|Come join the party and see the creative ideas for Eileen's Pocket Notebook|
Welcome to the Pocket Notebook Release Party! This is Eileen Hull’s newest book die with Sizzix. On the die, you get all of the pieces you need to make an entire book- the cover, pages, latch and pen loop! The Pocket Notebook measures 6 3/4” x 4 1/2” with a spine that can adjust from of 3/8” to almost 2”! String it with elastic, hemp, ribbon or twine. So many option for this fun die!
Eileen’s Inspiration and Educator teams have combined to show us their amazing Pocket Notebook ideas. Please follow the Blog Hop to see all of the fabulous projects, techniques and videos!
There are also two GIVEAWAYS- the Pocket Notebook die and a gift certificate for Eileen’s Etsy store. To enter to win, leave a comment on each of the posts. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 8 on Eileen’s Facebook Live show.
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Metal & Stencil Mix-Up
Having the opportunity to create with this newest Eileen Hull’s Sizzix die was fun! This is another one of those dies that keeps my mind busy with ideas. This is a nice size for a book for any variety of uses.
My goal was to share ideas of using different materials and applications to incorporate with this die. This caused me to take my favorite stencils, simple techniques of inking and the fun of working with metal embossing, then combining them all together. Working with these Scoreboard dies and mat board makes for a wonderful surface for so many applications.
The marvelous products available for crafting today help with creating successful projects. When making books, journals or albums with mat board and dies, I like to use sheet adhesives like those from Thermoweb. Using a product such as this allows the application of a wide variety of materials. I love using papers but my favorite is fabric. This project included some scraps of collected fabrics for the covers.
Preparing fabric for cover:
To design the fabric for book cover, place stencil onto the fabric. Ink sponge and apply ink(s) over the stencil. Don’t worry about complete coverage, randomly applications gives the fabric a faux batik look. Move stencil around on the fabric repeating with the ink(s) until desired coverage.
NOTE: If wanting a different effect on the front cover, use the Art Sheet. Repeat the process used o for the fabric on the surface of the Mixed Media Art Sheet also.
|Back outside cover|
|Back inside cover|
|Front inside cover|
Assemble the pocket notebook as directions suggest with the adhesive of choice. String the binding with elastic cord.
Signatures and Pages:
To make the pages for the notebook, I choose to use various packing papers I had saved. I removed creases by ironing the sheets flat and stacking and cutting them to size.
The signature folders were made using two different card stocks. One has a solid yellow front with white back, the other a simple brown herringbone pattern on one side and white back. I then used stencils and inks to add colors and designs on both sides of the papers and finished with stamped designs. The finished sheets are cut to fit the notebook and paper pages, then inserted.
NOTE: A nice finish to the signatures and pages is to punch all four corners with a rounder punch before inserting. It also helps the process of placing and removing them from the notebook.
Finishing Pocket Notebook:
Carefully punch four holes through the corners of the metal embossed pieces and front cover. Put in place and hold with four paper brads. If desired, place a few pieces of double faced tape to the backside of the metal before putting in place. A old rusty key was attached for a closure, along with a length of silk ribbon.
On the outside spine a piece of foiled adhesive was added. Hand dyed bias tape was laced through the elastic binging and tied together, then finished with some decorative beads. Any other added embellishments and be place on pages or signatures for added decoration.
Embossed Metal Cover:
Begin with a piece of aluminum metal slightly larger then then cover. Place the metal onto a sheet of suede or foam pad the help with the embossing of the design. Tape the stencil onto the center of the metal piece. Begin tracing with a stylus the pattern from the stencil. There’s no need to trace every line. NOTE: If you do not have embossing tools, use a black ballpoint pen and and the round d end of paint brushed for forming indented circles. For help with the process of metal embossing refer to either a book or videos online. Also, there are many videos online available with tutorials on every level of metal embossing. No need for expensive materials to start out with. Several books are available for purchase or possibly found at a local library. I was lucky enough to participate in a workshop with Magdalena Muldoon, the author of Metal Embossing Workshop.
Sizzix Big Shot machine
Eileen Hull #663638 Scoreboard XL Pocket Notebook
Thermoweb adhesive sheets
Thermoweb Mixed Media Art sheets by Rebekah Meier
The Crafters Workshop, Rebekah Meier stencils, Rosetta 461S
Lightweight, solid cotton fabric
Inks, assorted colors
Metal embossing tools
Paper brads, 4
Seam binding, white-dyeable
Dark brown acrylic paint
Card stock, assorted plain or patterned
Distress Oxide pads or sprays, coordinating colors
The Crafters Workshop stencils, Rebekah Meier 699S, 462S, 775S
Stamps, Impression Obsession, French document, NPC
Closure, old key
Any extra embellishments
Paper for signatures