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Go Away, I’m Reading Tutorial Plus FREE Collage Sheet

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Jeanne Draachreider, Newsletters, Sale, Tutorials

What a lovely creation by Design Team Member Jeanne Draachreider to sit down and sigh over! How many times would you just love to tell someone while you’re trying to read, Go Away, I’m Reading?! (Even if you’re not reading you’d like to just tell them to go away… oh wait. That’s me who fantasizes about that.)

Jeanne has created a gorgeous group of scenes contained within a New and On Sale! Paper Mache Book Box in her "Go Away, I'm Reading" Romantic Book Box. And she has also created FIVE new Go Away, I’m Reading Collage Sheets (and a Digital Download Set) along with a tutorial to walk you through creating one for yourself.

(Psst… ALL of Jeanne’s collage sheets have just been gathered together into a new section AND all of them are On Sale! But only through Thursday, June 26th!)

There’s A LOT to take in with this gentle madness of a piece. The cover starts off being primed and layered with lots of a great staple to have — White Gesso. New and On Sale! Chipboard Shabby Layered Frame and Leafy Chipboard Page Accents (with Gardenias – Cream-Pink-Brown and a nice, fat Giant Brass Bee) pull together the cover of the book.

Before we delve into the inside of the book, check out the book spine. New and On Sale! Fancy Chipboard Corners and Dazzles Gold Stacked Flourishes Stickers make it look pretty fancy-schmancy, don’t you think? Speaking of fancy-schmancy: look how lovely the back of the book is with Molding Paste and a 6×6 Damask Stencil. (And see that close-up of the top of the book… Jeanne made faux pages with molding paste, too!) The book itself even without all the loveliness of the inside would make a wonderful gift.

OK, NOW you can open the book because beauty abounds inside! How incredible is this? On the inside left features a lovely Madame de Pompadour from the Go Away, I’m Reading – Madame de Pompadour Collage Sheet enjoying her books (trust me on this… but I’m running out of room so you’ll have to check out more photos on Jeanne’s blog to see). She looks so comfortable on her settee, and it looks like she doesn’t want to be disturbed. Inside is a diorama of a couple in their sitting room from the Go Away – I’m Reading Banner Collage Sheet. A chandelier hangs as a lovely compliment to the elegantly appointed furnishings, including a dimensional table and vase of Mini Rose Buds in Pale Pink and Red. Details, details it’s always the details! I won’t tell you how she did it — but that chandelier! Sooooo easy!

Check out the Supply List before you peruse Jeanne’s blog for the full tutorial (and I’d grab a cup of coffee and plan for a relaxing few minutes)! If you make a book box — don’t forget I want to see it and we’ll post it on the Alpha Stamps Blog if you do!

Oooh! And that Jeanne! She’s graciously offered one of her stationery layouts as a FREE downloadable collage sheet! A beautifully-collaged layout to print as a collage background or to actually use as stationery.

Hey, don’t forget to scroll down for today’s Giveaway! It includes elements from Jeanne’s artwork plus some related items (some just put On Clearance Sale)! (And the announcement of who won the last Giveaway!)

Note: last Thursday we announced a FREE Gift Kit, and that offer is still on: a Venetian Baubles Gift Kit is FREE for all orders over $20! More info and a photo are below.

 Thursday Newsletter Recap   Plus 4 Venice Collage Sheets ON SALE through June 25th

Don’t Forget Thursday’s Newsletter
with a Venetian Paper Theatre by Nichola Battilana!

Distress Mini Ink Kit – Kit 7 – Hot and Cold

New and On Sale!

Venetian Baubles FREE Gift Kit

I was inspired by the colors and shiny bits in the artwork from Thursday’s newsletter… which led to this new FREE kit! Plus check out the Gift Kit Page for links to parts that are now on Clearance Sale!


Hooray! A Go Away Giveaway!

