Monday, February 12, 2018

My Other Creations: "These Words Matter" Notebook

"Take Note" is this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme, so you know which direction this notebook-making-maniac went!  I do have to say, though, that this notebook and I had such a battle that I didn't know who was going to still be standing at the end of it.  I almost chucked this thing at least 78 times, but I am finally at peace with the way it turned out.
I knew it was bad when it was 1:00 in the morning and I was too busy cursing a piece of Washi tape to go to bed.  It was grim.  And just when I thought it was going better, my toddler asked me why I had made a row of teeth at the bottom of my book.  Nice.

So yeah- no process pics this time because I did then re-did, then double re-did too many times to count.  But I do have some detail shots.  I used Donna Downey's Dandelion Pods stencil to form the middle part of the cover and colored them with Washi tape, Dina Wakley acrylic paint, Hero Arts ink and Distress Ink.  I also did some stitching with black thread.  

This section is made with Kaisercraft's Lattice die.  I outlined some of the insides with black Sharpie and also added some patterning with Tim Holtz's new Stitched stencil.

I made a scallop border at the bottom out of patterned paper scraps.  Then I added a sentiment that I had in my stash to finish off the cover.

In the end, I'm glad that this notebook and I came to an understanding.  I suppose it's good to have a frustrating project every now and again to make sure that we stay humble!

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

I'm excited to see how you "take note" 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. Awesome, Andrea! It's funny, but the projects that give us the most trouble and the ones we seem to like the least are others favorites. This is definitely at the top of my favorite list for your notebooks. I think it turned out awesome but I had a good laugh when one of your kids asked why you put teeth at the bottom! That never would have come to my mind. My kids have made some funny comments about my stuff too. I love this notebook!

    Cathie ♥

  2. Love this cover!! And I agree with Cathie! I would have never noticed the "teeth"! I love how you stay true to your fun color palette and always add some good texture and layers in your pieces!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! You're the Queen of notebook! this is fabulous as always, your palette is fantastic and so energetic! Great work! barbara

  4. Wow, I'd like my teeth to look that pretty! ;-) Andrea, this is stunning. I don't know how you managed to make everything look magnified inside those circles, that looks so cool! I love the sentiment from the stamp and those pretty papers and your signature colors! I'm glad you didn't give up! I think you taught us all to never give up! I think you should have all your art books on display in a gallery!!!

  5. I think it is fantastic Andrea!! And what a fun comment about the row of teeth!! Those are really cool teeth. I love the colours and of course the wonderful sentiment, since words really do matter.

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    1. OK, so it finally worked after 3x(commenting problems on my end)...I would never guess the frustration that lies below the colorful layers of this fantastic little notebook! Andrea, you have definitely pulled off another winning notebook! Happy Valentine's Day! Maura

  7. Oh really? Can't believe anything gone wrong with your notebook. Lovely as always and your fights are totally imperceptibles. I love the mix of colors and the crazy layers. Hugs, Marzena

  8. LOVE this Andrea!! the colours and textures are fabulous and I especially love the 'teeth' haha, that did make me laugh, the things kids say eh ;-) The whole design of this is gorgeous and I am so glad you persevered ;-)

    Lols x x x

  9. so glad you stuck with it girl because it's a stunning feast for the eyes,hugs kath xxx

  10. Love this fabulous cover, Andrea. The colors and those embellishments you created are awesome! :)

  11. As always, this is just a wonderful piece of artwork Andrea and I love the colours and embellishments you've used...they just come together perfectly and create a feast for the eyes, which I LOVE! :)

  12. You are simply the queen of notebooks!! I love every single of them!