Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Time for the Zutter 11 for '11 Blog Hop! WOOO HOOOOO!!!

Hello there!  Are you all excited to hop along with us during the Zutter 11 for '11 Blog Hop?  We sure are excited to have you hopping with us!  Welcome!  You should have arrived here from Lynne's blog.  Here is a list of the 11 blogs in order of the hop ~

Annette West
Emeline Seet
Fleur Smith
Jennifer Priest
Lea Sanders
Lynne Forsythe<------ You should have arrived from here
Pam Sandy <----- You are HERE now :)
Nan Paturzo -----> Go HERE next
Shelley Haganman
Vicki Flinchum
Bind-it-All Blog

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.

Front cover ~



Standing view ~


Back Cover ~



Inside ~


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

163 comments:

patti west said...

Pam!! Your front cover is fun & fabulous, just like you!! Love all the colors & textures! p.s. fifty's not all that bad. ;)

savyjade said...

I live it. What a great prize pack as well.

Cheryl said...

As always, I'm amazed at how your mind works. Hope to see you soon.

Cheryl
http://www.inrainbowcolors.blogspot.com/

beulahmom said...

Great project! Thank you so much for sharing. :o)

Bethany said...

Fun cover! What a great project...stick with it girl!

Scrappy Nan said...

50? Pammy, you are faboo!

Teressa Thompson said...

GREAT tutorial! Love the cover and the fact that your planner is adjustable. Gosh knows things change!

Love your stuff so much I want to be a subscriber!

craftattack said...

Simply great, love those vibrant colours!

Kerrie said...

Pam, what a great energizing cover. This has reminded and inspired me to revisit my own health/weight goals. I think I'll take a step in your direction! Thanks so much!

Stacey Riggs said...

Nice idea. And good luck in your quest.

Roberta said...

great idea-I'm turning 50 this year, too. I guess that's when we get serious about gettin' on the treadmill we've had staring us in the face. I'm starting, too.
Great elements in your book

Scrapbookdoll said...

this is a cool yearbook, i like the idea i'm turning 45 this month
marie-anne

Sheila said...

What an incredible album. Thank you for all the details in how you made it. If you made this for turning 50, I am going to love seeing what you do when you turn 60!

Kathy Skou said...

What a fun project, love the colors!

Diane said...

Loving all these great ideas, thanks guys !!

hugs Diane xx

Christi said...

this is just fabulous, thanks for the inspiration!

Leslie said...

Amazing job!!

Barbara said...

Wow - this puts me to shame! My prescribed exercises are taped to my bathroom mirror which does NOTHING for the decor! You have inspired me to greater things, Pam! Thank you for sharing!

Torill said...

This was a realy great hop!! Thanks for your inspiration!!

Mary said...

Great idea. Bet it keeps you motivated all year! TFS, Mary M

pinkkarin said...

Beautifully detailed project. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions, too.

sanadon said...

What a great project! Thanks for sharing it and the tutorial!
Sylvia A

kaw1963 said...

What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing!

Creations by Patti said...

fabulous - love all the colors and the variety going on here!!!!

nanapayne said...

that is really cool. Need to remember this later when I have time.

Linda said...

What a useful project--I like that you use a lot of "stuff".

Jan Garber said...

What a fun journal! Don't worry, sweetie, I'm 5 yrs ahead of you and it's not so bad...Carpe diem! Thanks for the chance to win more goodies! Gotta love that!

cinmfoster said...

Fabulous project, thanks for the inspiration.

juliem said...

I love the idea. I want to make some books now.

juliem said...

I love the idea. I want to make some books now.

Hi, said...

HI,
I am loving all the different calendars!
Thanks for the inspiration,
Terri

ashjoy said...

Your so good, I might get my calender together by July!

ellen s. said...

oooh love the plastic pages! so cool!

Michelle*G said...

Love this project! Great way to track progress!

Lizc said...

I love the vibrancy of the cover. Good luck with your goals.

Penny said...

Love this project. Thanks for some great inspiration and a great blog hop.

Anne Brignall said...

Wow this is awesome!!! You ladies are very talented. :-)

Diane said...

