Monday, January 2, 2017

Start Afresh...

Hi Everyone...I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday and wish you all a very Happy 2017. It's the first Monday of the New Year and time to join in the fun over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. Thank you for sharing your creations with us for the "Party Time" challenge and we hope you can join in this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...
START AFRESH
use something fresh out of the packaging...i.e. something never used before

The Design Team are showcasing the fabulous Carabelle Studio Products this week and if you have them we would love to see how you use them but you don't have to use them to join in the challenge.

The start of a new year for me requires a new notebook/diary/planner...this absent minded crafter can't function without a little help in the memory department...an aide-memoire of what I should be doing or where I should be going on any particular day...
so when I spotted this black notebook in my local supermarket...I knew it ticked all the boxes but was crying out for some crafty magic decoration. I cut two panels of Simon Says Stamp White Cardstock slightly smaller than the covers and covered them with Ranger's Natural Sticky Back Canvas...
I cut a panel of patterned paper from Prima's French Riviera 6 x 6 pad and stamped the Mixed Media Strips Art Stamp from Carabelle Studio using Black Archival ink.
I attached the panel to the Sticky Back Canvas with Ranger Multi Medium Matte...used Tim's Craft Pick and Ruler to create stitching holes around the edges and hand stitched zig zags using Eclectic Elements Thread.
I die cut the flags from white cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes die and my "fresh out of the packaging" item was the Angel Heart Die from the  recent "Hey Love" release which I die cut from white cardstock and French Riviera patterned paper.
I used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Label Letters to create the year...
and decorated the panel with buttons from my stash and an Eclectic Element Thread bow...
At this point I decided that the edges of the canvas panel were looking a bit bare so I used washi tape to mask off the letters I didn't want to use on the Cargo Mini Layering Stencil and used the Ground Espresso Mini Ink Pad and round blending tool to add some stencilled letters...
I used the alphabets from the Prima Salvage District 6 x 6 Pad to make the NOTES panel...

and the circle die from Bundle of Stitched Shapes to create tabs for the inner dividers...
and Miss Memory is all set for 2017...no excuses for being forgetful now...

You can find all the products I used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store...just click on the links below...

Why don't you pop over to the Monday Challenge Blog and check out the amazing creations from my very talented Design Team mates and our fabulous Guest Designer for January Autumn Clark aka sewpaperpaint. As always you all have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in...

You can also follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram
and if you use Instagram...
please add #sssmchallenge to your entry uploads so we can see them on there too
I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx

18 comments:

Redanne said...

Such a great idea to have a journal, I love the look of the sticky backed canvas with the beautiful stamping - your stitching is a lovely finishing touch too. Love this Kath! Hugs, Anne xx

Catherine said...

Kath, this is so pretty! I love all the stitching and the entire desgin is amazing.

Cathie ♥

Macarena said...

What a perfect cover! It surely needed it. Love the canvas mixed with paper. The stamping on Prima paper looks perfect! That was creative. Wishing you a Happy Year!

Christine Collins said...

Hello Kath,
What a great idea to create your own journal, you've done a beautiful job too. I love the stitching.
Chris xx

MagsB said...

This is totally gorgeous, Kath!

Happy New Year!

love Mags B x

Sandra H said...

This Kath is stunning as always and your stitching is lovely too! Happy New Year xx

Janette said...

Fabulous, I love doing this sort of thing , just gives me a buzz... and heaven knows I need it sometimes kath....x

misteejay said...

Such a beautiful diary/notebook.
The colours are fabulous and the PPs used so pretty. The canvas gives such a lovely effect. Pretty & organised.
Toni xx

Lee said...

WOW.A Stunning creation to start 2017.Hugs and Cuddles for Buddy.xx ps.We have sunshine.xx

Linda Simpson said...

WOW this is stunning and what a transformation.
Hugs
Linda xxx

Stephanie Leykauf said...

Fun page, Kath! I love the stitching! :)

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Annie said...

Happy New Year Kath and all good wishes in 2017 xx you have certainly created a fabulous journal cover here to keep your crafty dates/appointments to hand xx
Love the background and the lovely Carabellestamps, wonderful layout

Take care
Annie xx

Maura Hibbitts said...

This is an amazing notebook, Kath! Love how you mix the sewing and the paper together. The hand sewing adds a wonderful touch to your canvas. Happy New Year! Maura

Emma Williams said...

What a gorgeous way to decorate a notebook...this is beautiful Kath and I love the colour palette you've used! Hugs xxx

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow... this is such a gorgeous creation, Kath. I love the beautiful embellishments and all the fabulous vintage details. Great design! Happy new year! :)

Migdalia said...

Elegant & Beautiful! Awesome job!
Happy New Year!
Have a wonderful day,
Migdalia
Crafting with Creative M

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

I couldn't wait to see how you would use Carabelle Studio products and you did not disappoint! No matter what brands or elements you use, you always manage to create something unique and fresh and inspiring. I wish you all the best in 2017 and can't wait to see what else you come up with!

Barbara Schiassi said...

Love your choice of neutral colors, beautiful! this cover is amazing as always Kath, love so much your style and the stitching is fabulous!! BArbara

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