Monday, May 23, 2011

Giveaway: Win This Book!

Sew, Mama, Sew's May Giveaway Day is here! Welcome to those of you visiting for the first time!

Here at Salamander Dreams, I'm offering a handmade book--one that can be used over and over. Did you ever get a beautiful blank book and feel like you didn't want to actually use it? I've solved this problem by giving this book pockets instead of pages.

This is an accordion-style book with six pockets. You could put anything you want in those pockets--photos, coupons, receipts--but I admit I've been thinking of it as an inspiration book. Tuck those random things you find into the pockets, so you remember that exact color blue you saw in the magazine when you're standing in front of bolts of fabric at the quilt store. Or tuck a bit of your yarn so you can match buttons. I don't know about you, but I have a few too many notebooks lying around, yet still, I tend to write things down (an idea for a project, yardage needed for a sweater) on random bits of paper. The solution? Pockets. (Well, I suppose the solution for lots of people is an iPhone, but my phone only makes calls, plus I like pretty paper!)

Normally, accordion books open out like, well, an accordion, but I've given this one a delicate ribbon binding, so it opens like a typical book.

And, of course, one ribbon on each side extends so you can tie it shut. The book is made with paper-wrapped book board and bookbinding paste. It's meant to be used, but I don't know how it will survive if it lives in the bottom of your bag. (It wouldn't hold up living the bottom of my bag, but I have three children and my bag is approaching that of Mary Poppins.) The book measures 5 1/4 inches wide by 6 1/4 inches tall, with pages measuring 5 1/2 inches by 5 inches, with 3-inch deep pockets.

I will ship internationally! For a chance to win, leave a comment here by 9 pm EST Wednesday, May 25. If you'd like, tell me something that inspires you. (I love color! Very inspiring.) Make sure you leave a way for me to email you. If your email address isn't part of your sign-in (for instance, your Blogger profile), please leave it in your comment. I'll also announce the winner Thursday so check back in case I have trouble contacting you. The winner will be chosen randomly, and nobody related to me is eligible (but if you're my sister, I'll make you a book anyway!).

If you like what you see, I hope you consider following me here or on Twitter. It's not a requirement to enter this giveway, but when I decide to start making so many books I need to sell some, you'll be the first to know. Good luck! And thanks for visiting.

~amy

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121 comments:

bellsknits.com said...

well done Amy. It's so lovely and i like the idea of being able to reuse it. Inspired! My clever friends inspire me!

mellowpuff said...

Love the idea of an inspiration book! Spring weather inspires me. Days full of hope and promise.

Rose Red said...

It's very cool! Like Bells, I am inspired by my friends, all the cool things they make and blog about and do. And nature - nature is way cool.

Sarah W said...

It looks so cute - i'd love to use it as a card organizer/planner. Thanks for the giveaway.

twannywun said...

Please can I enter :)
The great outdoors inspires me
karen s
twannywun at hotmail dot com

Sarita said...

I'm inspired by nature. Today, it's pouring but I'm hoping that ends so I can get outside to recharge.

Jordan said...

this would be great to store receipts and coupons in!

Sims Family said...

I love pinterest because I can browse at everyone else's thoughts. It totally inspires me! And I love this notebook!

sims.whitney at gmail.com

Helena said...

Neat book, hmm inspire me my kids <3
texhelena(at)aol(dot)com

Rachael said...

I'm inspired by the blogs I visit and the books I buy for my sewing adventures, and as well as Pinterest.

This notebook is super cute!!

rachaelroyce [at] gmail [dot] com :)

Poddle said...

That is such a fantastic idea - and it's so pretty too! I'd love to enter. Your book is inspirational in itself but I have to admit most of my inspiration these days comes from blog-land and all the amazingly creative people who inhabit it.

Going to have to check out the rest of your blog now...

Sharon said...

That will be perfect for my card sketches!

Anonymous said...

Curses! The wretched sister-exception....
But you already made me a jar. Which I love.

Lora said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway! All of the talented, creative women on these blogs inspire me.

Kristi said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

mindfulhome at gmail dot com

beccy said...

Hi Amy! Currently I'm very inspired by your book - what a wonderful idea! Think of all the things you could stuff in there, it would be like a portable mood-board :)

kathy said...

My inspiration comes more from texture. I love touching things (slap my hand) and can't help myself.
Great giveaway and glad to meet you.
You can see my giveaway at http://runningwithrocket.blogspot.com/2011/05/sewmamasew-bunny-giveaway.html

Olivia said...

Very cute, I'd use this for coupons!

alligatorhugs@gmail.com

Abby said...

