Thursday, June 5, 2014

Believe in Tomorrow

As part of my indulgence day yesterday I decided to make something for no other reason than I felt like doing so :) :) :) For this creation I have altered an index card book which I saw in a shop and thought it was great as the cards are perforated - so easy to make a quick note and rip it out lol.
My first dilemma was how to cover the front of the book, first I tried colouring the top bit with my black Promarker but that was to fiddly and not very successful.  Next I had to get radical and dismantle the whole thing, just hoping it would go back together again hahahaha  I couldn't cross my fingers as I needed my hands to craft but I did keep my legs crossed.
After covering the front of the book I then scored where the holes for the spring binder go and then poked through with my fancy tool.  Next I wiggled it round a bit to make the shape of the original hole.
 As this left lots of rough edges I then sanded it down.  Does not look great here but from the front it is pretty cool.
 Re-assembled and now I can uncross my legs :) :) :) :)
Onto the digi.  I used the beautiful image 'Believe in Tomorrow' by Aurora Wings.  I am so useless with chalks but I have tried here to blend some together that tone in with the backing paper.
I wanted all the flowers to be the same colour and match the touch of pink in the backing paper so I used three pink Promarkers and two blending pencils.  I can't say I found this easy at all, trying to make the flowers still stand out and not get lost in a mass of pink.  The blue was added for the butterfly as this will be entered into the Aurora Wings Butterfly challenge and just to balance that the fairy's dress was coloured in the same blues.  Stickles on the wings, pollen and some of the flowers were the finishing touch.

Colouring medium used
 To create the frame for the digi I used Spellbinders Grand Labels 20
 Next I used some small gold rings to ruffle the ribbon up and cut a border using part of the Spellbinder Fancy Weave die.
 I forgot to take a picture but next I used a rose die and cut with the same paper I used for the border and frame which I partially laid over the coloured image.  Three pearl pink butterflies were added next.
The final bit to make is the pencil which is from IKEA - those of you who know the store will notice they have pencils to use on you order list, a couple normally walk out the store with me for future use :).  I painted the pencil with Extreme Glitter.
 Almost there, next I made a wee charm for the pencil using some pearl beading, green ribbon and another of the pearl pink butterflies.  All the butterflies were finished off with Liquid Pearls and there is a half pearl at the top end of the pencil.
 And here we have the finished project.

  • digi - 'Believe in Tomorrow' by Aurora Wings
  • dies - Spellbinders Grand Labels 20 and Fancy Weave, lea'bilities Roses
  • Stickles
  • Extreme Glitter
  • Ribbon, DP, butterflies etc from my stash
I am entering this into the following challenges:-


  1. What a great project, Mimi! Everything you've done to the little notebook adds so much to the final creation. Love your coloring on this complex image. I also love the little butterfly charm added to the pencil. Everything belongs right where they are in a perfect harmony. Thank you so much for joining Aurora Wings' Butterflies challenge with this stunning creation. Hugs, Mitzi xx

  2. Wow, a fabulous project! Great details! Thanks for sharing it at Cupcake Inspirations! Nance, DT

  3. ein wunderschöne karte.

    danke für die TN. bei den fairxtale stampers.

    glg m,eggi

  4. Great project, love the idea of the index pad, never seen one of them before. I love how you have altered it. The image is fabulous and you have coloured it so beautifully. Thank you for sharing with us at Dragonfly Dreams, hope we see you again soon...
    Love and Hugs ~ Lady Anne xx
    Dragonfly Dreams
    Anne's Paper Dream's Blog

  5. what a gorgeous colouring and you have made a beautiful project Mimi.

    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}


  6. Oh MY! this is just stunning, Mimi! what a lovely alteration. I'd never want to use up the pages. Fabulous coloring and details and kudos to you for dismantleing the whole thing and getting it back together. Thanks so much for joining our Butterflies Challenge at Aurora Wings. xxD

  7. this is everything...thanks for sharing at cupcake inspirations

    sweetie dt

  8. What an amazing project! I love your attention to detail! So glad you were inspired by this week's flower theme at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge! Good luck! Hope you will join us for our new challenge!

  9. What a fabulous project!

    Thanks for joining us at Dragonfly Dreams and I hope you come back soon!


    Owner Dragonfly Dreams

  10. gorgeous design thanks for joining us ds4j this time and good luck
    hugs Tonnie

  11. This is a beautiful creation with great details and perfect for our ‘GIRLY/FEMININE’ challenge. A gorgeous little notebook and I love the butterflies. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  12. Such a beautiful creation. I really like how this notebook turned out. It looks fantastic! Thank you also for the tutorial on how to assemble it. This is definitely I want to try one day. I'm really happy you decided to enter your notebook in our challenge at Crafty ribbon. Good luck to you! Hugs! xx

  13. I love decorating notebooks and this is just great! Very brave to take the front off! :D
    Thanks for sharing with us at DS4J! A great and easy challenge is going live tomorrow so join us again!

  14. Absolutely gorgeous....I am not sure I would have the patience to take the front off. Thanks for sharing this project with us at Hobbybook Designer Challenge as well. :)

  15. great altering, and a lovely creation! thanks for sharing at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

  16. I love making things just for fun. This is amazing. I love the idea of an index card notebook - have never seen one and will now be on the look out. You must have amazing patience to have done the disassembly job and then for that colouring which is stunning. At first glance I thought it was a colour print then I read what you had done. Awesome. Thanks for sharing at Anything But A Card this time.

  17. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for participating in our A SONG IN YOUR HE{ART} challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper

  18. Oh, this is gorgeous! Your just for fun project turned out amazing! Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But a Card!


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