Saturday, 15 July 2017

Eileen Hull Journal with Seth Apter

Hello Friends!

I hope you are not getting too tired of seeing journals, I think it is safe to say that Eileen Hull's Journal die is one of my all time favourites - and when I saw Seth Apter's new stamps and paints by Paper Artsy, I thought they would be a marriage made in heaven!

At the end of this post I have added a little tutorial to make a very simple Pocket insert for a Midori sized Journal.  I will post a more complex insert when I post my next Journal.  I will keep the steps for this journal to a minimum - don't want people getting bored!
I started by painting by the journal covers with Paper Artsy paints in Buff, Mahogany and Mud Splat.  I added some Terracotta, along with a little Stone mixed with a tiny drop of White Fire, all applied with a brayer.
I stamped onto Kraft card which was lightly coloured with Buff paint.  I used Ranger Black Archival ink to stamp the large image and the smaller frame piece.  I mounted these onto black card and then Kraft card.  I added some 'screw' brads, a key wrapped in rusty wire and a clear glass Cabochon over the image of the gentleman.
A quick overview of the three signatures I created for the inside, (they still need some stamping to finish them off) using several of Seth's wonderful dies.  I 'rusted' all of the pieces using Imagination Crafts Texture Patina Paint in Rustique and a few dabs of Verdigris - these paints give a wonderful textured rusty surface.

To finish off I added one of Tim Holtz new Assemblage charms, a metal egg timer, (sent to me by my dear and lovely friend Darnell.  It hangs from an Idea-ology hinge clip which I 'rusted' with embossing powder.

So there it is, I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest Journal, I have to admit, I love this one!

I am adding this project to Craft Stamper's Make it Take it Challenge - July - Anything Goes.

Thanks so much for looking, if you want to see the mini tutorial for a Pocket Insert, please keep reading, otherwise I will see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx


  1.  Take an A4 (8.1/4" x 11.1/2" approx) sheet of strong card, plain or patterned.  It needs to be able to hold up with the tension of the elastic holder
  2. Score on the long side at 4.1/4" and 8.1/2", fold and burnish well with a bone folder
  3. On the short fold side, use a circle punch to punch out a finger hole in the middle (see left above)
  4. Glue both ends of the short fold to create a pocket (left above)
  5. Cut a piece of card 6" x 6.1/2" to create your second pocket
  6. Score on the short side at 1/2", 1", 5" and 5.1/2"
  7. Score at one end at 1/2"
  8. Cut across the corners on both sides at the bottom, see below.  This reduces the bulk and makes the finished pocket look neater.  Cut at an angle to neaten the top if you wish, as shown below

9.   Fold on all score lines, the side needs to be accordion folded, the inside line is mountain        folded  and the outside line needs to be valley folded, see below

10.  Add strong tape or wet glue to the three folded edges and attach to the inside from of the folder
11.   Use a circle punch to create a finger hole 
12.   The finished pocket will be flush at the bottom, the top part will stand proud to give lots of                 storage room (see top picture)  Add to your journal in your chosen way.


  1. Along with your fabulous chosen colours and Seth's stamps you certainly have created the most gorgeous journal Anne. The brayered background is perfect and I love how you added the glass cabochon and rusty key to the stamped design. Thanks for sharing a tutorial for creating inserts, I'm pinning for future reference and looking forward to the next one. Have a great weekend xxx

  2. Love it! Playing myself with this new stamp set too.... But with my mojo more lost than ever it has been slow! And I really must do a journal too.... Seeing Bremda next week so hopefully she will help! Xxx

  3. This is wonderful Anne! You've really combined all those gorgeous products to the max! Love the addition of the cabochon, the little timer and the rusty key.thank you for posting the pocket tutorials, perfect for me, as I'm just finishing up my first book. Have a great weekend. Toni xx

  4. I almost don't know what to say Anne, because this is just PERFECTION!!,,,from the paint colours, Kraft card, embellishments...LOVE,LOVE,LOVE. Thanks for the great tutorial too for the insert. I've been very tempted by the journal die...but I think everyone else has because it's sold out nearly everywhere I look:) Hugs Ruth xxx

  5. Love the grungy journal .... the paint colours look look amazing and I love the stamps you've used. Great step by steps for the pocket too .... thanks for sharing hun xx

