Tuesday, August 21, 2012

{Desktop Note Holder & Free Printables}

It probably comes as no surprise that I like to make things.  But you may not know that I love to give gifts too.  I REALLY love to give a handmade gift to someone, well, anyone really.  :)  Recently, I stumbled upon a blog called My Digital Creations where Lisa made a Teacher's Post-it Note Stand.  I had seen these types of stands on Pinterest before, but seeing her post reminded me of what a great idea they are.  As a teacher, I know that one can never have too many post-it notes, but you know what?  This could be true for many professions.  So I decided to make a desktop note holder for some of my coworkers.  These note holders use very inexpensive supplies, and they are cute and useful!
  I was lucky enough to find free digital paper downloads from Mel Stampz and Dreamlike Magic Designs.  I used their papers and my trusty friend PicMonkey to create 4x6 personalized images.  (The tape strip on the L one came from Free Pretty Things for You.)  I printed out my images at CVS.  (Be careful because some printers like the one at CVS will not print images true to the color on the screen, and they may cut off some of your printable, which is a bummer.)  I put my images in clear acrylic frames purchased at Walmart.  I used double sided tape to stick my post-its to my frames.  (I didn't buy the brand name, extra sticky post-its, so they kept falling off the frames.  That's why I needed the tape.)  Now I have cute personalized desk accessories to give to my coworkers.  Having a new cute item on my desk always makes starting school again not seem quite so bad to me, and I hope it does the same for them!
For some of the note holders, I used regular size post-its, and for some I used mini post-its.  I think I like these with the mini post-its best.
I used a magnetic acrylic frame for one of the note holders.  This is great option for someone who doesn't have a lot of extra desk space.
And since I like giving gifts so much, I made FIVE free versions (utilizing the free papers from the awesome blogs I listed above) for you to download, customize, and print.  Simply click on the arrow with the line under it to download the image to your computer.  Open the image in PicMonkey or another photo editing program.  Add a name, phrase or initial.  Save it.  Print it.  Give it.  Or keep it.  :)  If you are not computer savvy, the last version can simply be printed--no customization is needed.
Pink & Aqua Preppy Customizable Notes Printable

Purple & Orange Preppy Customizable Notes Printable

Beige & White Vintage Customizable Notes Printable
Coral & Turquoise Preppy Customizable Notes Printable

Beige, Yellow, & White Vintage Notes Printable

As with all my printables, feel free to download the images for your own personal use--you may not claim the images as your own, resell them, or redistribute them.  I hope y'all enjoy them!  :)


  1. Oh My Goodness! I just found your blog through Vivian at Viv on a Whim and LOVE this idea! What a great gift for co-workers, book club friends, the nice lady at the Post Office, etc.... thank you so much for the tutorial and printables. I am happily printing away!!!



  2. What beautiful printables and what a brilliant idea for some teacher gifts. Really well done!

  3. love these so much! are you OK with me pinning them to pinterest so I can remember to print them? if not I understand

    1. I'm totally okay with you pinning them. :) Thanks so much!

  4. Gorgeous! I love these - lucky co-workers! Hey, I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger award - stop by and get the scoop! :) Congrats!


  5. thank you! I downloaded the beige one and the turquoise and pink one!

  6. So cute! That would also make a great teacher gift. :o)

  7. Bethany,

    These are really lovely and quite useful. If you ever feel like making me one, please go right ahead. . . Lol! It is very nice of you to have made these for your co-workers, but then again, I know what a generous and kind person you are, so it is no surprise! I hope the beginning of the school year isn't too painful for you.

    Take care,

  8. This is adorable! Such a creative gift!

  9. These are adorable.. and what a generous lady you are to share!

  10. These are awesome Bethany! pinned it!

  11. LOVE the printables Bethany!! Oh so PRETTY!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  12. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to make them. Found you from Things I've Done Thursday @ Bear Rabbit Bear.

  13. Seriously amazing! I can't believe you just whipped these up! I need a tutorial on how to make my own backround. So fun!

  14. Those are so cute! What a great idea. I think it's so cool that you included the free printables too.



  15. What a lovely idea... Your co-workers are so lucky....!

  16. found you through I Heart Nap Time. Love this project and your beautiful blog!!


  17. I need to get me one of these made for my new classroom. This is so exciting!

    Rosie xx

  18. Girl, I really REALLY love these...the printables are fabulous; thank you!! So glad you shared at Shine on Fridays; you're being featured in tomorrow's top 10 on One Artsy Mama!


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