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Saturday, 13 June 2015

Faux Leather Note Book

Hello my crafting friends, hope today finds you all safe and well, big hugs to those who need them. Another weekend is upon us, don't they come round quickly, especially when you are off work lol!

May I welcome my newest followers, good to have you here, if you have a blog of your own then please do let me know so I can return the favour.

Now over the last few weeks, yes I did say weeks as I started this before my back went, at least the cover, on Thursday I actually put the papers in and added the pictures lol! I have made this for a work colleague who is leaving at the end of term to become a Teacher of Drama and she adores The Minions so this seemed fitting.

This is my first attempt at the faux leather and I am quite pleased with it, I think I could have done better on the colouring of the leather, I used Vintage Photo and Dried Marmalade and sprayed it with a Matt Varnish. For those of you who do not know how to make this there is a brilliant video on You Tube for the Queen of faux leather herself, Sheena Douglass, it would be so much better you watching that than have me try and explain it on here believe me!

The inside I lined with material cut from an old top of mine, one of my favourites and rather than throw it thought I would use the material some how, as my friend also like feathers this seemed perfect.

Now for the pages on the inside I only used copy paper, nothing special, I printed my images from the internet and mounted each one onto Black card before attaching it onto a single page. The finished book ended up fatter than anticipated so it was just as well I kept to one side of the page only! In hindsight I should have placed the image in the center of each page as the book is quite fat at the top and goes in at the bottom lol! I did say this was my first attempt lol!

Items Used:

Create and Craft Kraft Card
Sheena Douglass Embossing Folder Silhouette Grasses
Glycerine (mixed with water)
Copy Paper
Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo and Dried Marmalade
Internet-Minion Quotes
Black Card

Thank you for looking, Jacquie xxx


  1. Good morning Jacquie,
    Love it, brilliant, your friend will love it as well. She will really appreciate that you have created it "just for her"
    I loved doing this technique, and it really does turn out looking like leather,it's amazing.
    Have a great weekend
    Patricia xxx

  2. Your friend will appreciate this gift Jacquie. It's a fabulous project and it certainly does look like leather. Hope you are feeling much better now. Christine xx

  3. A wonderful gift Jacquie, she will love it.
    JohnNext Door made me one last year and I love it, I keep all my ideas in it and list of my dies etc, xxx

  4. This is wonderful Jacquie. The faux leather cover is gorgeous, I love the material you use for the inside cover and fabulous design.
    hugs Sue xx

  5. Morning Jacquie, a great gift. I have also made this faux leather by watching Sheena 's video, was easy to achieve and would look great on a father's day card. Janice xxx

  6. Morning Jacquie,
    Love this, it really looks good ! .Have not seen this technique so will look in to SD site later.
    Have a nice weekend and hope you are not in to much pain,
    hugs Maria xx

  7. Brilliant Jacqui. A special gift made for a friend. She will love and treasure it. Hazel x

  8. Wow, amazing book cover Jacquie!! Faux leather can be a tricky technique but you have pulled it off like a pro! I love the scene you created with your design, fantastic!!! hugs :)

  9. Jacquie, this is just gorgeous, how real can this look...stunning.xx{aNNie My Personal Blog}

  10. What an amazing present! Hope your back isn't giving you too much grief at present.

  11. Your faux letter cover looks amazing Jacquie!! Will have to check out Sheena's instructions on this wonderful technique. And your inside pages are so funny. Your friend is sure to enjoy this wonderful book! xx

  12. This is fabulous Jacquie, the cover looks brilliant - such a wonderful gift.

  13. Well Jacquie what a beautiful note book you have created. I love the cover and how you have decorated each page. Fab way to recycle your old top, your friend will treasure it. Hugs. Jennifer xx

  14. Hi Jacquie,
    I love this, it's so funny, and with two Granddaughters who love to watch the DVD of Despicable Me, this is a great idea for a card.

  15. Love it I've not tried faux leather yet although I have had the ingredients for ages One if my ideas is to try this book folding lark that seems to be popular at mo and use faux leather to decorate it! Ask me again next year if I've managed it - I doubt I will have lol!
    Your gift is lovely I'm sure your friend will treasure it

  16. Hi Jacquie
    Sorry, I missed this one. Love the cover, very tactile. Like Wendy, I was lucky enough to receive one from John too but I think he does his differently.
    Your friend will love it.
    Best wishes.
    Ang x


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