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.

Grungy, inky, luscious Passport die 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. 

Passport book showing white mat borad to start with a bird, gear and hinge chipboard pieces
Adding Southern Ridge Trading co. chippies to check placement. 

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.
embossed cover added glimmer mist in blues and hit the highpoints with white
Embossed folder with Eileen's Starlight Folder
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.
Add Utee to the cover and heat emboss to give it a resin like finish
Adding Utee makes the cover have a resin look & protects the surface.

 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. 

Passport book with gear chipboard colored in white and copper, bird chipboard embossed in red.
Let's add some color to those chippies!

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. 

Inside my book showing the signatures with lots of travel, kraft and misted paper.
Travel paper for the inside signatures.

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.
A page in the book with kraft paper and a painted image of a spanish door and building.
7gypises have the best travel paper!
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.

My finished book blues for the cover and chipboard bird, gear, black & copper hinges with the look of a vintage book.
My finished book, I love it!

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! My team mates are doing a blog hop of their favorite projects you can follow along!

Posting on Sunday:

Sizzix - Eileen Hull Passport Die, Starlight 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. 


  1. I do not even have enough words to describe how much I love this Karen!! So stunning! I want you to come here and teach a class on making this journal! :)

    1. Thank you Cathy!!! I would love to. Funny after blogging this I was thinking it would make a good class!

  2. this is such a cool Passport Book Karen. I LOVE that die!

  3. Karen, your little journal is gorgeous! I especially love how you added the UTEE to the cover, I bet it feels wonderful to the touch! Anne x

    1. Thank you Anne! You are totally right it is great to touch just love making these little books!

  4. Love the hinges and textured cover Karen - what a great little journal! Julia xx

    1. Thanks so much Julia! It was very fun to make.

  5. Replies
    1. Thanks Montana! You are most welcome, glad you could come visit!

  6. Karen you rocked the passport diecut out of the park! Awesome! <3

    1. Thanks Tonya!! Easy when the die is so cool!

  7. What a great book! All the cuts, textures and yummines!

  8. Fabulous passport the tutorial!

    1. Thanks Pammejo!!! I love using this technique

  9. This is such a great project - used one of my favorite embossing folders! Love the chipboard - wow!

  10. simply gorgeous!!!!! totally !



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