Cameo Memo

Lace, cameos and pearls are classic favorites of mine! I collect and wear them often, and so it’s not surprising that they would show up in my projects as well. Since my kitchen is designed in a black and white color scheme, I decided to make a pretty memo/grocery list to match.

This project also incorporates a unique technique, DIY stamp from a lace doily! Tack ‘N Peel and the “ultimate metallic” Encore! ink make this easy and beautiful on black!

Cameo Memo


INK: Imagine Craft / Tsukineko ink – Encore!, Green; White ink marker
SUPPLIES: Imagine Craft / Tsukineko – Tack ‘N Peel; Imagine Craft / Tsukineko – Creative Medium; Imagine Craft / Tsukineko – Staz-On Cleaner (Dauber Top); Glue; Silver lace trim, 4”; Cameo, approx. 1 ¼” X 1 ¾”; Sierra Pacific Crafts – Diamond wrap, 4”; Crocheted doily, 3 ¼” round
PAPER: Black heavy card stock, 1 sheet; White paper, 10 sheets
TOOLS: Clear acrylic block, 4” or larger; Paintbrush, ¼” flat or round; Edge punch & corner punch; Cutting board or scissor

Step 1 – Create notepad

Stack 5 sheets of white paper, cutting through all, cut three 3 ¼” X 8 ½” strips. Repeat (30 strips total). Stack neatly. Place a rubber band near one end to hold the stack together. Using Creative Medium, generously paint cut edge closest to rubber band. This will adhere the pages together. Set aside to dry.

Step 1

Step 2 – Cut notepad holder

Cut black card stock 3 ¾” x 9” (Front), 3 ¾” x 8 ½” (Back), 3” x 1½” (Tab), 3 ¾ x 4 ¾” (Flap).

Step 2

Step 3 – Create flap

Score Flap parallel to short side 1” and 1 1/4” from edge. Fold both score lines. (The Front of the flap is the largest area, the Top is the ¼” fold, and the Back is the 1” area.) Cut Front flap corners with corner punch.

Step 3 A

Cut Tack ‘N Peel in half to fit doily, peel off backing and apply to clear acrylic block. Peel off backing on other side and adhere doily to sticky surface. Generously ink doily with Encore.  Practice stamping on scrap paper to see if image is clear. Add more ink if needed to get a good impression. Ink and stamp onto center of Flap Front.

Step 3 B

Step 4 – Assemble notepad holder

With decorative edge punch, punch one short end of notepad holder Front (3 ¾” x 9”).  Use white marker to draw a line on opposite short end parallel to edge. (This is the top of the pocket, the white line aids in notepad placement since it’s hard to see the paper edge black on black.)

Step 4 A

Glue notepad holder Back (3 ¾” x 8 ½”) to Back of Flap placing short end along the Flap’s 1” score line.

Step 4 B

Glue notepad holder Front to Back with a small bead of glue along both edges and placing top (white marker edge) ½” from the 1” score line on the inside of the Flap. This creates the pocket that holds the notepad, so if the glue bead is too wide the space will be too small to slide the notepad in easily.

Step 4 C

Glue Tab (3” x ½”) to center top Back of notepad. When dry, slide Tab into pocket of notepad holder.

Step 4 D

Step 5 – Decorate

Glue silver lace to bottom of notepad holder so that the lace shows a little below the bottom of the notepad.

Step 5 A

Cut diamond wrap to fit around perimeter of cameo, glue in place. Glue cameo to center of doily stamp image.

Step 5 B

Cut diamond wrap to fit top edge of notepad holder, glue in place.

Step 5 C

This would make a special Mother’s Day gift or a Thank You for a friend who loves Vintage, Victorian, Shabby Chic, French, English, or Downton Abbey styles.

Cameo Notepad Holder

ALL of those themes are part of my dream list of romantic treasures! If it’s the same for you, make a few Cameo Memos to bring more of these feminine qualities into your life!

Creatively Yours,


  1. Laura- I JUST love this- AND, what a FABULOUS idea with the medium creating the binding for the pad! eeeeeks. sheer brilliance!

  2. MariLynn says:

    This is just gorgeous!!!

  3. Laura, you are so so clever! I would never have thought to use the Creative Medium as a binder for notepad sheets. Grocery lists will never look the same now . . . wonderful idea for a Mother’s Day gift!

  4. This is a great idea! Beautiful!

  5. Hi Laura, What a clever idea this notepad is! I love your use of products, especially showing how to use the Creative Medium to bind the paper together. So smart! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas.

  6. Fabulous project Laura – I have used lace as a stencil, but to use a doily as a stamp – that is pure genius!!

  7. Ooooh Laura I just love this!!! I had no idea how to make my own note pad! I need to get some new products here soon! 🙂 Your cameo and doily stamp are beautiful! Very romantic and feminine!!!

  8. What a pretty project! I love notepads and this is really beautiful. Great step by step tutorial as well. Thanks for sharing this!  <3

  9. This is so beautiful Laura, is the cameo one you made? It is the perfect center piece for this lovely addition to your kitchen! 

    • Yes I made it from polymer clay. To get the transparency of a seashell cameo I put a thin layer of transparent Sculpey in the mold and then filled it with colored clay.
      Thanks to you all for your encouragement and friendship! I treasure it all!

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