Paper Project: Gnomebook!

Gnomebook Ad

If you’ve never had a little gnome buddy, you’re missing out! Whether jotting down secrets or grocery lists, your bearded garden friend will keep them safe in your very own gnomebook.

Gnomebook Materials

What You’ll Need:

4 x 6 Notebook, Scissors, glue stick, pen/pencil, a variety of colored cardstocks, ruler, colored pencils/markers, and  the gnomebook template.

First, you’ll need to make a wrap for the entire notebook. This will serve as the background for your gnome. We chose bright colors, orange and green, for our gnomes.

You will need two pieces to cover the notebook completely. Cut out an 11″ long strip of cardstock to fit around the notebook.

cut orange background cut out background fit background around notebook

Next, secure this strip to the back of the notebook with glue. The top of this strip will fold over the top of the notebook a little bit. Make the top crease and the crease that comes up around the notebook (so it can eventually flap shut with the gnome bearn).

glue stick

Glue the section of the strip that will attach to the back of the notebook.

glue notebook back

Glue down the top flap to attach to the notebook.

Fold top flap over

Cut another strip to fit the front/top of the notebook. This one will be about 4″ long.

cut top flap of notebook

Glue this flap to the top of notebook (on top of your first flap) and fold it around the front/top of the notebook.

glue top flap fold over flap

Print and cut out the gnomebook template. Trace the head, hat, body, and pants on different colored cardstocks (or print the template out on different colored cardstocks…mix and match to make different gnomebooks!). I chose to trace mine, but feel free to do what is most fun for you!

cut out pattern trace each template

Cut out the gnome pieces.

cut out pieces assemble gnome pieces

Now its time to start assembling the gnome! Start with the head and hat. Glue the head on so that the beard hangs off the top flap. Make sure not to glue the bottom part of the beard, because then you won’t be able to open the notebook! 🙂

glue head and beard

Next glue on the hat. It will fold over the top of the notebook just a bit. Glue it up well so it stays on there!

glue hat

Next, tuck the shirt piece under the gnome’s beard. Glue the top part of the shirt onto the top flap of the notebook, then cut the shirt where the flap ends.

glue shirt glue shirt under beard

Then glue the bottom half of the shirt onto the bottom part of the notebook (the two pieces of the shirt should come together where the flap comes down, and remember the beard will tuck in to close the notebook). Glue the pants on now, you know, right where this gnome’s pants might be!

glue pants

Now comes the part we’ve been talking about – getting  the  gnome’s beard to tuck into his belt buckle so he keeps your notebook shut and your secrets safe! Mark on the shirt where the bottom of the beard hits.

mark where beard overlaps shirt

Then, make a slit with scissors or an exacto knife. The slit should go through all pieces of cardstock.

cut slit for beard to close notebook

Give it a test to see if it works!

outline the gnome

Now comes the tricky part- cartooning a cute gnome face. Get creative, or just use gnomebook template and darken the lines. Start with pencil and finish off your design by tracing details with a pen or felt tipped marker.

draw a gnome face, or use the template outline facial features with pen or marker finishing touches, shoes color the beard

Time for the finishing touches. Use markers and/or colored pencils to add color to the gnome’s boots, belt, and beard.

finished notebook

When you’re satisfied with your creative touches, these gnomebooks are ready for their first scribbles!


 Kristin AnKristin Andersonderson is a Luther Grad from Des Moines where she designs graphics, paints, eats, and dreams of owning a vegetable farm. To see more of her work check out her webpage!

 

Read the Summer 2017 Inspire(d) Online!

Here’s what’s happening in the Summer 2017 Inspire(d):

Summer Fun List! Local Food Directory • CSA: Hooray! • Crystal Creek Magic • Sum of Your Biz: Impact Coffee • Lansing, Iowa • Paper Project: Gnomebooks! • RAGBRAI Northeast Iowa Edition • and more! Read the whole thing online here!

A note from Aryn:

This is our 50th issue of Inspire(d)!!!! Can you believe it?!

Every time I say the word “fifty” I think of that Saturday Night Live sketch… you know, the one where Molly Shannon says, “My name is Sally O’Malley and I’m proud to say I’m 50! And I like to kiiiick and streeeeetch, and kick! I’m 50!” And she jumps around, all spry and awesome.

