Sunday, March 29, 2015

My Other Creations: Pastel Notebook

This week's challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is to embrace pastels!  Love the shabby-chic look you get with them and this is the perfect time of year to think of the soft colors of Easter.  I created a notebook for my project with a subtly-colored cover:


I started out with a Journal Kit from We R Memory Keepers that comes with pages, spiral wire for binding, and a cover.  You need a Cinch tool to assemble it, but I love how all it leaves for you to do is to spiff it up.  So I went with some paper from Prima's Free Spirit collection as my cover base.  I used a Layered Bead stencil and Distress Ink in Spun Sugar, Shabby Shutters and Cracked Pistachio to make some faded circles in the background.


Next I added some die strips that I cut with the Moroccan Tiles die and smudged with Spun Sugar and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.


You know I'm a fabric-a-holic, so I grabbed the Tattered Florals die and cut out some fabric flowers to layer onto my cover.  The trick to getting dies to cut through fabric is to add a piece of cardstock to the die "sandwich" so that there's enough pressure to cut through fabric.  My die sandwich went as follows: bottom plate, die, fabric, cardstock, top plate.  Worked great!  You'll notice, too, that I used not just the flower shapes, but also the square "frames" that I cut the flowers out of.


I whipped out some white acylic paint and stamped on some reverse polka dots using Dina Wakley's Textures stamp, then smudged more white paint here and there.  Love the look of using paint with stamps, but I always have to clean my stamps pronto so the paint isn't stuck there for life (kind of obsessive about keeping my stamps as "mint" as possible).


I'm really loving the Scribbles die, so I cut out a few circular scribbles using Prima's Lifetime paper and added them to the side.


The Serendipity paper stack has a piece of patterned paper consisting of a bunch of words, so I cut some of the words out and used them on the cover and on the tabs of my journal.  I also smeared more Distress Ink here and there with a sponge.


I glued my creation onto my journal chipboard cover, then bound the whole thing together with the Cinch.  The kit includes four pocket/divider pages, which I always attach tabs to.  I made the tabs using We R's tab punch and paper from both Shimelle and Serendipity.


You can never have too many notebooks (says the former English teacher) and I thoroughly enjoyed this week's pastel theme.

Here are the materials I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:



 
I know  you're feelin' the pastel vibes this week, so show us your creations!  Upload your pastel pieces to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog so that we can see the clever things you've been up to and so that you'll be automatically entered into the Simon Says Stamp drawing for a $50 store voucher!


http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/

15 comments:

  1. Andrea, your notebook is so beautiful! It's great to see how it came together. Thank you including the step-by-step pics. You work is always very inspiring and I always look forward to seeing your inspirational on Mondays ;)
    Thank you for taking time to visit and leaving such a sweet comment. Xx

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  2. Yummy soft pastels! I adore your layering of the soft cloth flowers into the die cut lattice. Beautiful notebook and I agree you can never have too many especially if they are as beautiful as yours!

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  3. Prachtig geworden. Groetjes Janny

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  4. This looks absolutely stunning!!! I love the soft colours :)
    Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment on my blog, I am so glad you liked my card. Your comment made my day :D
    xx
    Erum
    My Blog!

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  5. Gorgeous notebook, Andrea! Love the layers of texture you've added! The tabs are so fun! The touches of fabric are amazing! Hugs, Sandra

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  6. This is amazing! Love the layering and gorgeous colors. So much fun!!

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  7. Beautiful Andrea, love all your gorgeous layers and your fabric flowers! Thanks for the tip on cutting fabric with the die cuts too, much appreciated!

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  8. Love this beautiful color scheme and gorgeous embellishments! Andrea. Your notebook is amazing! :)

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  9. The color palette is fantastic, the layers are beautiful and I love so much your way to play with fabric! You are unique! Happy Easter! Barbarayaya

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  10. A beautiful springlike colour palette and as always Andrea, your project is just stunning! The textures, the layering and all the beautiful die cuts create another totally unique project and one to be admired in so many ways! Happy Easter to you... :)

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  11. Thank you for sharing the step by step. Love the layers of color and texture. Thank you for your kind comments on my card.

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  12. This is so pretty! I LOVE the soft pastel colors and fun textures you used! The fabric pieces are so beautiful and Moroccan tile die is super fun! Such a fabulous project!!!
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! Have a great day and Happy Easter!
    Sherrie K

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  13. Such a beautiful cover Andrea!! Love the colours, patterns and textures. And those gorgeous scribbles flowers.

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  14. Mixed media at its best! Each week you surprise me with something new. This week, it's color. You rule the pastels! Not your normal thing, I know. But you've got this going on!
    Great project, Andrea!

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