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)


  1. I love seeing how you put this great layout together Maggi! Great way to work with those scraps and get the most out of them :-)

  2. Can’t wait to see the AZ trip captured on paper!


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