Lynne Forsythe<------ You should have arrived from here
Pam Sandy <----- You are HERE now :)
Nan Paturzo -----> Go HERE next
What is in store for you on this blog hop journey? Well besides the fun projects posted, there is also the chance to win PRIZES! YAHOO!!! Gott a love that, doncha think? What kind of prizes you ask? Well, each blog post you comment on gives you a chance for one of the fun prize packs from Zutter ~
a Zutter supply pack of "Owire, covers, Cover-Alls and surprises"
That is right, there will be ELEVEN prize packs awarded! One from each blog! So make sure you visit each blog, and leave a comment to be entered in the drawings! I also have a little blog candy for those of you who are either already followers and leave a comment, or who sign up to be a follower of my blog and leave a comment. Details posted at the end of this blog post. :)
One last and final goodie for EVERYBODY is that there is a bonus discount happening at the Bind-It-All site right now. You get an extra 11% discount on all regularly priced items when you shop and use this code at the Bind-It-All site -
CODE: Zutter11 Valid through January 31 only Got it? Great!
Alrighty then. I am excited to share my project with you today. I decided that since I will turn 50 this year (YIKES!) that it was time for me to get my rear in gear and get back in shape. To help me stay focused, and on top of this, I decided to create a journal style book for myself so I could track my progress and stay encouraged along the way. My project is an 8 x 8 Mini, using the oh-so-FABULOUS Cover-Alls. I LOVE those things! They work perfectly with the 8 x 8 Page Protectors. I can edit my book every time I work out, and keep my writings clean, and legible too! WOOO, how perfect is that? Pretty dang sweet I think! Take a peek at my book, then I will tell you how I created it.
First, I used one of the 8 x 8 White Bamboo Spine Cover-Alls, and painted the cover with a Radiant Rain Paint Dauber by Luminarte. I used the lovely green blue toned Guatamalan, it is very sparklie and lovely. I just popped off the dauber tip, and used a paintbrush to paint deep rich color onto the cover.
Next it was time to prepare some of the items I wanted to use on the cover. First I grabbed my Distrezz-It-All, and distressed the edges of some paper from my stash, older Basic Grey and some pearly looking gold and white paper. I layered these on the front and back of the album. I continued layering papers from my stash onto the album cover front and back. Some of the paper was edged with Fiskars Scalloped Scissors (love those scissors, so quick and easy to create a bit of fun on paper edges).
Next, I stamped one of my favorite stamps, Message and bottle onto white cardstock, then cut it out. You can find this fun stamp at Red Lead Paperworks (GREAT store!), along with other fun vintage-y stamps. I also used one of the Statement Stamps stamped on white cardstock(musical notes on the bird branch above) and painted it with a Radiant Rain Paint Dauber (Mallard). I used the Hot Cinnamon Radiant Rain Paint Dauber on the body of the bird (posted about this in mid December, check it out). I used Eygptian Gold on a few embellies I planned to use (some Jillibean Soup Journaling Sprouts, among other things.)
Time to start layering everything together! I pulled some letter stickers out of my stash, including Thickers, and some My Little Shoebox and other small letter stickers. Everything was glued down, and lots of bling came next. Gotta have some sparkle to get me through those workouts! ;) I also used rubons, several different journaling pens, ribbon, chpboard shapes, and puff and shiny fabric paint. Lastly, after the Stickels had dried on my bottle, I used some Glossy Accents so the bottle looked like it was glass. I wanted the glass bottle to look like it was holding sifting time.
Here is a close up of the cover front, kind of on an angle so you can see the dimension a bit better ~
Now it was time to work on the inside of the album! I took 2 packages of the 8 x 8 PrePunched Page Protectors, and sandwiched them between 2 sheets of the Movable 8 x 8 Page Protectors. Next, I grabbed the insert from the Cover-All, and bound everything together using the 1 1/4" Antique Silver O'Wires. I slipped them into the album.
Time to add my calendar pages! I printed each month (I used Outlook Calendars, feel free to use your favorite site) and cut it and folded it to fit into a Permanent Page Protector. I want to be able to slip the calendar page out of the Page Protector and notate what I did for a workout each time I work out. The hubs and I just joined the beautiful, beautiful new YMCA in Niles, so we are going to seriously work out. Anyway, after I had the 12 Permanent Page Protectors filled with one month each of the calendar, I labeled them using bits of scrap paper that I edged with my scalloped scissors. I then stapled them onto each page. The first Moveable Page I labeled Goals, and the last Moveable Page I labeled Notes. Almost ready!
Lastly I flipped my book over, and put some sparklie stickers on the back with the word Remember, then I wrote this -
If you think you can't, you are probably right. Get rid of your stinkin' thinkin'! That is going to be my mantra, and I am going to add different quotes that I find inspirational to this back cover. It will be kind of my doodle word page, easily visible since it is the cover. I also have a notes page inside in case there is something private I want to remember. I know I will add bits and pieces of things that catch my interest, and write notes all over my workout book, that is the purpose of it. Kind of like an art journal workout book. I can easily add pages using the 8 x 8 Moveable Page Protectors, and put them anywhere within the book. Love that!!! All in all, I am very happy with my workout mini book, and can't wait to be inspired every time I use it!
OK, thank you for patiently reading my post. Here is a picture of a few of the goodies that will be sent to one lucky blog follower who leaves a comment on my blog during the Zutter 11 for '11 Blog Hop ~
There will be a few other items included as well. Gret for Valentine's Day card, tag or scrappy projects! All you have to do to be entered is sign up to be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this thread. If you are already a follower, then all you have to do is leave a comment on this thread. Easy peasy, right? Can't wait to hear from you!
Well, time to visit Nan, the next stop on the blog hop. Happy Hopping!!! Take care ~ Pam