17 May 2022

Birds in a Journal with Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. Throughout the month of May Eileen Hull's teams are creating projects featuring birds, nests and eggs to celebrate the arrival of Spring. Last week I shared a tutorial for creating a tablet stand using Eileen's Sizzix Scoreboards 'Phone Stand' XL Die. This week it's time to dive back into my Eileen Hull Designs 'Full Size Journal' and have a go at drawing/painting some birds.

Starting with the first of the triple-page spreads there's some collaging using Eileen's Sizzix Thinlits 'Snail Mail' Dies, Maker Forte 'Snail Mail - Postage' and 'Buttons, Cards and More' Stamp Sets.

I've combined them with Rebekah Meier's TCW 'Mini Specimens' 6x6 Stencil, painting the butterflies with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics.

Moving across the page there's a closed flap made from a tea-stained index card covered with Grafix Duralar Matte Film that has been embossed using Eileen's Sizzix 3D Textured Impressions 'Sweater' Embossing Folder.

On top I've popped one of my scrap clusters made using more Snail Mail stamps, die cuts and a bunch of leftovers.

As you open the flap the first of my hand-drawn/painted birds is revealed, created over a background layered with paint and Snail Mail stamping.

A close up shows how the Snail Mail die cut postage stamps have been painted and embossed with Eileen's Sizzix 3D Textured Impressions 'Crochet Mandala' Embossing Folder. The little twigs and leaves come from Eileen's Sizzix Thinlits 'Shadowbox Frames #1' Die Set, whilst the tiny flowers come from her Sizzix Thinlits 'Shadowbox Elements' Die Set.

Moving over to the back of the index card flap where I've stamped a sentiment from Eileen's Maker Forte 'Wonderful World of Flowers' Stamp set.

You can see more clearly from the close up how the Snail Mail stamping shows through the layers of paint in the background.

The second of the triple-page spreads starts with a flap made from a textured wallpaper offcut.

It has been embellished with another Snail Mail scrap cluster, Snail Mail die cut postage stamps and a button card from Eileen's Maker Forte 'Button Cards #2' Stamp set.

Opening this flap reveals another hand-drawn/painted bird once again created created over a background layered with paint and Snail Mail stamping.

As before the Snail Mail die cut postage stamps have been painted and embossed with Eileen's Sizzix 3D Textured Impressions 'Crochet Mandala' Embossing Folder. 

Moving across the page you'll see the opposite side of the middle page has been stencilled with the Rebekah Meier TCW 'Layered Wallpaper' 6x6 Stencil.

Finally here are a couple of video flip through's;

Thank you for joining me to see my bird journaling. Make sure to check out all the fantastic projects and tutorials from the rest of Eileen's team members - links to their posts can be found on Eileen's blog throughout the month.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

10 May 2022

Birds, Nests & Eggs - It's May with Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. Throughout the month of May Eileen Hull's teams are creating projects featuring birds, nests and eggs to celebrate the arrival of Spring. I've got a super quick project to share with you for this one that uses Eileen's Sizzix Scoreboards 'Phone Stand' XL Die.

Anyone with a larger size tablet will know it can be tiresome to attempt propping it up when you want to watch one of Eileen's YouTube videos or browse her Etsy store. So here's a larger stand which will make supporting your tablet much easier.

To create your own begin by die cutting two of each of the phone stand die pieces from Sizzix Matboard or board/card of an equally sturdy weight - this needs to be sturdy to support the weight of your tablet. You will also need to cut a rectangular piece of board measuring 7 1/4" (18.5cm) wide by 5 1/2" (14cm) tall. I rounded off the corners of my rectangle but this is not essential. Placing the two main Phone Stand pieces side by side glue the rectangle over the top of the main stand section (as shown below).

Once the glue is dry turn the now joined stands over and attach a strip of board measuring 7 1/2" (19cm) wide by 1 1/2" (4cm) tall across the back, moving it roughly 1 1/2" (4cm) from the top of the stand (as shown below). Test it out before gluing in place as this can be adjusted upwards if you want the angle of the stand to be lowered.

