Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Lost in Paradise Mini Using the Pocket Notebook by Eileen Hull Designs

The New Pocket Notebook Die by Eileen Hull Designs for Sizzix

Have you seen Eileen Hull's newest die, The Pocket Notebook?  I love it and it works so well for making mini albums and/or journals.  It measures 4.25" x 6.75" and can be as much as 2" thick.

I used Graphic 45's Lost in Paradise collection to make a mini using the Pocket Notebook XL die. I'm going to Hawaii next spring and I'll fill this book with photos and memories!

Another great thing about this die is that it not only cuts the cover for you, but it will also cut a folded page and a pen holder for you.  I love that!!

I recorded a flip through video so you can see each of the pages inside and I'll also tell you about my closure.

Notes on how I make my covers

To make my covers, I always apply paper to my mat or chipboard first.  I apply an adhesive sheet first to the paper and then adhere the paper to the board and I apply paper to both sides.  THEN I run it through my die-cut machine.  Be sure to pay attention to the designs on your paper.  I have been known to put the paper on upside down!

I used double sided tape to adhere the covers together.  I used to always use scor-tape but I am finding that Thermo-Web's red liner tape holds better.  I love how easy scor-tape is to use since you can tear it, so I save my red liner tape for this application.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

It Looks Real Challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

The Challenge

Cec is hosting a great challenge this time around!  She says, "There are so many ways to make something look real when it isn't. For this challenge, make a vintage or shabby chic project with one or more faux elements. Those elements could be faux rust, leather, stitching - to name a few. Make sure you tell us what the faux element is and how you made it because it will look real."

I can't wait to see all the faux elements everyone comes up with!

My Tag

Funny thing, I don't decorate for Halloween and we don't have trick or treaters.  BUT, I love making Halloween tags, cards and 3D stuff!  Again I chose a Tim Holtz Etcetera tag, (they are my go to) to create a fun spooky tag.

As usual, I thought I was going in one direction and ended up going another way!  I first used Wendy Vecchi embossing paste to stencil a pattern onto the tag.  Then I painted that over with Dyan Reavley's Dylusions paint.  Well then, I decided that the Worn Wallpaper looked good on the tag and so you don't see much of my masking.

Faux Elements
I started off with one of the easiest techniques, imitation stitching.  It's so simple, just take a pen a draw stitches on your project.  I "stitched" all around my design paper and I even added some cross stitches. (You can see them in the photo above.)

I used alcohol ink to make it look like there are potions in the glass bottles.  Then I shredded some cheese cloth, attempting to give it that spider web look.  Hmm, it looks pretty good from a distance.  😊  That didn't work out quite as well as I hoped but it's ok....

Flowers - I have to have flowers!

These are faux metal flowers.  I simply punched and shaped some flowers, inked all over with embossing ink, sprinkled with gold embossing powder and heat set.  Voila, metal flowers!

I think you should drink your potions from a silver chalice so I used silver embossing powder to make my shaker silver (Shaker from Creative Embellishments). Then I filled it with a mix of beads and sequins from Buttons Galore & More.  I also have bubbles rising from my potion, I just glued on some champagne color beads for the bubbles.

Side shot to show you the dimension on this tag. 

How to Enter the Challenge

Create a vintage or shabby chic project and link it up to The Funkie Junkie Challenge Blog Challenge, It Looks Real.  The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to be a guest designer in one of our Funkie Junkie Challenges. The other three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into a draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to take a look at the creations of my talented teammates, you can see their creations here, at The Funkie Junkie Blog.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

"It's Halloween" Challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique

The Challenge

Sara Emily is hosting the latest challenge at The Funkie Junkie Blog and it's all about Halloween.  She says, "I love Halloween! With Halloween just a few weeks away, I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a Halloween theme. Your project can be as silly or creepy as you like, but just have fun!"

