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« on: April 16, 2012 09:52:07 AM »

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Date Night Coupon Book - featuring Elmer's products

My hubby and I try to reserve at least one night a week for a special date. Sometimes we know just what we want to do. Other times, we're either feeling indecisive or we we can't seem to agree. To help us on those nights when we can't make up our minds, I created a 'Date Night' coupon book.

We'll each get to fill out half of the coupons with date ideas; sushi dinner, walk around the lake, movie night, etc. When we get stuck, we'll take turns going to the book and picking a coupon that sounds like fun. One week, he'll get to pick, the next week, I'll get to pick!



I started by cutting 2 pieces of micro suede approx 2.5" x 5.5". Then I used my XACTO paper cutter to quickly cut old book pages slightly smaller than the cover pieces. I decided to use old book pages because they are sturdy but still thin enough that I could sew through a stack of them.



Once I had 25 pages cut, I went to my sewing machine and removed the thread (top thread and bobbin). Then I held the pages together with a binder clip and ran them through the machine so I would just get holes but not stitches. This perforated the pages so they could easily be pulled out later and cashed in.



Next, I used the Elmer's glue stick to attach a stamped piece of paper to the micro suede. That held it in place while I sewed around the edges with a couple rounds of zig-zag stitch.



I clipped together the book pages and both sides of the cover. After re-threading my machine and changing to a heavy duty needle, I stitched through all of the layers. Even with the heavy duty needle, my machine was not happy with this process.  

Once everything was finally together, I took a book page scrap and glued it around the spine of the coupon book to hide the stitching. I also added a couple of buttons using the quick dry craft glue pen.



I had fun decorating my date night idea pages but since Mr. Lime isn't particularly crafty, he has blank stickers to fill out.



Guess where we're going for date night when it's my turn to pick a coupon?!

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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2012 01:44:24 PM »

My hubby and I do date night, too. This is a good idea for those times when we just can't make up our minds. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2012 06:31:34 PM »

What a fun idea! I really like the way you perfed the pages for easy tearout.
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2012 07:21:43 PM »

What a fun idea! I really like the way you perfed the pages for easy tearout.

I think there are other more official crafty tools for perforating pages but the unthreaded sewing machine works great too! The pages hold tight but tear out easily when you're read to cash a coupon in.

I've already used up my date night at the craft store Smiley.
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2012 07:56:43 AM »

What a great idea for nights when you don't have a specific plan in mind!
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2012 09:57:20 AM »

Such a crazy cute idea, Lime!  I so love the idea for perforating the pages so they tear out.  I so would have never thought of that!
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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2014 01:49:37 PM »

Oldie, but a goodie!  Shared this as this week's Project of the Week email.  Thanks!
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