In addition to a ton of goodies from Jeanne’s Supply List AND everything in that photo below right that was just added to the Clearance Sale (including a bunch of jewels and glass beads I think would make a good chandelier!), this Giveaway has a some random items I thought fit in with the theme:
Satin Edge Organza Ribbon – Old Gold New and On Sale!
Die-Cut Chipboard Chairs Set
Miniature Potted Red Roses On Sale!
Jeweled Oval Pendant Frame On Sale! (and another chandelier possibility)
Go Away, I’m Reading – Stationery (Hey, that’s the only one not used in Jeanne’s artwork, but ALL FIVE of Jeanne’s new collage sheets are in the Giveaway!)

Note: those 5 new collage sheets are On Sale but only through next Thursday, June 26th

To enter the Go Away Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST (that’s Pacific Standard Time!!), MONDAY NIGHT, June 23, 2014).

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won Thursday’s Venetian Theatre Giveaway? That would be Pat Tillery! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by MizBella, June 22nd, 2014

124 responses to “Go Away, I’m Reading Tutorial Plus FREE Collage Sheet”

  1. DebR says:

    What a beautiful creation by Jeanne! Thanks for the opportunity to your great ‘Go Away’ giveaway!

  2. Kimberly says:

    OK, this is my new favorite!

  3. Lori Wilczek says:

    Oh so pretty!! Love the theme.

  4. Kay (Texfolkart) says:

    So wonderful! Just love it….and the chance to win your wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the inspiration

  5. Lorna Dufrane says:

    Love this !!

  6. Sandy says:

    Another fabulous kit!

  7. Emily N. says:

    I love book art!

  8. Karen says:

    Beautiful collection – great way to spend the afternoon – creating a wonderful collage

  9. Gerri herbst says:

    Such a fine collection.
    WHat a joy to create with!

  10. Diane D. says:

    I love everything about this entire post the Book Box and the Collage Sheets are beautiful and will definitely be finding a home with me. Truly love this project. Thanks so much for another great giveaway.

  11. Pat Shaw says:

    Absolutely love this new giveaway. Very creative! Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. Russell says:

    Yes! Please.

  13. Michele biondolillo says:

    So many books, so little time!

  14. Cherie says:


  15. Kathy Anderson says:

    I love the term, “gentle madness” and all this kit could inspire!!!

  16. OMG Love it I would love to win
    Thank you

  17. Teresa Currie says:

    I am tickled by the thought behind your Go Away Giveaway!! Wouldn’t it be luxurious to be able to claim a few minutes every day just for reading?

    Jeanne’s new stationary and art work are lovely. The little chip-board chairs and potted roses are fun!!

  18. Jen R says:

    I love to read. What a splendid giveaway!

  19. Traci says:

    I often tell my kids go away I am reading. I love a good book and I love Jeanne creative idea.

  20. Karen C says:

    I want to go away and craft!

  21. I just want to go away – LOL – love this!!!

  22. Diana Kitsmiller says:

    Lovely. Just lovely!

  23. Erica Holan says:

    Fabulously creative! Thanks! 🙂

  24. coco says:

    So pretty!! I love this giveaway with the little chairs, they are fabulous. Thank you for the chance to win!

  25. Diana Bittaker says:

    This is simply beautiful!!! But mine would say ” Go away, I’m crafting!”

  26. Peggy Oliver says:

    This transformation of basically a “naked” box is amazing! As a retired English professor, I would love to have this kit!

    I could keep it with me when reading so that as an interrupter approaches, I can just hold up the box and continue reading.Hmmm–I definitely think I could this!

  27. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    So many books and so little time. Same goes for crafting. Love this Giveaway.

  28. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Brilliant project! w/ remarkable elements. Mahalo for the op to win.

  29. marge says:

    hope that this comes my way…..

  30. Jenny S. says:

    Love the Go Away Giveaway! Thank you!

  31. Paulanne says:

    Oh, this is a lovely project to make. Jeanne has done a beautiful project.

  32. Liane Ceglar says:

    Beautiful work….love the theme !!!!!

  33. Roberta S says:

    This book box is GORGEOUS! I would love to win this giveaway! Thank you for the chance to snag such cool stuff!

