Thursday, September 1, 2011

"Anything Goes" Blog Hop! Take Out Menu Holder

Welcome to the "Anything Goes Blog Hop" celebrating the one year Blog Birthiversary of our hostess Stephanie from Once upon a Paper. You should have come here from Scrapalette's blog.   If you are just visiting and would like to participate in the hop, you can start at the beginning at Once upon a Paper. Stephanie is celebrating her Blog Birthiversary with Seven Days of Giveaways so make sure you check it out each day for the next week so you can get in on the great blog candy while being inspired!

For this blog hop I have created a Take Out Menu Holder!  This holder can be used to house take out menus from all your favorite restaurants.  An alternate idea is to change up the cuts and create a holder for your receipts.  The end product is super cute, pretty sturdy, and economical.  They would make great Christmas presents for your children's teachers or for anyone who is on a budget.  You can even include a gift card to a restaurant (for the menu) or to a store (for the receipt holder) if you were gifting this and wanted to add a little extra something.

Front of the menu holder.
Materials used:
  • White 2-pocket folder
  • 9 different coordinating 12x12 patterned papers (5 if they are front and back) 
  • Kate's Kitchen Imagine cartridge by Cosmo Cricket
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
  • One 8 1/4" x 3" pieces of coordinating card stock
  • Small note pad
  • Extra large paper clip
  • Small coordinating button
  • Coordinating ribbon: 3 colors 4-5" long, one ribbon 24" long
  • Metal place setting embellishments
  • Coordinating library clip
  • Coordinating ink (I used Ranger Forest Moss)
  • Pop-up dots
  • Misc adhesives

Open the folder and fold the two pockets inward, evenly to the middle. 

Use a bone folder to create a sharp edge.

The folder should fold like this.

Open the folder all the way up and ink all the edges at least 1/4" in.  No more then 1/2 inch of inking is needed.

Ink the back of the folder as well.

Here are the papers I selected. I printed all of them from the Imagine cartridge "Kate's Kitchen". Aren't they all so fun and cheery looking?
Cut the following pieces from the DSP:
  • 4 different pieces @ 4.75" x 4.5" (bottom sections of inside folder)
  • 4 different pieces @ 7.25" x 4.5" (top sections of inside folder)
  • 4 different pieces @ 1.5" x 4.5" (lip of bottom sections)
  • 3 different pieces @ 11.5" x 4.5" (back of folder)
  • 2 different pieces @ 11.5" x 2.25" (front of folder)
  • 1 piece @ 3/4" x 3" (bottom lip of notebook)
I find it easiest to cut a 4.5" wide piece first, then cut off the 4.75" piece.  If there are any imperfections in your cutting or in the measurements of the original paper, it will be hidden, because the resulting left over piece measures to the 7.25" piece you need for the inside tops.  This piece will  actually fall below the folder pockets as seen in the photo.   Once all your pieces are cut, move them around until you decide on your final placement selection.  Again, when adhering the 7.25" x 4.5" (top sections of inside folder),  the pocket should overlap  this section.  *** BONUS:  The left over dsp can create a second menu holder with most of the cuts already done!  You just need to double the image cuts and embellishments.
This is how the inside will look once all the papers are adhered.

This is how the outside will look.
Adhere your image selections. Ensure your ribbon (24" piece) is centered and adhered to the front BEFORE you add any images. This is the only section of the ribbon that will be adhered to the menu. As you look at the last few photos, you will see that I embossed a few images using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder throughout the holder to give it some subtle texture.
This is the inside of the folder completed with all the images and embellishments added. Take the 3 smaller pieces of ribbon and tie them in a knot at the top of the paper clip. Add the library clip to whichever section you like.

Each of the bottom inside images were cut at 2".  I left the conversation bubbles blank so that my favorite style of restaurants can be added in.  For example, Pizza, Chinese, etc.

Here is where my metal place setting embellishment was added.  Isn't it cute?  I found these in the miniature section at my local scrapbook store.  I wanted to add some depth to the project by not just useing paper images.

This is what the back of the holder looks like when fully opened.

I didn't adhere the tops of the recipe note cards so that they formed pockets where gift or business cards could be added.

Back of the holder.

I adhered the 8 1/4" piece of card stock to the note pad and added the 3/4" x 3" of dsp to the bottom front.  I then added the image and the button.  I also added a lined image to the back middle for additional phone numbers.

This is what it looks like closed.
Did you like the project???  Guess what?  In appreciation for stopping by, I am giving away a kit to recreate this holder!  Everything will be included to whip one of these up for yourself.  All you will need is your own adhesive.  To qualify, please leave a comment with a way for me to reach you.  Simple as that!  I will use to pick a winner on Tuesday, Sept. 6 and post the results.

Thank you for stopping by!  I appreciate your time and comments.  The next stop on the hop is Michele's blog.

