Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Eileen Hull - Journal for Creativation

Hello Friends

During the month of March Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team are sharing details of Eileen's latest release for Sizzix - Heartfelt Collection. The collection was showcased at Creativation (CHA) in January 2017.  You can see the whole release HERE.

The collection includes the fabulous new Journal that Eileen has designed (Sizzix 661906).  This is a Scoreboard XL die which creates a Journal measuring 8.1/2" x 4.1/2".  It will take the popular Midori inserts, or you can easily make up your own inserts, using items from your stash.  A few people have asked me what they could use a journal for and I have put some ideas at the end of this post.**
This is the first journal I made for Creativation.
The Journal covers were die cut from Matboard (you can also use Mount Board).  The die cuts the holes at the sides and also provides the score lines to fold the sides.  The die also comes with two 'closures' and a label.
To create the journal I used Paper Leather, a wonderfully strong product by Sizzix, which I embossed using one of Eileen's embossing folders (Sunburst #659879).  It is a great folder as it has a repeat pattern, so I was able to match up the pattern to cover the whole of the front and back of my journal cover.  If you line it up carefully, you cannot see the join at all - result!!
After cutting the cover to size I used a strong wet glue to adhere it to my journal blank and put it to one side for the glue to dry.   

For the inside, I created three signatures and  I added a handmade envelope at the back. I lined the insides of the cover with grey card to match the leather paper on the outside.
I used a traditional bookbinding method to attach the signatures to the Journal.  It is called the 3 hole pamphlet stitch and you can see how it is done in a tutorial HERE.

You can, if you wish, add a simple elastic type closure, which is much easier to achieve and allows signatures to be removed and new ones added.  I like the bookbinding method as it creates a nice neat appearance on the outside of the Journal.
Next I created a closure.  I decided to do one by using Eileen's Twist & Style Tool and some soft metallic string from my stash.  Once twisted I made a button shape and stitched it in several places so that it would hold its shape.  I also stitched it to the Journal cover.  I twisted a further piece to use as the closure, which you can see above.
I die cut the word Journal using one of Tim's thinlit dies and I added some pearls and gems to an Ideaology Hinge Clip as a decoration.  Finally I added some sparkly stars to 'bling' up the front.
I have made a few of these Journals now, the second one I made also went to Creativation.  This one was covered in some fabric from my stash.
Covering it with fabric is very easy to achieve.  The insert you can see here is a purchased Midori insert and I added a couple more made from manila card.
  There are endless possibilities for covering the Journal, whether it is card, fabric, leather, paint etc., whatever takes your fancy.

I hope you will find time to visit Eileen's blog to see the other projects my teamies have created with the new release.

Thanks so much for looking, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx

**  Potential uses for the Journal die
  • Art Journal
  • Travel Journal
  • Diary
  • Address Book
  • Phone Book
  • Wedding Planner
  • Wedding Guest Book
  • Wine Journal
  • Meal Planner
  • Gardening Journal
  • Wine Lovers Journal
  • Students Study Journal .... and so on!!


  1. Oh Anne, this is the coolest! I love your elongated embossing. What a cool folder. This die is so useful and I love seeing what you created for the show. Congrats again on your hard work and being on display! Hugs, Autumn

  2. Hi Anne. Well what can I say, there are no words to express how beautiful your journal is, like everything you create it is ozzing with your special talent. The cover alone is amazing and the finish with Chinese button is awesome. We did those at college many years ago now and I did find it extremely hard. Congratulations on your projects being on show at Creativation. Hugs Rita xxxx

  3. Love both your journals Anne, the embossing is fabulous, so deep and textural and the fabric is fantastic . I love your closures and embellishments too. Tracy x

  4. Anne I admired the first already while Creativation was going on, but I like the second one at least as much. This is such a cool die, I have it on pre order and can't wait for it to land in the UK and to start playing with it. Thanks for the link to the Midori inserts, wow, if nothing else there are so many ideas there, I will be very tempted..... Wonderful examples and thanks so much for the clear instructions and link to the bookbinding site too!

  5. Both of these Journals are even more beautiful in person and I am so lucky to have them! This weekend I am heading up to Pennsylvania with my traveling Journal show and can't wait till folks get a look. Anne I love how you added all of these extra touches like the clasps, fabric and pockets- so cool!

