Saturday, 1 September 2018

A Book Within A Box Within A Journal - having fun with Eileen Hull's dies!

And so here we are at the start of yet another month! And of course that means a new challenge at Mini Album Makers, but not just any new challenge, this is the first anniversary of this fabulous and very popular monthly challenge.

To celebrate our Blogaversary, we've organized a blog hop this month.  We're giving away a $25 gift certificate to Blitsy.com to one lucky reader whose name will be chosen at random from all of the comments on the Design Team blogs.  In addition, Lindy's Stamp Gang will give a $25 gift certificate to one lucky participant in our challenge. 

So if you have arrived here from Nancy Wetherington's fabulous blog post - welcome!

This month I am sharing another Eileen Hull journal this time celebrating my wonderful holiday in Corsica with two friends last May.  I will be sharing photographs of the decoration of the journal, but my tutorial will focus on the little daily journal which is in a box inside the journal. 

Want to know more! read on ........


As Corsica historically has a French background I looked for embellishments which would support that. I have used Tim Holtz Memorandum papers to cover the front of the Eileen Hull Journal covers.




I made a closure using magnets which are hidden under the layers on the front cover.


Inside the journal I have used Eileen's Stamp & Photo Die to create a box which is attached to the spine of the Journal.


Three of us went on  holiday so I have chosen three vintage photographs to represent us (they do not look like us at all !!!) and some sentiments which are appropriate for the fun time we always have.




On the backcover I created a little pocket for keeping tickets .....



..... quite simply made from a strip of paper sewn to make a pocket.


And inside the box is this little daily journal......


...... decorated in the same papers, and which opens out to allow a page a day diary.





And now I will share with you my tutorial for making this little mini album to fit Eileen Hull's Storage Box.

TUTORIAL


From your base card cut a piece 11 3/4" by 7" and score where shown to make two spines. Crease these so that they fold inwards and then put this piece aside.


Cut another piece of base card measuring 7 1/2" by 6 7/8" and score down the middle - this forms the start of the "book inside the book"! Then cut the first long flap as shown and stick the lower 2" piece to the back of the booklet to form the first flap.


For the side flap cut a piece of base card as shown and put some double sided tape down the scored edge and stick this to the side of the book.


For the last flap at the front of the book cut as shown and score to make a spine. Add double sided tape to the spine and stick this to the front of the book. Don't worry about what it looks like at the back as ......


..... this will now be stuck to the original covers which you set on one side at the beginning. You should then have a complete book which all folds together to measure 7" x 4".


This is how I decorated the inside of the book making a long pocket on the left hand side and a short one on the right. I had covered the sides first with some cream cardstock with a little stamping.


I didn't bother covering the back of the book as I was running out of paper so just covered the front and the front flap.


I have used two magnets as closures - I always love the sound of the magnetic "clunk" when I close a book!


The magnet on the right hand side was covered up with a little decoration to match the front covers of the main journal.


Finally I added cream cardstock to each page with a little light stamping. The pages were numbered for each of the days I was on holiday in Corsica.

I hope this gives you some ideas for making a journal to fit Eileen's Storage Box Die. It is quite simple to put together and once you have a template easy to put together at short notice for a holiday or a present.

As always thank you for joining me today and all that's left is for me to pass you on to the next stop in the blog hop - the lovely Anne Redfern.

Enjoy!

Jennie x






34 comments:

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Love the choice of your colours Jennie and the story and reasoning behind your creation. I'm sure it will hold many treasured memories of your holiday with friends which you will be able to recapture each time you flick through it.
I especially love the addition of the ticket pocket. Stunning.
Thank you for sharing & Happy Blogaversary to all at Mini Album Makers.
Creative wishes Tracey x

Redanne said...

Jennie, your journal is gorgeous and really does have a lovely French feel to it with the beautiful paper on the cover. I love how you used the storage box inside, it will hold lots of wonderful memories from your trip. I have bookmarked your tutorial for future reference! Hugs, Anne xx

Nancy Wethington said...

This is brilliantly beautiful! Love that you combined two dies to use in this portfolio/journal. And another decorated marvel. The photos you chose, the papers and that bit of stitching combines to make this another genius project.

Neet said...

How unusual but what a fantastic idea. I love pockets and things in journals but have never seen anyone put a box in yet this is perfect. Thank you for sharing and thank you so very much for a fantastic idea. Beautiful work - a fabulous journal. A marvellous idea!
Hugs, Neet xx

Annie said...

