Step One: This is the blank back cover of my Moleskine notebook. I actually had started working when I remembered to take the photo. If you're really brave - stamp directly on the cover. I usually eff it up so it gets recovered with kraft paper or patterned paper or whatever the heck moves me.
Step Two: So I effed up on my first image (stamped directly on the cover) which gave me the opportunity to use this great paper line from My Mind's Eye. It's a 6x6 pad which was pretty important for this cover due to the busyness of the pattern. I recently said I wasn't going to buy these smaller paper pads anymore - but I was wrong - they really do have a function. Let me just also say - I would bathe in these colors if I could. They are that yummy.
Steps 3-4: Since I didn't plan for this with a lot of clarity or forethought. I don't have each picture stepped out perfectly. Consequently - there are some pictures missing. I started by stamping the image from Invoke Arts on every friggin color of paper imaginable and settled on white. I might also add I started the project after spending two hours cursing the world trying to make just one card. I then took a piece of paper - this one in particular and chose marker colors. I have four different type of markers: Copics, Bics, Sharpies, and Tombows. I love my Copics - but my wallet hates the heck out of them - so I have to mix it up pretty often. This time was no exception. I then colored the image. Just a note - Sharpies are not acid free. I don't care about that kind of thing - but if you do - be warned.
BTW: It was much easier to lay the stamp face up and place the paper on top. Since it's pretty detailed and there is a large amount of black on it - it's hard for my crappy hands to get a good impression. This really works for me.
Step 5-7: I love to layer so it went without saying that I was going to layer the image. However - the first piece of paper didn't work because of the busyness of the background pattern. So I layered it one more time - still it wasn't working. So I broke out the white paper and magically I was satisfied. I added a little piece of the doily paper to the notebook and then glued on my image. Project done or so I thought...
Step 8-9: I had another great stamp from Invoke Arts. I decided to stamp it on patterned paper and glue it to the inside cover. I then took my random dot stamp from Invoke Arts and stamped it everywhere. Still trying to figure out if I like the random dots. It's sort of hard to read the sentiment now. For those who wonder... it says; "Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." Love it.
Step 10: I added my favorite saying to the back of the notebook for a laugh. My friend is definitely NOT DRAINING MY WILL TO LIVE. I just think the sentiment is hysterical. This stamp and plenty of funny other sayings can be found at Too Much Fun Rubberstamps.
So there it is - one small conversation on one of the best podcasts ever and a great gift idea is born. I need to make it for more than one person. I need to trust the process. I need to remember I can make artsy stamps work for me with bright colors and beautiful paper. I need to remember it's okay. I also need to remember things can go right after two hours of things going terribly wrong. I need to remember not to give up on crafting because one part of it isn't working for me. I just need to remember the things that help me push me through. So here's to remembering. I hope everyone has a lovely Thursday. Only one more day to the weekend. Gotta love that! Happy crafting! Until then...