  6. Another beautiful journal Anne, you have created such a beautiful make, love the colours too.... perfect xx

  7. LOVE it Anne! That journal is absolutely gorgeous and really shows off Seth's stamps to full advantage. And your pocket tutorial is just what I needed! Thank you so much for sharing all your talents xxx

  8. This is amazing Anne, it's like the journal and these stamps were made for each other, and the tutorial is perfect, thanks so much xx

  9. beautiful journal the brayered background...the stamps are gorgeous all the embellishments you added and thanks for the pocket to save xxx

  10. Love the colours you used Anne!! A match made in heaven fore sure!

  11. your journal cover and inserts are just fabulous Anne. Seths stamps sit perfectly here xx xx I am in awe of all of your EH journals and the perfection of the insides. ( loved mums) so beautiful. Thank You for sharing the pocket tutorial too......just what I needed

    Sending you my best wishes
    Annie xx

  12. Wow, Anne, this is amazing!! I will never get tired of your journals!! Each one is a work of art!! I love the brayered background!! It looks amazing!! The details you added are fabulous!! The glass cabochon is such a perfect touch!! And awesome tutorial, too!! Love this, my sweet friend!! You've showcased the dies and the stamps perfectly!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  13. Oh Anne, this is so brilliant, the cover is just stunning and thanks so much for the tut for the pockets, I will definitely give them a try! Xxx

  14. Easy for your to say --- I am keeping this post so I can follow your instructions. I do think journals are hot, hot, hot right. If you keep an everyday journal, a journal of a vacation or a journal of your very own. Journals are so special. Thank you Anne!
    Sandy xx

  15. I love it, too, Annie! You have always been able to rock the grunge and it's made for a stunning journal! I love how you used the egg timer and all the other elements of your creation, you amazing crafty lady! You're rocking the journaling world and everyone appreciates your tutorials!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  16. Thanks Anne. Was pondering as to how I was going to make a dimensional pocket for my journal only yesterday and now you've made it so much easier. Also live all your journals x

  17. Brilliant Anne, love it and thanks for the great tutorial. Happy crafty week, Angela xXx

    1. Nearly did it again, meant to congratulate you on your gorgeous project in The Craft Stamper, love it xXx

  18. amazing as always Anne!! i love the the paint on kraft with the black stamp!! very very sharp looking!

  19. Impeccably made as always Anne and it looks fantastic!! Love all the stamping and embellishing and that dangling little egg-timer (how cute!). You reign supreme on journals for sure!! (as well as other genres). Thank-you for insert how-to too. Have a lovely week. Nicola x

  20. this looks amazing Anne - I love all of your journals but this is a new favourite for me - the Seth Apter stamps look amazing. Brilliant!!! Hugs Rachel x

  21. What can one say? Beautiful!
    Hugs, Neet xx

  22. A journal die!? What a great idea!!
    And of course yours are absolutely fabulous!

  23. Wow! This really is fabulous! Love what you have done with Seth's new stamps! Hugs, Chrisx

  24. Undoubtedly a perfect fit - Seth's new stamps are high on my list, and you've just made them look even more "necessary". Stunning journal - bravo!
    Alison x

  25. You are the journal master! Another wonderful creation - you can just feel how much you love making them. The little egg timer charm is just darling, how sweet of Darnell! Hugs xxxxxxx

  26. Forgot to say that your pocket tutorial is fab! xxxxxx

  27. I just cannot tell you how much I love this Anne! The painted background alone has me drooling, but these cool stamps were made for this journal die! Your idea with the pocket is so cool and I know will be copied all over the blogosphere. Another successful journal - check! Hugs, Autumn

  28. Wow!!! Absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing this beauty with all of us!!
    Carole from Chicago

  29. Fabulous Anne! Thank you for sharing your pocket tutorial, just about to try it ! X

  30. Another brilliant journal - I don't think any of us will get fed up at looking at them. Love Seth's set of stamps and grat choice of colours to go with them. Elaine xx

  31. Wow Anne! You are so creative coming up with so many diverse designs for Eileen's journal die! The mix of colors on the cover are wonderful. Love that little egg timer charm (how nice of Darnell!). Thanks so much for your tutorial for the pocket too! I'm going to try that for my next journal! Julia xx


Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x


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