18 July 2017

Vintage Sewing Themed Travelers Notebook Journal for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome! Thank you so much for the continued support and positive feedback for my Travelers Notebook style journals, created using Eileen Hull's 'Journal' die. Today's offering is a vintage sewing themed journal which incorporates more than just junk journal pages; I have been inspired by my good friend Anne Redfern, a fellow member of Eileen's Inspiration Team, who adds all sorts of practical pockets and accessories to her journals. I highly recommend you check out her recent tutorial for a professional yet easy to achieve pocket insert HERE.


And so to my latest journal, which gave me the perfect opportunity to experiment with Dina Wakley's range of paints, stamps and stencils. Have to say I love the results that can be achieved and how easy they are to use! First up here's the video walk through of the journal from my YouTube channel;


Now, as promised in the video, here's the tutorial for recreating the journal cover (click on each image for a close up);


Having glued the journal covers together, cover them in Black Gesso (or cut from black mountboard) before using Dina's White Gesso to apply a contrasting and uneven layer over the top on both sides.


Apply pieces of sewing pattern paper over the top with Matte Distress Collage Medium.


Add a much thinner layer of the White Gesso over the paper to blend with the background.


Add offcuts from Tim Holtz 'Memoranda' paper stash with the same Distress Collage Medium.


Stamp the small blooms from Dina Wakley's 'Homage to Frida' and 'Abstract Blooms' stamp set with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. You may need to heat set this layer as it's sitting on the Collage Medium.


Add uneven swirls of Dina's 'Rosy' Acrylic Paint over the stamped flowers (the ink will be absorbed by it).


Add a half moon swirl over one side of each flower with Dina's 'Elephant' Acrylic Paint.


Mix four parts 'Elephant' Acrylic Paint to one part 'Evergreen' to get a softer colour.


Paint over the leaves with the mixed colour, again absorbing the underlying ink.


Add Dina's 'Umber' Acrylic Paint to some sponge, dab onto the small bloom stamps, and then stamp over the corresponding painted flowers (reapply the paint each time you stamp them).


Use Dina's 'Jumbled Numbers' Stencil to add a random layer of White Acrylic Paint numbers over the whole design.

To finish the front cover use the plaque that can also be cut from the Journal die, paint it with black and white gesso as before, stamp the words from the Homage to Frida set and cover in Glossy Accents. And finally thread your choice of elastic, thread, ribbon etc through the pre-cut holes (there's a tutorial for that on the die packaging) and you are ready to add inserts of your choice!

Here are some close up photos of the additions inside this one as seen on the video;


You can see on the tag where I used Eileen Hull's 'Word Stitchlits' dies to cut the word Sunshine.


Using the same Dina Wakley small bloom stamps on the elements inside the journal helped tie it all together.


Here is the envelope I made using layers of sewing pattern paper and Eileen Hull's 'House/Pocket' Stitchlits die.


Here's another of the words and the heart from the 'Word Stitchlits' die set cut into the smaller tag.


I quadruple embossed a scrap of card with Emerald Creek 'Charred Gold' Embossing Powder before pressing one of the images from Dina Wakley's 'Homage to Frida' stamp set into it with Jet Black Archival Ink.


This close up shows the beautiful effect you get from the multiple colours/sizes of granules contained in the embossing powder.


And finally on the back cover of the journal is the 'Embroidery Hoop', cut from Eileen Hull's die, painted with Dina Wakley's 'Elephant' Acrylic Paint, and holding a piece of fabric stamped and coloured with another of Dina's 'Abstract Blooms' and Acrylic Paints (following the steps used on the cover).

I also mentioned in my video some free downloadable pages and inserts - here are the links to those;

check out Astrid Maclean's gorgeous journals and fabulous free downloadables here -
https://astridsartisticefforts.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/passport-to-paris-and-some-journal.html

and the hugely generous Wenda has a wonderful array of downloadable inserts for Travelers Notebooks and more -
http://www.wendaful.com/free-printable-inserts/

YAY! You've made it to the end of this post! Hope you've enjoyed the journey and picked up some useful ideas along the way. I'll add a list of most of the products used in the making of this journal below. If you have any questions please do shout out - it seems to take longer to share projects than to create them these days so I may have forgotten something along the way!
Whatever you're up to for the rest of the week hope it's a good one, take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


12 July 2017

In The Good Old Summertime with Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! It's Kathy Clements' turn to host the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog, and she's called it 'In The Good Old Summertime'; "it's time for those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Whether you vacation at the beach, in the mountains, or enjoy a relaxing "Staycation" in your own back yard, your challenge is to create a vintage or shabby chic project that shows what you love best about summer. Use summer colors in your project. Be sure to tell us in your post what you love about summer, and how you've represented that in your project."

