Knock, knock…

By July 13, 2008General

I like to try to do a quick overview of sets the last day of a countdown.  I thought I would start off by working with Wise Owl again.  I am SO in love with this set and how easy it is to customize the little guy to suit whatever vision you have for your project.  One of the cutest puns in this set is "What a hoot." which pays homage to the owl while nodding to the idea that something is humorous as well.  This sentiment inspired my project for today.  Owen is obsessed with knock knock jokes right now and I adore the sound of his laughter!  It’s so contagious!  "What a hoot" and knock knock jokes just seemed like the perfect pair!

Printed_template
So I decided to create a mini book that contains nothing but knock knock jokes, perfect as a replacement for the discarded birthday card you normally would give to a child on their birthday.  I set up a one sheet document for the pages of my book.  I divided the 8.5 x 11 inch sheet into ten perfect sections using one of the thinnest line settings available in my design program and set it to a gray tone.  This way when it prints, it will be visible enough to use as a cutting guide, but not so vivid that you would notice if you were a bit off with your cutting.  Also notice that there is NO trimming required!  Just a cut down the middle of the sheet and then slice each strip into the individual pages.  Nine cuts total!  I have provided the template as a free download for you here:

Download knock_knock_joke_tag_book.pdf

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Cut_pages
You will also notice that each *page* contains a knock knock joke, already perfectly placed within each section.  I gathered the jokes from a fun page I found HERE.  If you know someone that loves a good knock knock joke, there is bound to be a least a few on there that they have never heard before!  I printed my jokes onto the Twinkle, Twinkle Bitty Star paper from the Bitty Baby Blessing 12×12 paper collection.  The paper is just the right weight for this project, not too thick and not too flimsy!

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Rounded_corners
I used a corner rounder punch on the upper right-hand corner of each page.  Just rounding one corner is something that I enjoy doing pretty frequently.  It really helps to break up the squareness of a project.

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Punched_hole_for_book
Next, I trimmed a cover to be the same exact dimensions of the pages and one again rounded the single corner.  I then stacked them all up neatly, making sure all of the edges were even and punched a hole through all 11 layers at once with my Crop-a-dile.  Feel the power! *wink*

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Book_fanned_open
I then did a little artistic work to finish the cover of the book off.  I stamped the teal cardstock with Polka Dot Basics & white ink.  I created a white matted corner of the book using portions of a few square Nestabilities dies.  "What a hoot." was stamped in black vertically.  A heavy duty epoxy brad (Making Memories) was used to hold the entire book together.

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Owl_closeup
I paper pieced my owl using some of the cardstocks throughout my project.  I discovered that black brads fit perfectly on the pupils of his eyes, adding a fun little detail!  I used the slot punch from SU! to create little pieces to substitute as his feet!  I love how cute they turned out!

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Crimper
After I completed my book I wanted to create a special sleeve for it to be stored in and help protect it.  I wanted to evoke the corrugated cardboard look you see so much in packaging now, so I ran a strip of our Classic Kraft cardstock through my crimper (after I blew the dust off this tool.  I think it has been at LEAST 3 years since it’s seen the light of day!).

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Scoring
I used my Scor-pal to score the fold lines for my sleeve.  The easiest thing to do is measure the height and thickness of your assembled book and use that as a reference when making your score marks.  It would have been difficult to create a universal template, since everyone’s books will vary slightly depending on the materials they use.  Once you get started on your own thought, you will see how easy it is!

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Joke_book_sleeve
All that was left was to embellish the sleeve.  I chose to do this by wrapping additional cardstock layers around the band with a Spellbinders Double Ended Tag used in the center. 

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Center_hole_punch
You’ll notice that there is a little hint of Summer Sunrise peeking out from around the brads.  This is a little something I have been doing for a few years and love how it can help carry through your accent color in a very subtle way.  I call it a paper washer.  You start by punching a 1/8-inch hole in your cardstock of choice.  I use the handheld punches from Fiskars.

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Small_hole_punch
Next, invert a 1/4-inch hole punch over your 1/8-inch hole, being sure to center  it.

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Finished_washer
One quick punch and you have completed your bitty paper washer!  So quick and easy!

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Brad_washer
These washers are the perfect size to be used with pretty much any brand of mini brad.  You simply thread the washer onto the brad and then insert the brad into your project as you would normally!

