Thursday, March 1, 2012

Paper Smooches March release: altered composition book

Happy March! So I think I've found my new love...Paper Smooches stamps. I bought my first set a few weeks back, and it only has sentiments. Well...while I do LOVE the set I had, it just wasn't cuttin' it. Their image stamps are just too cute to not have, so I joined the monthly stamp club. Every month for the next year, I'll be getting 3 brand new releases from Paper Smooches (and club members get them before they're released!). Squeal! March is the first installment I got, and I'm so happy with my decision to join the club. The 3 releases this month are Zoo Crew, Metropolis, and Smarty Pants (below). Today I am showing a project I made using Smarty Pants. This past Tuesday night, I taught a class at Real Deals where we made altered composition books. Some people made them for a teacher, and some made an everyday theme. ALL of them turned out super cute! Here is the one I made. This is the stamp set I used (Smarty Pants):

And now for the paper yummies:

I used a total of 5 stamps from the Smarty Pants set, along with the Ledger stamp from Hero Arts. I've had these patterned papers from Sassafras for.ever. I was so excited to finally use them, and I think they are PERFECT for this project!

I knew I wanted to use the little nerdy guy, and I thought his clothes would be super fun paper-pieced. So I gave him some awesome October Afternoon clothes, with a Sassafras tie. I wanted him to have the "thick disheveled white hair coming out the ears" look (ew), so after I colored his hair gray, I went back in with a white pen and drew some random strands. And he normally has a pointer in his hand, but I wanted him to hold the cute apple from the same set instead. So I stamped,colored, and fussy-cut the apple, then added some Glossy Accents. I also added Glossy Accents to his shoes to make them white patent leather, but you can't really tell in the photo. And I couldn't decide if he was wearing glasses or just had really big eyes, so I colored them in and either gave him glasses or glaucoma, I'm not sure which. I LOVE this guy!!! Here's a close-up:

Here are couple more stamps from the Smarty Pants set. I paper-pieced the pencil using the same paper as the nerd's tie, and colored in the rest with Prismacolor markers. I put the "lead" of the pencil right on the sentiment to make it look as if the pencil wrote it:

And I used the cute little star stamp from the set in a couple of corners on the ledger:

I added some random mini staples using my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, and completed my sentiment with some American Crafts alpha stickers. I think Smarty Pants is my favorite set from the March release...but I haven't used the other two sets yet. That could change!

My lil' nerd is playing along here:
PaperPlay Challenge: Something old, something new (old papers, new stamps)
Ribbon Carousel: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Anything Goes

Thanks for looking!

Supplies: composition book: Target; patterned papers: Sassafras (apples, stripes, scalloped strip), October Afternoon (flowers, polka dots); cardstock: Recollections (kraft), The Paper Company (ivory), stamps: Paper Smooches (nerd, apple, pencil, star, thanks teacher), Hero Arts (ledger); inks: Tsukineko (black), Hampton Art (red), Ranger (distress); markers: Prismacolor; notebook edge punch: EK Success; stapler, Glossy Accents: Ranger; alphabet stickers: American Crafts; ribbon: The Ribbon Boutique; white pen: Signo Uniball


  1. This is very cool Kimberly and I love the papers your have used :)

  2. So cute...I hope you'll link up again at 52 Card Pickup!

  3. Oh wow, stunning card, love the nerdy guy, Thanks for joining our Something Old,Something New challenge at Paperplay this week,
    Kenzie x
    Paperplay DT
    Dont miss my birthday candy on my my blog, running till 16th march xx