Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Eileen Hull Collaboration with The Crafter's Workshop

Hello Blogland, today is a round up of projects for the Eileen Hull collaboration with The Crafter's Workshop. This month the team has been playing with the awesome products supplied by TCW. In case you are not familiar TCW is famous for their stencils of which they have so many wonderful designs. Now with a line of mixed media products as well as stamps they have so much arty potential to offer! *Affiliate- some of these companies have given me product to use, play & experiment with. The ideas are my own but I tend to work with companies whose products I like so enjoy the inspiration.  **some of these links are affiliate, I receive a small percentage from the company at no cost to you. This helps me deliver free content!

This is my 2nd journal made this month- this size is just my favorite in the whole wide world! To see my 1st Journal which I am calling Wonderful World you can go here. The great thing about stencils & stamps is there are so many things you can do with them & in this post I will show you some from the simple to the more dynamic.

First up this newest journal. For my cover I used one of my favorite things to do with stencils. Using multiple types of paste & different stencils to create the cover of my book. Using a spatula & scraping Crackle Paste & Light Modeling Paste all over the cover pieces. The yucky stain is from my stencil being cleaned in not so clean water. The good news is the ink will cover it up.

Set aside to dry. The paste will feel a bit cold when not quite set. As I plan on using lots of wet products the book is set aside overnight to fully set. Once set, it is time to add color. The list of colors & the links to the supplies used, is at the end of this post. I used a combo of sprays, Distress Stain, Distress Oxide, & Mica. Sticking mainly to the blues & light greens is a good way to avoid the color getting muddy. 

Don't get the mat board too wet. Let dry in between layers. Repeat the same colors in the same areas to get good coverage. Let dry. If you have problems with the mat board layers separating you can create this on a piece of mixed media paper & then adhere it to your covers.

Once the cover is completely dry, it is time to add some shine! I love working with the Sizzix Luster Wax & especially love using all the colors. 

Simply add some wax on a palette & using a piece of hard foam gently scuff the high points of the paste. Adds so much luster & shine.   

This really makes the embossed portions pop!

After gluing some gel prints to the inside of the book it is time to put the book together. Add a strip of .25" Super Tape to the edge of the front cover & adhere your covers together. 

Using Collage Glue & printed paper adhered to the inside of the spine seemed a good route to go. I used Tim's Entomology but there are many different ones you can play with. These collage papers create such dynamic images.

Most of the inside spine won't really show so I let my image over lap to the covers. How fun is that? 

The outside of the spine was painted with acrylic paint. Once dry images were stamped with Archival Ink in Cobalt. Then some stencil work was done with Night acrylic paint. I added a few eyelets to the center glued portion, this helps keep the book together. This spine portion was covered in Glistening Glass Emboss to give it that extra strength & lovely shine.  

 Video Link

Next up let's add some elastic for the binding. I made a video as people often ask how to do this part & it is hard to explain. Plus I don't think I ever do the stringing the same way twice!

Now it is time for some cover art. All of the elements on my cover are Tim Holtz. I have the Stencil Chips to commemorate the year. They are adhered with cool industrial brads. 

The final touch was to add a collage using a Salvaged Tag, various ephemera, Vellum wings & a Paper Doll. Now all I need to do is decide what to do with this cover!

Let's look at some other ways to use TCW stencils in your journal. My release post from the beginning of the month was a Wonderful World Junk Journal also using the Full Size Journal. On the canvas cover some simple stencil work was done with acrylic paint & a foam sponge. Medical Music stencil is one of my new favorites! This is a great way to add a few details to add some interest to your project.

A tag was made as a element to tuck inside this book. A photo of some wonderful flowers from my neighbor was added to a distressed tag. Stencil Butter in Terre Verte was scraped through the Leaf Study Slimline Stencil. This butter has a wonderful shine & works beautifully through the stencil, really showing off the details. Some stamping was also added with an archival ink & TCW stamp set Sweet Sentiments. Lots of great images on this set. The quote came from there too!  

When making junk journals often there are pages in the book that are plain or only have a basic pattern. One great way to add some imagery to your page is with Distress Inks & a stencil. 

