Wednesday 31 July 2013

Three Notepads & Pens - Inkspirational July Anything Goes Challenge

As there is a 5th Wednesday in July we have an Anything Goes challenge at Inkspirational for you this week - great fun, you can create anything you like!  I try to make a non card project on Anything Goes weeks, just for something a bit different.


It's sad but true, I'm at that age where if I don't write things down then things get forgotten!  I've identified where I need pen and paper to hand - my handbag, my craft desk and by the laptop - so I bought three notepads, made covers for them and decorated pens to match.  Hopefully, this means I won't be scrabbling around for pen and paper when I need it!

Here they all are together.

Here's the one I'm keeping in my handbag.  No 3D embellishments on this one as I don't want anything snagging as I take it in and out of my bag - although I couldn't resist adding some ribbon!  I made the cover by stamping the Going to Seed image in black ink onto a piece of Memory Box patterned paper and I added the black taffeta ribbon.  I rolled up a piece of the same patterned paper and inserted it into the clear pen barrel.  

This next notepad is kept on or around my craft desk and I deliberately made it very bright to make it easier to find amongst the crafty chaos!  I've used a green leafy patterned paper and I've added Primrose Petals ribbon.  I stamped the flowers in Strawberry Slush and Crushed Curry inks, punched them out with the Pansy punch, stamped the centres from another flower in the Flower Shop set, punched those out with a 1/2" circle punch and added 1/4" circles of CS over the top which I glossed with Crystal Effects.  Both flowers are popped up.  Again, I inserted rolled up patterned paper into the pen barrel but I made this pen a tad more fancy by adding two dahlia embellishments to the pen clip.

This last notepad is kept by the laptop.  I've used some beautiful Basic Grey paper, scalloped punched borders, die cut leaves, Prima flowers and a button to decorate the cover.  I'd run out of the clear barrelled pens so I've gussied up a Rich Razzleberry marker to accompany this notepad.  I just adhered a strip of the patterned paper to the pen - an idea I saw on page 67 of the UK SU! catalogue.  With double ended pens I ALWAYS uncap the wrong end first - so I added a button and a scrap of ribbon to the brush end of the marker so I know to uncap the journalling end of the marker to write in my notebook!

I hope you'll join in with our Inkspirational Anything Goes challenge, I'd love to visit your blogs to view your fab creations!

Supplies for notepad 1:
Stamps: Woodware 'Going to Seed' clear set

Patterned paper:  Memory Box Nightfall 'Woodland Path'
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Basic Black taffeta ribbon, Zebra Z Grip ballpoint pen, small notepad

Supplies for notepad 2:
Stamps:  SU! Flower Shop set
CS: SU! Whisper White

Patterned paper:  Magnolia Sweet Rainbow 'Summer Foliage'
Ink: SU! Strawberry Slush & Crushed Curry
Tools: SU! Pansy, 1/2" circle & 1/4" circle punches
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Primrose Petals stitched ribbon, Crystal Effects, Dahlia Embellishments, Dimensionals, Zebra Z Grip ballpoint pen, small notepad

Supplies for notepad 3:
CS: SU! Pool Party & Rich Razzleberry

Patterned paper:  Basic Grey Knee Highs 'Cat's Cradle'
Tools: SU! Little Leaves Sizzlits die & Eyelet Border punch,
Embellishments & accessories: Prima aqua flowers, SU! buttons, ribbon & Rhinestone Jewels, SU! Rich Razzleberry marker, small note pad

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Anonymous said...

Wow Ruth!! These are amazing! They would make great gifts. I love the bright colors, especially the first yellow one. How creative!
- Shauna

sandie said...

Fabulous an what a great idea. My fav is the first one-love the colours and the simplicity of just the single ribbon x

Nonni said...

These are really cute and I love the one you use in your handbag most -so beautiful colors!

Mynn xx said...

These are BRILLIANT, Ruth! Your collage stamping is gorgeous and I adore the matching pens!!! Fabulous project! :)

Marina said...

Yes, you can never have too many notebooks and if only they were all as beautiful as these. Love your project! Marina

kelly said...

wow, what fab little gift sets these will make, I'm super jealous of whoever the lucky people were!!! Keep changing my mind about which one I like the best, think maybe the first one

Love Kelly xx

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