Friday 7 August 2015

2015 #14 Notebook Holder {By Clare Charvill}

2015 Topic 14: Flowers

Hi everyone Clare here. Many of you may know me as a paper girl but I also love getting out the paints , inks and PaperArtsy stamps and getting really creative from a blank canvas. With the flower theme in mind the project I have to share with you is a refillable notebook holder. I've been making a few of them for a craft fair and thought I'd adapt the style to incorporate a bright and cheery panel using JOFY stamps. Here's how it came together. 

Starting with two chipboard covers and spine, and two sheets of the greenish 12 x 12 paper from the Paparartsy Chatsworth collection I covered the binder, added faux stitched detail using the stamp from JOFY26 and a few sections of the caterpillar border from JOFY37 stamped on white card and painted with Tango, Limelight and Autumn Fire paints. I added a hint of Metallic Glaze to the Limelight dots for a hint of shimmer. 


For the panel that fits in the cover frame I started with a piece of white smoothy card cut to size and blended Green Olives and Buff paints together to give a light to dark effect. When dry I stencilled on the spiky flowers from Stencil 11 (JOFY) with Metallic Glaze and stamped base image (JOFY37) over the top using black ink. I re stamped the image twice onto white card along with a couple of caterpillars ... love that little chappie, a string of caterpillar border (not shown) and a few of the smallest flowers from JOFY mini 34 and coloured them all using a paint brush and water puddles with Hey Pesto, Autumn Fire, Tango and Limelight. The dots on the mushrooms are cut from the Caterpillar border and used a white sharpie to ad flower centres. Once dry I added all the elements over the original stamped image, raising the flower heads on foam dots and threading the caterpillar through the flower stems before sticking them in place. 

JOFY mini 34 

The tag was made from shrink plastic, painted with Autumn Fire and Tango paint and tied onto the flower stem with one strand of natural twine. 

With the panel finished I stuck it in place using a good quality double sided tape and then added all the paper pieces to the inside of the holder to make the pocket pen holder and note book section. 

To finish off the inside of the binder I added one string of the caterpillar border, a caterpillar to the left hand pocket a ribbon strip and pen loop painted with Tango paint and the sentiment from JOFY37 above the notepad. I also used a strip of painted ribbon to cover the paper join on the back of the holder. 

I really enjoyed putting this project together and love how the colours pop off the paper. They make great gifts too. 
Thanks for looking, 

You can find me on my blog mycreativespirit and Facebook at MyCreativeSpirituk

Thanks Clare, wonderful to see your work back here on the blog. This is the happiest notebook holder ever, who could resist keeping this in their bag.We especially love the way you have added dimension to the flower heads.  As a gift, so perfect; a real treasure to receive. 

We would love you to join in with challenge #14: Flowers.

If you are inspired by any of our guests who blog with us over the fortnight (July 26 - Aug 9th), or perhaps you want to just do your own thing with flowers...then please join in and link up your creativity HERE

All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Flowers link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, Aug 9th winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


Helen said...

Clare, this is gorgeous!! The whole thing is fabulous, but I just love that caterpillar.

Hazel Agnew said...

What a fantastic project ! I love the way that the caterpillar is weaving through the grass! X

Julie Lee said...

What a lovely, whimsical creation! I love the dimension you have given those toadstools and - of course - that cute little caterpillar! xx

rachel said...

absolutely beautiful - that caterpillar is gorgeous xx

Bothiecat said...

This is a lovely project. I especially like the little worm, he is so cute. Nice one Clare.

Etsuko said...

Very awesome and great idea Notebook Holder Clare! Love the Jofy's images of the composition and the warm colours. Especially pretty caterpillar!! I was very inspired by your video tutorial since I have started paper crafting. Now I'm using to stamp and paint much of time but sometimes i have made mini album.Thank you for giving me the pleasure to me. xxx

karens crafty corner said...

Such a lovely idea Clare x x

Lauren Hatwell said...

That's lovely Clare. That arrangement is perfect for a frame. Lx

craftytrog said...

Fabulous colours and design Clare! xx

Anneke said...

Beautiful project! Love the colors and the composition!

Kirsten said...

That is gorgeous.

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a lovely project!

Lucy x