Monday, August 6, 2012

Paint a Cover and Jot it Down...

Simon is back to remind you that EVERY week you have the chance to win a $50 gift card for simonsaysstamp.com. Yep, every week! How amazing is that?
It's super easy to enter! All you have to do is link up with our theme of the week and include a link back. This week it's all about paint. So, grab some paint and link up for the chance to win!

I have a TON of old house paint lying around. Well, as you know, I can't leave things lying around for too long. So, let's put that to use! If you don't have house paint, never fear... any acrylic based paint will do the trick.

First, a bit of green is painted on some plain white card stock:
After 3 coats are applied and completely dry, it gets run through the Sizzix for some texture:
Love that! How about some distressing?
And now perhaps toning the color down with Gesso would be a good idea?
YES! Pretty!
After several layers of paint and a quick stitch around the edge, this scrap has turned into something wonderfully flexible and durable. And, I think this something will be perfect for a little notebook cover! So, some Studio Calico journal pages are stacked together, layered on, and reinforced with Washi:
Then, a simple zig-zag stitch down the center creates a nice little spine:
Now for some embellishing with these fab Basic Gray Flowers:
Some more washi and a bit of twine:
A nice little cover title:
And, there we have it! Easy Peasy!
A sweet little notebook to "JOT" things down....
Onto beautifully splattered pages, I might add!
Yes indeed! Made with Love! 

So, what can you transform, decorate, or create with paint this week? Give it a go and link up with us over at Simon Says Stamp & Show! Want to try your own little book? A complete supply list is below: (affiliate links used.)

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Oh, yes - I may have had so much fun with this technique that I kept playing and did a layout too! More on that next time :)

32 comments:

  1. oooooo the textures and techniques make me swoon.

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  2. This is so you...or...
    This is sew you!

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  3. Fabulous minibook! Love the cover, all the textures, the tape (which I got recently) and all the great touches. TFS!!

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  4. That made with lvoe washi tape is so cute - I love watching how your projects evolve!

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  5. what a fun mini book! love the cover

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  6. Hi there, love your little mini book, the texture is fabulous on the cover and I love the whitewashed look. Beautifully embellished too. This would make a great journal. Enjoy your week. Tracy x

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  7. Hi Ashli. Your little mini notebook is really cute. I really like the embossed cover and the white washing you've done to create such a cool look. Nicely done! <3 Candy

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  8. This would definitely make me want to jot a lot of things down. :) Awesome project, Ashli!

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  9. Do you ever tired of being brilliant? ;) Gorgeous!

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  10. So awesome! Want to reach out and touch it!

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  11. Fun, fun, fun!
    I love the added touches of splattered on the inside pages as well :)

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  12. Fabulous mini book! Love the cover and how you embossed and gesso it! Pretty embellished as well! Stunning! Hugs, Sandra

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  13. Sweet book! I love the flowers on the cover and all of the embossing and paint splatters. Very fun! :)

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  14. Wow, this is so cute! I love all the techniques you used.

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  15. Your blog always has the best 'messes'!

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  16. You make it look so effortless! Fabulous notebook, with your amazing colour sensibility firing on all cylinders - love it!
    Alison x

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  17. Oh, and thank you so much for joining up at Words and Pictures - very happy!!
    Ax

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  18. Gorgeous! Love the step by step photos and the colors are fantastic they really pop! The flowers and tapes are wonderful bits to make the cover beautiful!

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  19. Just messy fun! Great journal and I love your step-by-step photos.

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  20. So beautiful! You know, I wouldn't have thought of embossing the painted cardstock. Thanks for the idea.

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  21. Oh, wow, I love the way you did the cover. That paint and texture look GREAT. Super cute journal with the perfect little title!

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  22. Totally cute! That is a great idea to use the paint and then add some texture. I need to keep that in mind.

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  23. I am back from vacation and came to say hi! Oh, I enjoy your tutorials so much! Your blog is a great source of inspiration!!!! I love your work and style!!TFS!!
    Hugsss
    xxxx

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  24. I'm seriously fawning over this! I love it and want to write all in it! :) Love that you splattered paint throughout too! So Ashli!

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  25. Sigh...between this and the garden album you created I've got the mini bug!!! I adore this little book and agree its the perfect thing to jot stuff down in. I'm thinking a version with a ton of old patterned paper coated in gesso might do the trick! These will make cute gifts for the tween/teen girls in my life!

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  26. Stunning journal, Ashli! I love the step by step tutorial and the fun little added touch of the made with love washi on the back is so sweet & a cool idea!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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