14 September 2021

Nature Folio with Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. This month Eileen Hull's Teams are taking a look at journals inspired by nature. Additionally, we have been challenged to use dies that aren’t normally considered 'journal dies'.

Let's start with an admission - having previously created journals out of most of Eileen's 'non-journal' dies I opted to go conventional for this one by using Eileen's Sizzix Scoreboards 'Pocket Notebook' Die as the base. This is because I was inspired to create a folio journal after watching videos/tutorials from Beth Wallen (Beths Journal Boutique) and Yvonne Preston. In my defence the finished folio definitely has a nature theme and a lot of Eileen's Sizzix Die Sets and new Maker Forte Stamp Sets have been used to make the elements and embellishments hidden away inside.


The paper used throughout is actually a stunning wallpaper design sample piece, edged with machine stitching and enhanced with Sashiko style hand stitching. It also has a hitch fastener closure using a piece of elastic cord.


The tassel was made using Eileen's 'Twist n Style' Tool with cotton yarn.


Opening up the folio reveals a pocket on the inside cover and the front of a removable journal.



The corner pocket comes from Eileen's 'Folio Page, Pocket & Flowers' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set.


The glassine bag in the pocket holds a tag and button card; the button card and stamped numbers come from Eileen's 'Buttons, Cards & More' Maker Forte Stamp Set. The tag is in Eileen's 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set, the bird is in her 'Birds & Butterflies' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set, and the tag background was stamped with Eileen's 'Vintage Damask' Maker Forte Stamp Set. Unseen in most of these photos is the fact that this background has been used on the reverse of most of the journaling inserts.


Also in the glassine bag are a library card, a journal card and a little tag. The library card was stamped from Eileen's 'Buttons, Cards & More' Maker Forte Stamp Set with a bird from Eileen's 'Wreath & Snowflake' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set (the berries are in this set too). The journal card, little tag and tiny tag come from Eileen's 'Credit Card Sleeve & Tags' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set, the words from Eileen's 'Journaling Words' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set and the leaves are from her 'Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set.



The removable journal has a fabric backed soft cover and is filled with various tea-stained pages. The plaque on the front comes from Eileen's  'Buttons, Cards & More' Maker Forte Stamp Set.




Moving across to the second side of the folio there is a little pocket from Eileen's 'Bookmark, Tag & Pocket' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set. It has been embellished with a leaf branch from Eileen's 'Wreath & Snowflake' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set and a sentiment from her 'Snail Mail Everyday Sentiments' Maker Forte Stamp Set.



Opening up the flap reveals the tied section in the centre; I've used the waterfall section from Eileen's 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set to create the flaps and added card circles with brads to make the tie closure.



Little pockets have been cut into the inside of the waterfall flaps using the longest slot die in the same  'Card, Waterfall & Tags' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set. I have tucked hand cut tickets from Eileen's 'Buttons, Cards & More' Maker Forte Stamp Set into each pocket.



In the middle are two pockets, cut using the scalloped die from Eileen's 'Credit Card Sleeve & Tags' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set.


Inside the top pocket are a library card, a journaling card and a little tag. The library card was stamped from Eileen's 'Buttons, Cards & More' Maker Forte Stamp Set, the journal card, little tag and tiny tag come from Eileen's 'Credit Card Sleeve & Tags' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set and the leaves are from her 'Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set. The tiny flower is in Eileen's 'Bookmark, Tag & Pocket' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set and the shaped plaque is from her 'Bookplate, Hinges & Label' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set.


Tucked into the bottom pocket are three tags cut using dies from Eileen's 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set. The word 'journal' comes from Eileen's 'Journaling Words' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set, the layered plaque is in her 'Bookplate, Hinges & Label' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set, the tiny flower is in her 'Bookmark, Tag & Pocket' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set and the stamped elements are from her 'Buttons, Cards & More' Maker Forte Stamp Set.


Moving across from the tied centre section is another flap with more hand stitching.


It opens up to reveal another corner pocket and a double layer pocket. As before on the front inside cover, the corner pocket comes from Eileen's 'Folio Page, Pocket & Flowers' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set.


Another glassine bag holds two tags, cut using Eileen's 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set. The decoration includes a scalloped border from the same set, a word from Eileen's 'Journaling Words' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set, a leaf stem from the 'Wreath & Snowflake' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set and a flower from the 'Folio Page, Pocket & Flowers' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set. As previously, the stamped elements are from Eileen's 'Buttons, Cards & More' Maker Forte Stamp Set.


Also included in the bag are a library card, a journaling card and a little tag. The library card was stamped from Eileen's 'Buttons, Cards & More' Maker Forte Stamp Set (which also include the other stamped images) whilst the journal card, little tag and tiny tag come from Eileen's 'Credit Card Sleeve & Tags' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set. As before the word is from Eileen's 'Journaling Words' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set, the leaf is from her 'Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set and the bird is from the 'Wreath & Snowflake' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set.


Moving on to the layered pocket this was constructed from a tea-stained envelope, with the inside of the envelope acting as the larger pocket and an add-on piece creating the smaller pocket on the inside.


Inside the smaller pocket are two journal cards and a button card; the button card is from Eileen's 'Buttons, Cards & More' Maker Forte Stamp Set, the two layers of the larger leaf card were cut with the 'Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set and the smaller journal card comes from Eileen's 'Credit Card Sleeve & Tags' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set. That last one has a wreath decoration from Eileen's 'Wreath & Snowflake' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set and a word from the 'Journaling Words' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set.


Below you can see how three of the largest journal cards are tucked inside the envelope pocket.


As before the leaves come from Eileen's 'Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set, the words come from her 'Floral Arch & Words' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set, the scalloped border is from her 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set and the wreath is from the  'Wreath & Snowflake' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set. The tiny flower is in Eileen's 'Bookmark, Tag & Pocket' Sizzix Thinlits Die Set and the stamped elements are from her 'Buttons, Cards & More' Maker Forte Stamp Set.



Finally we reach the back of the folio journal where I've remembered to include more of that hand stitching.


I hope you've enjoyed seeing how Eileen's dies have been used to create this folio journal. Make sure to check out the other nature inspired journal projects and helpful 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

7 comments:

  1. Another absolutely stunning journal with so much work involved, fabulous xxx

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. I'm so glad you like it xx

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  2. this isapple so lutely amazing --took my breath away - had to read every page and peruse every photo -- please let us know the name of the wallpaer and supplier - soo breathtaking ;)) angelkisses

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    1. Arlene thank you - I'm so glad you like it. Here's where you can find the wallpaper I used; https://www.diy.com/departments/holden-decor-statement-ornithology-multicolour-birds-metallic-effect-smooth-wallpaper/586475_BQ.prd

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    2. ty soo much - i spent 4 hours online and still could not find the exact one ;)) love it -- angelkisses
      PS do y9u have an etsy shop?

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  3. GAH!! mine eyes can hardly handle such wonderfulness! Stupendous journal Jenny! luuuuuuv it =)

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  4. What a stunning journal! Your design looks so amazing with the stitching and beautiful wallpaper sample, I have this one in my craft stash too 😀. I hope that you're keeping well and thank you for all your lovely comments on my blog! Take care! Hugs Jo 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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