In case you get lost, here is the entire list of the line-up:

Stephanie from Once upon a Paper @
Kristi from Craftin’ on my Door @
Scrapalette from Around the Block with Scrapalette @
Renee from I Came, I Saw, I Created @  <<--- This is me!
Michele from Green Girl Scraps @  --->>  Go here NEXT
Ali from Scrapping with Alicat @
Carla from OCD Scrapology @
Amber from My 3 E Scrapbooking @
Cassie from Scrappin’ Palace @ 2

This project is also being entered into the following contests:


Cosmo Cricket has been with us from the beginning, so we are super excited about this contest. They always produce such fabulous product that fits perfectly with the Cricut and Cuttlebug machines. This month’s contest will be a fun way to put all of your favorite things together.


  1. This is a great project! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. What a cute project...and a fabulous giveaway. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

  3. How cool is this! Wonderful project!

  4. What a awesome project...I will have a order of fries and a coffee please! This turned out so adorable, love the paper you used and the great instruction to make our very own menu project! TFS!

  5. What a great idea! I have a drawer at home and at work that have takeout menus just tossed in them. How easy would it be to have them all in one place with the gifts cards too. I always forget I have a gift card until it's too late! TFS

  6. I love it Renee!!! I have a bunch of folders that I think will work for these. Thanks for sharing now off to hop. Linda Harris

  7. OMG! This project is soooooo cool, I Love it.
    I'm going to start making them for Christmas presents
    thanks for sharing
    bdtktr at gmail dot com

  8. Awesome project! What a super fun idea! I love the papers you used to... really adds a fun look.
    Sandra at:

  9. This project is darling. Love all the detail that you put into it. TFS

  10. What an awesome project. You put some great details in this. Nice job. Thanks for a chance to win a kit to make one.


  11. This is too cute. I really want to try this one. I am so enjoying these blog hops, Thanks for sharing your creativity.

    Jacqy at

  12. Clever project. Love the papers you used.

  13. what a fabulous idea, mine are all stuffed in one area. Thanks for the inspiration, I really need one of these. I am a new follower.
    Eva :0)
    I have a giveaway on my blog right now

  14. This is completely and totally awesome!!!!!

    michelegreen120 at gmail dot com

  15. Wow, neat project! TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

  16. Love it! What a great idea1 So creative.

    ali.boerger at

  17. Wow!! What a great project! I love it! The details look amazing!

  18. You always make such amazing projects!! I love the papers you chose for this one!

  19. Shut the front door, that is such a great idea! I love everything about it. Thanks!!

    CricutCircle: AirForce_Wifey

  20. This is an amazing project. Thank you for the pictures and explanations. Hope I win your kit, so I can make one!

    pennyspad at sbcglobal dot net

  21. Oh wow - I am definitely coming back to see what else you create
    I love this project - fabulous job and I love the paper your used.
    Now a follower

  22. I love this! I have a friend moving to a new neighborhood and I am gonna steal this for her!

  23. This is so groovy! Thank you for the directions too! Love to see how projects are put together! Oh ya... I wanna win! LOL!!! TFS CallyAnn(follower)
    come on over:)

  24. What a great idea ... and so pretty too :)

    pruttybird at comcast dot net

  25. This is SO cute! What a great idea, and the Kate's Kitchen papers you chose were perfect!!

  26. What a cute project! The papers are so fun! And the little place setting is so adorable on there!

  27. Fantastic! These would make wonderful gifts! Who doesn't love take out?!

  28. Oh my gosh! I have to make this! I am marking this as a favorite so I can come back and make it. My husband is a traveling salesman and he loses his receipts all the time. I am making one for him that he can take with him in his car. This is a fantastic project! Love it!

  29. Wow! this is beautiful and unique.

  30. That is such a neat idea! I love all the details. TFS.

    dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

  31. A takeout menu holder?? How genius!! Especially for a college student like myself, I soo have to make one now!

    Keep Krafting! =]

  32. Very cool idea Renee ! Love how you did this. Thanks for sharing such detail too.
    aka scraphappydeb

  33. I came over here to make sure I was a follower after reading your post on the MB, and realized I never commented on your cool project!! I love this -- that Imagine cart is perfect for this one. You are shooting out some of the most fun stuff that I have seen! Pinning it on pinterest!!

  34. What a super, super idea!! I've never seen anybody create a take-out menu folder. We have a collection of menus tucked in a drawer - which is not at all as impressive as your wonderful folder! It looks fabulous! I love the idea of having a notes section too, in order to keep track of what's good and what wasn't such a hit. I LOVE the embossed chef's hat. That's so cute!
    Small Bits of Paper
    smallbitsofpaper @

  35. OMG! So stinkin' cute!
    Wish I had the time to make one of these. Love the idea of your ready-to-make kit.

    Good Luck with the Mag challenge!

  36. Love This!
    Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

    Can't wait to make one to go with my recipe books

    Thanks again for all the time you put in for us to have fun!
    Great getting to know you!!!


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