Friday, 18 January 2013

Sketchbook



Made my own sketchbook again!  This time a pizza box formed the Cover.  I haven't shown the painting of that, but I just flattened it out and poured the blue acrylic paint directly on to it and then scrapped it over with an old store card (they make great scrapers by the way, but need to be slightly flexible, the not too floppy sort).





having painted both sides, once dry I then made some inner pages to fit.  Bear in mind the overall size of this is only about 5" x 5" .


I attached the pages by threading through some blue ribbon, which I left hanging on the outside with some extra ribbon and beads (the beads were actually a left over from Christmas crackers).  I also covered the edges of the book with paper to give it a more Book like appearance





From my button box I used this jewel button - just put a hole in the cover of the book and then used a small piece of wire (the sort you get in packaging) to attach it on the inside




I then covered that with a piece of paper...like a little elastoplast!

on the back I attached a hairband .... found it was a bit short for the job so added a piece of ribbon too...never mind, it still does the job







and that does it!
 one sketchbook ready to pop in my bag 
and take out and about 
for a spot of sketching and journalling!    



Hope you enjoyed.

I am today Linking
(many thanks to EVA & Kristin)

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Have a great weekend everyone

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74 comments:

  1. This is wonderful! I love the piece you used for the closure. Happy PPF!

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    1. Thanks Kim, I've done that before with a closure - it works well.

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  2. Terrific recycling. Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend, Annette x

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  3. A very beautiful sketchbook, Ann

    Happy PPF

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    1. Thanks Rosie, glad you liked it :)

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  4. How ingenious of you, and up-cycling too. I look forward to seeing the sketches which appear within.

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    1. Thanks Bella, hopefully this sketchbook will be filled very soon!

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  5. That is great and we too love the colour. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  6. Now that is clever and pretty and reusing something that would be trash..Now I hope that pizza smell is out or William night be using it too. :))

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    1. ...don't worry Cris, I made sure the pizza smell was gone....you're right, William would be after it lol.

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  7. I love your book! The deep blue along with the jewel are so elegant. It almost looks like velvet.

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    1. Thanks Debbie, I was lucky to have been given the jewel button along with a selection of other buttons...hopefully I'll get round to using some more of them.

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  8. Amazing - such beautiful and magical box made of pizza box! :-O You are creative and clever! <3

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    1. Thanks Anne, it certainly uses up things that would normally get thrown away! :)

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  9. Wow, you are crafty! Love it. :-D

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  10. How fabulous! Much more stylish than my plastic zip pouch.

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  11. So cute!
    Can't believe that came from a pizza box, Ann! Wonderful!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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    1. I know Mary, it is amazing how much packaging can be revamped!

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  12. Your work is beautiful. I love the deep blue. Thank you so much for sharing the process with us.

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  13. Oh you are so clever and resourceful!

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  14. what a really lovely hand made book to art in!! Happy PPF!

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  15. I can only support your creativity!!
    Cngrts,Willy

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  16. I absolutely love your sketchbook! Adorable and practical. I think the hair band was just the icing on the cake. So cute.

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    1. Thanks Denise....just another great use for a hairband :)

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  17. Now that is one fine sketchbook! I hope you fill it with beautiful drawings and artwork - then show us all here. Thanks for sharing the how to - I'd love to make my own :) Happy PPF

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    1. Thanks Marji, I'll do a post when I put some drawings in it :)

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  18. Oh yes! I enjoyed indeed. :) How creative and lovely. And i love the color. I really do. Midnight blue. Perfect for this time of year!

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    1. Hi Mary, must admit I was pleased how the colour came out :)

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  19. Wow, what a fabulous job of recyling. Fantastic! Thank for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Gloria, I love using up items like this instead of throwing them away :)

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  20. I DID enjoy it! Thank you for sharing your process - you had me at pizza box ;) xoxo!

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  21. What a GREAT work Ann, I love how you recycle ! Wish you a nice weekend. xx

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  22. Oh that's really nice, very creative. You are inspiring me! Do you have any snow? I saw snowflakes at 10 Downing St on the news yesterday and my cousin has written to say it's VERY cold over there. So stay warm!

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    1. Glad you like this. I hope you give this a go, great fun to do. Yes, we do have snow. Not a lot down by the beach, but up and over from Ilfracombe to CM there is quite a bit. In fact yesterday morning the road from Ilf to Mullacott Roundabout was closed for a while with around 4" of the white stuff. Cleared now though. Looks like this may be the worst over with as rain in coming in (or so they say!). We are keeping the heating going on tick over :)

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  23. Pretty accessories adding it gives it a royal look

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    1. Thanks Mary...I love adding the extras to these books :)

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  24. It's beautiful! Love that it's from recycled material.

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    1. Thanks Christine, the best part is using up something that would be headed for the bin :)

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  25. Just lovely!! Another beautiful green mark on the Earth!! Good for you!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  26. Oh that's very ingenious Ann, and of course completely unique. I so love things like this.

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  27. Very nice! Isn’t it satisfying to make your own sketchbook? I always feel so ‘frugal’ and self-satisfied when I make my own! LOL

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    1. ...completely agree Robin. I make a few of these little books and almost don't want to draw in them, I line them up on a shelf and look at them! lol.

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    2. ME TOO! LOL I love how they look all lined up!

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    3. I've never written/drawn in mine either! They're packed in a suitcase waiting to leave on Thursday!

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  28. Querida Ann. ¡Es un sketchbook hermoso y realizado con mucha creatividad de tu parte! Mi enhorabuena. Un abrazo y feliz domingo.

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  29. Beautiful work! Have a great new week!

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  30. OMGOSH Ann!!!! This is something so different from what I've ever seen you do. I love it. And...I love it!!! Did I mention that I love it?!?!?

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    1. I take it that you quite like this then annie! Lol

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  31. Such a majestic cover! And I like the combination of dots and jewels.

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  32. A pizza box?!?!?! I believe in turning trash to texture...but this is a new one!!! Awesome!

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    1. Best part, I got to eat the pizza first ..yum :)

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  33. Ann, what a great idea! I love it. Very imaginative and innovated!
    Rainey

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