Tune in Tuesday with Debra Miller

Sunday, August 21, 2011


It's Tune in Tuesday!

Today I'm featuring a project: a covered composition notebook.  I made this along with a few other things for an auction fundraiser at church. It was inspired by a lovely gift Risa sent me. 

I thought this would be a great notebook for bible study, a prayer journal, any purpose really. It has a matching pen and bookmark.  I used Winchester SWIC and cardstock for this project.  The stamp set is God So Loved.


I found Pentel brand pens at WalMart.  The great thing about these pens is the end of the pen twists off, so patterned paper can be inserted in the barrel.  LOVE that. 

I covered the front and back covers of the notebook with Winchester tan cardstock.  It was cut to 8" x 12", then I ran it thru my Xyron machine to make it a huge sticker. The inner purple liner piece is also from Winchester, cut to 9-3/8" x 6-5/8", then ran thru the Xyron machine.   

I lined up the tan cardstock with the edge of the black binding on the notebook for both the front and back. There was about 1" of cardstock hanging over on the 3 sides.


I cut the corner out of the tan cardstock creating 3 tabs.


Folded the tabs over.


I didn't worry about the rounded corner on the notebook, I made it square and bent over the point.


The front cover was straight forward, just added the purple liner piece on the inside to finish it.  The back cover, however, I taped down the ends of the ribbon bookmark and loops for the pen first, then added my inner purple liner.

I cut and knotted the ribbon bookmark, then added a metal embellishment I found at Micheal's in the jewelry aisle.  I attached it to the knot with a glue dot and some thread.

I stamped the image using Mementos Tuxedo Black ink on Kraft cardstock.  I colored it with Copic markers.  Before I started, I tested my colors on a scrap piece of kraft paper - YR15, YR21, YR23, YR24, V17, V25, E57, E59.  I added some pastel blue chalk as a background.  I went over the whole image, which does give the colored areas a cloudy look.  The great thing about chalk is that it is erasable.  I did go over the colored areas with an eraser so the colors would be more vibrant.   I distressed the image around the edges with Cognac palette ink, then added some Burnt Umber palette ink.  This is my favorite distressing/aging technique.

The image is matted with Winchester purple, brown cardstock, Winchester diamond pattern, then brown cardstock.  I added some off-white lace ribbon to the edge, which I pleated and a cream satin ribbon with bow.  The image is attached to the front cover with pop dots.

Supplies -- Stamps: God So Loved, Papers: Winchester SWIC and Cardstock, Kraft and Brown Cardstock, Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Cognac Palette, Burnt Umber Palette, Pastel Chalks, Copic Markers.


This layout makes a great card too.

Hope you have a Fabulous Tuesday!


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  1. Your card and journal are beautiful Deb!

  2. Deb it's beautiful! I had a friend tell me it didn't look like a stamp. Your coloring is so perfect! I think I would like it even better in purple with a lace on the bottom. ;) wink, wink. I love ya girl! You rocked the Tune in Tuesday!

  3. BEAUTIFUL work Deb!!!! LOVE It!

  4. Really beautiful Deb. I can never cover anything that perfectly - it looks so professional (as you are!)
    These will be a big hit at your bazaar.

  5. WOW! Both are just gorgeous!!

  6. Beautiful journal and card. I love the added touch of the ribbon with the little charm...so perfect to put daily devotions or thoughts inside!!! Kerry

  7. This is such a great tutorial! I love the idea of making the corners square. I never would have thought of it!

  8. Beautiful! Thanks for the directions, too.

  9. That is absolutely gorgeous Deb!

  10. Wonderful project, Deb. And useful too!