March 31, 2010

Earthy Sketch Book and Homemade Stamps

Hello everyone!  Today I'm going to show you the sketch pad/journal I just made.  I love having a place to write down ideas.  I think this is important for any type of art....songwriting, crafting, you name it!  I think that ideas and inspiration are a gift and if I don't write them down, I lose them.  So, here's my new book:


I picked up a blank recycled book on sale the other day.  Then I got out an eraser.  Did you know you could make a homemade stamp by carving an eraser with an exacto knife?  It works well and it's easy to do.  (I know some people use potatos, but wouldn't that get stinky quickly?  Just saying!)  Anyhow, draw a little sketch on the eraser of what you want your stamp to be.


Then, carve out the area around it.


That's it for the stamp.  Now on to the book.  I bought this old dictionary at DI (like Goodwill) for fifty cents.  You will probably see bits of it in the future.  I took out a page and cut a tree shape.


Then, I began stamping my leaves in various colors.


As I've mentioned before, I don't scrapbook, but I LOVE some of the scrapbook supplies for other projects.  I bought this metal embellishment pack a while ago and have used it on lots of different projects.  I put little metal corners on the book.


I also used a little frame and cut out the definition of "create" and "creative" to frame in it.  I strung it on and antiqued the edges of the book with an ink pad.


I wanted the journal to have an earthy feel and leaves happen to be one of my obsessions.


That's all for today.  Thanks for stopping in.  Hope you're leaving with some new ideas!  Have a great day!

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