Thursday, March 30, 2017

Colorful & Grungy Travel Book Using Eillen Hull's Passport Die.

My Favorite Eileen Hull Project 

This is a post I did a year ago but thought it would be great to bring the tutorial to my blog. Sizzix is having an awesome sale on Eileen Hull dies this weekend & you will want to pop over there after looking at this fun tutorial on how you can create this colorful  & grungy travel book.


Let's Get Started Creating

Using the Eileen Hull Passport die from Sizzix with mat board as my base seemed a good place to start. Have you ever had an idea that was fairly simple but as you started to create inspiration took over? I love when that happens, only it makes for a tough tutorial! I will try and keep the steps simple. 

Cut 2 covers and a spine from white mat board. I placed my chippies onto the cover of my album for placement (list of supplies at end). After running my covers through an embossing folder it was time to add colour.
Spritz the outside pieces with various blue Glimmer Mists. When mist is dry, use a hard foam piece with just a bit of white acrylic paint. Carefully swipe across hitting just the high emboss points. Repeat until emboss pattern shows nicely. If you streak too much paint, just wipe quickly with a baby wipe to fix. Dry.

 Now for the magic! Dab entire cover with Emboss It, or Embossing Ink, and UTEE (ultra thick embossing powder). Use a heat gun until UTEE melts completely. Let cool. Do 2 coats for the outside covers and 1 coat for the inside. 

Putting the Book Together

For the spine I stamped with Distress ink & heat embossed with UTEE. Once that was cool the spine was covered in a light coat of Glimmer Glam, so the stamped image would show through. One of the things that is great about Glam (other than the glitter) is it acts like a glaze, so if I sprinkle copper embossing powder in random spots, it sticks. Once heat set it creates a very cool, shiny, looking spine. For the chippie gears, I spritzed with Chalkboard and sprinkled some emboss powder then heat set. The bird was painted with Glam and the hinges with Glam & sprinkled with a bit of copper emboss & heat set. Time to assemble. If you want your piece to look like a book adhere spine to the outside of the front & back covers. To show more of the cover, adhere spine on the inside. Use a strong glue. 

Now for the signatures. One of the reason I love this book is it is so simple to put together. I made 3 signatures (sections) layering 4 pieces of paper in each.
I did sew through the center of each signature but you don’t have to. It was just a matter of pulling wax thread through the spine, adding some beads and tying off the thread inside the middle section of each signature.

The final touch was to add a ribbon to hold the book closed using a metal gear. This book would be great as a mini art journal, scrap book, travel book… endless possibilities!I hope you get a chance to buy this awesome die & make your own book!


Sizzix - Eileen Hull Passport Die, Embossing Folder & Mat Board
Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist, Glimmer Glam, Chalkboard Mist
7gypsies - paper from the Wanderlust collection & ephemera
              -kraft card stock
Ranger-Emboss It, Utee, copper emboss, Glossy Accents
Southern Ridge Trading Co chippies- Swooping Birds
                -Medium Gears
                -Iron Hinges 1 
Waxed Linen Thread & beads. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Crescent Cardboard Photo Mat Board Project

Hello Blog Land. I have a technique post up today on the Southern Ridge Trading Co. Hop on over to see step out photos & how I made this project. These Crescent Cardboard photo mats are a great way to showcase a family, vacation or pet photo. 

This photo was taken a Tall Ships event on Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC. It was a lovely day to spend time with the kids and now I have this beautiful metallic, texture filled project to showcase it. I played with the Finnabair line of products by Prima for this canvas. they covered the chippies beautifully and left them with a lovely shine. 

Here is a close up of the fabulous texture and the Art Stones that added that rocky shore look. This was a fun project and I am entering it in the Mix Media Place Challenge for this month. I was inspired by the blues & greens of their mood board as well as the quote. 

Travel & spending time with my family is what sets my soul on fire, and I love these tribal chipboard feathers! This mood board is so stunning I might have to do another project!! I hope you get a chance to play along!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mixed Media Travel Journal

Hello Blog land! I am here today with a mix media travel journal. I made this project as a sample for Eileen Hull's booth at Creativation 2017. This is one of Eileen's new dies that debuted & it is a beaut! 

The Journal die has endless possibilities for fun. For this project I used the paper from 7gypsies to make a travel journal. The cover is from their line of Mixed Origins paper spritzed lightly with Glimmer Mist so the pattern shows through. I covered it in ephemera and made a super cool flower using Eileen's Heart Petal die. The scissors are from the new Architextures lines from 7gypsies. I am going to use this to make a smash book kind of journal from our adventures at Creativation so the scissors were very appropriate. 

The inside of the book looks like this, & allows for 3 signatures to be added. The beauty of this system is that the signatures can be taken in and out allowing for easy editing or to change them out if that is what you want to use it for. 

I layered 3 groups of papers together & sewed down the center page. Then all I have to do to insert it in the journal is open the booklet to the center and slide it into the elastic band. 

I added some fun ephemera, tickets and stamping just to get the book started. This is the perfect little project to take to a crop or for an on the go project. The idea was to work on it at Creativation but we were either going at a hundred miles an hour or asleep!

One of my new favorite things to do is to spritz lined paper with a few Glimmer Mist colors. It makes the paper all shimmery & crunchy. This type of book is a great place to use up all those saved up travel pieces!!!

Here is another shot of the cover so you can see all the quirky fun! Aren't the scissors so cool? They are dimensional and lightweight perfect for this kind of project! 

