Tuesday 8 May 2018

When is a Journal not a Journal.....?

Hello Friends

All this month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team are sharing projects made with Eileen's flower dies.  My project includes the Pansy Flower die (Sizzix 661109).

I really do love using Eileen Hull's Passport Journal die, I have made many journals, but I wanted to see if there was another way of using it... so.... I have created a Book Box.  From the front and side it looks exactly like a journal....
A few steps on how I created the box... I was looking to create a 'rusty' box and a bright flower embellishment.
1)  To create the flower I coloured cream canvas fabric with ClearSnap Crafter's ink by Ann Butler for Color Box, in Aquamarine**.  I applied the ink to my craft mat, spritzed it with a little water and then painted it directly on the canvas.  This wonderful ink is permanent once heat set.

2)  I die cut the flower using Eileen's Pansy Flower die, cutting two sets of petals.  I wet each piece with lots of water, scrunched them up and left them to dry.  Once dry I assembled the flower and added a large pearl brad to the centre (embossed with Baked Texture Patina Oxide by Kim Evans/Seth Apter).

3)  The butterfly is from AALLandCreate *, designed by the talented Tracy Evans.  I coloured the butterfly with Ann Butler's Aquamarine and also DecoArt Quinacridone Gold and then fussy cut it.

4)  After die cutting the Passport die pieces (including the spine - not shown), I covered them with canvas.  The canvas was first painted with a wash of Paynes Grey by DecoArt.

5)  Next, I coated the pieces with Quinacridone Gold by DecoArt, this gives a beautiful rusty appearance.
6)  The covers were embossed with my favourite of Eileen's Embossing Folders - Sunburst (Sizzix 659879).
7)  I cut a strip of matboard to 11.1/4" x 7/8", painted it the same as the covers and embossed it, this was applied to three sides of the box bottom, with strong glue, to form the box element.
8)  I ran the ink pad over the embossing on both the covers and the box element, to give a slight 'patina' look.
9)  The spine element was not covered in canvas, I simply painted it in the same way as the covers.  I added the elastic to give the box the appearance of a journal.
10)  The front and back pieces were added to the spine before the box element was added, in the same way you would prepare a journal.  
11)  I also used Ann's ink to colour the vintage seam binding I used for the box closure.  I simply smooshed some onto my mat and dragged the seam binding through until coated.  I just love the versatility of these inks!  I dried the binding with my heat tool, to set the ink.
12)  I attached the seam binding to the top and bottom of the box. I die cut two further journal covers, painted them and added them to the inside of the covers for stability and also to hold the seam binding securely.
.A view of the inside of the assembled box.  I lined it with some turquoise felt and added another stamped image from Tracy's stamp set.

I really love the flower and butterfly on my box, but if you wanted to create a 'safe' box you could leave these off.

I hope you might be inspired to create a box yourself!  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below.  

Stamps and Stencils challenge this month is 'Fake It' - I have created fake rust on my box and created a box to look like a journal..... and the butterfly and dragonfly are stamped (hope that is enough to qualify !).

I am also adding my rusty book box to Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #48 where the challenge is 'Rust'.

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Thanks so much for looking.  You can see what my teammates are making this month by visiting Eileen Hull's blog HERE.

Hugs, Anne xx

Stockists for products I used:
** I was lucky enough to meet the very talented Ann Butler when I visited Creativation this year, she gave me a set of her beautiful inks to play with.  Sadly the inks are not available in the UK :( but other stockists can be found here.
*  A worldwide list of stockists for AALLandCreate stamps can be found here.
In the USA, Eileen stocks some of her dies in her Etsy Shop.


  1. Rust and turquoise what a wonderful combination and then to combine them with my stamps.....I adore. Adore the embossing and the fact this is a box not a book. Brilliant, gorgeous flower Anne. Big hugs ❤️😘

  2. Totally adore the way you've combined rust shades, aqua, Ann Butler's inks and Tracy's stamps to create such a special box book Anne. Using the canvas throughout is such a clever textural twist and shows just how well the inks work with it. Thank you for sharing xx

  3. Lovely! Off to buy some Quinacridone Gold!

  4. What a fabulous project. I love how you created a box from the die and the turquoise looks sooooo beautiful. What a shame the inks aren't available here xx

  5. Oh my goodness, this is amazing, Anne!! Wow!! How creative to make it into a box!! The rust is spectacular and I love the aqua with it!! The flower is so beautiful!! Wow!! I love, love this!! It's so stunning!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. What a clever idea Anne - I absolutely love the combination of rust and turquoise and so good you got a different use from the passport die too - so very clever!!! Thanks also for joining us at stamps and stencils! Big hugs rachel xx

  7. Love it Anne, great idea to make it into a box and brilliant choice of colours. Happy crafty week, Angela xXx

  8. You had me at the title, and so stinking clever to make a box...I would never think of that. LOVE the look and functionality of it to store treasures! Fabulous!

