Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Eileen Hull's Pockets and Tags Work on Layouts too!

 Last summer I spent 2+ months touring the Canadian Maritimes.  It was a fabulous trip and definitely is one of my favorite vacations ever!  This year I'll be doing a lot of layouts with photos from our trip.

We were on a tour with 23 others, all of traveling in our own RV's.  It's great to have your own bed and bathroom!   This photo is of us with friends of many many years that joined us on the tour.  We were in Halifax, Nova Scotia enjoying lunch.

When I begin a layout, I first pull out whatever paper collection I'm going to use.  (I find it easier to work with a collection as that way, the colors combine well.)  Then I go through the papers looking for papers that work well with my photo.  I'm realy miserly with my paper so I always go through my scraps looking for things that will work.  Ha, the circle and red strips were papers I had cut long ago for some other project that didn't work out.  Then I move papers and embellies around until I get a rough idea of where I'm going with my design.  Next, I take a photo!  I have learned through experience that being able to refer to a photo gets me back on track when I get lost in my design.

Yes, miserly.  I cut out paper that is going to be hidden by other paper/  In this photo I've cut a 1" frame from black cardstock; no need to waste the 11" x 11" paper that is covered!

Have you used pockets on your layouts?  They are great for hidden journaling, ephemera, extra photos, there are endless uses! I am using a library pocket from Eileen Hull's 2023 Sizzix Chapter 1 Release on this layout as a fun place to put a journaling card.  

I ended up placing the pocket underneath the title, Halifax.  The title is cut with Eileen's Alphanumeric  Thinlit, also from the Chapter 1 Release.  These letters are so easy to read and just the right size for making layout titles.

I also used a Creative Embellishments word, Explore to embellish the library pocket. 

I also framed my photo with Creative Embellishments chipboard accentuated with metal flowers.  I used Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel to emboss eac h piece of chipboard.  I also enhanced to look of the bronze flowers by adding gold embossing powder to the petals.  Its easy to do, just paint a little embossing ink on the petals with a paint brush, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat.  CAUTION:  Allow the metal to cool down before handling because it gets really hot!

Photo: Embossing powder on teh petals before heating.

Thank you for joining me, keep an eye out for lots more layouts this year!


Graphic 45 City Scape Collection (retired)

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Love Journal with Eileen Hull's Frame Pocket Journal

It's love day and I've made a smashingly romantic journal to celebrate using Eileen Hull's Frame Pocket Journal released in January.  The die cuts not only the journal cover, but also a frame and a pocket.  I've used the frame here on the front to frame the roses.  I've used Graphic 45's Mon Amour collection for this journal which was just re-released!

The closure is a simple elastic band.

Inside, on the front cover, I've used the pocket.  It nicely holds a mini journal.

This journal holds 3 signatures, one for photos, one with lined pages and one with blank pages for any use.

On  the right side you can see the first signature which is designed to hold photos.  I used Eileen's previously release Snail Mail thinlit die and stamps along with Journal Words, Love, from an older Eileen release to embellish the cover.

Pages in this signature:

On the right side I've used the January released Library Pocket Thinlit die. That's a great spot to tuck in a love note.

On the left page I added a pocket die-cut with the Folio Page Pocket Thinlit set (from 2021).

Here I added a waterfall photo section cut with Eileen's 2021 Waterfall die.  I'm so glad that Eileen designs her dies to work together in her many different style journals!

Alphanumeric Die

Eileen also released the Thinlits Alphanumeric Die last month.  It is such a great alpha die, (and includes numbers too!), the size is perfect for titles like this "Love Notes".

I used a flowery fiber piece along the spine.  I love that it hides the elastic bands holding the signatures.

Thanks for stopping by!  xoxo Maggi

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Birthday Cards with Eileen Hull Designs

 Time to make cards for the new year!  This first one is simple, a printed cardstock base (Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian), embossed and inked panel, and then a library pocket holding a card for a message.

I used two products from Eileen Hull's 2023 Chapter 1 release, the Library Pocket and Tablecloth embossing folder. I love the blue embossed panel! It's a 3D embossing folder so it gives a really deep and detailed impression. I swiped a white ink pad over the panel to bring out the embossed details.

Then I die-cut a library pocket and put together for the card front.  Graphic 45 has notecards that when trimmed, fit nicely into the pocket.  You could also tuck in a gift card or cold hard cash!  The recipient would really love this card then!  🤣 A bit of bakers twine, a cake charm and simple flowers complete the look.

Inside I added some fussy cutting, a collection tag and a die-cut label with an  "indulge" word sticker.  The Library Pocket Thinlits Set not only includes the pocket, it also includes 2 tab dies, the label die I used on this card and an ATC die.  That's a great value as you can used these dies with so many things.  The label and tabs work really well with journals.  AND the ATC card with the library pocket, oh my, match made in heaven.  Stay tuned to see what you can do with thrdr two dies.

I thought I'd try a bit of stamping on this card.  I am not a stamper but I do try!  The two birthday cakes and the sentiment were all stamped with Eileen's Maker Forte Snail Mail Stamp Sets and die-cut with Snail Mail Thinlits.

Behind the stamped images is an embossed panel using Eileen's Tablecloth embossing folder, part of the Sizzix 2023 Chapter 1 release.

This is a trifold card, I used some design paper from Stamperia to breakup the cream cardstock.

Once again, I've used the library pocket to hold a sentiment or gift card.

Eileen Hull by Maker Forte Snail Mail - Everyday Sentiments

Thanks for the visit
xoxo Maggi


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