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Turn a Failure into Success! – handmade notebook

Some mixed media techniques need a lot of practicing and the first tries will most sure come out as a failure. For example image transfers onto fabric – I haven’t yet succeeded in getting any useful results, but I can’t throw away these failures. Maybe, yes, maybe they can be used to create something beautiful and useful from them…in this case, I turned one of my “canvas failures” into a little notebook using just a few Canvas Corp and Tattered Angels products and a stencil. – this is how our Crew member, Claudia Neubacher, got inspired to create her project.
Have you ever re-used your crafty failures and turned them into successes?

Materials used by Claudia for this project:
Canvas Corp – Canvas Sheet – Natural Canvas

Canvas Corp – Cord Jute Balls Natural 225′
Canvas Corp – Tissuestock – Damask on Ivory
Tattered Angels – Glimmer Mist – MarmaladeDijon
Tattered Angels – Glimmer Glam – Organic Garden
Tattered Angels – Chalkboard Mist – Inchworm
Tattered Angels – Simply Sheer – Soft Black
Ferns stencil, Vintage button, Plain paper
Ranger – black archival stamping ink
Stipple brush, Upholsterers needle
Pokey tool, Letter stamps, Heat tool

Place the stencil over the canvas sheet and spray on the Glimmer Mists. Heat dry.

Place the stencil in exactly the same spot and stipple on some Inchworm Chalkboard Mist and Organic Garden Glimmer Glam here and there. Heat dry.

Go in with black archival stamping ink and a text rubber stamp to add more texture. Heat dry.

Add some speckles of Marmalade Glimmer Mist and Soft Black Simply Sheer by using the nozzles’ tubes for sprinkling. Heat dry.

Fold the canvas sheet vertically in half. Using letter stamps add the word “notes” somewhere to the right side. This will become the cover of the notebook.

Cut some plain paper sheets to size (slightly smaller than the cover’s size) and fold these in half as well.

Use a pokey tool to pre-punch holes for the sewn binding. They don’t need to be precise – just make sure your holes are placed in the fold.

Thread some jute cord into the upholsterers needle and sew the canvas cover to the signature with simple straight stitches. Leave enough cord on both ends so you can tie the button to one end and use the other for wrapping it around the booklet and keeping it closed.

Make sure you end with your jute cord on the booklet’s outside so you can thread both ends through the stitches until they meet in the center of the spine.

Tie a double knot. Then tie the button to the shorter end and use the long one to wrap it around the book and the button for closure.

Be honest! This doesn’t look like a failure at all, does it? 

More inspiration from Claudia on her blog and Instagram.

Happy crafting!


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'Turn a Failure into Success! – handmade notebook' have 9 comments

  1. October 6, 2017 @ 10:32 am Gayle

    This is fantastic!!!! I’m definitely making this! What a lovely little gift it will make. Thank you.


  2. October 6, 2017 @ 11:02 am Linda Simpson

    Fabulous project!
    Linda xxx


  3. October 6, 2017 @ 12:51 pm Cathy Frailey

    Been there, done that!


  4. October 6, 2017 @ 2:54 pm Rachel Bell

    LOVE everything about this project! Was interested in the name or manufacturer of the text stamp used.


    • October 8, 2017 @ 9:59 am Ewelina Gryglak

      The stamp is 7gypsies and you can find it in our shop, Rachel.


      • October 11, 2017 @ 6:13 pm Rachel Bell

        I’ve been through the stamps 4 times and just can’t find it. Is there a name for it that would help me? I’m sorry – I must be missing something obvious!


  5. October 6, 2017 @ 8:08 pm Jean marmo

    Just love this! Amazing details!!


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