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Two of the hottest places in the 
papercrafting world are meeting up in a duo

Now, you won't be hopping from my blog to another, instead
head on over to the Authentique Blog to see the line-up for the day :)

With back-to-school in mind, I wanted to create
 a couple of special teacher gifts.  
For the first project,
I used portions of the Basically Bare Album. 
 On the front, clear cover I hand-stitched a few buttons
 to the bottom, outlining the shape. 
 I also machine stitched around the perimeter
so that the edge would be defined.

 For the inner cover, I layered the cardboard sheet and felt scalloped sheet
together and then embellished with an owl dressed in 
Curiosity patterned papers and stickers. 

Next, I took 8.5 x 11 copy paper and trimmed the
sheets down to a 5.5"W X 5.25"H; reserve the scraps.
Using the 'index-tabbed' chipboard page as a guide,
line up the papers with the top and punch holes. 
Insert rings that come with the album and tie on colorful ribbons.

I had one remaining piece of the album left: a canvas sheet.
I just had to use it! 

Take the scrap pieces of copy paper and cut in half
 so that they measure 3.25"H X 5.5"W.
Fold the canvas sheet around the paper to form a pocket;
machine stitch around the edges or glue in place.
Decorate the front as desired and then string
through a length of ribbon and tie at the top to create a useful hanger.  
You may also attach a magnet to the back so that it may be hung in that fashion.

Authentique Paper's Curiosity Collection
Basically Bare's Assorted Album,  Stack-A-Bellies "Owls" and Blossoms & Leaves

Enjoy the hop!


  1. These are great! Love that owl, he is so cute, and the buttons are great. Loving all the canvas, such a wonderful texture to complement the papers.

  2. You just blow me away!!! You are so incredibly talented and have such inspiring, amazing stuff every single day! LOVE this little owl book! :)

  3. Saw this on the Authentique blog and had to come tell you here how amazing and adorable this is! Love it!

  4. This notebook is amazing! I love it. Your owl is so great.

  5. I'm thinking that your project is my favorite. I LOVE the owl, the cursive paper, the wooden buttons, the stitching....everything!

  6. This is AMAZING!!!! I love it and the papers are fantastic! Super cute project!
    Sherrie K

  7. Shelley, your album and note holder are terrific. I love the stitching and buttons on the front flap. Gorgeous bow on the note holder. The way you have pieced your owl together is a total "swoon"
    Jessica S
    (hey, not sure if it is just my pc or not, but every time I tried to visit your blog today, the page kept loading. I had to highlight all of the text in your post in order to read it since it faded into the background...just to let you know in case someone else says something too.)

  8. Adorable projects; love the sweet album. thanks for sharing

  9. I love love love this!! Your owl is so cute. TFS.
    dmcardmaker (at AOL dot com)
    (email follower)

  10. Holy moses, those are adorable! Loving the owl so much!!


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