Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Collections Folio for Eileen Hull Designs (Tutorial)

Hello Everyone and welcome to this fourth week of the month when Eileen Hull's Educator Team share their inspiration. We are focusing on Eileen's Chapter 1 release through the month and again into next month as we are all very much enjoying these fabulous new dies. Check out Eileen's blog for more ideas from my team mates! HERE

This was my Folio make for the Blog Hop release at the beginning of the month and today I shall share how I made the inside booklets. Be warned this is a photo heavy post! but I hope it explains how it all came together.

The tutorial step by step works alongside this walk through video and watching the two should explain the individual pages.  I have used Stamperia House of Roses 12 x 12 cardstock pack and basic paper creasing and folding to achieve the individual fold out pages and envelopes.

Thank your for joining me today and I hope you enjoy the tutorial. Do ask any questions either here or by email.

Happy Crafting!
Jennie x


I cut my chosen papers for the cover, initially by cutting two 12 x 12 sheets and cut the individual cover and spine pieces to fit the cardstock. At this stage I didn't have the die only the die cuts from Eileen, but you could achieve the same by running the paper through the die.

I like being able to control how I use the papers rather than glueing them to the cardstock and running them through the die.

I made sure I had some smaller pieces for the small spine pieces that create the box.

I made the right hand side of the folio into a box to hold a couple of small notebooks.

I used Eileen's Passport Die to make the notepbooks.

For the left hand side of the Folio I needed to create a spin for my four pages.

I used some fairly strong cardstock to cut three pieces which were then scored and glued to each other.

This was then glued to the left hand spine creating four individual spine pieces. Do keep your cutting and measuring quite right as it is a snug fit!

I was then able to cut a couple of pieces to cover the inside of the covers (you can see that at this stage I have not joined the two parts of the Folio together ..... it was easier to work this way!

These pages were then decorated with the tags from the Stamperia papers. They are slightly too big for the Folio but you can cut them in half and make a little pocket. I do this a lot with the Stamperia tags .... they are just so gorgeous!

My first "page" is an envelope. It is a simple construction. Cut a piece of good quality cardstock 9 1/2" x 5" and score at 3 3/4" and 7 3/4". This will give you a pocket which you can glue down at the sides and a flap top. Before decorating I have put magnets at the ends of the flap so it is a neat fit when closed. I love any opportunity to create little spaces for labels,  I cut any strips of patterned cardstock to make these bands.

The envelope can then be glued to the first spine.......

...... do this before decorating the back and that way you neaten up the edges of the spine.

My second page is a simple flip page. I have made a second for my fourth page as well which is slightly different. So when cutting the first piece of cardstock, cut two. The cardstock should be cut to 10" x 4" and scored 2 1/2" each end to make the flaps.

I have decorated the inside with another pocket and captured ribbon underneath before glueing to the second spine......

..... another pocket on the back!

The third page is another fold out but this time side to side.

I have used the full length of an A4 sheet of cardstock (11 5/8") by 5". I scored at 3 3/4" and 7 3/4" (see the video for how it is folded).

This is quite a bulky page but you have the middle of the spine to take up the bulk. I just added a single sheet of paper to the back rather than making a pocket ...... I just LoVE those papers!

The fourth page is made in exactly the same way as the second, but this time I made a small tag closure.

Before decorating I added magnets so it closes snugly.

Again once this page was glued to the last spine, I covered the reverse and made another space for tags.

I was then able to join the two sides of the Folio together. You can see how snuggly the pages fit into the left hand space.

A couple of tips! Think about your papers before you start. I loved the large clock so even before I knew how I was going to decorate the individual pages I cut it up into pieces measuring 4" x 5" across the sheet.  This meant I could line up the clock as I worked through the pages.

If you are going to make a box out of the Folio sides think about your closure! 

I didn't and in order to use the button brad had quite a time trying to poke out a hole in the back and then use tweezers to get the elastic through! I then had to "patch" the hole!

I used a large button brad for the front and added an eyelet to give some space for the elastic!
Again all an afterthought, I should have given it much more thought at the beginning of the process!

I hope this gives you some ideas and that you enjoy your Folio Die as much as I am enjoying mine!

Dies used:

Sizzix Scoreboards XL Die : Folio #664884
Sizzix Scoreboards XL Die : Passport Book #660331

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Single Layer Stamping with PaperArtsy New Release Stamps

 Hello and welcome!

Today I am sharing a short video (speeded up!) using some wonderful new PaperArtsy Stamps and Fresco Finish Acrylics. I have used a single layer stamping technique using Post It Notes to create some lovely bright birthday cards. I hope it gives you some ideas!

Happy crafting!

Jennie x

Stamps Used:

Eclectica by Scrapcosy

Thursday, 4 February 2021

A Pocketful of Spring

 I am over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight sharing a Pocketful of Spring .....

.... and creating with Scrapcosy's fabulous new release of stamps.

I have fallen in love with them big time!

