Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Digi Choosday Challenge –New Job!

Good morning everybody! Another scorcher in the UK today! Not my fave kind of weather!

It’s Choosday which means it’s time for a new ‘Anything Goes’ challenge over at POLKADOODLES DIGI CHOOSDAY and as always we have a wonderful prize on offer for our lucky winner so check out the BLOG for details.   

Don’t forget it is also DISCOUNT DAY so you need to grab the code on THE BLOG to get a MASSIVE reduction in the POLKADOODLES SHOP! It’s for a limited time only so be quick!

Our challenge this week was to make a 'New Job' gift for the recipients desk and I have made a journal/notebook for a friend that is starting a new venture. You'll need to take a breath though there's a tutorial.

I used a die to cut my notebook/journal from greyboard and painted it with sparkle paint. I then printed off papers from the OCTAVIA MOONFLY collection and after cutting to size I stamped over them with the VINTAGE TEXT  & VINTAGE EPHEMERA stamp sets.

In Word I used the alphabet from the OCTAVIA collection to add the word ‘notes’ to one of the banners. I also re-sized and printed some of the butterflies, adding a black shadow behind everything.  I also printed the image TEACHER/STUDENT/OFFICE, adding a sentiment above and below her.

I took my stamped patterned paper and added it to my journal (please excuse the bumpy appearance the glue wasn’t dry) I also distressed the edges with Black Soot Distress Oxide.

I cut the fabulous GLORIOUS BORDER from black card and added it to the top and bottom edge of my book front, trimming off the excess which I stuck to the inside flap (waste not want not). I also added my ‘notes’ banner too.

I made 4 signatures for the inside of my book by simply cutting and scoring some spare paper. 

Using the BASIC OVALS I matted and layered onto the signature covers with some more of the OCTAVIA paper, adding the DELICATE DAISY die, some pre-coloured flowers and pearl and glitter drops.  I will add these to the book with some twine. 

I coloured my image with Copics and stuck her to the inside flap of the book, adding a couple of the smaller butterflies to hide the gap in the borders. 

 And there you have it, my first handmade journal/notebook (well thanks to a steel-rule die)!

Polkadoodles Goodies:
Pre-coloured banner, alphabet, flowers & butterflies: OCTAVIA MOONFLY
**Please be aware that compensated affiliated links are used within this post at no extra cost to you! Thank you! xx**

Other Stuff:
Sizzix Journal Bigz Die – Starlight Paint - Copics – Twine - Doodling – Pearl & Glitter Drops - Velcro

So visit THE BLOG where you can join in with our challenge and see all the gorgeous projects from the DT.   And don’t forget to grab the DISCOUNT CODE and visit the STORE!


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Thanks so much for looking and taking the time to leave such kind comments; I really do appreciate it!  Have a wonderful day!

See ya!
Jane xxx

I would like to enter the following challenges:
CRAFTY FRIENDS – Challenge #114: 2 or More Patterned papers
PEARLY SPARKLES – Challenge #42: Anything Goes
SWEET STAMPIN’ – You Got to Have Friends
CLASSIC DT OPEN CHALLENGE – Challenge #7: Anything Goes
SIMON SAYS STAMP – Mon Challenge: Not a Card
LEMON SHORTBREAD – Challenge #98: Anything Goes
THROUGH THE CRAFTROOM DOOR – June23-29: Anything Goes
LOVE TO CRAFT – Challenge #36: July Anything Goes
CREATIVE MOMENTS – Challenge #173: Anything Goes
CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS – July Challenge: Anything Goes


  1. Fabulously designed note book Jane, gorgeous images and dies used...very inspirational.x

  2. You should be very proud of yourself Jane. This is an amazing new job gift and I am sure your friend will be all the more successful as a result!! xx

  3. Such a fabulous notebook Jane, your friend is very lucky! Thanks for the detailed step by step too1
    Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

  4. This is fabulous Jane, a lovely gift for someone.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  5. This is a lovely gift, I am sure I would never use it just save it to look at, hugs Pops x

  6. Wow, this is such a cool journal! Love your design and you decorated so creatively! I really like how you added the signatures. I'm going to try this on my next journal!

  7. Hello… Thanks for joining our ‘use 2 or more patterned papers’ challenge with your stunningly beautiful journal gift… You have put so much love into this gift. It will certainly brighten your friend's day! Please join us again next time at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog. Good luck in the draw!
    Diane Louise [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  8. What a fab notebook Jane! Of course, it's far too pretty to actually write in (this is a serious problem I have. It also means I have a huge pile of empty notebooks, lol!) Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Sammy-x

  9. Beautiful colour scheme!!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Moments,

    Hugz Tinz

  10. Fantastic card, love your idea and design... Hugs Zelly xx

  11. Lovely project. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Sentiments Designs. Maria

  12. Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the Pearly Sparkles Challenge this time and good luck :)

  13. This is fab and I love your image! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Creative Inspirations. Good luck!

  14. I love the way this turned out and all the work you put into the background was worth the effort! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Regards, Alex aka PinkCraftyMama
    PinkCraftyMama.com {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door


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