  6. Both journals are stunning! Great work Anne xx

  7. Wow, both look fabulous.
    Toni xx

  8. Yep,stunning! I love all your,embellishing on the journal... A fab die... Need to play! Xx

  9. You made two really magnificent journals, Annie! And they both have a touch of the fun you add to your creations! I love the flower knot on the first one and, of course, I'm very partial to the second one!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  10. Stunning journal covers Anne x love then both but the fabric one is catching my eye. Bet they were admired by all at Creativation. Thank you for sharing the stunning details

    Sending huge hugs
    Annie xxx

  11. Love your idea to just emboss the cover - it looks very effective. But I have to say I love that London fabric and a great one to choose to send to Creativation. Off to check out what the rest have made. Elaine xx

  12. Wonderful informative post and I must check out Paper Leather as not heard of this product. Your journals are wonderful and so professionally made and I love the idea of a place to hold your envelopes which you added along with your other beautiful finishing touches.
    Julie x

  13. That die is so great, and covering it with that patriotic fabric makes is this Anne!

  14. Ooh Anne! Your first journal with the gorgeous embossing, stars and cool catch is magnificent! You have such an eye for detail. I love the London themed one too! Super cool! Hugs. Chris xxxxxxxxxxx

  15. You have showcased this die to perfection, Anne!! Wow!! I love both journals!! The sunburst embossing on the first one is amazing!! I love the fabric on the second!! I'm adding this die to my wish list after seeing your amazing projects!! Love, love them!! Have a great day, my friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  16. Wow! These journals look so inviting! Hugs, Chrisx

  17. I love these journals Anne, both so different. Looks like a fabulous die xx

  18. Wow Anne, this is a fantastic crafting project! You always create the most beautiful things that are functional as well, I love that! The embossing design on the front is wonderful, especially with the added mirror stars and metallic font! The inside is amazing, my favourite bit is the envelope at the back, what a clever addition! Love the second journal as well, fabric is a nice switch up for the cover. Fantastic creations Anne! hugs :)

  19. this is amazing Anne - I adore both the finished products and your step by step is fabulous. My niece would absolutely adore the second one - she is German but loves everything to do with England and London especially!!! You are very very clever! Hugs Rachel xx

  20. So happy I popped on FB today and saw this, amazing journals Anne and thanks for all of the info. I have to have this die! You little enabler lol. :)
    Lisa xx

  21. The embossing gives such depth to your tan journal Anne, along with the stars and the knot closure - and your Brit Album is so bright and fun with the national colors and London images - the doubledecker bus charm looks so cute with the red clip! Julia xx

  22. Both your project are wonderful! I love so much Sunburst folder! Great work as always Anne! Barbara

  23. Two beautiful journals, Anne! I can see the one with the fabric as a fabulous gift as a travel journal, and the one you've done an amazing tutorial on as a gift for myself...tee hee! Always writing things down! I love that embossing folder, and have added that and the journal die to my wish list! Gorgeous, crafty perfection, as always, Anne! You are such a talented artist and crafter! (And an enabler!) Enjoy your weekend! Hugs!

  24. Hi Anne, loving the journal dies and the way you've used them. I must say that little metal bus is so cute and is perfect with the fabric, they were made for each other. Have a great weekend and happy crafting, Angela xXx

  25. These are both gorgeous 📓s Anne. I love the sunburst design on the first one with the fabulous texture and the fabric covered one looks amazing. Looking forward to when the die is released. Have a great weekend xxx

  26. Anne, your journals are just so cool!
    I really do love that little tool and the closure you created,how neat is that!
    Jackie xo

  27. Wonderful Anne! I have this die for the journal on order. I like the British Fabric Journal the best and I love the dangles you put on both journals!
    We just got back today and I mean to tell you I am beat!!
    I don't think I am up for that kind of trip again and I like England far better than Spain!!
    Sandy xx

  28. Fantastic journal inspiration, Anne - love the textured one with those cleverly positioned stars, and your London one must have gone down a storm at Creativation - so eye-catching! Brilliant work all round.
    Alison x

  29. Great job love these especially how tou bound the first one!

  30. Hot diggity dang Anne! You sure know how to showcase anything you touch. I lurve these all and especially the one with the fabric! It could also be a love book, journal for poems, songwriters journal. You are so correct about the possibilities being endless. Whoot Whoot! Awesome sauce and fantabulous of course. And I so enjoy the leather paper as well. Hugz to you muffin!

  31. Both of your journals are superb Anne . The first one has class and elegance and looks so luxurious and the second one is vibrant, trendy and just so so cool!
    As always they are both embellished to perfection and just love your 'signature' (as I'm calling them as I saw them here first ) hanging charms.
    Thank you so much for sharing all the fab close ups and letting us take a peek inside.
    So pleased they were on display at Creativation - more than worthy of their position .
    Hugs x


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