Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Opposite Colours Attract

 Hello and welcome to my first post of the year.

Our current theme at PaperArtsy is Opposites Attract and if you hop on over to the blog you will see the mini paper and textiles book I have created using two colours from the opposite sides of the colour wheel - blue lilac and light orange.

I also have a video walkthrough of the project on my YouTube channel.

Thank you for joining me.

Jennie x

Tuesday, 21 December 2021

Favourite Projects Roundup for Eileen Hull Designs

 It is always fun to look back over the year to see how my creativity developed (or in some cases didn't!). And for Eileen's Inspiration and Educator teams we are this month choosing our three favourite projects ..... and that is just SOOOO difficult! I really love creating with Eileen's dies and along with her new range of stamps this year, there has been much opportunity to experiment and create.

So here are my three favourites!


... and I think this is my absolute favourite! The Treasured Summer Adventures box I made using two lids from the Treasure Box die.

It reminds me of so many happy memories from my childhood holidays in Southwold with my cousins and I have it sitting on the shelf by my chair in the study.

You can see the full blog post by clicking the link HERE with the story behind the individual pieces and how it was made.


Earlier in the year when everyone was making camper vans with Eileen's new release I was making a sailing boat using the same die!

It was the jockey wheel that prompted me to go down that route as I thought it looked like a tiller.
She's a tad dumpy but .... any young sailor would be proud to have her as a first boat.

This was a very enjoyable afternoon of creative play and didn't even make it to a blog post! But it makes me smile every time I see it.


The Folio Die has undoubtedly been one of my favourite dies to work with and this year I have made six, each one a different design both inside and out. This wraparound version was my favourite.

A wallet, notebook and folder .......

..... held inside a flip out folder.

A waterfall on the inside cover ......

.... and lots of tucks spots, envelopes and tags inside the single sheet wallet.

You can see more details in the blog post HERE.

And there are two videos on the YouTube Channel HERE.

Thank you for joining me for this roundup post and here's to more creative fun in 2022.

Jennie x

Friday, 17 December 2021

A Christmas Box

I always love it when I can combine some of my favourite designers and products into one project. This was a "play time" project. Not made for anyone but myself and where I could indulge my love of Eileen Hull's fabulous dies, Tim Holtz's little village houses, papers and ephemera and PaperArtsy Paints and Infusions.

I used the lids from Eileen's Treasure Box die to create the box. It is simply held together with a washi tape spine and a little shelf made from one of the box side pieces.

PaperArtsy Fresco Paint (Blood Orange) and Rusty Car Infusions gave a lovely rustic look, the walnut stains in the Infusions just adding a little bit of texture.

And then play! Two little paper houses using Tim Holtz Paper Village #2 and using some of his Backdrop papers for both decorating the box and the houses.

They just (!) fit in the box!

Tim Holtz Ephemera going back some years and some from this year's release. Small pearl beads from an old necklace were coloured with alchohol inks and tiny art stones for snow.

The beautiful Tim Holtz photograph I have been saving for a special project.

The front was kept simple with some Backdrop papers and a "made years ago" paper clay circle which took the PaperArtsy Fresco Paint and Gold Wax beautifully.

A lovely keepsake Christmas decoration which I can bring out each year. 

Happy Crafting !

Jennie x

Thursday, 9 December 2021

Gratitude Journalling

Gratitude Journalling is our current theme over at PaperArtsy and I have used paper collage and other techniques to create this double page spread.

Do hop on over to the PaperArtsy blog if you would like to see how it came together.

Jennie x

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

A Personal Autumn Journey for Eileen Hull Designs

 Hello and welcome ! 

Today I am sharing an Autumn Journal which started out as a small Autumn quotes junk journal and ended up a personal journey through the months of September, October and November!

The journey started when I found this beautiful material in our local shop and I fell in love with its vintage Autumn hues. Eileen's Teams are this month inspiring with Seasonal Makes (Fall/Autumn, Thanksgiving or Christmas) and so I used the material to make a fabric journal using the Pocket Notebook Die.  

(There is a video Tutorial for the making of the Journal using the fabric at the end of this post.)

Having started a rusty coloured Autumn insert to match I realised that Autumn spans three months which are very different, particularly here in the very north. 

September is still green with soft blue skies.........

October moves to more rusty colours (if the winds have not blown everything away)......

November can be colourless and feels sometimes as though we are living within a sepia photograph.

