Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Custom Notebooks with Natalie May

Every now and again I take on a little commission work for a few select few and was recently asked to create covers for a couple of Hard Cover Notebooks for a friend to give as Christmas gifts.

The brief was simple - one in blues and teals with dragonflies and butterflies and the other in pinks with florals.

I went out and purchased a couple of hardcover books, gave them a generous coat of white gesso to seal the covers and cover the black of the original design, and then using acrylic paint, added the bright & vibrant color.

For the blue notebook, I used a baby wipe to add on the blue paint through the Fade Horizontal Stencil to give a soft layer in the background. 


Then using a blending tool, I added the Curvy Stems Stencil over the top to add another soft layer.


Keeping the cover simple, I added a few simple stamps from my new stamp set in archival ink and then a couple of black die cuts to add the dragonflies.

The pink journal was just as easy. 
I used a blending tool with the Tall Flowers Stencil to add shades of pink over the top of the painted background.  


When dry, I used a stamp by Pinkfresh Designs stamp and black archival ink to add the image to finish off the design.

The Notebooks were then sealed with Gel Medium, wrapped in beautiful tissue paper, and posted off to the other side of the country where they are gifted this Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you and happy, healthy, and enjoying life!

Natalie May

Curvy Stems Stencil designed by Terri Stegmiller 

Fade Horizontal Stencil designed by Michelle Ward

Tall Flowers Stencil designed by Margaret Peot


  1. These are absolutely stunning Natalie … what a beautiful gift to receive xo

  2. Love these. Great colours. Fabulous gift idea!!

  3. Brilliant! I can't decide which I like best because they're both GORGEOUS!

  4. These are gorgeous. I am new to this type of craft and want to create something similar. You said you used gel medium to seal. Can you give me a recommendation as to what I should look for?


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