Sunday, 16 February 2014

Clean and Simple

Here is a notebook that I have made using the Bind-it-All and an image taken from the Crafter's Companion Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes by Beatrix Potter CD. I am entering it into this month's Crafter's Companion challenge, which is for any project made using the clean and simple (CAS) style.

The notebook was made using two pieces of  7"x9" card covered with white pearlescent paper. I printed the wording for the front cover onto pearlescent white paper before covering it and then sprayed both covers with Crafter's Companion Spray and Shine.

I used the image of Appley Dapply from the d├ęcoupage section of the CD to decorate the front cover, going round the outside of the base image with a Spectrum Noir pen (BT1) before cutting it out.

I want to be able to use my notebook so I stuck each layer using extra strong double-sided tape. This way the image isn't too bulky and won't lift up or get bent while still giving me a good 3D effect. To help protect it I also sprayed each layer with Spray and Shine.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Debbi Moore Designs challenge entry

I'm getting into making notebooks this year and am entering this one into Debbi Moore Designs' very first challenge. The theme of the challenge is Love and it runs until midnight on 14th February. You can see the entries so far and enter here.

I made the A5 notebook using the Bind-it-All and decorated it using papers and elements from Debbi Moore's Vintage Birds CD, finishing it off with gems and glossy accents.

The cage that the bird is in has been raised on 3D foam but stuck down firmly round the edges. I wanted it to be slightly domed but also to not have loose items that could get bent or ripped when the notebook is used or stashed away in my bag.

The plaque reads: 'Love can always set you free' and I toyed with the idea of having the cage door open but decided that it could get easily damaged that way as the notebook is going to be frequently handled.

Perhaps I'll do a framed picture version and have the cage door open....

Papermill Valentine challenge

I've decided that one way to make sure I post more regularly is to start taking part in some crafty challenges. My first this year is the valentines themed challenge over at Papermill Direct. All you need to do is post a card or other papercraft project online and you could win a year's subscription to Simply Cards and Papercraft. Voting is done online and you can vote for your 5 favourites. Check out the entries here.

Voting has already started and continues until Thursday 13th Feb.

Here is my entry. I don't usually do plays on words but couldn't resist it this time once I had chosen the bee stamp. I originally bought this stamp in memory of a friend who used to keep bees so it's very special to me.