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17 January 2014


Following on from the huge success of their Alpha Challenge in 2013,
The Craft Barn is running another year long blog challenge.

This year the theme is

A new prompt will be provided every other week,
leaving us two weeks to think about & create our artwork.

Last year I made a Tag Book, so I wanted to do something different with this new challenge. 

I was privileged to have won a prize in the very last week of the Alpha Challenge,
which was £20 to spend in The Craft Barn shop.

After much deliberation, I was inspired by the wooden book & small notebooks.

The wooden book, has a secret drawer.
In the drawer I will keep the small notebook,
where I will keep the inspirational quotes & song lyrics that we discover throughout the year.

So, continuing with the book theme, this year I will be making bookmarks.

These are larger than my usual mini tags, so I will be able to include more words.

I am also going to use black & white as my underlying theme,
with maybe a hint of colour along the way.

This is a reference to the black & white bookprint.

During the year, I will also alter the wooden book & cover of the notebook,
to reflect the theme of this challenge.

The first word prompts of 2014 are
Smile &/or Up

I have chosen smile & my quote is

Be the reason someone smiles today

I have used patterned papers by Papermania, Distress Marker (black soot),
Ranger's Glossy Accents & white grosgrain ribbon.


  1. Bookmarks are a great idea for this challenge Daisy! Love your first one! And well done on your prize too! xx

  2. You have put a lot of thought into your bookmark, love how you have chosen to use black & white, very clever.

    Beautiful bookmark, looking forward to seeing more as the Challenge goes on:-) x

  3. Bookmarks is a truly great idea. This one is very stylish.

  4. Great quote and paper used, the black and white it is very striking. Love your idea of bookmarks for this challenge, looking forward to seeing more.

    Sylv xx

  5. I am loving your ideas! The little book and case will be a fantastic keepsake! I very nearly did bookmarks too. Lovely bookmark you have made! Thank you for joining us again. Karen from The Craft Barn x

  6. Great idea making bookmarks! Love this first with that quote:-)

  7. Visiting from The Craft Barn - your bookmark is beautiful. I look forward to seeing how many different B&W designs you come up with through the challenge :o)

  8. I, too, am visiting from Craft Barn and love all your ideas of using books. Beautiful bookmark too. Looking forward to seeing more as you progress through the challenge:)

  9. A lovely quote. It's a nice idea to make bookmarks and this B&W one is very striking.

  10. Hi Daisy. Love your little Book..Well done on your win. Your Bookmark is gorgeous. I love Black and White. I look forward to seeing all your creations. Thanks for your lovely comment, it means a lot. xx

  11. Lovely bookmark, great start on the challenge.
    Thanks for playing with us.