Tuesday 23 September 2014

GD: Anneke De Clerck Project #2 Notebook/MiniBook

"Hi everyone, Anneke here. Tonight I have a notebook/minibook to share with you, one that is very easy to make. If you're not familiar with book binding but always wanted to make a book yourself, you should definitely give it a try".

For this book I used the brand new EDY09 stamp set.

Let's start with the cover. I used a sheet of PaperArtsy Smoothy Heavy Weight Card Stock for the cover. These sheets are A4 size. I've cut away a strip (lenghtwise) so the book measures 7" from head to tail. As you can see on the picture I folded the sheet of paper in half and I made 2 extra creases at 1 2/8" from each side.


With the help of a ruler I sketched a checkered pattern on the cover.

I used sticky notes to mask the squares/rectangles. I used a selection of Fresco Finish Paints Space Cadet, Ice Blue, Lake Wanaka and Inky Pool applied with a piece of Cut N Dry foam.

Next up is the pink/orange colours: Orchid Candy Floss, Smoked Paprika and Tango.

I added colours randomly and used sticky notes for each block. That way I could make straight lines. 

After drying I covered the surface with a layer of Chalk using a nearly dry brush.

I did the background stamping with Fresco Finish Paints too. I love stamping with these paints, it gives a great result. Just make sure to clean your stamps immediately after stamping.

I used Candy Floss Tango and Chalk.

I overstamped the front cover with the same stamp and Archival Ink Jet Black

I added more stamping at the bottom of the front and back cover. I used a Tim Holtz stencil along with some Chalk and Candy Floss to add the dots. With a fine pointed brush and some Tango I added some more tiny dots randomly.

As I'm intending to use this book as a notebook I used text paper for the inside pages. If you fancy an Art Journal or sketchbook you could easily replace the text paper with more heavy paper or watercolour paper. I've cut and folded 6 pages from A4 sheets with the same hight (7") but slightly smaller than the cover.

I arranged the pages together as a signature/section. I used a 5-hole pamphlet stitch binding method. There is a video tutorial by Lori Vliegen (Elvie.Studio) on YouTube on how to make a 5-hole pamphlet stitch binding. Lori shows you all the tips and tricks, very helpful if you're not familiar with that binding!

I'm a messy painter, the back of the paper I'm working on (in this case the back of the covers) never stays spotless. That's why I glued the first and last page of the book to the back of the covers. 

I worked with waxed thread but for a small book you can use any thread. 

When working on a project like this I often put it away for a while. The following day I look back at it with fresh eyes....and here I came to the conclusion I had to add more stamping. So I picked a stamp from the new EEV09 stamp set and stamped circles randomly with Chalk.

I added some details with a black fineliner pen and a white Sharpie pen to finish it off.

I'm fond of cute book closures so I've made one for this book too.

I tore a strip of white linen fabric (approx 1" wide and 29" long).

I coloured the fabric with Fresco Finish Paints, used the same colours as for the book cover. I damped the fabric with water first and used a brush to paint both sides of the fabric. Painted fabric has to dry for a while, overnight if possible. You can speed it up with a heat gun if you wish.

After drying I wrapped the fabric twice around the book and made a simple knot at the front.

Tomorrow evening I'll be back with my final project for this first week.
Thanks for watching, see you then!


A huge thanks from the team at PA HQ. The background using the colour blocking technique looks wonderful and the softness of the colours used make a lovely combination. The overstamping/layered effect really draws the eye to the added pen details. Fab project Anneke.

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Helen said...

what a very pretty notebook!!

PaperArtsy said...

Beautiful Anneke! And so handy too!

Unknown said...

Stunning book, Love the checkered effect and the colours used, not to mention the new stamps...fabulous x

Julie Lee said...

Fabulous! I love making little books and this is a fun and easy way to create them! Love your design ideas and colour choices! Julie Ann xxx

Kirsten said...

That's wonderful! I love the colour blocking.

Craftyfield said...

Wonderful idea (the colour blocking)and the result is so pretty!

Godelieve said...

Love the color blocking technique, especially with these soft colors. Great stamping again. What a fantastic beautiful little book.

pearshapedcrafting said...

If ever I needed an excuse to make another book this is it. I just love those colours and Darcy's umbrella stamp is one of my favourites! Chrisx

Willy said...

Wat een prachtig boekje is het geworden Anneke met weer een prima uitleg, dank je wel!!

Unknown said...

Fabulous project! Lovely colour choices too! :)

Hazel Agnew said...

So beautiful, true class, love it! Xx

craftimamma said...

I am such a scaredy cat when it comes to brighter colours, lol! I wouldn't have dared to put all those colours together but they look wonderful. Gorgeous little project and so useful. I always have a little notebook in my everyday bag.

Lesley Xx

massofhair said...

Love all the stamping & colour blocking, lovely notebook:-) xxx

Unknown said...

L'idée du fond géométrique est sublime, j'adore l'effet, les colories apporte un touche de douceur à la création et les timbres sont divin !

Unknown said...

L'idée du fond géométrique est sublime, j'adore l'effet, les colories apporte un touche de douceur à la création et les timbres sont divin !

pennylopes54 said...

This is a beautiful colour scheme, wonderful little book. P.

Yvonne said...

Gorgious little notebook Anneke! Beautiful colourd blocks in combination with the stamps, love the piece of linnen for closing the notebook.
Hugs, Yvon

SCarol said...

This is a beautiful book. I love the soft effect of the colours and stamping.

craftytrog said...

The colour blocking is a great technique, & beautiful colours Anneke! I love this project!
Alison xxx

Annes Art said...

Prachtig boekje geworden, en een duidelijke uitleg! Superrr!

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

A beautiful book Anneke. And a fantastic tutorial.
lovely greet

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow truly awesome stunning creation, love the blocking technique. Happy Creating ☺ Kezzy xxx