Thursday, January 15, 2015

Class on Altered Notebooks and a Pen to Coordinate

Last night's class was a blast!  You should have heard the ooooh's and ahhh's!

The first task was to alter a notebook by covering it with DSP.  The DSP chosen was Painted Petals, and each student had a different pattern from that pack.

After reviewing the measuring, demonstrating the taping and corner techniques, and attaching the inside lining, they eagerly performed their tasks.  I was so proud of how well they did and how really good their notebooks looked.

The second part was to decorate the front.  And here I chose the Lotus Blossom stamp from SAB.  Because each student was working with different colour combinations, each student used 3 different ink colours for their flower (I chose their colours).  I had 2 stamp sets so that made the task easier.  At first they looked skeptical at the colours I had chosen, but when they started stamping, out came the oooh's and aaah's.  The triple stamping did not even defeat a brand new member to the group who had never stamped before.

After the image was attached to the front of the altered notebook, out came the Build a Bow punch, and each student made 2 bows and attached it below the image.  Several of the students ended up ordering the punch.

Here's a picture of 2 of the notebooks, with their coordinating pens.

The pens were altered in 2 ways.  First, being RSVP pens, the pens were taken apart, and a coordinating piece of DSP was wrapped around the ink tube part (I don't know what to call it).  This wrapped ink tube was reinserted into the pen with the seam directly over the writing on the pen, and the pen reassembled.  Going one step further, sticky strip was applied in a spiral direction along the length of the outside of the pen.  After removing the pink protective cover, the pen was rolled in different colours of microbeads depending on what their colour scheme was.  This absolutely astonished them and they were delighted at the results.

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Colors for Lotus blossom - green notebook:  Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz
For the Blue notebook - Pacific Point, Marina Mist, and soft Sky.
Other colour combinations used:  Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand; Blackberry Bliss, Perfect Plum, and Wisteria Wonder (stamped off once)


Melanie said...

What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Patrice Herrera said...

I bet they had a great time these are so cute!