Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Gingersnaps Challenge - Read

The theme for today's challenge on Gingersnap Creations is 'read'. Being a literal-minded sort, I've created a reading journal using my BIA for my contribution to the challenge. I love this stamp and I thought it appropriate as she looks like she is reading. I used up some Basic Grey paper I've had since the dawn of time, so that's another dent made in the stash mountain!

Curious By Design stamps - Chere Amie
Stampendous stamps - Butterflies
Hero Arts stamp - Ledger
Elusive Images stamps - Curly Birds (flourish used inside)
Patterned papers
Chipboard pieces, 7 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches (covers)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology bookplate and brads
Letter stickers
Distress Ink: Barn Door; Brushed Corduroy
Versafine Ink: Black
Coloursoft pencils, Sansodor and blending stumps
Trim (Prima)
BIA and o-wire

Here's what I did:
1 Cover the chipboard pieces with paper leaving the reverse of the front cover uncovered until the after the bookplate is added later. On the front cover, add a panel of pink paper inked with Barn Door and with one corner rounded, and a panel of torn script paper inked with Brushed Cordoroy.
2 Stamp the girl (Curious by Design) onto a piece a plain Basic Grey paper and colour with pencils, blending the colours for a soft look. Round the top corner, ink the edges and add to the cover. Punch holes in the covers at this stage.

3 Stamp two butterflies, colour with pencils and cut out. Add along with the bookplate, trim and lettering as shown. Now you can cover the reverse of the front cover to hide the brads.

4 For the inside, stamp each page with the Hero Arts ledger stamp and the Elusive Images flourishes (or computer generate pages -believe me the stamping took an age!!!).

5 Bind the book and you are done.
I hope you like what I made - do pop and see what the rest of my lovely, talented teamies made and join in the challenge at Gingersnaps. If you don't want to make a journal, what about a bookmark or bookplate for this theme?

Katy x


  1. Oooh this is gorgeous Katy, I love the chic colours and the image is fabulous!!! HuGs Kim :)

  2. Gorgeous notebook! I love how you decorated the inside pages too!!

  3. ooooh I love this its totally gorgeous all of it.........sigh sigh....

  4. This is scrummy Katy and so useful....
    Love it

  5. Super, SUPER cool, Katy! That must have taken hours to stamp those inner pages so perfectly, but they're totally worth it! I love what you've created here!

  6. oooh thats fab Katy, I hope you make time to put it to good use;)

  7. This is beautiful! This challenge really intimidates me so I haven't done anything. That ole procrastination thing. It's awesome you layed out the instructions. I have printed them and you have inspired me to don't be afraid and do something. :)

  8. Beautiful, beautiful work!!
    isa x

  9. Gorgeous journal! I love what you did with the cover. I have that same set of stamps and just love it!

  10. Gorgeous book! Love the stamp - I want one!

  11. I just Love all your layers! Over the top awesome!!!

  12. This is so beautiful! The inside pages are just as gorgeous as the cover - this would make a lovely gift for a someone who loves to read.

  13. Love that stamp, Katy - never seen those before. Beautiful project.