asking for trouble

Making Notebooks

When you only notice you've run out of notebooks when you're packing orders and have to quickly print more...

I have a bad habit of not keeping an eye on my current stock, which sometimes means I am still making your order minutes before posting it. That happened with my notebooks the other week and I took a few photos of the process.

Basically, I stamp them with my custom rubber stamps and then decorate them by hand.

cakeify notebook

 So. Cakeify gets coloured in with coloured pencils and a heart added.

bread slice notebook

Bread Slice gets painted with watercolour paint.

jammie dodger notebook

And Jammie Dodger gets a felt heart glued on!

As you can see, each notebook is very slightly different so you’ll always be getting a unique one. There’s a few of each available in the shop now.

PS. Don’t forget to enter the calendar giveaway! I’ll be picking winners at the weekend.


Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

Browse the archives

Buy my stuff

other things I Do


All text, photos and illustrations are © Marceline Smith 2007-2024 unless credited otherwise. You may repost my images with full credit and link. However, do not reproduce full posts without my permission or use my images or writing for commercial purposes. Thank you!


All opinions are my own and I am not compensated or sponsored for writing about any products or services featured unless stated in the post. Links to shops and websites may be affiliate links – I receive a small commission from your orders at no cost to you, which helps me fund this site. I do not accept advertising.