Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Wave Journal

Hey, Crafty Friends!! I'm back with the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team today and this month's theme is the Gret Outdoors!

I'm not a "woodsy" or "camping" type of person. Growing up on an island, my idea of the outdoors was the beach and the ocean. So today I created a simple Wave Journal. There is something so calming and relaxing about the sound of the ocean and waves crashing on the shore. It's one of the many things about home.

Supplies Used
Eileen Hull Journal Die (Sizzix)
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Mat Board (Sizzix)
Blending Tool (Ranger Ink)
Wave Stencil (The Crafter's Workshop)
VersaMark (Tsukineko/ Imagine Crafts)
Clear Embossing Powder (Judikins)
Cardstock- Assorted Blues (Core'dinations)
Ideaology- Hitch Fasteners (Tim Holtz )
Heat Tool
Piercing Tool (aka- pokey tool)
Paper Trimmer (Swingline)
Long Reach Stapler
Clear Drying Liquid Glue
Clothespins- OPTIONAL
Elastic Cord

I started by cutting two panels from Mat Board using Eileen Hull's Journal Die. Then, I attached them together using a clear drying liquid glue to attach the spine together making sure to align the holes in the cutouts. I also used clothespins to pinch the pieces together until the glue set. The clothespins are completely optional but it helps to save time by freeing up your hands.

Once the glue was set, I placed the Wave Stencil over the cover (laying it open and flat) and inked VersaMark directly onto the entire surface of the mat board. I wanted one continuous to stretch out over both the back and front covers.

Then, I pour clear embossing powder over the entire stenciled image, dusted off the excess, and heat embossed it with a heat tool.

I applied a series of Distress Oxide Inks over the embossd image.  Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers (for the sky), and Mermaid LagoonSalty Ocean, and Blueprint Sketch (for the waves).

The waves look absolutely amazing!! I love it already!

Next, I die cut two more cover panels. This time, instead of Mat Board, I used blue cardstock. I then trimmed off the spines into segments and ran all my pieces through my Xyron Creative Station and attached them to the inside of the cover.

I did this after stenciling because I knew I was going to ink up the cover and didn't want to accidentally get them inked or smudged.

Then, I used my piercing tool to poke a hole through the front cover and screwed in a Hitch Fastener.

I threaded elastic cording through the hole located in the center of the spine, threaded through my charm, then looped around the front to create a closure for my journal. Then just hooked it onto the hitch.

For inserts, I cut sheets of graphing paper down to measure 8" x 8.5". I folded them in half so that they were 4" x 8.5" - folded then inserted the papers into a sleeve made from blue cardstock of the same size. And then I stapled the group together using a long reach stapler.

I threaded more elastic cording onto the spines. Nothing fancy here. Just single strands, knotted. Then I slid each book/ insert under the elastic to hold them in place.

And here is the finished journal. It's super simple. Very modern and zen... just like the ocean itself.

I love this charm I found. I cant remember who made it but I do kniw i found it at a Hobby Lobby a while back and it had been sitting in my stash ever since. It has a quote from Alice in Wonderland's Through the looking glass... somewhat Alice's character said her father would always say. 

Love it!!

Then, of course, the continuous waves that wrap around the back, around the spine, and then around front...

There you have it... 
my Great Outdoors... a trip to the sea on the cover of a journal.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial!

Thanks for stopping by and until next time...



  1. I love this- such a cool closure! And those waves! ❤️🌊

  2. This is fabulous! I'm a beach girl, too - nothing like the water to bring me calm! I love your closure...and I may already own that charm. Great tutorial!