Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Notebook


"I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who's ever lived: I've loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough."
~Exert from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks


Sigh, I adore Nicholas Sparks' books. The Notebook is one of my all time favorites.

It's a good day when I get to join a fabulous and talented designer in an installment of Carbon Copied-where we participate in the same challenge, use the same stamp set and post on the same day! Dana from Aspiring to Creativity and I have partnered up to present a creation for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge using Teeny Trees.



Instead of a traditional tri-fold card, I went with a small gratitude journal to be given as a gift or perhaps even kept for myself to help remind me of things I'm thankful for. Something petite to tuck into a pocket or purse, pretty enough to keep on a desk or table. The following pictures represent how the journal opens after untying the string...


I've got to admit I struggled with the sketch, it was out of my comfort zone...however, I'm ever so grateful that Dana suggested this challenge. Dana is an amazing artist with a fine attention to detail and precision-every card of hers is outstanding...please go check out her take on Carbon Copied!

Supplies:
Cardstock: (So Saffron) SU

Stamp: (Teeny Trees) Walzingmouse Stamps
Ink: (So Saffron, Mellow Moss Pigment) SU, (Vintage Photo Distress) Ranger
Fiber: (Natural Burlap String) May Arts
Dies: (Fillable Frames #4) PTI
Other: (Staples), (Copy Paper), (Doilies)

38 comments:

  1. ooooohhhhh...I love what you've done...it's a card and giftie in one...LOVE that.

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  2. I've read The Notebook and I am currently reading The Guardian. ANy others by him I should read? Love the doily!

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  3. This is a fabulous notebook, love the doily and the simple cas design, showcases that beautiful tree perfectly.

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  4. First I would like to say I LOVE that movie. I watched the movie and read the book. Second I would like to say that I LOVE your notebook. The CAS design and that doily is fabulous!!

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  5. First I would like to say I LOVE that movie. I watched the movie and read the book. Second I would like to say that I LOVE your notebook. The CAS design and that doily is fabulous!!

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  6. Pretty! Love the way the doily shadows/mimics the tree!

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  7. A notebook is such a fabulous idea for this sketch! Such a fun gift idea, too... I'll have to use that one! I love the terrific fall colors!

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  8. Love the notebook idea! Great interpretation of the sketch.

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  9. i have enjoyed the quote you shared and your notebook is really pretty!

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  10. Love that tree stamp and your sweet little journal! And really loving your Carbon Copied days - it has introduced me to so many other great cardmakers!

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  11. An outstanding idea Karen! This is a great interpretation of this week's WMS sketch, and would make a meaningful gift. Thank you for sharing!

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  12. great idea to use the sketch. Love the simplicity and elegance.

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  13. What a super idea - I do like the teeny tree stamp with the lovely doily! Fab!

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  14. I want to try this sketch too, love that you've left your comfort zone here and what a great gift idea.

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  15. This is beautiful Karen!!! Great ideas!!!!

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  16. This is so beautiful and such a great and creative take on the challenge sketch + you've used one of my favorite sets all time = LOVE your notebook card!

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  17. Such a creative way to use the sketch Karen and your teeny trees are so pretty too :)
    Jenny x

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  18. I love your take on the sketch. The little notebook is so sweet and is a perfect little gift.

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  19. I love how you used the sketch! What a great idea. Love how you stamped right on the doily.

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  20. Not only is this beautiful it's also practical and extremely clever!

    Bravo Karen!

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  21. So so fun Karen! I LOVE this little notebook!

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  22. what a sweet little journal - love how you stamped in the center of the doily.

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  23. Just lovely! Love the soft hues and the amazing texture the doiley gives.

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  24. I love your take on the sketch this week and am so glad you played along with us at WMSC! Cute notebook and I love Teeny Trees, too!

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  25. Ahhh such a clever idea!!! I love the idea ...turning this card into a notepad!!! Thats really awesome... perfect gift for girlie!!! hugs..xoxo

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  26. Love this idea! And the colours you've used. Fantastic! :)

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  27. you worked this challenge your own style and i love it! very pretty, karen:)

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  28. aww this is fabulous...I love how you stamped on the doily...such a cute idea...

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  29. The Teeny Tree and doily is a fab combo! I love that you used the sketch to make a sweet little notebook, so awesome!

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  30. What a great gift idea! I love that one of your favourite books inspired this beautiful card. I bought a bunch of doilies not paying attention to their size and of course I don't have the courage to try using them. I hope this gives me that little nudge I need!

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  31. this is a wonderful idea! nicholas sparks' books are among my faves. i can read them over and over again. have you ever read 'the wedding'? it's a sequel of sorts to the notebook...a heartwarming read. love how you combined the card into a useable notebook...genius!

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  32. Pretty doilies on your trifold - what a fun idea to make it a note pad!

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  33. BEAUTIFUL notebook and such a clever take on the sketch!!! I LOVE IT!!! I really enjoy Nicholas Sparks' books as well!! I just saw he has a new one out!

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  34. I'm a nicholas sparks fan as well. love listening to his books during my long commute. Your notebook is so pretty; great interpretation of the sketch!

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  35. Fabulous take on the sketch! Your notebook is creative and I love that Story too!

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