Monday, January 1, 2018

My Other Creations: Notebook Using Jane Davenport's Mixed Media Collage Papers

Happy 2018 everyone!  What better way to start off the new year than a theme of "new" at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog?  And we're also focusing on Simon's exclusive products, so use them if you have them!  I made some notebooks to record resolutions, thoughts, and goals in for 2018.

I started by making a big background that I cut into smaller pieces to make the covers of these notebooks.  I took Strathmore Mixed Media paper and spritzed it with Dylusions Ink, then sprayed water over it to make the colors blend.  I also flicked some Media Ink on, which dried in place instantly (those are the circles you can see in the background.  

Once everything dried, I laid down a Moroccan stencil and painted over it with white paint.  After the paint dried, I stamped an alphabet stamp onto the background with Embossing Ink and sprinkled white embossing powder over it.  I hit it with the heat gun.

Once my collaged background was done, I cut it into the size of the notebooks.  I sanded the covers of the notebooks (they were a bit slick), then glued the collaged paper down and then sewed around the edges just to make sure they stayed put.

I decorated each cover a bit differently.  On the one below, I fussy-cut around a girl image from some Jane Davenport collage napkins and colored her hair with Distress Ink.  I had the "Your Majesty" sentiment in my stash.

For the second notebook, I kept it simple and stamped the word "Resolve" with Simon's Grungy Alphabet stamp set and glued it to the cover.

On the third notebook, I made an abstract tree using Simon's Sparkle and Shine stamp set and a branch die I had in my stash.  The sentiment was also from my stash.

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

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  1. So pretty set! I love the crazy colors as always and the white embossing looks so cool on them! Totally love it! Happy New Year, Andrea! Hugs, Macarena

  2. These look great (love the collage napkin)! They are like little pills of motivation which is what I need for the new year.

  3. These are absolutely fabulous - love the shot of colour, just right for New Year optimism, and the fresh, funky look is wonderful.
    Alison x

  4. Gorgeous notebooks Andrea! the colours and whole design of these is awesome! 💙

    Hope you had a lovely Christmas and Best Wishes for a fabulous 2018!

    Lols x x x

  5. These are wonderful! TFS your great ideas.

  6. Way to go Andrea!These are awesome! It looks like you had a lot of fun too! I always appreciate that you share your process to, I learn so much from you! I want to try this in my art journal! I don't know how you were able to sew the pages to your covers without taking off the covers, wow! Happy New Year!! Big high fives! (Bty, I'm stealing your lipgloss idea below :-) love, love, love!!

  7. Awesome little books, Andrea! You have lots of space now to keep track of all those ideas and thoughts. Colors are so vibrant and bright - love that! I also really like how you did the type in white, makes a wonderful background. Happy New Year! Looking forward to a creative one with you! hugs, Maura

  8. Gorgeous journals, Andrea! The colors are just so pretty!! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

    1. P.S. I love that you are using some Jane Davenport items... right up your style alley! :)

  9. Wishing you a Happy 2018 too! I love the Dylusions Inks with the translucency of the white paint that you stenciled - beautiful 😁. All the best for a wonderfully creative New Year too! J 😊

  10. awesome as always my friend, you truly are the queen of gorgeous colour...hugs kath xxx

  11. Another wonderful project Andrea, full of colour, vibrance and artistry...I love the style of these fabulous projects and adore the Jane Davenport line you've used, they really do suit your style! Just stunning, as always.... :)

  12. Happy New Year Andrea! This project is wonderful. I love the colours and of course that alphabet background stamp.

  13. Wow... these color scheme are fantastic! Andrea. Love the beautiful stitching and the great sentiments, too. :)

  14. I so would love to have one of your books always with me <3 xxx

  15. These are stunning, Andrea! Love the girl, she is really pretty! Best wishes for 2018! Hugs, Sandra