Monday, June 26, 2017

My Other Creations: Notebook and Bookmark using Donna Downey's Dandelion Pods Stencil

"Stencil It" is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I went back to my lit-lovin' roots and revamped a spiral-bound notebook (complete with bookmark).


Here's how the project went down.  I started with this notebook from Pink Paislee.

Next I cut several strips of patterned paper to form the background.


I sanded the notebook cover (since it was glossy and slick), then glued the patterned paper strips on top and blended the edges with white paint.  Then I applied Tim Holtz's Splotches stencil and painted more white over it to form some white circles.


When the paint dried, I used another stencil with even bigger holes (Simon's Irregular Dots) and stamped right on top of the stencil with a small-text stamp (She Was Tired by Impression Obsession).  Stamping on top of the stencil allowed for the stamp to come out in circular shapes, as you can see below.  This technique works best with stencils that have large openings and stamps that have small patterns.  The stamping comes out in your stencil shape.


The next step was to use Donna Downey's Dandelion Pods stencil and black paint to get the focal element.  I have always loved circles with sticks and drips and I like what Donna did with this stencil design.


I wanted to add in some more color, so I tried out the new Prima Impasto acrylic paints. They have a nice thick consistency and they dry completely matte- no shine at all, which is a great feature if that's the look you're going for.  Then I filled the circles in with floral fabric and also used a circle punch to make a square "frame" around one of my pods.


I toned everything down with more white paint and then decided I wanted a different look for the spine.  I bent off the gold spiral binding coil on the edge of the notebook and laced it back together using embroidery floss.


Last but not least, I covered the spine with a strip of fabric to hide the holes.  I also added the sentiment, which was a scrap of old book text I had in my stash.


I decided to make a bookmark, which I made out of paint, Washi tape and yarn.  I still use the good old Crop-A-Dile whenever I add on an eyelet.


I enjoyed this project and the invitation to whip out some stencils!  Here are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:



I can't wait to see how you work your magic with stencils this week!  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog to inspire us and have a chance at winning a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store.


18 comments:

  1. I LOVE this Andrea! the stencil designs are fabulous and stamping through the stencils is such an inspiration and an awesome technique! I never thought to to that! The colours and whole design of this is gorgeous! :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  2. I totally agree with Lols, stamping through the stencil with the small text is such a great idea, I love how you created the 'pods' too, adding fabric give them such a lift. Love how you did the binding too!

    It has been such a pleasure to work alongside you for this last month! Hugs, Anne xx

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  3. What a great transformation! I love the way you embellished the cover. Great explosion of colors as always. And I really love the Dandelion stencil! Hugs, Macarena!

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  4. Wow, Andrea, amazing! I love how you turned this pretty notebook into an amazingly, awesome and beautiful notebook. I love, love your background. The bookmark is so pretty and together they make the PERFECT set!

    Cathie ♥

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  5. You are amazing. You took a little notebook and said, "I'm your Fairy Godmother... Bibbity, bobbity, BOO!" and BOOM, a royally radical notebook stood where once was a commoner. I bow down. Holy smokes.

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  6. What an awesome transformation of that notebook! Yours is 1000% nicer!! Love the stencil you chose to use, and what a cool idea to stamp through those circles. I like how you took the wire off and redid the binding too. I haven't tried those impasto paints yet, so your take on them was very helpful, Andrea. Matching bookmark? Priceless! hugs, Maura

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  7. Love the altered notebook and bookmark, Andrea! The yarn is such a fun touch! : )

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  8. This notebook is so lovely. Such great design and I love the colors you used.

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  9. LOVE the newly revised book cover along with the bookmark. That dandelion stencil is fab isn't it...and your layers and colors are always a delight!

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  10. Your process always looks so FUN....and messy....which makes it even more fun I bet! lol Your notebook is fab, love the layers and dandelions.....adore that bookmark...how FUN!!!

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  11. I love this type of art. So creative and your cover is awesome. Beautiful and a bookmark to go along is a bonus. Love it.

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  12. You know I'm a stationery nerd, so this really does appeal to me and I just love what you've created and adore the bookmark as the added extra! Gorgeous, creative work as always, Andrea... :)

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  13. I love reading your entire process of creating! I love love love the way you use colors and texture Andrea! You are my go-to inspiration!!! <3

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  14. This altered notebook and the bookmark are so pretty. I love all the layers, words and colours.

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  15. amazing transformation Andrea...such a pretty notebook...love the soft dreamy colours and those dandelion pod flowers are gorgeous...hugs kath xxx

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  16. Incredible transformation! love so much this technique and as always I'm amazed from your ability to use and to mix patterned papers, stencils, stamps and colors! Wonderful project!

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  17. Just beautiful - love the scrumptious layers and how the brights work so gorgeously with the white-washed softness. The DD dandelion pods remind me of your stamps, and made me wish I had them with me. I did bring the colour wheel, and I've been using that, but now I want my drippy circles too! Ah well, will just have to wait a couple more weeks...
    Alison x

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  18. Here we go again - 'putting me in dreaming world' someday I will create like this - maybe - stunning!

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