Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas is Coming

Time for another challenge over at
and this fortnight it is
Christmas is Coming

We are onto the second week of the challenge so there is still plenty of time for you to enter and win the fabulous prize of $15 to spend in the IKEsWORLD store.  To win the prize or be voted in the top 3 you MUST use and IKEsWORLD digi, lots to choose from so why not pop on over to the shop and have a look around.

For this project I have decided to alter an old note book I had lying around (yes, it is an unused one!!!). I thought this would make the perfect homemade gift for my Mum who loves her birds and always needs a wee book to write her shopping list in so this is just a little something extra to open on Christmas Day.  Using a craft knife, I separated the hard cover from the paper bound book section.  To go with the digi 'Blue Tit Rowan' I designed a couple of backing papers in the same colours.  I then digitally placed the papers and digi and printed.  I have deliberately kept the front cover pretty flat and strong so it is not destroyed easily lol.  After cutting out, I then sprayed the front cover with permanent adhesive and attached the cut out cover.  I then re-attached the inside of the book with double sided tape and used some butterfly DP from my stash, can't remember the company sorry.  Butterflies for winter I hear you say, well why not, sure somebody somewhere sees butterflies in their winter and I love butterflies lol.  Red ribbon with a 'Friend' charm was added as a book marker and  finally, for a bit of dimension and some bling I added some gems to the front cover (sorry not showing very well on the pic).  

Front of book


  • Blue Tit Rowan by IKEsART
  • Design paper by me for the outside and from my stash for the inside
  • Book, gems, ribbon and charm from my stash
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-


  1. WoWza - that is really lovely - great backing papers you designed - a superb creation :-)

    IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. What a fantastic transformation! This notebook will truly be cherished. Well done!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this week at Love to Create.
    Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

    Hugs Mian
    Love to Create Design Team Member
    Mian's Crafty Corner

  3. What a perfect 'little extra' gift for our bird loving Mum. She'll love this notebook especially as it has her favourite little blue tit .......wonder if she's got any coming to her door for feeding this year. Love all the butterflies inside and the bookmark with that lovely 'friend' charm is such a lovely idea both to keep place for current notes and as a reminder that Mum really is a wonderful friend to the birds she tends so well.. This is lovely treasure xxx ♥ ♥ ♥

  4. Fabulous note book brilliant colouring of the image Ginny♥

  5. How lovely! Thanks for entering my Blue Christmas blog challenge!

  6. Mimi, This is so beautiful. I can feel winter instantly when I look at your creation; the berries are wonderful. I just now noticed the "friend" charm from the first picture and then saw the bookmark. How completely lovely!!! Samara xox

  7. THis is lovely, a fabulous journal cover! Thank for joining us at the Lunagirl Moonbeams challenge.

  8. What an awesome journal! You did an amazing job transforming the book!
    Thank you for sharing your projects with us at Love to Create Challenges this week.
    Wishing you a blessed Holiday Season!
    Ruza, LTC Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner

  9. That is one lovely altered notebook! Great transformation with that sweet, adorable bird in the front! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, hugs, Ira x
    Ira’s Crea Corner

  10. this is really beautiful! thank you for joining the "blue christmas" challenge at lunagirl moonbeams. xo

  11. What a beautiful creation! thank you for joining us for Anything Goes at Love to Create this fortnight. Mo dt X

  12. Lovely card, great colors and design. Thank you for joining us at Craftitude. Merry Christmas & Happy new year and thank you for all your support joining in our challenges xx

  13. Just popping in from Left of Center! thanks for sharing with us this fortnight! mo x

  14. Adorable creations, love the bird and your coloring!! Thank you for playing with us at Creative Moments this time, hugs Kate DT

  15. A beautiful card and so vibrant thankyou for joining our challenge at craftitude good luck fiona dt. x

  16. Thank you for joining our "Christmas, anything but a card" challenge at CFAS with your fabulous book. Best wishes for 2014 and good luck. Carol DT x

  17. This book is just beautiful!
    Thanks for playing at Crafting For All Seasons this time!
    Have a wonderful new year.


    Milnie DT


Thank you for taking the time to comment, it means a great deal to me. Hoping you have happy crafting days ahead. Hugs Mimi