Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Eileen Hull - Book Club Part 2 - and News!

Hello Friends

You may remember that I shared one of Eileen Hull's latest Book Club dies HERE, well I am back today with another idea for using the latest Stamp and Photo Storage Box die.  I just love how Eileen creates dies that can be used in so many different ways!

My first bit of exciting news is that I am on Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team again this year, I am so thrilled to be part of this amazing team!  I have added a photo at the end if you are interested in seeing who else is part of the team.
I created a Field Note and Map holder for someone who loves to walk in the countryside.

Rather than bombard you with dozens of photos I have created a couple of collages to explain the process I used to bring this project together, with a brief explanation of the steps.
I used the same method for the cover and the map holder inside.  The covers were painted with various DecoArt paints, using a brayer.

I used a fabulous stencil by AALL&Create to apply Ranger crackle texture paste to the cover and the map holder.  I then applied two quite thick coats of Ranger Distress Collage Medium (matte) to all sides to give some water resistant protection.  The inside of the cover was painted in plain blue.
I created a single signature and a small pocket for the inside using Maja Design papers.

To create the maps, I photocopied some favourite walks from a book, laminated them and added some cord so that they can be worn around the neck for ease of reference.

To finish off I added a compass which is attached by a Tim Holtz Idea-ology clip.  I always add a charm of some sort to my journals and this one is a TH Idea-ology Monocle with rub-ons that say 'best day ever'.  I wasn't until I loaded up the photo that I saw that the monocle is showing the wrong side - oops!

To finish off, I die cut the words 'Explore', 'Maps' and 'Field Notes' from plain white card, using the Tim Holtz Mixed Media #3 set of dies, I love the quirky font!  In this photo you can also see the lovely textures that are created by using the brayer technique to apply the paint.

All month long Eileen's Inspiration Team will be sharing lots of creations using Eileen's latest release of dies, HERE.  If you do have the time I hope you will pop over to have a look!

My second piece of exciting news is that I am attending Creativation (CHA) this year!!  I am so very excited as I will get to see so many of my Crafty Heroes in real life!!!  My travelling companion is none other than the uber talented Jenny (Buttons) - we are going to do our best to have a brilliant time and we will also be lobbying to try to get more of Eileen Hull's dies here in the UK.  Wish us luck!

Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate you taking the time.  See you soon.

Hugs,  Anne  xxx

Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team 2018


  1. Love seeing these designs Anne, you make them all different! Have a wonderful time in Phoenix... Can't wait to see lots of photos and really hope you have the best of times xxx

  2. Such a clever use of the journal die, Anne and such a well considered design that incorporates 'must haves' for any avid walker.
    So happy to see you on Eileens team this year ! Congratulations.
    Hope you have a fantastic time at Creativation . Enjoy every second . Take care and safe travel .
    Hugs x

  3. Once again you have created a very artistic journal cover. The perfect gift for an outdoor person. Love the colours Anne, you know what is easy on the eye. Enjoy every minute of your trip to Creativation with Jenny. You must be so excited at this chance to meet the people who bring us all these treats that you show. Good Luck in trying to persuade them in getting more of Eileen Hulls treasures into the UK. Safe Journey to both of you. Hugs Rita xxxxx

  4. Absolutely love your journal covers and inside details Anne x Its no surprise that Eileen wishes to keep you on the team as you showcase her dies so well xx I am most envious of your amazing trip to Creativation and I know that you and Jenny will have the most wonderful time xx Huge hugs
    Annie xx

  5. A wonderful use of the Journal die and it looks absolutely wonderful! Every detail is just perfection! That's why you are on Eileen's team again, huge congratulations my friend! And how cool you are going to Creativation! You and Jenny will have an awesome time - I can feel your excitement coming off your blog in waves! Yay! Hugs xxxxxxx

  6. I love your idea of a Field Note and Map Holder, Anne! How brilliant to have this on hand when going on hikes .. so clever .. and so gorgeous!! Blue is my fave colour and this is stunning!!
    So happy for you that you are staying on the Eileen Hull Team .. no surprise there .. and how awesome that you are going to Creativation with Jenny!! You two will have a wonderful time, I'm sure!! Travel safe and enjoy!!! hugs xx

  7. What a fabulous little journal. Congratulations on the DT post too .... how could she possibly let you go when you create such amazing projects.
    Lucky you going to Creativation, you'll have a fab time I'm sure xx

  8. What a super make Anne.
    Congrats on your news - how fabulous and very well deserved.
    Toni xx

  9. Huge congrats again, Anne!! I'm so excited for you!! You showcase Eileen's products so perfectly!! She's lucky to have you!! This is amazing!! I love the colors and the texture!! It's so stunning!! And how awesome you're going to CHA!! I hope you have a fabulous time!! Take lots of pics to share with those of us who wish we could be there!! Congrats again, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  10. So very well done Anne - wonderful news! So very well deserved too! I adore your project - must look out that stencil - its fabulous!!!! The colours are beautiful. Oh CHA - wow! Enjoy it my lovely! I know you will! Hugs rachel xx

