Getting Artsy with StencilGirl and PaperArtsy

The Holiday season is here and I can’t believe it is almost 2017! I think it’s true what they say… “time flies when you get older”. This year has definitely flown by so I’m looking ahead to the new year with creative anticipation. My goal is to make more time for my art in 2017. More time to just play and explore!

One of the ways I love to lose myself in creativity is working with wonderful products from companies like StencilGirl and PaperArtsy, and I am thrilled and honored to be a part of the Blog Hop! (Make sure you read all the way to the bottom for details on an awesome giveaway!)

With the idea in mind that I needed a cute little notebook to start jotting down my creative ideas for 2017, I created this little notebook to stick in my purse. I had so much fun combining products from StencilGirl and PaperArtsy to create this inspiring, but simple little notebook.

Here’s how I did it…

Supplies I used:

Small Composition Notebook, old book page, Fresco Acrylic Paint in Chartreuse and London Bus, Sea of Sciffs Mini StencilInky Circles Stencil, Ebony Prismacolor Pencil, Ink Pad, White Gel Pen, White Gesso, Glue Stick, Vintage piece of fabric.

Let’s get started…

First adhere an old book page to the front and back of a composition notebook. I glued the pages down with a glue stick and then trimmed around the edges.

Apply a thin coat of gesso over the book page. I used an old credit card to scrape it on to get some texture and a messy look.

Stencil random placed shapes on the front and back with the Sea of Sciffs Mini Stencil from StencilGirl and Chartreuse Fresco Acrylic Paint from PaperArsty.

Then add random marks of paint with a palette knife.

Accent your stencil shapes with a sketch pencil. Don’t worry about being perfect, just make fun sketchy lines.

With ink and the Eclectica {Everything Art} 03 stamp from Paper Artsy add images to the front and back cover.

With the London Bus Fresco Acrylic Paint from PaperArtsy add some color to your stamped images.

Add more stencil shapes with the Inky Circles Stencil and white paint and the Chartreuse paint.

Add a stamped word to the front of your cover with Eclectica {Everything Art} 03 stamp from Paper Artsy.

Add more detail around the edge of the cover with a the Chartreuse paint and sketch pencil.

Glue a piece of fabric to the spine to coordinate with your paint colors. I used a piece of vintage fabric. You could also paint the spine or use decorative tape.

Add some additional detail with a white gel pen and sketch pencil.

I had so much fun creating this little notebook! The stamps and stencils made a great combination! I love how the Fresco paint from PaperArtsy is translucent so you can see the layers underneath the paint.

I hope you enjoy trying this little project with some wonderful products from StencilGirl and PaperArtsy!

Be sure and visit the rest of the blogs on the blog hop for some wonderful projects and a giveaway! Keep reading below for all the details.

One lucky winner will receive a $75 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products AND a £50 Gift Certificate for PaperArtsy!!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN! (One comment per blog please.)

You have until Friday, December 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on StencilGirl’s Facebook page and PaperArtsy’s blog on Sunday, January 1.

Blog Hop Order:

Dec. 21
Darcy Wilkinson
Kim Dellow
Mary C. Nasser
Gwen Lafleur

Dec. 22
Jo Firth Young
Lauren Hatwell
Kristie Taylor
Tina Walker

Dec. 23
Clare Lloyd
Lin Brown
Anna Friesen
Janet Joehlin

Dec. 24
Kay Carley
Emma Godfrey
Cindy Gilstrap (You are here)
Karen Gaunt

Thank you so much for stopping by! Merry Christmas and Happy Blog Hopping!

103 thoughts on “Getting Artsy with StencilGirl and PaperArtsy

  1. I am in love with the work you did on this journal cover. it is so perfect and inviting. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Just “hopped across” from the PA blog to admire your fab work – loving your choice of project, colours and images

    Seasons Greetings


  3. Cute project. My favorite things about it: that you started with a simple composition book, and that you finished with fabric. Thank you.

  4. Awesome project! I’m loving the stencils and stamps used, they look to be super versatile…adding them to my shopping list!

  5. I can’t wait to try this on my next journal! I love using old book pages as the first layer of journal pages. Thank you for the great idea for making the covers, too!

  6. Stunning project! Love the composition you’ve created with the colour wheel stamp – and fab colour combo too. Claire x

  7. Your fabulous notebook got my creative vibes flowing. I love the PaperArtsy paints so now all i need are some of these fabulous stencils. Thanks for lighting my fire to try this method to create some really neat notebooks!

  8. I love this! It made me forget it’s Winter. It’s so warm and sunny feeling, it made me want some lemonade and to sit in the sun! I’ve never seen that stamp set either so I’m inspired to get it. Thank you for the tips!!

  9. I need to get my hands on some of these paints! I love the translucent layers. I have several Stencil Girl stencils and they are amazing. Great combo!

  10. Ooh! It feels like summer! (For someone who’s used to having Christmas at summertime and is now having it in winter, this is a good thing!)

  11. Love how you managed your color combo, so fresh and happy! Great ideas for a simple but effective layout. Beautiful

  12. Great project , love making book covers. I don’t think I have used this simple combination of Chatreuse and London Bus together. Have the paints and stamps so must try this when I get the stencils. Thank you for the inspiration.

  13. Just love the way you showed us how to use so many elements to cover the notebook! Great ideas and use of colors, stamps, stencils and paint!

  14. This is so gorgeous, Cindy!
    I love your layers and mark-making!
    What a great idea to create your own purse-size notebook to write down creative ideas for 2017!
    Happy Holidays!! xo

  15. I love this idea of decorating a notebook! I can never have enough notebooks to jot ideas and lists in. 🙂

  16. That is a fabulous little portable notebook. I love this time of year and love getting all organized for the coming months. The stamps paint and stencils are so versitile and fun. I definitely need to make a book to keep notes and ideas in Thank you

  17. I love handmade books and notebooks. When I got to the picture where you added the fabric to the spine, as well as the red paint, I was stunned at how the details of the background were also enhanced. A great book. I hope you fill that book with plenty of ideas and that you have the time to finish all of those projects!

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