When Nora went out to my ‘stamping room’ Sunday afternoon, she said she wanted to make a book or a diary.  A 3″ x 4″ bound booklet was on top of a table outside the room so I showed it to her.  First thing she saw once in my room was the script ‘love’ from the Expressions Thinlits DiesOh, but it’s white and won’t show up.  So, I showed her my box(es) of retired Designer Series Papers.  The rest is history………..

Nora's diary

She really learned how to use 2-Way Glue, Tombow Anywhere Glue, Snail Adhesive, SU!’s Paper Trimmer, heart punch, sponges, stamp pads…….  She definitely already knew all about the Cleaning Pad and Stampin’ Mist.  And the new White Stampin’ Chalk Marker.

Nora-back of diary

Nora didn’t like the plain white back of her diary and wanted something like ‘sky’.  Sponge and Soft Sky classic pad satisfied her totally.

After making her diary she wanted to make some books for her brothers–but they didn’t need diaries.  For Austin, 9, it is a Sea Life Journal:

Austin's journal
What really impressed me — like TOTALLY — was that after I trimmed the layer pieces, she placed them on the card/book front, perfectly butting up those diagonal lines without a word from me.  After the first cover she was off and running with that style.

Nora for Landen back
Austin also loves football so this was the back of his book.  She found my Black & Orange Halloween glitter

The football was made with the large oval punch that she saw hanging on the back of my door in a hanging ‘shoe rack’.


Finally, she made a drawing book for 5 year old Landen—who totally rejected it and crushed Nora’s heartfelt sense of accomplishment.  (She’s going to save it for Christmas when hopefully he will accept it as she intended!)

Nora for Landen
When she saw the retired tab punch she actually SAW a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figure!  Landen had recently had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle themed birthday party.  The black belt is just above his ‘feet’.  You saw those didn’t you?  And the fold notches are the arms.  The red line is his identifying bandana.  Check out the Chalk Marker and the nicely butted diagonal lines.


I think her creativity really shows the beauty of the mind of a child.  So uncluttered and free.

Next event will be when either she returns to our house or I take some supplies to hers.  She wants to make more Christmas cards.  AND envelopes.  Yes, she understands how that Envelope Maker works to.  I’m waiting now for her to turn 18 because she’d make a great demonstrator! 


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