Monday, March 5, 2018

Matchbook Notepads - Tutorial

I realize that many people don't use notepads anymore,
but I am a list maker - and love having little notepads handy at all times. 

I always have scraps of card-stock and plain paper that is leftover from bigger projects, 
as well as a never ending supply of hand decorated paper.

So I thought I would share how to make these matchbook notepads. 

Gather scraps of notepaper, card-stock and decorated paper.

     Cut the pieces to size and then glue 
      the decorated paper to the card-stock. 

Fold the decorated card-stock so that it has a small flap at the bottom and
insert the stack of notepaper. 

Staple the pages and the folded flap similar to a matchbook cover.

Fold the top part over and tuck it under the stapled piece.  
If it is too long, trim it a bit. 

Once it is the the right size and tucked under the flap, crease the top. 

If you don't have any decorated paper.... you can always use a piece out of a magazine. 

When I make them I seem to end up with quite a stack of them. 

But.... that isn't really a problem!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Nice Mice

I made some Very Nice Mice!

The very talented Ann Wood 
has generously offered up her pattern for Very Nice Mice free on her website.  

Once they were made, they wanted to dress up
and have a photo shoot. 

From the Very Nice Mice and me 
we wish you a Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Letterpress Drawer

I have an old letterpress drawer that I intend to fill with little treasures. 
Including the tiny books I shared not long ago. 

I love it - and I love putting treasures in it. 
It desperately needs cleaning, but treasure hunting and making is much more fun!

I made this little accordion style book many many moons ago
 - and it fits perfectly in one of the cubbyholes. 

So I decided to make an even smaller one.... for the smaller cubbyhole. 

And it fit perfectly!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Black and White and Shades of Blue

We went up to Kluane Lake for a few days this past week, 
and although we couldn't see the mountains due to the low clouds, 
it presented us with different beautiful views. 

The starkness of the days made the world look almost black and white 
(all of my images were taken in colour)

The pressure ridges of ice offered up beautiful blues
that contrasted beautifully in the grey tone surroundings. 

Sometimes the clouds lifted a bit to add some blue to the horizon 
as well as glimpses of the land across the lake. 

It is almost always windy here, so it was a treat to have no wind 
as we walked for miles on the frozen lake.

and whenever we wanted we could head back to our tiny rustic cabin 
to stoke the fire and read our books by candle light 

with the beautiful black and white world just a step away outside our door. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

My New Old Notebook

I made this book many years ago.  

And the pages have been filled with notes and scribbles.   

But since the cover was still in pretty good shape and I needed a new notebook -
 I decided to sew in some new pages. 

And now my old notebook is new again
and ready for new notes and scribbles!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Bouquet For My Mom

My Mom's birthday is in a few days, and she loves flowers.
Unfortunately where we live there are no flowers at this time or year, 
and the closest place to buy her some is a long drive away.  
I will get her some next time I am able to. 

But for now I got out my hand decorated paper (tea bags, tissue paper etc.) 
and started tearing and gluing to create her this bouquet. 

Which I then mounted on a card, ready for her birthday. 

I really enjoyed this tearing and gluing and spent numerous hours creating flowers. 

I thought the pinks with oranges and golds were my favourite....

But I was wrong.... blue and grays are!  
But for now I am out of creating time.... but hopefully 
I will have time to play with these colours again another day.