Saturday, September 23, 2017

Saturday Step by Step - A Romantic Journal

Hi everyone and welcome! Having been asked for some time the basics on how I put my Travelers Notebook size journals together I thought today would provide the perfect opportunity to share a complete tutorial. This latest journal was created for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'To Everything There Is A Season'. It was inspired by the Prima Marketing Inc 'Love Clippings' collection, and uses fall colours in a different way to share the fading beauty of the last roses of season.

A heads up at the outset, this tutorial is long so you get all the measurements and details, hints, tips and tricks to be able to replicate the cover and basic journal pages yourselves.

Let's begin with the cover; start by cutting two Journal cover pieces with the Eileen Hull Designs die and mat/mountboard. Use Paper Clay in the Prima IOD moulds to create plaque pieces and while still wet use a strong wet glue to attach them to the front journal cover. I tend to squash them together a little to compensate for some of the cracking that inevitably happens as they dry and shrink. This is fine! Perfection is over-rated ;)

(click on any of these images for a closer look)

Glue the two cover pieces together and when dry paint the whole journal with Dina Wakley's White Gesso.

Mix Dina Wakley Media paints - Rosy and White - together in equal measure and paint the whole journal.

When dry mix a little Umber paint with lots of water to create a dark wash and cover over the journal, dabbing away the excess with a dry paper towel. This creates shadows in the moulded pieces and a mottled look to the rest of the cover.

To add some warmth mix a little Cheddar and White paint together and brush unevenly over the whole cover.

Finally use the White Gesso again to dry brush over the edges and raised areas of the cover for a chalky finish.

At this point I added a strip of self-adhesive canvas to the inside of the spine to strengthen it even more. Then take pieces of 2mm wide elastic threading them around the inside of the journal before pulling through the precut holes into the centre of the cover.

Tie the ends of the elastic together to secure and trim. Repeat with two more pieces of elastic through the remaining holes. There are other ways of adding the elastic but I've found this method to be speedy, and it allows for A4 and 8.5x11 papers without the need for cutting.

Using one sheet of paper from the 'Love Clippings' A4 Collection Kit, trim in half and lengthwise to fit the inside of the covers.

Sew around the edges of the paper and glue into place on the insides of the journal. Use the cut off pieces to create pockets.

Now to create the inserts, including a twist in the tale and an idea for extending the value of your A4 Collection Kit; take whole sheets of uncut A4 paper and score/fold as shown - no cutting required! This should also work if you have a double-sided paper collection in US size 8.5x11 I believe.

The two pages above are great for using as the outer pages of each signature (group of pages). The ones below are a little narrower so are better for inclusion in the centres of each signature. There are lots of smaller ephemera pieces included in the pad which are ideal for cutting into corner pockets.

If you stick down the outer smaller folds at the top and bottom you can create full length tuck spots on this next sheet.

Waste not want not... use the strips at the top of each sheet of paper to create little banner pieces that can be used to decorate your pages/pockets! I've kept it really simple for this tutorial but it's at this stage you can go mad with all those trims, charms, stamping and ephemera to really make it personal.

OK, so at this point I had made enough for three signatures, six pages in each, all from the one A4 Collection Kit. Having put them together and popped them inside the journal cover I discovered that the signatures were too chunky to allow for the addition of photos/ephemera etc. which is kinda the point of making a journal!

So, I figured out a way to turn three signatures into six - enough to make two whole journals and all from just one A4 pad!!! Take regular copier papers (we get it in A4 size in Europe but you could use your 5.8x11 and trim a little off the top to fit too). Having made a mix of die inks in warm water (in a clean cat litter tray) add your paper, leave to soak for a while and when coloured to your liking hang each sheet over the washing line to dry.

Now this is my kind of housework! I used a mix of yellow and red Ken Oliver Color Bursts in my water but you could use any inks you fancy. I found I had enough liquid in this tray to transform 110 sheets of copier paper - that's enough for 11 journals!!!

So now I used three sheets of dyed copier paper in between three of the original double-sided Collection Kit sheets (six pages in all) to make three signatures/inserts. You can use exactly the same instructions for folding the copier paper as for the paper pad sheets, with the larger ones on the outside and smaller ones on the inside of each signature.

Sew each signature together, making a hole through the centre/middle of each sheet and further holes about 1.5 inches apart. You can add more or less holes with bigger/smaller spacings if you like.

I start threading waxed cotton through from the outside centre hole weaving in and out all the way to the bottom, back to the middle, up to the top and back to the centre again so the ends can be tied together on the outside of the signature and trimmed.

So here are the six finished inserts! All from one A4 Collection Kit remember with the addition of that copier paper. There are also enough smaller ephemera pieces to make the pockets and tags/mats to be included inside as well as a whole sheet of coordinating stickers. And remember, you can go to town by adding to these basic pages with all your trims, charms, stamping and ephemera to make them even more special/personal.

To finish the cover I added a length of sari silk through the centre hole in the journal spine for wrapping around the cover as a closure. Linda sells a whole heap of adorable charms in her store including cabochon ones into which you can pop off-cuts of paper from the pad to coordinate. I threaded some through the sari silk and knotted it to keep them in place.

There are sticker letters in this particular Collection Kit too so I used those for the wording on the front plaque, adding a little Glossy Accents over them to make them shine.