  34. MargieD says:

    What a gorgeous free sheet from Jeanne and I’m just drooling over her beautiful book project. Yes, please enter me in this giveaway – it looks fabulous. Thanks.

  35. Virginia S. says:

    I love this kit. I have done several “book” projects, but this is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen.

  36. Willow says:

    Beautiful collection for the book worms as myslef. And a shrine too! Two favs in one set. You guys a great.

  37. girl you outdo yourself. It is beautiful Jeanne and I love it oh did I mention I love it? oxoxox

  38. Linda Isbell says:

    Don’t go away and pick someone else. Please, pick me!

  39. angelic says:

    Beautiful collection, great way to spend the summer crafting. Thank you for the chance to win.

  40. Sometimes I wish I could climb in a book box and pass the time working on all these great projects. Thank you for the ideas.

  41. Vickie says:

    Books and “Go Away!”, two of my favorite things!

  42. Jennifer J says:

    i am always reading!!! I need this. 🙂

  43. Me Pugh says:

    How romantic – the chairs are adorable.

  44. karenladd says:

    There are few things I like more than sitting down with a good book so this giveaway is fabulous! LOVE those chipboard chairs and would love to win!

  45. Jackie Barth says:

    Go away, I want to do this book box! It is gorgeous.

  46. barbara macaskill says:

    Love the collage sheets and those flowers are gorgeous! Would love to be the lucky winner! Thank you!

  47. June Sample-Josefiak says:

    I just want to Go Away and create with this wonderful ensemble.

  48. Diane d says:

    great blog giveaway as usual!!!

  49. Mary Mac says:

    Love the beautiful collage papers with this wonderful giveaway.

  50. Daylan says:

    They are sooooooo lovely!

  51. Marty P says:

    Such delightful artwork by Jeanne! Such a wonderful giveaway!

  52. Sokat says:

    On some days I could I could just stop at ..go away…

  53. Jill Noblitt says:

    These are beautiful!

  54. Karen Mallory says:

    What a gorgeous project. Beautiful Jeanne!
    Great giveaway too!

  55. maree natal says:

    Cool giveaway! Love the ideas here!

  56. Oh My Jeanne! This is absolutely fabulous!! count me in please

  57. Lovely! Great giveaway as well!

  58. Luanne Shoup says:

    So many ideas, so little time…..

  59. Cindy Leaf says:

    What can I say, I would love to win this, Alpha Stamps has the best design team and products by far, I spend hours just looking and dreaming and still never look at everything. Please pick me!!

    Thank you for offering this giveaway!

    Cindy Leaf

  60. P Boszko says:

    Oh, just wonderful!

  61. Leslie Hanson says:

    This is my favorite giveaway!

  62. Jo says:

    Love the reading motif and the icons – what a wonderful giveaway!

  63. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I love both beautiful projects show cased on today’s blog. I also want to thank you for the free stationery download. I will defintely use it.

  64. Lina T says:

    Great for a biblioholic 🙂

  65. Denise Bryant says:

    awesome kit! Such a great variety of products! Thanks for a chance at a great prize!

  66. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love this theme, and how she uses the paperboard book. It is gorgeous. Love all these tutorials.

  67. Very exquisite. Love it.

  68. Mary Toriello says:

    Go away I’m reading!

  69. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Are you sure that’s jot my daughter? She’s always reading…such a Lierary!

  70. Marilyn H says:


  71. Amazingly beautiful!

  72. Stefanie says:

    I just love box books!! Great tutorial and thanks for the collage sheet :o)

  73. Marie says:

    Perfect for making a gift for my friend, Carolyn!

  74. Janet Turner says:

    I love books. This is a great bunch of stuff! I would love to have all these great things.

  75. Diane Smith says:

    Love it……I’m an avid reader!

  76. MaggieM says:

    Ooh la this collection. And, thank you, Jeanne for the free download (XXOO). I would have such a blast with this fabulous giveaway – fingers and toes crossed:)

  77. shari peters says:

    I so love the projects made for this website! What imagination! I would love to win this giveaway. I really want the box book. I keep trying, one day I will win. Thank you.

  78. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    It’s all so enticing! I’ll be either reading, or crafting.

