a note pad! I love both your samples! Thanks for the tip on getting the note pads cut – I’d like to think I would have come up with that idea. But, I think not!
    Wow, what a great time to come up with gift ideas! Christmas will be here before we know it and even though it’s more exciting to wait until the last minute (hee,hee), now is a better time.
    Love and blessings,

    • Sandy ArtmanAugust 15, 2017 - 2:12 pm

      P.S. I started the blog hop from here, Becca, and having completed the circuit I must say that your team rose to the occasion, and then some! Beautiful creations – great and useful ideas. In terms of gift ideas, I think your memo booklets and Joanna’s lantern idea will find their way into my craft room in the next couple of months. Bravo!ReplyCancel

  • Kay McbrideAugust 15, 2017 - 1:30 pm

    Awesome!!, I would like to create some of your mini pads, the metallic one would be nice for gifts oh heck, both of those are pretty stinking awesome and that’s something that can be altered to anyone’s taste!

  • Judy InukaiAugust 15, 2017 - 1:32 pm

    What a fun project. I could see myself making those for just any time gifts.ReplyCancel

  • CatherineCAugust 15, 2017 - 1:46 pm

    This is what I love about your dies: the versatility. And then there’s the elegant design :)ReplyCancel

  • fusiafscrappingAugust 15, 2017 - 3:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I really like this notebook. Such a beauty! I saw some things to try for organizing my craft room.ReplyCancel

  • Trish AveryAugust 15, 2017 - 3:38 pm

    Becca I am so excited to see this lovely idea , I need something for Christmas gifts for some friends and guess what I will be making. thank you so much… Love the whole idea of this.
    Hugs Trish.ReplyCancel

  • Rene StansellAugust 15, 2017 - 3:58 pm

    Hi Becca,
    I love everything you make, I enjoy making little boxes.
    Rene from OZ xReplyCancel

  • Darlene JesseeAugust 15, 2017 - 4:06 pm

    Becca, Love the note pads, your creations are truly amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Lori SloanAugust 15, 2017 - 4:13 pm

    How beautiful!! I love these fancy note pads. What a great gift too! I love your colors, but can envision these in lots of different color schemes. I definitely want to make these! Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Jennie BaileyAugust 15, 2017 - 4:18 pm

    What great Christmas gifts these will be, thank you for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Christine RayAugust 15, 2017 - 4:18 pm

    Hi Becca! I love your notepad / bookmark idea! I think I could make these! They would make beautiful stocking stuffers this Christmas. Your work is always so beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us. Love the work of your new design team also.ReplyCancel

  • Crafty CruiserAugust 15, 2017 - 4:46 pm

    Wow, Becca. Your project is so lovely and your team have done you proud too. A wonderful array of brilliant projects. Well done to all!
    Doreen RReplyCancel

  • Kathy sAugust 15, 2017 - 5:27 pm

    Beautiful Becca as always so inspiring and such a great quick gift to have on hand or just make aeap to pretty up the place. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win one of your magnificent dies.ReplyCancel

  • PegAugust 15, 2017 - 6:16 pm

    What an original idea! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • CherylAugust 15, 2017 - 6:39 pm

    I love this project and will definitely make it. I like the idea that a note pad could be left on the counter or desk top and actually add beauty to the space!ReplyCancel

  • CherylAugust 15, 2017 - 6:47 pm

    I love this project and would love to make it. I like the idea that a notepad can stay on the counter or desk top and actually add beauty to it!ReplyCancel

  • Christine SpringmanAugust 15, 2017 - 6:54 pm

    Love the portfolio, it would be a lovely gift that anyone would love. Christine SReplyCancel

  • Lisa D StaymanAugust 15, 2017 - 7:33 pm

    Thank you Becca for inspiring your team to make something out of the box. I think a few of them made a box! What I especially appreciate from you is that you use the dies in unique ways.ReplyCancel

  • christiAugust 15, 2017 - 7:49 pm

    this is just the cutest little note pad. adorable and so femine.ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenAugust 15, 2017 - 7:52 pm

    Becca, this is SO LOVELY! We ALL have lists we make! You should see my desk! LOL This would make such a NICE gift! I was just looking at this very die the other night too—the Filigree Bookmark! ;) There ARE some others coming in the mail soon too! ;) (ALL because of YOU!) THANKS BECCA! I am SO LOVING you having this Design Team! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Clare CurcioAugust 15, 2017 - 8:07 pm

    What a great idea to make something “outside” the box! I’d like to try something different, but I’d have to play with the dies first! Very nice!ReplyCancel

