15 May 2019

I love it because... for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are embracing the Spring season and all it brings. It's my turn to host and I've called the challenge 'I love it because... '. How often do you create something just for you that makes your heart sing? Doesn't it feel great when you do! My challenge to you is to make a vintage or shabby chic piece of art, be it a journal page, a tag, a card, a home decor project etc, that fills you with happiness and makes you smile - don't forget to tell us why you love it so much.

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

The passion for creating small bound books continues here and I love that this one combined stitching and using up scraps as well as a junk journal text block.


In the tutorial shared over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog HERE I showed how to use Eileen Hull's 'Notebook' die as the basis of a bound book, covering the whole book with sticky back canvas. For this version I cut a strip of the canvas 2 3/4 inches wide by 10 1/4 inches long and stuck it to each inside cover edge 3/4 inch in from the edges as shown below. I didn't measure the gap between the covers and the spine piece, just centred it knowing that the size of the strip would ensure a 1/4 inch either side.


With the basic cover assembled a piece of plain calico larger than the finished book was cut. I would recommend leaving a minimum 1 inch border for this.


Here's where the scraps came from; I used pieces of the gel plate printed paper created HERE, some of the embossed packaging paper, pieces from the edge of the calico fabric, torn book page from THIS project, and even some of the gel plate printed card used on THIS box. Having stuck them onto the calico a simple zigzag stitch secured the strips and also made the piece more flexible.


Having stuck it firmly onto the outside of the book cover, bending the edges over and securing them onto the inside with strong tape, I added even more detail with Venise lace and Design Tape (some from the 'Journey' set as it coordinated with the colours on the printed pieces really well).


With the outside of the book covered I bound the inside with a text block (made from various tea stained papers and cards) using the method shown in the Frilly and Funkie tutorial HERE. More of the gel plate printed paper was used to decorate the inside of the book cover and the outer pages on the text block.




To complete the front cover a Lace Baseboard Frame was coloured with a mix of 'Pearl' Mixative Alcohol Ink and Dina Wakley Media 'Gilt' Acrylic Paint. The 'Large Stems' were cut from mountboard and painted with Dina Wakley Media 'White' and 'Evergreen' Acrylic Paint before 'Sublime' Alcohol Pearl Ink and more 'Pearl' Mixative were applied over the top to add a beautiful shimmer to the flowers. A Big Chat Sticker was mounted on more card and added to the frame, whilst Transparent Wings were fixed onto the flowers with Glossy Accents and then anchored more securely with 'Brass' Liquid Pearls bodies.



For now that's my take on the theme 'I love it because... ' for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have created lots more amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

All the products used to create this notebook are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.



1 May 2019

Spring is in Full Bloom at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are embracing the Spring season and all it brings. It's Maggi's turn to host and she's called her challenge 'Spring is in Full Bloom!' Maggi says "This is my favorite time of the year. Here in the south the trees and shrubs are all blooming and showing their splendor. Many are busy planting their vegetable gardens. The migrating birds have returned to build nests and raise a new family. Your challenge is to create a vintage or shabby chic project that illustrates the magic of spring in bloom! "

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Recently I've been learning more about book binding to fill notebooks with proper handmade text blocks (as mentioned in my last blog post). Inspired by a tag created for a previous Frilly and Funkie DT project and the theme of this challenge I decided to combine it all to make a new book using Eileen Hull's 'Notebook' L Scoreboards Die.


The cover includes Tim Holtz Typography Collage Paper, a Lace Baseboard Frame and Wildflower Stems Sizzix Alterations dies with Alcohol Pearls inks and Transparent Wings. Inside are hand bound vintage style tea stained blank pages.




Even though it looks very detailed the way each of the pieces is layered (and glued firmly) together means that when opened it's easy to use the pages inside the way you would with any regular book. And it's a great way to carry around a little piece of artwork in your bag as the finished notebook measures just 10cm x 13cm x 4cm (3 3/4 x 5 x 1 1/4 inches).




I've put together a detailed step by step tutorial for recreating this book which will go live this coming Saturday over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog - hope you can join me there to find out more.


For now that's my take on the theme 'Spring is in Full Bloom!' for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have created lots more amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage recycling projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

All the products used to create this notebook are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.



24 April 2019

Embossed Notebooks for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. April is a special month for Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team as Eileen's new Sizzix ScoreBoards L Die 'Notebook' has now been released and we get to share the samples made for the Creativation show at the beginning of the year. Make sure you check out all the samples over on Eileen's website and you'll soon see why you need this die.


I created a set of three notebooks which fit comfortably inside Eileen's Treasure Box as a matching set. The covers are really tactile with fabric, embossing, lace and die cuts included.


Here's how the covers came together;

I started by cutting each Notebook from mount board and covered them with plain cotton calico before embossing each side with one of Eileen's Embossing Folders called 'Eyelet Lace'.


I then went to town with some PaperArtsy paints in shades of purple and yellow/brown, adding less and less of each colour with a spatula to get the splotchy uneven effect.


When the paint had dried I used a sanding block to sand over the raised areas. You can be quite forceful with this as it helps to knock back and blend some of the colour whilst making the fabric feel more soft and pliable.


To add some shimmer to each cover I dabbed an embossing ink pad over the raised embossed areas - you'll see this wasn't an exact science, but that added to the boho chic look! - and sprinkled Emerald Creek Crafts Charred Gold Embossing Powder over before using a heat tool to set it.


To finish the covers it was then just a case of gluing on some lace trim with silver metallic card die cuts using Eileen's 'Floral Arch' and 'Journaling Words' Thinlits Dies.


Inside each book you'll see I included a plain bound text block. There are some fabulous tutorials out there showing how to make text block and how to add them to hard cover journals. Some of my favourites include;
DIY Kettle Stitch Bookbinding - Sea Lemon
DIY Text Block - Sea Lemon
DIY Hardcover Book - Sea Lemon
Instructables - How to Bind Your Own Hardback Book

and you can find a bunch more on my Pinterest board here;
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/jennymarples73/book-binding/


And if you haven't seen Eileen's own fantastic Facebook Live video demo for creating a text block for the Notebook make sure to check it out below.


That's it for today. Thanks for taking the time to join me.
Jenny xxx

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...