  9. This is absolutely amazing Anne!! I really love the cover!! The colour and the embossing look spectacular! Add to that the gorgeous aqua flower and the pretty butterfly and .. WOW!! .. total awesomeness!! Is that a word?? Well, it should be! LOL!! I love this, it is so clever and soooooo gorgeous!! hugs x

  10. You are so smart Anne, what a clever creation and so useful. Love that colour combination, so sweet to see Tracy's darling stamps included. Your scrunched flower looks amazing against that deep rich background colour. A super design.
    Wishing you a fabulous week ahead Tracey xx

  11. You truly are clever! This is a wonderful box to keep goodies in - great for little things you want to keep organized and out of harms way.
    sandy xx

  12. This is so beautiful Anne, fabulous colours, and I loved seeing how you turned the journal into a box - so clever! xx

  13. Oh my goodness, this is so clever and so cool!! Such a fabulous idea and totally amazing colours! That patina/turquoise together with the rust just looks amazing!! Such lovely flowers too, love this!!!

    Oh and ofcourse thanks for adding it to our challenge at MMM!

  14. What a clever take on Eileen's die - a lovely keepsake box, and the rusted Sunburst texture is so fabulous. I love Tracy's butterfly and dragonfly too - and the clever pops of turquoise which sing so beautifully against the burnished rust. Brilliant as always!
    Alison x

  15. Way to put that thinking cap on, Annie! This is such a fun chameleon design to make a box look like a journal! I love it and love how you take photos and allow us to follow along inside your workshop!

    I was really interested in your ink comments. I used to have Color Box inks in every color. They didn't work the best with rubber stamps on paper, but clearly they are just the thing for your purposes! I wish I still had mine to send to you. The results are stunning and it's amazing how you achieved the rusty finish!! Of course, the turquoise color and the little butterfly and dragonfly are perfection! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  16. OMGosh Anne! That blue with the brown is totally stunning! What a gorgeous combo!
    I had to giggle when I read that you"really do love Ellen's Journal dies" ! heehe Anyone who knows you, knows that you have probably made more of these journals than even Ellen herself! heehee
    Another beautiful one to add to your collection- thanks so very much for sharing!
    Hugs,Jackie xx

  17. Yum, yum! I just love those rusty patina'd covers/colors used through out, accented with the bold turquoise! Gorgeous flower and that butterfly! Be still my heart! I agree on your favorite embossing folder! Wish I had this one in my arsenal! Lovely work, as always and a clever idea, too! Sending hugs!

  18. Mmm, the aquamarine and rust go so very well together. What a beautiful creation. Thank you for sharing.

  19. Beautiful colours! Love the gorgeous flower and Tracy's butterfly of course! Will you be at Port Sunlight? Hugs,Chrisx

  20. What a surprise that this is a box Anne! LOVE the rusty look and that beautifl blue ink you used - that flower is gorgeous - as well as Tracy's lovely stampings! You always think and design - outside the 'box'!! Julia xx

  21. How wonderfully creative and absolutely beautiful Anne! I totally LOOOVE this rusty texture and the contrast that only you can master like so! Soooo amazing and inspiring. TFS my friend and hugs, Autumn

  22. Totally love the way you have taken the die and changed it up Anne x Love the colour combination too xx Stunning details and textures....clever lady xxx

    Have a great weekend
    Annie xx

  23. Love your rusty book box and I agree with you that embossing folder is gorgeous. The rust really goes with the turquoise flower too. Elaine xx

  24. Wow Anne! What a gorgeous project! Love the rusty technique and the beautiful blossom! So artistic and creative! Hope you have a great weekend!

  25. Annie it is a wowser! What a fabulous take on our theme! Thanks bunches for sharing it with us at Stamps and Stencils!

  26. This is a great project The embossing looks fantastic in those rich rusty colours. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Genius make! The embossing and rusty / golden hues look amazing. Then the beautiful turquoise flower and butterfly absolutely pop! Divine! N x

  28. This is completely brilliant & I love that butterfly. The colors are super. Just a great project thanks for joining us on mix media monthly!

  29. This is a fabulous rusty delight , Anne . Love how you have made the passport die into such a cute and useful box - very clever and the turquoise works so well with the rusty tones .
    Hugs x


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