  • Monika/buzsyAugust 15, 2017 - 8:13 pm

    Oh, how creative Becca. I love little note pads and these are so sweet and darling! What a great way of using the bookmark die… I’d sure make a bunch of these. :)ReplyCancel

  • Janice BrummettAugust 15, 2017 - 8:18 pm

    How beautiful. I’ve never thought to cut the mini pads into. So going to try this as soon as I go to town. Perfect gifts for friends, family and teachers. Thank you for this idea!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy McDanielsAugust 15, 2017 - 8:20 pm

    Love these… I use HR legal pads at work all the time… what a great idea to make them more attractive and giftable!ReplyCancel

  • VeeAugust 15, 2017 - 8:32 pm

    So pretty, I’ve been in a wonderful folio jag myself and I was wondering how you cut the pad in half? In making my folios I’d like the note pads just a little shorter.
    Thanks for sharing ??
    Smooches VeeReplyCancel

  • Diane FAugust 15, 2017 - 8:34 pm

    I love, love these little notepads. They look so precious & special!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea JohnsonAugust 15, 2017 - 8:44 pm

    How cute! I want to make dozens of these. What perfect gifts – for any occasion. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration, Becca.
    (And may I say once again how delightful it was to run into you on Monday. <3 )ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea JohnsonAugust 15, 2017 - 8:49 pm

    This is a great idea! I want to make a bunch of these because they would be a great little surprise for any occasion. Thanks for the inspiration, Becca.
    (And may I say how delighted I was to run into you on Monday!! What a thrill and joy!!)ReplyCancel

  • Susan SmitAugust 15, 2017 - 9:17 pm

    I love this out of the box gift idea…for a dear one or self. I so love both takes on the note pad covers….love multi use for dies. Inky hugsReplyCancel

  • Anita BraddockAugust 15, 2017 - 11:09 pm

    You have made a super Amazing projects. I love giving away note pads and the style you have made would be so perfect for a gift or just to display. Thanks for sharing your Amazing dies. Love all the Ideas.ReplyCancel

  • D.Ann CAugust 15, 2017 - 11:30 pm

    How sweet us this?! I now have the filigree bookmark die and am putting thus on my Projects I Want to Try list!! Didn’t know O.D. would cut a paper pad in half… cool idea!!ReplyCancel

  • D.Ann CAugust 15, 2017 - 11:33 pm

    Well, it looks like I kept missing the i and putting u… if it doesn’t make sense, swap out the u for an I! ?ReplyCancel

  • Tanja S.August 16, 2017 - 12:51 am

    I love this pretty list and bookmark wallet.ReplyCancel

  • CeciliaAugust 16, 2017 - 1:44 am

    I would love to make one and keep in my purse….nice little gift for teachers.ReplyCancel

  • SindhuAugust 16, 2017 - 2:49 am

    Beautiful and very useful one…ReplyCancel

  • Sandra SMITHAugust 16, 2017 - 3:26 am

    U love this idea and it’s so pretty. Cutting the tablets in half b makes a great size for many things!ReplyCancel

  • Carol RossouwAugust 16, 2017 - 4:07 am

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I’ve made some of your “outside the box” projects before as gifts and they have always been a hit. This is another winner. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Karen CouretAugust 16, 2017 - 4:20 am

    I would love to make a project like this to take to a crop as gifts for the ladies I sit with. I really love to make things for others. Love this project Becca. ?ReplyCancel

  • Janet SaievaAugust 16, 2017 - 6:11 am

    Absolutely beautiful. Great gift ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Jerri JimenezAugust 16, 2017 - 6:39 am

    Absolutely beautiful, Becca! You and your design team have gone over and beyond with the fabulously stunning boxes. I was so thrilled to go to each blog and see their creations with your stunning dies, I was truly enthralled with each and every design!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne aka the kardladyAugust 16, 2017 - 8:21 am

    Your bookmarks and little note book are lovely Becca – each one is unique! I’ve made a bookmark but nothing like yours – everything you make is so extra special to me. Your creativity is astounding! Hugs DianneReplyCancel

  • Leanne SAugust 16, 2017 - 9:39 am

    Such a clever project! Your dies are the most elegant I have ever come across.ReplyCancel

  • Victorian Studio D'arteAugust 16, 2017 - 3:12 pm

    Very unique and beautiful creation!!!ReplyCancel

  • KathymAugust 16, 2017 - 3:43 pm

    So unique and pretty!!!! Love the sets!!!!ReplyCancel

  • bobbie EcclesAugust 16, 2017 - 4:32 pm

    Becca, what a great idea! Would make lovely little stocking stuffers or presents year round.ReplyCancel

