A weekend of sunshine....blue skies, wisps of cloud, warmth from the sun, a gentle breeze. I'm lapping this up, it feels like we've waited so long. Is summer really here? I like to think so. I'm making the most of it, because it's never quite guaranteed.
As a consequence, not much is happening in the crafting department. I've been turning out some drawers, trying to re-organize my paper scraps, card and tissue paper stash. The reality is the drawers are empty and my dining room table is piled high (actually, that's a fairly normal state of affairs, this table's always accumulating one thing or another). In the meantime, I keep getting distracted by all the goodies that have long been forgotten. Order out of chaos? Forget it...I'm just creating more chaos! I did find some blue gingham tissue paper, and this inspired me to make a new little notebook. I love gingham - it feels very summery, but not too twee (I don't really do twee) and this one's a lovely cobalt blue.
I used an envelope for the cover, glueing the tissue paper in place and trimming...then I lined the envelope flaps on both sides, and cut the flap in the middle so you get a little pocket front and back.
The paper is scrap letterhead from a previous life, cut to fit, and sewn in place with pamphlet stitch. Now it's resting under a heavy pile of books, to encourage all the papers to lie flat. I need to start checking the grain of the papers I'm using if I'm going to do this properly.
I'm rather pleased with this, it all came together just as I imagined, and that always feels good. It doesn't usually happen like that!