Here I will share the first one that I made using the Journal die. First let me just say I LOVE trying different approaches to using all the creative elements at my finger tips. It seems that I always go first to fabrics and papers. Another LOVE is "found" items, the reuse/recycling of any materials, so for this journal I combined these and more.
Here is a walk through the steps taken:
Begin by die-cutting the journal from matboard and assembling the covers by using a strong glue or Thermoweb Super Tape™.
I then covered the inside with a fabric remnant and adhered it will gel medium. Fold over the edges of the fabric for neat, even edges. Apply a top coat of gel medium and allow to dry. Poke the holes with a hole punch or piercing tool when dry.
To give the Kraftex® a faux leather look, I wet the material with warm water by running it under the faucet. Once wet enough, wrinkle it up as much as possible. This step can be repeated over again. Once enough wrinkles are made, smooth it out and allow the material to dry. NOTE: You can hasten the drying with a hair dryer or ironing it slightly, just don't iron out all the wrinkles. When dry, using the nutmeg Colorbox™ Blends by Eileen Hull, lightly pass the ink over the entire surface, adding as little or as much color as desired. Allow ink to dry.
The embellishments are made from washed wool that were finds on an thrift store trip with Eileen last Fall. Of course the shapes are from Eileen's other collections of Sizzix dies. The larger "Romance" flower has a couple layers colored with the wildberry Colorbox™ Blends. Two of the "extras" on the journal die were colored and used. The label/faceplate piece was used as part of the button closure, while the "closure" piece was attached to inside flap of the cover as a pen holder.
The page inserts are made from the packing paper that was used in mailings that I received. * You know - never throw anything away, it might come in handy! * The papers were ironed flat, then measured and trimmed with a paper trimmer. Make three signature with the paper pages by folding in half and trimming the three outside edges with deckle decorative scissors. Paint, draw, letter or just add some washi tape for decoration on the front pages.
NOTE: Some the packing paper I had was almost as thin as tissue paper and I fused sheets together with Pellon Wonder-Under® following manufacturer instructions. These sheets add some interest since they were slightly translucent but still will take ink. One sheet had some Blends slightly wiped over areas before fusing.
This a wonderful, versatile die that makes journal making easy, fun and as creative as you would like! I will be sharing some other journal ideas using another interesting cover material, combining some new products for mixed media by another designer friend and another take on "faux leather" with brown paper. Ideas are endless!
Go to Eileen Hull Designs FB Page to see more ideas for journals and other creative ideas.