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!


Rebekah said...

You're so right about writing down you're ideas! I'm going to get better about doing that :o)

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Great book. I actually picked up a pocket size book to use for the same thing. One that I can keep in my purse or drop in my pocket. I am enjoying all of your wonderful projects. Jackie

Salty Gal said...

Super cute...I was you happen to letterbox since you are familiar with stamp carving?

Kelli @ WhimsiKel said...

I just discovered your blog, and I love it already! Please check out my blog for a little bit of sunshine I've sent your way!

Anonymous said...

that's really beautiful! I love the idea of the eraser stamp!

iammommahearmeroar said...

Brit - I don't letter box, but I have done it once. I think it's such a cool idea and will probably do it with my kids when they are old enough to get it.

Taylor Swim said...

Classic "Cheri" That looks just like your style. Perfect. I'll have to try it with the girlies.

Jax @ AlyandAsh said...

Looks awesome! I love the idea of using the old dictionary pages!

TLF said...

Hi!! This is fabulous.. Thanks for the idea!
Visiting from Somewhat Simple. :)

Kelley said...

Wonderful! What I great idea and I love the use of of the "create" in the embellishment.

have a great day

Kristi Flanagan said...

I really, really like this!!!! Thanks so much for planting your "creative seed" at Plant a Punkin Seed Party! Don't forget to come back on Friday to plant another seed and so "hoo" has won the little owl!

Punkin Seed Productions

Kristi Flanagan said...

By the way, you've been featured! Come grab your button and wear it with pride!

Punkin Seed Productions said...

Very cool! I've posted a link. Thanks for sharing!

rocknrolla said...

so wonderful! thanks for sharing. i've linked to it on she's crafty


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