Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer Stories {July 26-31}

Here it is, my final post sharing my summer notebook and I even have two videos uploaded to my sadly neglected YouTube channel. But first, the photos.

Some days it was more about the technique than the story, and the 26th was one of those. Wanting to just have fun with my pages, I turned to a technique I hadn't used in quite some time. I simply wound baker's twine around an acrylic stamp block to make add to my background and journaling card. I stamped in 3 different colors, added some washi tape, and a couple of die cuts.

For the 27th, I made notebook pages for my notebook, a little redundant, but I like the effect. I used a craft die to make the notebook edged paper and then added stamped die cuts and alphabet stickers to the pages.

On the 28th it was back to my regular afternoon hot cup of plain black coffee in my favorite mug. I pulled out several of my coffee related stamps and went a little crazy stamping my background.

We took a spontaneous trip down south on the 29th, but it was well worth it, even after sitting in traffic for 3 hours. Since I had a lot of photos I wanted to include, I made an envelope using a small kraft bag to hold them. I stamped a large journaling page, which I'm thinking I'd like to make a variety of those to use for future travels.

The 30th was all about quality time with Pound Cake. The pattern of clocks I stamped got a little messed up, but thankfully I was able to cover the worst up with some die cuts.

After seeing Kathi's page at the bottom of her blog post, I was very inspired to try that myself. My papers were a little too bold, so pairing them with the photos didn't work for me, but I'm still really happy with the outcome. Some simple word art made in Photoshop and that finished off my notebook.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of my post, I have uploaded to YouTube a walk through of this notebook as well as a tutorial on my process for full page stamping. If you'd like to take at look at either of those, you can find the walk through here and the tutorial here.

day 26 - stamps - My Day and I Love Weekends - Kelly Purkey, die cut - Pinkfresh Studio, washi tape - Freckled Fawn, inks - Sunkist and Goldenlocks - Simon Says Stamp, Wet Cement - Hero Arts
day 27 - stamps - In A Creative Bubble, alphabet stickers - Pinkfresh Studios, notebook edge die - My Favorite Things, ink - Wet Cement - Hero Arts, stamped stamps - tutorial and supplies here
day 28 - stamps - Homebodies - Feed Your Craft, More Coffee! - Christine Herrin, Stepping Stone - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, inks - Khaki - Simon Says Stamp and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
day 29 - stamps - Kelly Purkey and Studio Calico, inks - Surf Blue and Slate - Simon Says Stamp and Teal - Heidi Swapp
day 30 - stamps - To Thine Own Shelf - Simon Says Stamp, Stepping Stone - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, ink - Rosie Cheeks - Simon Says Stamp, die cuts - Crate Paper {Bloom}
day 31 - patterned paper - Pebbles, asterisk die cuts - Studio Calico, chipboard sticker and paper banner - Messy Box, font - Rainier


  1. Love the stamped backgrounds! This is an awesome project!

  2. The little pocket...looks brill. There's something about coffee pages that makes my heart beat FAST & this is Just. Perfect.!!!!! AND I really, really LOOOOOVE those little round photos at the end. Fabulous Finish!!! Deffo watching the videos when I get the chance ;)!!!

  3. I have truly enjoyed discovering each page of your book Elise!
    Bravo and thank you for sharing these great creative ideas of yours ;)

  4. Love that photo of you with your coffee! And that pocket made from a bag? Awesome! I've enjoyed seeing all your pages and can't wait to check out your videos.

  5. Such spectacular pages Elise, love the twine technique and your repetition stamping and a salute to a fellow black coffee drinker!

  6. All of your pages are awesome!
    I will check out your videos


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