Your journal is fabulous Jennie and I love the papers and vintage ephemera used. THE PB and PD are perfect additions too x The box inside looks like the perfect place for storage tickets and other ephemera collected on your holiday x

Have a lovely weekend
Annie xx

Paper Wishes said...

What an exquisite delicately coloured journal this is - I love it. The papers, ephemera and stamps are all so perfectly matched. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing it and the great instructions. Happy blogaversary! x

butterfly said...

What a perfect keepsake album, Jennie - and such a clever interior structure, with the box as an extra element. Beautiful vintage decoration - a treat.
Alison x

gibonik said...

brilliant as usuall :)

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Oh Jennie, thank you for all the lovely photos and fun inspiration.
Such a fun project. A wonderful way to keep those memories of your visit. Happy 1st Blogaversary.

natalie pukish said...

Very charming and inspiring!!!

Elena Martynova said...

What a unique creation! Simply stunning!
Thank you for tutorial!!!

Gail said...

This is surely stunning piece of art - thanks for sharing your tutorial as well - have a blessed day

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh this is wonderful, and such a clever design and a great tutorial! What a wonderful way to keep the memories of that holiday! The box inside the album is just genius! Great inspiration!!

Julia Aston said...

What a wonderful journal box to keep all your memorabilia from your lovely vacation in Corsica with friends Jennie! LOVE the papers you used and all the beautiful ephemera - the fun envelope for tickets - the little journal inside for daily notes - a very creative and beautiful journal!

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Wow... I have never seen a box inside a journal! This is just stunning and love the choice of "french blue" papers. Just lovely. I may have to find the time to follow your tutorial! This is so unique and vintage looking. Thank you for sharing. I'm following the different blogs for your blogaversary so congrats on 1 year!

Kate Yetter said...

Wow! this journal is spectacular! The paper on the cover is so romantic and feminine. And then you opened up the journal and the sepia toned pages with the stitching is just perfect. Thank you for sharing how you made this.
Kate

Mirabelka said...

Stunning work. I live the color combination

Lys Scrap said...

I love this delightful journal, I went from surprise to surprise discovering the inside: fabulous idea! I bet you spent wonderful times in Corsica!

Ann Barnes said...

Jennie, this is a most beautiful journal that you have created! What a special way to treasure your memories. I love how you included that boxed daily journal inside. The papers are beautiful and your craftsmanship is incredible. Thank you for sharing!

nancy buzzard said...

What a wonderfully clever way to construct a journal; love the vintage-y look!

nancy buzzard said...

A very cleverly created journal; love the colors and vintage-y look!

Jen said...

What a treasure! Enjoy filling it with your memories.
Thanks for sharing

Katie Baird said...

What a splendid creation! I love how unique this is, your design is so clever. Thank you for taking the time to share such a detailed tutorial for this little daily journal. Hugs from Kentucky.

Jackie PNeal said...

Oh Jennie!
I just love the papers you chose and the way this all came together! Thise inside pages... the whole journal, is Simply beautiful !
Jackie xo

Michele said...

you did a brilliant job on this i am so impressed. the color palette is just beautiful, too. xo

Margaret Mifsud said...

I love this journal Jennie!! What a clever design and the papers you have used to decorate are so pretty!! The little box inside is perfect to record all those wonderful memories and thank you so much for sharing the process. Have bookmarked this for future reference!! Love it!! hugs x

Mari Kauber said...

So creative, love the colours, the layers, the layouts, very interesting.

Cindy Vernon said...

What a fun idea!

Heather Maxwell said...

So beautiful Jennie! I am in awe of your craftsmanship as well as your clever design prowess!
~ Heather

Nora said...

I love the design and colours of this journal!!!!
Thanks for sharing

Autumn Clark - SewPaperPaint said...

Oh Jennie! This post is filled to the brim with inspiration! I adore the paper dolls and found relatives you chose and how they are a resemblance of your friendships. SWEET! I love the stitched pocket, the incredible flaps you concocted and the gorgeous color palette/paper choices you made! WOW! This hits all of my happy buttons sweetie, thank you! Hugs, Autumn

Marci said...

A lovely reminder of fun times.

Anne Dwyer said...

This is really lovely Jenni - compact but with plenty of space to keep things. Fabulous creation!

Eileen Hull said...

Jennie- this is brilliant! The colors are so pretty and I love how you combined the Journal with the storage boxes and THEN added a book! Wow- genius! Great way to remember your trip ❤️