Why Rosie's Book?

While growing up, I had a dear friend, Renee, that lived next door and with whom I spent much of my childhood. We grew, in different directions, and went on our merry way. Many years later, I ran into her parents and they kindly reminded me of the laughs they still have over my book. “What book?” I wondered with a puzzled look. "I don't remember a book." Hardy laughter accompanied their response. At some time during our childhood, I tried to convince Renee about something that her parents didn’t agree with. I told her that proof of its truth could be found “in my book.” Naturally she went home and tried to convince her parents of the same thing but they weren’t falling for it. She needed an edge and told them emphatically, “It’s in Rosie’s book!” After they caught their breaths from reborn laughter, they let me know how “Rosie’s book” has been cited for many other things throughout the years. They’ve also mentioned that they’d like to see “Rosie’s book” one day. I can’t remember all of the things that I said were in “my book” but I’m sure my dear friend’s parents can recall much more than I ever knew about – LOL!!! So, here it is . . . my version of things you might find In Rosie’s Book . . .

Friday, November 16, 2012

Elisabeth Bell's Holly's Happy Mail Digi Bells' Blog Hop

To celebrate the newest addition to Elisabeth Bell's Digital Gallery (here), the Digi Bells Design Team is hosting a blog hop.

How can you win your own Holly's Happy Mail digi image?  You'll have to hop through and leave comments on EACH blog.  [You can find the full list of 13 other blogs at the Digi Bells Design Team blog (here).]  Lynda will pick 2 blogs at random and the winners will be picked from those comments. The hoppers will have until Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 at 9 AM to leave comments. The winners will be posted at the Digi Bells' blog on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.

Reminder:  Buying then sharing digital images is theft.  Sharing digital images takes income away from the artist.

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Holly's Happy Mail has touched me and become much more than the name of this wonderful "grown up" image. It's a moving CONCEPT and she stands proudly on the cover of my new handmade calendar pocket book to oversee my newfound commitment to send HAPPY MAIL to friends, family and other special people who have made a difference in my life. This is a very special image from Elisabeth's vault and I hope that you'll find as much joy in her as I have.

I really wanted to bring her to life with paper-piecing and paper toile.  This pic shows the pieces I've used.  I used Copic N6 to shade over the areas of Holly that I planned to add pieces over.

Here's a side view of my paper-pieced (some popped up) Copic-filled image covered with a layer of Glossy Accents for further dimension.

I layered Bazzill cardstock over both sides of medium weight chipboard before diecutting with a Stampin' Up! Sizzix Bigz XL Curly Label Movers & Shapers A2 size card die.  I cut the resulting diecut in half so I could use each side as a different page.  A Zutter Bind-it-All 1 1/4" silver coil binds my pages.  My Dymo label maker easily provides the perfect customized sentiment! Here's the cover showing the fun label-shaped window . . .

Layers of glittery patterns from the My Mind's Eye 2010 Lost & Found Union Square, Market Street, Madison Avenue and Portobello Road collections decorate the inside pages of my tent-style pocket calendar book.  The latest Graphic 45 Place In Time Calendar Foundation sheet forms my pockets.  A Sizzix original red Super Traditional Tag die shapes my pocket insert tags that I've identified using Just Rite's Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn Words sets.  An Offray 1/4" white grosgrain ribbon acts as a pull-string so I can easily remove my note tags.

Don't worry . . . I won't show each page but here's a view of how January looks . . .

and an inside look at February . . .

Here's a look at May . . .

My attempts at keeping this project thin were for naught as my choice of medium weight chipboard and knotted ribbon in each tag resulted in a rolodex style Happy Mail reminder calender.  That's OK with me!  LOL!!!  Much to my surpise, it stands on its own now and I didn't try to do that - LOL!!!  This photo shows my completed pocket date book where I've used Elisabeth Bell's newest digital image named Holly's Happy Mail  . . .

Remember to leave your comment below then move along to your next stop at the wonderfully-talented Janneke's blog (here). For reference, you can find the full list of the blogs to hop at the Digi Bells Design Team blog (here).

I'm entering this pocket calendar book into the following challenges:
Crafty Catz "Let's Have Sparkle" (here)
Ooh La La Creations "Someone Special" (here)
Tuesday Alchemy "Anything Goes" (here)
Divas by Design "Anything Goes" (here)
Paper Play "Paper Piecing" (here)
Oldie but Goodie "Anything but Christmas" (here)

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Copics used:
skin - E000, E01, E11, E93, BV00
hair, shoes - E31, E35, E47
pants, pen - BG70, BG72, BG75, BG78
letter, envelope, apron - E40, E41, E42, E43
scissors - C1, C5
shirt headband flower - E04, E07, E19
leaves, stem, shirt, headband - G40, G43, G46

I'm so glad that you stopped by to visit!

~ Rose


carol said...

wonderful creation,it looks lovely... thanks for sharing your creation with us at CRAFTY CATZ x carol

Mary Lou said...

STUNNING Rose!!!!!! I am speechless---wow patience and time-----do love the glossy accents!!!

Ardilla said...

WOW, I love your project! Many times I also try to give dimension to my images... yours is amazing :)

Penni said...

Oh my goodness Rose this is amazing! I love all the layers you used. FABULOUS!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea, love the vintage look
Hugs julie P

Pop's Cards said...

Just amazing your colours are fantastic huggles Pops x

Carla S. said...

What an amazing project, Rose! Such a gorgeous and creative design! Awesome coloring and paper tolle! Love it!

Denise Goeldner said...

Love what you've created , the image is simply beautifully done Hugs Denise xx

Rhonda Miller said...

This is fantastic.

Pami said...

Just brilliant Rose! How creative! Pami x

DesignerDiva said...

OMG how fabulous is tis Rose! Stunning work I absolutely love it!
Thanks for playing along at Diva's this week and good luck in the challenge and also for playing along at Oldie But A Goodie
Hugs Laurie x

Alyce Kit and Clowder said...

Wow this is incredible rose!!! What a gorgeous book...love the details and not to mention your amazing colouring as always :) I am finally back to blog hopping!! Glad to see your lovely work :) xx

Unknown said...

What a gorgeous idea and I'm so in love with your 3D effect with the stamp.

Gloria Westerman said...

Love this idea....and would be awesome to make too...awesome job....and inspiration...tfs

Lynda Nielsen said...

HOLY SMOKES WOMAN!!!! This is beyond amazing! So creative and original.. I just can't believe what I'm seeing here... Now if only I would give this a try... I just may need to sometime. I am still trying to pick my jaw up from the floor. LOL
Absolutely Breath Taking girlfriend.
Big Hugs,

Laura Love said...

HOLY CANNOLI!!!! This is GORGEOUS!! What an awesome project! You definatly put a lot of time and effort into this but it was well worth it because it turned out beautiful! WOW WOW WOW! All I can say - LOL!

Gina K said...

This 3D paper piecing is a technique I've only recently learned, but I love it. I love your example; such a great project!

Polkadoodles said...

Rose, Rose, Rose! You simply blow me away with everything you make - but this is truly AMAZING and one of my fave ever projects I think!! I wish I had your talent, you inspire me! xx

Anonymous said...

Oh my word Rose!! This is such a stunning design my dear!! Love your work with this calendar book and the amazing coloring you've done!! Thanks for sharing! HUGS ;)

Sharon Smith said...

Wow Fab design Rosie xxx

Lisbeths kort og scrap said...

WOW, this is stunning! A perfect idea and perfect made! I love it! Thanks for sharing it with us at Ooh La La. Good luck. Hugs from Lisbeth