Do join me over on the blog if you would like to see more!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Sizzix/Eileen Hull Chapter 1 Release Party and Blog hop

Hello Everyone! 

Welcome to the Chapter 1 Eileen Hull/Sizzix Release Party Blog Hop! I am just loving the new ScoreBoards Folio Journal die along with the Mandala and Folio Page, Pockets and Flower Thinlits dies that coordinate with it.

I have loads of photographs and a walk through video to share with you but first of all please hop through the blogs and be inspired by the work of the talented Inspiration and Educator teams. Leave a comment for each designer and you could win a Folio Journal die!

You can also join me (yes me!) along with Eileen and other members of the team for a Facebook Live on Wednesday Feb 3 at 5pm GMT (noon Eastern). There's a chance to comment on the Facebook Live and have the chance to win either the Mandala die or the Folio Pages, Pockets and Flowers die - two winners!

We appreciate your love and support! so start hopping now!

Eileen Hull Designs
Julia Aston
Madeline Arendt
Jennie Atkinson
Karen Bearse
Susie Bentz
Sarah Lizzie Dodd
Sue Eldred
Maggi Harding
Lisa Hoel
Jenny Marples
Elizabeth Robinson
Tonya Trantham
Betsy Skagen

Today I am sharing my folio, but I will be back later in the month with a full tutorial but in the meantime I hope you enjoy the photographs and short walk through video.

I love the chunkiness of the resulting folio!

There are lots of options for making boxes, sleeves, covers ..... endless possibilities!

I decided to make a flip out folio on the left hand side of the book. This is the first page, a pocket with magnet closure.

I have added loads of little bands to tuck in tags and little books.

The second added page is a folded large tag ......

.... which opens out to reveal pockets and a little book inside.

The third page is another folded tag, this time lengthwise .....

.... which opens up to reveal two pages with space for tags and little books ....

..... and still further to reveal another couple of pages (I was running out of decorative papers at this point!)

The fourth page is another flap the same as the second  page but this time held down by a tag with magnets.

Again this opens up to reveal another pocket and more tags.

Stamperia Papers give so many wonderful options for decoration.

On the right hand side I made a box which houses two small books made using Eileen Hull's Passport Die (I love how everything works together!).

Well done if you are still with me! I really love this Folio die and already have lots of ideas for using it!

Thank you for joining in the hop today and be sure to look out for my post later in the month for a tutorial.

Jennie x

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Layered Cards for Eileen Hull Designs

 Hello and welcome! 

Eileen Hull's Teams are sharing cards this month and today it is the turn of the Educator Team to share some ideas using Eileen's new Chapter 1 dies.

I have made three cards using the Folio Page die cut which gives a lovely sized card measuring 4 ¾" square. 

I used the fabulous Mandala die cut as the base for each of my cards and used some leftover papers to cut the backing and pocket. A tutorial follows for this card at the end of my post.

For this card I used some lovely 8 x 8 papers which included lots of items that could be fussy cut. They were just the right size to layer onto and into the pocket.

This gave me lots of lovely layers but will still  be safe to post.

For this card the Mandala was cut using foil paper (gorgeous!). 

I kept the card very simple with no layers other than a large flower.

Three cards which I made quite quickly as I got a production line going in terms of die cutting and stamping so I had everything ready to have a making session.

It is lovely to be able to show these dies for cards as they are part of the Folio Journal set. But as always with anything that Eileen designs, they can be used in so many different ways.

I hope these give you some ideas! but do hop on over to Eileen's blog where you will find so many ideas from the Educator and Inspiration teams.

Thank you for joining me today and happy crafting.

Jennie x


To make this pretty vintage style card you need some small offcuts of patterned paper and some good quality white cardstock for the card base, mandala and pocket.

I have used the Folio Page Thinlits die to cut the card and then cut a piece of patterned paper measuring 
4 ⅝" x 4 ⅝" so the front of the card is covered but not right to the edges.

The Mandala cuts beautifully but I did use some freezer paper which I lay over the white cardstock as I find this always helps. I have glued this to the front of the card at the centre and again in the area where the pocket will go.

The pocket is from the Folio Page Thinlits die and I used thin red tape to attach this to the card.

There are so many options for using this pocket, it would also stand on its apex as well to make a fan shape pocket!

I have used the base flower from the Folio Page die and this lovely stem from one of Eileen's older die sets. It is a most useful shape and I use it alot.

You can see here the pocket gives a lovely depth which allowed me to place elements inside and outside to get lots of layers (also see my mauve card above!).

I have used a handmade rose (tutorial HERE) on the pocket.

I love being able to tuck sentiments and butterflies inside a pocket! 
A great way to layer without bulk.

I always add a paper insert into my cards.
I have used copy paper cut to 9 ¼" x 4 ⅝" folded in half.
I bought this embossed corner punch years and years ago but I love that
it gives the corners such a professional finish.

Eileen Hull Dies used:

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set -Folio Page, Pocket and Flowers #664883
Sizzix Thinlits Die - Mandala #664882
Sizzix Thinlits Floral Arch & Words #662357