Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Betsy Skagen from sponsor Paper Calliope is joining us today. She's been playing with Eileen Hull's marvellous journal die and her own fabulous range of Printables.

This holiday inspiration journal is almost as full as Santa’s sack--except instead of toys, it offers fun places to stash photos, Christmas mementos, holiday recipes and much more. Using the Eileen Hull Journal Die you will make a cover & eight inside pages. You can also use what you learn as inspiration to create additional pages for tucking away even more paper treasures.

The album features a plethora of pockets and spots for journal entries that easily snap shut thanks to hidden magnets. 

Another magnetic closure--hidden by a frame made from a vintage holiday box--holds inserts in place. The frame allows a photo to easily be slid into place. 

Christmas Inspiration Journal Cover

Begin by cutting your cover pieces from black tagboard using the Sizzix Eileen Hull Inspiration Journal Die. Repeat by cutting the same pieces form Authentique Brick and Authentique Wintery Gray Dot to use for the exterior and interior of your book cover. Apply a strong score tape adhesive as shown on the tagboard.

Overlap the center spine flaps of each side of the tagboard and adhere them together.

Apply strong adhesive to the exterior front of your book and add your cover sheet. When you reach the spine, bend your book into the closed position before adhering the remainder of the sheet. Add the second exterior cover sheet while the book is still closed. Once, when I instructed a class in how to make this journal, one student argued that the paper should be applied before the covers were adhered together. While you can certainly do this, the disadvantage is that then you will be able to see the edge of the tagboard on the spine where the two pieces meet.

Mix brown ink with Decoart Snow-Tex to give it a tan color. Apply the Snow-Tex through a snowflake stencil to the cover. Sprinkle with white glitter. Set aside to dry.

Adhere the Santa with Boy image from Be Merry to thick chipboard and use it to complete the cover.

Open your book and adhere the interior cover sheets. Glue this same paper to the tagboard label to create your title piece. Add rub-on letters and ink the edges with brown ink. Adhere red and gold sequins and the label to the cover. Cover the clasp with the same paper and add hook and loop material. Punch a small hole in the back and secure with a brad. Cover the inside of the brad with some decorative paper.  Lace elastic string through the spine holes, following the directions available with the die. 

Next cut two 8" x 8 1/16" sheets of white cardstock. Score them in half at the 4" mark and fold each to make two sets of four pages, also called signatures. Decorate these with Printables.

Once finished, I hope you enjoy your book—a true effort of time and love—either for yourself or to give to someone special.

Betsy Skagen, PaperCalliope.com

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  1. Your tutorial is fantastic!I absolutely love all the little details!!❤❤❤

    1. Thank you Mitsyana! Really appreciate your kind words.

  2. Wonderful....must do one...and guess what....my profile is here after trying to comment on various blogs and it not there!!


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