Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Thank You Cards with Eileen Hull's New Release

Thank you Card

I needed a thank you card the other day and I needed it fast so I quickly came up with this.  

The key to this quick card is that I had some beautiful 2 sided paper (Graphic 45 Let it Bee Collection).  The paper was 8" x 8" and I just folded it in half.  Bam, it's a slim line card! 

I quickly cut some letters with Eileen's new Alphanumeric die.  I seriously love this die as it is so easy to cut the entire alphabet or cut individual letters.  Why is it so easy you ask?  Well it's one big plate at 5.75" x 7.75" AND you can use the negative of the letter because each letter is a tear apart section.  I love it!!

So back to my quick card, I cut the letters and grabbed a scrap of embossed cardstock left from something else and lined up my letters.  I find it much easier to line up my letters on a separate strip than directly onto a card.  OMG, when I adhere directly, it's usually running uphill or downhill or maybe even both!  I also started gluing the letters from the end beginning with the "U".  That way I get proper spacing and I can lop off the other end to get whatever size I need.

Ok then, adhere that sentiment along the side of the card, glue some flowers on if you are so inclined.  This card looked good either way but I just had to add a little something!  😄

Now that red inside was just too in my face red so I glued on some nice neutral cardstock; besides, I needed somewhere to write!  Then a strip of design paper caught my eye so that went on the left side.

I thought a library pocket would be cute with a G45 journal card in it so I used Eileen's new Library Pocket die inside.

These are so quick and easy to make, just die-cut, glue each side of the pocket and that's it!

Supplies for this Card

Masculine Thank You Card

I love Sizzix's Cork Roll Surfacez and I'm amazed at all the things I've been able to do with it.  Today I decided to try it as a card base.

The only issue with using it as a card base is that it is one-sideed paper.  I solved that problem by gluing cardstock to the backside of the cork.  Because the cork comes in rolls and it's not real heavy, I found using an adhesive sheet the easiest way to adhere.  I also cut my cork and cardstock a little larger than I need. 

In this photo I've adhered the carstock to the backside of the cork paper.  You can see the cork peeking out on the sides.  Now I just cut this assembly to the size I want, score and there I have my card base.  Doing i this way ensures that the cardstock and cork are perfectly aligned.

I adhered an embossed panel that I made with Eileen's newest 3D Embossing Folder, Tablecloth. After embossing, I lightly went over the embossing with silver Sizzix Lustre Wax to bring out the beautiful embossed details. For added interest I clipped the corners with We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

At the top I added a strip with Thank You cut with the Alphanumeric Die and a metal xoxo charm.  At the bottom some paper lace fussy cut along with some tiny flowers.  

Supplies for this Card

2023 Chapter 1 Release for Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix

That's all for today but I have lots of projects to share with you using Eileen's newly released Sizzix products.  Be sure to stop by Eileen's blog to see inspiration from all the design team. 
xoxo Maggi


Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Cookbook using Eileen Hull's Frame Pocket Journal by Sizzix

 My other hobby is cooking so I love making cookbooks!   I made this one with Eileen Hull's new Frame Pocket Journal die.  The die is plus size, meaning that you need a large format die cut machine that has a 9" opening..  The die is approximately 8 3/4" wide and 12 1/2" long. The paper I used is Graphic 45 Farmhouse.

Eileen's 2023 Chapter 14 release includes 2 thinlits dies too.  One that I'm sure you're going to love is the Thinlits Tile Alphanumeric Die that I used to cut my "recipe" title.  The letters are just the right size for titles and you can use both the positive and negative cuts which is great!

Underneath the letters I used the label included with Eileen's traveler's sized Journal.

Here you can see the journal opened up and the flap on the back cover that wraps around the front.

On the inside cover I've use the Pocket that comes on this same die.  It holds a 3" x 5" index card which is perfect for recording recipes.  I made a strap to keep the cards in place.  It's easy to make, just fashion a strap about 1" wide and 5" long. Score at the top at 1" and fold and then at 1 1/2" and fold.  Adhere the 1" folded piece to the back of the journal being sure to leave enough room for your cards to fit.  Then use a magnet to secure the strap to the outside of the notepocket.

View with the strap raised to access recipe cards.

There are two lined paper signatures inside for writing recipes or even attached notecards to the paper.  Notice the black tabs on the signatures.  These are from another Thinlits Die Set in this release, the  Library Pocket ATC Card & Tabs.  The tabs have so many uses in journaling.  Here I'm using them to section off different kinds of recipes.

View from the  back of the journal.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

A Journal with Eileen Hull's new ScoreBoards Plus Frame Pocket Journal

 Eileen's newest journal is so awesome and I love that there's a pocket and frame included on the die!  The die is a Plus Die meaning that you need an diecut machine with a 9" mouth like the new Sizzix Switch, Sizzix Big Shot Plus, or Spellbinders Platinum.  There are other machines that will work too, I just don't know all their names.  

