Friday, 19 October 2012

A couple of notebooks...

Hi Susan here...

I always make notebooks for presents, especially for my girls, we are all big note takers and have several notebooks for different things on the go all the time.

Here are just a couple that I have made just lately.....

This is the side view of the notebook, I always try to use similar colours for the paper that I used in the main book cover.

This is a closeup of the front cover. I use a firm card for the covers then use backing paper that I glue in place to cover the card before I start decorating.
I wanted to make my notebooks quite flat this year, they are usually very highly decorated, but sometimes you couldn't carry them in your handbags without a cover in case some of the embellishments got damaged.

My backing paper was from an old 12x12 scrapbooking pad that I have had for ages, I then used a tiny strip of vellum down the side.
The beautiful heart die cut is from Marianne Designs and I love it, it is so special and looks amazing.
The ribbon is from our local market.

This is a close up of the stamp image, it is part of a set from Chocolate Baroque. It is a new buy, and is gorgeous, My favourite spring flowers are tulips and I fell in love with this stamp set the moment I saw it.
I have used chalks to colour the image then used a nestability for the backer and I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the edges.

My second notebook uses the other part of the stamp set from Chocolate Baroque.

I used a plain white paper for the inside of this notebook.

I made this book slightly different than normal, I glued the backing paper onto the card and then distressed the edges using a pair of scissors.
I know this one is slightly more delicate in design than the previous one with the butterflies, but hey so this notebook is not carried in a handbag, I will probably make many more that can be.

The backing paper is from my stash, it is a gorgeous warm brown with a pink design. This is what gave me the inspiration for my colour scheme. Papers can do this to you, you can look at a piece of paper and instantly a design comes into your head, I wasn't sure I would make a card or a notebook, but I have a bit more so a card is not out of the question.
The butterflies are a die, I have used distress inks to colour them and then added pearls that we buy from our local market for the bodies.
The ribbon is from our local market. It is a beautiful woven ribbon with a little scalloped edge.

As I told you before this image is the second part of the stamp set from Chocolate Baroque. I used Promarkers to colour this image and then inked the edges with Distress Inks.

I hope you have enjoyed looking and many thanks for your comments.
Love and hugs
Susan xxx


  1. They are both very beautifully designed Susan I really love those gorgeous images and such a useful item.
    lorraine x

  2. Awesome work Susan these are so beautiful! Wow they will make such terrific gifts for your girls, they must love getting presents from their most talented Mother!

  3. Hello Susan. WOW, the ae absolutely beautiful, and what a lovely idea to put papers in that match in colour to the cover. I love them both. You are so talented and put so much work into your creations.
    Happy crafting and have a lovely weekend.
    Love Sandra xxx

  4. oh wow two more beautiful books. I would love something like this sitting on my coffee table to jot things down in. Just stunning

    Lin xx


Thank you for visiting our blog. Your fabulous comments mean a lot to us both.
Love and hugs
Emma and Susan