I do love making journals and this week I am sharing a red leather journal created with Eileen Hull's latest Notebook die (Sizzix 663635). This die is a brilliant size and cuts all in one piece so it is perfect to use with leather.
I started with a beautiful piece of red leather, this is approx 1.5cm thick, I find that this is the best thickness to use without putting any strain on your machine.
Note: If your leather is thick, do not add any extra bulk by attaching card first and take care when running through your die cutting machine, ensuring you use the right combination of plates for your machine. If it is too thick you could damage your machine. When I get a new piece of leather I do a little test with a small piece of leather first and if I meet any resistance I stop.
I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder to emboss the leather, one half at a time, using a busy pattern means that it is not necessary to match the design fully (the join will appear on the spine).
I fed elastic through the spine and tied it in a knot, leaving sufficient room to add a couple of signatures.
You can then create signatures to fit your journal and add these. The size of the finished journal is 5" x 3.3/4", a nice handy size to fit in your handbag/purse.
I do get asked where I get my leather from, I purchase it in the UK from a company called Artisan Leather. To make this size of journal I buy an A4 size, this will make two full journals in this size.
In the USA, Eileen Hull sells leather in her Etsy shop which you can find HERE.
If you have any questions please leave them in the comments and I will do my
best to answer them.
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Hugs, Anne xx