To finish the cover I added a heap of flowers; I've not done a tutorial for those too because a) this tutorial has already taken up half your day! ;) b) there are lots of fab tutorials already out there for flowers and c) you could always save yourself a whole heap of time by using the coordinating Prima flowers which Linda also stocks!

For those who are still keen to know, I used the Tim Holtz Small Tattered Florals die set to cut the flowers/leaves from white card that had already been unevenly coated with White Gesso. They were dyed unevenly with a paint brush and a number of Distress Stains, including Tarnished Brass for that slight shimmer. The little flowers are from Tim Holtz Bouquet Findings and are coloured with Scattered Straw Distress Stain.

At this point you will either be ready for a long lie down or eager to make your own journals! I hope it's more the latter, and that you'll see what great value you can get from just one A4 Collection Kit in conjunction with your Journal die. Bear in mind Linda currently has six different Prima A4 Collection Kits in stock as I write this (with four on sale prices!!!) and the brand new 'Zella Teal' collection is available to pre-order, so you are spoiled for choice at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I am going to do a video walk-through of this journal in the coming days for those who enjoy seeing them. Meantime a quick heads up that my talented team mate Kathy Clement has created a completely different journal using the Prima 'Amber Moon' Collection Kit - check it out HERE.

Have a great weekend whatever you're up to and get creative!
Jenny xxx

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

To Everything There Is a Season Challenge

Hello, Friends! Kathy here to announce the latest challenge here on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The theme for the challenge is "To Everything There Is a Season." Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. Brilliant leaves, fall flowers, crisp blue skies, and migrating geese fill the season with a sense of wonder and anticipation. You're invited to create a vintage or shabby chic project that captures the beauty of fall. You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to create it in the shabby chic or vintage style and be sure to use fall (not Halloween) images and colors.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique

The guidelines for entering are simple; create a new vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme, link it below to your post (not just your blog) and also include a link back to this challenge in your post. You can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning. If you are entering through a public forum (such as Instagram) you'll need to include the words Frilly and Funkie Challenge. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our Design Team can leave comments on your blogs. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past.

Now let's see the wonderful inspiration from our talented Funkie team:

Sara Emily - sarascloset

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot 

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons


Now let's kick off the challenge with beautiful inspiration from our talented Frilly team:

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

Autumn Clark - Sew, Paper, Paint

Are you ready to get your craft on? I hope that you'll join us and share your vintage or shabby chic fall (not Halloween) inspired project with us. You have until midnight on Tuesday, September 26th to link up your project below. We cant wait to see what you make! 

Happy Fall!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Challenge Winners - A Little Rusty

It is time to announce the winners of our A Little Rusty challenge. The entries were fabulous and required much deliberation by the Design Team.

Jane Royston was their choice for overall winner with this gorgeous mixed media hanging full of wonderful rust and patina. Congratulations to Jane on being our favourite and for winning the opportunity to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge. You will be contacted shortly with details about this opportunity.

The three winners of our Frilly and Funkie Top Pick badges are #5 Cathy Frailey, #6 &7 Nikki Acton and #11 Jane of Jane's Journal. Please email Linda at for the Top Pick badges so that you can display them proudly on your blog.

And finally congratulations to our randomly chosen lucky winner of a $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique - #10 Two Mad Dahlias (Jess Madaglia). Please email Linda at for the gift certificate details.

The Design Team thanks all of you who participated in this challenge and for sharing your wonderful creations. The current challenge, To Everything There is a Season, runs through Tuesday, September 26th so you have lots of time to participate and if you want more inspiration, the Funkie gals will be sharing their projects for this Wednesday, September 20th.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Focus - Wendy Vecchi Stamps & Stencils

Hi! Suzz here. It is Friday Focus today and we are featuring the fantastic Wendy Vecchi's stamps & stencils!

For the next two weeks, Wendy Vecchi stamps and stencils will be discounted an extra 15%* at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. To find the discounted products, simply click HERE. Don't forget to check out all the other great products in the store!

*Editor's Note:  Friday Focus extra 15% discount does not apply to pre-orders.  

I have a few different projects to share as I was playing around with various ideas all week long! First up is a tag that I created with a scrap piece of paper leftover from picking up some extra ink from my craft mat. I loved the mix of colors and used it for my tag and my flowers. This was a result of mixing up some of the new Distress Oxide inks.

I decided to mix it up with adding a touch of stamping in the background using Wendy's background stamp and one of her signature inks to add a faint layer of text.

I then used her stripes stencil and sponged on a hint of pink stripes. I followed that up with a bit of the circle stamp in violet.

I then stamped the flowers multiple times using the potting soil ink over the same inky scraps. I cut the flowers and layered them with purple centers and stems.

Something about those blue flowers just brings a happy smile to my face.

Next up was playing with the squares stencil and the silver embossing paste. I did this on a larger piece of cardstock. After the embossing paste dried I dripped and spritzed black and citron green sprays over the stenciled surface.

After I finished the background I thought it would be fun to cut it up and create three ATCs.  I was inspired to try a few different types including a Halloween inspired one.

On my third ATC, I stamped the sentiment on tissue paper and glued  it over the surface. I then stamped and cut out the little bouquet of flowers for my flowery accent. 

Finally I decided to emulate Wendy's lovely style and finished with a card.

I stamped the background using the leaf green ink. I then layered in the berries and the flower by stamping them and coloring them with watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. I stamped and cut another flower to pop up onto the card.  

I had fun using all my various Wendy stamps, stencils, embossing pastes, and inks!