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

8 September 2021

Die-na-mite for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Hi everyone and welcome. Tera is hosting the latest challenge over on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and she's called it 'Die-na-mite'; "Dies can make a simple or boring project extra mighty... I want you to use your dies to make a project! They can be your main focus or work in the background to make your piece mighty."

The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and three additional outstanding entries will receive Top 3 Badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Following on from my recent Saturday Showcase post I've created another double page spread in my Dina Wakley Media Kraft Journal using many items from her line including Scribble Sticks. And of course to follow the current challenge theme die cuts have been used to embellish the background.


As a complete contrast to the previous pages I chose a neutral colour scheme, using the metallic Scribble Sticks from the third set to add some colour over a base of white gesso. The paint from the Scribble Sticks moves around a lot easier when the card has been primed with layers of gesso and scraps torn from a book first, needing only a paintbrush loaded with water to move it around and blend the colours.


The background needed more structure so I applied white gesso through one of the stencil designs from the 'Marks' stencil and repeat stamped a couple of the rectangular images from the 'No Refunds' stamp set using permanent grey ink. They looked a little like picture frames so I went with that theme when choosing some die cuts to embellish it.


The small rectangular blocks and frames were cut using Eileen Hull's Sizzix Scoreboards 'Camper' Die and were painted with each of Dina Wakley's metallic acrylic paints before being glued onto the stamped background.


To finish the journal page I needed a focal point and chose to use one of the faces from the 'Elements' Collage Paper pack, painting it on the reverse with ;Sand; acrylic paint before adding it using gel medium. More colour was added using the Scribble Sticks again and I drew in some shoulders after extending the neck. To finish I stamped the words from the 'Ledger Girls' stamp set using permanent black ink.


That's my take on the 'Die-na-mite' theme. For even more inspiration the rest of the Design Team have come up with their own projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE.

For now, thanks for visiting,

25 August 2021

De-Stress with distress at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Hi everyone and welcome. Tera is hosting the latest challenge over on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and she's called it 'De-stress with a little distressing'; "Are you feeling stressed? How about destressing with a bit of distressing. Show us some yummy grungy distressed goodness. This can be anything from torn and tattered bits, crackling, sanding, water spots and so much more! What's your favorite way to add distressing to your projects?"

The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and three additional outstanding entries will receive Top 3 Badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I've returned to working in my Paris art journal for this one, creating a distressed looking collage that features a photo we took inside the modern concourse in the Louvre. Looking up through the glass pyramid you can see the older part of the building outside, a real contrast in architectural styles.


Looking a little closer you can see that there is plenty of detail around the main image but they are all designed to draw the eye in rather than pull the focus away from it.


I took photos of the progress as this journal page was created, starting with the blank pages that had extra torn pieces from a book added over the top along with some texture paste. Some masking tape was also used on one side to attach a tag to the previous page.


The distressing and neutral layers of colour were built slowly and included Walnut Stain Distress Oxide, charcoal pencil and white gesso, all applied and removed in part with tissue to leave traces behind.


Rather than add brighter colour directly to the page I used a number of complimentary and contrasting Dina Wakley Media acrylic paints to pull a gel plate print on blank collage paper. Even better for this distressed look some of the paint at the edges became patchy.


Having glued a piece of this layer and some French text to the page with soft gel medium I used Dina Wakley's 'Marks' stencil and her 'Mineral' acrylic paint to add some stripes through the centre.


To add a little more design detail I stamped one of the geometric images from Dina Wakley Media's 'Be Willing' stamp set onto blank collage paper using black permanent ink.


This could then be added to the page in the desired spot with some soft gel medium. The joy of using this method is that you can have confidence in working on an uneven surface and you can also flip the image to the reverse side if it fits better with the page design.


Going back to adding more colour I again opted to use a gel plate to pull a print, this time with the stronger 'Ruby' acrylic paint teamed with the metallics.


Having mounted the printed image onto some aged paper it was then added to the centre of the journal page underneath the red panel. I also used one of the sheets in the Dina Wakley Media Collage Paper set 'Elements', applying small sections to the top and bottom of the page.


To 'knock these pieces back' I added some texture paste over the top, blending it into the white gesso and paste sections that were already on the page.


To finish I added a little hand stitching, a piece of torn lace, a stamped sentiment from Dina Wakley Media's 'Ledger Girls' stamp set and some more charcoal pencil detail. Here are a few close ups of the completed page;




That's my take on the 'De-Stress with a little distressing' theme. For even more inspiration the rest of the Design Team have come up with their own projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE.
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