Keeping score

Keeping score

Eileen Hull has a new Pocket Notebook die coming out and I was incredibly honored to create something for her release party blog hop.

I love this new Pocket Notebook die. It is so versatile and includes a couple different optional parts. It is Eileen Hull’s newest book die with Sizzix. On the die, you get all of the pieces you need to make an entire book- the cover, pages, latch and pen loop! The Pocket Notebook measures 6 3/4” x 4 1/2” with a spine that can adjust from of 3/8” to almost 2”! String it with elastic, hemp, ribbon or twine. So many options for this fun die!

I wanted to create something a little different so I pulled out some of my vintage games and created a notebook for keeping score on game night.

It includes easy-to-replace paper and a handy pocket to hold pencils and pens.

To make this notebook, begin by cutting matboard front and back covers with Eileen’s new Pocket Notebook die.

Determine where you will want to place the book’s latch. Trace around a micro magnet and carve out a hole for it. Glue the magnet into the hole.

Adhere the covers together and trace it onto two pieces of decorative paper. Next add score tape to the exterior of the cover, peel of the protective covering and adhere one of the decorative papers.

Using the pre-cut holes on the matboard as a guide, re-punch out the holes that you will use for your binding so that the decorative paper has the correct holes.

Decorate the exterior of your book. Ink the edges to provide a frame of sorts.

Flip the book over and repeat the steps of adding score tape and decorative paper to the inside of the book. Re-punch out the binding holes.

Carve out a hole for another micro magnet in the latch and cover with decorative paper. Attach the latch to the back of the book with glue and a brad.

Attach a Monopoly card to a slightly bigger piece of white cardstock to make a pocket. Make two scores on the bottom and sides of the cardstock and snip out the corners.

Adhere to a long rectangular piece of decorative paper and adhere on the inside, placing it to hide the tabs of the brad.

Drill holes in two dice. Thread elastic cording through the book and tie on the outside. Thread the dice onto the dangling cords and knot at the ends.

Cut some paper for score keeping and slide it under the elastic. Add a couple writing utensils and you are all set for your next game night!

Make sure you follow Eileen’s blog hop release party to see some amazing projects and have a chance to win two GIVEAWAYS- the Pocket Notebook die and a gift certificate for Eileen’s Etsy store. To enter to win, leave a comment on each of the posts. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 8 on Eileen’s Facebook Live show.

Thanks for hopping along with us today!

Great stuff used to create this project

  • Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Die
  • Eileen Hull Mat Board
  • Eileen Hull Scoretape
  • Vintage game pieces and vintage game advertising
  • Scrapbook paper
  • White cardstock
  • White paper
  • Elastic cord
  • Micro magnet
  • Fabri-Tac Adhesive
  • Ribbon/Fabric

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  2. What a lovely use of Monopoly cards as pockets! Thanks for explaining why I need to color the edges. ” Ink the edges to provide a frame of sorts”.

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  4. OH MY GOSH, I need to make this. We play games a lot, and need to keep score of when I smear my husband’s buns!!

  5. This is a fantastic idea and will make a great Christmas gift. Love the use of the monopoly card… Got my brain thinking about other game pieces I was ready to throw out or give away…thanks for sharing your creativity!!!

  6. I`m loving this idea and all the details like drilling holes into dices.I know exactly for whom I`ll make a similar game night journal as a gift for christmas.

  7. I love this! I found die shaped beads for a project I did which would e great if you can’t drill it! Love the vintage vibe!

  8. Betsy, you took me right back to my childhood with those fabulous vintage box games! Your score book is fabulous and you have given it a vintage vibe too which I love. That is a great tip about carving a place for the magnets, I really must try that. Thanks so much for sharing a very inspirational piece! Anne x

  9. I have been saving old game pieces and cards for years! Now I realize why!!This is so clever and I must do a book ie this. Bravo!! Love everything about it!!

  10. What a super fun take on this notebook Betsy! I love the way you’ve incorporated the game pieces and cards. Great idea! Thanks for sharing

  11. Betsy I love that you’ve added lots of game pieces to this fabulous Notebook and what a clever idea to create a pocket for scoring pencils with a Monopoly card! I can see this coming out every games night at your house x

  12. This is SO cute! I need to make one to keep my “Clue” notes in! I take that game very seriously! Thanks for making this!

  13. Betsy this is fantastic! I knew there was a reason I have been collecting old games- there’s that Russian Scrabble game which could be interesting… So clever how you put it all together- and thanks for all the great tips. This is such a cool idea and great tutorial!

  14. We so need this in our house to record all the fun we have, not just the board games but pictionary and consequences too! The scrabble letters are such a great design, and once I have liberated some from an old set, I guess I can use the board to make another journal! I could cut bindings from the big travel journal die, or two from the wrapped journal! Thanks for your great example, smokin’!!!

  15. Am enthusiastic with your fabulous album! Love all the game pieces used to decorate!! Am so wanting this die already to use it today!!!! Can’t wait!

  16. Oh my Betsy …I just luv, luv, luv this idea so much!!! I’m just gonna have to make myself one! Luv your monopoly card pocket and pencil place! And the dice dangles and fun tiles! All so clever! TFS this one! Hugs, Suzy Q

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