Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Gardeners Journal With Eileen Hull Diecuts

Playing with the Eileen Hull Journal die is just way too much fun. This month the design team are focusing on it & the new Heart Felt collection that is shipping to stores now. Today I am back with a Gardeners Journal. I am also happy to be playing with Eileen's Color Blends inks using the Utee emboss technique. I am loving this technique & trying to work it out of my system! 

Embossed journal covered in violet, lime & cobalt with a patina like flower and beads running down the spine.
A Gardner's Journal Covered in Color Blends Ink

You Can Never Have Too Many Journals.

I am learning this is very true as I just can't stop making them!!! My Flower journal is for my garden. I have a bad habit of planting things, forgetting where I planted them & then weeding my new flowers the following spring. Last spring, for example I weeded 3 beautiful phlox plants. Most sad & annoying.  To prevent that I started taking pictures of my flower beds at various stages during the growing season so I know where things are planted. All I need is a book to put the info in. Of course the book needs to be pretty & filled with tags, beautiful scrapbook paper & inky. This is definitely just the base of the book, one of the great things about making these books is they can be added to as needed.

Words & Paintery Challenge for March

 It's a Challenge.

I have also been playing on challenge sites lately which has been fun. I am trying to use different color palettes to change things up a bit. Words & Paintery is a great way to do it. Every month they have a challenge that includes a new color palette & quote. Now what can that quote possibly have to do with gardening? Well as the original "black thumb of doom" I was a killer of all things green. Could not keep plants alive but the weeds would thrive. In my book which will contain this quote I will put a pic of me weeding, or maybe put a picture of my garden full of lush, healthy flowers! I refuse to let the weeds, squirrels or slugs win!!!

Embossing Folders work great on mat board.

Let's Make A Journal!

 Start with Eileen's Journal die which should be hitting stores in the next few weeks. Add mat board & make 2 cuts. Using Eileen's embossing folders emboss the mat board. The cover is larger than the folder so run it through 2x aligning the pattern as closely as possible. You will end up with a line where the folders overlap which can't be avoided. In retrospect this line wouldn't be noticeable by the time all the inking is done. I opted to emboss tags to cover the overlap. 

Shows embossed mat board covers & color blend inks in multiple colors.
Use Color Blends to ink up the covers, so many pretty colors!

 How About Some Color?

Using Color Blends simply color the cover. I first tested the colors on a piece of paper, mixing a few of the blends until I got the colors I wanted. You can also add a bit of water & blend with a paint brush. Remember to do the inside spine & inside edges. For more info on how to use color blends go here.

Embossed tags with lime & peacock blue mists.
Emboss your tags & color them with shimmery Glimmer Mist.

 I wanted some shimmer on the tags, using Glimmer Mists made this quick & easy.

Add lavender paint to the high points of the embossing on the tag.
Use metal acrylic paint to add hits of color to the embossed images, makes it pop.

Next was to add in the lavender color for the challenge. I wanted to use a heavier medium so I went with acrylic paint. Started with a metallic purple, adding in pearl to get a lighter lavender color. Keeping with the shimmer idea blending in ice crystal turns the paint glittery. With a small amount of paint on the hard foam dabber, swipe paint just hitting the high points. 
Close up of the UTEE & Charred Gold embossing.

Time For The UTEE Emboss Technique.  

Add the tags to the journal lining up the emboss pattern, adhere with a strong glue. Instead of emboss dabber I used a colorless mica spray. This makes it much easier to work on a large area & adds wonderful shimmer. I did half a cover at a time to prevent the mica spray drying & UTEE flying off. I just did a post on how to do this technique so you can get the directions here. I did jazz this up a bit by sprinkling some Charred Gold emboss powder in spots to add a little grunge. Once the UTEE is hot & melting just sprinkle another color of emboss & continue to heat until powders are melted. Continue until both covers are nice & embossed. If you miss spots go back in with the emboss dabber & UTEE until nice coverage is achieved. 

Spine of the journal with lots of beads in blues, greens hanging from cobalt hemp with flower & butterfly charms.
Look at all the pretty beads!

Assembly Could Be The Best Part!

Add a good strong glue to the inside of the front cover piece on the outer edge. Take the 2 pieces and put the spine together so the center hole matches up, you can see how my front cover lies on top of the back cover in the center of the spine. For this book I ran hemp down each section tying my thread off at the outside top of my book. I added beads and charms cause I can't stop doing my spines like this.  

Let's make a cool grungy, patina flower with emboss.

I cut a couple of flower pieces from Eileen's new "Stitchy Flowers & Leaf" Thinlets die. I used book paper but ended up covering it completely. Heat emboss the 2 flower pieces, everything but the edges, with Charred Gold. Once the powder was set I distressed it with the Color Blends that were used on the cover. It ended up looking like a patina, was kind of a lucky accident. The middle part or stamens were embossed using Winters Mistake. 

Close up of patina flower on burlap & another of beads hanging off the sping of the journal.
Some close ups for you!
 Here is my flower assembled for the front cover. Simply layered it & added a brad on burlap with a few eyelets. Simple but looks pretty cool. On the right another pic of the spine  of the book. I decided to add a brad in the center hole to cover it up. This hole can be used to thread an elastic or ribbon through it to create a tie for the book. That's it for now, this post has gotten long so I will do another one on the inside of the book. Stay tuned!! 

To check out my team mates fabulous creations you can check out the blog post here

  • Eileen Hull dies by Sizzix- Journal, Stitchy Flowers & Leaf 
  •        "      -emboss folders  - Sunburst, Starlight
  •                -mat board
  • Eileen's Colorblends by Colorbox- Bay, Beach, Hydrangea, Leaf.
  • Emerald Creeks Emboss Powder- Charred Gold, Winter's Mistake, Flower Brad
  • Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist in Key Lime Pie, 
  •                          -Chalk in Peacock
  • Canvas Corp Brands- Burlap
  • DecoArt- Metallic in Pearl, Purple Pearl, Ice Crystal Glamour Dust
  • Ranger- UTEE (ultra thick embossing powder) Tags
  • Tombow Mono- Xtreme tape runner, Aqua liquid glue
  • Blue Moon Beads, Hemp, letters from stash.


  1. What a beautiful journal Karen! Love the colors and the great texture added with the embossing! The charms hung on the binding are so sweet! Julia xx

    1. Thank you so much Julia! I can't stop using this die!

  2. Karen this is such a fantastic idea and housed in such a beautiful way! love what you did in creating the texture.... and all the amazing products used to create a masterpiece..... xo

    1. Thank you Diana glad you like it!

  3. what a lovely journal. thanks so much for sharing,

  4. Lovely journal. Love the deep embossing and that lovely lilac/purple. Lovely bead embellishments too. Tracy x

  5. Awesome project and post! Love the beads on the binding elastic and the UTEE trick is quite cool- will have to "borrow" it :-) Such a cool journal- unfortunately I am another black thumb :-(

    1. thx Eileen!!! I can't stop using the beads!

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  7. Gorgeous Karen, love all the extra details you have included. Gardening themes seem popular - that's my next one lol.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  8. Thanks so much Brenda!! I am hoping to find time to work on the inside of it!!



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