Friday, 6 May 2011

More notebooks!


Yep I'm afraid..more notebooks..I'm kind of in mass production (a whole 5 items created!!) so I have some things to sell for the upcoming event.The idea was to use up the mass of scrap paper I have accumulated from my fabric journals and make some dinky journals that I could price cheaply......however things always take so much longer than anticipated and then the cheapness becomes more a feeling of ripping myself off! Ah well ....we'll see how well they sell on the day and then prices may rise or fall :)

The recipe to mini journals:
one stash of cut-offs and left overs
an old kiddies board book torn up and cut for covers

A bit of decoration with acrylic paints and sharpie pens



Add a bit of recycled strong material for the spine which is glued to the covers. Then bind the pages using embroidery thread and pamphlet stitch:





Et voila.... mini journals......


I read somewhere that writing just 3 things at the end of each day that have made you smile/that you enjoyed enhances your mood and general wellbeing HUGELY... I like to think these little rinky dinks are the perfect home for those 3 magical things :)

Oh and of course its Friday today...time for partying with lots of lovely painty people over here....come join me :)x



40 comments:

  1. OK, these are AWESOME! how adorable! I want one! have a great friday! Your blog makes me smile! xo

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  2. oh what treasures you have created!

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  3. happy friday to you
    & i lovelovelove
    your notebooks..
    they are a HappyFeast
    for my eyes & heart.
    xox

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  4. So cute! And they look awesome from the side where the pages are bound together.

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  5. Amazing! They are just terrific!

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  6. Ooh do you have a new blog header & buttons? Very pretty.

    Gorgeous notebooks! They would be perfect for the magical end of day three. But would equally be perfect for anything - I would probably spend most of my time just admiring their beauty and showing them to envious friends! :-)

    Thanks for the tutorial. Have you built that annexe yet ready for your art and book making retreats? ;-)
    Kat Xx

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  7. Those are ridiculously cute! I would love to get my hands on one of those cuties!

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  8. These are wonderful- not rinky-dink at all! I love the happy colors and sharp, simple designs- they should fly off the shelves!
    Happy PPF,
    Stephanie

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  9. They are gorgeous, and such lovely colours, so nice and cheery!

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  10. Wonderful colours and oh so pretty for gratitude journals!

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  11. Beautiful colourful notebooks, love them. Annette

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  12. These are awesome! I have the one that I bought from you next to my bed. On nights that I am not too sleepy, I write all the things that I am happy for.

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  13. I love them rather a lot. I always love the bright colours you use too! So pretty!!

    I have heard that about the three things too.

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  14. Very colourful and far from simple.
    Lovely work.No doubt you'll be returning home sans the little notebooks.


    Annabelle xx >^..^<

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  15. Oh how I love your new blog header and notebooks so!1 Darling, cute, vivacious, spectacular =-) A wonderful burst of color and love for all of us today!

    xo
    Gwynnie

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  16. These are so great - I would love to be able to make things like that! And what a great up-cycling project as well reusing bits left over from other projects. Beautiful! Good luck at the craft fair.

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  17. O M Gosh ! I don't know where to look first.
    New blog header - WoW ! Love it.
    New sidebar buttons - Double WoW WoW !
    and those little books are so fantaserific ! and colorful too!
    I miss all my blogging friends and I am trying to get around to everyone to say hi !
    So glad I stopped by here.
    M

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  18. i love these how gorgeous.i love the way u use lots of color.GORGEOUS

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  19. What a fantastic blog! Thanks for the tutorial. I love these journals...just beautiful.

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  20. These are fantastic!!! I also love love your new banner!!! Beautiful!

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  21. Love your notebooks. It would be fun to have one.

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  22. Hi Jenny, love your rinky dink mini journals... so colourful and fun. Am loving mine. Have a good weekend..

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  23. Perfect Jenny! I love the scalloped edges and the happy colors you've chosen. Hope you sell out in a flash!!!

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  24. These are fantastically cute! I have learned that making little journals and notepads is just as much work as making big ones. The material cost may be less, but the work is the same. So don't price to low! What is the event that you are making all the journals for? I looked back through the blog but didn't see it. Also, I'd love to know what kind of printer you bought.

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  25. I want a mini jenny journal! Just yesterday I wrote 3 little words on my arm with that made me smile. It really did improve my mood. Best wishes for the sale! Wishing you love and a Happy Mothers Day Jenny! Oh and you're the winner of my giveaway!!!
    Your friend,
    Jenny :)

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  26. Love these mini books, they are wonderful. I also like the 3 little words and will try and start using that. It is a great way to make sure every day ends on a positive note.

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  27. Hi Jenny..Wow....Super-Lovely ..brilliant work..they are all inspiring..so much work goes into your gorgeous dazzling books..i adore them all..really drawn to the blue colors! Such treaures!!
    HUgs
    victoria

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  28. Gorgous as always! They have your name written all over them - you have really developed your own style, Jenny. Good luck with selling them. As Toadinaboat said, it can take as long to make a small item as a larger one, so don't under cut yourself.

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  29. You talk like we're sick of seeing those journals of yours. Speaking as one who has a few....we'll NEVER get sick of seeing those, or wanting more! ;)

    And you know I want a play by play of the whole event when it happens right? I can't wait to hear all about it!

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  30. As soon as I came here my day was brighter :) Vibrant & fun!!! Happy PPF ;)

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  31. Such happy looking notebooks, very cute.

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  32. Love the vibrant and spring feel color scheme. Very sweet work! ;)

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  33. Your journals are so cool. I'm sure they'll sell very well. Have a good time. Happy PPF!

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  34. These are really cute - though I know what you mean about things taking longer and feeling like you are ripping yourself off - but the other side is a storage problem with all the things not sold cos they are the right price!!

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  35. These are really cute, thanks for sharing the process! And yes, writing, thinking, saying words of love & appreciation greatly enhances the well being in your life! Happy PPF!

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  36. Your note books are absolutely stunning! Love the lush colors!

    Have a lovely week!

    Hugs,
    Gaby

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  37. Hi Jenny, these notebooks are gorgeous! Love your new blog design too. Hope you're having a lovely weekend, Wini xo

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  38. What special little notebooks! I'm sure they were received during your event! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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