Friday, October 7, 2011

Presenting the Butterfly Book of Questions - a giveaway

Time to give something away to my blogreaders, may they be old faithful ones or new ones. ;-)

Later than I hoped, but sooner than I feared I have finished the Butterfly Book of Questions. If you want to know how this book came into existence you can check one of my what-are-you-up-to-posts from a few weeks ago. It kind of happened spontaneously just because I wanted to make some pretty papers! That's the cool thing about art: one thing can lead to another and before you know it you have something entirely different than you started out with.

Anyway, here's my latest baby: The Butterfly Book of Questions!


Isn't she a cutie? The cover is made of two different fabrics and both inside and outside cover are adorned with butterflies that were ironed on white cotton with transfer paper. The book closes with a beautiful ribbon and both top and bottom were made a litte romantic with lace.


The book holds three signatures of handpainted pages. All pages have a different color and are patterned with pattern rollers using gesso. Because I used watered down acrylics for the colors, the pages do not stick together.


Each page has a machine stitched border with zigzag stitches. There's 96 pages in total, so there's plenty of room to write, which is a good thing, because I did not call it the Butterfly Book of Questions for nothing!
Every page has a question on it to use as a prompt for journaling. These questions were all taken from The Complete Book of Questions by Garry Poole. That book is a great journal starter by the way even if it is originally meant to start conversations.

To give you an idea of how the spreads look, I'll show you a few samples. I would like to have taken a picture of every spread, but the torture of having to size down almost 50 photographs in Photoshop made me think otherwise. I'm sure you'll get an idea by looking at these:









The first and last page are for information about the (future) owner and the maker (me me me), but the rest is all prompts! That means 94 prompts to journal with. How cool is that?

So, now for the giveaway. The winner will receive this book of course and I will throw in a little extra by adding a pitt artists pen with brush point. This is because not every pen will like to write over the somewhat textured background. A brush pen will have no problems with it however, so to be sure you can write in the book I will give you one of those too!

If you want to win this book, all you have to do is comment on this post. That's all. I will pick a winner on Monday 17 October, so be sure to comment before then if you want to win this journal. Make sure there is a way to contact you, so I can let you know that you've won. I hope somebody will be very happy to receive this book! I want my baby to be adopted by a proud parent! ;-)

For now I wish all of you a very happy and artsy weekend!

70 comments:

  1. I'd love to win this - it's absolutely beautiful!

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  2. What a wonderful giveaway! This book is just beautiful and I would love to win it. :) Good luck to everyone who enters!

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  3. You do such amazingly beautiful work!

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  4. the talent and love you put into
    your journal shows - love the colors
    the sewing edges and the whole idea of questions - amazing and yes I would love to win your art

    Marilynn
    angels6_99@yahoo.com

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  5. Caatje wat een lief en mooi verzorgd boekje!

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  6. This is an absolutely gorgeous journal and would be so honored to have it. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

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  7. what a beautiful piece of art. Butterflies are some of my favorite "people". I would be so honored to win it.
    Thanks for being willing to part with it.
    Sallyann

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  8. What a pretty journal you've created; I would love to be entered to win it! Thank You for being so generous!

    Blessings,
    RobinJ

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  9. Me, Me, Me, Me!!!! I want this glorious wonderful book. Great job Caatje! An inspiration!!!

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  10. Wat een schitterend boek heb je weer gemaakt, de winnaar zal er hardstikke blij mee zijn...
    Dus waag ik ook een poging...

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  11. Hoi Carin,
    zo'n mooi boekje en dat geef je weg
    daar zal de gelukkige winnaar heel veel plezier van hebben
    groetjes Carla (CC)

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  12. Caatje,

    I totally love this journal. I would be so proud to call it my own. The butterflies speak to transformation, and I love them.

    I have been following your tutorials, and I have to tell you they are some of the best I have seen, including videos. They are extremely helpful and informative.

    Thank you for the chance to win your lovely journal. BTW, my ancestry is Dutch--Van Hook. :)

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  13. What a beautiful book. I would be honored if I won it.
    Good luck to everyone and have a nice day!

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  14. I love how much color you used in making this lovely book. It is so nice of you to give it away after working so hard on it. Have a great and creative day! ;-)Rhonda

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  15. debaspeCaatje
    I usually don't need prompts, but it might be fun to do them for a change.
    It would certainly be a treat to have a journal as lovely as this one, that you have so lovingly made.

