Sunday, 19 August 2012

We are Sailing…

I’ve had some inky time to play at my craft desk today and it’s been all about holidays..Pete and I are off to Turkey in September and whenever we go away I always plan to keep a holiday diary, but never actually do it. BUT…this year I’m planning ahead and have made a little book to take in the hope it might encourage me to stick to it. I was inspired by the challenge over at Blockheads Paper Arts which is to make and bind your own mini book.
I have used a sheet from an atlas as my front cover, and after painting and stamping, used a double sided sticky sheet  to stick it to a sheet of acetate for added stability and protection. This also gave me another surface to stamp on, creating a collaged layered look.
SD533595I used various papers which I painted with gesso or acrylic paint (or both) and stamped on.

SD533597I made a couple of pages with acetate pockets to tuck tickets/mementos into – I've tucked a scrap of paper in one to try and show it, but it’s tricky to see on the pic.
SD533604I’ve tied the book with seam binding and the finishing touch is a cute little seahorse charm.

I’m sharing this here -
Blockheads Paper Arts – Make a mini book
Anything Goes – Summer Days
Artful Times – Use Acetate
The Artistic Stamper – Holidays

Unruly PaperArts RAQ 1 - Dear Diary

While I still had my holiday/beach themed stamps out I also made a card -
I’ve stamped the sailing boat (Rogue Redhead) and antique map (The Stamp Man) on water colour paper, and used Derwent inktense blocks to paint the images. The little crab is from the same Rogue Redhead set.
 I’m sharing this card here -
Less is More – tearing
CAS-ual Fridays – Splish-Splash
Rogue Redhead – Shape Up (use at least 1 circle, 1 square and 1 rectangle).
The Craft Barn – Colour technique
Totally Papercrafts – Inspired by a song (we are Sailing) 
Apologies for the long post, thanks for visiting…Esther xx


  1. Wonderful card, lots of detail. Beautiful colours. Thank you for sharing your project with us at TPC this week.

  2. I love the colors on this...and the watercoloring looks great! Definitely makes me think of water!

  3. What a wonderful way to protect your soon to be full of holiday memories :) thank you for sharing it with us at Artful Times :)
    Fab card too :)
    Von x☺x

  4. Lucky lady having time to play today....but you have excelled yourself - these are gorgeous pieces of craft. The notebook is outstanding and I love the idea of how you are going to use it! Suzanne x

  5. Good morning Esther,

    Great results from your inky session, love the cover of your notebook.

    Have a great holiday.

    B x

  6. Wonderful idea and the images are just so 'holiday'. Hope you have a great time

    Love Chrissie xx

  7. Love all the inkyness of your book, great front cover. The card is gorgeous, great images.
    Avril xx

  8. Glorious book and super card - hope you will enjoy a wonderful holiday in September


  9. Wonderful projects Esther. Your mini book is fabulous and a great way to record your holiday memories.
    xxx Hazel.

  10. Love it, its beautiful

  11. Hello there-What a lovely card you have created-and your journal is fabby too ! :) x

  12. Fabulous book and card Esther, hope you enjoy your holiday and find the time to keep your diary. have fun.
    Hugs Brenda xox

  13. Fabulous card, super inking, the tearing works perfectly!

    Thanks very much
    "Less is More"

  14. Two awesome pieces! Love them both!

    Thanks for questing with us at UPA - stunning by the way!

    Also, thanks for playing along with the RRD Rebel Challenge! Love the way you have used your Beach Babes set!

  15. What a beautiful cover on your book. Gorgeous colours! Hope you have a great holiday...
    Alison x

  16. Your book is how you layered all the stamps! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  17. That's a great project with wonderful details.

  18. LOVE all of these, Esther!

  19. So beautiful - perfect colors too.


  20. I love the simplicty of the card, beautiful watercolouring! Love the book too! Great job!

  21. Fabulous idea and beautifully made, it would be a crime not to take it with you and use it as it is so clearly intended to be used. XOXO Zoe

  22. Beautiful projects! Love the layers on both and the acetate is an awesome touch! Thanks so much for playing with us in the Blockheads Easy Mini Book Technique Challenge!
    Leslie, DT

  23. Gorgeous sailboat and I love your coloring! Thanks for playing along this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

  24. Great elements for your book! you'll have fun adding details and memorabilia to it. Your card is gorgeous love the layers and water coloring!LOVING the pics here on the side of your blog~Too COOL!!

  25. I'm so sorry that I'm late in visiting this week, but I have been on a wonderful cruise to Norway where I didn't have very good Internet coverage!
    Thanks so much for your lovely LIM contribution!
    "Less is More"

  26. That's a super book and I think you will use it now that you have made it - hope so. It is inspiration in itself.
    I bet it looks even better, if possible, in real life as you will have depth with the acetate and stamping on it.
    Thanks for joining us at Artful Times. Hugs, Neet xx

  27. Lovely book for your holiday memories


  28. Love the book and card and congratulations on winning the Artistic Stamper Challenge!
    joZarty x


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