Sunday, 18 April 2021

Wood Effect Butterfly Box


I am over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight sharing a project for our Free To fly theme.
I have been having great fun using Raquel's Infusions wood effect technique to create this whimsical box using Eileen Hull's Trinket Box Die and a recycled tube and empty ribbon spool.

Do join me over there if you want to see more!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

One Page Tag Book for Eileen Hull Designs (Chapter 2)

 Welcome to Eileen Hull's Chapter 2 Release Party! Today Eileen's teams are sharing Folio Journal accessory dies, the Waterfall, Tags and Book Binding dies (and the adorable Bigz Camper Van). There is no need to limit these dies for books, you can use them for so many different elements in different size journals, cards and layouts. 

I love creating little books from a single sheet of 12 x 12 paper, in fact it was what drew me to scrapbooking all those years ago. So what better way than to share Eileen's new tag dies than to make a small folded tag book which can stand alone or which you can add to a journal or notebook.

Check out all the different ways to use these dies on our Blog Hop. Click through and leave a comment on each of the designers' posts and be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate in Eileen's Etsy Shop. 

You can start the blog hop here:

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
Mitsyana Wright
Cheryl Waters

Join us on Facebook Live and YouTube Live for an up close and personal look at the team's projects ..... and their craft rooms! Eileen will also demo how to use the dies during the show. I really hope you can join us for this fun event. 

So here are a few more details of my tag book along with a YouTube tutorial.

Using just a few simple folds and cuts it is easy to create lots of places for tags and ephemera.

The little book opens out with even more pockets and tags ......

.... and including enough room for photographs.

My parents when they were "courting" went everywhere by bus and their photograph albums are full of bus tickets. So I tried to create something similar using Tim Holtz photographs and stamped tickets.

These flowers came with the papers (49th Market) and were just perfect without adding too much bulk.

Either watch the tutorial video here or click on the YouTube link.

These little books either stand alone, or can be added to a journal. This is a Pocket Notebook I made for my friend Elizabeth and I added a little tag book to the back cover. I made it slightly longer in length to accommodate some larger tags.

Do join me later in the month when I will have another tutorial for a one sheet tag book which will fit inside the new Folio die.

As always thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Topflight Stamps 4th Birthday Hop Winner!

 A bit of a "drum roll" post tonight! Each of us who took part in the Topflight Stamps 4th Birthday Hop have the chance of choosing a winner from all of those who commented on our own blog post. My random number chose

Tammy P

Congratulations Tammy, do please quote my winners code BDAYWIN25JA

to claim your $25 dollar prize.

Thank you to the huge number of visitors and comments I received for my card and tag tutorial last week. I do so appreciate you all stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Jennie x

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Vintage Rosebud Flowers for Eileen Hull Designs

With spring just around the corner (hopefully!) what better time than to share a flower tutorial. We have an extra week this month and a few of us on Eileen's Inspiration and Educator Teams are sharing ideas for Spring and Easter projects.

The flowers are the perfect size for Eileen's Tiny Book Box.

And they can be made with inked or plain cardstock, patterned paper .... just about anything you want really to match your project.

If you click the link below you will go straight to the tutorial!

Small Vintage Rosebud Flower Tutorial

Happy crafting!

Jennie x

Thursday, 25 March 2021

TopFlight Stamps Birthday Hop!

It is Topflight Stamps 4th birthday and to celebrate, I have been invited to join the team and some other great designers to showcase birthday cards using the unique products available at Topflight Stamps. 

As Donna stocks a great range of PaperArtsy products I have created a birthday card and matching tag using Raquel's latest stamp release along with some new Fresco Finish Paints .... more about the card later in the post!
Please hop along with us and see all the beautiful talent from this group of amazing designers! You should have arrived here from Lisa Hoel's blog. If not, no worries, catch the details below.

Follow along here and if you get lost you can always start at the Topflight Stamp Blog.

Topflight Stamps

Lisa Hoel

Jennie Atkinson

Cornelia Wenokor

Karen Bearse

Dina Kowal

Kathi Rerek

Connie Mercer

Ericka Strange

Jenny Marples

Autumn Clark

Rachel Greig

Gwen Lafleur

Annette Allen

Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $100 Gift Certificate to the store. But wait, there is more, each stop on the hop has an additional $25 Gift Certificate up for grabs for some lucky commenter. For a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by March 29th. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on March 31st. Good Luck!
And so here are the details of my birthday card and tag:

I decided to make a tall slim card and matching tag using single layer stamping techniques and Raquel's lovely new stamps to create a feeling of depth.
My video below on single layer stamping with these stamps shows how to use this technique with Raquel's latest stamps and PaperArtsy Paints and Satin Glaze:

I am no painter but it is easy to use these stamps to good effect with either paints or inks.

I used four individual Fresco Finish colours along with Satin Glaze. You will see from the video above how easy it is to combine the glaze and paints to create a lovely silky soft look.

There are some nice small sentiments included in the latest stamp release which work well on tiny tags.

I hope this little set will give you some ideas and inspiration for using these PaperArtsy stamps and products, all of which you can get from TopFlight Stamps.

Thank you to Donna and the team for inviting to me to share in the Birthday Celebrations!
Happy crafting!

Jennie x

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Chunky Folio for Eileen Hull Designs

 Hello and welcome ! 

It is the fourth Wednesday of the month and time for Eileen Hull's Educator Team to share their projects for this month's theme which is ..... more of the Chapter 1 Folio dies!

I have long wanted to create a book to house some of my favourite ATCs, many of which have particular techniques which I love but which are quite 3D and bulky! The ATCs were languishing in a box but I realised looking at the Folio Die I could make an extremely chunky book using the full width of the spine.

As the ATCS were chunky they needed to be stuck to some heavy paper so I used some very thick watercolour paper which was not very easy to decorate.

Having cut the Folio pieces from good thick board I knew I would have to use linen to hold it all together. There are no process photographs, but I have used the same process as my book HERE.

It was interesting coming up with a closure!

I have used an ATC on the front cover - one of my favourites using up old board letters, gesso and PaperArtsy Infusions. And the spine was large enough to take a full ATC as well. It didn't stick down very centrally so I had to add the key to even it out a bit! This is a wood board ATC and the text paper matched that which I had used on the front cover.

I thought initially to theme my ATCs aroud the months of the year, but I realised it wasn't going to work by the time I got to March, so after that it is a bit random. There are photographs below of the pages, but sorry there is little in the way of how they came together. Most of the pages were completed using pieces out of my bits box and anything that was lying around my desk. I must have got so carried away I completely forgot to get the camera out! 

Here is a short walkthrough video of the inside pages:

As always thank you for joining me!

Jennie x

And here are a few of the inside pages, not such great photography I am afraid as my camera was focusing on the outside edges of the double spread! 


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