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!

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