If you are planning on pre-decorating your stand make sure to stick decorative papers to the board before cutting the pieces. Alternatively, while the stand is still flat decorate it now with paints, inks etc - I chose to use coordinate my finished stand with our living room decor so used some leftover paint.

Now fold up the stand along the score-lines, butting the two small flaps at the bottom against the strip of board and gluing onto the back of the stand. When dry flip the stand over to the front and slot the support strips into the bottom of the stand, gluing them in place. Then glue the extra folded strips over the top as shown below; I find it really helpful to run a line of glue along the score-lines to keep the folds in place.

Finish the stand by painting the bottom supports and adding a piece of decorative paper (or in this case wallpaper which conveniently features a bird) over the large rectangular piece on the front. And that's it done!

Here's the back showing how the strip of board at the top helps to support the stand.

As a guide my tablet is 9 1/2" (24.5cm) tall by 5 3/4" (15cm) wide and it will easily sit sideways so I can watch our favourite lady in action :)

Thank you for joining me to see how this extra large stand came together. Make sure to check out all the fantastic projects and tutorials from the rest of Eileen's team members - links to their posts can be found on Eileen's blog throughout the month.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

27 April 2022

Eileen Hull Designs and Maker Forte 'Making Plans'

Hi everyone and welcome. Today sees the release of a new set of rubber stamps from Eileen Hull Designs in collaboration with Maker Forte. Named 'Making Plans' it features a number of labels shapes with words and phrases sized to fit inside.

In case you missed it Eileen hosted a FB Live on 26th April where some of the team shared ideas for using the new stamps. For my part I have made a new journal using Eileen's Sizzix Scoreboards 'Box, Book' XL Die and added tabs for the pages using the new stamps.

Here's how you can recreate this journal, starting with the covers which are cut using the Sizzix Scoreboards 'Box, Book' XL Die - you will need two of the large rectangular shapes (the box top and bottom) and a spine piece from matboard. Cover the rectangular pieces with paper embossed using Eileen's new Sizzix 3D Embossing Folder 'Crochet Mandala'. Once the glue is dry you can paint the front, back and spine and ink the edges with permanent brown ink.

To replicate the spine on the old 'Passport Book' punch holes at 1 inch, 3 1/4 inches and 5 1/2 inches as shown below.

Glue the covers to the spine along the two outer score-lines holding them together with clips until completely dry. You are now ready to fill your book with signatures and decorate it.

At this point I decided to change the colour to a salmon red, running a darker red permanent inkpad over the top of the Crochet Mandala covers to make the pattern stand out more.

Die cut, paint and assemble the little houses using Eileen's Sizzix Thinlits 'Shadowbox Elements' Die Set. I replicated colours seen on the buildings of Italy's Cinque Terre.

I used one of the new PaperArtsy Hot Picks Mini Stencils to create an archway, pulling paste through it before painting the little houses to match the die cut ones.

Assemble your houses into little villages and glue together before adding them to the front and back covers of your journal.

To finish cut the cloud shape from the 'Shadowbox Elements' Die Set out of some clear plastic packaging to use as a stencil with some white and yellow paints. Then repeat the process using the large flower shape, using brighter yellow paint to create a sun.

I chose to glue some thin gauze to the inside of the entire cover at this point using a gel medium to help strengthen it and add texture to the finished journal. If you cut a piece that is slightly larger than the finished cover you can trim back the excess or leave the frayed edges exposed.

For the signatures cut and fold in half six sheets of paper measuring 10 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches long, folding them in half and repeating to make three sets. Punch holes through the signatures along the fold lines using the holes in the spine as a guide. Then tie the signatures into the spine through the holes using strong thread or thin yarn.

Once the signatures are tied in tear some of the pages so they are of uneven widths before trimming with the torn strips (embossed with the 'Crochet Mandala' Embossing Folder) and some lace. I then stamped labels and added words using Eileen's 'Making Plans' Stamp Set to stick onto the edges of the pages.

