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Today I reached for a notebook I haven’t used in years. I decorated this notebook in my hotel room during some free time during a writer’s convention. (Doesn’t everyone take glue, gems and tin foil to conventions for emergency crafting sessions?)

Mirror Gem Notebook

Mirror Gem Notebook

First I wrapped and glued a piece of tin foil over the front cover of a small memo pad.

Tin foil is glued on the cover of a memo pad.

Tin foil is glued on the cover of a memo pad.

The gems and small craft mirrors were glued on with tacky glue and then secured around all the edges with silver glitter glue. I’m surprised that everything is still holding together over 8 years later.

Plastic gems and glass mirrors are glued on the notebook cover.

Plastic gems and glass mirrors are glued on the notebook cover.

I love the gems on the cover of the notebook but there’s more to it than meets the eye. You just have to focus on something deeper than the glitzy cover.

Mirror Gem Notebook

Mirror Gem Notebook

Look past the outside.

Mirror Gem Notebook

Mirror Gem Notebook

Don’t get distracted by the gems.

Mirror Gem Notebook

Mirror Gem Notebook

Find the real sparkle.

Mirror Gem Notebook

Mirror Gem Notebook

 

Mirror Gem Notebook

Appreciate what’s on the outside…

…just as much as what’s on the inside.

The dining room light is visible in the mirrors on the notebook cover.

Now the dining room light is visible in the mirrors on the notebook cover.

Trees in the cover of the Mirror Gem Notebook.

Enjoy the bigger picture – Trees in the cover of the Mirror Gem Notebook.