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Friday, December 14, 2007

Altered Journal

I'm feeling a little less holiday stress...I finished my Christmas cards and got them in the mail yesterday...woo hoo! I want to pass on something that happened to me at the post office. I had a few cards that I made using some wide ribbon which I layered with some metallic ribbon and knotted on the side. These cards can be seen here. I figured they would need extra postage since they were a little thick, but...it cost $1.17 each to mail them! They told me they were no longer considered a letter because they did not fit in the slot, but they are instead treated as a parcel. They were not that thick...I was stunned! Oh well...it could have been worse...I could have made all 50 cards like those few! I just wanted you to be aware of the postage increase when you are designing future cards to mail.

Today I thought I would share a notebook I altered as a gift for my upline. Here is what it looked like before:
You can find these notebooks at Target. They have elastic cord at the bottom to keep it closed when not in use and a pen with an elastic holder on the side. These just beg to be covered with some pretty papers and embellishments!

I chose Artichoke Designer prints for this one with a bit of the River Rock print from the Dashing collection. I applied the papers with Royal Coat Decoupage medium. The monogram is stamped in Artichoke Craft ink and embossed with clear EP. I used my soon to be retired, much used and loved alphabet set Letterpress.

For embellishments I used some double stitched Pomegranate, Artichoke grosgrain and some black polka-dot I have in my stash. I also used a couple flowers and a pearl from my new Pretties kit. The flowers are really easy to dye to match any project. This is the first time I had tried this. All I did was lay the flower on top of my ink pad and used my aqua painter to add some color. I smooshed it down it the center a bit with my bone folder and then kind of blended the color outwards to the tip of the petals so they are a little shaded.

I really like the way this turned out...I almost traded the "K" for an "L" so I could keep it! ;-) Guess I need to make another one for myself.

Enjoy your weekend!!!

15 comments:

Just me said...

Love the notebook. I just put my cards in the mail. They were similar in thickness. I wonder if they will be coming back :(

kathy said...

Very nice. I love the colors you used

Vicki (SCS basement stamper) said...

WOW! This is so beautiful!! TFS!! :)

Maren said...

Great colors! Very beautiful!

Maren said...

Great colors! Very beautiful!

scrapnnMO said...

Oh I love the colors you did this in! Stunning notebook! TFS!

Andrea, said...

This is such a pretty notebook and a wondeful gift. I love the colour combo and the papers you have used

Erin said...

What a beautiful notebook. Thanks for the inspiration. I bought this journal at target awhile ago, think I'm ready to fix it up!!

Stampin' Heather said...

The notebook turned out wonderful. I've seen those notebooks at Target, but haven't picked any up yet. I just might have to.

Jeans inky hugs said...

Lovely looking.

Stempelchaotin said...

Oh my godness, this is absolutely stunning. Really great job.

Hugs
Sandy

Gina said...

Love it!! I love you blog! thanks for sharing.

Denise ~ said...

Your journal is just gorgeous. I love the work you post! Everything is always so nice!

ink'n'rubba said...

you've made such a pretty little notebook - I hope your friend loves it. thanks for sharing how you made it.

Teresa said...

This so cute I love it!