Sunday, 22 June 2014

Decorated Notebook - Nerd is the Word!

It's the final week of the kids in school and I am just wrapping up the teacher gifts. In addition to the note holder I made (here), each of my daughter's teachers will also be getting an altered notebook.

For the first note pad I cut a cover from heavy card stock to fit the top of the pad (5x8) and decorated it with paper and stickers from Simple Stories Smarty Pants collection. The cover was secured to the notepad with black electrical tape which I then covered with washi tape.

The image is from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp and is also called "Smarty Pants". I wanted to create a chalkboard effect with this image so I heat embossed the image onto black cards stock. I then added a bit of white pigment ink around the image for the additional look of "chalk".

The notebook was personalized for the teacher (the name is was erased in editing).

The apple was also heat embossed using white powder onto white card stock. I then coloured the image with Copics and fussy cut it for a pop of colour.

The cluster to school supplies are all stickers from the Smarty Pants collection. I added clear acetate sheet to the glasses to create lenses.

I used the sketch from the current challenge over at Sassy Cheryl's digital stamp as my inspiration for the cover the book. If you look closely you should see the key elements from the sketch. This is also the last challenge on the Sassy Cheryl challenge blog. I have not yet won with her challenges, so I am crossing my fingers that this one is my lucky one!

Thanks for dropping in today.


Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: June Krafty Crop Challenge #3 Unconventional colours. Although Chalkboard is not unconventional for school I used an unconventional way of "colouring" my image with just the embossing. (Not sure if that counts)

Sassy Cheryl Digital Stamps Challenge: #211 Let's Get Sketchy.

7 Kids College Fund: #102 Anything Goes


  1. Nerd is the Word...and you did it so well. This is stunning Tracy! So fun and creative. i LOVE IT!
    Thanks for playing along in the Sketchy challenge with my Sassy Gals!

  2. I had to manually close my mouth. LOL This is a definite WOW!!!!!!! Gosh I love how you did this image on black cardstock. I definitely will be giving this a try Tracy. Thank you for your participation in the Sassy Cheryl Challenge Blog. Looking forward to seeing you in the FB neighborhood.

  3. Oh My Gosh! this is fantastic! What an amazing design and so brilliant to do the chalk board with this Little Sassy Guy! I love this! Everything about this is eye catching!
    Thanks for playing along in our Sketch challenge this week.
    See you over in the Neighborhood!

  4. Damn.. I had to be a teacher for all those beautiful gifts!!
    Thanks for joining our challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

  5. Wow, you've done a fabulous job on this notebook! So cute and perfect for a teacher. Thank you for joining our challenge at

  6. WOWZERS, this is AMAZING! Love the chalkboard effect!! Thank you for playing in our "Anything Goes" challenge at! Hugs, Rosie


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