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

I love the long, light Summer evenings spent sitting in our garden at home (when the weather is warm enough). It is a little piece of paradise, full of mature shrubs, trees and climbers, and there's nothing better than catching heady wafts of summer jasmine in the air. What better than to capture some of that magic of a Summer garden in Junk Journal format!





I used a whole host of orange, yellow and contrasting aqua shades of Distress Paint to colour the Eileen Hull Designs Journal cover before stamping over with, amongst others, Wendy Vecchi's 'Spring Bouquet' design repeatedly. Applying Transparent Paste through Tim Holtz Roses Stencil and a Prima IOD clay mould decorated with Remnant Rubs and die cut lettering completed the look. Inside lots of 'junk' pages were unified with Memoranda paper and lots of stamping using a whole host of Wendy Vecchi stamp sets.

To give you a better idea here's my video walkthough;



And as promised in the video here are some photo highlights;









That's it for my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'In The Good Old Summertime' I hope you've enjoyed today's post and hope you take the chance to watch the accompanying video walkthrough. Do make sure you hop on over to see what my talented team mates have been inspired to create for this Summer themed challenge, and remember to link your own shabby chic or vintage Summertime projects, to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Have a fantastic end to your week, take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


28 June 2017

With This Ring at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! It's Cec Wintonyk's turn to host the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog and given that weddings are the focus this time she's called it 'With This Ring'. Cec challenges us to create vintage or shabby chic projects that celebrate the big day. Your creation might be a card, a gift, a decor item or something to keep the memories of the special occasion.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

As luck would have it there is a wedding in our family this year so I've taken the opportunity to create something bespoke - using Eileen Hull's HeARTfelt 'Journal' I've created a Guest Book with plenty of room for everyone attending the celebrations to record a message for the happy couple.


Here are the signature inserts, crisp, white, and ready for all those lovely messages to be recorded for posterity.


There have already been questions about how the flowers came together so here's the full tutorial.


Step 1 - Apply Texture Paste through the Ornate stencil over the front and back covers of the journal.
Step 2 - Join the front and back covers together with strong adhesive down the centre of the spine.
Step 3 - Stick the closure tab onto the centre back cover along the longest side.
Step 4 - Stick a plaque from the die set onto the upper centre of the front cover.


Step 5 - Cover the insides and outsides of the journal with a layer of white gesso.


Step 6 - Cover the journal with Picket Fence Distress Paint on the insides and outsides.


Step 7 - Highly dilute Hickory Smoke Distress Paint with water and apply a wash over the whole of the journal, dabbing away the excess to accentuate the stencilled patterns.


Step 8 - Dab white gesso onto both sides of a piece of watercolour card randomly with a wet wipe.
Step 9 - Apply Spun Sugar Distress Spray Stain over both sides of the card and dry completely.
Step 10 - Repeat Step 9 with Tattered Rose Distress Spray Stain.
Step 11 - Cut small flowers, in threes, from the card using the Tattered Florals dies. Shape with a ball tool or similar as shown in the picture. Glue the tightest flower inside the slightly looser flower, then glue onto the open flower and allow to dry.


Step 12 - Cut branches from card, layer together to form longer and thicker branches. Cover in a layer of Brushed Pewter Distress Paint. I wound thin silver wire around them at this stage.
Step 13 - Separate out the white stems from the Idea-ology Bouquet flowers into individual flowers. Add to the branches with the Tattered Floral flowers and leaves painted with Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stains. Apply dots of Pewter Liquid Pearls to the centres of the pink flowers. Stick the flower laden branches onto the closure at the front of the journal
Step 14 - Paint card with Tattered Rose Distress Paint and cut letters using the Alphanumeric Marquee Thinlits dies. Stick onto the plaque on the front of the journal.
Step 15 - Cut pages from watercolour card and white Sizzix Paper Leather (for the signature covers) 19cm x 22 cm, fold along the centre of the longest side and stitch together with waxed thread.

