Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Guestbook Tutorial

Hi friends! During April, the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team has an Spring Showers theme, with party and baby shower related projects. I always liked the concept of a guestbook at parties and events, since it is a great memory keeping document, with words and signatures of friends and family. I made a guestbook for this project, but the book can also be used for many other things too (just change the title).

Layers of ink - DIY Guestbook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix Journal die

A guestbook can be made for a specific event, such as a wedding, or as a more general guestbook that is brought out after all parties and happenings. My book is of the second kind, but you can easily customize it to fit a specific occasion instead. The book can be turned into an ordinary journal or sketchbook too. The base is Eileen's Sizzix Journal Die, which creates a book in just the right size (8.75 x 4.5 in). The cover was inspired by one of my recent art journaling pages, since I thought the big Simon Says Stamp Brushed Branches tree stamp would look great on my guestbook.

Layers of ink - DIY Guestbook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix Journal die

Start by die cutting two Journal covers from cream mat board. You need the Extended Cutting Pads, but the die fits perfectly through the normal Big Shot or Vagabond. I also die cut two covers from Dina Wakley's Cotton Watercolor paper. It is the same watercolor paper that you find in her Media Journal, and I am happy that you can get it as loose sheets too now. It gives a great feel to the cover too.

Layers of ink - DIY Guestbook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix Journal die

You might have spotted that the background is pretty similar to the Doodled Wildflower Garden project I posted yesterday. I've had fun making backgrounds with Paper Arty Infusions lately and they were already on my desk, so I decided to use them again. Mist with water, sprinkle a little bit of Infusions on top (I have poked a hole in the lids) and mist more water to make them blend. If you want less brown, dab with a paper towel to remove some of the walnut ink crystals. I especially did this in the center of the page, where I planned the tree to be.

Layers of ink - DIY Guestbook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Simon Says Stamp Brushed Branches stamp

Ink the Brushed Branches tree with Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and a little bit of Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. I added some extra details with Distress Markers in the two darker shades. Mist with water and stamp on the background. The tree stamp is large and I used a Sizzix Cutting Pad as my stamping block.

Layers of ink - DIY Guestbook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix Journal die

When the tree was dry, I added more details by smearing Distress Inks on a craft sheet, misting with water and using it as watercolor paint. Grass, branches and shadows on the tree were added with Distress Markers. Some of these marks were left as they were, others were turned into watercolor with a paint brush loaded with water.

Layers of ink - DIY Guestbook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

Die cut the small flowers from Eileen's Bookmark, Tag & Pocket set, from left-over cotton-rag watercolor paper. Smear Mermaid Lagoon on a craft sheet, mist with water and press the flowers into the ink. The label is from the Bookplate, Hinges & Label set and was also die cut from left over paper and colored with Golden Sands Infusions.

Layers of ink - DIY Guestbook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Paper Artsy Infusions.

I stamped Tim Holtz birds in the sky, misting with water before stamping.

Layers of ink - DIY Guestbook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

For the inside I used a mix of white, cream, kraft and patterned paper. Most of the patterned papers are by Prima, but any neutral-looking paper will work well. Cut 8.25 x 8.25 in (21 x 21 cm) squares and round the corners. Fold and place into signatures of about six papers (depending on the thickness of your papers). Stitch down the spine to secure the papers together.

Layers of ink - DIY Guestbook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I made three signatures.

Layers of ink - DIY Guestbook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

Glue the watercolor paper to the covers. Before placing them under a heavy book, or in my case, under Sizzix XL dies, fold along the score line slightly. This conditions the watercolor paper so that it won't tear when the glue is dry and it is folded all the way. I only did this on the front, and the back tore slightly. Assemble an elastic cord according to the instructions on the packaging of the die and tie it through a button to secure.

Layers of ink - DIY Guestbook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

The signatures are slipped under the elastics and held in place.

Layers of ink - DIY Guestbook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I tied the elastic so that it also forms a closure for the book. Glue the flowers and the label to the cover.

Layers of ink - DIY Guestbook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

Here's a look at the back cover. You can stamp and add decorations to it too, but I decided to keep it plain.

Layers of ink - DIY Guestbook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

The Infusions form an interesting background, without overwhelming the stamping.

Layers of ink - DIY Guestbook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

My tree is a spring tree, with light green leaves, which I hope will soon be the case out in nature too.

Layers of ink - DIY Guestbook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

The label was stamped with alphabet stamps. You can also use stickers or rub-ons, or add a quote instead.

Layers of ink - DIY Guestbook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

Glue the blue flowers here and there in the foreground.


Tuck the signatures in behind the elastics and your guestbook is done.


I placed the papers so that there is a mix of neutral patterned papers and cream, white and kraft papers. You can of course also only use white or cream papers.


The guestbook has a nice chunky feel to it and the cotton watercolor paper almost feels like fabric. You can easily alter this book to turn it into any theme and it is great as a gift too.

Thank you so much for visiting here today! Don't miss checking out all the Spring Shower projects by the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team this month.

