Tuesday 19 August 2014

Inspire and use your stash.


Time for a new challenge over at Try it on Tuesdays and we would like you to 'Use your Stash'.
Those bits and pieces we all have stacked up and cannot remember why we saved them or something we haven't used and is just sitting waiting for us to try out.

The technique I used here is Faux Leather and the link to Sheena Douglas where you will find a detailed 'How to do it'  I have used this technique a few times now and have never been disappointed with the result.
I decided to make a note book, starting with this A5 size piece, which was one of my first experiments with a new technique. This is the beginnings of my book cover, coloured with distress inks.

The panel to go on the front cover, Corrugated card [a piece of packaging] painted with acrylics, left over from another project.   I used my Tim Holtz doily stencil to give added texture then dusted it with mica powder when it dried.

Think I better show you the front now,  this is a picture heavy post for me.

I added a few bits and pieces from my stash of waiting to be used bits.
 The fussy cut bird is a stamp from Polka Doodles [I think].
Dried Marigold , Weathered wood and Shabby shutters distress inks were used for additional shading.

Are you still with me-this is the note book that is to go inside.
The papers inside are unlined and quite thick, many uses I think for this
. The size of the completed book is 6 x 4 inches approx.

I lined the inside of the cover with left over pieces of  graphics 45  papers  and made a slot to tuck the back of the book into. Making it re usable when the book is full. 

So this is how  the inside looks. Thank you for taking time to read this far down the page.
I do hope you will come  and see what we all made with our STASH  at  TioT's,
we would love you to join us this time.

All the comments you leave me are very much appreciated.


  1. Brilliant project! I made some of these myself and had great fun with this technique. Your notebook is beautiful!! Xx

  2. What fantastic note book, Yvonne. Great technique you've used and I love the texture, colours and all beautiful details.
    Hugs, Mar

  3. Your card is joyful and charming and the notebook fabulous. Nice work, indeed, love it :)

  4. Oooh, I am in LOVE with this, so beautiful, from stat to finish and back to front and front to back! Hugs, Valerie

  5. The whole project is gorgeous and such a great idea to be able to slot your book inside Yvonne

    Love Chrissie x

  6. What a beautiful cover for a notebook!! Love that it can be re-used too! The birdie is so cute!

  7. Great project Yvonne and so useful as well. Annette x


  8. A super project Yvonne, I love the texture you created on the corrugated card. Xx

  9. Just popped in for a quick look at your fabby make Yvonne. What a great way to use up all that lovely stash.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  10. A fantastic little book with some gorgeous textures and techniques. Nikki x

  11. Fab project Yvonne, love that technique and I feel the need to make myself one of those:)
    Val x

  12. Really love your finished notebook, hugs Bee

  13. Love the different techniques, especially, the leather one. I will have to give that a try. Cute little bird, too.
    Hugz, Z

  14. Your note book cover is great, I love the textures and colours you used on the front and the way you have made the inside look so nice too. Such a good idea to make reusable as well.
    I love the faux leather technique and have used it a few times myself.
    Jean x

  15. Stunning project - love all the bits n bobs you have used! Thanks for having me as GDT on TIOT this week!
    Mandy x

  16. Fabulous book Yvonne. Love the colour and texture of the covers - and a great idea with the slot to make it reusable.
    Avril xx

  17. This is sheer delight to view...love the technique and the gorgeous result.xxThe Journey is the Start

  18. Such an amazing project with great techniques, those rich colours and gorgeous embossing and layering oh my. I love the birdie he looks fantastic perched there a truly inspiring project.


  19. Just stunning!! I really love your faux leather and the mica technique is just brilliant!! Love it :)

  20. Fantastic designs and textures, Love these.
    hugs Brenda xx