Saturday, August 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink August 2012 Blog Hop

I really enjoy the monthly blog hops at Papertrey Ink.  It's fun to see what the challenge is and the inspiration photo to work from.  This time it's Autumn Textiles.  Here's the inspiration.


As you can see, it's all about fall textures.  Cozy wool, argyle, tweed, and houndstooth.  I came across a scrap of old retired SU dsp and decided to use that for the base of my design.  I also needed a notebook for fall ideas and projects.  I took a plain ruled 6x9 tablet and put together a cover to make it personal.

This is what I started with.  I don't have a lot of Papertrey Ink supplies but tried to use them as much as possible.  One of the check patterns from the Melon Berry paper pack covered the top and back edge of the tablet.  I cut a piece and scored it to fit the front, over the top and on the back.

See the checked spine along the left of the photo?

I then got busy decorating the front cover.  I cut a piece of cardboard to 6x9 to stabilize the cover.  The original cover is very flimsy.  A piece of SU cardstock, Really Rust, became the base for the design.  As I said, I had this small piece of old SU DSP that is a brown herringbone pattern.  I looked through all my stash and couldn't find any more.  So I mixed it with a paper from Cosmo Cricket, Twenty Three.  The colors were right and I love the book print.  I added a strip of Melon Berry Twill Tape to give it that extra feeling of texture.

Don't you just love it!!!  I do.  I used PI's stamp set, Take Note.  It has 23 images for just about any office organizational project you might want.  I used another paper from the Cosmo Cricket pad to stamp the rectangle frame.  I used Sepia archival ink.  I love the title I picked for the tablet theme, "Me & My Big Bright Ideas".  I stamped a circle in the center of the frame and added a Melon Berry vintage button with a rustic twine bow.  The little flourish designs stamped at the bottom are also from the Take Note stamp set.

I matted the stamped frame with some cream cardstock and then cut another piece of check Melon Berry to give the frame some substance.  I love my new tablet and am already thinking of other designs to make for gifts.  Aren't we always grabbing for some paper to write on?

As always, thank you for stopping by.  I love your comments too!


  1. I DO love it! What a great gift idea. Who doesn't need more note-taking tools?! Love all the elements, textures and patterns.

  2. What a great cover for your notebook! Great take on the challenge!

  3. Love this notebook cover, great take on the challenge!

  4. Great fall project - I love cover notebooks & pads for gifts!

  5. What a Fabulous cover! Best of all it is for YOU! We make so many things for others it is nice to have something for ourselves. Very nice!