A Spooky but Frilly Tombstone

 I love the Etcetera tags and the Tombstone line of Etcetera tags are just so so fun for Halloween!  I used the mini size tombstone tag but they come in several sizes from large to small. 

First I applied a coat of off-white paint to all the pieces of the tag.  Next I stenciled bricks onto the top piece of the tombstone.  

 I finished the rest of the panels with crackle paste.  I inked over the cracks with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo to bring out the detail in the cracks.
After all the paint and mixed media dried, I added a panel of Worn Wallpaper to the center and then assembled  the tombstone.  Then the fun part began, adding the embellishments. I used some cheesecloth that I colored with a little black mist and stretched that out to resemble spider webbing.  The skeleton is chipboard from Creative Embellishments and it is heat embossed with Weathered White embossing powder.   The metal accents are Tim Holtz pieces from his Halloween Adornments.  I misted the roses (from I Am Roses)  with silver mist to bring out the petal detail.  The spiders are die-cut and heat embossed with black embossing powder.

Products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Stampers Anonymous Etcetera Tombstone
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Worn Wallpaper, Halloween
Ranger Embossing Powder - Weathered White Antiquities
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments, Halloween Accents
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments, Halloween Words
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencils
Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Vintage Photo 
Emerald Creek Eileen Hull Molten Dimension Embossing Powder

How to Enter the Challenge

Create a vintage or shabby chic project and link it up to The Funkie Junkie Challenge Blog Challenge, It's Halloween. The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to be a guest designer in one of our Funkie Junkie Challenges. The other three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into a draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to take a look at the creations of my talented teammates, you can see their creations here, at The Funkie Junkie Blog.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

The New Pocket Notebook Die from Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix

Welcome to the Pocket Notebook Release Party!  All of us on Eileen Hull's design team are so excited about her new Pocket Notebook die and we're celebrating today with a Release Party. On the die, you get all of the pieces you need to make an entire book- the cover, pages, latch and pen loop! The Pocket Notebook measures 6 3/4” x 4 1/2” with a spine that can adjust from of 3/8” to almost 2”! String it with elastic, hemp, ribbon or twine. So many option for this fun die!

Eileen’s Inspiration and Educator teams have combined to show us their amazing Pocket Notebook ideas. Please follow the Blog Hop to see all of the fabulous projects, techniques and videos!

We're blog hopping today so stop by each of the designer's blogs and check out their fabulous projects. There are also two GIVEAWAYS- the Pocket Notebook die and a gift certificate for Eileen’s Etsy store. To enter to win, leave a comment on each of the posts.  See below for the blog order.  Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 8 on Eileen’s Facebook Live show.

Join in our  blog hop So pull up a chair, grab a snack and read on.  I have lots of photos to share with you today.  

Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Pocket Notebook

One of my favorite things about this fabulous Pocket Notebook is that you can adjust the thickness from about1 1/8" to almost 2" and that is great if you're using the Notebook to create a mini album.  Speaking of mini albums, this is sized perfectly for a mini at 4 1/8" x 6 3/4".  The die also cuts pages to fit inside the Notebook.  How great is that?

Let's Go Steampunk

My first project with this great die is a Steampunk mini using Stamperia's Voyages collection.  First I inked up the cover using a sponge applicator with Eileen's Blends 2 inks (Nutmeg, Copper, Beach, Coconut).  Then I added paper layers from the collection.

Eileen also has a great line of thick embossing powders called Molten Dimensions.  I used Golden Rod to heat emboss the chipboard gears you see near the right corner.  I find the best way to coat chipboard with embossing powder is to use an embossing ink dabber or paint the embossing ink on with a small paintbrush.  Eileen's Blends 2 ink include a clear ink that works so well with these think Molten Dimensions powders and that is what I used.  

The Signatures

Inside the mini, there are just two signatures;  one holds note paper for jotting down quick notes and the other has places for photos.


