Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Seaside Journal Tutorial

Hello and welcome to my blog today! It is in the middle of summer, and today I have a seaside journal to share with you, made with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull. Every summer, I make a mini book to document our summer in, with photos words and ephemera. 

During July, the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team is making projects with the Journal die and other dies in the Heartfelt collection.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

I really like the tall shape of the Journal die and it is so easy to make a wide variety of books and journals using the die. For my book, I used papers by Prima, mainly from the St. Tropez and French Riviera collections. They fit really well with the sea theme and using patterned papers makes for a very quick assembly of the journal.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

To start, you need to die cut two covers from mat board or chipboard.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

I also die cut covers from patterned paper and then glued in place. You could do everything in one go, if you glue papers to the mat board first and wait until the glue is dry to die cut them. This wood plank paper comes from the St. Tropez collection.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

Sand the edges of the journal.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

I used A4 pads by Prima, and simply cut them at 8.1 in (21 cm) and folded. I also cut plain cream papers.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

Round the corners on all the pages and place them into three signatures of about six pages. Stitch down the middle with a sewing machine. Or you could staple them.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

For the cover, I die cut a label with one of the die cuts on the Journal die, as well as a tag from the Luggage Tag die. The corners were rounded on the other two pieces.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

Die cut flowers from patterned paper with the Stitchy Flowers and Leaf set.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

I wanted some pockets on the inside pages and die cut the Recipe Card & Label from patterned papers to use as a pocket.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Prima Flowers St Tropez collection

I also cut some nice parts of leftover papers out and rounded the corners. These will be embellishments in the book.


There are instruction on the packaging of the die for how you can bind your book. I used an elastic string

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

Tie the string through a button on the outside of the spine, leaving enough string so that you can use it to as a closure mechanism for the book.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

Tuck the signatures under the elastic string to bind the book. This also makes it easy to take a signature out if you, for instance, want to stamp in it or sew, or to make it easier to write.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

You can mix die cut and premade flowers for a fun effect.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

Leo also likes the flowers.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

Layer the tag, label, sentiment, and flowers on the cover.


Here's a view of the book open. There is plenty of space for photos and journaling.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

Simply tape the recipe cards along the sides and bottom to form a pocket. Tuck more recipe cards inside as well as the 3 x 4 St Tropez journaling cards.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

Here's another pocket. It can also hold photos and ephemera, such as tickets.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

I like the mix of plain and patterned papers on the inside.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

For the center folds in each signature, I used these types of nice papers with lots of details, that didn't work if you only saw half the page, so they needed to be full spreads.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

Here and there I added text and embellishments, but there is plenty of space for more.


Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

I like the distressed page to the left, with the anchors.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

And a cute boat.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

The old city papers also worked well, since our summer activities also take part in the city.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

I love the vintage image at the top.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

Here's another center spread.

Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

And one more pocket.

 Layers of ink - Seaside Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin with the Sizzix Journal Die by Eileen Hull

And my journal is ready to be filled with summer memories. You can of course make a journal for any theme you can think of. My previous one is a nature sketching book, focusing on trees. You can find that tutorial here, if you want more inspiration. Last year's Summer Memories book is here, and the one I made in 2015 can be found here.

Don't forget to check out all the journals that the team has created. There are so many different ways in which to use the great Journal die.

I have mentioned it before, but in case someone missed it, you can also find lots of die cutting inspiration with Eileen's dies in her e-book Die Cutting Magic by Bella Crafts.


Die Cutting Magic is full of inspirational projects using Eileen's dies and embossing folders by Sizzix. It is a really great mix of projects: 3-D home decor and storage items, flowers, cards, mini-books, wearable art, holiday projects, baby and wedding items, scrapbooking layouts and much more, for many different themes. Over 100 projects and 154 pages full of inspiration, both for beginner and advanced papercrafters. I am happy to have eight projects in the book, of which four are tutorials. You'll also find projects by Eileen, the other Inspiration Team members, and a whole bunch of other designers.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy summer crafting!

Anna-Karin

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