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Saturday Spot: Se7en + 1’s SketchBook Project for 2012…

February 7th, 2012 · 28 Comments

A couple of weeks back I mentioned that it was time for us to get working on our Sketchbook…


And I asked you all what you would like in a Companion Book… recipes, things to do through the seasons, things you need to know, things to remember… So last Monday and Tuesday out came the markers, the paints, the pens… and a heap of cutting and snipping…

It is done and posted...thrilled to have made it!!!

Of course I didn’t begin right away and of course I spent last Monday and Tuesday posting updates on Instagram… as I battled to reach the deadline…

Kids want me to stop working for lunch... Some one pop over and make an instant cover for my @arthouse notebook.

And finally popped it into an envelope and dashed to the post office, only to discover that they close their doors ten minutes early. Gasp! And a quick call and a dash across town to a different post office that shuts half an hour later. Our envelope was off, and I was sorry to see it go. I liked our book and had become friends and to be honest I would have liked to do a little more fixing and cutting and sticking… next year don’t let me leave it till the very last minute!!!

And here you go… A cover that hides the secrets within…


And an introduction… I was thinking of a Companion Book as a little book full of things you need to know and packed with little reminders… things you don’t want to forget.

Including a few lists of things you own, like your games shelf so that when you are out and about you don’t gather duplicates.

And a notebook for jotting things down…

A must know recipe for the quickest easiest cake in the world…

A page of gift ideas… I have a list but often get distracted… so a list to keep me on track.

Two quick crafts to know: How to make pipe cleaner people and How to make a jeans bag… This information can literally knock the socks off your kids as you surprise them!!!

Se7en Essential Craft Supplies to keep on hand…

A list of places we’ve been and places we still have to go…

Travel tips and very basic essentials to pack…

Things to pop into your backpack…

Don’t forget your passport…

And a list of things to remember to collect throughout the year – things to pop into your family year book.

And on to the seasons… and easy things to do through out the year…

Time to start your vegi-garden…

And lift the flap…

And Summer Fun…

And things to do in the summertime…

And Autumn…

And time to feed the birds…

And finally Winter…

And winter fun…

And all too soon our book was done!!!

If you enjoyed that then you might want to take a peak at last years book:

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28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 April O. // Feb 7, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Wow!!! Well done! 😀

    May I just add that your Alisa Burke classes have truly payed off?


  • 2 auntymuffin // Feb 7, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Looks wonderful!

  • 3 Rebecca K // Feb 7, 2012 at 7:30 am

    WOWZA!!!! ok, so i have NO idea what your sketchbook is for, but i have to say, it is BEAUTIFUL!!! so inspiring! I LOVE it!
    Rebecca K´s last blog post ..Books to read in 2012

  • 4 se7en // Feb 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Thanks April O…. Oh I love Alisa Burke and her classes – love them to bits… and yes they do so inspire me to create things!!! Hope you are having a great week!!!

  • 5 se7en // Feb 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Thanks Aunty Muffin!!! Hope the weather cools off for you!!! Lots of love!!!

  • 6 Tammy // Feb 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Stunning, wish there was one for our library!

  • 7 se7en // Feb 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Hi Rebecca K, You can read about the sketchbook project here… It is an annual project where folk around the world fill a sketchbook and then send it to the Brooklyn Art Library and all the notebooks go on tour… fun!!! I would so love to visit the tour one day!!! Hope you have a great day!!!

  • 8 se7en // Feb 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Hay Tammy, if only it was this much fun to write a book I would have written one already!!! Hope you are enjoying the sunshine!!!

  • 9 Christine // Feb 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Love it! Love the little mini-books, and other “pop-outs”.
    Christine´s last blog post ..Who you callin’ stupid?!

  • 10 Domestic Goddesque // Feb 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    That’s more than a sketchbook: it’s a Compendium!!
    Domestic Goddesque´s last blog post ..My twitter policy: what’s yours?

  • 11 Catherine // Feb 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    This is a brilliant idea! I’d never heard of the Sketchbook Project before.

    It looks like you had a HEAP of fun making this. 🙂
    Catherine´s last blog post ..Have you heard about ‘The Letterbox Project’?

  • 12 se7en // Feb 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Hi Christine!!! You are still out there, thank you so much for saying hi… it means so much to me!!! I thought I would try a bit more three-dimensional fun this year with the note books and so on… who knows what could happen by next year!!! Hope you are having a great week!!!

  • 13 se7en // Feb 7, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Domestique Goddesque, So trilled you had time to stop by today – so glad you enjoyed our “Compendium”!!! Hope tomorrow goes so well, I’ll miss you while you take some time off!!! Lots of love…

  • 14 Kimberly // Feb 8, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Wow and wow! I love it – it turned out amazing! I sure wish I could linger over it in person. Well done!

  • 15 Corli // Feb 8, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Totally creative and vibrant and amazing. Totally love it!!
    Corli´s last blog post ..winter beauties

  • 16 Natasha // Feb 8, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Have you guys seen this place??

    Apparently it’s accross from the old biscuit mill?..

  • 17 Natasha // Feb 8, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Love the book!! So cool!!

  • 18 Shells // Feb 8, 2012 at 8:07 am

    OOooh I Love it – love all the colours. Gotta ask, who is the black liner artist? Love the creativity! Well done seven + 1!!!

  • 19 se7en // Feb 8, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Hi Kimberly, Thank you!!! I have to say there is always a little pang when letting it go!!! Why we can’t make ourselves a wonderful book I don’t know, somehow we need the motivation of a “sketchbook project.” Hope you have a brilliant day!!!

  • 20 se7en // Feb 8, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Thank you Corli, we have such fun doing this book… I really should have a family book on the go always that we are filling and creating and putting goodies into… we all enjoy the process so very much!!! Loved your little winter beauty in the snow… how does time go so very fast!!! Lots of love from all of us!!!

  • 21 se7en // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Hi Natasha, Thanks for stopping by and so glad you liked the book. No we haven’t seen the very trendy spot you suggest!!! Thanks for the tip and hope you have a great day!!!

  • 22 se7en // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Hi Shells, Thanks for loving our colorful book!!! It was a corporate effort and so much fun to put together… Hope you have a great week!!!

  • 23 Kerry // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Man oh Man. You are so inspiring. I could pore over that book for hours. Literally hours. Well done!
    Kerry´s last blog post ..Colour, Hearts, Cake… Yummyness

  • 24 se7en // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Oh Kerry, So glad to be one of the ten blogs you chose to read the next half hour!!! I was going to say pick me, pick me – but decided that would be a little forward!!! Hope you have a fabulous week and thanks for stopping by and liking our book!!!

  • 25 mandimadeit // Feb 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Beautiful Se7en! Think my boys and I will have to do something like this for ourselves…
    mandimadeit´s last blog post ..The Homeschool Mothers Journal #1/2012

  • 26 se7en // Feb 8, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Mandimadeit… This is a really fun project to do together!!! All th way through from deciding what to do to the finished product… fun!!!

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