  11. Congratulations on both bits of good news! And such a beautiful project!

  12. Another stunning album Anne, and the idea of the mapholder is just brilliant! I bet the recipient is going to love i! Perfect for taking notes! And of course BIG CONGRATS on remaining part of Eileen's team, it's great to see so many familiar faces back again. And finally ENJOY CHA, you lucky lady, make sure to take loads of photos (and videos if possible) xxx

  13. You have the best ideas Anne and the talent and expertise to make your ideas a reality!
    As I have said to you before, Eileen Hull is lucky to have you!
    sandy xx

  14. Have a great time at Creativation with Jenny. Thank you in advance for trying to get Eileen's new dies to our shops.

  15. Brilliant project once again and I definitely need that stencil - I love anything to do with maps and compasses etc. Congrats on staying on the team and have a wonderful time at CHA. Elaine xx

  16. This journal is SOOOOOO incredible Anne! I just love the stencil and beautiful blue layered background! Amazing inspiration. These journals are the most perfect "canvases" and I am totally addicted. Biggest congrats on continuing to work for Eileen. A perfect fit for you, she is lucky to have you! Hugs, Autumn

  17. So much to exclaim about, Annie! First of all, congratulations on being on Eileen's DT! As I said on FB, she is extraordinarily lucky to have you on the Team! Secondly, I'm so delighted that you and Jenny will be traveling together to CHA and sharing all the amazing events and meeting your heroes!! You will take good care of each other! Finally, your journal is amazing! Making the maps so they can be taken out and worn as a lanyard is brilliant and that compass just takes it to the next level!! Have a safe journey and tons of fun!! (I assume you made yourself a CHA journal!!) Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  18. This is amazing Anne, you really know how to use these dies to brilliant effect. Have a fabulous time at CHA xx

  19. This is just superb Anne in every way, love those blue hues and a great way to showcase those stages. Sorry for my late comment i'm desperately trying to play catch up!! Have a wonderful time at (CHA) and don't forget to take lots of photographs!! I'm hoping to have some unfinished Journals completed for when you return ;)
    Biggest of Hugs Tracey xx

  20. This really is a brilliant project! Love the colours and it it such a clever idea too! Congrats on being on the team once again! You and Jenny will have such fun - LOTS of photos please!!! Chrisx

  21. Coming from someone who likes to hike, I think this is not only a beautiful journal, but a useful one, too! The brayered covers and map holder (how clever a design!) are stunning, and your stencil work is immaculate (as always). Love the monocle charm! The laminated maps are a thoughtful addition. Congratulations on continuing your tenure on the Design Team; they are so fortunate to have you! Enjoy your journey, and have fun in Phoenix! Hugs!

  22. WOW!! You are going to CHA???? Lucky you!! Oh my gosh I am just as excited for you as you are,well maybe not as excited heehee
    Have fun and make sure to take photos!
    Congrats on your being on the DT - they know talent when they see it!
    huge hugs,Jackie your journal!

  23. Congratulations Anne on another year to design with Eileen! I'm not surprised though, she'd be crazy not to invite you to renew!! This project is a perfect example of the amazing creativity to have when working with her die cuts. Such a fantastic design!!

    I was just getting used to having a Canadian winter this year, when suddenly our temperatures have shot up through the roof. The snow is almost gone! Time to put away the fur lined boots and pull out the galoshes! HAHA!! Hope you are having a great week my friend. sending hugs and wishes :)

  24. Big Congratulations on this wonderful CHA trip. What excitement and fun you will have! With your creative skills, you will enjoy seeing the new crafty goodness so much I think, dreaming of what you will create with what you see! This is such a lovely shade of distressed blue, perfect for the journal use you intended it for. Always enjoy seeing the photos & thanks for taking time to do this. Your 'eyes to see' just amaze me. Be safe, have fun, and enjoy to your heart's content! Big hugs, TFS (and Eileen's team is so lucky to have you as a member).

  25. Anne, I was popping over to say how lovely your book is but now I'm sad you'll be at CHA and I won't be there this year. I'm delighted you are going and I know you'll have a wonderful time... just sorry to miss you! So glad we got meet last year in the UK! I know you'll have an amazing experience with Jenny - wishing you both every success!

  26. Hi Anne, pleased to see you're on the team again this year though not surprised. Loving the journal, great choice of colour. Have a great trip, Angela xxx

  27. What a glorious bluesy journal, Anne. The white texture is so fabulous against the ocean depths. Huge congratulations on your continuing EH design work - there's no way she'd let you go!!
    Alison x

  28. Good lord! I know I admired this on Fb Anne but cant see a comment from me here. I dont know if its me or cyberspace who has erred. Anyway, i adore the blue cover, its reminding me of a levis add from many moons ago, where a quite agreeable looking young chap washed his jeans in a launderette. Youve echoed his jean's fabric very well indeed! Then the lovely white stencilling pops brilliantly. Its all beautifully decorated too, your friend will love it. Huge congrats again on reappointment to Eileens team. You have been her superstar for last few years and as others have said she is very lucky to have you. Looking forward to all your new makes to come. Nx


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