In this case the whole stencil was used. Journal Musings was a great one for this technique. Multiple colors of yellow & green inks were stenciled in using an ink dabber. Now my page is ready for some documenting or a photo. Whatever you want to use it for. 

That is it for this post. I hope you hop over to Eileen's Blog to see the round up of all the TCW projects. There are quite a few! Have a great rest of your week & make sure you get the chance to get inky!

Supply List:

Ranger Ink 

Monday, October 25, 2021

Done By December Daily Album

 Do you participate in December Daily? This week the Topflight Stamps Design (TF) Team is all about Winter or Christmas!! I am just starting to work on #donebydecember the idea being, finish your last years album before you start on the new year. For me I have many started December Daily books but only 1 that is finished. This is the perfect project as I was determined to get my last one finished!*Affiliate- some of these companies have given me product to use, play & experiment with. The ideas are my own but I tend to work with companies whose products I like so enjoy the inspiration.  **some of these links are affiliate, I receive a small percentage from the company at no cost to you. This helps me deliver free content!

My albums are created a year behind while I simply document the current year. I decided to create a page for my 2019 book using a few different supplies. Did you know that TF also carries paper? There are some awesome Stamperia paper bundles & one of them has the beautiful Winter Tales paper pad. Perfect to make a mini album page.


Starting with a piece of paper that was cut from an ECD die seemed like a good idea. Did you know that these dies fit the Ali Edwards albums? I use the 6x8 album size which is the same size as the paper pad. The back of the page simply has a tag pocket with another pocket made from more of the paper. Inside pop a card from the kit, there is space to journal on the backside of this card. All my edge distressing was done in French Navy.

 Same page just with more light! Using the script part of the stamp with Cinnamon Swirl ink, some embossing in Weathered Gold was added & the quote stamped, distressed & adhered. My double pocket is ready for tags, photos or whatever that day needs to be documented.

This paper is double sided which gives the page a good start. The other side of the paper has a simple pattern. This is ripe for some inky fun. I am going to use this page as a title, with the date on it. 

My quote was stamped with French Navy ink & embossed in Blue Moon distress powder. 

The stars were stamped from the Jofy70 set. How fun are they? The inside details were colored with a gold, gel ink pen. The images cut out & adhered to my page.

Stamperia products have some amazing images. Included in the bundle are some chip board die cuts. The bird & I'm Dreaming of... were adhered with glue. They were a great way to add some magic to this page. 


All I needed was the date. This is also an ECD die cut and was the perfect place for the wee birdie to perch. I hope you enjoyed my December Daily pages, thanks for joining me. As always you can go to the Topflight Stamps blog to see the product images. Have a wonderful, crafty day!


Monday, October 11, 2021

Gel Press Notepad for Topflight Stamps

Hello my Inky Friends, today I am going to show you the cover to my Gel Press Notepad for Topflight Stamps. I will do a run through of how to build the inside in a few weeks & some videos so stay tuned for that. Of course the best way to be sure you don't miss out, is subscribe to my blog & YouTube channel, yay.*Affiliate- some of these companies have given me product to use, play & experiment with. The ideas are my own but I tend to work with companies whose products I like so enjoy the inspiration.  **some of these links are affiliate, I receive a small percentage from the company at no cost to you. This helps me deliver free content!

My project is a Notepad mini journal made with Eileen Hull's newest Sizzix die cut. This can be used as an art journal, photo journal or hybrid scrap book. The Notepad cover measures 4 1/4 x 3 5/8" & can be used horizontally or vertically. As usual my supply list is down below.

One of my favorite arting pastimes is to work with a Gel Plate. It has been far too long since I have played with mine so pulling it out for this weeks post was definitely a good idea! This weeks theme for the team is stencils & Topflight Stamps has a lot of fabulous ones available. Gel Press & stencils go together like PB & Jam. 

Paint is one of the easiest products to play with so some Fresco Finish were grabbed in all sorts of colors. You will want a large variety on hand. This process is wonderfully addicting & once you start you won't want to stop! You will also need a brayer & some wipe off paper to clean in between pulls. I sometimes just grab a stack of the kids old homework or an empty journal for this. 

