Saturday, September 05, 2015

Craft Hoarders Anonymous September Blog Hop

Here it is, the day you have been waiting for! Welcome to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous September Blog Hop! The Hoarders Crew has been hard at work, de-hoarding and creating! Hop along and see what they have made!

My blog is the first blog in the hop! After visiting me, hop over to Vicki Robertson's Blog next! For the full list of Bloggers, see the list at the end of this post! There are 20 ladies, with amazing projects to share! A few of the designers are giving away Blog Candy! 

I dug into my VAST Graphic 45 paper hoard and created an altered composition book. Since September is the official "all kids are back to school" month, I thought I would make something useful...and pretty!

I not only hoard craft products, I also hoard office and school supplies! We are a homeschooling family, which is my excuse for hoarding notebooks and such! I only have one child still in homeschool, but I still buy a lot of composition books! I cannot resist them and when they are on sale for 99 cents, I mean, who can resist?!

I have a HUGE stash of Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante paper. And...they re-released this collection this have even more now! Time to de-hoard some of it!

I added four dividers to the notebook, along with lots of pockets. It makes the book lumpy and hard to close, but I love a lumpy, bumpy, fun notebook! Especially one that is all steampunk-y!

I chose a standard-sized composition notebook - 9 3/4" x 7 1/2". I like the black spine, so I did not cover that with paper. I kept the front plain, by covering it with the amazing paper, a punched border, and a metal handle. I found a package of little handles at Hobby Lobby last weekend, and bought the last pack! I wish they had more! So I could hoard them! {I know, I know!} I resisted adding a bunch of flowers to the cover...because you know I love to junk stuff up with flowers! 

I used some of the paper to decorate the inside cover and added a pocket. I chose a few of the chipboard elements from Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe, another collection of which I have a vast hoard. You can still find some of this older collection online, if you have time to search for it, and perhaps pay a premium to get it!

The notebook has 100 pages, which made it easy to divide it into 4 sections of 25 pages each. I created the divider pages by first die cutting a tabbed piece using a VERY OLD Sizzix die (File Folder #2), similar to THIS die by Jillibean Soup. I attached the tabbed folder to the pages before covering the notebook page with decorative paper. I then created a pocket with more paper. A sticker made a fun divider section heading.

I found tags and journaling spots in the various paper collections that I chose. I used paper and other elements from Steampunk Debutante, Old Curiosity Shoppe, Artisan Style, and Rare Oddities for the project.

I glued two notebook pages together, and then added the decorative paper to the back, creating one divider page. For this page, I added a punched trim along the side, but I only glued the edge to allow space to tuck in some journaling spots. 

I skipped 25 pages and then added another double-sided divider page.I used a circle punch to make a notch in the pocket. I added another chipboard element and stuffed the pocket with journaling spots. The ruler paper from Rare Oddities makes me smile!

This is the back of the second divider page. You cannot have too many pockets!

The third divider page has a side pocket made from a strip of the decorative paper. 

And the back of the divider. I love the alphabet paper from Artisan Style!

The last divider page is also a side pocket made from one of the large images in the Steampunk Debutante collection.

I used small images to make "holders" on this page. The "pigs fly" tag is hilarious! 

I created a pocket page on the very last page of the notebook. 

And one last pocket on the inside back cover!

Here is a view of the whole cover. I adore the floral papers in the Steampunk Debutante collection! It is very hard for me to cut them up and use them! 

I hope that you enjoyed my first Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop post! Come back October 5th for the next post!

Make sure you visit all the ladies in the group. They have some AMAZING projects to share. A few of the gals have Blog Candy to give away as well! 

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop List:

Gloria Stengel (you are here)
Vicki Robertson
Debbie Seyer
Ginny Nemchak (on vacation, hop on to Pam's Blog)
Pam Bray
Jacquie Southas
Glenda Brooks
Amber Milone
Tracey Sabella
Donna Idlet
Bonnie Garby
Nancy Dynes
Wendi Robinson
Teresa Horner
Kathy Clement
Jan Ennenga
Barbara Rankin
Karen Zueger-Brownell
Marisa Job
Christy Houser

Composition notebook: Staples Office Supply
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers black
Decorative paper: Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante, Rare Oddities, Artisan Style, Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Stickers: Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante, Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Chipboard: Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Punches: Stampin' Up
Metal handle: The Paper Studio Spare Parts
Brads: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Long Fasteners
Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon noble peacock seam binding, black burlap string
Die: Sizzix File Folder #2
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, glue


  1. I love me a good altered notebook..and I love me some you can fill in the rest! Thanks for organizing this. Hugs!

  2. Wow...what a fantastic altered note book!!! I've never made one, but think I will now. Thank you for the inspiration and have a beautiful weekend!

  3. This is going to be a great experience again! Love your notebook and I appreciate your including me in this hop! Thanks O Great Leader!

  4. Love this project! What an awesome idea! Thanks for the inspiration! Rebecca

  5. Oh! Welcome back with your talented group of ladies! Excited for this blog hop! And love your master piece altered notebook with wonderful steampunk theme!!! So inspiring and lovable! Thanks for sharing Gloria!!!

  6. So beautiful and the ribbon is just perfect!!! xo

  7. GORGEOUS! I'm with you on hoarding supplies and my family is on me to down-size which seems like mission impossible. Instead I just re-organize.

  8. Great job on the composition book. I especially like the pockets you created on the pages. Well done.

  9. I absolutely love your notebook. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Stunning notebook, Gloria!! I adore chunky books too!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  12. This is wonderful ! I also love composition books something very "old school" about them sometimes I glue pages but mostly use as journals - just love love love what you have done!!!💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖

  13. The designers on this hop are awesome! I can't even come close to creating projects as fancy and beautiful as these but I love to look and feel inspired. Thank you for sharing these with us!

  14. What a great way to use up some of that stashed paper! I love a chunky book, too. Great idea to use a composition book. I use my kids half used ones to make books for my family, but nothing so grand as this!

  15. I love the Steampunk Debutante papers, as well as the others you so wonderfully made work together. You did an awfully good job of keeping the bulk down, and still making it look so awesome. Now I want to get some composition notebooks! LOL

  16. Wow! What a fabulous notebook you have inspired me to try something similar. Thank you for your inspiration.
    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

  17. The daughter of my heart is a schoolteacher and keeps extensive notes. You have beautiful journal fits the bill for something to make for her. I love it! I'm sure she will love it too so I'm going to give it a go! Thank you so much for sharing .

    1. I know she will love it, Joanne! I am giving this one to my daughter, who is nearly 20 and loves all things steampunk! ;)

  18. Beautiful proyect!!

  19. Finish! Very, very lovely all the proyects

  20. Terrific project! Evey page is just loaded with details and fabulous layers! I love it!
    Take care!

  21. super cool notebook!! LOVE that line and colors!!!

  22. Love altered books and your notebook is so all the pages, tags and fabulous elements.

  23. do the most amazing things with G45 papers. This is beautiful.

  24. What an amazing altered notebook!

  25. Wonderful ,i love your tags and added elements well done .

  26. this is such a unique idea!!! very cool. I just love the idea.

  27. love this notebook. I enjoy my covered books as well.

  28. Great covered notebook! This would be so much fun to write and create in! Love all the layers and details!
    Take care!

  29. I've tried to make a few of these and no matter what glue or tape or permenant dots I use, it seems like the cover paper always wants to loosen up. Any tips or ideas to stop this?

  30. And your notebook is beautiful!! Saw it on pinterest and linked to it here.