Monday, 5 November 2012

My Little Book of Doodles

Hi! Today's post is all about my entry for Anything But a Card Challenge, using black. I don't usually have a problem with this, but wanted to try something other than a layout. I've been working on some special Christmas projects with a special "Girls Rock" group at the school where I had taught for 34 years, before retiring, using Petaloo Magnetic tags. These are brilliant as they can be used to create many projects, including mini-booklets for a special memory folder, which the girls did for Christmas. While these were being designed I started thinking about the challenge and came up with the idea of making a doodle booklet. Again, this Incorporated art techniques I had done with my classes over the years, where the students had to "Take a line for a walk" and then fill in the shapes made with interesting designs.This not only taught them about patterns, but also about the concepts of space, balance and contrast. Their artworks also became functional, in that they were often used as centrepieces for book covers.

Front cover

The front cover was decorated with grey and black patterned Washi Tape, patterned vellum, which I hand embossed, embossed acetate from my stash and chipboard flourishes heat embossed with Opals Embossing Enamels in Currawong (black) and Zeehan (silver). I also added a doodle drawn with Ranger Embossing pen and dusted with Perfect Pearls and finished with strips of bling and metallic braid.

Inside pages showing inchie sized doodles

My little booklet can be added to as I find or develop interesting patterns. Some have already been used as a background for a layout I'm working on.
I have used the idea of 'inchies' in which to draw the patterns; a small surface area, and a way to have heaps of different designs. As I don't have an inchies frame stamp, the squares were hand drawn (after searching for a ruler in inches, not as easy as you think, because of our metric system). This framework has been scanned to the computer for future designs. All patterns were drawn with a superfine Sharpie.

The inside front cover feature 2 ATC's using doodling done in white gel pen and finished with Washi tape.

The inside back cover has a doodle centred around a stamped image (inspired by craft Stamper magazine, Nov. 2012 issue. Thank you, Lisa). A swirl of bling, black beading and Washi tape completed this.
The insides are held in place by zig-zag binding, allowing for additional pages to be easily slipped in.
This was fun to do and I now have something that I will use. As my folder is already fatter inside then intended, I've added a binder ring and some pretty metallic fibre wools to help hold it together, and also gives me a way to hang it.
Thank you for visiting. Cheers, Di


  1. Precious Diane...what a gorgeous book with doodles! Amazing!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  2. Hi Diane, your doodle book is beautiful and your doodles are gorgeous, such a good idea to make then in inches and to keep the patterns. Love the beautiful cover. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  3. What a fantstic way of keeping the doodle designs together Di! I too love the versatility of the Petaloo tags and I am sure yours will become a well stacked treasure trove as you keep expanding your "line walking" Thank you for joining in at Anything But A Card this time.

  4. That is just amazing Diane and what a clever idea. Loving the cover too. Hugs, Buttons x

  5. great little book and I love your doodles too! Perfect for our challenge!
    Thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card!

    Hugs, Alica ;)

  6. Wow,wow,wow Di!! There is so much work in this gorgeous little book and it fits the theme perfectly this week! I love the texture on the cover and all the different techniques you've used. I started with hand worked vellum many years ago but ran out of steam with that one so all credit to you. I have to confess that I'm intrigued by the current trend for doodling and I love your idea of doing it in inchies - not too overwhelming to complete. I really love this project Di and a huge well done for all the hard work.
    Have a great weekend.
    Thanks for joining us again at Anything But A Card too.