18 July 2017

Vintage Sewing Themed Travelers Notebook Journal for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome! Thank you so much for the continued support and positive feedback for my Travelers Notebook style journals, created using Eileen Hull's 'Journal' die. Today's offering is a vintage sewing themed journal which incorporates more than just junk journal pages; I have been inspired by my good friend Anne Redfern, a fellow member of Eileen's Inspiration Team, who adds all sorts of practical pockets and accessories to her journals. I highly recommend you check out her recent tutorial for a professional yet easy to achieve pocket insert HERE.


And so to my latest journal, which gave me the perfect opportunity to experiment with Dina Wakley's range of paints, stamps and stencils. Have to say I love the results that can be achieved and how easy they are to use! First up here's the video walk through of the journal from my YouTube channel;


Now, as promised in the video, here's the tutorial for recreating the journal cover (click on each image for a close up);


Having glued the journal covers together, cover them in Black Gesso (or cut from black mountboard) before using Dina's White Gesso to apply a contrasting and uneven layer over the top on both sides.


Apply pieces of sewing pattern paper over the top with Matte Distress Collage Medium.


Add a much thinner layer of the White Gesso over the paper to blend with the background.


Add offcuts from Tim Holtz 'Memoranda' paper stash with the same Distress Collage Medium.


Stamp the small blooms from Dina Wakley's 'Homage to Frida' and 'Abstract Blooms' stamp set with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. You may need to heat set this layer as it's sitting on the Collage Medium.


Add uneven swirls of Dina's 'Rosy' Acrylic Paint over the stamped flowers (the ink will be absorbed by it).


Add a half moon swirl over one side of each flower with Dina's 'Elephant' Acrylic Paint.


Mix four parts 'Elephant' Acrylic Paint to one part 'Evergreen' to get a softer colour.


Paint over the leaves with the mixed colour, again absorbing the underlying ink.


Add Dina's 'Umber' Acrylic Paint to some sponge, dab onto the small bloom stamps, and then stamp over the corresponding painted flowers (reapply the paint each time you stamp them).


Use Dina's 'Jumbled Numbers' Stencil to add a random layer of White Acrylic Paint numbers over the whole design.

To finish the front cover use the plaque that can also be cut from the Journal die, paint it with black and white gesso as before, stamp the words from the Homage to Frida set and cover in Glossy Accents. And finally thread your choice of elastic, thread, ribbon etc through the pre-cut holes (there's a tutorial for that on the die packaging) and you are ready to add inserts of your choice!

Here are some close up photos of the additions inside this one as seen on the video;


You can see on the tag where I used Eileen Hull's 'Word Stitchlits' dies to cut the word Sunshine.


Using the same Dina Wakley small bloom stamps on the elements inside the journal helped tie it all together.


Here is the envelope I made using layers of sewing pattern paper and Eileen Hull's 'House/Pocket' Stitchlits die.


Here's another of the words and the heart from the 'Word Stitchlits' die set cut into the smaller tag.


I quadruple embossed a scrap of card with Emerald Creek 'Charred Gold' Embossing Powder before pressing one of the images from Dina Wakley's 'Homage to Frida' stamp set into it with Jet Black Archival Ink.


This close up shows the beautiful effect you get from the multiple colours/sizes of granules contained in the embossing powder.


And finally on the back cover of the journal is the 'Embroidery Hoop', cut from Eileen Hull's die, painted with Dina Wakley's 'Elephant' Acrylic Paint, and holding a piece of fabric stamped and coloured with another of Dina's 'Abstract Blooms' and Acrylic Paints (following the steps used on the cover).

I also mentioned in my video some free downloadable pages and inserts - here are the links to those;

check out Astrid Maclean's gorgeous journals and fabulous free downloadables here -
https://astridsartisticefforts.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/passport-to-paris-and-some-journal.html

and the hugely generous Wenda has a wonderful array of downloadable inserts for Travelers Notebooks and more -
http://www.wendaful.com/free-printable-inserts/

YAY! You've made it to the end of this post! Hope you've enjoyed the journey and picked up some useful ideas along the way. I'll add a list of most of the products used in the making of this journal below. If you have any questions please do shout out - it seems to take longer to share projects than to create them these days so I may have forgotten something along the way!
Whatever you're up to for the rest of the week hope it's a good one, take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


34 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVE every detail of this fabulous journal Jenny! Cool cover and oh ALL those techniques- just beautiful as you put it all together to make this book. Love how you used the stitchlits, house pocket and Anne's pocket. Amazing video too- I am in awe of how good you are at this ❤️ Thank you...