Paper of all varieties can be used. For example here is a sample of finished prints that I made while playing. Kraft, black & white card stock, copy paper, deli paper are just some of the papers you can use. Also use up that scrap book paper you don't like anymore- perfect!


I also pulled out some canvas because I knew I wanted that for my spine. If you have sticky back canvas or tape that works really well. The adhesive is nice and strong which makes it ready to use. 


My covers were cut out of mat board & then papers cut from my Gel Plate play. 

Love this! Such a unique background. This was with a PaperArtsy Stencil & layers of paint. 

Use the Gel Plate & stencil to quickly & easily add crisp paint images to the cover. 

For the spine I went with canvas tape sprayed with Mica Stain. This gives my tape a nice shimmer. You can see here how the stencil image is transferred to the tape. Looks awesome! Some of the circles were doodled using Posca Pens or paint pens.

Next step for the cover was to add some imagery. Mail Art stamp set is on the front, just pieces of the stamps were used. Once that was dry, a stencil with some Metallix Gel was scraped through. This adds a copper shine & some dimension. The stencil is the PSO90 by Sara Naumann using the diamond shape. Set aside to cure.  

On the back some of the images from the Foliage set were added.

To adhere the canvas piece, the easiest way I know, (which was taught to me my Dina Wakley) is to put the canvas piece adhesive side up on your craft mat. Center your spine in the middle lining up top & bottom and press down. Then simply bring your book down to the left side onto the table which will nicely adhere that side. Then to the right. Wohoo looking good!

Then it was just time to finish the cover. The wonderful Butterfly Post set was used for this. Stamped with archival ink & distressed with Vintage Photo. The squares were adhered in varying foam so they are at different levels. For example the 1st square was simply adhered with Supertape. The 2nd with Foam Adhesive & the 3rd with Foam Squares. Love this look!!! Lastly a Clipper Sticker was adhered on mat board, distressed & adhered. Hummm reminds me of the opening of Star Wars for some reason. Alright that is it for this week! I hope you have a really great creative week.

*for photos of Topflight Stamp products go here. 


Thursday, October 7, 2021

Video Tutorial for Mixed Media Stamp Storage Box!

 Hello Maker Fans, I have a 2 part video up for you on my YouTube Channel. It is a play along with me & we are making my recent Mixed Media Stamp Storage Box! For all the links to products in general that were used & step out photos go here.

Link To Video Part 1

Part 1: Building the base of the box, measurements, how to assemble. Also adding the 1st layer of decoupage, book text & how to add decorative napkin images. I will also show the original item made with this die cut. 

Link To Video Part 2

Part 2: Continuing to build the imagery. Decoupage, stamping, painting. A quick tutorial on using Eileen's postage stamps by Maker's Forte. Lots of tips & tricks to cover up mistakes & edges etc. I hope you make one!! Let me know in comments if you do especially if you put it on social media I will pop in & comment. Have a lovely inky day!

Monday, October 4, 2021

Tutorial for Full Size Wonderful Life Journal

 Hello Blogland, today is my tutorial for the Full Size Wonderful Life Journal. This Chapter 4 Sizzix release of Eileen Hull's has some awesome new diecuts. This journal is officially my favorite size. I hope you go and check out the Inspiration Teams recent blog post featuring the new die cuts. So much great inspiration. You can go here to get all the links.  

 I made a partial canvas book. The size is great, 6 1/4 x 8 3/4", nummy!! I have many ideas of what to use this book for. I think a hybrid journal, scrapbook, with some art journal elements. You know basically all the things. 

This book started with canvas on the outside. You can see the cuts in this photo. There are 3 holes for elastic, the middle holes line up so you have spots for 5 signatures. It is very easy to add signatures by running more elastic. The spine is 2" when used this way. If you want a smaller spine just cut some of it off. If you want bigger, cut and add another section. 

This is one of my favorite techniques if you follow me you know! Adding some decoupaged decorative napkins to the canvas. All the supplies are below with links where possible. 

