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A Little Big Fat Nature Journal

Filed under Anthology ATC Mailer Kit, Art Projects, Back in Stock, Beads, Giveaways, Newsletters, Nichola Battilana, Sale

Ooo… ahhh! What a sweet little (fat) book Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has made! Note: the pages are ATC sized, so the size in these photos may be deceiving!

Here’s some text from Nichola’s blog post:

This month’s kit has sprouted an ATC-sized nature themed junk journal.

I separated the panels from an ATC Ticket Journal as a base for many of the pages and used some Water Media ATC Cards and Aged Parchment for others.

Really I just made a whole bunch of ATCs and then stitched those suckers together. They make a lovely fat little book.

To bind the pages I simply poked three holes in one side, and tied them together with Bakers Twine which I’ve muddied up with a wash of brown paint.

As usual, Nichola is made of magic. Her little book may have been a cinch for her to make but it is truly a thing of beauty.

Read more in Nichola’s blog post. And/or see her supply list (plus check below in the Giveaway for a chance to wins lots of goodies from this list AND to see a second project Nichola made)!

New Tiny Things!

Aw… more tiny things. I can see those pretty flower beads becoming a bouquet in that new tiny vase. And mice with bones? Sounds like Halloween!

Birds & Bees Collection ON SALE!

FLASH SALE! Inspired by Nichola’s pretty artwork! This is a 20% off discount coupon: enter promo code BIRDS when you check out. (The discount will only effect the items in your cart from the sale section… read on!)

EVERYTHING in the Birds & Bees FLASH SALE Section is on sale — over 60 products, including the 4 highlights below. Note: this is was a mix of items from the Birds Collage Sheets section, plus anything with “bird” or “bees” in the title (so it includes things from Bee Charms to Ceramic Raven Beads)!

The discount is on top of current sale prices! (On top of current 15% off = a bit over 30% off!) The coupon expires at midnight on Wednesday night, August 22th.

Hooray for the Birds, Feathers & Tiny Things Giveaway!

Nice work, Nichola! She claims she never makes jewelry but these earrings are great! And Nichola posted a whole ‘nuther blog post about them!

So I’m picking out a few things from both of her projects (note: my supply list includes goodies in both of her projects):
– Ornithology Collage Sheet
Bees Collage Sheet
ATC Ticket Journal
Blue Birds Collage Sheet
Bronze Stopwatch Clock Charm – Roman Numerals (on the cover of her book)
– And some black Bakers Twine to tie it all together.

AND things shown at far left (a couple of each so you could make earrings):
– 42mm Bronze Key Charm
Wide Feather Charm – Patina Brass
Patina Brass Narrow Feather Charms
14mm Round Glass Cabochons

To enter the Birds, Feathers & Tiny Things 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, Monday Night, August 20, 2018).

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

Hey, who won the Maison de la Mode Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Chris K! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, August 19th, 2018

50 responses to “A Little Big Fat Nature Journal”

  1. Jen J says:

    Such great projects! How cute

  2. Barb A says:

    The earrings are lovely, but the ATC book blows me away! Love, love, love it!

  3. Nadine says:

    Thanks for another great giveaway!

  4. Kim Lucak says:

    Lovely!! The feather charms are great!!

  5. DianeD says:

    Love, love this giveaway. All my art is influenced by nature. Would use this to make a nature inspired canvas.

  6. Jean Marmo says:

    This is simply stunning! Love the earrings! So very cool!

  7. Ann F. says:

    Nichola’s ATC book is a thing of beauty. I would love to make one. I love making small things.

  8. Debora says:

    Love this idea! Very creative.

  9. Kim R says:

    Nichola always has wicked, creative projects! Love them both!

  10. Margaret Dolan says:

    Oh I love it all!!! Those earrings are awesome and that little fat book !! I love little fat books 🙂 what a fun giveaway!

  11. Laura N says:

    Love that little journal! I must make one of my own.

  12. Sue Young says:

    Nature yumminess !!!!! Love both projects!

  13. Vera Collier says:

    Love the earrings. The botanical papers would work great in a project I have been wanting to do. I bought a small, toy microscope at a garage sale a few years back and have been wanting to put together a botanist vingette box.

  14. Stefanie Smith says:

    I just love the atc journal – it’s beautiful!! I’d love to win this and have a go myself 🙂

  15. Jennie Ingram says:

    You are a jewelry maker now Nichola!

  16. Kat Cashwell says:

    Love the butterflies! Great project!

  17. Emily Ann N. says:

    Love,love,love the nature journal!!

  18. Sandie says:

    Love the ATC journal – it is simply awesome. Another great giveaway.

  19. BarbMac Vt says:

    Beautiful ATC journal and the earrings are stunning! I have a friend who would love the earrings too! May have to get the fixings so I can make her a pair and maybe a matching necklace! TFS! 🤞🤞🤞

  20. Mergurl says:

    Nicola is magic but so is Alpha Stamps. I love, love, love all the artists and supplies. So inspiring.

  21. Lorin S. says:

    I love all things birds and bees! I will make this little journal just to make me smile.

  22. Karen Mallory says:

    Wonderful projects! That is a great way to put together ATC cards you have from other people!
    Love the leaves and all the collage sheets!

  23. Carla says:

    Great project!

  24. Janet Turner says:

    The birds and bees theme is beautiful! I love the earrings, too. They would make great Christmas gifts.

  25. LeAnn Aagard says:


  26. Laura Callies says:

    These items are perfect timing for the season! Love the chunky style 💕

  27. Nancy E says:

    I just love Nichola’s work. Everything she touches becomes, “magic”!

  28. Jen R says:

    So sweet! Great work

  29. Rebecca R. says:

    So Adorable! Love all the little charms!

  30. Celia says:

    Love this one…butterflies! And I love making earrings too..

  31. Marykay chisum says:

    I live making books and jornnals and travelers notebooks!
    Great project!

  32. Susan M L says:

    Such a fabulous nature book! Putting nature ATCs together to make a beautiful fat book is brilliant! I MUST make at least one!!

  33. Andrea Pretlow says:

    Lovely bits!

  34. Congrats Chris! Love the little journal and earrings. Thanks for a chance to win a great give away.

  35. Madelin C. Wolf says:

    Sweet book! I’d love to receive the items in the giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity.

  36. Judy Goodwin says:

    I love all things tiny and also ATC’s. These look great!

  37. Mary Mac says:

    I love the keys

  38. Michelle G says:

    This is an awesome book!

  39. Rhonda S says:

    I love the earrings. The project is really cute too.

  40. Jackie says:

    the tiny journal is amazing. I have to make one.

  41. Lana says:

    I especially love the silicone bird mold, so sweet…or should I say “tweet”?

  42. Deborah Cox says:

    I’ve been in love with Nichola’s artistic gift forever! Love the little journal and earrings!

  43. Angie M says:

    What a coincidence! I am working on a little chipboard nature/butterfly book right now. So much inspiration

  44. Kathy Toews says:

    I love all things nature.

  45. The earrings are great. Especially love the atc book!

  46. Carol Feiner says:

    Put a bird on it! And I want to make those earrings!

  47. Amy says:

    Love the little fat journal!

  48. Chris Hoffman says:

    Like the 3D aspect of the book pages.

  49. Nichola never disappoints. I would love to win