Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Jazzing up Dyalog Pages with Eileen Hull Embellishments

Today we are jazzing up some Dyalog pages using Eileen Hull embellishments. Last week I made the cover and this week I have a few simple ideas for you on how to decorate those pages on the inside.

Here is the inside cover of my book. I love that Dyan Reaveley has come out with a few different books with pre-designed backgrounds. Her washi tape seen at the bottom of this page is so cool & everything co-ordinates.

I decided to tear some out (gasp) & use the paper to jazz up my the inside of my new journal book. 

Here is what I cut out showing the dies. They came from a few of Eileen's sets, they will be in the supply list below. Basically using the Bookplate die I cut both the pocket & the tag. The pink flower is one of Dyan's stamps on her paper. Eileen has so many cute flower & leaf dies & the quote "Moments" looks brilliant cut out of these papers! 

Here is a page inside the Dyalog Background book. The tag was cut with the same die as above. Let's talk about how I got the flowers & rick rack done .

Start with die cuts from card stock. These are going to be colored using Eileen's Color Blends.

This was so quick & easy to do! Prime the blends on a palette paper or waste from double sided adhesive. Eileen has a quick video showing how to work with these blends here.I used the same color combinations that are on the background pages from the Dyalog Book. Once they were dry I added some stencil work using Dyan's stencils. Again the blends make it so quick & easy. I cut the flowers in half in some places & used them to decorate the pocket & tag above & below.

Here is a before on the left & after on the right, the inside back cover of my book. 

This is how I made the pocket using the card box die. Simply fold your paper in half & line it up with the crease line on the side so the die cuts the right edge only. 

You end up with a cut that looks like this. Either cut it down the middle & use as 2 pockets or tape the bottom & edge then use it as a pocket tip in. I used the yellow paper for the pockets in the pictures shown above. 

This is my new book to house my growing stash of Dyalog Journals. I did a full tutorial last week which you can see here. Thanks so much for joining me today! 

  • Eileen Hull dies by Sizzix
  • Dyan Reaveley- stamps, Dyalog Books, Dyary Book, Paint Pens, Paint, Stencils. 
  • Butterfly Button- A Flair For Buttons

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A Journal Inspired by Two Women

Hello Blogland, I have a journal for you today that is inspired by two of my favorite women. This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration team is all about flowers, so there are some of those as well. My Journal Book combines the die cutting talents of Eileen with the inky, funky style of Dyan Reaveley. I am lucky to be in an industry that has many amazing, talented women. These 2 strong, wonderful, women are forging careers in this crazy art world while having raised families. Let's be clear the raising of children continues even when they leave the nest! Both of these ladies have given me the gift of their time, & advice which has been invaluable! They are truly an inspiration. Plus as an added bonus they have some of my favorite products!!!
Journal using Eileen Hull dies & Dyan Reavely paints & stencils.

 I Love Journal Books!!!

This book is also a work in progress so this will be a 2 part blog post. I want to add some beading to the spine, as well as pockets, stamping and such to the inside of the book but will leave that for another time. I do have a simple tutorial for you on how this book was accomplished. 

Front cover of Traveler's Style Notebook

Let's Make a Book

I have been keeping a journal or Traveler's Notebook as the style is called, almost everyday since February. It is a combination of inky art journal fun, memory keeping with photos & journaling. I needed another journal cover to be a permanent house for my latest series of Dyalog books. Eileen's journal book is most conveniently the perfect size! I started by cutting my cover pieces out of mat board. A bit of a spritz of water and a background using Dylusions Paints. Then a bit of stencil work using more of the paint. I decided I wanted the front cover to be cool & the back warm colors. 
A bit of stencil work adds a pop of cool.

 Pink & Orange for the win.

Here is the back cover once the background was done, ready to add paint with a stencil. Before you ask, yes I painted my black dabber base Vibrant Turquoise. I used Dyan's stencils sticking with the flower theme. 

Flowers can be made from fabric, paper, felt, metal...

Flower Fun

Next up was to die cut & color flowers. Using canvas & crinoline, I cut using Eileen's Heart Petal die. I spritzed these with Dylusions sprays- so vibrant I love these colors! Crunch up the flowers & leave them to dry naturally. This is a technique many of my teammates have done so check out Eileen's Blog to see more fabulous flower construction and also Eileen has an entire series of videos on her Facebook page dedicated to making them using different materials.

For my 3rd and smallest flower I used the wipe up, baby wipe. I quite often keep these & then don't use them. This is a great way to recycle both the wipe & not waste the spray! I cut 6 of the smallest flowers for this one. 

Time to Spritz!

All of the flowers were assembled loosely with a brad to hold them. The final touch was to add some glitter & gold metallic which was easy to do with Marvy Uchida pens. 

I also wanted some funky leaves for my book & opted for the feather stamps from Dyan's stamp set- Flight of Fancy. One of my new favorite techniques is to randomly spritz on a piece of card stock, dry and stamp. You get this cool background for your stamped image.  In hind sight I would have used some of the turquoise as well, maybe for the tips of the "leaves". 

How about some assembly? I glued my book together using SuperTape & also added eyelets down the middle for extra strength. The inside edges of my book were distressed using the paint. The elastic was wound in a fashion to only show on the outside spine at the top & bottom. I want to add beads on the outside spine & find it is easier to do this separately sometimes.  

I added paper to the inside covers using paper torn from the Dyary Book. Handy & quick as these are already printed backgrounds.  This is the front inside cover- I am going to add a pocket. The edges of the paper were distressed with Color Blends Ink.

Here is the inside back cover. I may add something fun here too. 

