Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Leather Journals ...

Hello Friends!

  All this month Eileen Hull's team are sharing projects from the new e-Book (Gifts to Die For - details on my sidebar if you wish to purchase one).  As I have already shared my project HERE, I am sharing some Christmas gifts I made for my lovely friends Jenny and Tracy.

Being in a bit of a tizzy with all the Christmas prep etc., I forgot to take photos of the journals (I know, I blame my age - lol), so Jenny took some photos for me - thank you Jenny!
I made the red leather one for Jenny and the turquoise one for Tracy.  I am not going to share lots of details on how to make the journals as I have done that in several previous posts, using Eileen's wonderful Passport Book die (Sizzix 660331).
I personalised each journal with a name tag and made a page marker for each, using Tracy Easson's fabulous stamp set 'We are Three'.  The page markers were then laminated to give them strength and I added a die cut 'today' to the top.  I also used our very own Tracy's sentiment stamp from her new stamp set by AALL & Create.

Each journal has two signatures and a 2018 diary.  I purchased very reasonable diaries from the shop that sells everything for £1, took the covers off and slipped them into a handmade holder so that they would match the other elements in the journal.
Finally, I added a pen holder and pen to each journal, along with a name tag (I am practicing stamping onto leather - still have a lot to learn!).  The journal on the left is shown from the back and the one on the right is from the front.  The beautiful leather I used on both journals is from a UK company - Artisan Leather.

Useful Tip: I have found, when cutting leather, it is easy to cut right through the scored areas of the die (the spine) and it can be difficult to patch them up again.  I use the Sizzix Premium Crease Pad and it scores the lines perfectly, without cutting them through.

You may have seen a photo on social media but here we all are having a wonderful time, meeting up for lunch (6 hours long!) and a chat about all things crafty!

Thanks so much for your visit.  I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Hugs, Anne xxx


  1. Gorgeous journals Anne. Beautiful colours and of course, expertly made!

  2. How lucky your friend was able to snap some photos so you could share these wonderful journals here. Loved the picture of the 3 of you too. Easy to see you were enjoying the day. Love the stamping on the leather. That looks so rich and expensive. Hard to believe this started as a little dollar book! I liked the personalization that you did, and using Tracy's designs too. That's another sweet detail you've done. I'm looking forward to seeing your stamping on leather (the embossing on leather looks great to me!) - I am certain you will do it just like all the other efforts you will be perfect! TFS & Merry Christmas. Best wishes for a wonderful 2018.

  3. You have the most beautiful smile Anne - I am pea green with envy over your lunch. Music for the heart I am sure.
    You are the journal maker extraordinaire! Bravo - I am smiling from ear to ear!!
    Merry Christmas!
    Sandy Claus xx

  4. What fabulous journals - love the turquoise embossed one espcially. You look like you had a fabulous lunch too. Merry Christmas ELaine xx

  5. These are just lovely Anne! Lucky Jenny and Tracy. Glad you all had a wonderful time - hope to see you in 2018 xxx

  6. Absolutely Amazing Anne. They really look magnificent in leather. I know the girls will treasure them too. Have a Wonderful Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year. Hugs Rita xxx

  7. Oh Anne! These are beautiful! They truly look like leather! You did a fabulous job on these. Love the teal one especially! The interiors are lovely as well. Love Tracy Easson’s stamps. Tracy and Jenny are lucky gals! Your work is impeccable!

  8. Ooh these are so gorgeous Anne! They look really opulent in the wonderful leather. What lovely gifts for Jenny and Tracy. A gorgeous photo of the three of you too - you all look beautiful! Hugs my friend! xxx

  9. Had to pop over and take a closer look Anne, they are both beautiful and I agree both Jenny and Tracy are very lucky ladies, I bet they were over the moon with them. Sounds like you all had a wonderful catch up!! Happy Christmas to you all..
    Warm Wishes Tracey xx

  10. They are wonderful, Annie! You are so talented and I know your friends will cherish their very personalized journals! I did see that photo on FB, but I'm glad you posted it here, too! All three of you look so lovely and so happy to be together! Long may it continue!! Lots of love and hugs, Darnell

  11. Fabulous journals, Anne - wonderful gifts for special crafting friends. How perfect the We Three stamp image is to celebrate your friendship - and what a lovely photo of the three of you!
    Alison x

  12. Your albums are fantastic Anne, I bet they were loved!! I saw the photo on Insta and FB, you lucky guys, I bet you had a ball! Been thinking of you and hope you know what, went well! xxxxx

  13. Your journals are beautiful Anne, and what gorgeous gifts. Great photo too.
    Have a lovely Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year. It was lovely to finally meet you at Port Sunlight this year .... hopefully we'll see each other again in 2018. All the best to you and yours ..... hugs Linda xx

  14. Fantastic gifts, so nice! Great idea to buy the diaries. I will try to cut the journal die in Leather some day. Great tip to use the crease pad. Merry christmas and a happy new year! Hugs Susanne ( I was hoping to meet you in Coventry on MOM this November) Are you attending in June?

    1. Thank you Susanne! No, sadly, I will not be there in June but I do hope we get to meet up again at some point in the future. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you too! Anne xx

  15. I enjoyed every word describing these amazing gifts. Love the choice leather and beautiful additions/personalization. I just love this sweet photo - 6 hours! Yay for girl time! :) Hugs, Autumn

  16. These look wonderful Anne - every little detail is fantastic. Congrats again on your fabulous journal being 'in print'! So pleased for you. Nicola x

  17. What a super photo of the three of you gals! Looks like you were having a splendid time!
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season dear Anne!
    May 2018 bring you all good things!
    Jackie xoxo

  18. Beautiful leather journals Anne - and what a lovely time together for you three!!

  19. Absolutely beautiful journals Anne - and its so good to see that super happy picture again! I do hope your face looked so glowing on Christmas day then I know you would have had a truely wonderful time! All the very best for 2018 and thanks for your friendship again this year! Hugs rachel xx

  20. These are such wonderful hand-made gifts to celebrate a wonderful friendship :-)
    Have a Happy Festive Season, Anne !

  21. Such fabulous makes Anne and I know they will be treasured by Jenny and Tracy xx Lovely photograph too

    Best wishes for the New Year xxxxx

  22. These are two beauties! Anne . I bet Jenny and Tracy loved them. So kind of you to make them such special gifts.
    Great photo / Glad you were able to get together for Christmas .
    hugs x

  23. A fabulous post, and one I'm sorry I've missed! The journals you made for Jenny and Tracy are works of art and fine craftsmanship, and I'm sure they treasure them! What a wonderful lunch lasting 6 hours! Wow! You had so much catching up and laughing to do, I am sure! Am I just a tad jealous?? Yes! Sending you big hugs, Anne!


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