  • karenladdAugust 16, 2017 - 5:45 pm

    Oh, I just love that sweet little notebook. I like to make craft gifts that are pretty and useful, and everyone can use a notebook!ReplyCancel

  • Laura PapercutsAugust 16, 2017 - 5:56 pm

    Wow,sure is pretty. I’ve made a few notepads before. Very fun to do. Some pretty, some manly, some using computer parts. But yours are always so elegant! Hope to win.ReplyCancel

  • Donna PolleyAugust 16, 2017 - 6:57 pm

    So pretty. I love the delicate designs.ReplyCancel

  • Noelene ApapAugust 16, 2017 - 7:18 pm

    Hi Becca,
    You ladies are so talented. The way you create things we would have never thought of. I will definitely give some of these a try like, your note book, Joanna’s tea light box & Melissa’s center piece.
    Thank you for creating a beautiful versatile set of dies & thanks to all of your team for sharing & inspiring. Have a lovely week xReplyCancel

  • Marilyn in E~TownAugust 16, 2017 - 9:06 pm

    Love todays projects, one elegant and one just plain ole cute!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol PinkeyAugust 16, 2017 - 10:00 pm

    Your bookmarks are so pretty and useful! You are a true inspiration Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Lorrayne IngramAugust 16, 2017 - 10:33 pm

    No one on I know is as creative as you. I just love coming to see your posts to see what you do that is exceptional today. In the world of anger it is so good to see beauty somewhere.ReplyCancel

  • Chavi AgarwalAugust 16, 2017 - 11:15 pm

    Ur designs r graceful n just awesome..would love try making book box with itReplyCancel

  • Rosetta JenkinsAugust 16, 2017 - 11:32 pm

    Your work is always Amazingly done with such grace and intimate knowledge of the needs and desires of the papercrafter. That assures us that tour products are made with us in mind. I love your art and also your amazing dies.ReplyCancel

  • Marla J. OwensAugust 17, 2017 - 9:23 am

    I love your beautiful dies!ReplyCancel

  • Shari AlbrechtAugust 17, 2017 - 11:26 am

    I love what you did! These are a great gift! I will definitely try this!ReplyCancel

  • LinseyAugust 17, 2017 - 12:17 pm

    Oh wow, these are gorgeous! What a great and useful idea!! I just love it!! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda JAugust 17, 2017 - 1:16 pm


  • shartlAugust 17, 2017 - 3:22 pm

    What a great idea to have the notepads cut in half to make cute shopping lists. Your projects are always so beautiful, and these notepads are almost too pretty to use. I would definitely make up a batch of these for gifts anytime.ReplyCancel

  • Minerva RicoAugust 17, 2017 - 7:24 pm

    This is a great idea on how to use the legal note pads. What did you use to cut perfectly the pad in the middle?ReplyCancel

  • treenAugust 17, 2017 - 10:13 pm

    I love notebooks to make lists! I have a million, but i always want and need more. I love for them to sit next to me and match the area where I sit to drink tea and pray. I have so many ideas of what colors and papers to use! Thanks for the lovely ideas! hugs, treenReplyCancel

  • Val BraunAugust 18, 2017 - 2:05 am

    Love your dies and all the great ideas. Thinking outside the box is awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl GriebAugust 18, 2017 - 5:59 am

    Lovely. I bought these at the dollar store. Now I have seen a way to make them “special”. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleAugust 18, 2017 - 2:12 pm

    Becca, you are finally getting me to think outside the box. I love your ideas of note pads. This could be an anytime gift with a card. Love the inspiration always. HUGS!ReplyCancel

  • Denise BryantAugust 18, 2017 - 11:13 pm

    Such beautiful details! Love the gorgeous dies you used!ReplyCancel

  • Dorothy MutafopulosAugust 19, 2017 - 8:32 am

    Great idea, it’s perfect to give it to someone as a thank you gift .ReplyCancel

  • Mickey Mc.August 19, 2017 - 11:29 am

    Wonderful gift idea. May use as a thank you gift for our “altar linen ladies” at church.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara WilsonAugust 19, 2017 - 5:38 pm

    Who won the blog hop?ReplyCancel

  • Anne(UK)August 21, 2017 - 3:51 am

    Rather late to the party! Just catching up on a few days of posting fabulousness!