So I unpicked my started insert and instead made three individual monthly books. Luckily I had started this project early back in September, so I was able to work within each of the months. Every few days I made either a collage or found a quote to match a photograph. All the photographs were taken of our garden here in Tingwall, the view over the Loch and on our trip to Kirriemuir (forest walks) in early November. I used pieces lying around on my desk, dies I have not used in ages, papers and embellishments from 49 & Market, Tim Holtz Engravings and a heap of PaperArtsy stamps (Scrapcosy, Gwen Lafleur and Alison Bomber) and PaperArtsy Frescos for painting. One side of my desk was a mess, but a happy mess !!

 And so it became a very personal journey through the Autumn months. 

I thought it easier to share in three collages some of the pages rather than a lot of photographs!

The three books just fit into the covers......

..... held in with tea dyed elastic to match the fabric.

This is certainly not what I set out to create but I am so pleased with how it came together and the journal will always remind me of how the months change within a season and what was inspiring me from day to day.

And now the video tutorial of how the covers were made decorated:

Thank you so much for joining me.
Happy crafting!
Jennie x

Die Used:
Eileen Hull Sizzix Scoreboards XL Die Pocket Notebook #663638

Saturday, 13 November 2021

Mash Up for PaperArtsy

 I love it when Leandra at PaperArtsy challenges us to use stamps from three/four designers in one piece. 

I had great fun creating this art journal page using stamps from Lynne Perella, Gwen Lafleur and Alison Bomber. 

Hop on over to PaperArtsy to see how it came together.


Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Tiny Print Spool Book

It is a happy talent to know how to play!

Indeed it is! 
and I thoroughly enjoyed making this fabric and paper spool book for the current 
PaperArtsy theme of Tiny Print. 

The post is live tonight on PaperArtsy so hop on over if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Music Journal Tutorial for Eileen Hull Designs

 Hello and welcome!

It's the turn of Eileen's Educators this week to share their tutorials for the blog hop projects we made using her new Chapter 4 Sizzix dies. I made this fabulous A5 Music Journal using the Full Size Journal Die and some gorgeous Stamperia Music papers which I had been saving for a special project .... as you do!

As a recap here is the walkthrough video so you can see the pages and wallets I created.

This is a long post! so grab a coffee and scroll through the tutorial which also includes a short video on how I did the elastic lacing for the A5 size UK books.

I started with the cover and you will know by now that I glue my papers onto the boards after they have been cut. This is particularly useful for this die as the 12 x 12 papers don't quite fit! As you can see there is a little gap. 

This is not a problem ..... on the inside I made a pocket which I could butt up to the spine .....

.... and on the outside I used a small strip which matched the spine. You can see that I clipped the corners with a corner rounder so that there is less of a problem with the papers coming unstuck and looking a little unsightly.

I kept the decoration to a minimum as the papers were just so beautiful and I didn't want to hide anything. I found this quote on one of the pages ..... quite appropriate after one has been playing the concertina !!

And I used the same bookplate tab for the spine - these come as part of the die.

For the inside I have used an A5 Notebook purchased from our local bookshop. I have split it into three, the cover and then split the pages in two.

It is a good quality book with a hardish cover and nice quality pages. 

I took the cover and covered the outside with some lovely plainish papers. 

I used a rounder corner on the edges once I had stuck the paper down. 

I covered the inside with some cream cardstock and then made a couple of pockets for each side.

These got filled with little labels, tags and a little book made from one of the tags. Again rounding the corners gives everything a nice neat professional finish.

And a collage of tags and pieces on the front cover. I had kept the cover plain so these lovely papers were not cluttered.

For the two notebooks I cut papers for a cover, rounding the edges to match the inside papers.

I made some wallet style pockets on the inside covers - I took a square of the paper and cut off a triangle at the top left hand side. 

I used some pearlised cotton to make a simple stitch in the booklet to hold it together. But the elastic does hold the notebooks inside so it is a matter of choice really.

And now to the elastic. As mentioned the UK A5 size Notebook is just a little too tall for this die without the pages getting a bit scuffed from the elastic. So I decided to work out a way of getting the elastic to run the full length of the spine inside, but with one piece, ie there are three elastic slots but only one knot. This is a real time video so you can follow along and stop the video when necessary. I thought I would need it as much as sharing it with you all ! I will never remember for another time. The elastic feels strong and holds the books in well.

If you are still with me .... well done !!
I hope there are some ideas that will enable you to create with this die. 
I really love the size of it and it is a great size for larger notes - in this case the music and notes I have kept from ten years of visiting Ireland's Concertina Workshops.

Do hop on over to Eileen Hull Designs to see lots of ideas from the Teams both for this Journal and also the Notebook which was released at the same time. You can't fail to be inspired by these lovely projects and also Eileen's Facebook Live every Tuesday and Thursday.

As always thank you for joining me and happy crafting.
Jennie x

Dies used:

Sizzix Scoreboards Plus Die Full Size Journal #665589