Poppies on the front cover & sunflowers on the back. Decorative napkins have such wonderful imagery so the sky is the limit!

The canvas was a little plain for me so I added some Seth Apter Ice in Whiskey Frost. The great thing about this gel product is it adds a transparent layer so it is great for tinting. Also has a similar feeling to the decoupaged area which adds some consistency. 

Once that was dry it was time for some stencil work. This month Eileen's team is doing a cross promotion with The Crafter's Workshop or TCW. Using a bit of acrylic paint on a sponge some details were added to add interest. This is the very brilliant for junk journal stencil, called Medieval Music.

Time to work on the inside. It is always a good idea to reinforce the spine when making fabric journals. This helps prevent your book from bending when booklets or signatures are added. A spine piece was cut out of cereal box and had to be adjusted. The decoupage makes the canvas shrink a bit so this piece had to be cut to fit. Using Ultra Bond is a nice strong glue to attach the piece to the inside of my book. 

Let's look at the next few steps. On the left side is the cardboard spine piece. After adhering it nice & strong I realized it was a bit flexible, not what was wanted. So the right side a cut piece of mat board was used. That stuff is nice and firm. Once that was done the pieces were painted with Fossilized Amber. To make  the covers a little more sturdy 49th & Market scrapbook paper was added. Their card stock is a particular heavy weigh, perfect for book making. The bonus is the designs are also so pretty. I used a lot of items from the In the Leaves Collection. 

The spine on the inside cover (once dry) was stamped using TCW stamp set Sweet Sentiments. I used Archival Ink in a few different colors. This ink stamps really well on acrylic paint. You don't really see the images once the paper is in, unless you used notebooks. However it does peek through when flipping through the book, so it is a nice touch. 

Back to the cover, it was time to add a quote. A digital quote box was printed on paper. The awesome stamp from Eileen's latest Maker Forte set was stamped in Memento Ink. Once that was dry a layer of Eileen's clear embossing powder was used to create that cool epoxy look. A few brads were added, cause who doesn't love a good brad? Layers of ephemera were glued down, the quote on top. The ticket is also from one of Eileen's stamp sets.  

The spine was attached using Redline Tape & the center holes where the book attaches were reinforced with eyelets. The front & back cover were sewed around with my machine, changing stitches for fun. Elastic was run through creating the ability to slide in paper or booklets as wanted. 

I like making these removable ribbon, charm dangles. Really need to come up with a name for them. The ribbons were folded through a large jump ring and a thread wrapped around to hold the ribbon in place. A rusty clip was used and the jump ring glued to one side so it stays put even when the clip is removed. 

To finish off the cover a metal handle was glued on. A bee charm was added on a fabric ribbon piece. 

As I said we are doing a collaboration with TCW. I will have more journal items on my Facebook & Instagram in the next few weeks so be sure to follow me over there (links on the right of my blog). Here is an element I made using the Leaf Study stencil on top of a Distress Inked tag. Stencil Butter was scraped through with a palette knife. Look at how great that butter works through a stencil! A bit of background stamping & a quote were added with the stamp set. A photo was popped on & this will fit nicely in my journal once more pockets are added.

Now to work on the inside cover. Using Eileen's Tag die cuts a few tags were cut out of that paper pack. 

Here is how the inside cover looks. The tags were distress with Vintage Photo then topped with a ribbon or ticket. The 2nd tag is a digital. The quote "Seek the Good" is from Eileen's Snail Mail Inspiration stamp set. It was popped on top of a canvas piece, die cut from the extra's on the Full Size Journal die. 

Ok last element because this post is soooooo long. The front of the 1st booklet is again made from the paper pack. A pocket was made using Eileen's new Heart Mandala die cut. Then backed with paper & trimmed out. The library pocket & word "Junk Journal, is stamped from the Buttons..card set. The other pieces are from the paper kit or digital images. 

WOW that is the challenge with the book blog posts, so much info!!! Here is what the book looks like with the inside cover & the 1st booklet. I am already working on some more elements in this book because it is so dang fun! When I get more done I will do a video flip through. Thanks for joining me today!! I hope you have the chance to work on a book too!



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