Saturday, January 24, 2009

More Altered Notebooks for Christmas!

I had so much fun making the altered composition notebooks for my sister that I decided that I would make a few more to give as Christmas gifts. These notebooks were especially made for the three daughters of one of our good friends. They are all at that age where they like to write in journals so what not better way, but to write in something that is made specially for you.

The first notebook is created with Pink Cat Studio Cat Plate #1 stamp set. I love the kitties in this set. They are all so playful. I had trouble at first on how to color her so I had to get some inspiration between the PCS and SCS galleries. I don't own any copics yet and still using SU markers so this was a toughy, but with some persistance and determination, I was able to match the Glamour Puss with the patterned paper I chose to decorate the notebook with. I also paper pieced the scarf and shirt with some scrap patterned paper I had. Then I added some bling to her glasses (too bad you can't really see it - but it was so adorable IRL). I used a retired SU alpha stamp set called "Alphabet Fun Lower" for the monogram "J".

This second notebook was made for their oldest daughter who is an 8th grader so I had to make it a little more mature. I used the Inkadinkado Garden clear stamps along with the Rhona Farrer Scribbles alphabet for the monogram "T". I then sponged the edges with distress ink Antique Linen for a more vintage look. I also added some bling (clear glitter) to the dragonfly as well as the flower silhouette.

This was made for the youngest daughter. It took me awhile to come up with a stamp set to use with her notebook eventhough I already had an idea in mind. I hadn't inked up my GinaK Just Keep Swimming. Again, I had a hard time figuring out how to color the images so I scoured the SCS gallery for samples. Right now, the youngest one is very into oceans and sea life so this is the reason why I chose to use these images for her notebook. I also used the SU Alpha Fun Lower for the monogram "M" and PTI Borders and Corners - Circles stamp set for the dashed circle around the monogram. This looked better IRL...the lighting was just not right when I took the picture.

Ok, it's getting late so going to retire but fear not, more projects to post...ta ta!

RECIPE: composition notebooks from target, ginak just keep swimming/inkadinkado garden set/su alphabet fun lower/autumn leaves scribbles alpha/pti corner and borders - circles stamp sets, olive green/white/orange/dark blue cardstock, magnolia patterned paper, ribbon, rsvp pen, terrrifically tacky tape, green galore/summer sun/positively pink/real red/mellow moss/going grey/antique linen ink, clear glitter, nesties