Friday, May 15, 2020

Handmade Floral Pocket Notebook

Hi, Crafty Friends!! It's that time again ... 
It's time for another I Am Roses Blog Challenge!!

Today, I'll show you how I made this Handmade Pocket Notebook that I've decorated with beautiful I Am Roses Flowers.

Let's get started!

I Am Roses Products Used

Other Products Used
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz Stitched Rectangles (Sizzix)
Mat Board (Sizzix)
Garden Harvest Collection Pack (Jillibean Soup)
Polkadot Paper - Blue, Yellow
Gingham Paper -Light Blue 
150 Sticker Maker (Xyron)
Square Punch (Epiphany Crafts)
Square Rhinestone Charm (Epiphany Crafts)
Paper Trimmer
Elastic Cording
Rhinestone Slide
Acrylic Beads
2" Fine Chain
Claw Closure
Jewelry Pliers
2 mm Elastic Cording
4" x 6" Notebooks
Liquid Glue
Clothes Pins (Optional)

I started by running sheets of blue and yellow polkadotted paper through my Xyron Creative Station. Then I cut both sheets in half, making 2- 5 1/2" × 8 1/2" pieces. 

I peeled the protective film off the back and attached them onto a 2 separate pieces of Sizzix Mat Board. I covered both sides of each with one side blue and one side yellow. 

The paper comes a little short so make sure the both come up short on the same end.

Then I ran my mat board through my Big Shot using Eileen Hull's Pocket Notebook Die. I made sure the color I wanted on the outside was the color that was faced down onto the die.

This cut out 2 pieces to my pocket notebook. 

I applied a strong clear drying liquid glue to the very last segment of the spine ( the one with the hole in the center) and attached the two spines together, making sure the holes were perfectly aligned. Then I used clothes pins to hold them in place till the glue set.

I cut  a piece of light blue gingham paper to 3 3/4" × 6 1/2". I also cut this pretty floral paper, from Jillibean Soup's Garden Harvest Collection, down measure 3 1/2" × 6 1/4". Then layered and  attached the two pieces together and mounted it onto my notebook cover using my Xyron Mega Runner.

I took a 14" piece of  blue head band elastic and threaded it through the center hole of the books spine.

If you have any charms or buckles add them now before you thread the other end of your elastic through.

If your hole is not big enough to fit your elastic, take a pokey tool or ball stylus tool and wiggle it around in a circular motion to widen it.

Once both ends are through,  make sure the lay flat when wrapped around the journal and make adjustments as necessary. Then tie a simple tight knot on then side of the book to close it off.

I didn't  want my elastic to rip off any flowers I was going to add to my book so I made a makeshift guardrail using this stitched strip die from the Tim Holtz Stitched Rectangles set.

I attached it onto my cover and laid it over the elastic using a strong liquid glue.

Then I die cut several leaves from assorted scrapd of green papers using Eileen Hull's  Leaves, Spring die and curled and shaped them with a stylus tool.

I attached the leaves onto the book cover. Then attached a spread of Stamen. I like to fold them in half. Because these stamens are double ended, it makes it look like I'm using twice the amount I actually am.

Then I added a single Yellow Puffy Rose to the middle of my arrangement.  And added Achillea Cottage Flowers in bunches of twos.

Next, I added Yellow Carnations & White Small Curly Flowers to plug into the huge gaps. 

Then added even more stamens to fill any remaining gaps between flowers.

This turned out even prettier than I imagined!!

But every pretty notebook and needs pretty notebook charms!!

So I made a matching charm by punching out leftover paper a tiny square punch and attached it to my charm using my Xyron "X" Sticker Maker. Then finished it off with a clear square epoxy sticker.

I mounted my charm onto chain link and attached round acrylic beads, a tassel, and a claw latch closure. Then attached it to the spine of my journal.

For the inside of my notebook, I strung 2mm elastic cording through the spine holes and tied each off. Nothing fancy. And just inserted pre-made notebooks.

And here is my finished Handmade Floral Pocket Notebook...

I hope you enjoyed my project for today and that it inspired you to join in on the fun!!

To learn more about the I Am Roses Blog Challenge, link a project, or to see more inspiration from my amazing design team sisters, head on over to the Challenge Blog HERE!!

Thank you so much for taking some time out of your day to stop by!

Until next time...

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