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Owl_joke_book_ensemble
And the finished ensemble (don’t forget to click the photo for a better view!).  I am so pleased with how this turned out and I am anxious to give it to Owen for his birthday.  I know he will love it!  And there is nothing much better than the sound of laughter from a child.  Especially the roll-on-the-floor-laughing-from-deep-in-the-belly laughs, like Owen does!  Even if the idea of a joke book does not appeal to you, the basic concept of this book and sleeve could have a multitude of applications. 

  • Coupon books for mom or dad
  • mini brag books to keep in your own purse or give as a gift
  • autograph book for a child to take to Disney
  • *little black book* for a teen with all of her friends photos, phone numbers & birth dates
  • fun flashcards for a child working on letters, match or high frequency words.  The pages would be easily interchangeable because of the brad.

I’m sure there’s oodles more that you will think of once you make just one!  What would you use it for? Please let me know if you end up brainstorming any other ideas!  I hope you were inspired today!  Don’t let the moment pass you by!

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Creativeclicks

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You have GOT to stop by Debbie’s blog today to see what she has done with Quilter’s Sampler!

Melissa has another amazing project to tempt you with using Floral Frenzy.

Alli provided you with a little more insight into her Wise Owl set.

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Stamps: Wise Owl & Polka Dot Basics
Ink: Black Noir palette ink, SU! white craft ink, Versamark pad
Paper: Spring Moss, Summer Sunrise & Stamper’s Select White from Papertrey, Bitty Baby Blessings 12×12 patterned paper collection from Papertrey, blue from Bazzill
Other:epoxy brad from Making Memories, silver brads from Paper Studio, Corner Rounder, , 1/8-inch & 1/4-inch handheld hole punches & crimper ALL from Fiskars, 1-1/8 inch & 1-1/4 inch circle punches from EK Success

Finished Project Size: 4.25 inches wide x 2.25 inches high 

 

Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 49 Comments

  • 1

    THAT is SO adorable My 4 y/o DD would LOVE a knock knock book!! Can not wait to try it out!!!

  • 2
    Judy says:

    So, so cute!!! Love the brads for the eyes! Thanks for the template … definately want to make one of these!

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    C Burke says:

    Thanks for the pattern and idea! My three year old grandson loves “Knock Knock” jokes too! He helped his father announce at the opening of our local rodeo with a joke just last week! I’m going to make one of the booklets for him.

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    Granna on the Go says:

    Love the knock, knock joke book. My grandchildren love them. I can see making such a book for different seasons for different children. Nichole, you are so clever. Thank you for the patterns! What a fun thing to put with a birthday card! Terrific project!!!

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    I really like the sleeve idea – and I’m laughing because my crimper fell off of its shelf the other day. Even though I just had to have that thing three years ago, it’s gone unused for so long that I had forgotten it was there!

  • 6
    Mindy says:

    What a cute project! Thanks for sharing the template. Can’t wait to make this for my son.

    Just recently discovered your blog and it’s great. Thanks for sharing all of your fabulous ideas!

  • 7
    Stephanie says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this and I know the exact belly laugh you are referring to. I could hear that sound from my kids all day long!

  • 8
    bunny says:

    Great project!! I love this idea!! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Catherine says:

    this is such a hoot!

  • 10
    Rose Ann says:

    This is so adorable and creative!! I love it!!!

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    Debbie Olson says:

    Man, Nichole! another amazing project! You are just so FULL of creativity!

  • 13
    Kylie S says:

    How amazing is that! Fantastic Nichole.
    K-xxx

  • 14

    This is fabulous…I love the look you created by rounding just one corner and the4 packaging is wonderful too. Thanks for the washer tip – it’s all the small details that make your projects so perfect! Angela

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    Heidi S says:

    I love the Knock Knock Book! Thank you for the templet and instructions! This reminds me of when my son told jokes all day long. He made them up and laughed and laughed!! We have so much fun! Thank you again!

  • 16
    CherylQuilts at SCS says:

    How fun! What a clever idea for a lot of things. I was thinking of special Scripture verses of encouragement, etc. Thanks for another winner! Now for the big day tomorrow! Thanks, Nichole!

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    denise says:

    You could do it in just five cuts if you cut the sheet the long way first. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cute project!

  • 18
    Kiim says:

    How creative! This is an adorable project! Love it!

  • 19

    Hi Nichole, Nicole Here. My sister, who used to collect owls as a kid, has been having a pretty stressful life lately. THIS project is perfect for her. I think I will zap it together and send it her way!

    THANKS so much for the inspiration, I KNOW she will appreciate the smiles.

  • 20
    Lorraine says:

    Absolutely wonderful Nichole. Love it, love it, love it.

