Saturday, 27 June 2020

Calming Wisdom

I am sharing a project over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight for our current theme which is Calming Colours. Do hop on over to PaperArtsy if you would like to see more!

Jennie x

Friday, 26 June 2020

Rustic Charm Card

Hello and Welcome!

It is my turn to host the creative card tutorial over at A Vintage Journey this month. Quite by chance I found a lovely piece of hessian paper and so decided to make a card to match in with our theme this month which is Rustic Charm.

Head on over to A Vintage Journey HERE if you want to find out more!

Jennie x

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Tiny Book Wrap Around Folio

Hello and Welcome!

Eileen Hull's Wrap Around Journal is one of my favourite dies and I wondered whether I could make something similar using her new Tiny Book die to make a small folio.

I wanted to be able to make it from cardstock which is always freely available and to have a little collection of envelopes and books inside.

The front has a perfect wrap around cover (not easy to see on this design)

but I did make others!

I shall concentrate on showing you how I made this little wrap journal from two tags (the one on the right) and show details of the others at the end of the tutorial.

I have cut two tiny books using two Tim Holtz Ranger tags. It is quite easy to place the tag onto the die before cutting to retain the tag top. The two pieces were then joined in the middle - use a good glue or red tape as they need to be well stuck!

I have decorated the front covers of the journal by cutting individual pieces from one strip of paper. It is a good idea at this point to determine how you want to close the journal and add any magnets. I forgot ..... which is why the magnet is on the outside!

So the journal will close I have kept the inside page flat just decorating with some papers and embellishments. 

For the middle section I have made an open folio which in this book is tied with a piece of ribbon. Lay the ribbon down first .....

..... before adhering the folio.
The folio measures 7" x 2¼" and has been scored at 1¼", 1½", 4½" and 4¾".

The scoring gives you a nice spine which allows the inside folio to close.

The envelope on the right hand side is made in exactly the same way but with the lower part glued to make a pocket.  I have added a couple of folio closures (I had a die for this but you could easily make them from cutting small circles of cardstock).

The measurements for this are 5½" x 2¼" and scored at 1½" and 4½".
There are no spine folds for this pocket so it lies flat.

I have also made a little book to sit inside the middle folio.
To make this I cut a piece of cardstock 4" x 2¾" and scored the long edge at 2".
For the pages I tore roughly some tea dyed paper 4" x 2¾ but you may need to trim a little off if your cut pages hang out ! 

I also made a little envelope using a Spellbinders die. It is worth looking through your dies to see what you have that fits.

And everything fits very nicely inside.

Here are some details of the other two journal folios:

This folio was made from mattboard as the base. I have made it in exactly the same way but cut a piece from the edge of the board and rounded the edges to create my wrap.

I have used ribbon on the outside to hold the book together.

The blue book has been cut using quite thin kraft cardstock. The folio becomes firmer as you add all the layers of paper when decorating.

I have used ribbon to close this book and used the small oval from the Tiny Book die to hold the ribbon in place.

I hope these three little designs will inspire you to have a go. The Tiny Book die is so beautifully cute and there are lots of possibilities for filling it with beautiful "tiny" things, such as books and envelopes. It is also great for using up lots of little scraps. All three of these folios use favourite papers leftover from other projects but which I couldn't bare to part with.

I am currently working on a similar design using the Notebook Die, so look out for another tutorial through the week!

As always thank you for joining me today.
Jennie x

Eileen Hull Tiny Book Die

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Felt and Embroidery Wallets

Hello and welcome! Last weekend we had some horrible dreicht cold weather, so I decided to cut some felt, unearth all my embroidery silks and snuggle up on the settee embroidering felt wallets.

I have used Eileen Hull's Notebook and Tiny Book Dies to cut the books and the flowers and leaves were cut from her Stitchy Flowers and Leaves Thinlits set.

My favourite is this little wallet. It was the last one I made and I was really into remembering some of the embroidery stitches taught at school ..... ! 

I have anchored these little flowers by creating a star and then embroidering around the star - no idea what the stitch is called but it is an under and over technique!

For the larger flowers I have also used french knots and little stitches to look like flowers.

And used the same pieces to create a little design inside. I found the little pink fabric covered button in my sewing button box .... as opposed to my craft button box!

I have used Eileen's Tiny Book die for this little wallet. I have used the same star and over and under technique and dyed seam binding to create the rose. Scroll down for a photographic tutorial.

I used white silk ribbon to create little ribbon clusters. Again scroll down for the tutorial.

This wallet was cut using the Notebook die and I have used leaves from Eileen's Journalling Cards, Flowers and Leaves Thinlits Die. Again I have used the ribbon cluster technique to create a cascade of flowers which helps to anchor the leaves.

As always thank you for joining me and I hope this might inspire you to get out your sewing bits and bobs and have a go yourself. It is very satisfying and made a lovely change from knitting.

Jennie x


Blue Ribbon Rose using dyed seam binding:

White Ribbon Clusters

When I am doing the blanket stitch around the edges I always start somewhere where there is a double piece of felt. I cut a complete piece to cover the embroidery of the cover, so started at the top pin. I had enough thread to get around to the bottom corner. And then start another to take me over the single piece and to the small pocket I had on the other side. I hope that makes sense! That way you can always anchor the beginning and end behind another piece of felt.

The books like better when you take some of the bulk out of the felt lining. So when lining the inside of the wallet I cut away the piece behind the pocket plus a little bit more so that the felt can fold up easily.

Monday, 1 June 2020

Vintage Wallet

Hello and Welcome! 

It's the first of the month (again !!!) and time to share a project for our challenge at Mini Album Makers. I have a simple project this month but using some fabulous vintage papers.

My lovely friend Astrid MacLean has been designing papers for a long time, but has recently designed a full set of downloadable papers in her characteristic vintage style. I absolutely adore them and have created this wallet with her Shabby Rose Kit (details at the bottom of the post of where you can access them).

It is a simple fold wallet made from a couple of pieces of A4 cardstock ...

... with a flap .....

... a couple of pockets ......

... and all held together with some tea dyed vintage seam binding.

Here is how it all came together:

I cut my A4 brown cardstock down to 8" x 11 1/2" and scored it along the long edge at 5 3/4" to make an A5 booklet. The papers print at just a little smaller than A5 so this gives a small surrounding edge. I blended Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges of the booklet and the papers before glueing them down.

And I did the same thing for the back.

A piece of cream A4 cardstock was then trimmed down to 7 3/4" x 11" and scored on the long edge at 5 1/2" to make a slightly smaller booklet to fit inside the outer cover. I added a flap to the right hand side from a piece of cream cardstock 7 3/4" x 3 1/2" with a 1/2" score on the long edge to secure to the booklet.

And then covered it with more vintage paper.

Another piece of cream cardstock measuring 7 3/4" x 3" created the pocket on the back of this inside booklet.

And then it was down to decorating using the lovely labels, tags and other ephemera from the set and adding sentiments stamped on tea dyed paper.

A final touch was to add a decorated glassine envelope to the inside back cover - I had to get a bit of lace in somewhere!

I hope you will join us in our challenge this month by posting your mini album makes. There is no theme, just whatever you have made and completed this month. Hop on over to Mini Album Makers to see all the details and inspiration from the rest of the team.

As always thank you for joining me and have a great crafting month!
Jennie x

Here are the links to Astrid's beautiful vintage papers:

Vintage Joy Design at Etsy

Papers Used: Shabby Rose Journal Kit and Add On

Get more ideas from Astrid's blog HERE