My favorite part of making these books is adding beads to the spine! Just adds so much lusciousness!! My team mates have some great projects up on Eileens blog so you will want to go check out their posts & leave them some love!! Until next time... keep arting!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A Grungy, Texture Crazy Canvas

Hello Blogland, I have a grungy, texture crazy canvas for you today! I cannot believe it is over a month since Creativation2017, the annual trade show for all things crafty and hobby. The Southern Ridge Trading co. booth was full of amazing projects that all my team mates made. We all made a canvas that was supposed to reflect our styles, it hung on the wall in the booth which was a nice tribute to the team and looked very cool showing our unique & individual styles. 

Here is mine. I showed my kids and told them "it is a little over the top" my son's comment was "just like you mom". Very true. My basic philosophy like it or not is, more is better. However I just love this. It totally reflects me. The photo is a selfie taken in my messy scrapbook room. It is jam packed with texture and rich color. Lots of detail and metallic pops of lusciousness. The chippies are just fabulous to work with and take lots of wet product beautifully. Touches of glitter, crackle & micro beads. You can go check out a tour of this canvas with lots of close ups here. Hope your day is inky!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Get a Free Chatbook!

Hi there blogland, I am here to let you know about one of my favorite things, Chatbooks! I started getting Chatbooks in July of 2015. I LOVE THEM! An automatic, painless and inexpensive way for me to receive a photo book of my Instagram feed, family vacay, or art projects. It really is quite brilliant. I can also make a book with photos from my phone or lab top without creating a separate Instagram account, quick & easy. The app is very user friendly. 

These are my soft covered 6x6 Chatbooks so far. You can choose a hard cover, different sizes & other options. Here's how it works. Every time my Instagram feed hits 60 photos I am ready to get sent a book. Brilliant! I get an email saying I have 3 days to change, delete, rearrange photos, change titles, cover etc... & my book ships. $8 that's it!!! I can edit my book at anytime if I want. If there are photos I know I don't want or titles I want to change etc. I can do that so when I hit 60 pics I just have to do a quick flip through and bam. Book done. My account is scheduled so I get my books mailed as soon as they are done but there are other options as well. If you already know you want to sign up for one, click on my link here or on the right side of my blog and get your first book free. There is a video on their site that explains more. I get an affiliate fee which I will talk about down below, and you can take advantage of this too!


 Here is a wee video showing a flip through and chatting about the books. Sorry about the quality but it is my FIRST online video, basically straight from my Instagram account. 

 Theses are my books so far. I am almost done with Volume 5 so wohoo! There are options to name your book & edit the spine.

You can choose what picture to put on the cover either from your Instagram feed or your phone photos.

Here is a peek inside one of my books. I can edit the caption if I want or just leave it.  What now? You can get more information straight from Chatbooks but basically just download the app which is free to get started. 

When I open my app this is what I see. My Family Vacation book which I am designing from photos on my phone is on top. My ongoing Instagram series books are on the bottom. All I do is select which one I want to work on.

The app opens to this screen. It shows my ongoing book, how many photos are in it, the date range... to edit I simply click on the "Edit Book" button.

Which takes me here loads all the photos that are already in my book. Simply scroll down to see more on your phone. If you notice, the bottom left photo, the tag, you will also see that the caption is on the next page. There is a maximum of 350 characters included on the photo page. If you have a larger caption it simply goes on the next page. I can go in & edit the caption, deleting some of the hashtags, or changing my verb-age & move the title to the page with the photo by using copy/paste or leave it as is.

I am creating another Instagram account just for my family & we can all add pictures that will go into another series of books.With 2 boys away at College this is a great way to continue documenting our family even when they live far away. If I want I can order extra copies so we all have one (makes a great gift). 

I can capture my everyday life! The best part is when you create your account Chatbooks will send you the same offer they sent me so you will be able to get credit for passing on the good news & your friends can get their first book free too! If you aren't interested in the affiliate account send them back here & they can use my link to get their free book. I  hope you give it a try!!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Playing with Puppy Art Journal Page

Hello my inky friends, today I have an art journal page with a quick & easy tutorial. I have a new, very part time gig as puppy snuggler to this sweet little guy. I wanted to document this in my art journal so I made this page. Life is crazy, hectic, worrisome and overwhelming at the moment so I chose happy bright colors which tie in perfectly to the Frilly & Funky challenge. Their challenge link here, is to create using colors that are warm & sunny to combat the winter blues. Get it cause winter is very blue & also depressing sometimes which is also having a case of the blues, haha get it? I on the other hand live in VA and we have had almost no winter this year, in fact we have had a quite a few 72 degree days which is crazy and no where near the cold/snow we are used to.

However my blue is more result of my life right now. Best way to combat whichever type of blue you are dealing with is COLOR! Design a page, join in the challenge and bonus, display your piece prominently to bring some sun into your life! To see how I made this page hop over to the Southern Ridge Trading Co. blog and check it out. I am over there using their awesome chipboard & Eileen Hull Designs Color Blends. Together we can chase away the blues!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Playing with Love Dylusions Tag

Hi Blogland, today I am playing with love on a Dylusions tag with Dylusions paints and sprays. I have a full tutorial up on the Southern Ridge Trading co. blog. These products work great with the beautiful chippies. With Valentine's Day right around the corner it is the perfect time to make your lovies a tag, card, art journal or scrapbook page and these techniques work on all 4!

I love putting photos in my work and this is a great shot of my kids from years gone past. Love those little critters!! I hope you go check out the tutorial and let me know what you think! Have an inky fun day.


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