Let Nature Be Your Calming Breath: A Handmade Journal by Lynne Moncrieff + Your Chance to Win a $130 Gift Set of Stamps!

Please join us in welcoming guest artist Lynne Moncrieff to Somerset Place! Today, she’s sharing a peek inside her handmade journal process to spark some new inspiration, including a quick video to give you a closer look!

Eco dying/tea staining, naturally has me leaning towards creating nature-themed projects with the stained items. It is such a satisfactory process, especially when utilizing found/re-cycled papers; although other favorites to dye/stain include rice paper, unperforated teabag paper, and large, self-fill teabags.

The dyed/stained items can be incorporated into a wealth of projects — a particular favorite of mine is books/booklets. The book I created for this post is simply constructed from an A3 sheet of handmade, sugar cane paper which was dyed/stained. A very humble structure which, with the addition of flaps and folds to tuck mini booklets inside or stitched paper pockets where a tag can nestle, makes a simply constructed book into an art adventure, with an abundance of areas ripe for journaled thoughts or possibly sketches relating to nature.

Deeply inspired by nature with my Lynne’s Wildflowers stamps, alongside stamped Affirmations influenced by my thoughts on nature, this is a book to slip into its pouch, with a favorite pencil or charcoal stick. As musings are jotted into the book, enjoy some quiet time and let nature be your calming breath.

Keep Reading for Your Chance to Win a Beautiful That’s Crafty! Stamp Set Designed by Lynn Moncrieff!

Materials:

  • Acrylic Stamping Block: (That’s Crafty!)
  • Bone Folder
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Handmade Paper: A3 sheet Sugar Cane Fibre 210gsm (Khandi)
  • Ink Crystals: Walnut
  • Ink Pad: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko – Memento)
  • Kraft Envelope: small
  • Mister Bottle
  • Muslin
  • Old Book Pages
  • Old Cooking Pot
  • Packaging/Brown Packing Paper
  • Rusted Items assorted
  • Sewing Machine
  • Sari Silk Ribbon (YarnYarn)
  • Spray: Flat Matte Basil (That’s Crafty!)
  • Stamps: Lynne’s Wildflowers Sets 1 and 2 (That’s Crafty!); Lynne’s Affirmations Sets 7 and 10 (That’s Crafty!)
  • Teabag Paper: unperforated (Mixed Media Paper/Card Pack – That’s Crafty!)
  • Teabags: assorted fruit tea, black/breakfast
  • Teabags: self-fill, large
  • Vinegar

 

Process:

Brew several teabags in an old cooking pot, and add corrugated cardboard, packing paper, kraft envelope, old book pages, self-fill teabags, muslin, and sari silk ribbion.  Do not include unperforated teabag paper. Remove items, collecting them into bundles, and clip some items with rusted book binder clips or rusty tin wire. The rusted items and vinegar will create variation. Leave outdoors for several days, exposed to the elements, before bringing indoors to dry.

Fold A3 handmade paper in half horizontally before creating four vertical folds. Misting paper with water and using Bone Folder will aid in creating crisp edges/folds.

 

Stamp selection of Lynne’s Wildflowers and Lynne’s Affirmations onto variety of papers.  Utilize fragments of papers by only partially stamping an Affirmation.

 

Organize stacks of mini booklets by layering various papers stamping them with Wildflower or Affirmations, or tuck a bundle of stained, self-fill teabags inside a piece of folded cardboard paper. Create several variations. (Tip: attach mini clips to bundles as you prepare them for machine stitching.)

 

Begin machine-stitching, adding interest by stitching book pages to edges, and layer with stamped Affirmation.

 

As you progress, create variations for each page. Machine-stitch folded book page to create pocket for tag.

 

Stitch one end of dyed sari silk ribbon beneath flap at front of book, this will wrap around book to bind closed.

 

Prepare unperforated teabag paper by staining with Flat Matte Spray Basil and dissolved Walnut Crystals. Mist paper with water before applying color with brush.

 

Once dry, fold paper into simple pouch, machine stitching left and right sides. Machine-stitch muslin with Affirmation stamped onto rice paper, to flap.

 

 

Lynne Moncrieff lives in Scotland, creating stamped art and beyond for several stamp/craft companies, amongst them, That’s Crafty! She relishes this creative life, including designing stamps for That’s Crafty! Lynne’s stamps are available directly from thatscrafty.co.uk (contact directly for any shipping queries). Follow That’s Crafty! on Instagram at (@thatscraftyuk) and on Facebook at (@That’s Crafty). Lynne welcomes visitors to her blog, Adorn at lynnesbowandbelles.wordpress.com. Follow her on Facebook (@lynn.moncrieff) and on Instagram (@stampingandbeyond).

 

Enter to Win this Beautiful Gift Set!

You’ll Get:

  • Lynne’s Affirmations Stamp Sets 1-10 (retailed at $10.44 each)
  • Four 6.5in x 7.5in stencils (retailed at $6.52 each)
  • One shabby-chic bag
  • Lynne’s beautiful, handmade journal featured above!

