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Hi. I live in Spain with my partner. I am retired and LOVE it. I love life here but I do miss my family back in the UK, two sons and three sisters and my Mum. Crafting is my life, I do something every single day. In the past it has helped me get through some bad times in my life. One such bad time was when my first grandson died aged just 14 months. He had been born 8 weeks prem but was very healthy and was growing into a beautiful, bonny boy. It was such a shock when the call came. A day never passes when I dont think of him. I am now Nanna again to grand daughter, Hollie, born July 2012, and Tess born March 2016. This is my younger son and his partner. I now have another Grandson, Noah, born Nov 2013 to my elder Son and they have a daughter, Aurora, born March 2015. Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy my makes. Please leave a comment so that I know you have visited me. xxxx

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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Anything But Not A Card

Good Morning All
Allsorts time again and the theme this week is Anything But Not A Card so get your thinking caps on and away you go.

I chose a Digidarla Sentiment and decided to make another book, a sort of diary/ reminder book for birthdays, appointments etc.




This is a brilliant way of using all your bits - short pieces of ribbon or twine, any odd flowers and any odd embellishments, see further down on this post.


I made a mistake by cutting two holes in the wrong side of the front, so I cut corresponding holes in the back and put some rope through to use as ties for keeping closed.  These were very, very white so I rubbed some ink on them to tone them down, the same colour ink as I used for the edges of the sentiment and the front and some embellishments.

Inside this book I put quite afew leaves,  folded and glued to make pockets to store any bits and bobs - photos, appointment cards or any other stuff.




 This is the inside of the first cover.  I used a sheet from Astrid Artistic Efforts HERE and I made a book mark and slotted it on the inside.    

Then a full year of monthly diary  sheets from Cuddly Buddly HERE.

 I use these for my birthday reminders.



I only stuck these down at one edge so that they can be removed at the end of the year and fresh ones glued in without making too much mess.
I glued the remainder of Astrids sheet on different pages.

Odd bits of waste peel-offs to make the pouch stand out.


I tied strips of webbing on coloured paper clips, both to use and for decoration.



I stuck envelopes on some pages, and on others, I glued triangles of card  to make a little pouch for storing photos or cards.




 I cut tags that could be used as a title card for what is stored in that pouch.  I cut these from pieces of birthday / Christmas cards that people give me to recycle.



I carried on decorating the pages with odd bits that I had on my desk and in my scrappy box (which is getting very full again, I will have to have a splurge again soon).



A different envelope.



Another piece from Astrids sheet.



On the back sleeve I had a larger print of the sentiment so I made another pocket with it and put a tag in it.



This piccy show the top edge of the book and the bits of  web / ribbon tied around the page clips.



An odd scrunched paper flower and a felt flower stuck to the middle of it.


I loved making this book and could probably have used alot more bits.

Back to the Challenge -------
                                          Digidarla Designs will give the winner 5 images of choice.
And Pin & Tack who are giving a  $10 voucher
                                                             

Here is another example of a book using the same sentiment.

                                                                          Front Cover
Not as many embellishments though.

Inside
At my slimming club we have a raffle every week. We all take a piece of fruit or a tin of something, I took this book and a lovely lady won it whose hubby had passed last year (I think) and she said she would use it to keep memories of him in - snippets from newspaper, cards and notes etc etc, which I thought was a lovely                                  
                                                                idea.

  As a result of that I got orders for four others too.


Have fun with this challenge and I look forward to visiting your blogs to what you have created.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----
By The Cute & Girly - Vintage
Joanna Sheen - Recycle  Odd pieces ribbon and old birthday cards for tags
4 Crafty Chicks # 139 - Felt
Crafty Ribbons # 44 - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Paper Crafting Journey - Use a Sentiment
Crafting by Design - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - Fave Colour Combo
Bearly Mine # 83 - Digi Days
   

23 comments:

  1. You have created a really pretty little notebook journal Wendy and it certainly is a good way of using up those scraps of ribbon.

    Hope you have a good weekend, bet it's warmer there than here.

    B x

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  2. You are great at using bits of everything Wendy, be interesting to see what I have when I get my craft space. This is a great idea Tracy x

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  3. What a brilliant idea Wendy. Your notebook look fabulous and I love the colours and ribbons.
    Have a lovely weekend
    Lorraine x

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  4. WOW!!! Such a fabulous design and beautifully decorated too.
    Sue xx

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  5. wow ,awesome book, love all the embelishments and how you used your scraps, envelopes are a good use, love it !!!
    Paula

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  6. Absolutely stunning work and so useful love the flower that you made Ginny ♥

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  7. Gorgeous creation Wendy, fabulous idea for using up bits and pieces.
    Wendy xx

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  8. Thanks for playing our felt challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks, awesome idea...very unique...cool!

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  9. brilliant project Wendy, what a fabulous idea, pam

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  10. This looks brilliant Wendy and such a good idea. Love the cover and layout
    x catherine

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  11. Your diary/books are fantastic Wendy I am not surprised you got orders for them they are fantastic, and how lovely for the lady who won your very kind prize to be able to keep mementoes of her hubby in hers. How clever of you to have covered up your little mistake as you did, you would never know if you hadn't mentioned it I hope you are having a lovely weekend xx

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  12. Hi Wendy, clearly you have a great time making these books, they are lovely,
    Rosie x

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  13. WOW! Wendy what a fabulous project!! awesome!!Thanks for joining us at BMC this time
    hugs
    laney

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  14. What a stunning birthday book you have made. It fits our challenge this week well of “digi days”. Thanks for taking part and good luck. Best wishes, Kym (Bearly Mine Challenge Blog Design Team)

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  15. Fabulous book, love all the pretty details
    Thanks for joining us at Deep Ocean
    Hugs
    Kat xx

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  16. Super cute diary!! :) Thanks for joining us this week at 4 Crafty Chicks for our felt challenge!!

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  17. Such a beautiful creation with great attention to detail. Thanks for joining us at Crafting By Designs. Good luck.
    Hugs
    Julia

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  18. Such a beautiful creation with great attention to detail. Thanks for joining us at Crafting By Designs. Good luck.
    Hugs
    Julia

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  19. Incredible note book. I love the colors, and the layout you chose for it. The felt middle of your flower is fabulous!!Thank you so much for sharing it with us at 4 Crafty Chicks. Wonderful inspiration :)

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  20. YOur notebook is gorgeous!!! Thanks for playing along at PCJ! HUgsxx

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  21. More Gorgeous creations Wendy, thanks for joining Joanna Sheen challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  22. What a great idea! These turned out so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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