  79. LoriSW says:

    You never disappoint at Alpha Stamps. Service and products are great and designs are gorgeous!

  80. KIM says:

    I really like the shabby layered chipboard frame.
    Great Blog, creative ideas.

    Thanks, Alpha Stamps

  81. Renee Zarate says:

    Absolutely lovely give away!

  82. Thalia Kottke says:


  83. Carmen Willis says:

    Simply, Delightful!

  84. Rosemary Sharon Woodruff says:

    loving all the possibilities……yes!

  85. Lorna E says:

    Fabulous giveaway!

  86. LeAnn says:

    Beautiful – thank you for the tutorial.

  87. Carol Slowik says:

    Would love to do a book project! Hope you pick me!!

  88. Lisa M says:

    This is such a lovely project. I adore the frame. ADORE!

  89. Kristie says:

    I love this shabby chic look. And reading is one of my favorite hobbies.

  90. Beverly M. says:

    Love this!

  91. Amanda Flores says:

    Beautiful! I love all things miniature, and I think putting a scene inside of those boxes is GENIUS. I can’t believe I wanted to just decorate the outside and actually make it functional. 😉

  92. Gail Klein says:

    I’m a huge reader and I love the whole idea of this giveaway!

  93. Gilda says:

    Love Jeanne’s beautiful project. Thanks for another great give away and the free sheet

  94. orianna says:

    I’m the book reader now set into art.

  95. Lana says:

    100% delightful!!!!

  96. Tory Willson says:

    Truely love this theme! Beautifully done! A must have.

  97. Dena Cottrell says:

    Another beautiful set of goodies! You have such wonderful things!

  98. Again, you always amaze me, and INSPIRE me. Love all your creativity !!!!, I would absolutely love to win.
    thanks so much for sharing

  99. Rose Lewis says:

    Can’t shoo me away–I want this giveaway!

  100. Lori Devoux says:

    Love this! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  101. lynn legge says:

    i have always loved boxes and books.. and reading… so this is right up my alley.. thank you for a chance to win this wonderful craftiness… sign me up please

  102. Pam Weiler says:

    I love this giveaway. Thank you for your generosity.

  103. Mary-Ann says:

    Everything is so beautiful!

  104. Carolyn says:

    Go away I’m reading this blog post…Oh such a wonderful job Jeanne did with her book! Thank you for the lovely stationary and for the chance to win!

  105. Judy says:

    These are so lovely and have my favorite topic Books. Thanks for the inspirations.

  106. Nancy S says:

    What a beautiful piece. I just love all the detail. Anyone would just love this!

  107. Carmen says:

    Reading and papercrafts–doesn’t get any better than that!

  108. Beverly S says:

    Teeny tiny chairs – how adorable!

  109. Patti Flasch says:

    Lots of beautiful elements!

  110. Liz Russell says:

    Beautiful book box! I love the texture on the cover with the gesso and all the gorgeous details.

  111. Robin Withrow says:

    I love it! the new style chipboard is fabulous, cannot wait to “play” with some!

  112. Jamie says:

    Looks like fun!

  113. Dawn M. Furie says:

    Another Great Give Away!

  114. Lindy says:

    Love it! I feel exactly like this when I am reading.

  115. Angie says:

    Thank you for all the giveaways! They’re all fantastic.

  116. Roxanne says:

    Love all the collage sheets and embellishments….just ordered ooodles of fun stuff from Alpha Stamps….you guys have the Best ‘stuff’! 🙂

  117. Linda Ellis says:

    A glorious project!

  118. Charlene says:

    What a clever idea!

  119. Kathy M says:

    What talented designers you have! This is just beautiful! I’d love to try and create one myself. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I might win.

  120. April Dudko says:

    Maybe this time, LOL! Gorgeous as always!

  121. Mary Gryger says:

    OMG, this is about me! I jst would love to win this. Life without books is empty.

  122. Jo says:

    I love it!

  123. Donna Meyers says:

    The chairs are just delighful i am such areader that this simply speaks to me. Hope. I win this time.