Monday, 21 September 2020

Halloween 'Arthur' Journal

 Hello Friends

Eileen Hull's Teams are creating projects this month to celebrate 'The Great Outdoors'.  Since we are blessed with the sound of owls most nights where I live, and we are so close to Halloween, I decided to use 'Arthur' again to create a spooky journal, using one of Eileen's very first journal dies, the Bigz XL Journal (Sizzix 661906).

This is my second time using Arthur, if you would like to see him in a different setting, you can see him here.

To start, I cut the two journal covers from matboard.

I decided to cut the journal down slightly and I took just under an inch from the top and bottom, I rounded the corners and then punched holes top and bottom for the elastic to thread through.
I used Distress Oxide in various colours to create the cover of my journal, adding Crackling Campfire to my Scattered Straw moon before applying Wilted Violet and then applying Black Soot to the edges.
A view of the front and back.  After covering with Distress Oxide I spritzed with water to give a more textured look.  I swiped some colour over the moon to give it a more realistic look.
This is the inside of the covers, I covered these with some gorgeous paper from the Tim Holtz Departed paper pad.  I added orange elastic to hold my signatures in place.

I created a small pocket for the inside front cover and I added a Tim Holtz Found Relative to sit on the pocket along with a Quote Chip.
I created two signatures for the inside of my journal.  Again I used Tim's Departed paper pad and I decorated the signatures with more Found Relatives, along with some of Tim's Quote Chips. 
It was time to decorate the front of my journal. I used Tim's Mr Bones stamp set and Tim's Arthur die set, along with Tim's Bat Crazy die set.
I die cut Arthur, coloured him with Distress Oxide and constructed him.  I stamped the branch before attaching Arthur to the cover, along with a bat, a fence (a much older Tim Holtz On the Edge die) and a Quote Chip.
To complete the back, I stamped the branch again, added some more bats, a die cut cat (another older Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers die) and more of the fence.
Finally, I created a charm.  I used one of Tim's Ideaology clips, coating it with Distress Glaze in Fired Brick, along with an Ideaology Spider charm and a couple of others from my stash.
Another view of the completed journal.

Eileen will be posting more from her Design Teams HERE, where you can also see other 'The Great Outdoors' creations throughout this month.

Thanks so much for your visit, I will be back on Wednesday with another post, I hope you can join me then.  In the meantime, please stay safe and well.

Hugs, Anne xxx


  1. absolutely spookily gorgeous, love everything about the cover and wow love how you decorated your signatures, another amazing project my friend xxx

  2. fun, fun journal. love how it all comes together. can't go wrong with Arthur. thanks as always for sharing.

  3. Oh Anne, it is lovely to read how you made it. I am struggling with "how to " so it is wonderful to see what you did. Love the journal! Axx

  4. This is brilliant Anne, such gorgeous colours and Arthur looks amazing sat with his batty friends. Take care and have a great week, Sue xx

  5. I just saw this on TH Addicts and hopped over here because I just love everything about your Arthur and background. Thank you for the photos!! Love it.

  6. You were in your element creating this spooky Arthur journal, Annie, and your coloring is flawless, as usual! No one does Halloween as well as you! The signatures are fantastic and so is the charm, but Arthur really does steal the show! I find the sound of owls so soothing, so you are lucky to hear them as you drift off to sleep!! I hope you are keeping well! Love, Darnell xxoo

  7. this is so cool Anne!!! I really need to break out my Arthur die! He is so awesome.

  8. this is so spooky and so awesome! Love the striking colours and the cool images to compliment Arthur and the inside is equally fabulous! I always love your journals, you are so talented! Stay safe and take care. Hugs my friend. xxxxxxxx

  9. Your spooky journal is awesome Anne. Looove the glorious purple background and Arthur is totally fabulous. Love how you continued the scene around the back of the journal and adore the little charms too. Fabulous!! You make the best journals ever!! hugs xx

  10. I'm so happy to see you use Arthur again Anne he reminds me of my Grandad (also an Arthur) he gave me a stern look just like that when I'd pull up his newly sewn lettuces thinking they were weeds hee hee!! A great spooky journal, absolutely love the blended sky. He sits very well within the moonlight keeping watch. Great way of jazzing up those embellishments, they all tie in so well with this cracking journal Anne. Is this a new Halloween journal to keep all your spooky make ideas now?? Love it!! Hugs Tracey xx

  11. This is absolutely fantastic Anne! The purple completely makes Arthur shine...or is it that moon?!! LOVE the parts inside as well. This is so so so fun. Pinned!

  12. Stunning - and that moon!! The signatures inside are cool, too!

  13. You just rock Halloween Anne! This is such a fantastic book- perfect details and colors. I love this (and I am not a purple person!) :-)

  14. Could have sworn I'd been here and seen all these fabulous details up close - that clip and spider dangle is pure genius - but I suppose I'm mixing it up with IG... oh dear! It really is an amazing piece of work, especially your Arthur, looking so good in purple. I don't think I've got the patience for layering all those cut out pieces, but it's definitely a great effect. Gorgeous!
    Alison x


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