Wednesday, June 27, 2018

No Prob Llama Wrapped Journal


I am excited to finally share with you a project created with some of the newest dies from Eileen Hull for Sizzix. These dies are a continuation from her previous and ever-popular 
BOOK CLUB Collection.

If you like journals and journal making you will be head over heels for these!!

For today's project, I made this adorable Llama Journal using Eileen Hull's new 
Wrapped Journal die & Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves dies. See how I made it below.

Supplies Used
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull Animal Print Set #2  Embossing Folders- Retired (Sizzix)
Little Sizzles Mat Board (Sizzix)
Creative Station (Xyron)
Eileen Hull Blends-  Hydrangea, Beach, Ebony (Clearsnap)
Pebeo Gilding Wax
Glossy Accents
Wood Veneer Frame (Michaels)

I started by die-cutting my wrapped journal from Sizzix's white mat board. These reach from end to end and cut out the entirety of the die.

Usually, I would cover my journals with pretty patterned paper but this time, I opted to emboss and ink up my cover instead.

I wanted only certain parts of my journal to be embossed and did not want to emboss on the spines, so I cut out pieces of chipboard to the size of each panel.

Front flap/ Smallest Panel: 2 1/2" x 5 1/8"
Middle Panel: 3 3/4" x 5 1/8"
Back Panel: 3 1/3" x 5 1/8"

Depending on how thick your chipboard is you may want to cut out two sets of each and adhere together. By embossing with these, you will emboss only where the chipboard covers.
*test on cardstock before embossing mat board*
If embossing appears on areas that you don't want it to, you either have to trim your chipboard down or use thicker chipboard to avoid areas of direct contact.

After my mat board was completely embossed, Inked the entire cover using Eileen Hull's Blends inks by Clearsnap. They have a built on applicator so I can apply my ink directly onto my surface without the need of an extra blending tool.

I used Hydrangea, then added areas of Beach. Blended, then added Ebony around the edges and over top and spines.

I randomly rubbed some silver gilding wax over the embossed surface. Then Inked the entire back surface/ inside of the wrapped journal with Ebony ink.

I also inked a wood veneer frame I purchased at Michael's completely (back and front) with Ebony ink as well.

Once the frame was dried I glued it to the front flap of my journal.

I ran into a dilemma halfway through my project. I ran out of black elastic and the only elastic I had left was stark WHITE!! I didn't want to leave to go to the store just for a strand of elastic so...

Instead, I inked my white cord with more of Eileen Hull's Blends inks... I used Beach to coordinate with the color on the cover. This is a pigment ink so it's going to take longer to dry but sooooo worth it when I have a matching cord to my cover!

Let the cord dry completely before stringing!! 
Seriously, that is the hardest part... just stop and walk away and leave it alone!

If you don't you may ruin and smear ink over EVERYTHING!

So, while that was drying, I worked on my inserts.

I usually hand make my inserts but Eileen introduced me to these mini composition books that you can find out the dollar store. They came 3 to a pack... 3 books/ inserts for a buck!! SCORE!! They fit wonderfully into the wrapped journal and saved me time from having to make them myself!! 
WIN-WIN if you ask me!!

The covers of these books look a little bright and aren't the prettiest so I decided to cover them up to match my cover. 

I used papers from DCWV's No Prob Llama Stack to make mini covers and fronts for each of he the little books. Ran the pieces through my Xyron Creative Station and adhered them. Thentrimmed off any excess.

Then when all my books were covered, I checked on my elastic. Once they were dried, I strung my journal. No fancy weaving pattern. Just one strand per sets of holes tied into a knot on the inside.

Then, I used a piercing tool to make a hole created a small loop, inserted it through the hole, and tied a knot on the inside.

I glued a rhinestone to the black frame. Once dried I looped the cord around the rhinestone to act as a closure.

To decorate the front cover, I used Eileen's new Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves dies to cut out an assortment of leaves from green cardstock and flowers from patterned paper from the No prob Llama stack.

I "squished" the flower petals upwards to give them some dimension. Then layered and adhered them together to create full blooms.

I found these cacti in the same No Prob Llama stack they were cute but the details got lost because the lines were kind of fading into the background. I shaded the cacti in with a light blue color pencil to help add definition and make them pronounced.

Then laid my pieces out over the cover to see where they'd look best. I almost never glue my pieces down right away just in case I don't like the placement.

Once I was satisfied, I glued my pieces down and added craft foam behind certain pieces to give them dimension.

And here is my finished Wrapped Journal...

I absolutely love how it turned out!

I added small details like mini rhinestones and Glossy Accents throughout and creased and folded my leaves.

This embossing folder may look like cobblestone but it's actually a giraffe print form a retired Animal Print set of Folders that Eileen Hull designed.

Here, I used 3 "inserts" and a mini steno notebook to fill my journal.

And there you have it, CUTENESS all "WRAPPED" up!!

I hope you all enjoyed my project for today!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time...


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  1. Fabulous, love the adorable Llama and your gorgeous embossing. Tracy xxx

  2. Nicely done Mitsy. I like how the background looks metallic in some of the photos!

  3. Great job with the tutorial! The color combinations are perfect!

  4. What a great journal! I love the colors you've used - and who doesn't love a llama...?! TFS