I’d like to think Inspire(d) is a lot like her – all spry and awesome, kicking and stretching and proud to make you smile. Oh, and ready to stick around for another 50 issues. You ready for that?

We hope so.

We’ll start off with Inspire(d) #50. It is full of summer awesomeness! I was so excited about all the stories in this magazine, I decided to write three of them! I had a blast chatting with Erin Dorbin and her partner Taylor Harris at Crystal Creek Canyon Lodge near Houston, Minnesota. They’re launching a citizen-artist residency this summer, and we just love their goals and ideas for the project (pg. 14).

Then I got to go another scenic direction in the Driftless Region – on over to Lansing, Iowa, to interview some great folks there for the next in the Inspire(d) Community Features (pg. 48). Plus, we got a sneak peek at the new Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center. It’s totally rad.

I also got to share some ideas for something that I’m really passionate about: bulk cooking! Specifically for this issue, local bulk cooking and figuring out how to get the most out of your CSA – community supported agriculture – share each week. Anne Bohl from Low Oaks Farm in Waucoma, Iowa, worked with me to put together some great tips and recipes (pg. 38).

Speaking of local food, we’re honored to yet again have the Driftless Local Food guide within our pages this summer – check it out on page 33, and then go check out some of your local farmers, producers, and restaurants.

One of our favorite local places to get coffee is Impact Coffee Bar and Roasters. Benji interviewed owners Jeff and Anja Brown for this Sum of Your Business and got to learn even more about this truly family-run business.

Sara Friedl-Putnam put together an awesome guide for folks hitting up the RAGBRAI trail in Northeast Iowa (pg. 58) and Kristin Anderson brings us another amazing paper project: a notebook, er..gnomebook! It’s super cute. Check it out on page 37, and get instructions soon here at iloveinspired.com.

Finally, as promised by G-Gnome (who is so happy to be back on a summer cover), we’ve got some summer fun ideas for all (pg. 30). We hope this is a great summer filled with adventure, happiness, and lots and lots of play.

Thanks for reading and always being Inspire(d) – and inspiring!

Looking forward,

Aryn Henning Nichols

P.S.
October 4 will be our 10-year anniversary, so get ready for some more gushy, “I love you guys” stuff from me in the next issue too! xox

June 2017 Calendar!

June 2017! Helllooooooooo, summer! Can you believe it’s here?! Start your planning now with this handy-dandy June 2017 calendar (and you can download the pdf here).
Enjoy! XO, Inspire(d)

LOOKING FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT EVENTS ON THE CALENDARS?
Check out these great June 2017 activities!  In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

1. June 1: Driftless Safari offers free outdoor adventure and exploration in Winneshiek County all summer long! Visit www.driftless-safari.org or stop by any Winneshiek County library to join!

2. June 1: Step back in time to 1899! Visit Historic Forestville, rural Preston. Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day: Thur- Sun, (Saturdays only Sept/Oct) $6-$8 507-765-2785 forestville@mnhs.org  – Where real history happened!

3. June 3: Garden Bugs Workshop: Friend or foe? Learn to identify & manage garden insects while attracting pollinators. Seed Savers Exchange. 11am-12pm. $5 registration: seedsavers.org/events 563-382-5990

4. June 9: Guttenberg’s River of Music (ROM)EVERY Friday, June 2-August 11, 6-8 pm in Ingleside Park Bandstand along the Mississippi River (Rain location – City Hall)

5. June 17: Breakfast on the Farm- 8:30a.m.-noon at Iowa’s Dairy Center, Calmar, Iowa. Including: wholesome breakfast, dairy tours, and more! On-site parking available; donations are appreciated. www.iowadairycenter.com

6. June 17: Art in the Park Fine Art Festival featuring 100+ artist booths, live music, craft beer & food vendors at Sylvan Park in Lanesboro. 10am-5pm www.lanesboroarts.org

7. June 17: Good Earth Village welcomes their littlest campers yet! Preschoolers, invite an adult to experience camp with you from 9am-1pm! Spring Valley, MN. More at GoodEarthVillage.org/preschool

8. June 21: FREE Summer Solstice yoga class outdoors at Reefuel! You’ll perform 108 Sun Salutations soaking up the rays to ring in summer! 6:30pm. More Information: www.reefuel.biz

9. June 23-24: 60-Mile Garage Sale! Join the communities along the Root River Trail System for garage sales in nine communities! Online map and more info available at www.rootrivertrail.org