The back cover is kinda different but I like it!! Way cool with the different paint combos. I may have to add a stamped image there or a butterfly die cut. The butterfly is from A Flair For Buttons. It is a pin & I attached it to the elastic as a reminder to use it somewhere, probably on the closure, I think it will go nicely.  

I love how these flowers turned out! I am not the best at the whole flower thing but I can't wait to see how they will look when I add beads. You can see the cool leaves/feathers that were stamped and cut out. I also added some doodles to help those flowers really pop! Thanks for joining me today. I hope you pop over to Eileen Hull Designs to check out the cool projects my teammates came up with & please join the fan club on Facebook! See you next time.


Eileen Hull Journal & Heart Petal dies by Sizzix
Mat Board by Sizzix
Color Blend Ink by Clearsnap
SuperTape by Therm*O*Web
Dyan Reaveley stamps by Stampers Anonymous
Dylusions Ink Spray, stencils & Dyalog Books by Ranger Ink
Deco Just Glitter & Deco Color Pens by Marvy Uchida
Butterfly Flair by A Flair For Buttons

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mini Art Journal with Emerald Creek Baked Texture

Hello Blogland, let's make a mini art journal with Emerald Creek Baked Texture by Seth Apter!! This month the Mixed Media Monthly Design Team are playing with embossing powders & we are making rust. Our monthly challenge is sponsored by the awesome Kim Evans, entrepreneur, chemist, designer & owner of Emerald Creek.

I am loving making Passport Books using Eileen Hull's die and can't seem to stop! This book was made for my #the100dayproject, to house my mini works of art. I will be doing a tutorial & maybe a video some point in the future so please follow my blog so you won't miss it!

Challenge #48 has a great prize package of Emerald Creek powders so you will want to hop over & play with us! Let's get embossy!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Experimenting with Rust Emboss & Emerald Creek

Hello,today we are playing with rust for Mixed Media Monthly's next challenge! The theme for May is... all things rust. We have one of my favorite companies as the sponsor, Emerald Creek! They are an awesome Woman Owned company that make incredible embossing powder. Kim Evans is the master designer, chemist, powerhouse behind & in front of the scenes. I am so excited that I get to work with her products. Emerald Creek's newest venture is a collaboration with Seth Apter. This amazing product called Baked Texture, is in my opinion the hottest new product from Creativation 2018. 
Let's Play with Emerald Creek!


Experiment with die cuts!

For my post today I started by experimenting with the Chunky Rust. That was my idea but I soon got distracted & had to play with a bunch of the powders. I ended up making more of a sampler. Yes I do like to use all the crayons in the box!  

I have a bunch of different design team posts & classes coming up & Kim sent me a nice plethora of her emboss powders. This is just a fraction of what is available so you need to check out them out!  Please look to buy at your local scrapbook store & support them 1st. Save the scrapbook stores!! If you don't have one or they don't carry the powders they just arrived at Topflight Stamps. Seth also sells them in his store along with his awesome line of stamps... You can also get them directly from Emerald Creek, along with stamps, decorative brads & charms. In the US go here, for Canada here.

May Challenge Rust!

The prize is 3 jars of Baked Texture & 3 jars of Emerald Creek emboss. I decided to play with some die cuts and started out with Rust in mind. I wanted to make something cool, grungy & different so I went with rust flowers. Using Eileen Hull's Heart Petal die seemed a good place to start. I simply layered color using the different emboss. 

Sadly I did not take many step out pics but I do intend on doing a video on the process. Here is the largest petal (cut it kinda catty wonkess but it worked as I trimmed it) I started with a layer of Patina Oxide.

Rusty, Shiny, Grungy Eileen Hull Flower

Here is my assembled flower you can see the large petal from above on the bottom layer. Next step was to add sprinkles of Chunky Rust but still letting some of the patina show through. The middle petal I started with Burnt Copper Leaves then added the Chunky Rust. The smallest petal has Rocky Road. I was going to add the rust on top but loved the look of the 3 together as is. I simply layered my 3 petals & adhered with a brad.

Time to Emboss


Embossing Tips & Tricks!

I do have some emboss tips for you. These powders have multiple layers of chunkiness. For example the Chunky Rust has little balls of fluff like substance. The challenge with this  when you heat with an emboss tool it blows the balls of fluff off or the top layers of cool chunkiness. You can heat from the bottom of the die piece but what if I am working in an art journal page? That is not an option. Here are the tricks.
  1.  Use an emboss ink pad or dabber to ink up your piece.
  2.  With a folded, clean piece of paper underneath , sprinkle your emboss powder on liberally & gently tap of extra. Using the paper return excess into jar. Be careful to keep powder colors separate or create a new exciting color!  
  3. Start your heat guns & let them run for 30 seconds-ish to get them warm.
  4.  Use a low blow heat gun like the Ranger Heat Tool. Hold over the piece, moving slowly to get the powders warm and start the process. This will heat the emboss enough to hold the chunky top pieces.
  5. Switch to the emboss heat tool & move slowly & watch the magic as your emboss turns to a shiny amazing finish.

Baked Textures


Shiny & Chunky! 

This is where my experiment went awry and I just wanted to test/swatch out the different colors. I took other pieces of cardboard cut with Tim Holtz's Gadget Gear 2 and heat embossed using the above steps. Cutting some of the gears allowed me to add more color. Emerald Creek has different categories of emboss like Seth's Baked Texture. There are 7 powders in this collection. 

Add some glitter to your emboss!

Here are 2 of the colors in the Allure category. They have some glitter which the camera doesn't really pick up. My last step was just putting the pieces together to make a fun embellishment. I hope you join us this month for our challenge. You can win 6 jars of this amazing powder!!! Join my blog & follow me as I will be working a lot more with this emboss in the coming months!!


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