Thursday, May 14, 2020

Eileen Hull Tiny Book and Box Tutorial by Jennie Atkinson

Hello and welcome. Jennie here with you for the tutorial this month where I will share how I made this Tiny Book and Box using Eileen Hull's dies, tissue paper and mixed media products.

I have used crackle medium over printed tissue paper and used simple embellishments in the form of painted metal.

The matching book sits neatly in the box ....

...... again with simple decoration in order not to hide those wonderful papers!

So here is how it came together:

I used Gel Medium to glue the Tim Holtz Idealogy Floral Collage Paper to the board. As I wanted the later crackle product to show I have chose the darkest of the florals. I also added a top coat of the gel medium.

I left everything to dry overnight as it was quite heavy with medium. I was then able to die cut both the box and the book with the tissue adhered.

I then added DecoArt Crackle Glaze over the collage paper, this doesn't sink in to the board as it has been secured with the top coat of gel medium. It is worth leaving this to dry by itself rather than blasting with a heat gun - the crackle seems to develop better when left to dry itself.

Again once it had dried fully I enhanced the crackle with DecoArt White Antiqueing Cream.

You can see the effect that this has! The top book has had the crackle enhanced with the antiqueing cream whereas the box below still awaits the process. The colours are quite different!

I then made up the box easing the creases carefully as they do have some medium in them. I added a magnet in the inside of the box and added a metal floral embellishment to the front flap. A second magnet is not needed as the metal "clicks" to the magnet! I painted the metal embellishment with white acrylic chalk paint (PaperArtsy Fresco Snowflake) to blend in with the lightness of the tissue paper.

I made an accordion folded book for the inside of my book covers. I cut two strips of cream card to measure 10 1/4" x 2 7/8" and scored at 2 1/4", 4 1/2", 6 3/4" and 9". The strips were joined together, folded and the front and back pages glued to the covers.

I had enough of the board to cut this small oval disc (included with the die) which I used on the front of the book to capture the ribbon.

The collage papers worked really well being cut with the board after being glued down. You could also do something similar with stamped tissue or rice papers and leave out the crackle technique.

I hope you find the tutorial helpful.
Stay safe and well.
Jennie x

Friday, May 1, 2020

May Mini Album Tutorials and Challenge

Thanks so much our dear readers for joining us this May Day for another inspiring challenge.  We loved every single entry in our March/April challenge.  Make sure to pay those folks a visit.  This month we have a new challenge and an amazing sponsor, Eileen Hull.  Eileen is a designer for Sizzix and creates wonderful dies to be used to make mini albums and all sorts of crafts.  Eileen has just released her Tiny Book die and some of our teammates are showcasing it  below.  Eileen is generously giving one lucky winner in this month's challenge a $35 gift certificate to her Etsy shop!  WOW!  So come on and get those books made ladies!

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Now, for the results from our previous challenge.  Our winner is...  Silvia from Mi Mundo Scrap!  Congrats Silvia!  Please email Autumn at to discuss joining us as guest designer.  Look at Silvia's exquisite tag book!  Make sure to visit her blog for the rest of the book.

And from our design team...


As a lover of tiny books and boxes the new dies from Eileen Hull are just perfect for me! I have used some small pieces leftover from a favourite paper pad to make this nature themed book and box. Do join me for more details over on my blog and again later in the month when I will be sharing a tutorial for more ways to use these wonderful dies.


I seem to be addicted to trifold folio/ album. For this month's inspiration also I am sharing a trifold album with pockets and flaps for adding journaling and adding photos. Visit my blog for more details about the album.

Hi friends!  I had a firm intention to make an album this month ... But I again made a notebook ... And again I recorded a video tutorial for you. On my blog you will find it.


It was so exciting to get to make a book with one of Eileen's newest dies!  I created a mixed media wee journal with the Tiny Book die.  More details can be found on my blog, SewPaperPaint.  


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