To finish I ran 2mm white elastic cord through the journal spine as directed on the instructions that come with the die. The three stitched signatures were secured through the elastic strands. I also tied seam binding, coloured with Tattered Rose Distress Paint, though the centre of the spine and through the closure tab.

Here are some close ups of the finished Journal/Wedding Guest Book;




That's it for my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'With This Ring' I hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial. Do make sure you hop on over to see what my talented team mates have been inspired to create. And remember to link your own wedding/romantic themed shabby chic or vintage projects, to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Have a fantastic end to your week, take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


14 June 2017

You're My Inspiration at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! It's Nancy Dynes turn to host the latest challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and her chosen theme this time is 'You're My Inspiration!' Here's what she says about it; "Simply find any type of image or photo that inspires you to create a vintage or shabby chic project. Please post your inspiration image on your blog along with your project, and tell us what it is you love about it. The inspiration image does not need to be included as part of your project, just on your blog post."

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

So here's the picture that kick started my creative brain (and has done before, wow! over 2 year ago HERE);


Here's the card I came up with this time, inspired by the mix of aged mirror, paint and script;


Time for the step by step tutorial, which has been broken into four chunks.


Step 1 - Rub over a sheet of Metallic Kraft card with a sanding grip.
Step 2 - Use a brayer to apply a patchy layer of Pumice Stone Distress Paint.
Step 3 - When dry, brayer a patchy layer of Iced Spruce Distress Paint.
Step 4 - Repeat Step 3 using Frayed Burlap Distress Paint.


Step 5 - Use the stamps from the Etcetera set with Black Archival Ink to add a patchwork of images over the card. Chop down the card to fit a 6" square card.
Step 6 - Take an A6 sized piece of card and dip it into diluted Iced Spruce Distress Oxide.
Step 7 - Dry thoroughly before repeating Step 6 with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.
Step 8 - Repeat Step 6 this time with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide.


Step 9 - Repeat Step 6 with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide.
Step 10 - Finally repeat Step 6 with another layer of Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.
Step 11 - Cut a 9.5cm chunk from this card and use FlitterGlu to stamp the largest of the circles from the Brushstrokes set. Cover with Sheffield Steel Mega Flakes, rub over with your finger and use a Scoochy from the FlitterGlu starter set to remove any excess. Repeat this process using the ledger sheet image from the Etcetera set on the remaining inky card.
Step 12 - Stamp the numbers in the Etcetera set at the top and bottom of the card using Orange Blossom and Watering Can Archival Ink.


Step 13 - Use the circular die from the Tim Holtz Scribbles and Splats Thinlits die set to cut a spiral shape from the left over altered Metallic Kraft card. Stamp the two ephemera images from the Etcetera set onto card using Watering Can and Orange Blossom Archival Ink, then cut them out.
Step 14 - Stitch around the edges of the main piece of Metallic Kraft card and the largest piece of inky card with a sewing machine and black cotton. Cut matting layers of Yellow and Black Classic Kraft card, sand and ink over with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide. Cut a rectangular piece from the ledger stamped inky card, then ink around the edges of both pieces with more Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.
Step 15 - Add small splatters of diluted Ripe Persimmon, Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Tumbled Glass, Evergreen Bough and Weathered Wood Distress Paint over the centre of the larger piece of inky card  (you can use less and your choice of colours instead).
Step 16 - Add Rusty Hinge and Brushed Pewter Distress Paints to the edge of two Quote Chips.

To finish, layer up the elements created as shown on the main photo, adding Star Adornments and an Index Clip Fastener inked with Orange Blossom and Watering Can Archival Ink. Here's some close ups of the end results;





That's it for my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'You're My Inspiration!' I hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial. Do make sure you hop on over to see what my talented team mates have been inspired to create. And remember to link your own shabby chic or vintage projects, together with a picture showing what has inspired you to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Have a fantastic end to your week, take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


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