17 March 2021

Seth Apter Collage Folio Journal for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. This month the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team are continuing to share projects using her Chapter 1 2021 Sizzix Scoreboards and Thinlits dies. Last month I shared a tutorial for creating a new folio journal lined with handmade decorative papers and with pages ready to decorate. Here's a reminder of where I got to;

With a colour scheme picked and a bunch of decorative elements already gathered together it was time to start designing the pages inside. In this post I will be sharing half of the completed pages with the rest coming soon.

Throughout the journal I used my collection of Seth Apter stamps (a combination of designs from PaperArtsy and Impression Obsession) and dies alongside Eileen's 'Mandala' Thinlits Die which was used a lot for stencilling and embossing. And it's that embossing that's most evident on the first of the pages. Following one of Eileen's many FB Live tutorials I used the Mandala die to emboss a piece of card that had been given a rusted metal effect using Seth Apter's Izink Pigment Inks. Here it's been teamed with a piece of Gel Plate printed tissue, cotton lace and some hand stitching. I also continued the Mandala pattern across the page with a little stencilling.

The Mandala was used as a stencil on this page too with the high spots hit with some darker and lighter paints to emphasise the the design. There's more Izink Pigment Ink rusted card, some embossed stamping, hand stitching and a heat embossed die cut cog shape in the middle. As with the first page some of the background paper has been left exposed.

The corrugated card on the page below had layers of paste, embossing powder and ink applied before I took the decision to sand it all back and reveal the layers below which produced the blended worn look. After cutting a hole through the middle of the page and stamping the crosshatched circle image I added a piece of coiled wire, some stitching and a leftover piece of rust coloured lace.

The second half of the Mandala embossed card was added to the reverse side of the coiled wire page. The circle in the middle had Chunky Rust embossing powder applied to it, dots were stamped and embossed to one side and the bands at the top and bottom were stitched in place.

On this page some of the embossed stamping was done on vellum and more Gel Plate printed tissue was used along with hand stitching and lace. Even the 'waste' from the edge of the background paper was used to trim one side and add more patterning.

This page was one of those happy accidents where a bundle of mixed paper and fabric over-stamped several times with in and paint became a focal point when layered with lace and a stamped dial. The stamping on the bundle was extended across the page along with the stitching and a lot of the background was left exposed to reveal yet more stencilling.

This page began with the other half of a Mandala stencilled piece seen previously. This time a larger hole was punched through the centre of the page to reveal the stamped piece of vellum captured between. More stitching and stamping added to the texture whilst the die cut ring surrounding the cut out hole was embossed with an older Eileen embossing folder and highlighted with more Izink Pigment Ink.

The next page still needs some work doing to it but at the moment I haven't found the right combination of elements to make the final design work. The layers of heat embossed stamping, die cut circles and stamped vellum sit to one side of the page leaving the rest of the background exposed as on previous pages. Sometimes it's worth 'walking away' from creative blocks like this because eventually (and usually by accident) the final pieces of the jigsaw will emerge.

On to the final page for this reveal and as before there's Gel Plate printed tissue, heat embossed stamping, lace, hand stitching and die cut elements in an asymmetric design. Working to a narrow colour scheme as has been the case throughout this journal means it's easier to concentrate on the overall design of the page.

There are still another nine pages to share with you in another post. I hope you've enjoyed seeing how I've been filling this Eileen Hull Folio Journal. Make sure to check out the projects and tutorials from the other Inspiration and Educator Team members - links to their posts can be found on Eileen's blog throughout the month.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx


  1. OH MY GOSH I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jenny you are so awesome!!

  2. Wow!!! Absolutely stunning art ♥️♥️♥️

  3. Stunning work, so inspiring - I can't wait to see your other pages when they're done, thanks so much.


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