Friday, November 15, 2019

November Tutorial - DT Soulmate Journal by Tracey

Hello Creative Friends!  It's Tracey here today sharing my DT Soulmate Journal tutorial.  A simple concept that keeps my Paperbabe Design Team templates and techniques in one place and close to hand with the aid of Eileen Hulls Pocket Notebook Die. 

Here's those simple *How to do's* a tiny bit of measuring and lot's of pictures. 

Cutting four mountboard covers from Eileen Hulls Pocket Notebook scoreboard Die I first glued two pieces together at the spine expanding it's width to expose four holes to thread elastic anchors through later.

The remaining covers are folded at the first hole glued onto each edge and then folded at the third hole. The large cover is then folded in on itself. This creates the journal cover similar in design to a dust jacket *See pic below*.

Now to make use of past DT samples and cards that will later become pocket pages.

Cutting up sections of all shapes and sizes I played with the design gluing each piece to create a patchwork design onto two A4 pieces of card.

Four patchwork panels are cut to fit the outer surface of the pocket notebook.

With faux pen stitching and enamel accents traced around the patchwork design, black gesso and gilding wax hide those white areas and edges. With elastic threaded through the spine to anchor pockets and sari ribbon to keep it held tightly closed, the outside cover is now complete. 

Rice paper decorates the inside along with two measured pockets, cut and scored they are glued into place close to the centre spine edge. 

These pockets keep stamps, templates and work in progress contained.

Hinge clips are attached with a split pin, on each folding side. 

Here is the inside with hinge clips and pockets before the pocket pages are added.

Now onto those pocket pages, created by simply using A6 cards all held in place by those coloured elastic anchors. 
This card is cut at an angle creating a unique pocket design, with a large attached eyelet it's tied with metallic string and can be opened any time.

Next door lies a similar designed pocket but this one does not open.

Punched holes and blanket stitch holds this pocket page secure. With the top edge open it allows stamped words to be concealed for a quick reference when looking for a quote or sentiment.

Acetate attached on the reverse reveals my eye and skin tones swatches.

Folded paper scraps with punched holes are glued top and bottom of the pocket. 

Acting as an alternative way of holding my Paperbabe Stamped and coloured images.

There's plenty of room to hold past, present and favourite creations.

Folding the cover conceals the contents yet reveals the patchwork sections that each share a technique using Papebabe Stamps and Stencils.

Closing the notebook Sari ribbon holds it all together, keeping my Soulmate Journal and it's contents safe until we meet again.

Many thanks to Kim Costello @Paperbabe Stamps for 
Sponsoring Mini Album Makers November Challenge and a huge 
Thank you to you all for taking the time to pop on over, 
put up with my ramblings and take in the pictures.. 
Wishing you all much creativity, 
Hugs Tracey xx