Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Something a bit different...

Hello, hello, hello!

It's been a few days since I've posted anything, but that doesn't mean I haven't been making anything!  Although, I must admit that despite all the fabulous inspiration from the challenges and my fellow bloggers, Mr. Mojo is still on the missing to him!  If you see him around anywhere looking like a lost lamb, will you please point him back in my direction - ta!  :)

I am posting today, not a card, but a gift set of notebooks.  I was on Amber's wonderful blog the other day and found this tutorial on how to make your own notebooks.  Now, I know it seems obvious once you've watched the video, but I had never thought that PVA glue would work so well as a binding agent!  So anyway, I thought I'd give it a go.

I was also still on a mission to use some of my hoarded collection of patterned paper so that's exactly what I are the little fellas...

Each notebook has a co-ordinating card as the colour on the inside...if that makes any sense at all?!!!  (It would seem not only has Mr. Mojo done a runner, but so has Mr. Vocabulary!  Apologies peeps!)  For the red plaid notebook and the blue striped notebook, I used the same colour card for the labels as I did for the inside.  The black script notebook has a black card inside, but I though that it needed a lighter grey colour for the label... :)  Those little strips of card on the labels are for the recipient (my little brother) to write on so that he knows what he's using each notebook for.  He's on the hunt at the moment for a house so I thought he might use one for noting down estate agents, mortgage lenders, furniture stores etc.  That way all the information pertaining to each subject is in one place and not on a thousand pieces of paper which I find tend to grow legs and wander off just when you desperately need them!  (Is that just me?)  Another one he could use for sketching and maybe adding fabric samples for his tailoring and I don't know what he'll use the other one for, but I had to make three else it would've upset Mr. OCD, who is still alive and kicking!

Now, I couldn't just present him with three loose notebooks, that wouldn't be very professional would it?!  Just like Amber, I had to make a little box for them all to live in...

The box, as you can see, is made from black card and the wrap is made from a pearlised white card which isn't so obvious.  I used the same script patterned paper that I used for the notebook to make the tag, mounted on black card.  It does have 'Just For You' heat embossed in silver on the back, but I forgot to take a photo of that - whoops!  A bit of silver thread and Bob's your Uncle!

Here's the little rascals trying to escape...

I was quite pleased with how they turned out and I think I may make a little set for my sister too, she's as bad as me for doodling designs (she likes to make jewellery) and losing important information scribbled on scraps of paper!  She's always travelling about so it's difficult to keep track!  I think I'll pick some brighter colours for her ones though, these were chosen as more masculine colours but they don't look as pretty as bright ones would!  :)

As I used die cuts on these notebooks to create the labels, I'm going to enter this into Addicted To CAS's challenge to guessed it...Die Cuts!!  I'm not sure if they qualify for this challenge as it's not a card, scrapbook page etc, but it doesn't get much more CAS than sticking a label on a sheet of patterned paper!  I'm sure someone will let me know if I've broken any rules!  :)

Thanks for stopping by guys ;)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Black, Sky Grey, Ruby Red, Ocean Blue, Pale Turquoise, Primrose
                   Yellow; K&Co - Best Of; White pearlised card
Stamps: Verve - Glad Tidings
Ink:        VersaColor - Silver
Other:    WOW! - Silver Super Fine e/p; Spellbinders - Fancy Tags 3; silver thread


  1. ....that's the awed-silence 'heard' when I read your post about your brilliant - and heart-warming - notebooks! These are seriously awesome (as opposed to 'just' awesome) visually, but your intentions for how your brother/sister can use them: you deserve the *Amazing Sister* award for sure! Thoughtful, delightful, inspiration-ful! The box to keep the 'little rascals' corralled is such a special touch! Wonderful (looks like Mr. Vocabulary has abandoned me!! I'll need to consult a thesaurus to come up with more inventive ways to express how stunning your cards/projects are.). LOVE these, as I know your brother and sister will, too!

  2. Hi Sian. Great use of your patterned papers. The notebooks are such a wonderful idea to keep track of things ... and putting three of them together for a gift is even better :) Fabulous job with the gift set - I'm sure your brother will love it! Thanks for joining us at ATCAS. Loll

  3. What a thoughtful and lovely gift for your brother, Sian. And for your sister when you make her a set! And, I have to be yo mama, since you also write notes on scraps, I do hope you will make yourself some lovely patterned paper notebooks, too!!! Hugs, Darnell

  4. Awesome Notebooks :) and indeed a great gift. Thank you for joining with us at ATCAS !!

  5. Loving these cute little notebooks/sketch pads and matching tag, VERY cool gift indeed!!!
    Kelly xx


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