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Friday 7 September 2012

Happy Troll mini book

Good Morning to all my lovely blogging friends and followers - I'm scheduling this post on Thursday night but its due to come out on Friday morning amidst the bedlam that will be the first day of school for my little Penny. Sniff sniff - wipes away a tear - on with the post.

Over at the scrapbookstampsociety there are changes afoot - and one of the changes is going to be a greater emphasis on challenges. Today there is a challenge starting that runs for a fortnight based on journalling. Now I've been inspired by one or two people and have been thinking about having a dabble - but I didn't have a proper journal to start off with - so mine is a sort of mini - book - that will be for happy thoughts!!!

The image I've used is called Happy Troll and he's by artist Heather Valentin. You can get him here. My mini book cover has been made using a combination of distress stains, distress inks and radiant rain sprays - plus mini stamps from Lavinia. I've added Happy troll to the cover and hand written the title - I think I will type the title and add it again in print - but unfortunately time has run away with me!

I'd like to enter my happy troll into the following challenges:

Bearly Minebearlymine-challenges: Anything but a card
Anything but a cardanythingbutacard: anything goes
totally stampalicioustotallystampalicious: anything but a card
Tuesday Alchemytuesdayalchemy: Anything goes
Papertake weeklypapertakeweekly: anything goes

So why not pop over to the scrapbook stamp society challenge site here and see what you think - its going to be a fun challenge!


Rachel xx


  1. This is fabulous, I love the image .xxx

  2. This is a fab mini book Rachel, I love your background - not sure he looks very happy though!

  3. Love this book your troll is just great.The back ground is beautiful must try making my own.

  4. Love this book your troll is great, the background is gorgeous. Marlene

  5. Hi Rachel, oh such a sad day for you, but Penny will probably have the time of her life, you can take heart in that. They grow up so fast.... Love the troll, he really is a cute character and well done for doing it in a ring binder style because you can take your pages out and do them separately and then the colours will not migrate into each other - as I know from experience! Try to enjoy your day.....Crafty hugs, Anne x

  6. Hello Rachel. on this wet miserable morning. It is such a cute troll and the background is fab

  7. This is fabulous. Such a great image and I love the colours you have used.
    I hope that your Penny had enjoyed her first day at school.
    Have a great weekend
    Big Hugs Sue

  8. Great journal! Thank you so much for sharing your great project with us at Bearly Mine Challenge this week. Good luck!

    Hugs, Natascha

  9. What a fantastic image. I love the distress inks and stains; great results.

  10. Your little troll is so cute and I love that background you created for your mini book.

  11. so cute and beautiful Rachel.

    greetings karin

  12. Rachel it's gorgeous! Do not type, print and glue 'Happy Troll Book'. I don't like my handwriting and I guess that is why you want to re-do this. It will mean a lot more to your girls in the future if they see your writing on it. Hope today wasn't too painful for you and I bet Penny had a fantastic day! Sending loads of hugs down the internet to you hun Karne xx

  13. What a fun image, love your colour choice to. Thanks for joining us at Bearlymine, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  14. Great book Rachel this will be treasured. Have a great weekend. Teresa xx

  15. Love your journal! The troll is so awesome! Thanks for joining us at anything but a card!

  16. Your little journal is a wonderful momento and please leave it just as it is! I love seeing my Mum's handwriting on things as it brings her closer to me now she's gone. I do hope your little one had fun on her first day at school and that you survived the separation!
    Thank you so much for sharing your work at ABAC's first challenge and we do hope you join us again soon.

  17. Fabby book Rachel! Love the image - he's the cutest troll i ever saw! Hope Penny's 1st day went well......and hope you coped ok too!
    Hugs Jo x

  18. He is just too cute to be a real troll! Awesome coloring.


  19. That is tooo cute!! Thanks for joining us at ABAC! :) :)

  20. beautiful and cute journal sweetie!!
    Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Alchemy Challenges!!

    you can visit
    for my free digis!!


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