 

Don’t miss Lynne’s upcoming feature in the November Issue of Somerset Studio. Reserve your copy today!

 


Posted: Friday, September 21st, 2018 @ 3:22 pm
Categories: Contests and Giveaways, How-To Project Tutorials, Uncategorized.
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30 Responses to “Let Nature Be Your Calming Breath: A Handmade Journal by Lynne Moncrieff + Your Chance to Win a $130 Gift Set of Stamps!”

  1. Pearl Osmond says:

    This is such a beautiful project. Thank you.

  2. Thanks for a wonderful chance to win some of Lynn’s awesome stamps.I truly enjoy her talents. I’ve shared and truly enjoy Stampington’s publications. So much inspirations and enjoyment in each issue.

  3. VIckie Kammerer says:

    This is a stunning project. From how Lynne selected the papers, to the dyeing processes she used on them that enhanced their natural beauty down to her affirmations stamp sets which are the perfect touch that convey the whole meaning of the project and in each piece. Stunning !

  4. Lynne has long inspired me with her beautiful work. I would love to own a set of her affirmation stamps and create with them in my own work. Wonderful tutorial and inspirational. I will be using Lynne’s tips on staining some tea bags and stamping to keep on hand for journals.Thank you for sharing!

  5. Janet Cooper says:

    Love your magazine and I am already for the next issue to come.

  6. Lann Lackey says:

    Absolutely adore this work of art! The stamps are really versatile! Would love to win!

  7. Mary Gelo says:

    What a beautiful way to preserve what you find worth saving. Beauty is all around us but very often don’t know what to do with it. This journal is the answer.

  8. Suzie Quebedeaux says:

    Lynne,

    I’m a HUGE fan of your work! Love your stamps. I have never worked with teabag paper. I can’t wait to try using it.

  9. Maureen VanDeusen says:

    Love this thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Mary Ann Herzog says:

    These journals are the best inspiration to express one’s true thoughts. They encourage a person to create something from the heart. They are beautiful like fine artwork. I would love to receive the stamp sets and stencils to create a memorable journal. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the contest.

  11. PegE says:

    Wow! This process looks so amazing! thanks for sharing :)

  12. Dawn Burrows says:

    I would love to win this amazing gift! I love Lynne’s stamps and enjoyed the journal tutorial using them.

  13. Teri Whidden says:

    OMGOODNESS! Your work is just beautiful. Thank you for the opportunity to win this fabulous give away.

  14. Linda Mask says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win such an amazing gift. I love all you do for your readers and subscribers.

  15. Linda Mask says:

    Thank you for such a great opportunity to win some of Lynnes art. It is all such an amazing gift. I also love all you do for your readers and subscribers.

  16. Ann Powell says:

    Stunning work! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and creativity!

  17. lillian smith says:

    How inspiring! I love the projects in Stampington & Company. Happy place!!

  18. Lorie says:

    Thank you for showing Lynne’s art, so beautiful and inspiring!
    I would love to win the stamps and stencils.

  19. shelby kaider says:

    trying to enter sweepstakes but no place to submit!
    lovely project, fantastic giveaway

    • Jordan says:

      Hello Shelby,
      I see your having trouble entering the giveaway. Can I ask what you are seeing when you are looking at the giveaway? There should be: 1. Answer Correctly to Qualify. And after answering this question it should prompt you to put in your email.

  20. Barbara Hernandez says:

    Love this journal! Really beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win.

  21. not only is this a most beautiful project but the whole process seems meditative and I love the stamps used so much. Thank you!!

  22. DENA JARDIN says:

    I am in love with these stamps and the possibilities whirling around in my mind!

  23. Diane Schwartz, RCIS says:

    I just love this, and am anxious to try some of these pages for my personal journal.

  24. Valerie Whittier says:

    Your work is so amazing. I love the organic look to everything. I am a believer that art should be using one’s own uniqueness. You display this well in your inventive ways with the use of natural and recycled items and true creativity not the boring digital kit, paste down someone else’s artwork, that anyone can create.lol. This is true art.

  25. Bonnie Pittman says:

    Her work is very peaceful and calming. Thanks for sharing her creative work.

  26. Ann Custer says:

    What a beautiful journal Lynne has created. Thank you for sharing such great tips. I would love to win the lovely prize package. Thanks for the chance.

  27. Vicki Kroll says:

    A new technique for me to try with beautiful results. A generous offer to boot. Someone will have a great time creating their own journal.

  28. mercedes scott says:

    What a beautiful journal! Thank you for the tutorial, and for this amazing giveaway! Best of luck to everyone!

  29. Wendy Sue Fellers says:

    Very beautiful! Wish I was as talented.

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Please join us in welcoming guest artist Lynne Moncrieff to Somerset Place! Today, she’s sharing a peek inside her handmade journal process to spark some new inspiration, including a quick video to give you a closer look!