These are just a few of the 36 finished pages - you'll see I also used Eileen's Sizzix Thinlits 'Snail Mail' Die Set to cut stamp shapes and stamped on them using images from her 'Snail Mail Postage' Stamp Set. The pages coordinate more if you use inks that match the colours on the journal cover.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing how Eileen's new stamps can be used to embellish and enhance your books and journals. Make sure to check out all the fantastic projects and tutorials from the rest of Eileen's team members - links to their posts can be found over on Eileen's blog.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

5 April 2022

Eileen Hull Designs Chapter 2 2022 Release Party and Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome. Thanks for joining us for the Eileen Hull Chapter 2 2022 Release Party and Blog Hop. Eileen is on the road right now and will be doing a special FB Live to celebrate the release of her latest dies. Members of her teams will also be sharing some ideas and inspiration for using them. There's a giveaway too; comment on each participating designers blogs and during the live to let us know what you would create with these dies and you will be entered to win one of the items in the Chapter 2 release!

Notice something different? There are no Sizzix ScoreBoards dies in this collection! This release includes two Shadowbox Frames Thinlits die sets that also include some decorative flowers and shapes. The pieces may be used interchangeably to create square and rectangular frames. The Shadowbox Elements Sizzix Thinlits die set contains more decorative pieces to embellish your fames with but they may also be used on cards, tags and journals! Topping it off is the Crochet Mandala 3D Embossing Folder that you will just have to have - the detail is absolutely incredible!

This set of dies is very versatile since all of the components coordinate and work together so you can create endless combinations of projects in multiple sizes and shapes. The embossing folder creates a beautiful background for all of the scenes you might want to make, in addition to all the other uses you will find for it. Thanks for being open to new ways of creating!

For my first project using some of the newly released dies I've created a large journal filled with three coordinating notebooks.

The cover has been made from light-weight corrugated cardboard (used packaging from a parcel) cut using Eileen's Sizzix Scoreboards Plus 'Full Size Journal' Die.

It has been given a flexible spine using Architape® and has been lined inside with fabric to add extra strength and texture.

After applying several layers of paint to the surface of the cover I have added rows of buildings, cut using Eileen's new Sizzix Thinlits 'Shadowbox Elements' Die Set

The buildings are die cut from a combination of kraft card (to match the covers of the shop bought notebooks inside) and Sizzix Surfacez Cardstock which comes in a large range of colours.

Outlining the little buildings with some black watercolour paint makes them stand out even more on the cover. I have then cut more of the buildings and the little fences with the same cardstock to add to the front of each of the notebooks inside, in that way making them coordinate with the journal cover. It's a quick and easy way to embellish shop bought books.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing the first of my projects for this month using Eileen's latest die releases. Make sure to tune in to Eileen's FB Live and also head on over to see the rest of the project peeks, taking part in the blog hop to be in with a chance to win - good luck!

Eileen Hull Designs

29 March 2022

Topflight Stamps Birthday Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome. It's Topflight Stamps 5th birthday and to celebrate, I’ve been invited to team up with some great designers to showcase celebratory projects using the unique products available at Topflight Stamps. Please hop along with us and see all the beautiful talent from this group of amazing designers! You should have arrived here from Lisa Hoel's blog. If not, no worries, catch the details at the end of this post.


Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $50 Gift Certificate to the store. But wait, there is more; each stop on the hop has an additional $25 Gift Certificate up for grabs for some lucky commenter. For a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by April 3rd. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on April 7th. Good Luck!

So now it's time to share my celebratory project and as luck would have it there are a couple of family weddings coming up so my choice of celebration theme was easy.

Going with a neutral colour scheme I pulled out a wallet full of leftovers.

After choosing some bits and pieces from the pile I stamped, painted and cut out flowers from PaperArtsy Scrapcosy stamp set ESC018.

I shaped each petal with a ball tool and added pearls to the centres of the flowers. The leaves from my scrap pile were stamped using PaperArtsy Courtney Franich stamp set ECF05.

A border was created for the background by heat embossing with white embossing powder onto tea stained card.using an image from PaperArtsy Scrapcosy stamp set ESC28.