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  16. Ik vind het een geweldig mooi boek en wat een uitnodiging om er in te schrijven. Heel mooi gemaakt Caatje.

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  17. I love the book but I love the idea/concept even more!!! I think I will make one of these for a friend! Thank you for the inspiration and if I win this journal.... WOO HOO!

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  18. Wow, dat zou ik graag willen winnen!! Prachtig, zo mooi!
    Vrije Vlinder

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  19. This book is beautiful. I really love the butterfly theme and would feel very honored if I were to win it.

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  20. This looks beautiful, I'd love to win (prompts in a book like this might even be enough to get me going on my journalling after a day in work!), thansk for the chance! Also, I love how a simple idea like using the rollers on coloured paper produced such a lovely result - might be stealing some of the shape rollers the children have to use in school...! Great idea Caatje!

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  22. What a beautiful book! I'd be very happy to use a book like this!

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  23. So pretty and you'll be making your selection the day after my birthday. I think it's fate!

    ;-> Felicia M. Borges
    aka The Journal Junkie
    (BTW...love following you on the blissfully art journaling group as well)

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  24. Very nice of you to let the journal go to a new home, it's obvious you put a lot of thought and work into creating it. Becky

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  25. i'd love to win this. It is beautiful. you did a wonderful job on it.
    lynhead52@gmail.com

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  26. Dear Caatje- This is my 1st time on your blog - It's Wonderful!! The Butterfly book is beautiful - It would be lovely and an honor to win such a beautiful book- whoever wins will be getting a very special present-
    thank you letting me be part of the fun!!!
    kathleen codyrachel

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  27. silly me - it's been so long since I've been well enough to play with my computer & visit favorite or new blogs & websites -that I hadn't remembered I was already one of your followers - I'm the one with the bad memory- sorry- ;)-
    still I do truly love your journal and wish all of us good luck-
    kathleen

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  28. Wat een mooi boekje, met zoveel liefde gemaakt! En wat bijzonder dat je het weggeeft! 17 oktober wordt een spannende dag.........

    Groetjes,
    Marianne (CC)

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  29. Ohhhh I must win it! I love bnutterfly
    perline @ interfree.it

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  30. Wow that book is so pretty i hope i win it! I'm sure you put a lot of time into this piece of art. I appreciate the chance to win it.

    Lyzz
    lyzz_johnson@yahoo.com

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  31. Wow, what a gorgeous journal! I can tell you spent a lot of time on this! I'm thinking it is too pretty to write in though, but that is just me. :) Good work on this book.

    -Katherine
    katherineawalker@verizon.net

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  32. Great album! I would be honored to win it! Thanks for telling the story of how you made it. The question book sounds like something I should check out. My email is bug lady at sonic dot net.
    Aloha, Kate

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  33. Would Love to win! Absolutely Beautiful!
    Janey

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  34. Congratulations Caatje! Your book is lovely and then to share it is amazing. How very generous of you. Whoever is selected will have much fun and joy with such a beautiful book. And I hope they share their thoughts and what they do when they receive it. Greetings from Sue in South Africa

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  35. I saw this on flickr, liked the pics, so I clicked to see better and discovered your blog and giveaway:) I have you as contact on flickr since I discovered much of your art that I love! I remember seeing your post about new patterned rollers which I can't find anywhere. I love butterflies and I love this book. How wonderful that you are doing a giveaway :)
    My other email is
    cyntheart@charter.net

    thanks for sharing!

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  36. omg-I LOVE butterflies! we designed our garden to attract butterflies & hummingbirds....
    your journal is amazing! how very sweet of you to gift this handmade journal to another .... your wonderful art will find its way to just the right person!

    I just discovered your blog & put you in my igoogle reader...

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  37. This is a gorgeous journal! I just love the bright colors. How generous of you to give it away. :)

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  38. What an incredible work of magnificent original art!!! I would pay a lot of money to buy something as exquisite as this. You are so generous to give it away! Janet

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  39. What a beautiful journal Caatje! I love the papers you made and to turn them into a journal that is even lovelier - excellent work!
    -Dawn

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  40. This is one of the most gorgeous journals of any type that i've seen yet. The colors are sensational and really get my blood pumping. I live how the pages are different and yet you have tied them together wwith the stitching, etc. And of course I love the butterfly theme. So significant to me at this stage of my life. Thank you for the chance to win this fabulous journal.

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  41. Nice! I hope I win ( :

    A_C_E_@hotmail.com

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  42. I have been dying to get on with making my own ROD journal but life keeps conspiring to deny me the time so to win one would be fabulous and maybe kick start me finding the time.

