Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fall Note Book by Sandy Trefger

Hello! Sandy here today with a quick and fun Fall project. It's early September and it's time to think of Fall projects as the season will actually change on the calendar in just a few weeks.  What I've created for you today is a Fall note book.  I purchased this blank book with Kraft ruled pages and a Kraft paper cover. I believe I bought it last year from Michael's but any blank book will do.  I then colored the cover and added some Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chippies that I altered. The whole thing was done in under 30 minutes.  Really. I timed myself. Perhaps you'd like to make something similar for yourself. 

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Step 1:  Punch out all your chipboard pieces and wipe the edges with a damp baby wipe to remove any laser residue.

Step 2:  Use a damp baby wipe and cover the chipboard pieces with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse as desired.  I used gold on the frame and book plate, other colors on the floral piece.

Step 3:  Dab embossing ink onto the frame and bookplate.  Add random areas of embossing powder and use a heat gun to melt the powders.

Step 4:  Alter the front, back and spine of the note book cover using the  Cosmic Brown Nuvo Embellishment Mousse.

Below is how the inside of the note book looks:

Step 5: Apply a bit of a lighter embellishment mousse to the center of the cover such as Lemon Sorbet.

Step 6:  Use Glossy Accents and attach the floral chipboard piece down on to the center of the front cover.  Also attach the frame on top of the flowers.

You may need to place a heavy weight on top of the chipboard pieces to ensure that they dry flat.  I use a vintage iron for my weight piece.

Step 7:  Once the chipboard pieces have dried and are firmly attached to the cover, lightly dry ink Black Soot Distress Ink over the frame.  Also prep the bookplate piece--see step 8.

Step 8:  While things are drying, insert two small metal Tim Holtz brads into the book plate, use wire cutters to clip the brad prongs off shorter so they do not stick out on the sides as these will not be inserted into the cover.   Also apply embellishment mouse to the chipboard rectangle that came out of the book plate as you will use that for your note book title.  Add some embossing powder on to the book plate and heat to melt the powder.

Step 9:  Use a black marker such as a fine Sharpie to write the word "Notes" onto the chipboard rectangle.  Glue it and the book plate to the lower right corner of the book.

Your note book is completed.  If desired, lightly brush some of the black Distress Ink on to the cover in a few areas and then add embossing powder and melt for some added texture.  This would make a lovely (and quick) gift for someone special or would make a very nice book for your favorite quotes.

Thank you so much for following along.  I hope I've inspired you to use some of these wonderful Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chippies on your projects.  I will be back on September 20th with a fabulous project combining Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Canvas Corp Brands 7 Gypsies products.

Happy Crafting!


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  1. Great project with 2 of my favorite pieces. Love you vintage iron too.

  2. I just love the fall colors. Beautiful project.

  3. Thank you Nancy & Betsy! I loved how it turned out. And Nancy, that vintage iron is a great weight for some projects!

  4. I love that frame. The way you did your layering is fantastic!

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