Wow, thanks for the details - I need them for projects. I happen to have a few of those supplies on hand and I happen to be starting a cleanse, followed by a weight loss program and this just might be a good way for me to keep track AND keep myself motivated... ;)Thanks for posting.

Dana said...

Great project!!

nancy said...

I love how you made your album so colorful! Thanks for the inspiration!

connie said...

love all the details on your cover!

Lillian Child said...

Love your creative style! And your generous giveaways and projects! And I'm closing in on 60 and it's not so bad!

Rose said...

Haven't used my bind-it-all for a while. This is great inspiration to get busy with it again! Thanks.

Donalda said...

Your cover is just beautiful dear. What a lovely idea. So much detail into this also hon Hugs

Cyndy Rogers said...

Wow! With such a fabulous journal to record things, I bet you will be even more motivated to stay on track! Good luck!

Lea Sanders said...

Love the project, Pam! Happy New Year, Zister!

Cintia Tavares said...

Great prize!! Love it!!! Thank You!!!!

Jane said...

How cute is this and congrats on using up some stash.

Addicted2Scrappin' said...

Great idea and fabulous journal! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

AllieKat said...

What a terrific way to use those sheet protectors! I used them once for a mini book but I never would have thought of the tabs. And you're right-it DOES look clean and wonderful! Thanks for sharing the idea!

{VICKI} said...

Just found your blog today----gotta go back to start the hop !

Thanks

Fleursbydesign said...

Beautiful album. BTW 50 is the new 40 :)

Scrappymama Elaine said...

Great job! Best of luck on your fitness journey! I'm joining the 50 club in a couple of weeks. Got my AARP card in the mail just the other day! (GASP!) btw, became a follower.
esigmon@cox.net

Shanta said...

This is such a neat idea!!!

Denise Foor said...

So girly!!! Adorable.

Gisèle said...

wow, interesting project, good luck with your planning!

Jenn said...

Great idea for a book. Your cover is full of fun.

Brittney said...

This cover is just so fun!

Donna said...

What a fun project!

Beth said...

What a fun, fun, fun cover you made.

Cassie said...

I love this, thanks!

scrappygal said...

Wonderful project and great ideas to stay motivated!

Sherry Owens said...

wow pam, that is so cute, you're sure to be inspired to use it!! :) thanks for the cool ideas, the invite to the blog-hop and most of all your friendship! :) I hope it's ok that I went out of order, I got sidetracked and turned around trying to really look at and post on all of the wonderful blogs! ON MY BREAKS at work!! :)

aimado said...

Good luck with your journey and remember 50 is only a number. As long as you stay active and creative you will be young at heart.

LynneForsythe said...

girl.....there is NO WAY you are turning 50.....YOU LOOK FABOO!!

Tara said...

Fun, fresh and funky!! My fav kind of projects. Love all the eye candy you have on your cover. Great project!

Dianne said...

Great journal Pam. Me thinks I should take a page from your book and start on a fitness campaign too.

Brenda said...

awesome project....love the colors you used!!!

scraphappy4067 said...

Love your project!!...thanks for sharing!!

Viji Siddharth said...

Love the album!love the colors most of all! thanks for sharing!I am a follower!

Lisa Mala6 said...

What a great project. Lots of ideas to add to some of my other projects in waiting. THanks!

Janice said...

Great cover for your book. I made a book for my 50th also. 50 things I did in my 50th year.

mommahobbit said...

What a great Idea! I love the colors tytytyty for sharing!

Rawgreens said...

Really nice!

Stacy said...

sooooooooooooo cute!

ditravels said...

So cute and good luck with your goals.

octlove said...

great project...love the dimension of your cover!

Ronnie said...

Loving it!

Nathalie said...

What a fun and useful project! Thanks for sharing it with us! Hopping along now :)

voodoo vixen said...

Oh this is stunning Pam... and yep, I need to get rid of my stinkin' thinkin'!! :)

Susie said...

Hope you do better at following that goal then I did when I turned 50 a couple years ago! lol! but I am sure you will with that awesome project. I hope you will keep us updated now that I am following you! I adore the cover of your project

Monique said...

What a gorgeous project! Love that it is so colorful!! TFS!

cathy said...

