Monday, August 6, 2018

Simon Says -Tape It Up

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...
This week the team are showcasing the fabulous products from Jane Davenport. You don't have to use them to join in the challenge but if you have them, we would love to see what you create with them and I'm absolutely delighted that we are welcoming back my lovely friend, the super talented Anne Redfern aka Redanne as our August Designer In The Spotlight and if you haven't visited Anne's blog, you are in for a real treat.

I decided to take a leaf out of my very talented team mate Andrea's book (no pun intended) who is the truly inspiring Queen of Notebooks and make one of my own for my handbag because I never seem to have paper and pen handy when I need it.

I trimmed and scored Distress Mixed Media Heavystock to create the cover for a 4"x 5.1/2" notebook and trimmed the inserts to be 1/4" smaller.
I used Twisted Citron, Worn Lipstick, Dusty Concord and Broken China Distress Paints to add colour to the pages using the black non-absorbent side of the  prefer to use the black non-absorbent side of the Cut 'n Dry, it uses less paint which means that the pages dry almost instantly and by the time I finished the last page, I could turn them over and repeat on the other side because there's nothing worse than watching paint dry.
I then decided to change tack slightly and trimmed each sheet in half so that I could create a top bound notebook. I applied Dusty Concord Distress Paint to sections of the stamp from TimHoltz/Stampers Anonymous Half Tone & Rings using a mini round blending tool and washed the stamp and the blending foam immediately after use.
I added Jane Davenport Strips and Phrases Washi Tape to the cover and pages of the notebook
followed by torn strips of Dina Wakley collage paper, fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte, another quick drying product which is probably why it is my favourite go-to adhesive.
I used one of the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Patchwork Pieces inked with Black Soot Archival ink to add faux stitching around the edges of each page, a bit of a marathon but made so much easier using my trusty Stamp Platform.
I applied White Gesso to a bottle cap with a mini round blending tool and stamped randomly on each page.
I added Life Quote Remnant Rubs
trimmed down pages from an old notebook and used The Cinch to punch the holes ready for binding.
and here's a close up look of the covers and pages...

I added white splatters by tapping firmly on a White Posca Pen
I decided, after binding the notebook, that perhaps it would be a good idea to add Acetate covers so I'm sharing a little tip on how you can add protective covers or extra pages at a later date. Make two cuts at each hole to create a slit and voila, your covers will slide in place around the binding wires as if by magic.
I spritzed Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon with the same colours of Distress Spray Stain, spritzed with water and dabbed off the excess colour on paper towel
and while it was drying, I had a dig around in my Tim Holtz Assemblage stash to create a hanging charm
I tied the ribbons to the binding wires, added the Assemblage charm, coloured the wording with Worn Lipstick Distress Crayon and covered with Glossy Accents.

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 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...

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I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Kath, I am slightly besotted with Jane D's products at the moment and I love how you used the Washi tape strips, they are so beautiful and go well with the gorgeous colours in your notebook. That's a great tip about the acetate too and one I will be trying out, thank you!

    Thank you too, to you and the team at SSS for having me back as Guest Designer, I am absolutely thrilled and I feel so honoured to be working alongside such a hugely talented team!!

    Big hugs, Anne xx

  2. WOW Kath this is stunning! Thank you for sharing your step by steps.
    Linda xxx

  3. Love this Kath! the colours and whole design of this are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!! nothing more to say really except I absolutely LOVE it <3

    Lols x x x

  4. Gorgeous Kath. Adore the colours . So uplifting . Fabulous notebook . Tracy ❤️❤️😘

  5. This is so cool, Kath. I love this kinda messy project with so many different colors and patterns mixed together. Love the pieces of colage paper, too. Hugs, Macarena.

  6. Love love love this fantastic notebook, Kath. The colors and patterns you created on this project are amazing. I love the fabulous hanging charm, too. :)

  7. Fabulous, bright, and beautiful, Kath! Well done!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. Well Kath, apparently "great minds" are led in the same direction by the Queen of the Notebook, our very own Andrea! ha ha ha! I think it's rather funny that we both were inspired in the same direction, and of course, ended up with very different makes. Love your bright colors and fun touches! hugs, Maura

  9. Love love love this notebook! I'd fill in with all my favorite quotes! Love the mix of colors ! xxx

  10. A really fun notebook which has showcased Jane's products so well ~ this is lovely Kath and something that I'm sure people will love when they see you use it! Hugs xx

  11. Fabulous notebook, Kath! Love the colors, so bright and fun! And all the tape looks amazing! Hugs, Sandra

  12. Such a pretty cheerful project. Love these colours on your notebook. x

  13. Ha, ha! I'm most honored to have been called the Queen of Notebooks and you really hit it out of the park with this creation! I absolutely love the color-blending you did and how you added the colored Crinkle Ribbon at the top. Your ability to incorporate Jane's products was a treat to see and testifies of your wide skill-set as an artist. This is really beautiful and the only thing you have to watch out for now is that people who see you at the store with this notebook will try to snatch it for themselves! I know I would!

  14. I'm speechless! An amazing work! Love every single detail Kath, you're an incredible artist! You have so many skills and I think that you're creativity is really endless! Love how you use Jane Davenport products! Barbara