Monday, May 21, 2018

My Other Creations: Layered Notebooks using Inky Antics' Square Lift-Up Flaps

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is, "Inspired by a Song."  I made some notebooks with lots of flaps and layers after thinking about a song by the Avett Brothers called, "True Sadness."  The lyrics are all about how if you peel back the layers of every person's life, you'll find "true sadness."  That may sound like a downer, but it's actually a very positive song.  It helps me to be more kind when I remember that we've all got something hard we've dealt with, are dealing with, or will be dealing with.

I started with Strathmore Mixed Media paper that I cut into flaps with an Inky Antics die.

I sprinkled some Infusions onto the paper and spritzed it with water.  Then I colored the squares with some Mermaid Markers and painted over everything with white acrylic paint.  I added colored paint here and there.  When the paint was dry, I stamped on some images and text using Kaisercraft's Stargazer stamps and Dina Wakley's Positive Women stamps (polka dots).

I outlined the edges in black using Prima oil crayons and then smudged the black around a bit.  I also outlined a few of the polka dots with a white Signo pen.  I glued my covers to chipboard and cut some paper for the inside of the notebooks.  I assembled them with my Cinch machine.

Here's a side-view that shows the cover flaps opened up a bit.  The cute little house was cut with a die from Neat and Tangled.

Here's the second notebook with the sentiment typed out on my We R Memory Keepers typewriter (intentionally done blurry and wonky):

You may notice that my pages are multi-colored.  To get this look, I held the pages tightly together and dripped and drizzled Jane Davenport ink along the edges.  Warning, though!  This technique did make some of the pages stick together, but I was okay with that.

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

I love music and am excited to see how it inspires you this week!  Be sure to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.


  1. Hi Andrea - thank you for dropping by my blog and making a comment on my Art Journal [the one with the Kraft Postcard and Lips] - I have only created ONE painting page in my art journal so far - I started the Art Journal the first week of May and loving this adventure - it is my goal to make at least 4 Art Journals for the grandkids- I have one nearly finished and I have started on a new one - I am liking your layout here for that cover! Totally fabulous work! Like those layers and the paints of course - and I hope to get more into doing Paints! Thanks again for stopping by and making a lovely comment - as always it is an honor and blessing - have a lovely crafting week!

  2. You've achieved great results for a project that most certainly was a lot of work. You dare to be messy and I admire your bravery! I appreciate your song choice, too--I And Love And You is one of my Avett favorites.

  3. Fabulous little books Andrea :-) I love how you use bold colours and paint to achieve such beautiful results! I haven't heard the song so I am going to look it up now ;-)

    Lols x x x

  4. Fantastic book Andrea! the die you used is absolutely beautiful and your use of Mermaid Markers is amazing! love love love the colors and the design! BArbara

  5. Fabulous colours and all the time that shadow of darkness running through - a beautiful representation of what sounds like a song which would be right up my street. I'll have to go and find it.
    Alison x

  6. This is so clever and interesting. Love all the pages with a surprise inside, all the opening small windows are so cool. Love the craziness of colors as always! Hugs, Marzena

  7. That is really thoughtful, Andrea! I love songs that really make you think and appreciate the good things in life and appreciate that others have struggles too. It puts a perspective on things!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. What delightful little books, Andrea! Love your interpretation of the true. We never really know what is going in someone else's life. Really like how you have made the layers and window, and it is so interactive! Fun!! hugs, maura

  9. The colour palette is just amazing as always and there is just so much vibrancy and depth to these pieces. The interpretation of the song through your work is so clever and absolutely perfect ~ I love them, Andrea! :)

  10. Wow... this is such an awesome and brilliant design, Andrea. Love the beautiful flaps and the colors are fantastic! :)

  11. I love these Andrea! What a great idea with all the frames, windows and layers! And the colors are stunning as always.

  12. love how you interpreted the challenge Andrea in your usual amazing and beautiful style, love all the frames and windows, hugs kath xxx

  13. These are amazing, Andrea! Love those layered notebooks, so inspirational and fun! Hugs, Sandra