Monday, August 9, 2010

Trying Something New

Well Cathy threw me for a loop this week on the Sassy Cheryl Challenge Blog. She was in charge of the challenge and her challenge was to create an altered notebook. This is something totally new for me, but I decided it was worth giving it a go. I use the small legal pads all the time for my lists, so I decided that that was what I would alter.

I had this gorgeous piece of Scrapbook paper(I have no idea who made it, but it came from a pad). One side was this gorgeous muted stripe and the reverse side was a vintage looking floral print. I had no clue what image I was going to use, but knew I had to use this paper. I cut two strips and scored them so that the tablet is completely covered. I used the Martha Stewart Garland Around the Page punch and edge to make a strip to go at the top of the pad and extend past to hold the front cover in place. I tied a piece of burgundy sheer ribbon and made a ruffle around it to finish off the top.

I saw a technique somewhere in my blurfing that showed how to take a straight edged punch and basically clip to make it curve(very much like you make a seam curve smooth in sewing). I had a narrow strip still left of the paper, so I took a dinner plate to get the maximum arch(so I could use the floral side) I could and then "curved" a piece of the green paper that I edged punched around the floral arch.
Now it was time to decide which image I was going to use. I knew that with all the images Sassy Cheryl has at her store( a good portion of which are in a folder on my computer), an image wasn't really going to be a issue. This image is called called Ragtime Gals and doesn't she look like she's pondering exactly what she should be putting on a list? I colored her with Copics, and I think she turned out rather well. Finally I used a Spellbinders die to cut the image out and a rectangle of the green. I decided the rectangles needed to be set at an angle and opposite each other.

Since I plan on really using this notebook and will be flipping the cover back under the back to write on, I didn't add any 3 dimensional embellishments to the front. I'm going so so enjoy using this.

Thanks for stopping by and please be sure to come back. I love hearing from you.


  1. oh thats beautiful shirley, gorgeous colouring on your image too hun xxxxx

  2. Love it....never thought of the cover folding back

  3. Love your notebook Shirley! Those papers are really pretty. ~ jeni :)

  4. How gorgeous. Very vintage. I love it.!!!!!!

  5. Oh, Shirley, this is wonderful! I'm not sure I am ready to try your curve technique---paper is less forgiving than fabric! You did an amazing job!
    Thank you for joining us this week for the Sassy Cheryl's Challenge.

  6. This is very creative. I have that paper also and love the tea-stained look. It's perfect for the challenge this week. Thanks for playing along with us at Sassy Cheryl's! Peggy x

  7. Beautiful job Shirley!! I think it turned out great, it would make a great gift too, maybe a notepad and a fancy pen!!
    Thanks for sharing,