Monday, 22 May 2017

Passport to Paris and some journal freebies

Hello lovely visitors, welcome. Today I am sharing a little passport sized notebook created with the Eileen Hull passport die over on the Shimmerz blog, so just a little preview here. You can find the rest of it HERE

I have also designed a number of freebies, for those of you who like to create little books like this. 
The first two sets of two double pages are sized to be printed on A4 or 8.5 by 11 papers and fit Eileen Hull's passport die exactly they are 6.5 by 4.75" per double page,

 This next set is sized to fit the Midori sized travel journal as inserts, they are 21 cm by 21 cm (8.25 by 8.25 approx) I would suggest if you print these pages set your printer setting to landscape orientation. It might be wise to open them in a photo editing programme first and to make sure they are down loaded to the right size, if not just resize them to the correct size and they should print correctly. The size is just right to create inserts for the Eileen Hull Journal die

Well, that's it for now, and if you want to see how I used some of these in my little journal, just click here
Thanks for your visit like always

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Fun with friends and a little book again

Hello all, thanks for dropping by here. Today I am sharing a little book created with Eileen Hull's passport die.
A few days ago I had some friends over for an afternoon of crafty fun and we all made one of these (well we did not finish them), but we made a good start and I have now completed mine.
Here's a photo of us all around our table
From left to right: Rita, Jennie, me and Annie
We had so much fun and decorated our covers with texture paste and paints, Infusions, Oxide inks, stamping and so on. It's always so inspiring to see how different people create such different things all using the same stash.
Below is the spine, I used twine to sew my signatures and threaded the middle one with some beads for decoration.
Mine turned out quite fat as I created 3 inserts, using coffee dyed papers, some Tim Holtz and Prima papers as well as some digital print outs I had prepared for us all in the right size. I'll be sharing some of these as freebies in days to come, so stay tuned :).
Here is the back of mine, I left it quite plain, while adding a few embellishments to the front:
The saying is made with a stamp from a set by another Scottish friend, who sadly could not be with us, - Lynne Moncrief from Adorn. Annie had very kindly brought this stamp set along and I think we all used it in places.

As I made 3 little inserts, each with about 5 double pages'  I'll only show you a few of the pages, maybe I'll share a few more at some other point, - here goes:

Here you can see how I tucked the ribbon for the closure under a couple of little punch outs.
A page with a pocket and a little tag, - it's all in junk journal style again, which at the moment is my favourite style for making these little books and journals.
Here is the little tag that fits inside the pocket, another space for a quote or some journaling.
Some subtle stencilling and a coffee dyed page.

I sewed the signatures together with twine, that I also then pulled through to the cover as you might be able to see from one of the photos above. I left it all quite plain, so things can be added at some later stage. I am probably going to use this for some of my favourite hand written quotes.

Well, that's it for now, thanks for your visit like always and see you next time, have a good week!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

A grungy cover for my writing practice

Hello friends, today I have another journal cover to share, created with the fabulous Eileen Hull journal die. This one has turned out very grungy, unlike my more feminine Japan travel journal
I love this die, it is the perfect size to hold my midori style inserts that I love creating, and this one will hold the inserts in which I practice my brushpen calligraphy.
Here you can see how the cover came together,sand texture through various stencils and then loads of layers of paint, a mix of Paper Artsy Frescos and Distress Paints. I wanted to create a sort of worn leather look with a touch of rust and patina
Some writing related embellishments made with some Sizzix Mover and Shaper dies, and of course a pen nib for good measure.
And here the finished cover with a couple of home made inserts inside. I created a holder for my brush pen, that also forms the closure for the journal. It is based on an idea I saw online on the new Prima travel journals.
My pen holder is made out of 3 layers of Tim Holtz Grunge Board that I glued together and threaded the elastic through. No doubt leather would have been better, but I don't have any and this works perfectly as a closure and I think will stand up to quite a bit of wear and tear.

A couple of close ups of my embellishments and  the spine. I strung some beads through one of the elastics and also added a charm.

Below I will also show you some of the pages of my inserts. I have done them junk journal style again, and included many lined pages printed on super smooth paper for my writing practice.
I added lots of tuck spots and pretty tags here and there. I do most of my practice on loose drill sheets, but for a change it will be much more fun the write some quotes and sayings on decorated pages. This way I can also look back on how I improve...

