crafting, Handmade Book

Smile Mini Book


It’s time for a smile.. i’m back in my shed again after being absent for a few months!

I wanted to ease myself back into crafting mode again so picked something that would come together quite quickly and wasn’t too big a project..

smile 1

I used my bind it all for the closure and corrugated cardboard for the front and back covers..


I also made small policy type / scrapalope envelopes for the inside from Prima Boheimian Rhapsody 6×6 patterned paper

smile 4

I used velcro closures under each flap of the envelopes to keep them closed nice and snug

smile 3

Here is a list of the supplies used to make the wee mini book

  • Corrugated Cardboard (box material)
  • Bind it all & 1/2″ Wire
  • Prima Boheimian Rhapsody 6 x 6 patterned paper
  • Vintage cotton lace
  • Pumice Stone Distress Ink
  • White & Teal Acrylic Paint
  • Petaloo Flower
  • Treasure Gold : Peweter
  • Skeleton Leaves
  • Tim Holtz Clip & 2 x charms
  • Velcro Dots
  • Scortape
  • Chipboard Plaque
  • Smile Stamp from Paper Smooches
  • Black Archival Ink

Smile 5

That’s me for now… hope you liked the wee mini book and I hope to see you all again soon, and I promise I won’t leave it as long this time 🙂


Arts & Crafts, crafting, Notepads, Paper Piecing

Gardening Forever.. Housework Whenever Notepad

We still have no heating… although the engineer is supposed to be here today between 12pm and 6pm, so until then, I have to craft in the lounge, as that’s where my workshop heaters will remain until the house gas central heating is resumed.

Remember that gardening paper stack, journalling spots and rub-ons I bought the other week half price.. well they were in amongst a pile of stuff I brought down from the workshop… so I decided to make a notepad with them today 🙂   I will be keeping the rest of them to make a gardening mini next year to record all the stuff I grow 🙂

Supplies List :~

  • Stampin Up Blue Cardstock from the Earth Elements Pack
  • Born to Shop “Go Green” A5 Patterned Paper & Glitter Transfer Stickers
  • Small Supermarket Notepad
  • Dimensional Adhesive Squares
  • ATG 700 Gun
  • Corner Chomper

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Some Pins and a wee bit Emboss Resisting :-)

In the workshop today I have been having a play around, trying a wee bit of this and a wee bit of that 😀

Here are some of the things I’ve made:

A couple of Pins, nothing too fancy, plain and simple, just how I like it 🙂 , these are the purple beads I got from the charity shop earlier on this year….

Did you notice the background they are resting on?   I made that today too 🙂 a wee bit emboss resist with the holographic embossing powders I got on Thursday night…

I wondered what I could make with it, and came up with an idea, plus to use up scraps, another notepad lol…… but the blank papers inside are cold pressed watercolour papers, with a gorgeous texture… and of course those dinky wee roses are featured again 🙂

Materials Used :~

  • K & Company Sea Glass Patterned Paper (scrap)
  • Rowney & Daler Cold Pressed Water Colour Paper
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China and Shabby Shutters
  • Papermania Holographic Embossing Powder
  • Versamark
  • Heat Gun
  • Hot Glue Gun {{CAUTION Required lol }}
  • 4 x Wild Orchid Crafts 10mm Green Tone Roses
  • Green Fibre for the Binding
  • Cropodile to punch holes out for the binding
  • Stamp is  a woodblock background Stamp from Hero Arts

Nearly forgot the size is 3.25″ x 3.25″ just a nice size to stick in your handbag/purse 🙂

Thanks so much for popping in 🙂   … p.s. I am loving all your stories about your favourite christmas decorations, its nice to reminisce is’nt it x

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Seaglass & Roses Notepad…

I like to buy the cheap noteboooks from the supermarket and then give them a wee makeover 🙂

They are inexpensive and once altered they make lovely gifts or even great stocking fillers for Christmas!

I made this one this afternoon, plus I have done a video tutorial, but it ran over the 15 minutes, so I need to learn how to edit videos or re-make it again 😀

Supplies List Used :-

  • Cheap Supermarket Notebook 207mm x 73mm
  • K & Co Seaglass Patterned Paper
  • 3 x Green tone Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Double Sided Tape


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Altered Notepad

Tonight I altered a cheapo notepad from my local supermarket, apart from a couple of flowers, stamps and some newspaper,  I only used scrap cardstock from the never ending pile 🙂


Supplies List 🙂

  • 1 x Cheap supermarket notepad
  • Bazzill Kraft Cardstock (scrap)
  • Donna Salazar Crafty Chronicles
  • Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink
  • Memento London Fog Ink
  • Victoria & Albert Museum Posy Background Stamp
  • Invoke Arts Royal Crown 6202-B2
  • Kaisercraft 2cm Paper Flowers in Cream
  • Prima E.Line Smoky Grey Gem
  • Scotch ATG Gun
  • Hot Glue Gun



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Handmade Notepad

A wee handmade notepad to share with you all this evening…. I’ve not made one of these for a while, and the one I was using at work ran out today, so made this one 🙂

Supplies List :-

  • 1 x notepad mearurements approx 210mm x 75mm
  • Bazzill Green textured Cardstock
  • DCWV Mariposa Patterned Paper from the 12 x 12 Stack
  • American Crafts Vinyl Poolside Thickers
  • 1 x Prima E.Line Flower
  • Promarker in Lime Green to colour the white Prima Flower
  • 1 x Prima E.Line Pearl
  • Tombow Mono Multi Glue to adhere the 3 paper strips
  • Fiskars Treading Water Border Punch
  • Double Sided Tape