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  43. Dear Sweet Caatje! ANOTHER piece of beautiful art! So much love and attention went into this book. And what an amazing BIG HEART for you to gift it away.
    Sweet Blessings to you my dear...
    Chris

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  44. I can't believe you are giving away such a work of art!!! I would be proud to own this. The bright colored pages just scream to be written on! postscripts@charter.net

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  45. What a delightful journal! Love those painted pages. I found my way here from your post to the ROD group.

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  46. sjohnsto@rrc.mb.caOctober 8, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Hi Caatje:
    What a gorgeous book. During a very intensive workshop several years ago, I discovered that butterflies are my 'totem' animal. I had started painting them during a time of change in my life. They speak to me of peace, beauty and change. Did you know that the butterfly is the only creature who undergoes a complete transformation during its life cycle? Also, the monarch butterfly undertakes an incredible migration. It leaves southern Canada (where I live) to winter in central Mexico. It takes four generations to make the trip - one way!
    Sorry to babble on, but as you can tell, I do feel a special connection to the creatures.
    Peace,
    Sheila J

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  47. I would love to win this gorgeous book! Butterflies most definitely have a personal symbolic meaning for me.
    Peace,
    Karis

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  48. What an amazing giveaway! So glad you posted this on the Remains of the Day group!
    Thank you for your generosity.
    Briana
    bmriskin@earthlink.net

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  49. Beautiful book! Using the prompts will be helpful and fun for the winner! Just send it my way!

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  50. What a colorful and inspiring journal. The written word will only add to its beauty. Thanks for sharing!

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  51. What a beautiful, inspiring book; I'd be honored and THRILLED to own it! Butterflies are my symbol for hope, always hope, so I'm hoping to win! Thanks for a lovely and very generous giveaway.

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  52. Would love to win this beautiful journal. Thanks for being so generous.

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  53. Caatje, It's a beautiful journal ! I'm sure anyone would love to receive it - I surely would !!

    Mzdorf@aol.com

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  54. I would love to win this! It is beautiful!

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  55. wow, what a gorgeous journal! i love the bright colorful pages and the textures. did you use stamps for the backgrounds? thanks for a lovely giveaway. kinueko (at ) gmail . com

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  56. Caatje your generosity is magnificent! A beautiful way to start someone on a meaningful journey.

    dixiedreed@yahoo.com

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  57. Wow, wow, wow! This book looks amazing! You know how much I love stitched paper, and your pages look really fantastic. Thank you for the chance to win!
    aleakaskey@yahoo.com

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  58. Wat een geweldige give away en een prachtig boek. Ik zou het graag willen winnen.

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  59. laura: caatje zoals altijd weer een schitterend boek van jouw hand!
    en dit te winnen zou leuk zijn :-))

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  60. Hey Caatje, wat een mooi boekje (en dat je dat zo maar weg wil geven!!!) Ik ben wat dat betreft echt een "scroodge" ha ha. Nee da's ook niet waar, maar ik begrijp zo goed dat je over "je baby" praat!
    Je blog ziet er trouwens fantastisch uit: ik ben jaloers op je discipline!
    Groetjes uit Zoetermeer!
    Deezy

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  61. Oh, wat is dat een schattig mooi boekje! Het is echt helemaal mijn stijl, prachtig. Zou graag een kans maken deze te winnen.
    Cindy
    cindygroet@gmail.com

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  62. I would be a very proud parent. LoL Its awesome Caatje!

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  63. What a beautiful, happy book! Put my name in the hat!!

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  64. So pretty - I would love to win this but I will be good and share the love on my blog too :-)

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  65. I love the variety of colored pages and paint stencils. And would love to win this treasure. ~Tammy

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  66. Would love to win this generous give-away. Butterflys are a favorite symbol for me in my art.
    ElizLibbey@aol.com

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  67. Absolutely beautiful !!
    I wish i am the lucky one.

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  68. Oh MY this is a truly magnificent work of art. I've longed for a handmade journal like this for years, and have tried making my own but I simply cannot get the stitching to work for me. I used to journal daily (or multi-daily) for over 20 years, and never needed prompts, but I can't seem to get inspired these days at all. I'm sure this journal with its spectacular colors and prompts already included would be just the thing to get me going again! If I win I promise to share some of what comes to reside within its pages!

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  69. what a beautiful book! *fingers crossed for this lucky win!*

    sophie.lejeune@live.co.uk

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