How lovely it is to be back sharing another of the journals from the lovely Eileen Hull. If you missed my vintage mixed media one you can find it here. This one is still mixed media but more in the timeworn style I enjoy using.
The inspiration for this journal came about by sitting in the work room looking out over my back garden and thinking why don't I document the changes of the seasons in the garden and use this three sectioned journal to do it. So the seeds were sown (pun intended lol).
I'm not sharing all the process steps with you today as I will be teaching this at Country View Crafts on the 11th May and at Let's Be Creative on the 24th May but suffice to say we will be covering some simple aging techniques using the DecorArt Media range of fluid acrylic paints and mediums .......
..... on several of the layering elements for the front cover.
Including this beautiful textured butterfly ......
.... and these very realistic looking bees.
I will go through how to paint and put the covers together ......
.... and making some crackle panels to create the background for the covers.
We will put all the elements together .....
.... and stain some seam binding ribbon for the ties.
The workshop time will be taken for making the journal and the decorative elements on the front cover, so there will not be enough time to make any inserts for it. If you sign up and attend either workshop and would like to bring papers the double pages need to be 81/2 inches across and 81/4 inches long with the 81/2 inch sided folded to make pages 41/4 x 81/4. We will have a long arm stapler ready to make your pages into signatures, or you could bring them ready sewn and we will have elastic ready for you to add your inserts when you have finished.
... and will use them to record the changes in the garden over the the year. Insert 1 for Spring; insert 2 for Summer and insert 3 for Autumn and Winter combined.
Thank you Eileen for giving me this opportunity to create alongside your team and a huge thank you to the lovely Anne (Redanne) who sent me the journal covers to use. I should also say the journal die has a closure and a label to cut as well although I have not used them yet, I will cut some labels later to add to the three sections of the inserts.
You can find some of Anne's gorgeous journals HERE and HERE.
Susan at CVC has the journal die on pre-order at the most amazing price which you can find on her website so if you are interested I would get in quick so she can pack you one off as soon as it arrives, oh and I should tell you the price is fantastically affordable for this xl scoreboards die.
Thanks for taking some time out to stop by my blog today. If you have any questions please ask them in the comments section below or email me - the address is on the sidebar. I look forward to hopefully seeing some of you at my workshop if you can make it.
Have a wonderful weekend whatever you have planned.
hugs Brenda xxx
waue, this is awsome i love it ;O))
All my favourite things in one journal :D Love that scratchy metal panel *and seriously thinking about that die* XXX
Just gorgeous, love the vingate style.
It is fantastic. Really looking forward to the class. I'm working on the inserts to bring to CVC.
I love the textures and colours, great idea to journal the seasons. I've ordered my die from COuntryview, can't wait until it arrives! X
What a brilliant teaser Brenda (how I wished I could attend your workshop)!!! Stunning effects on the cover and I love the idea of a seasonal garden journal! I know this die is going to be my all time favourite, so many possibilities..... LOVE this one!!!!
Stunning project Brenda
Fabulous journal, inside and outside as well!!! A beautiful place to store your garden photos! And I'm sure your classes will be amazing! Big hugs
O wow Brenda this is gorgeous and you know how much I am inspired by the seasons...fab journal....I really would love to make one. Thanks for sharing these sneaky bits. Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend,hugs xxx
Love what you doing with the journals! This is a stunner - your combination of die cuts is brill - love the use of the clock xxxx
Jaw droppingly beautiful Brenda.....WONDERFUL
Now that is one great workshop Brenda!! So many fabulous techniques and what a beautiful journal to go home with! I love the crackled covers and the bees are such a lovely addition... LOVE what you do with Eileen's journal and wish I was attending your class! Hugs, Anne xx
I don't know where to start just love it all. Brilliant project, sounds like someone's going to have fun making this. Happy crafty weekend, Angela xXx
Wow!! This is amazing!! I so wish I could take your class!! Every single detail is spectacular!! I love, love the crackle and all of the texture!! What a vintage masterpiece this is!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)
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Another winner Brenda! I love your style!
What a beautiful and wonderful project, great forms , great colours , great structures and what a amazing details !! I really love this!!
Have fun! have a nice weekend!!
This is amazing Brenda, a real beauty! xx
Beautiful journal Brenda!
I love the vintagey style and what a great idea to document the change of seasons!!
Your version of this fantastic die is stunning! love the cover, crackle effect is fabulous and every detail amazing! As always a great job! barbara
Absolutely gorgeous, Brenda - this is a new favourite for me. Fab crackle and rusty grungy pieces to complement the nature images and papers. A delight.
Just gorgeous Brenda, I am so jealous of your lucky students who will learn how you made this beauty! Fabulous textures and colours, love it! Deb xo
It's not enough that EVERY SINGLE element is perfectly painted and texturized, but then you go and assemble them perfectly again and again on every single project. You are a wonder! I wish I could have a play session and see you work your magic on the dies like you do - what fun! Love this to bits! Hugs, Autumn
Absolutely wonderful Brenda! Love the crackle ..of course! Chrisx
Absolutely Fabulous project Brenda. Love everything about it and such a great idea to have a journal to document your garden through the changing seasons .
Wow another amazing journal, love the crackle and your Bees are truly amazing.
I love this journal! Would you please tell me what die you used for the Roman numeral plaque?
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