November 20, 2008

Holiday Projects Notebook

Edited for Instructions: The notebooks are simply covered with one piece of cut and scored cardstock that folds around the back, spine and front of the notebook. It's best to take your own measurements because the notebooks can vary in size once cut in half and some brands are thicker than others. The books are generally 8" tall x 2.5" wide when cut in half. I leave about a 1/16" overhang on the edges so that my notebook is fully covered. I always cover the top portion of the notebook with a small rectangle scrap of patterned paper too. That's it, have fun!

My life right now totally revolves around my two girls. We are so busy with basketball practices and games, Girl Scouts, guitar lessons, homework, and filling up the gas tank that sometimes I am lucky to get a decent frozen pizza on the table at night. Other nights we're eating hot dogs and nachos at the ballgames. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world but I am definitely going to have to organize more around here. Finding time to work in my stamp room is becoming a major challenge so when I finally get free time, I just let loose and totally enjoy my creative time.

Yesterday afternoon I found about an hour to create a blog project. While at my scrapbooking retreat over the weekend, the girls and I went shopping at our favorite local scrapbook store. 20% off everything too so that helped even more! I wanted some new holiday paper and stumbled upon K and Company's new Swell Noel line. The pastel-like colors were different than the vintage, old time colors I've been using so I thought it would be fun to work with. A few sheets didn't satisfy me, I had to purchase an additional 12 x 12 pad of papers. AND I found the last box of some adorable, glittery die cut images. The images from this line are so sweet and retro looking, they remind me of old movies like Rudolf and Frosty the Snowman. So they all came home with me and are now an addition to my Holiday Inspiration Station.


Wanna see what I made? I felt the need to make something just for me. So I thought a little Holiday Projects Notebook would be fun. I spread out all my new papers and just ooh-ed and aah-ed for a little while before selecting just one piece.
Then I cracked open this fun little treasure box of glitterfied chipboard accents from a ChipBox. Aren't the little images just adorable? I want to take all those little creatures and move into that wintry home, nestled in the snow!
I then got to work on my project after much drooling and some hot spice tea. I used Copic markers to color in Karen Lockhart's Pencils image. I LOOOVE this image, it's one of my all time faves from Karen's stamp collection. When I see it, it makes me think *CREATE*.
I then cut out my image...added a fine line, black border with a Copic Multiliner Pen....added my stamped title and then masked the pencil jar so that I could stamp an oval shadow using Pine's Papertrey stamp set called Warm Happiness(the coffee mug set).
I used an older notepad project as my inspiration. I used the junior lined notebooks that I had cut in half at the print shop. I love the long, skinny shape these have.
I threw together some embellishments real speedy quick like, just plopping stuff down on my notebook cover to see what looked good.
Didn't take long and I had my notebook completed. I liked my *plopped* arrangement of embellishments so I just glued them all down. Don't you want one???
I didn't fuss over this project one bit, I just had FUN with it. Christmas projects should remind you of getting out the craft box when you were little.....making paper chain garlands out of crappy construction paper...snowflakes out of folded white paper......pipe cleaner candy canes...Santa's that had cotton balls for beards....photo frame ornaments made with wooden popsicle sticks.......ahhhhhhh, doesn't that take you back to the good ol' days??

I didn't worry that my letters were crooked or smudged with ink. It's the look I was going for.
And I purposely glued my embellishments down kinda crooked.....like the wonky lace that I held in place with staples and hangs over the edge of the notebook, the strip of sequins that got adhered right were they landed on the paper. It just all fell into place and I know I will LOVE this little notebook. I'm going to fill it very soon with all the ideas that are stored in the ol' noggin.

I can't wait for Thanksgiving break.....nothing to do but spend time with family, enjoy the last of the decent Fall weather and CRAFT BAYBEE!! Until then I'll keep finding a few hours here and there to CReaTe!! Make it fun, my friends!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love this line too. First time I've seen it!! I am such a lover of all the old Christmas shows, and this really does bring back those memories. OOOOOOOOO~AAAAAHHHHH!!!

I am guessing that the quilting lessons aren't going anywhere with your very busy schedule.????? I have been reading the Elm Creek Quilt series, and it has made me get out my fabrics and I'm creating table runners and wall hangings for Christmas presents this year. You just can not read those books and not want to MAKE something~right!?

Love your blog as always, and I'm looking forward *anxiously* to your gift projects! ~Jan

Tricia said...

Mish, you always make me smile when I read your blog. You make crafting fun. If one of your letters is crooked you don't stress. I love that about you!

Thanks for your great ideas. I'd love to get some of those little notebooks... maybe *after* Thanksgiving!! :)

Anonymous said...

I just love this. Something with no deadlines and just for fun. I also really love hot spiced tea. Now I have to go get the ingredients. I made some last year in a jar and gave as Christmas gifts. Great job. TFS
Dawn B.

DeeDee said...

I love this Mish!!! Ya know, I'm such a freak about making it all straight and perfect....but I'm really trying not to be like that...I'm gonna try a project like this one of yours...just let it fly and land where it may!! LOL!! I LOVE IT!!! HUGS!!!

Rene' Sharp said...

Another very cool project Michelle. Also love the 2 cards from your previous post, they are great!

Karen said...

This is a great notebook. I do love that pencil jar also. I tend to use it frequently. I am gonna have to check out those papers, they are great. Whether you have 5 minutes or hours, your art is beautiful.

Softangelkisses said...

What a cute idea! I need to get some of that lovely paper!!

Katy Frame said...

Hi Mish, LOVE the notebook! Think you could post how you make them? As well as the larger ones that you've made in the past..

-Katy :)

Gabriela said...

Holy Cow! Those bookmarks are fantastic. Thank you for the inspiration. My little girl and I will love making these. Fabulous DP.

Heather "Hev" said...

Looks like lots of fun :)

Beautiful creations :)

2stampis2b said...

Beautiful plopping! TFS!

Sandy said...

This is one line I haven't seen. Your projects look great. Love everything. I understand about the busy part. It's great that you take time for yourself, it helps to make you a happier person. Good for you.

scrapfancy said...

Mish, I saw this paper and it is so neat. Gives you the feeling back as a child. Have fun with it and will look for more fun things with it.

Angie said...

Oh, these are wonderful! You posted a couple of these notebooks a few days back, and I ran to the office supply store and got my notebooks cut in half! I made one for a dear friend of mine, just because, and I want to make more! You are very inspirational and I love your work. Now I need to go make myself a notebook. TFS!

Belinda said...

Hello! Today I discovered your blog and most beautiful things that you do! You're an artist and all is that your work is very thin and delicate. Greetings from Spain!

wandykj said...

Love it!!! What an AWESOME idea! I'm always usiing those cheap spiral notebooks for writing down recipes & crafting ideas, but they are too big to fit in a purse, this would be the perfect size for those times when an idea pops into your head & you don't have anything to write them on. Looking forward to more from your "Inspiration station".
Wanda

Natalia said...

I love copic and that's a gorgeous set of colors there..

Softangelkisses said...

You have been tagged! Check my blog for details if you would like to play along!

Sheena Richmond said...

You are so funny...
I love hearing about you buying your paper and spreading it all out and looking at it.
That is my favourite thing to do after a scrapbooking store spree. I love moving the 12x12 squares around and seeing what goes with what. Even if I never made a card or layout...it would have all been worth it just to look at all my paper!

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