Eco dying/tea staining, naturally has me leaning towards creating nature-themed projects with the stained items. It is such a satisfactory process, especially when utilizing found/re-cycled papers; although other favorites to dye/stain include rice paper, unperforated teabag paper, and large, self-fill teabags.

The dyed/stained items can be incorporated into a wealth of projects — a particular favorite of mine is books/booklets. The book I created for this post is simply constructed from an A3 sheet of handmade, sugar cane paper which was dyed/stained. A very humble structure which, with the addition of flaps and folds to tuck mini booklets inside or stitched paper pockets where a tag can nestle, makes a simply constructed book into an art adventure, with an abundance of areas ripe for journaled thoughts or possibly sketches relating to nature.

Deeply inspired by nature with my Lynne’s Wildflowers stamps, alongside stamped Affirmations influenced by my thoughts on nature, this is a book to slip into its pouch, with a favorite pencil or charcoal stick. As musings are jotted into the book, enjoy some quiet time and let nature be your calming breath.

Keep Reading for Your Chance to Win a Beautiful That’s Crafty! Stamp Set Designed by Lynn Moncrieff!

Materials:

  • Acrylic Stamping Block: (That’s Crafty!)
  • Bone Folder
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Handmade Paper: A3 sheet Sugar Cane Fibre 210gsm (Khandi)
  • Ink Crystals: Walnut
  • Ink Pad: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko – Memento)
  • Kraft Envelope: small
  • Mister Bottle
  • Muslin
  • Old Book Pages
  • Old Cooking Pot
  • Packaging/Brown Packing Paper
  • Rusted Items assorted
  • Sewing Machine
  • Sari Silk Ribbon (YarnYarn)
  • Spray: Flat Matte Basil (That’s Crafty!)
  • Stamps: Lynne’s Wildflowers Sets 1 and 2 (That’s Crafty!); Lynne’s Affirmations Sets 7 and 10 (That’s Crafty!)
  • Teabag Paper: unperforated (Mixed Media Paper/Card Pack – That’s Crafty!)
  • Teabags: assorted fruit tea, black/breakfast
  • Teabags: self-fill, large
  • Vinegar

 

Process:

Brew several teabags in an old cooking pot, and add corrugated cardboard, packing paper, kraft envelope, old book pages, self-fill teabags, muslin, and sari silk ribbion.  Do not include unperforated teabag paper. Remove items, collecting them into bundles, and clip some items with rusted book binder clips or rusty tin wire. The rusted items and vinegar will create variation. Leave outdoors for several days, exposed to the elements, before bringing indoors to dry.

Fold A3 handmade paper in half horizontally before creating four vertical folds. Misting paper with water and using Bone Folder will aid in creating crisp edges/folds.

 

Stamp selection of Lynne’s Wildflowers and Lynne’s Affirmations onto variety of papers.  Utilize fragments of papers by only partially stamping an Affirmation.

 

Organize stacks of mini booklets by layering various papers stamping them with Wildflower or Affirmations, or tuck a bundle of stained, self-fill teabags inside a piece of folded cardboard paper. Create several variations. (Tip: attach mini clips to bundles as you prepare them for machine stitching.)

 

Begin machine-stitching, adding interest by stitching book pages to edges, and layer with stamped Affirmation.

 

As you progress, create variations for each page. Machine-stitch folded book page to create pocket for tag.

 

Stitch one end of dyed sari silk ribbon beneath flap at front of book, this will wrap around book to bind closed.

 

Prepare unperforated teabag paper by staining with Flat Matte Spray Basil and dissolved Walnut Crystals. Mist paper with water before applying color with brush.

 

Once dry, fold paper into simple pouch, machine stitching left and right sides. Machine-stitch muslin with Affirmation stamped onto rice paper, to flap.

 

 

Lynne Moncrieff lives in Scotland, creating stamped art and beyond for several stamp/craft companies, amongst them, That’s Crafty! She relishes this creative life, including designing stamps for That’s Crafty! Lynne’s stamps are available directly from thatscrafty.co.uk (contact directly for any shipping queries). Follow That’s Crafty! on Instagram at (@thatscraftyuk) and on Facebook at (@That’s Crafty). Lynne welcomes visitors to her blog, Adorn at lynnesbowandbelles.wordpress.com. Follow her on Facebook (@lynn.moncrieff) and on Instagram (@stampingandbeyond).

 

Enter to Win this Beautiful Gift Set!

You’ll Get:

  • Lynne’s Affirmations Stamp Sets 1-10 (retailed at $10.44 each)
  • Four 6.5in x 7.5in stencils (retailed at $6.52 each)
  • One shabby-chic bag
  • Lynne’s beautiful, handmade journal featured above!

 

Don’t miss Lynne’s upcoming feature in the November Issue of Somerset Studio. Reserve your copy today!