This first signature holds notes.  The cover is made from design paper with the word "travel" that was cut with Eileen's Journal Words Thinklits set and then heat embossed with Copper Molten Dimensions.  The chipboard gear is simply inked with Eileen's copper ink.

Inside, I used Eileen's recently released Gift Card Folder and Label to make a pocket.  It fits perfectly inside the Notebook and makes a great spot to tuck in some note papers to write down those little things you don't want to forget.

The Photo Signature

This signature was designed to hold photos and record memories.  On the cover is another of Eileen's diecut words.  The flower is a bronze metal flower that I gussied up by adding some Molten Dimensions Gold Rod embossing powder randomly to the petals.  You need to try this as it really adds a lot of shine and sparkle to these otherwise dull bronze colored flowers.  (Unfortunately it doesn't show up so well in the photo.)  Just paint a little clear ink on the flower's petals, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat set.

This signature is really a small mini album.  On the left is a page that lifts up for a hidden journaling spot or photo.

The left page has a waterfall element for photos where you can show 7 photos.  On the right is a pull out element for more photos.

More photo and journaling spots.

Tags for journaling or photos on the right.

The Brain Book

This one is still a work in progress but you're probably thinking, "What is a brain book?"  Well, my husband has this zippered day timer kinda thing that he carries with him, EVERYWHERE.   And, he calls it his brain book.  Why?  Because the dear man has no memory, none, I'm surprised he remembers my name.  Well you know, he's called me his ex's name a couple times by mistake, ha ha ha, good thing I didn't take offense.  His brain book is a collection of addresses, passwords, notes, everything he needs to get from point A to point B.

Whew, so I digress, but I wanted you to know where this journal is going.  😅  This is going to be my "brain book" and its made with Graphic 45's Magic of Oz collection and of course the dear scarecrow wants a brain.  I think it will have some humorous elements to align with dh's brain book!

Underneath the scarecrow is a circular chipboard from Creative Embellishments heat embossed with Molten Dimensions Golden Rod embossing powder.

The witch and spider charms are from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Let's get Colorful!

I do love bright and bold colors and Graphic 45's Kaleidoscope collection certainly fits that bill!  Again, I first inked up the cover with Blends 2 Beach, Leaf and Coconut.  Then I added design paper elements, chipboard tags and flowers to make a pretty and colorful cover.

Yep, it's another travel journal.  You see, I am retired and my husband and I travel a lot in our RV with our two rediculously spoiled standard poodles.    There are 3 signatures in this one, two are set up to hold photos and the third is a line notepad for journaling.

The left side is a waterfall photo display and the right side has a lift up flap.

There's a fun tuck spot for more photos or notes on the left and a tag tucked into a pocket on the right.

Lots of surfaces in this signature for photos and journaling.

Other Notes

You may have noticed that you can't see any elastic bands on the spine.  That is because I like to cut another piece of chipboard, cover it with design paper, ink, etc. and then adhere it over the elastic bands on the spine.  I just really like that finished look.

Eileen has teamed up with Thermoweb to bring you two great products.  One is red liner tape that  is great for adhering the covers together and adding that extra piece of chipboard to the spine.  It really holds!  The other is their Easy Cut Adhesive Sheets.  The best way to adhere paper to your covers is to use an adhesive sheet like Thermoweb's.  Apply the adhesive sheet to your chipboard and press on your paper, THEN run it through your die-cutting machine.

Thanks for hopping along with us today!

Maggi Harding (you are here)

Products Used by Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix

Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Pocket Notebook
Sizzix ScoreBoards L Die - Gift Card Folder & Label #2

Other Products

Thermoweb Red Liner Tape
Easy Cut Adhesive Sheets
Stamperia Voyages
Graphic 45 Magic of Oz
Graphic 45 Kaleidoscope
Eileen Hull Molten Dimensions
Eileen Hull Blends 2 Ink

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and for staying with me for this long post!!

Happy crafting,

Maggi xxoxo


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