Friday 9 August 2013

Soldier, soldier…

It’s a long time ago since I was at school but I do remember that we had ‘Rough books’ – does anyone else remember those? Well, it’s something I still have around today, I always have a little notebook of some kind near me to scribble down the things I need to remember such as shopping items. I’m coming to the end of my current one which is a bit too small for writing anything meaningful in it so I wanted a larger one. The new one has been covered and when I finished it I thought it’d make a brilliant little gift for a guy so I made another using the brilliant TH Toy soldier die to make the soldier on the front…

I’ve used the Spellbinders Moroccan Accents border and corners dies to decorate the edges and the book title label was made using Spellbinders’ Labels four dies. There are pockets on the inside which would be great for a timetable or other notes…

I used one of the dies from the Spellbinders’ Grand Stately Circles  to cut the inside book cover. The brown, slim pocket is thin kraft card embossed using one of the new Crafts-Too A4 embossing folders (3 Fold birdie) which has been  distressed using a Vintage photo ink pad. You can slip larger notes on the inside and tickets, business cards or small notes in the slimmer pocket. This is repeated on the inside of the back cover too.

The soldier is so easy to make, you can give him depth simply by cutting him from an old cardboard box if you don’t have mountboard or greyboard to hand. A little bit of paint here and there and he’s done – yet another Christmas die that can be used all year around and great for the guys!

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment if you have the time. Enjoy your crafting,

Chris xxx


  1. Love this Chris , and yes I remember rough books!

  2. I remember rough books, this is a very un rough, rough book..looks great CHris ! x hugs trace x