I was going for an old world vintage look and  I think combing lace and paper contributes to that look. I used an old Prima collection, Time Traverler's Memories for the journal.

The backcover of the journal has a flap that wraps around the front cover which really creates a tidy closed journal.  I used a magnet closure on the flap.

I've recorded a flip thru video so that you can see all the pages.

Inside the front cover is the Notepocket, and on the right side is the Photo Frame, both part of the  Frame Pocket Journal Plus Die.

View of the back with the journal opened.

How to make the magnet closure:

The closure on the journal is magnetic which I really like because it is so neat, clean and effortless.  It's easy to make.  I like the magnets hidden so when I adhere the papers I leave a little space for the magnet. (If you're really organized you can glue the magnet on while you're building the cover.  I never seem to get that organized and end up doing it at the end.)  I use a little Undo if I need more space.  Just take tweezers and poke the magnet under the paper.

It's important to get the magnets lined up correctly, so take the second magnet and place it on the first magnet like show in this photo.  Now remove the adhesive cover and press the cover flap over top the magnet.  The magnet will adhere to the flap and voilà, it will be perfectly placed!  After doing that, I cut another flap from design paper and adhered over the magnet so that it would be hidden.


Thanks for joining me today!

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Sizzix Chapter 1 Release and Eileen Hull Blog Hop!


Welcome to the Sizzix Chapter 1 Release Party

To celebrate, we're blog-hopping! Hop on over to Eileen's blog, for all the stops along the way. You don't want to miss any of the teams' inspiring projects! (All the blog stops are at the bottom of this post.)

Introducing the Ch. 1 2023 Eileen Hull/Sizzix collection!

ScoreBoards Plus Frame Pocket Journal: This is a Bigz Plus die so you will need a 9” wide cutting machine. The Journal measures 4 1/2” x 6 1/2” x 1 1/4” with an adjustable spine. What makes this die special are the additional pieces on the die, a pocket to hold ephemera, a frame and flap! These extra pieces may be used in many of my other journals or they can be used independently. The die may also be configured in a few different ways so watch the blog and Facebook live shows for ideas.

Thinlits Tile Alphanumeric Dies Set: The Tile Alphanumeric set is so versatile because you can use both the positive and negative shapes. Each letter is perforated which makes it easy to create and line up words.

Thinlits Library Pocket, ATC Card and Tabs Die Set: These are journal essentials! The library pocket is great for adding pockets to cards, journals and tags. Use the ATC card die to knock out a bunch of Artist Trading Card bases and add the library pocket to package it up to swap. The Tab die is perfect to add to the Journal pages or on the ATC.

3D Embossing Folder - Tablecloth: Eileen was inspired by a crocheted cotton piece she received from her Mom when she designed this. This embossed design will add beautiful texture and dimension to card backgrounds, book pages or tags!


Don't miss the giveaway! Make sure to watch our live on Facebook and/or YouTube. Comment in the chat and tell us what you would create with these dies, then you will be eligible to win a Chapter 1 die/embossing folder!

My Inspiration Projects


It's a cookbook with space for blank recipe cards.   All the dies in this release work so well together!  My other hobby is cooking so I love making cookbooks.  For the cover,   I used Alphanumeric letters for my "Recipe" title and the Label from the previously released XL Journal die. (Graphic 45 Farmhouse papers)

Inside, I used the Pocket from the Frame Pocket Journal Die to make a blank recipe card holder and fashioned a strap to keep the cards from falling out. (Graphic 45 Farmhouse papers)

Travel Memories Journal, really it could be any kind of journal but it has a loose travel time theme.  I love the combination of paper and lace on the front.  It gives is an old world vintage look.

Back and spine.  Join me next week for a closer look at this journal!


First up, a feminie birthday card featuring the Tablecloth embossed cardstock in the background and the library pocket to hold a secret message. (Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian papers)

Again, I used the Tablecloth embossing folder on the yellow cardstock background.  I used Eileen's birthday cake stamps and Snail Mail dies to make the stamp embellies.

And another card!  I adhered my greeting, cut with the Alphanumeric Die, to a yellow Tablecloth embossed strip. (Graphic 45 Let it Bee papers)

Library Pocket on the inside.

I know, another card!  That is so not like me!  I used Sizzix's wonderful cork paper to make the card base.  And yep, I used the Tablecloth embossing folder and letters cut with the Alphanumeric die.


Sizzix ScoreBoards Plus Die - Frame Pocket Journal by Eileen Hull

Eileen Hull by Maker Forte Snail Mail - Postage Stamp Set

Remember to stop by Eileen's blog and hop along so you don't miss a chance to win a prize!  

Thanks for joining me today and be sure to pop in throughout the month for more detailed looks at these makes.

xoxo, Maggi


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