Tuesday, September 25, 2018

As The Crow Flies Wrap Journal with Eileen Hull

Hello Eileen Hull & Spooky journal fans of all ages! I am here today with a Caw-tastic journal using Eileen's Wrap Journal die. This book can be used for Halloween, for your favorite creepy movie quotes, for fall lists or even as a Games of Thrones journal. The best part? There is room for 4 signatures, so you can use it for all of the above!!

Here is my finished cover, I plan on making booklets for the inside. Thanks to DCWV for sending me this wonderful paper pad called "Spooky & Sparkly"  I had all the paper needed to create my spook-tacular project. If you want to see how I used this paper on the inside of my book you see it here.

You can find this paper pack at Joannes & other online stores. Some of the double-sided paper have wonderful foiled images & you also get a sheet of pocket cards as well as a sticker page. That is a lot to work with!

I started by cutting a piece of mat board out with the wrap journal die & a mover/shaper die in the open space. That is how I got the cool, crow to die cut right out of my book.  Here I had to option of adhering my paper first & die cutting the whole thing or die cutting them separately as I went along. 

Next step was to use a stencil & texture paste on the flap portion. I like the paste as it dries very quickly. Once the paste was dry I spritzed it with Dylusions spray in Slate Grey. This will help the image to pop once I add the color. 

Using Distress Crayons to hit the high points & rubbing with my finger was the next step.

One of the challenges of the wrap die is it just a bit longer then 12" so a great way to cover the book it to cut the paper individually. I also like using different papers on the front from the back... this makes covering the book easy. I simply measure, cut & distress the book.

For the spine I used my favorite technique covering it with embossing powder. Seth Apter's Rocky Road from Emerald Creek provided the perfect texture. I added a bit of Hammered metal to add some silver to the mix. The bonus of using embossing is it helps protect the spine by making it stronger. 

My closure was created by adding a door knob to the spine. An elastic was hooked through an eyelet on the flap & that wraps around the door knob on the spine to close the book. Of course I needed to add charms!! 

For the hidden cover of the book I added some Tim Holtz Halloween pieces and the owl sticker from the paper pack. Here you can see that I covered the inside spines in black paint & embossed stamped spiderwebs with Fallen Snow. The skull paper is silver foiled and really detailed. Thanks for joining me today! I hope you take the time to see the other great projects the Inspiration team has made this month!

Eileen Hull Wrap Journal die by Sizzix
Tim Holtz raven mover/shaper die by Sizzix
Spooky & Sparkly 12x12 stack by DCWV
Dylusions Spray in Slate Grey
Distress Crayons- Antique Bronze, Fossilized amber, Squeezed Lemonade, & Wilted Violet
Opaque Texture Paste, Glossy Accents by Ranger
Tim Holtz Halloween ephemera & charms

Making An Eileen Hull Journal Out Of Resin

Hi Resin Fans, I have a 2 part Resin project tutorial for you over on the Resin Obsession blog. This is such a cool project & I was so excited that it worked!!! I challenged myself to make a journal book using resin to create it, die cut & have it be the base of the cover. 

Resin Journal with Wings!

Here is my finished project. As a designer I have made a lot of projects over the years but I have to say this is one of my favorites. It took some time but it was so worth it! 

Die Cutting with Resin

Part 1 of the project has directions for making the cover out of resin, how to die cut it & how to string it together. I I used Eileen Hull's Wrap Journal die which is perfect for this project but you could also use any of her other journal dies as well. The tutorial for creating the base of the book is here. 

Part 2 shows how I made the wings using resin, a mold & Resin Obsession pigments for color. It teaches how to complete the cover including tips for a closure & working on a transparent surface. The results are a unique book with 4 signatures, that can be used for anything. The tutorial covers adding magnet closures as well as tips & tricks to adhering resin onto resin! You can find part 2 here.

Thanks for looking & I hope you have a chance to go check out my tutorial!! Resin is so much fun to play with & the possibilities for making these books is only limited by your imagination! 

I am entering this book in the Mini Album Maker's contest. If you haven't seen this blog there is tons of awesome inspiration over there so I hope you check it out!


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