Story of Us – Notebook

 

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A friend of mine asked me to decorate a notebook cover for her. She had bought it to be filled in by all her friends at the end of the school term as a way of remembering them. The cover was originally divided into three portions – blue on top, pink in the middle and an ugly olive green on the bottom. You can still see the edges of these colours on the spine part because I couldn’t cover the very edges!

At first I decided to keep those colours and work around them and simply cover the parts where stuff was written. But then I realized I really hated that olive green and that nothing in my stash complimented it either. So I gave the cover a complete makeover. I kept it simple because I don’t want things falling off when she passes it around to her friends!

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I’ve mostly used Amy Tangerine’s Yes Please and Dear Lizzy’s Lucky Charm collections. Those two are my absolute favorites and go really well together.two

LOVE this hot pink pen and the way it shows up on brown card stock.

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Hope you liked this!

Love and hugs,

Nuzhat

Mini Book – Thankful for You

Today I would like to share a mini book I recently made for a friend I wanted to give her something to tell her how thankful I was for her, and I decided it would be the best depicted in a mini book! Plus I love making them, so, you know.. I had so much fun doing this and really made a dent in my stash, which means that I have broken through the barrier of ‘Oh, it’s  so pretty, I can’t use it yet!’ So, without further ado, lets have Thankful for You, the mini book.

I started off with a 4 x 12-ish inch piece of Amy Tangerine’s Commit paper. I folded it in half to create the cover and added a brad to the bottom right corner. I had originally planned on that being part of the tie mechanism but then I had to change things and I couldn’t take the brad away because that would leave an unsightly hole and I couldn’t shorten the book length and hide the hole because the other bits inside the book that I had planned on using wouldn’t fit then.

On the top I layered the b-side of some more Amy Tan paper – that grey one, which I absolutely adore!! Have you SEEN the airmail tear strip!? SO CUTE. I also added some Dear Lizzy flair and a heart strip from October Afternoon Travel Girl Passport paper. The book ties shut with some pink ombre string. For the title I used my typewriter.

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Inside the book, I wanted to give a dreamy look so I used a sheet of vellum (the thicker one, that you use for parchment work and paper piercing and embossing and stuff) and folded that in half to make two pages. The other two pages are made from normal water colour paper. On the first page I cut a banner from some brown card stock and wrote on it with my neon pink pen. Then I added a heart and a button and stapled some strips of paper to the top.

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I kept the next page simple by just cutting out a tab note shape and writing on that. You can see those neon pink hearts again! I love this pen.

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For this page, I made some tags from patterned paper. I glued the last one to the page and tied the others to it using pink string. The camera came from a doll’s set and I had always liked it so I saved it up for some crafty use for the future – and now here it is! The top tag is actually a tag from my clothes and that’s why it says ‘collection’ so I simply covered up the name of the collection with some music paper from Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm and added my own title using my typewriter.

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Some Simple Stories stickers …

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and some Amy Tan Remarks …

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I created a pocket out of vellum and some patterned paper and slipped in a journalling card. On top I added some Amy Tan and Simple Stories stickers.

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Again a bit of layering…

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I covered the entire page with my favourite Dear Lizzy paper and an Amy Tan sticker and paper strips completed the page.

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On the last page is another Amy Tan sticker and some typewritten sentiment. I added a handmade envelope to the inside back cover and slipped a letter inside!

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Well, there you are. A little mini book about being thankful for the little things. I hope you found some inspiration in this project, and it inspired you to make your own mini books and albums because they’re the best-est thing on earth! 🙂

Love and hugs,

Nuzhat.

Busy, Busy, Busy but Great News Too!!

I’m so sorry about not posting! I’ve been super busy. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the camera wasn’t working and then on Thursday, my computer kinda died and I have no idea how to blog from the tab. Yesterday I wasn’t home the entire day. Ugh, so much activity.

Anyway, here are the pictures I promised and then, after that, some great news! (squee)

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And now for the good news….

I was selected for my first ever design team by the lovely Kerry for thecraftgarden! I’m so so excited!! The first challenge goes up on first February so don’t forget to stop by and participate!

Love and hugs,

Nuzhat.

 

Cat Sitting

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So busy this weekend, sitting for this neighbour’s Persian. Her name is Lucy and she’s simply adorable. She goes back home tomorrow and I’ll miss her so.

I was able to make quite a few cards this weekend which I shall be sharing with you tomorrow!

Love and hugs,

Nuzhat.

Back to school & some Projects

It’s back to school again for me! Its super cold in the mornings and after all these days of getting up at 11 when you can go and sit in the sun as soon as you’re awake are gone. However, some good news as well – I’m getting a 93 per cent in my Economics exam which is amazing considering how little I studied the day before since I was rushing all around the city to get X-rays done for my cat because he had broken AND displaced his knee cap!

Back to school also means I have some new orders on the line – twelve cards, a notebook and a folder! So that’s something you can look forward to since as soon as the weekend starts, I should be making all these things and will obviously upload them here. I am also contemplating buying some new stash and am always on http://www.acherryontop.com to see what I can get – everything is so pretty but so expensive! I’m loving the new Studio Calico Storytime collection so I’m definitely getting that 6×6 pad! Let’s see what else ends up in my basket. I definitely need some jewels and pearls as well.

Love and hugs,

Nuzhat.

Wanderlust from Studio Calico

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Stumbled across a CHA sneak peek at http://www.acherryontop.com from Studio Calico and boy, am I in love or what!! The soft pastels and watercolours-y design in their Wanderlust collection is absolutely gorgeous and I adore every single item from this collection! I simply cannot wait for it to be released.

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Those hearts, canoes, maps and pastel water colour dots! Oh my God! Adorable!!

Check out the rest of this fabulous collection here!

Love and hugs,

Nuzhat.

Old and New – Quilting

Last summer I made a quilt for my best friend. I got the idea for it ages ago (winter 2012) from I book I was reading: where a mother made a quilt for her daughter out of all ‘the scraps of comfort’ that she could find. I was instantly smitten by the idea and set about immediately. My aunt is a seamstress and sews at home so I got lots of scraps from her. The difficulty lay in their size; most of them could only ‘support’ three inch square pieces!

The quilt took a looonnnggg time to make. I officially started in the last few weeks of July (It was supposed to be a birthday present – for 29th April – but what with exams and everything, I hardly got time.) In just half a month or so, I had all my squares cut out (about a gazillion!) and sewn into a great big block. I made a rag quilt, so that made it easier because I didn’t have to stop and press seams every now and then. The quilt backing was sewn on at midnight, the day before school started again! And the quilt itself, finished and everything, was given to her the very first day. She was thrilled and though the hard work was very … hard and it even made me a little sick in the middle when I sat for hours just sewing, it was a wonderful experience and just the fact that at the end, all those itty bitty squares became a quilt…!! It was kind of a proud moment.

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Now it’s half a year later, and I’ve bought some really nice prints and plan on doing some other quilting project. I haven’t decided what yet, but I’m leaning towards some kind of a teacher appreciation gift because this is my last year of school…

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See that circus print? I’m in love! ^___^

Love and hugs,

Nuzhat.