Monday, 12 February 2018

Adventure Awaits...

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new week over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week our theme is called TAKE NOTE and the team are so excited to see how you'll interpret this fun challenge and what you will be making. We hope you can join us...

For my project, I created a journal that is perfect for anyone who loves to travel but the idea for this piece was actually inspired by a story I created in my head...this would be a gentleman's journal, filled with stories and photos of his travels around the world. So, using Eileen Hull's Journal die, I bought this story to life...
So, let's's time for the new challenge and here's how I created this piece!

To begin with I used some Sizzix Sizzles mount board and cut my two sections, back and front cover using Eileen's journal die. I then attached the two separate pieces together to create my cover. All the instructions of how to construct this die and how to create the binding for the papers are supplied, so don't worry if you think it looks complicated because it's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

I then applied gesso over the entire cover, front, back and on the inside before painting it using a combination of Walnut Stain, Black Soot and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paints. Heat dry each layer of paint before adding the next, as this will stop the paintwork becoming muddy and murky in colour. Once I was happy with the blend, I heat dried the cover and set it aside.
Using the gorgeous map paper from the Correspondence Paper Stash, I cut pieces to size to cover the front and back. I machine stitched a border around the edge and then adhered the paper using Matte Collage Medium. I even added an Ephemera Snippet piece in the corner on the back cover to make it look as if there is an address label.
Now for those embellishments and as my regular visitors will know, I LOVE dimension and layers so I created those on this particular project using some paper rolls which I made up from the leftover section of the map paper. All you do for this, is cut various sized pieces of the paper and roll them around a pencil. I then tore the edges of the rolls and inked them with Ground Espresso.
To create the frame that you can see behind the paper rolls, I used the smallest Vignette Frame. I then applied a coat of gesso to the frame before painting it with the same colours of Distress Paints that I used on the cover. To complete the frame and accentuate the beading I applied a small amount of Aged Brass Alchemy Wax over the top. Attach the frame to the front cover using Collage Medium, placing and layering some Snippet Ephemera pieces behind the frame. Once everything is dry and the frame is stuck solid, I then ran Black Soot Distress Crayon around the outside of the ephemera pieces to create a shadow effect.

I then attached my paper rolls to the frame, slightly offsetting each one.
For the next layer, I used the fabulous new Rosette die from Tim Holtz to die cut another piece of paper. I made up the rosette and added an Ephemera piece, the clock face to the centre before attaching this section over the top of the paper rolls.

As the finishing touch, I added a Quote Chip to the centre of the clock.

To complete the cover, I added some Nailhead Findings and a star adornment....
...then clipped a hinge clip to the side of my cover which I coloured with Antique Bronze and Tarnished Brass Distress paint and added a swivel clasp complete with a typed token, compass from the Souvenir Adornments set and a rusty gear.
Now for the inside and for this, I covered both sides with some more of the Correspondence papers. I then cut pieces of kraft card to make two pockets, embossed the card with the Tailored Texture Fade before lightly inking over the top of the embossing with Ground Espresso Distress Ink. Attach the pockets onto your covers.
The last thing that you need to do is create the stringing to hold your paper and for this, I used some elastic cord and again followed the instructions with come with the die. I added a button to secure my elastic cord on the outside of the spine of the journal.

To complete the inside I cut and folded some handmade paper, stitched the paper down the centre fold and then threaded this though the cord to create the pages and decorated them with some idea-ology products, including paper dolls, pocket cards and metal embellishments.
So, I hope you love the project I've created this week and it will inspire you to try this wonderful die to make your own really is so much fun to use and I can already see me using this a lot more in the future.
You can find more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog and don't forget that every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I'll see you very soon!

Love Emma xxx


  1. Glorious!!! I am just in awe at your talent Sweetie!!! And I am so 'borrowing' your ideas for this...because I'm in love with Travellers Notebooks and this is perfect! Huge hugs xxx

  2. This is awesome, Emma! All the details are fabulous and everything is done with perfection as always. It's absolutely lovely!

    Cathie ♥

  3. Beautiful Emma! I love the interior details with the Tailored Texture Fade used to the make the pockets. So clever!!

  4. WOW ... this one bought tears to my eyes ... overwhelmingly creative. I get over joyed when I see how God gifts talented people! This journal is amazing!!! <3

  5. When I saw the theme this week, thoughts immediately went to my journal die, then I saw your glorious project and now I definitely want to work something up! I love the rolled map pieces under the rosette, and the look you have achieved with your paints is perfectly aged to complement the map paper- once again, I am inspired and awed by your beautiful work! xo

  6. i love this. brilliant. perfect!!!

  7. This is such a fabulous journal Emma - I love the colours of brown you have used on the cover which look so fabulous on the spine and then of course all those wonderful rolls! Stunning! Jennie x

  8. This is amazingly beautiful Emma. I love how you took the Journal die and made it your own. Very inspiring.
    Christina xx

  9. SUPER cool, Emma! I love the map background and the element of rolled maps! That is so clever!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  10. Beautiful! Your paper and embellishments are spectacular for this journal

  11. Wow WowWow! Amazing piece! This journal is absolutely outstanding! Love love love every little detail! Barbara

  12. what a fabulous project Emma x Loving the details both inside and outside of your journal, especially love those new dies by TH

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  13. Wow, Emma, this is absolutely fantastic!! I LOVE those rolled up papers and all the dimension. And you even made pockets on the inside of the covers. What a great idea.

  14. WOW! Awesome travel journal, Emma! I always love how art can tell a story! Wonderful focal point with the rolled up papers, and love the mix of charms you dangled on the side. Happy Valentine's Day! Maura

  15. Wow, this is so pretty! I wish I was that traveler man :-) I love the use of map as a background and the stitching is so perfect and straight! What a precision! I adore the rolls made with map as well, such a cool effect! Hugs, Marzena

  16. GORGEOUS journal Emma! the cover with the rolled up maps is simply brilliant and I love all of the details, the ideology hanging on the clip is such a fabulous idea!! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  17. WOW Emma!
    totally cool journal! I love your design and placement of the elements. Totally awesome!
    Jackie ")

  18. Wow, wow, wow! I love so many things about this notebook! I love the structure and I really like all the different ways you built up texture on the cover. Those paper rolls look fantastic! You are always inspiring me with the details of your art. Thank you once again!

  19. One word initially sprung to mind when I saw this , Emma, though I did say it over and over - 'YES", 'YES', 'YES'!
    Love (understatement) everything about it - a real statement piece!
    More big hearts and smiles coming your way .- thank you .
    big hugs x

  20. wow you rocked this challenge Emma, love love love those rolled up papers,hugs kath xxx

  21. Love your gorgeous journal, Emma. The paper rolls and all the embellishments are so beautiful. Love the pretty stitching, too. :)

  22. wow..this looks so amazing...well done.
    :) Karen

  23. I know I'm late to comment, but just ran across this journal via Pinterest today and it is absolutely fabulous! Very very creative and well done! Thanks so much for sharing.

  24. I just love this journal! and I can truly appreciate all the work that went into creating such a masterpiece! Thank you for sharing how you did it!


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Emma ~xx

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