Happy Friday to you !! I am sharing with you today another project that I made at my Demo Retreat last weekend. I was SO excited by the new This and That line that SU has come out with, and I couldn't wait to get my very own Journal to play with !! Since I am going to my FIRST EVER Convention this year (I'm sure I've mentioned that, haven't I ?? HAHA) I really want to remember everything about it, so I thought that using this cool journal to "scrapbook" my trip was a great idea !! I brought it with me to my retreat hoping I would get some inspiration to decorate it - and it came from one of the most UNLIKELY places ! I had seen a gorgeous journal on Shelli Gardner's blog (she is the Founder and CEO of Stampin' Up! if you didn't know !!) right here and I thought it was SO stunning - but I didn't have any of the products to make it, most importantly some Chipboard. But, what is this !?! There was a nice big piece of Chipboard (a fancy word for thick dense cardboard) in with my Epic Day Designer Stickers !! AND my sister in law Barb, who was with me at the retreat, had her awesome Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies with her !! YAY !! So, I got to work on creating something I just LOVE !! Take a look !!
I know its not really much like Shelli's, but I LOVE how it turned out !! Like I said, I used the Typeset Alphabet dies to cut out my initials, as well as the butterflies from the Beautiful butterflies die. How great that our Bigz Dies can cut out thick things like Chipboard !! I then cut out some of the awesome Epic Day DSP, also using my dies. I attached them with some REALLY strong adhesive, the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. I then used an emery board (yes, like you would use on your nails) to file all the edges for a seamless look. Also, gives it a great distressed finish !! I then sponged my Chipboard pieces - the big butterfly with Crumb Cake, the smaller in Pool Party and the letters in their respective DSP colors. They look SO AWESOME in person !! I am thrilled with them ! Not too shabby for my first time using Chipboard !!
I really wanted to use the awesome verse from the Feel Goods set on here. Its a bit corny, but I feel like I believed that I could become a demo and share my love of paper-crafting with "the world" (ha ha) and the fact that I am going to Convention really beings that all full circle for me. So, I was determined to use that piece here. I used my Gumball Green and Calypso Coral markers to color in the stamp and then stamped it onto some Whisper White. I die cut it with my Ovals Collection framelits, and then traced the same oval onto a piece of Pool PArty with a pencil and cut it out. I was really pressed for space here, so the next size up of framelit would have been too big. I love using the framelits as a stencil for tracing ! I sponged both of these pieces with Crumb Cake ink and also stamped a lovely doily image from the Delicate Doilies set in Daffodil Delight ink for even more interest. I used the heart shaped clip from the (retired) Elements Cute Clips set and tied a bit of White Bakers Twine in a little bow. SWEET right !?!
My last few steps were to decorate using some of the Epic Day Designer Stickers. I added the 2013 to the right hand bottom and also those cute Chevron images. Some 1/4" Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon made the perfect "body" for my bigger butterfly, and the Linen Thread was great for my small butterfly. I added all of my Chipboard pieces with some Tombo Liquid Glue for a nice strong hold. This really had to be sturdy to make the trip to Utah with my in a couple weeks !! Lastly I splattered some fun inks all over for the perfect grungy look. Love it !!
Thats it for me today !! I really hope you like my fun journal - and that you will do one for yourself !! If you want to pick up these awesome products, please stop by my Online Store to get some ! they are so fun to play with !! Thanks a lot for coming by today and Happy Stamping !!
Stamp Sets: Feel Goods (wood #131916, clear #129684), Delicate Doilies (wood #128541, clear #122592)
Ink: Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad #126944, Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad #126975, Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad #126982, Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad #126983, Gumball Green Classic Stampin' Pad #126861, Gumball Green Marker (2012-2014 In Color Collection Stampin' Write Markers #126856), Calypso Coral Marker (Subtles Collection Stampin' Write Markers #131263)
Paper: Pool Party #122924, Whisper White #100730, Epic Day DSP #130814
Accessories: This and That Epic Day Journal #131268, Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies #127553, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die #114507, Ovals Collection Framelits #129381, Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers #131271, Elements Cute Clips (Retired), 1/4" Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon #126872, Linen Thread #104199, White Bakers Twine #124262, Stamping Sponges #101610