Very beautiful, I'd use it for my school work to help keep me more organized :)
dramallama56@hotmail.com

james said...

this is such a great idea. being in the woods inspires me. not only the colors but just being in nature.

R said...

Neat Idea!

RP from BBC {at} gmail {dot} com

Dylans World said...

My son and his friends inspire - they have such amazing imaginations!
stefanie_sullivan at yahoo dot com

jenna is a zombie said...

my friends inspire me!

Jenilyn said...

Love the book! I'm inspired by brightly colored fabric! This book is such a neat idea!

Nicole said...

Such a wonderful prize. Thanks so much for the chance to win. I think nature is very inspiring. I need to get out in it more.

Ellen said...

Spring inspires me!

A Joyful Chaos said...

My family inspires me the most.

ajoyfulnoise (at) live (dot) com

At Home With Michelle said...

I think I am your long lost sister,Michelle..lol...does that count??lol..I love sharing ideas to others, it helps inspire me with what they input:) and drawing too:)Thanks for the chance to win:)
rdnetting@msn.com

Sew Flippin Cool said...

Great idea! I am mostly inspired by vintage children's books and the kids that read them. :)

Kathleen said...

Oh wow, what an elegant book. (And I'm definitely one of those people who buys beautiful blank books and then gets scared to write in them, so the idea of a pocketed inspiration book instead is one I love!)

Something that really inspires me is nature, especially now that it's spring and my breath gets taken away a little each morning that I wake up and see how much greener and more beautiful and alive everything is becoming outside my window!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

It is beautiful and frankly, other people's creations inspire me. Just like this one!

Jessica said...

I really like the pockets in this book, I am always ripping things out of magazines, storing them in piles for my inspiration!

Jen said...

I LOVE this! I see lots of creative imagination at work. Seeing other people dream is very inspiring to me!

Littlebit said...

Thank you so much for the opportunity to win
libbystiles(at)hotmail(dot)com

Domestic Diva said...

Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

B @ Sweet Limes said...

Funny that you say inspiration book when you think of how to use this because the second I saw it I thought it would be perfect to hold my inspiration for dolls as I'm making them!

mes.sweet(at)gmail(dot)com

Kay Lynne said...

A very nice giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win!

Kay
http://kayzquiltz.blogspot.com/

Larissa said...

Shapes and the way they play together inspire me!

larissaesq at gmail dot com

Amy said...

The book is just lovely! Colors and necessity inspire me. Thanks for the chance.

Byrdi said...

Thank you!
And I love this; very cute! I'd probably use it as inspiration too!

KC
bunnygrrl_61793(at)hotmail(dot)com

Raven's Rascals said...

What a great idea! I'm one of those that has little pieces of paper EVERYWHERE! I get inspiration from colors and textures. Thanks for the chance to win!

ravensrascals at gmail dot com

Very Verdant said...

My children inspire me; in fact, when I saw this giveaway I thought this book would be perfect for my Brooke, who is officially a highschool senior. It would be a great place to keep tidbits of memories through out the year.

hilary said...

Oh, so lovely! I am inspired by other people's projects!

wooLynn said...

I love the book! I am most inspired by nature...thanks for the chance to win.

Hayley said...

Adorable! thanks for the giveaway!

Monica said...

That book would be perfect for storing decorating ideas I see for our new house. What am I inspired by?? Other people's blogs!

Addie said...

I love the pocket book idea for keeping special stuff stored prettily. I am inspired by the sky and sunsets lately. Thank you for the giveaway. addiekugler(at)gmail(dot)com

Wehaf said...

What a beautiful book! I love it. I'm inspired by all the spring flowers.

urchiken at gmail dot com

dearmrsreese said...

Beauty inspires me.

Marta said...

I'm inspired by other creative people. :)

Crystal Hendrix said...

ADorable!! I love the pocket idea!!

Meagan said...

What a great idea! :) Thanks for the giveaway.
Trendymeg@msn.com

nicmowat said...

so unique!
thanks for the sweet give-away
email in profile
or
nicmowat (at) gmail (dot) com
:)

babalisme said...

Blogs in general, inspires me, wedding blogs, personal style blogs, cooking blogs, travelling blogs... really you can see the world these days and its all living things and thoughts just by staring on your monitor! Amazing!

Jasmine1485 said...

I love this, it would be perfect for uni, holding little scraps of paper I've scribbled notes on, handouts etc. I get inspired by reading, both novels and magazines and also by talking to friends and finding out what they've been doing. :)

kate1485 at hotmail.com

Pippijo said...

