Sunday, 6 September 2015

Colour sample book

I've been to the Sincerely yours craft show in Thetford today and had a lovely afternoon treating myself to a few yummy new things  - including ink and sprays. I always have trouble remembering what colours I already have when I'm out browsing so a while ago I decided to make myself a colour swatch book.  It's been a work in progress but I had more or less finished getting the colour samples inside and decided it needed a cover. I forgot to take a before pic but it was Kraft with a black chevron pattern - pretty uninspiring. This is what it looks like now  -
I started with an assortment of discarded gelli prints.  I always end up with a selection of prints from gelli plate sessions that I'm not so keen on but I never throw them away.
I used an larger sheet to cover the notebook and then added texture paste through a stencil and some stamping.
I forgot to take progress photos but here's a closer look at the stamped circles - they are flower heads from JOFY PaperArtsy stamps which I stamped onto some of the Gelli prints with black archival, cut out and highlighted with a white pen. 
The words are from The Artistic Stamper and - yep stamped on a gelli print! After sticking on the circles and words I edged the covers in Tim Holtz tissue tape. I also added a little pocket inside the front cover for the PaperArtsy paint chart. You can see here the first page with colour swatches of Distress inks. I've also added colour samples of ink sprays, Inktense pencils, gellatos, stickles etc - pretty much all of the mediums I have several colours of. 
My book was really handy while shopping and saved me from wasting money on an ink I already have.  I'm sharing this over at -

Craft Stamper Take it Make it - Take a Stamp
Mixed Media Monthly - Inspiration photo

Mixed Media World - Gorgeous Textures
Love to Create - Anything Goes
Anything but Cute - Mixed Media makeover

Thanks for stopping by...Happy Crafting...Esther xx


  1. love your create irregular circles !

  2. What a clever way to keep track of your art supplies and not end up buying what you don't need! Genius! Your use of the old discarded gelli plates make a nice background for this wonderful book. This is awesome sauce dearie! Fabulous texture as well.

    Thanks for joining in our Mixed Media Makeover challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugz. ~Niki DT

  3. you've really transformed this book! the cover looks awesome... and what a great idea to have your swatches portable for shopping! Thank you so much fojr playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!


  4. What a fabulous little project .... and useful too!! The background looks amazing and I love all the coloured circles. Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge ...... good luck! Linda xx

  5. Brilliant idea! Thank you for joining us at the Craft Stamper Challenge :-)

  6. Awesome book cover! Great swatch book and so useful. Thanks so much for playing at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  7. Gorgeous project... lovely colors!!
    Thanks for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge ... good luck!
    xxx Ellie Knol xxx

  8. Gorgeous mixed media background, love the colours you used. The repeating circular design is lovely. Thanks so much for joining in with the We Love to Create Challenge. Tracy x

  9. Love the cover, great design idea. Happy crafting, Angela x

  10. Fantastic artwork! Love the colorful circles! Thank you very much for sharing it with us at Mixed Media World! Ingrid xx

  11. Fab notebook cover Thanks for playing along at Craft Stamper Take It Make It :)

  12. Great use of the leftovers from your Gelli plate sessions. The cover of your book is so happy and modern with all the circles. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.

  13. What a great way to use up leftovers! Your book cover looks amazing! Thank you so very kindly for joining our Mixed Media Makeover challenge at Anything But Cute!

    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra


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