Monday, January 8, 2018

My Other Creations: Scrap Tag Notebooks Using Tim Holtz's Wildflowers Dies

"Winter Blues" is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, so I made some scrap tag notebooks with wildflowers on them to combat the gray and the slush.  AND, I made a tutorial video for these, which you can see further down in the post.




I started  by cutting some tags out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I painted them with black gesso and then a layer of black acrylic paint and folded them in half.

Next I smooshed white acrylic paint through a Dot Fade stencil onto the tags.

Using my fingers, I smudged on some acrylic paint in different colors.

I added scraps of patterned paper here and there and some wildflowers.  Then I brushed some more acrylic paint over the top once I was done.  I also added a little stamping in black ink.

Along the way, I also added some ring dies from Seth Apter and Simon Says Stamp and closed the notebooks with paperclips.

I used scraps of paper for the inside of the notebooks, too.  I cut the pages the same size as the tags, laid them out flat and sewed the booklet down the middle with my sewing machine to keep all the inside pages in place.

And here's a video of the process for those who are interested:


You know I'm a crazy notebook-a-holic and these were fun ones to try my hand at.  Here are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:


I can't wait to see your artwork this week!  Upload your crafty creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store!

I'm also playing along with--

Mini Album Makers Challenge:


25 comments:

  1. What an awesome idea, Andrea! I love these adorable little notebooks and the way you transformed tags to create them. You're a genius!

    Cathie ♥

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  2. You're unbelievable! Notebooks made from tags folded in half? Really? That could be only imagined by you :-) I am really impressed with all your ideas you share each Monday and can't wait more craziness of yours :-) Hugs, Macarena

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  3. These are so cool!! Love the idea of these small notebooks!!! Love the colors, as always, everything it is damn perfect!

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  4. super cute little notebooks Andrea! I love how you made these, the colours and textures are fabulous and I love how you added the pages, brilliant! :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  5. These are so very cool. I want to make a bunch now! Great idea and execution.

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  6. Such adorable notebooks! Love them.

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  7. These are absolutely fabulous - what a cool pair of notebooks. Do come and share them with us at the Mini Album Makers Challenge if you fancy it!
    Alison x
    https://minialbummakers.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/january-mini-album-tutorials-and.html

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    1. Yay! So glad you came to play with us at Mini Album Makers with these beauties!
      Axx

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  8. awesome little books Andrea!! I used to teach a class on making tag books:)

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  9. Queen of the notebooks! You are extraordinary! Love love love your video! Great idea to start from black tag and painting over with white and bold colors! Wonderful! Barbara

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  10. Love the video to see how you get from point a to b!! Great project!! :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  11. Love your tag notebooks you made using a giant tag! So cool with the old papers sewn in, and of course the covers are amazing! Watched the great little video, and I got distracted by your lovely purple nails as you were creating Andrea, and then got a little jealous at how neat you keep everything. My hands would have been covered in paints! Fun, fun, fun! hugs, Maura

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  12. Nobody does colour like you Andrea and I love your take on this week's challenge theme, it's another unique and wonderful project with so much vibrancy! I absolutely love these, they are just such a cool idea... :)

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  13. Wow, what an amazing transformation! I love these little notebooks and I think those Tim Holtz Wildflower dies might make it on my wish list too - beautiful work 😁. Wishing you a happy new week! J 😊

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  14. This is such a brilliant idea to create notebooks, Andrea. The colors and the texture you created are always awesome! :)

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  15. a feast for the eyes as always Andrea and I love those cute clips...hugs kath xxx

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  16. So pretty, Andrea! Loved watching the video and seeing the whole process from start to finish! Love your bright color palette! Hugs, Sandra

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  17. Such a great idea to do tag booklets! Thanks for sharing your ideas and wonderful work on the Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog.

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  18. These are too stinkin' cute! I love the mixed media covers and the color choices. So vibrant! Thanks for sharing your work with us at Mini Album Makers Challenge!

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  19. I love tag books and this is a real stunner, glorious colours, full of mixed media goodness, fabulous! Thank you so much for adding it to our challenge at the Mini Album Makers Challenge blog!

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  20. Well hey Andrea! Boy, am I so happy to see you in my neck of the woods. :) I really adore these little books and truly appreciate the video. On our trip last week, my oldest kids wanted to hang out at a bookstore for a few hours, so I sat down and grabbed some magazines I never get a chance to peruse. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article in one of them on your house collages. I loved hearing about the happy home you grew up in and your love for your family and father. I always wonder why certain people gravitate towards specific colors and it really was enlightening to put your love of brights in connection with your past. <3 I guess I gravitate towards grunge because my childhood was complex and messy. Ah, well, I digress... We are so thankful you shared with us at Mini Album Makers and make sure to check out our current giveaway on the blog. Big hugs, Autumn

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  21. These books are small gems. You packed so much in such a little space!

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  22. So pretty, Andrea! Such a great idea to do tag booklets! Thanks for joining us at Mini Album Makers.

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