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    1. Thank you so much Eileen. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing it xx

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  2. Wow, wow, wow. This is fabulous. Love the way you did the flower stamping. All the pieces of sewing patterns are so effective and a great way to keep them from gathering dust and better than throwing them out. I have lots of mine but they aren't as vintage as the ones I threw out of my Mother's - long before I got so involved in crafting and could have used them. The embroidery hoop with stitching is great fun and along with all the bits of lace sure reminds me of my sewing stash. Beautiful job my friend.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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    1. Thank you so much Cec. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing it xx

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  3. Love this so much Jenny!! So many wonderful details. I am so intrigued with the stamping into the embossing. And love how you used the stitchlit words!! So many wonderful details thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you so much Jennalee. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing it xx

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  4. So much love for this journal!! I am at a loss for words for how much I love your journals and how exquisite they are! So inspired every time you share! <3

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    1. Thank you so much Cathy. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing it xx

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  5. Beautiful and thanks for the details

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    1. Thank you so much Patricia. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing it xx

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  6. Love the sewing theme and how you incorporated the hoop Die with those lovely aged sewing pattern pages. Gorgeous cover too with the faux enamel label and Dina flowers. Gorgeous. Tracy x

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    1. Thank you so much Tracy. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing it xx

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  7. You are amazing, your journal is amazing, your video is pretty amazing too!! I love this gorgeous journal, you have used those Eileen Hull dies and Dina Wakley products so beautifully... Thank you once again for both shout outs, you are the best!! Anne xx

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    1. Thank you so much Anne. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing it and it was a well deserved shout out for your clever tutorials and beautiful journals too xx

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  8. This is beautiful Jenny!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing it xx

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  9. Stunning design Jenny, those wonderful layers of papers, stamps and paints have combined to create the most magnificent journal in every way. I so want to follow your process steps with different supplies to see what effects I could achieve, you have so inspired me to have a go. Thanks for sharing your amazing ideas and techniques xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Brenda. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing it and feel inspired xx

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  10. Such a stunning journal Jenny xx The details you have incorporated are just fabulous and will be a real treasure for the recipient x Thank You so much for sharing.
    Sending my best wishes
    Annie xx

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    1. Thank you so much Annie. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing it xx

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  11. Just fabulous Jenny and a brilliant tutorial!!

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    1. Thank you so much Astrid. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing it. Thank you for the journal page freebies too :) xx

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  12. What beautiful little roses you created Jenny! I can't believe you colored each one with two colors and then stamped on them - they came out gorgeous - love all your sewing bits inside on your pages - wonderful job on this! Julia xx

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    1. Thank you so much Julia. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing it xx

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  13. Many thanks for all the marvellous information. I'm going to look at the other blogs you mentioned. I always love what you create.

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    1. Thank you so much Fergus. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing it and feel inspired to check out the other blogs xx

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  14. I am sure the photos don't do this one justice! I LOVE all the Dina touches...those roses are my favorite...and love all the guts in this with the theme. I want to fondle this one. ;0) Hope you are doing well!

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    1. Thank you so much Anita. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing it. These types of projects are always a challenge to share successfully but hopefully the combination of the photos and videos helped xx

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  15. Another glorious journal, Jenny - I could have sworn I'd commented here already. And you know me, I don't think there's any such thing as too many photos - I loved seeing the stages as well as all the pages. Brilliant, brilliant junk journalling.
    Alison x

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    1. Right, that's it, Blogger definitely has it in for us both it seems as I read and responded to your comment on this. Grrr! Anyway, thank you so much for your lovely comment Alison - I'm so glad you like the journal and process photos xx

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  16. so many things about this I love!! like seriously so many!! you are the queen of junk journals!!

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    1. Thank you so much Diana - I'm so glad you like it xx

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  17. Gorgeous ! Jenny. This has a lovely vintage feel from cover to cover . Your journals are always packed full of goodness and must be real labours of love to create. The time you put in most definitely pays off . Thanks for sharing the vid and photos .
    hugs x

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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