Wow, your book looks awesome. Love the colors, the stamps, everything really.

misteejay said...

A fun but useful project - great for helping with motivation (something I have a great problem with LOL)

Those giveaway goodies look lush.

Toni :o)

adisaac said...

Great idea, beautiful cover.

Storky46 said...

I love all the 3-D stuff on the cover! What a great idea to keep you on track with your workouts!

Debbi said...

So cute. I love the idea and the colors.....and yes RED LEAD is a great store. TFS

Elaine said...

Great idea - love all the embellies on your front cover. Very bright and cheerful!!

Charrisse and Bob said...

Great idea! It is so nice that you can change it if needed.

photoscrapper said...

I love the use of the permanent page protectors. thanks for inspiring me

Cher said...

awesome! cant wait to do the whole hop! ty for getting me going...

Lucy said...

great idea! Thanks for sharing how to use the page protectors!

Crafters Window said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing!

{VICKI} said...

I became afollower!
love your project

Sharon said...

Nice bright colours, I like it! Thanks

Lola said...

This is inspirational! I hope it helps you keep on track. Happy 50th this year!

Donna said...

Very creative, I hope it helps you to achieve the weight loss you want. Thanks for sharing!

Samantha J Designs (Wife2TJ) said...

This is so neat!!! I love it, TFS! :-)

I'm a new follower-Sam :-)

Ally said...

This is a great looking book!

Samantha J Designs (Wife2TJ) said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog. I accidentally hit the wrong button and it deleted it instead of published it :-( totally hit the wrong button :-( but just wanted to let you know I got it and thank you! -Sam :-)

iluvmybugs said...

Great workout journal...love the cover!! I'm a new follower and can't wait to see what you create next! TFS

redmom said...

Fantastic project the cover is gorgeous!!!

BunnyFreak said...

Love your journal.

Jerri Ann said...

Thanks for a great project! I love seeing everyone's creative ideas.

Suz said...

Beautiful AND useful--my favorite combo--TFS!

Charlotte said...

What a great idea. Good luck on achieving your goals! Your cover is so fun and colorful, I love it. Thanks

alwayscharlie said...

Great project! I love how colorful your cover is! Thanks for sharing!

NanaBeth said...

Absolutely fantastic-I am truly blown away by your creativity!

Jeano said...

thanks for the chance to win love the cover it great

Janet Z said...

Great project! The cover is terrific!

Tami B. said...

Such a gorgeous journal and wishing you much success on your journey, Pam.

freetimegone said...

I love your front cover and I was just saying the other day that I need something to record my workouts which might keep me inspired to keep at it. I love your prize pack too. Thanks for sharing.

chiara_francy said...

Wow...great idea!

eMeLiNe Seet said...

Great Cover, Pam ! =)

pamala said...

Thanks for hopping with us everyone, it is greatly appreciated!
Cary, I left you a message on FB on how the hop works. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Lady_Jane said...

Exercize is my goal for 2011, too! What a great idea for tracking - and accountability! Thanks for the inspiration!!

michelle said...

What a great fun and playful project!

Emma said...

Always fun blog hopping. Getting ideas all over!

Margaret Kane Ward said...

I've been amazed at all the great projects in this blog hop; thanks for a great idea on getting organized for the new year. Hoping that we all ROCK 2011!!!

ScrapbookingRN said...

Too cute!

Alison said...

Love the look that the cover-all gives and might have to get myself of these and try them out, great project you have made

Cricut Lass said...

Love all the colours on the cover and the textures. 50 is nifty, remember that. Your instructions are perfect and easy to follow, thanks.

Bente Fagerberg said...

I love this. So many goodiestoo!

TxScrapAddict said...

Love your project!!! Happy New Year my fellow Zister!!

jackie 4124 said...

Great project. Super use of scraps

To Blog or not to blog said...

Love all the bright colors, textures and the whole concept of your project! Thanks for sharing!

Whispers and Wishes said...

love the hidden spine on this... very cool project and a great binder to keep you motivated this year... congrats on turning 0.. and I can't wait to see what other new things come up for you this year!

HeyGirly said...

