Happy Wednesday! Today is the first day of peeks for the Taylored Expressions August Release. notebook-close-up-jami-custom.jpg Everything will be available for purchase Friday morning August 6th.   I’m excited to get to play along with the Baker’s Dozen as we show you a new stamp set concepted by yours truly  *BIG GRIN* and executed wonderfully by Nancy McKinney and Taylor – the set is called Take Note.

One of my very favorite little handcrafted gifts to give is an altered notebook.  Whether it’s a composition book, a skinny notepad, a notebook from the dollar spot or any other type of notebook, I’ve always loved to alter them.  I think it all goes back to my love of both school/office supplies and my love for making lists!  So of course I wanted a stamp set to label and title all types of notebooks and journals.  Take Note gives you three frame options and over 20 different title options.

notebook-take-note-jami-custom.jpgFor today’s sample I chose “Note to self” and created a notepad just for me out of some of my favorite October Afternoon Thrift Shop papers I stamped directly onto the patterned papers with Summer Afternoon using chalk inks.  And can you see how the label is shiny?  I covered it with Versamark and clear ep and heat embossed it.

Do you also notice how perfectly that frame stamp was cut out?  That’s because we have a whole new line of products to introduce today – Taylored Dies!  Each frame in the Take Note stamp set has a coordinating die!  Plus we have dies to coordinate with Garden Party Blooms!  How cool is that? I cannot wait to get my hands on those flower dies!   Check out all the details on Taylor’s blog today.

As if that news weren’t big enough, we also big new product news.  TE will be carrying the We R Memory Keepers Cinch Binding Machine.  And guess what?  I made this notebook with the Cinch!  Yep – me – the one who doesn’t like gadgets – I made this all by myself!  The Cinch is that easy to use!  I cut 2 pieces of chipboard to 5.5″ x 8″ and covered them on both sides with designer papers.  I rounded the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper.  My grocery store had packs of notebook filler paper on sale 10 for $10 so I picked some up.  I used approximately 70-75 sheets for this notebook – cut them the same size as the covers.  So fun!  I need to stock up on coils so I can make lots and lots of notebooks.  Ideas are running rampant in my head! I’ve avoided getting any type of binding machine for years, but the minute I saw the Cinch demo’ed I knew I wanted it!  Taylor will have a video up later in the week and I hope to get one made for you at some point also.


 While I had everything out on my table, I decided to stamp a coordinating card.  Let’s just pretend this is a gift set even though we all know full well that I’m keeping this notebook for myself!  LOL!


 Here’s a close up of the card.  It used the same elements as the notebook along with a sentiment from Care & Comfort and a different Taylored Die. As you can see, these dies are great in conjunction with Take Note and also with lots of images you already have!


And now let’s see what the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up for us today!

  • Alex Maldonado
  • Carolina Buchting
  • Charmaine Ikach
  • Donna Baker
  • Jackie Pedro
  • Jeanie Witmer
  • Jodi Collins
  • Karen Giron
  • Karen Motz
  • Melissa Sauls
  • Sankari Wegman
  • Taylor VanBruggen
  • Thanks for stopping by!  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think about Take Note.


    21 Responses to “Take Note – Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks Day 1”

    1. Donna B Says:

      wow! this notebook and matching card are beautiful! don’t blame ya one bit for keeping it either! enjoy & congrats on your new concepted set, it’s great!!!

    2. Linda Lapotka Says:

      I was sitting here trying to think of what to give my sister for her birthday, now I know. Your projects are wonderful.
      I love you blog. How do get those cute button like the Search Me and Subscribe.
      I am really enjoying the blog hop.

    3. Jodi Collins Says:

      Looks like we were on the same wavelegnth for our altered books my friend! AWESOME job concepting this AMAZING set! I can already see that this will be a staple in my stamp collection! LOVE your creations!!!

    4. Dee Says:

      Gorgeous! I was tempted by the Cinch at CHA and I am now totally weakened by your post LOL!!! The matching card would make a perfect set. I too was always obsessed with Office Supplies when I was in school so I’m thinking both the dies and the Cinch are a must have. I’m a list freak myslef and my heads doing flips with ideas 🙂

    5. Barbara Says:

      My Oh My!!!—-Fabuuuulous—-Jami, your “Take Note” is wonderful—Can’t wait for Fri—-And happy that Taylor has added dies to her store-YIPPEE

      Barbara in Bellflower

    6. Sankari Says:

      SOO lovely Jami!! I love the soft look that you created and those liquid pearls I see are SOOO yum-a-licious!!! Gorgeous colors – so happy with your stamp concept – what a great set – can’t wait to make more!!! Sending you big hugs lovie!!!!!!!!!!
      Did you feel it ??? :))
      Much love,
      Sankari 🙂

    7. loricraig Says:

      Love your gift set, Jami! Darling stamp set, too! I had to snag it up at CHA. Hugs!

    8. Jackie Pedro Says:

      Beautiful, Jami!! BEAUTIFUL! Love the coordinating card!

    9. Melissa Sauls Says:

      Jami, I just LOVE your set!!!! LOVE IT!!! Are you getting any hints that I just love your set, Take Note?? 🙂 LOL! Your samples are absolutely STUNNING as well!! I was motivated to get those same papers out to use with my next project! Beautiful set!

    10. Taylor Says:

      So soft and sweet and totally JAMI! I’m loving this Take Note set and all the possibilities for gifty notepads and books. Already looking forward to creating Christmas projects! 🙂

    11. natalie Says:

      Congrats Jamie on your beautiful concept, how wonderful to see an idea come together and know that you had a big part in it’s creation. How satisfying! Love the notebook and aren’t you glad you overcame that “dislike” for gadgets!!

    12. rache Says:

      Very nice. thanks for sharing.

    13. Carolina Says:

      Heartwarming in every way Jami! Love this shabby chic set you created ~ the design and colors are so sweet and soft. The set is just so wonderful…so glad you thought of it ~ it’s so versatile, practical, and just over all fun to create with. Hugs & Smiles!!!

    14. Bev J. Says:

      Congrats on seeing your idea come to life-looks like a it will be a neat set with dies as a great added feature!!

    15. Rose Kerry Says:

      I love the collage look of your notebook and card. Very soft and beautiful. Awesome job designing this set, can’t wait to see the whole thing.

    16. Charmaine Ikach Says:

      Just beautiful, Jami! I LOVE the stamping over top of the words. . .what a great effect!

    17. Karen Giron Says:

      Love this notebook – all the shabby fabulousness! 🙂

    18. Karen Motz Says:

      The dies are so pretty paired with the sets you chose!! Love all the sponging too!

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