Moving to the background Grunge Paste was scraped through PaperArtsy Sara Naumann stencil PS219.

A central panel was assembled using gauze covered card with lace and the heat embossed border. The flowers were then placed in a line from the top.

It's always good to add a sentiment to the front of a special card. Having found the perfect words in PaperArtsy Sara Naumann stamp set ESN37 I stamped them onto a scrap from a gel plate print. This was then added to the base of the card after the background and fabric panel had been added to a white card blank.

Here are a couple of close ups of the finished card to show the different elements in more detail;

That's it from me for this hop. I hope you've enjoyed seeing how my card came together.
Thanks for stopping by!
Jenny xxx

And don't forget, for a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by April 3rd. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on April 7th. Good Luck!

15 March 2022

Fabric and Fibres with Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. Throughout this month Eileen Hull's teams are featuring creations with fibres, fabric and felt components. The designers are using them for accents on projects as well as major parts in their constructions. In one of Eileen's most recent Lives she looked at ideas for filling all those journals we've had such fun making. Feeling inspired I've decided to show you some ideas for doing the same, incorporating fabric and fibres with Eileen's dies. 

(click on each photo for a closer look)

The page with the pansies on may look complicated but it's easy to achieve and begins with pieces of brown paper (old packaging material, a used paper bag, etc) and some torn scraps of muslin.

Start layering them with extra scraps of fabric and gluing it all in place; curtain samples, old net curtains, linens with holes in that would be destined for the trash - it will all work to add texture and pattern to your page.

I save any paper/card left over from making the insides of journals because they will of course coordinate perfectly. Here I have die cut some using Eileen's Sizzix 'Snail Mail' Die Set; it's a good idea to cut the frame as well as the stamps - you'll see why later.

Tear apart the stamps and rearrange them over the layers of fabric before adding tracing paper or vellum die cut with one of Eileen's more delicate die designs; you can see below how I've used the Sizzix 'Mandala' Die and one of the Sizzix 'Journaling Cards, Hearts' Dies to do this.

You can draw your own flowers, die cut and paint some or (as I have here) find them in discarded gardening encyclopaedias. The one I discovered in a local charity shop had lots of botanical drawings which, when tea stained and watercoloured, make perfect focal points. At this point you can save your completed collages for future use.

And of course these fabric collages don't have to be limited to floral themes; use your own choice of images and when you have made a few scatter them throughout a new journal, leaving the remaining pages empty ready for the eventual recipient to add their own journaling.

To finish mine I added lace trim to the edge of each journal page and glued the collage pieces on top. I also like to hand stitch some cross stitches through the layers of the collage and even through the page they are sitting on.

Going back to the original photo of my two page spread you'll see how I've balanced the design on the opposite page by adding an embossed vellum flap and a coordinating butterfly cluster. Again, the blank page underneath can then be used for journaling purposes.

Taking a closer look you can see where the vellum has been embossed with Eileen's Sizzix 'Vintage Buttons' 3D Embossing Folder over-layed with one of the Snail Mail frame pieces - nothing goes to waste! The painted fabric butterfly was die cut from Eileen's Sizzix 'Birds & Butteflies' Die Set and mounted on another of those Snail Mail stamp shapes with a vintage tag and scrap of cotton lace.

Here's the collage page in more detail, made exactly the same way and this time incorporating tracing paper die cut with Eileen's Sizzix 'Heart Mandala' Die.

And here you can see those lines of cross-stitching which have added to the stencilled collaging on the next page. Also on these pages is a scrap cluster using Eileen's new 'Snail Mail - Postage' stamp set from Maker Forte and some hand drawn leaves over a Gel Press printed background (a tutorial for this process can be found HERE). The words and patterns come from a Rebekah Meier TCW stencil called 'Mini Love and Peace' which feels very appropriate at the moment.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing how fabric and fibres can be used with your die cuts and stamps to create collages which can help fill your journal pages. Make sure to check out all the fantastic projects and tutorials from the rest of Eileen's team members - links to their posts can be found on Eileen's blog throughout the month.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx
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