Yikes, I think there are lots of us who near to get our rear in gear! Thanks for idea.

margieippc said...

great idea

Salamanda's Scrappy Adventures said...

Love all the dimensions on the front cover

Diana said...

I am so excited for a blog hop and 11 projects

AnItA mArIe said...

oh Pam that is a wonderful book,a totally awesom idea..huga Anita

Allison Cope said...

What a great way to keep track of your goals! Fabulous project!

Jenne said...

Great idea! LOVE the cover!

Jamie said...

So creative, I love this. I also like anything to organize our lives!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

I need one of these - also turning 50! Such a encouraging idea. Love the cover.

NickelNook said...

Great book idea! All the best to you as you head straight toward your goal!...Nancy :o)

flip flops said...

Nice work!

Wisconsin Hiker said...

Interesting & fun idea for a practical project. Very colorful!

janet said...

your cover is so lovely and what fun and inspirati9on
janet

danette said...

This is such a cool idea, Pam. Love it!!!!

Rosa Youschak said...

What a fun cover! I don't think I have seen that many embellishments on one project before! Love it! I'm going to have to try that!

Swedie said...

Amazing cover! And a neat planner idea.

KK said...

You have such creative ideas! Because of you, I've gone through and gathered all my out of style sewing patterns to use on my pages and crafts! Thanks for the inspiration!

Lynn said...

I love your calendar journal. My daughter has in the past year done a great job of keeping up with her exercising and training and I think this would be perfect for her. Thanks for sharing.

Minxy said...

A fun and interesting piece, love all the elements, good luck sticking to it and filling it up throughout the year :D

Caity Sue said...

What a great idea to keep track of your year. Thanks for sharing!

Erica said...

Great project, love the cover. thanks for sharing.

Yvonne said...

Love your project.

Robyn said...

love the colors!
tfs

Life On the Scrappy Side Store said...

OMG that is to cute! tfs and the chance to win! love it!
Barbara

Life On the Scrappy Side Store said...

OMG that is to cute! tfs and the chance to win! love it!
Barbara

Lori said...

Cute idea! Thanks.

Beverly said...

Wow, love it and such a great organizer to follow! Thanks for sharing and Blog Hop 2011 is so inspiring and can't wait for *time out* tomorrow...I will be checking back in.

Ryansmaama said...

Love your project. Thanks for sharing.--Ryansmaama
gkburrow@cmaaccess.com

Samistic said...

Love your bright colors! Fantastic prize pack.

G.I. said...

Lovely project! Thanks for sharing :)

Deb said...

I may just have to make myself one of these ...

Xena said...

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing ;-)

Louise said...

Beautiful book! Good luck with the resolutions! (and 50 is not bad!)

Julie said...

Such great ideas...I just need to get mine out this year and play.....

GinnyPapp said...

Thanks for all the info.

Bob said...

Thanks for sharing your inspirational book. Hope you realize your goals. I'm past 50 and still working on it!

How did I come up with Pam's Eclectic Stuff?

Pam- that is me. :)

eclectic --adj.- selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
*Since I like a huge variety of arts and mediums, this seemed perfect, we will talk about the best of various styles or ideas.

stuff- The noun stuff has 7 senses -
1. material, stuff -- (the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread")2. whatchamacallit, stuff, whatsis, sundry, sundries -- (miscellaneous unspecified artifacts; "the trunk was full of stuff")3. stuff, clobber -- (informal terms for personal possessions; "did you take all your clobber?")4. stuff, stuff and nonsense, hooey, poppycock -- (senseless talk; "don't give me that stuff")5. stuff -- (unspecified qualities required to do or be something; "the stuff of heros"; "you don't have the stuff to be a United States Marine")6. stuff -- (information in some unspecified form; "it was stuff I had heard before"; "there's good stuff in that book")7. stuff -- (a critically important or characteristic component; "suspense is the very stuff of narrative")

*What more needs to be said? I really thought about using Pam's Eclectic Sundries, but I thought that might be tough to remember. :) Stuff is easy and conveys a variety of meanings. I like the definition- miscellaneous unspecified artifacts. I also liked whatchamacallit, but that is a lot of typing. :)

So there you have it!