Saturday, 20 March 2021

* AALL & Create: Book of Days


I am delighted to have been asked to stay a little longer as GDT with AALL & Create. Their stamps, stencils and washi tapes are top notch and such fun to mix and match between the very talented designers!

This week is mini book week and I have created a Book of Days for noting down those memorable dates that you don't want to miss. The main decoration is on the cover of the book as the pages inside are designed to be written upon. I also made some insert pages that can be threaded through elastic (like a travellers' journal) for those months where you have a lot to remember, or for if you want to make it into a diary or journal. 

Here are photos of the finished book. There are work in progress photos below with some explanations of how I made it.

These beautiful butterflies on their scripted circle backgrounds are classic stamps and will be used time and time again. The stamps are so beautiful, they do not need much else to make a project. 
I used 2 stamp sets for the focal point, #449 Through The Meadows and #458 Hibiscus.

I added an extra butterfly layer to give some dimension and some black thread too. A glass cabochon adds some more texture and dimension, along with the heat embossed glaze.

The back of the book has some layering of elements, but here they are adhered flat.

I really like how the book cover turned out. The cover is slightly larger than the inside pages, so to give it a bit of extra strength and durability, I used Bipasha's stunning new washi tape, #15 Twine, on the inside of the covers. This can be seen below:

There is a page a month to write down your important dates. Each page has some colour from stamping with stencil #96 Dandelion Fields. I added some borders and flowers (#44) in Versafine Clair ink and stamped the season (#455 Seasons).

If you have plenty to write there are some extra pages that can be inserted - I used elastic thread so that these can be slotted into place. Simple stencil stamping with #87 Totally Dotty and the doodle border from stamp set 44 finish off the inserts.

Work in Progress:

The covers started as gelli prints using PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic paints and stencil #87 Totally Dotty.
I added some shading on the circles using Neocolour 11.

I stamped one of the beautiful butterfly stamps from #449 Through the Meadows and added a smaller stamp from # 458 Hibiscus at the base. I also used # 487 Reverse Semicircles to stamp along the edges of the gelli print.

Next I stamped #469 Scripted Semicircles and used Speckled Egg embossing glaze. I stamped my book title onto spare card using Versafine Misty Morning and I glazed that with Hickory Smoke. I stamped the butterfly image again and cut out some of the circles.

I have no WIP photos, but I coloured the butterflies with Inktense pencils and activated with a water brush. I added a second coloured butterfly on top of the first for dimension and added some black thread beneath it. 

The letters were fussy cut, leaving a thin white border, and were adhered onto the cover to spell the book title.

The white circles were glued in place and a glass dome was added to the top circle.

White paint was splattered over the page.

The inside pages were kept quite muted so that they can be written on. I smooshed ink onto the back of stencil #96 Dandelion Field and printed it onto card. I used various colours to represent the seasons throughout the year, as can be seen below:

I finished the inside pages by stamping the month (#455 Seasons) along with some flowers from #44 and the season. This stamping was done with Versafine Clair inks. I also used the doodle border lines from stamp set #44 to edge the pages and underline the month.

My insert pages are stamped with the #87 Totally Dotty stencil using oxide inks and the border stamp from set #44 was used. 

Thank you very much to Autour de Mwa and AALL & Create for this fabulous DT package. I am honoured to work with these newly released stamp sets for the next few months:

To see the stamps, stencils, dies and washi tapes used, please visit
A list of stockists can be found here.

You'll find lots of inspiration on the 

That's all for now.
Thanks for stopping by today.

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

A Perfect Time To Craft March AG 27/03
Classic Design Challenge March AG 28/03
TIOT Stencils 30/03 TOP 5
Dare 2B Artzy March AG (#2) 31/03
Snarky Stampers #181 Layers 03/04 QUEEN
613 Avenue Create #3 AG 05/04 WINNER
Crafty Creations #419 AG 05/04


  1. Hi Carole this is a stunning. I am not surprised you have been asked to stay on the team for a bit longer. Your makes for them are always gorgeous. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. Wonderful creation! Thanks for playing at Crafty Creations Challenge.

  3. Coongrats on your continued GDT position, Carole. Your book is magnificent. I love that cover spread and the idea of the pages and inserts for the inside is great.
    Hugs Monica

  4. Love this creation ! Thanks for sharing at 613 Avenue Create xx Please join us again.

  5. Definitely lots of layers here! Beautiful book. Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Sisterhood!

  6. Congrats on your extended GDT and no wonder your mini book is absolutely brilliant love all the stamps and great backgrounds
    Carol x

  7. Wow, this is stunning. Love everything about it. Thank you for joining 613 Avenue Create challenge. Anesha

  8. Stunning mini! LOVE all the stamps and layers!!! Thanks for joining us at Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

  9. ... and for joining us at Try it on Tuesday! LOVE the stencils you used!!

  10. Wow, wow, WOW I really love this - and you've reminded me why I love AALL&Create so much too.
    Queen at Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers

  11. Stunning work, Carole! Love all that gorgeous layering of stamps and stencils. Thanks for playing at SoSS, Jo x

  12. Wow - this is stunning - so strange as I only found out about AALL& Create this week and here I see their stamps being used again - so tempting. Love your piece and the idea - might have to make one myself - thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create this month. I've become a follower too

  13. Hi, Carole! This is fabulous! I have not gotten around to this particular tutorial and I don't have the stamp set so I will have to improvise.

    As always, I love your work and your awesome attention to detail! Thanks for sharing you talent with us and our players at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner/Designer

  14. WOW lots of layering Thanks for layering it up with the sisterhood.

  15. Gorgeous projects!!! Thanks for getting layered up with Edna and the sisterhood of snarky stampers!!

  16. Congrats on your extended GDT. Such an awesome project, I love the stamping and layered effect you have achieved on your covers. Thanks for a great tutorial post showing the different stages too, it helps us newbies to see what we need to aim for and how to get there.

  17. I've only just found this! It's SO beautiful!



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