Sunday, May 31, 2015

My Other Creations: The Queen's Musings Notebook

The theme this week over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is, "Let's Be Royal."  What a fantastic theme!  I decided to make a notebook which would be the perfect place for a queen to jot down her royal thoughts and ideas:

Isn't that girl stamp fabulous?  It's called, "Mona Lisa" by Penny Black, so apparently she's not royalty, but she looked like she could be to me!  I started by making the background for her using stamps, color sprays, ink smears and stencils.  When my background got too dark, I added some Gesso on top.  Next I stamped the girl onto light-colored paper and fussy-cut her out.  I added some pink chalk to her cheeks and colored her with ink and Spectrum Noir markers.  I drew and cut out a crown for her and added lots of die-cut shapes using the Moroccan Tile die from My Favorite Things and the Sizzix Mixed Media die set.  I used alphabet stamps for the sentiment.

I tried something new with this notebook and that was to create the pages out of 6x6 patterned paper that I hadn't used in other projects yet (you know when you buy the 6x6 paper pads and don't use every page?).  Since they were already a uniform size, they made quick and easy pages until I decided to round the corners of all of them.  My hand almost cramped up from all of that round-edge corner punching, but I liked how it turned out. 

Here's a peek at the inside:

This really was an inspiring theme and I was able to make good use of these products, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

Can't wait to see what you come up with for this week's challenge!  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!