Take Note

Happy Saturday everyone! Back, late last night, from my travels and after three days of being on my feet, plus lots of lifting and shifting, this morning I feel a bit as if I have been through a mangle. Yesterday, loading up the van, I wish I had had a pedometer attached as IΒ  walked backwards and forwards to the van for what seemed like forever. I’m sure I covered many miles. Anyway, thankfully it’s the weekend and I chance for someΒ r & r.

Today I am sharing a little altered notebook:


I was thrilled to see that this week’s challenge at City Crafter Challenge Blog has the theme of take note as I have quite a hoard of little notebooks just waiting to be transformed. Somehow I never quite get around to it so this challenge has provided the perfect opportunity! I’m also sharing this over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for their “sparkle, glitz and glam” challenge.


I’ve used designer papers first to cover the notebook and then to build up mats and layers. When covering a notebook I always take the paper over on to the inside so there are no raw edges that might get damaged. All the layers have been inked.


The little panel was made from thinnish chipboard. I punched a hole then cut to size, this ensures the aperture is in the centre. I’ve covered the front with more designer paper and then stamped the bee onto cream card and applied it behind the punched out circle.


The spine has been covered with washi tape. This is great as it moulds really easily to the dip and dent and means the spine stays flexible.


As someone who has to travel a lot in the line of duty, usually by public transport, I usually cart a mini office about with me. Consequently, my kit takes quite a battering. I wanted to make sure that this notebook was not only pretty but also functional and robust enough to withstand a battering. All the layers and embellishments have been attached with super strong glue and I’ve tried not to leave any bits that could become dog eared.

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I’ve used layers of dreamy laces along the bottom plus a strip of organza rose trim, each bloom studded with a pearl in its centre.


The sentiment was printed on the computer. There are little stars and an ornamental brad.



Up top there’s a small strip of black gems. An ornate button with a scrap of black crochet lace are the finishing touch.


You’ll have gathered that I’ve created this with one particular person in mind – ME!! I love it and I hope you do too.

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Take Note — 24 Comments

  1. Oh Mrs Beez, what an inspirational Saturday morning. I have to try my hand at altering some books. Thanks for the push.

    • Thank you Lesline and I hope you do. It’s finding the time that usually puts me off but actually this didn’t take me too long at all. I got almost everything done before I went away so just had to finish it off yesterday morning. I probably spent longer fiddling with the final details (stars, pearls and button) than the core part of the project πŸ™‚

    • Thank you – feeling less battered this morning and, typically, will be back to full strength ready for Monday morning!!!

  2. This altered book is wonderful. Love the framing you created and the great use of bling. Thanks for joining in the fun at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge#4: Sparkle, Glitz or Glam!

  3. This is outstanding, I keep looking at it to take it all in! I love how you layered it up with all the beautiful layers and it looks still so pleasing to the eye. All the pattens compliment each other in such a beautiful way. This is one of my favorite pieces, I know I say that a lot because you keep making things more beautiful than the last! ~Diane

    • Aww – thank you. The papers should take a lot of credit as, with the exception of the music manuscript, they are from a coordinated set. But this notebook is staying firmly in my possession!! πŸ™‚

  4. Spent quite a bit of time looking at all the lovely little embellishments, so many that if a person doesn’t really look they could be missed. I’d love to live in your imagination for a while, see how your think and how you put together your masterpieces, every one of them. It’s a treat to enjoy your projects. Happy Spring days

    • I think I might have said before my imagination can be a scary place!! πŸ™‚ I think maybe for this piece it soon became clear I was making it for me and somehow that’s easier. Thanks so much for your kind words and Happy Mother’s Day πŸ™‚

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