Sew beautiful

Divya N said...

great book..and a wonderful idea of having pockets instead of papers...it would make the perfect gift for my mom..she hates writing on any of the books I give her;) BTW please come and participate in my giveaway athttp://jewelsofsayuri.blogspot.com/ and win a cute fabric corsage bracelet....my email jewelsofsayuri@gmail(dot)com

Beth Hawks said...

What a great idea! I always have a ton of notes floating around - this would be a perfect place to keep them.

mooncalf said...

That is a genius idea. I love it!

I'll be following you on twitter so I can see when you decide to sell some but I'll also be keeping my fingers crossed I win this one.

Mama Gone Green said...

cool idea! I get inspired by nature.
tarynoakley@gmail.com

Jodi said...

Yay! Giveaway! And I think a book with pockets is a great idea. A book full of blank pages is just more pressure than I can stand. :)

Cherie said...

Great idea! I could definitely use this book. :) I love to poke around Ravelry. I'm constantly inspired by the projects there and am always amazed how a simple pattern can take on so many variations. epeanut79 at comcast dot net

Irina said...

this looks so beautiful! thanks for the chance!

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness, I know EXACTLY what you mean about not wanting to use up a beautiful new blank book! What a clever idea, I love it, and I love the print and colors you chose. What inspires me? Anything that's pretty to look at, especially gorgeous fabric and paper. :-)

Mary @ Bugglebee Handmade said...

This is such a great idea and so nicely done! I'm inspired by color and all these fabulous blogs!

Rescued Goods said...

What an awesome idea! Inspiration-nature, gardens, farming. Just loving Spring here!
Vanessa

Deb said...

Beautiful book...thanks for the chance! I'm inspired by color and shapes - and definitely other crafters' amazing work!

Anonymous said...

notcot.org is a big inspiration!
sforslund at yahoo dot com

Lisa said...

I am inspired by my children. I make lots of things because of/for them. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jingle said...

I find music to be very inspiring! jinglesells at gmail dot com

redheadsandspreckles said...

I'm inspired by other crafters and bloggers, like you. Seeing what others are doing gets me itching to create things for myself, and I find that often other crafters I read about come up with clever ideas I would have never thought of myself, such as your lovely book. Thank you for the giveaway.

fern said...

that is a problem I have so often, don't want to actually use the beautiful blank book I have!!!

my inspiration- the green of spring and summer. I love looking oustide my sewing room window seeing the life out there! in the winter-the evergreens. So, really, i guess GREEN is my inspiration. the green of life!

Stephanie Granite said...

seeing other's work inspires me, especially if it's well photographed!

LULObird said...

very lovely! happy to have found your blog! i love this!!! a lot : )

http://lulobird.blogspot.com

thriftyfinn said...

Thanks for the chance! I get inspired by my friend's Pinterest. She has a very good taste.

Christie S. said...

My garden inspires me. Plant a little seed and with care it grows and produces food. Love the colors, textures and of course the flavors.

Anonymous said...

I'm new to blogs/posting comments etc. I was clicking on blog names I liked to see if they were giving away anything I was interested in and found your lovely book. I have done some bookbinding and it is my favorite craft-have a stash of beautiful papers in my closet. Thanks for the offer-Gretchen, I am: duranzo@yahoo.com

HelenN said...

Cool book, I love the pockets.

helenhsin(at)yahoo(dot)com

Aim said...

I'm inspired by the stuff other people make!

If I happen to be the lucky winner you can contact me though my blog www.radseams.com/blog

Jo said...

I'm continually inspired by nature and music :)

jo.tee35 At gmail DOT com

corina said...

I would cherish the book! Definitely NOT for the bottom of a purse. I'm thinking in my sewing room for important tidbits! I am inspired by color.

zees5 said...

I have always wanted one of those and everything on my desk is that color. God's creation inspires me (: Thank you for a great giveaway.

Patty D from NC said...

Very nice. Looks like a fun way to keep stuff organized

Delaina said...

I love the cover to this book!
delainaj36(at)gmail(dot)com

CMEH said...

this is a wonderful book! thanks so much for a great giveaway

Emilie said...

I would love to know how to make these! It's a great book!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Chantal said...

Oh this book is really beautiful. I just book making and the way this journal is bound its both simple and beautiful.

Claire Atoxim said...

This would make a beautiful competition book, thanks for the chance to win it.

Atoxim at gmail dot com

Kiza said...

This is *beautiful*! You are truly an artist. :) I mostly sew, and find that I'm inspired by color and texture. I tend to spend a lot of time touch fabrics before I decide which to buy. I'm also a big fan of flickr-browsing, though I can get lost there for WAY too long. ;) Thank you for taking part in Giveaway Day and for offering up such a lovely prize!

