I started out with a notebook and all I did was revamp the cover. I traced the shape of the notebook onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper and stamped on some images with Ranger Jet Black Archival ink. I used trees from Simon's One With Nature stamp set (I wanted the inside of the trees blank, so I didn't ink the branches of the stamp this time) and the circles are a versatile fave from Simon's I Love Donuts stamp set.
Next I started "coloring" with sponges dabbed in Distress Ink. I smeared color into the trees and into some of the different circles. Then I dragged white paint down the piece.
I've been having fun experimenting with coffee filters lately, so I cut a filter into strips, colored them with green Distress Ink, and glued them to the base of the cover. I stamped a sentiment that I love (from Simon's Hand Lettered Encouragement set) on top of everything and glued my cover on top of the notebook. Then I decided to add an embellishment to the top of the spine. I made it by setting an eyelet in a piece of ruler ribbon and looping some Tim Holtz crinkle ribbon and other fibers through. I colored the crinkle ribbon with Distress Ink and water. Once it was done, I glued it to the top of the spine.
Here are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:
I can't wait to see how you are inspired by this week's theme! Upload your works of genius to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store!