My 10th “Inspiration by Gwyneth” Post For “Dragons Lair Designs” Blog – January 2015

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It’s time for another inspiration post from me on the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog” blog. This is more or less what I posted over on that blog.

Hopefully I can inspire you with some creations made using a kit of digital backgrounds and elements that is available in the Dragons Lair Designs store.

This month my inspiration creation to show you is a “Book For All Sorts Of Things”.  With a notebook, ball point pen, plain cardstock, and pocket inside, it can be used in whatever way the recipient wants. So if they want to keep it as a notebook they can, or doodle, or draw, or stick in photos, or pop keepsakes in the little pocket, or cut out things they want from a catalogue to stick in – well they can – it’s not tied to being anything in particular. And, of course, they can add extra pages of any type of paper or cardstock that they want.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:


  • 250gsm Super Smooth cardstock
  • A5 notebook
  • Seam binding
  • 2 clip rings
  • 2 sheets of cardboard for cover
  • Quick grab glue
  • A5 white 300gsm cardstock
  • ball point pen


  • Hougie Board
  • Scissors
  • Crop-a-dial
  • 2 hole paper punch

This is what I did:

Firstly I took the notebook and cut out two pieces of cardboard a bit larger than it.  I then used My Craft Studio software to do some layering and some panels using items and backgrounds from the Cinnamon Spice Collection, printing everything off once I was satisfied with the layout.

I used quick grab glue throughout to allow for a little movement time before it grabbed and held.

One panel was put on the front of the notebook, I then scored along the lines of the notebook front and folded the edges over, cutting off the corners before glueing in place and then glueing the 1st lined page over to hide the folded strips.

CinnamonSpice 01 12For the front and back I covered them both with the same background panel, again scored around the edge and cut the corners, before folding the sides over.  I cut two panels from another background from the collection just a smidge smaller than the front and back and stuck these inside to cover the folded over strips, putting a length of seam binding under the inside panel of the back before sticking it in place.

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I punched holes in the A5 cardstock and placed one of these over the back cover where I wanted it to be and drew through the two holes onto the cover.  I then used the crop-a-dial to first punch holes through the cover then to set the hole washers in place.  I did the same for the front cover, using the back cover hole positions as a guide.

I cut a panel of cardstock and scored in at 1cm, 1.5cm and 2cm on three sides.  These formed the sticking panel and gussette of the pocket that was stuck inside the back cover.  The covered notebook was stuck inside the front cover.

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A second panel was stuck onto the front, putting one end of a length of seam binding underneath it before it was put in place.  I finished off the front with a flower printed and cut from the same collection.

The “book” was then constructed, clipping everything together with the rings and putting the ball point pen inside, before adding two short lengths of seam binding as decoration to the rings and tieing the lengths at the open side.

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And that is it from me for today. I hope my little creations will inspire you to visit the Dragons Lair Designs store and have a play with some of the digital downloads available to buy yourself.

Please visit the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog” regularly over the next few weeks as you’ll find various “Inspiration by …” posts appear from the other design team members, as well as colouring tutorials and other posts. I’ll be back with more posts for the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog” over the coming months as well, so keep an eye out for those too.



Dragons Lair Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Dragons Lair Designs, please do visit the Store to find all sorts of digital goodies for crafting, and the minimum spend is only £2 (you’ll find great digi-stamps and lots more).
  • And why not join the “Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group” on Facebook. It’s a small, fun, group where we have lots of different activities which include exclusive challenges, lots of inspiration and giveaways – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop.
  • “Like” Us on Facebook
  • While I’m not a fan of Pinterest and especially people’s habit of posting images, digi-stamps, etc., to the site that they’ve got no rights to, you can follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog : new challenge every month
  • Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog : a showcase/inspiration blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragons Lair Designs.
  • Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom



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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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