Thursday, 22 August 2019

Cogs and Gears Notebook for AALL & Create

Hello Friends

My GDT project for AALL & Create this week is a sticky note holder using Olga Heldwein's fabulous stamp set (Flowers & Gears #195 and Steam Cogs Stencil #71). Olga's beautiful stamp set appeals to both masculine and feminine tastes with gorgeous flowers and also cogs and gears.  
I started by creating a background, directly onto mixed media board, using several colours of Distress Oxides (I wanted rusty tones) before stamping the beautiful cogs and gears in brown Archival Ink.  I then die cut the Notebook using Eileen Hull's new Notebook die.
I stamped a few more cogs onto lightly gessoed Kraft card and coloured these with Quinacridone Gold acrylic paint before fussy cutting them.  The gessoed card gave a nice texture.
I added some metal cogs and gears from my stash to the fussy cut ones and glued these to the front
of the finished notebook.
I used AALL & Create stencil #71 on the inside cover of the notebook and then created two pockets to hold post it notes, again stamping cogs onto the pockets.
Finally, I added an elastic closure to the notebook and some charms from my stash.

You can find a list of worldwide stockists for the stamps and stencils I used along with the full range of stamps, stencils and new dies HERE.

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx


  1. This is stunning, what a lovely gift idea.

  2. This is gorgeous Anne, loving the rusty elements and your trademark pockets. Just perfect. ❤️❤️

  3. Anne, what a great idea, I love the pockets inside to hold the sticky notes. My most favorite thing about this is the gorgeous colors and the stamps mixed with fussy cut and stash pieces, it creates such a wonderful composition! Awesome work my friend xx

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous, Anne!! I love the rusty cogs and the beautiful colors!! The inside is fabulous, too!! Amazing as always and so inspiring!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. The owner of this will not be able to resist stroking the cover!! Wonderfully tactile Anne! Beautifully rich colours beckoning Autumn. Aall & Create are so lucky to have you. Nicola x

  6. Wow! Another stunning notebook Anne! I love the rich, rustic colour .. so beautiful .. and the cogs and gears look fabulous! Love the idea of the post it notes on the inside too, how handy is that? A great design and fabulous details! Have a wonderful day! hugs xx

  7. Such a fabulously designed notebook, Anne! I love the rust and the fact that this is so useful, too! It's got it all! How many times do those little sticky pads get lost in the shuffle of the desk drawer? This will keep them neat and handy, and be beautiful to look at, as well! Awesome design! Hugs!

  8. What a darling sticky note holder, Annie! I love the masculine rusty colors and gears motif! This is a great gift idea and a great way to carry little notes in your purse without them getting messed up! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  9. This is so lovely Anne, fabulous textures and I love your post it note pockets. Have a very happy weekend, Sue xx

  10. Completely scrumptious rustiness! That's a great stamp, and I love how you cut out extra cogs and layered them with the metal ones - so effective. Love the inner pockets too - I may just have to yield to the Notebook die, I fear... you enabler, you! Hope you're having a lovely Sunday.
    Alison x

  11. so very beautiful - I adore this Anne - so sorry it takes me so long tocomment these days - i find the computer the last thing I want to be on just now! big hugs rachel xx

  12. Great piece Anne. Anything with a Steampunk theme is good for me. Have a lovely creative week, Angela xXx


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