  • 21
    Courtney says:

    Great project! As soon as I started reading I thought about all the different uses there are for a little book like this. I actually have a store bought little book I keep scriptures in and this would be a great way to make it nicer and giftable! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 22
    Jessica says:

    This is such a fabulous project! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Sara says:

    This project is so wonderful, thank you for posting the download for us. Love everything about it from the color combo to the fact you did not color the owl but used card stock (I am not so great at coloring in images and this paper piecing works great for me)all of it, everyting, LOVE IT!

  • 24

    Too cute Nichole! I love your washers. What a great idea! The corrugated packaging rocks too. Any little guy would love to flip through this book.

  • 25

    Hi Nichole,
    OMG! That knock knock book is perfect. I have a 7 yr old and a 4 yr old and day after day I hear the same knock knock joke. So if it’s okay with you, I’m totally casing this porject. Can’t wait to get my hands on this set and the quilting set also! Glad you had fun on your trip here to Maine. Cheryl

  • 26
    Rebecca says:

    What an adorable little book! Thank you so much for sharing all your great ideas!

  • 27
    Rebecca says:

    What an adorable little book! Thank you so much for sharing all your great ideas!

  • 28
    Rebecca says:

    What an adorable little book! Thank you so much for sharing all your great ideas!

  • 29
    Debbie Fisher says:

    What a fun project! My son would love this. Thank you for sharing your creative ideas as well as patterns.

  • 30
    Happy Now says:

    REALLY terrific project! You are SO clever! What a truly wonderful way to capture a special memory of your son’s personality and character as he grows up…

  • 31
    Tricia says:

    What a fabulous project!! Thanks for sharing. Even my 14 yo son would love this! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Val S says:

    Oh, the book is simply wonderful. what a neat idea. I have enjoyed the “sneak peek” these past 5 days. Can’t wait to see the whole sets. Thank you!!

  • 33
    Cris A says:

    CUTE! CUTE! CUTE!

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    This is the cutest! LOVE it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 35
    Morag says:

    Too adorable! Once again you’ve come up with a great idea! I have several nephews who would love this one… I think the idea will have to be lifted at some point.

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    Charmaine says:

    I love this…and so will my niece when I make it for her upcoming birthday.

    Charmaine

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    Angela says:

    I just noticed that you included the finished dimensions with your owl project – thank you so much for adding that bit of information! Of course, the attention to detail with your instructions is one reason I really enjoy seeing your projects. Thank you.

    Congratulations on celebrating another successful month…I’m looking forward to my second release party tonight. Enjoy this exciting day!

  • 38
    Tanya Patterson says:

    “Quilt” always reminds me of walking into my Granny’s house and her at 80+ years of age sitting by a quilters stand (set up in here living room) quilting by hand, the tinyest, most perfect stitches ever, by a lamp set up on the quilt itself. My daughters and I still have several of her quilts. They might not be awarding winning quilts to the public but they are to us. Your new set reminds of those days. She is gone but not forgotten.

  • 39
    Peggy says:

    This is a really cool idea and just reading it I picked up some new ideas. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the inspriation!
    Blessings
    Peggy #4129

  • 40
    Susanna says:

    Nichole, this may be the most darling project ever! I can’t wait to make a dozen of these!

    You were the Project of the Week over at http://www.Card of the Week.com. You can see the original post at http://www.cardoftheweek.com/2008/07/card-of-the-w-5.html

    I included a picture of your card and links to your blog and the original posting. Please let me know if this is OK!

    Keep up the AMAZING work!

  • 41
    Marjorie says:

    These are so cute. I have two Grandsons that absolutely love Knock Knock jokes, so this is perfect! Thank you.

  • 42
    Monika says:

    ยกQue ideas mas buenas!!, me encantan

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    valerie linn says:

    perfect for my grandson who loves jokes and i luv owls.great idea and so cute.

  • 44
    Gail says:

    awesome….how creative you are

  • 45
    neenie says:

    You are so creative! Thanks for sharing.
    Your tutorials are so complete!

  • 46
    Janice says:

    this is a super idea! i’m going to make a stack of these cards to put into my boys’ lunchboxes!

  • 47
    Aliessa says:

    oh that is adorable! My 8 yr old son is a joke freak, I want to make him one just because! Thank you for sharing! I love looking at your blog, you have such beautiful creations.

  • 48
    coach sale says:

    When the door of happiness closes, another opens, but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don’t see the one which has been opened for us.

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    Kitty Leu says:

    What a wonderful idea. I teach second grade and can think of at least 22 kidoes who would love a joke booklet like this. Great Christmas idea!

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