Tuesday, 22 November 2011


Another day has been and gone, and I don't know where the time went. It starts getting dark really early now, and I think I need a better light for crafting in the evenings so I can see the colours properly.

Yesterday I made some *stocking fillers* - mini notebooks which are easy to put in an envelope and send as little presents. They are each made from one sheet of 12x12" double sided paper, which gets cut into six equal parts and is quicly fixed together to make the book. I haven't decorated the insides, as I think the recipients should have some room for their own notes or pictures or whatever. Each book is 4x3".

The first 2 have been made using papers from *Fancy Pants*; I have arranged the pages so that the different sides alternate.

This one has been made with *Kaisercraft* Paper:

And here I have used paper from *Webster's Pages*:

For this one I used another lovely paper from *Kaisercraft*:

The hardest thing in making these books is to cut up the beautiful paper....But I was very brave! I am linking to AEDM at Creative Every Day.

And to finish, another joke from Narda:

A little old man shuffled slowly into an ice cream parlor and pulled himself slowly, painfully, up onto a stool... After catching his breath, he ordered a banana split.
The waitress asked kindly, 'Crushed nuts?'
'No,' he replied, 'Arthritis.'

Have a good day you all, take care and thanks for dropping by!


  1. Such a great idea. All so very pretty - yes the papers are gorgeous and I LOVE that little birdie! hugs, Donna

  2. Ha, that one made me laugh! Your mini books are so lovely, gorgeous papers. It's dark now at 4pm here, the days are very short. Have a Happy Tuesday. Xx

  3. Hi valeri, what a great idea for a gift and you where indeed very brave cutting up the gorgeous paper ! But you turned it into a gorgeous mini. As for the joke you and Narda are so nautghty and I love it.


  4. Lovely little books, Val, and you have really sacrificed some beautiful papers! Have a nice day, Hugs, Sarah

  5. Gosh - what amazing gifts these are going to make. I am totally in awe!

  6. A lovely idea. They all look gorgeous especially the little robin. x

  7. Fantastic little books, Valerie!

  8. Oh these are so lovley Val, it's hard cutting up these beautiful papers but you were very brave. Love your journal pages from yesterday and all the jokes which keep coming. Thank Narda very much. xx

  9. Those notebooks are adorable. Do you have a paper cutter? We have a small one from Walmart, works beautifully!

    My friend got a good laugh from yesterday's joke when I shared it with her! Maybe I'll post that one.

  10. Beautiful work...love all of the holiday designs! Happy Tuesday!

  11. Lovely little books valerie :) you are keeping busy
    Von x

  12. Oh my gosh! Just love the little clay sculptures!

  13. What a clever idea for the little booklets! Tucked into a card, they'll make a lovely gift for a friend! Beautiful use of some really pretty papers.

  14. What a great idea for stocking stuffers- these are so fun! Thanks for sharing!

  15. What a wonderful craft, I love it. They surely would make great stocking stuffers! :-)

  16. Wonderful little booklets.
    I have the same issue with cutting up gorgeous papers!
    The days get dark too soon at the moment :(

  17. Your beautiful books are a lovely gift idea. I find it hard to use papers as well. Yvonne x

  18. It does get dark much too early! What lovely stocking fillers. Cutting up the beautiful paper was definitely worth it.

  19. I was brave cutting paper last night too!! I love your book!! xo Cindy

  20. cute stocking stuffers! I love the old santa. I need to get to work on my own little gifts. eek...it's almost that time!

  21. Oh dear I am still laughing at that joke...........
    Loving your book idea, x

  22. These are all so wonderful! I just love the ist one with all the cute critters!

  23. What pretty notebooks.... such a sweet idea... like you say great for stockings!

    Ha ha. I do enjoy your jokes!


  24. fab books val, (how did you make them?) you know me, am a bit thick when it comes to crafts..

    have a good week and keep warm...

    maria xx

  25. LOL! Love your joke there Val, great humor as always. Sorry for my recent last of comments, on/off problems with blogger, but at least I'm in now, so trying to catch up with everyone. Love your latest projects, and think it was very brave of you to cut into such wonderful papers, but soooo worth it!! Everything is just lovely!!!

    Just popped some pics on my blog today, which include some of my sisters art work, thought you might like a peek, as I think it may be a style you might like :)

    Hope life is good with you Val.

    Suzie xxx

  26. Hi Val, wow you have been very busy and love all your mini's.
    Thanks for dropping by. I got into the show this weekend so will be busy with more gourds.
    Take care friend.

  27. Hi Valerie. Love these little books. They are a super idea. Beautiful papers. You are very brave.
    Take Care
    Florence x


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