Kari said...

This book is gorgeous... I think this will inspire me!

gill said...

Great book!
I'm inspired by nature - I'm so lucky to live where I do,surrounded by beautiful views

Stephanie and Carlos said...

You know what inspired me recently... The Autumn leaves falling from the trees down our street. The following day the wind had blown them into bunches and my kids ran through them on the way to school laughing and screaming. The next day it rained and they made no movement at all... Leaves hey?!

xo Steph

adrienne said...

Oh, lovely!

I'm inspired by lots of things, but colours also tend to be the big one. Flowers, sometimes...

UmmaThreads~ Crafty Squirrel said...

Wonderful idea. I'm inspired by sunshine. Sounds so hippy right, but I can't focus or brain storm on a cloudy day or in a dim room. And, my hair, lol.
ummabbaas(at)yahoo(dot)com

Gina said...

this is beautiful!
the thing that inspires me is to look at fabric, either online or in person....well, especially in person because i like to touch the fabrics LOL. all the colours really help me imagine what i can make with them.

Sangeetha said...

I am inspired by design blogs - a lot of talented people making design ideas available to the average joe

beagoodmom said...

i am inspired by useful things...which is why this book makes me think it might be good for my new couponing strategy. I could have a page for each store I need to stop at!

A family of boys said...

I'm inspired by music. As soon as I hear something or play something, I want to create it either physically or just musically.

That book is gorgeous!

Thanks for the chance!

hueisei said...

Thanks for the generous giveaway!
I wish i can win the notebook :)
I loves pink and white.. Because both give a very sweet combination ^^ Lovely fabrics is my inspiration ...

Morgan said...

I'm inspired by laundry on the line - it means I've accomplished one thing for the day snd anything is possible!

Elflyn said...

How beautiful and clever.
Thanks for the chance.

xTroublex said...

Color and print on fabrics is very inspiring to me. Thank you :)

Skooks said...

So much inspires me! My kids are a constant source of inspiration! :)

Stephanie said...

Thank you for the great giveaway. It's lovely.
atchisonsteph at gmail dot com
Nature inspires me.

jbrgeternity said...

I like your idea for pockets in a book that is so good for me as I love to collect bits and peices and of course its hard to find them again. Clever! What inspires me? Well, it varies but if I see something that tweeks my interest it usually ends up in my work somehow. I see beauty in so many things, in fact it hard not to. But colour charges my batteries in a special way, every colour does its bit and it would be hard to imagine life without it. Thanks for asking and for a very useful and beautiful giveaway.

MamaPPod said...

What a great book! Thank you for offering it to someone!

ElfRenee said...

Wow, cute idea! Nature inspires me!

reneelasater(at)hotmail(dot)com

Betty said...

That is such a cute and useful looking book-sure hope I win it!
bgeorge1957@hotmail.com

Serena said...

It's a beautiful book. I love yellow. :) I'm inspired by color, too, as well as nature. Leaves and flowers, trees and clouds--it's all wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway!

rosewendy said...

I'm amazed at all the different ideas that people come up with. It's a great little book.

Tamie said...

What a beautiful prize. Thanks for participating in the giveaway day. I'm inspired by all the wonderful things that people create and show on their blogs.

sukie said...

Flickr is a great source for inspiration for me! Thanks for the giveaway!

Calikisses said...

This is so cute! I get inspiration from friends and family :)

Emily said...

I would love to enter. My mom inspires me.


Emily

Sk8ter.emily (at) gmail (dot) com

Sandi P said...

What a great idea, if I could only remember to use it - LOL I get a lot of inspiration from the internet and from magazines.

mamaTAVE said...

I LOVE this idea! In fact, I am going to follow now, because I sure would like to know if you decide to make more. I could use these for all sorts of things... Garden inspiration... Home decor inspiration... School inspiration (I'm a teacher)... Knitting inspiration... My daughter's sewing requests... So many things!

Hippie Housewife said...

What a fun idea! I get my inspiration from posts like these, showcasing others' projects. :)

Nancy Sue said...

I love the simple symestry in nature. Amazing that no templates were needed :)

LisaT said...

Great idea, thanks for the giveaway!

Kathy H said...

Very nice book. WOuld be great to keep some pattern pages in. I am inspired by what my friends are working on in my stitch group. And also by the blogs I visit.

Theresa Nelson said...

My children inspire me...they make me want to create and do new things:)

Thanks for the giveaway!

daniel_theresa(at)yahoo(dot)ca