Sunday, February 5, 2012

Journey to Paris Notebook

Hi, it's Marge here again.  Today I have a small altered notebook using the new Stamp-It line.

Have you ever traveled, and found you are always looking for a piece of paper to jot down flight numbers, hotel phone numbers, hours that the tourist spots are open, restaurant reservations and such?  Or do you ever take 300 photos and then not remember where you were?  Well, that happens to me, and my solution is a little notebook that fits into my purse or jacket pocket.

 When I saw the collage-style Stamp-It images, I knew exactly what I'd design.  You will need a small spiral bound notebook - you can find them for under a dollar just about anyplace.  First, cover the front with black card stock.  Stamp the Eiffel Sketch image in black ink on ivory card stock.  Optional:  Dry emboss a brocade or similar design at the bottom of the tower.  Using a sponge, distress the edges with black ink.  (I used Tim Holtz' Black Soot ink by Ranger.)  Next, stamp the Journey Script image on ivory card stock, again with black ink.  Tear the edges and sponge.  Adhere the pieces, overlapping the Journey Script diagonally.  I then gave the cover a coat of Modge Podge for sheen and protection.

I couldn't resist adding a black rhinestone in the "O" of Journey, and I added a black scroll sticker in the upper left, to 'reprise' the scroll on the Journey words. 

 Now for the fun part -- dive into your ribbon stash; find all those short bits and pieces of black and ivory ribbon, twill and lace that you've saved, knowing that someday you'd find a use for them.  Well, this is the perfect project to use them on! Tie them to the top wires.  (Come on, if you are like me, I know you don't throw those ribbon bits away!)  Other than the ribbons, I left the front relatively un-embellished.  I wanted to pile on buttons and charms for a vintage look, but it wasn't practical because this was intended to be a functional piece.  Christiane and Mary, when we go back to France, this is coming with me...just sayin'...

Hope this inspires you to make your own altered notebook.  See you here next week, and please visit the Crafter's Companion site to see more of the wonderful, artsy Stamp-It designs.

Marge Dady

9 comments:

Diana said...

What a great idea and what a wonderful notebook you made. The stamps are awesome.
Thanks for the inspiration.

Paula Huiras said...

This is a really fun idea and practical too.
PH

Jill said...

Beautiful!

Carolyn L. said...

This is super cute!

Kathy said...

That is awesome! Great idea! I am going to do this for going to the craft stores, I am always taking little slips of paper. This will be great.
Thanks Marge.

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Yes this is a spectacular idea-so useful and great looking to.

Trena in Naperville said...

Beautiful cover for a great idea Marge!! The way you stage your photos is awesome!!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

JEANNIE said...

Very Nice Projects.

lacefairy said...

Hey totally great idea. I always forget to make notes of photos I take! I have the perfect notebook to do this with. It has black paper inside! I even have some great gel pens that write on black? It will be awesome!