Anna-Karin

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Doodled Wildflowers Journal Page

Hello friends! Did you have a good weekend? I hope so! I have enjoyed looking for signs of spring and documenting them in my Signs of Spring notebook that I made earlier this year. Every morning new flowers have sprung out of the soil.




This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog with have a Let's Doodle theme. Don't miss the lovely project by our Don't miss the gorgeous project by our April guest designer Paula Roomer aka PaNaRoo.

Layers of ink - Doodled Wildflower Garden Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I had fun doodling a field of wildflowers in my Dina Wakley Media Journal. Most of the flowers don't look like real flowers, but that wasn't my aim here. There are also three little butterflies flying around among the flowers. The background was done with Paper Artsy Infusions, using A Bit Jaded and Golden Sands. A while ago, I did a bunch of these backgrounds in my journal, so it was ready to be used. I worked on one of the cotton-rag watercolor pages.

Layers of ink - Doodled Wildflower Garden Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I started out by doodling the flowers on the background, without much planning.

Layers of ink - Doodled Wildflower Garden Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks

When that was done, I colored the flowers with Dina Wakley's Scribble Sticks, by first applying the stick to the paper and then adding water with a paint brush. For even stronger colors, I picked the color up with a paint brush directly from the Scribble Sticks. I used both Scribble Sticks 1 and Scribble Sticks 2.

Layers of ink - Doodled Wildflower Garden Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

When the flowers were dry, I added more details with a black pen and also a few dots done with a white gel pen, for highlights.

Layers of ink - Doodled Wildflower Garden Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The butterflies have doodled trails.

Layers of ink - Doodled Wildflower Garden Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Paper Artsy Infusions

I wanted the page to have a positive message and used this stamp by Tim Holtz as my title. The smaller words and phrases are rub-ons.

Layers of ink - Doodled Wildflower Garden Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The flowers were grounded to the page with more Scribble Stick painting and some pen scribbles too. The splatters were done with a brown Scribble Stick dipped in water. Flick a paint brush against the top to create splatters.

Layers of ink - Doodled Wildflower Garden Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Here are more flowers and sentiments.

Layers of ink - Doodled Wildflower Garden Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I also used my favorite alphabet background stamp on the page, from Tim's School Desk set, as well as a ticket from Odds & Ends.

Layers of ink - Doodled Wildflower Garden Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I doodled little circles in the corners and added another sentiment stamp, also from Odds & Ends.

I hope you will join us this week in our Let's Doodle challenge. As always, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to do some fun shopping at Simon Says Stamp. You have until next Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.







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Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog today!  

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Watercolor Mini Panels

Hi friends! I hope your weekend was great! Spring is finally here and we had a fun outdoorsy weekend. The spring flowers are coming out and all the snow is gone.



This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have a Mythology / Inspired by a story theme. Fun! I am looking forward to seeing all the interpretations on this theme. Don't miss the gorgeous project by our April guest designer Paula Roomer aka PaNaRoo.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Mini Panels by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I have very fond memories of my grandfather telling us stories when I was a kid and always liked the old tradition of story-telling. As a result, I make up a lot of stories for the kids and it is such fun. Bed-time usually consists of a book and then a made up story. The stories I tell Anton are the most elaborate, with made up worlds, travel through time, sequels etc. and this layout is about those stories. The journaling is written on the back. I made simple watercolor background to illustrate some of the stories. The title translates: 'Once upon a time'.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Mini Panels by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I cut up watercolor paper in 4 x 4 in squares and played around with simple scenes and color-blending. Leo is also enjoying watercoloring and joined me for part of the session. When he paints, I often give him a whole stack of printer paper and then one or two proper watercolor sheets. This time, he refused the printer paper, got very upset and stomped off to my studio, where he searched for the good paper. How funny. I didn't think he could really tell the difference between the two.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Mini Panels by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The panels were painted with a combination of wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry painting. 
 Layers of ink - Watercolor Mini Panels by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I also made some that are just random colors.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Mini Panels by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I ended up with a big pile of panels, enough for lots of future projects too.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Storytelling Mini Panels by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The edges were distressed and I stitched the panels to the background paper.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Storytelling Mini Panels by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

A secret door. The word stamp is from Tim Holtz's Noble Gent.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Storytelling Mini Panels by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

One of the stories features a mysterious sea creature. I embellished the squares with stamping and rub-ons

Layers of ink - Watercolor Storytelling Mini Panels by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I love watching the watercolor do its magic as the colors blend.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Storytelling Mini Panels by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

There are also some mirrored stars.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Storytelling Mini Panels by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

A simple landscape, ready to be filled with a story.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Storytelling Mini Panels by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

This panel has more of a dramatic sky and mood.

 Layers of ink - Watercolor Storytelling Mini Panels by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Here's Anton himself walking into one of the stories.

I hope you will join us this week in our Mythology / Inspired by a Story challenge. As always, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to do some fun shopping at Simon Says Stamp. You have until next Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.








Don't forget to follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram, they post great stuff daily. 




Do you use Instagram? If so please add #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too.





Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog today!  

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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