This tuck spot/side pocket holds not only some tags, but also a separate booklet for further practice.
I love these junk journal style inserts, they are not only fun to do, but also are the perfect way to use up all those scraps we all hoard away, and I just love the size of these, - large enough to actually use, yet small enough to carry around.

Finally, I don't very often play in challenges anymore, but decided to link this to Art Journal Journey where the theme this month is Elegance and Grunge.

Before signing off, I just want to say a huge big thank you to my friend Anne for sending me the die cuts for this cover, while I wait for my own die to arrive. Thank you so much Anne, you are the best!!!

Well that's it for today, - thank you for your visit and have a great week.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Three of My Favourite things, a project for Shimmerz

Hello lovely visitors, thanks for dropping by. Today I have a project over on the Shimmerz blog, so just a little snippet here:
If you want to know what those three favourites are right now, well, just click HERE.
Meanwhile, thanks you for your visit and see you next time

Friday, 5 May 2017

Use a Quote for A Vintage Journey

Hello all, - it's the first Friday of the month and that means a new challenge at A Vintage Journey. The super talented Jenny from Pushing the Right Buttons is our hostess and she chose "Use a Quote" as her theme.
That's Crafty are our sponsors this month, and each of the DT were given one of their fabulous Crafty MDF surfaces to play with. I chose this shape and decided to go all vintage.
Here is how I went about putting this together:
I covered the surface of the piece in Titan Buff Acrylic paint added a layer of Decoart Crackle paint and then coloured it with the help of Distress Oxide Inks and sprays until I was happy with the result.The crackle was rather subtle, but below you can see that it is actually there...
Next I used a couple of stencils from Paper Artsy to add some texture. First using Ranger Matte Texture paste and when that had dried, colouring it with Walnut Stain Distress Crayon.
Now all I had to do is fit the top part into the handy little stand that was coloured in the same way and adding some embellishments and a quote of course.
The ladies are from Tim Holtz's new Paper Dolls, the quote is from his quote stickers and the flowers I had in my stash.
Below a few close ups still:
The flower cluster adhered with hot glue.
Some background stamping using some Paper Artsy stamps.
The ragged edges were emphasised by taking a Distress Crayon right around it.
And this lovely pair of friends, adding some shadows around them with a Stabilo All pencil in dark blue to bring them out a bit more.

Well that's it for now. Make sure to check out the awesome surfaces my teamies have used and to get all the details of the challenge. All you need to do is click HERE
Hope you'll decide to play along, - after all, who does not like a quote?.......

Have a good weekend everyone and see you next time. Thank you for your visit!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Gratitude insert

Hello all and thanks for dropping in!
Well I have been well and truly bitten by the Midori Traveler's notebook style journals and have just completed a little insert for my new positivity journal for this year.
This insert will eventually be fitted inside the covers of a traveler's notebook created with Eileen Hull's new Journal die, so hopefully I'll be able to share that soon. The outside of this booklet was made using papers from the Prima Rosibelle Collection, Tim Holtz's Memoranda Paper stash, home made tea dyed papers and some old ledger paper, donated to me by my lovely friend Susy from Susyqu@s Threadworks. The inner pages are kept really simple to allow plenty of space for journaling. I'll show you a few below:
To this page I added one of the tags I showed already in the previous post. It is hinged, so it flaps up and can be journaled on on the back.
A couple of tea dyed pages, a doily and some stamping.
Another hinged tag

A couple of very simple pages with lots of journaling space
A home made envelope with some little tags tucked inside
A tuck spot/pocket, with further little tags, some lace etc.
And finally another tag made with some of my scraps
 I also made some paper clip embellishments, inspired by some of the Prima Planner clips that I saw online. They are great to keep little tickets and small tags safe inside the journal when carrying it around.
These were a bit fiddly, but good fun to make, and I like that if you make them yourself it's a good way to use up scraps and make them match the rest of your journal.

If you want to know how to put these little inserts together, here is a link to a great tutorial and video!!

Well, that's it for today. For years I have had a practice where by I work with a certain good attitude for a month, - things like positivity, gratitude, open mindedness, inner stillness and so on. Now I plan to make these little inserts in the midory format one for each month and will probably add three to each of my covers.

Thanks for your visit today like always

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