Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Paper Bag Tag Book for Eileen Hull Designs

I think I have made mini books from most things over the years, but the Unconventional Materials theme which Eileen's teams are creating for this month called for perhaps something a little different.

In fact it is my fault that we have this theme! In discussion with Eileen I had joked that the most non-PC item I had used was the sick bags from the Shetland ferry to Aberdeen (they are very nice quality bags although not necessarily folded very evenly!). This prompted the idea of using Unconventional Materials for our May theme. 


So I thought I had better go back to my sick bags and make a tag mini book from them! I have used six bags altogether and used 6 x 6 papers to cover the individual pages. 


I have used Eileen's new Tag Dies along with Journalling Cards from her Thinlits Flowers and Leaves.


Another staple when travelling on the ferry is kitchen towel so I carried on the theme and used kitchen towel to make my mixed media cover.


It creates a lovely bumpy finish on ordinary cardstock and takes paint beautifully.


I have made a YouTube video of the process, both for the mixed media covers and for making the book inside. It is a slightly longer video but does allow you to see how I created this little book which is actually quite cute ...... and no one would know the basis of it!

I would add that I have had some lovely trips on the ferry, but after 42 years and travelling 12 months of the year it can get pretty bad!! It is 12 hours to Aberdeen, 14 hours via Orkney. So not for the faint hearted sometimes!!

Thanks for joining me today and do hop on over to Eileen's blog for more inspiration in using unconventional materials from the Educators and Inspiration Teams.

Jennie x

Eileen Hull Dies: Journaling Cards, Flowers and Leaves (Sizzix #662811) Card, Waterfall and Tags (Sizzix #665154)





Sunday, 9 May 2021

Shabby Chic Vintage Envelope Pocket

 Hello and welcome!

I am over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight sharing a shabby chic project for the Find Your Vibe theme. How could I not have fun with my favourite Fresco colours, Sara Naumanns stamps and lots of lace!

All the details are on the blog but here are a few photographs to whet your appetite.

Jennie x







Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Edwardian Folio

Hello and welcome to another wrap around folio design using Eileen Hull's Notebook Die. 

I really enjoy the experimentation of cutting different elements of Eileen's book dies to make a wrap round. 

This time I have made the folio using cardstock as the base rather than board. It feels a little flimsy at the beginning but once you add pockets and flaps it becomes quite sturdy.


I wanted to make a journal using the new Vintage Engravings along with the new Backdrop and Kraft papers from Tim Holtz. 


They seemed to match the Backdrop papers so well and I had a lovely afternoon painting them using Distress Crayons.



As you can see there are plenty of pockets and flaps and although the Backdrop papers are 10 x 6 they are the perfect size for this little folio.

I have a step by step tutorial video on my Youtube channel which details how I made the folio along with all the cutting and scoring sizes for the individual pockets and flaps. 


I have not joined in a challenge for ages, so am joining in with this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which is Feminine.

As always thank you for joining me.

Jennie x