Well if you blinked yesterday where we are in Nova Scotia you might have missed the first snow of the season. But I definitely saw a snowflake or two in the air just after mid-day. The forecast says we’ll get more over the coming week but not really enough to bother us. Still, it’s definitely time to change over to winter tyres. Yesterday was a productive day in the craft room with another stack of projects made. One of those was this gnome notebook covered with some Snowflake Specialty Vellum.
My starting point was a 4″ x 5-1/2″ spiral bound notebook that I’d bought at Dollarama. Spiral binding is a challenge so I always opt to leave a small section of the original cover showing.
This notebook cover really was all about that Snowflake Specialty Vellum and I really wanted to use one of the soft flocked designs. When I placed the vellum directly onto the notebook cover the grey showed through and wasn’t attractive at all. So instead I began by cutting two 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ pieces of Basic White Card (one each for the back and front covers).
Styarting with the front cover I cut a 4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of the vellum. Then with the short side at the top I scored it at 1/2″ and 4″. After folding the vellum along the scored lines I wrapped it around one of the Basic White pieces. Then I secured the vellum on the back using Tear & Tape Adhesive.
While the vellum was firmly attached, I didn’t like how it lifted off the card. So to rescue this part of the design I carefully hid Mini Glue Dots behind some of the snowflake sections. Then once I was happy, I attached the snowflake covered piece to the front of the notebook using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
For the back cover I decided to treat the vellum differently, so I cut a 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece. This time I went straight for the Mini Glue Dots and placed them on the back of the vellum behinds the snowflake sections. Then I attached the vellum to the second Basic White Card piece before fixing the assembled layers to the back cover with liquid glue.
With the snowflake vellum in place all I had left to do was add a little colourful decoration. For this I turned to the Storybook Gnomes 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP). I found the sheet that’s covered in individual gnomes that coordinate with the Gnomes Dies. After chosing my gnome I simply found the matching die and cut him out.
Next I reached for the Kindest Gnomes Stamp Set. Using Bermuda Bay ink I stamped “You gnome me so well” onto a 1″ x 3-1/2″ strip of Basic White Card. Then using liquid glue I mounted it onto a 1-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ strip of Bermuda Bay Card.
With that done I used Tear & Tape Adhesive to attach the sentiment to the notebook cover. Then I added the die-cut gnome on top with liquid glue. And just like that my winter gnome notebook was complete.
Oh my goodness you have to admit that this snowflake vellum really is quite striking. Sadly it, as well as a the Storybook Gnomes DSP, Kindest Gnomes Stamp Set and Gnomes Dies are being retired next month. I’m definitely going to miss them all.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Kindest Gnomes Stamp Set in a bundle with the coordinating Gnomes Dies. Buying the two products using the ‘bundle’ item number meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying them separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle below in case you want to compare these options.
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