Thursday, June 21, 2018

June Really is a Wrapped Journal Fest…

Hello! I'm back with another Wrapped Journal from Eileen Hull's newest Sizzix die collection Book Club Chapter 2 of which the Wrapped Journal is a cornerstone. Her Inspiration Team is sharing journal and other projects all month long so be sure to keep your eye on her blog. There is more inspiration there than you can shake a stick at!

This is another project I had made for the Creativations 2018 show and I'm happy that now I can share the tutorial and more photos with you.

In the course of his job, my husband runs across a lot of broken hard drives and other computer things so he'll save them from the trash heap and take them apart for me. I have a whole box of computer mother boards, RAM sticks and other do-hickies that looks so cool. I dove into that box for this journal.


In the back I made a tuck spot with one of the parts.

Now hang on for some how-to!

Step 1 – Preparing the base: first I glued on some Seth Apter die cuts to the journal blank and then base coated everything with metallic green paint and dry brushed chalk paint.

Next I used Prima Soft Matte Gel to glue on the various computer parts.

Note: I did not glue the RAM stick onto the spine at this point. I waited until
the end after I had strung the elastic cord through the spine holes for
the binding of the inserts.

After the gel was dry, I coated all the computer parts with clear gesso to help the subsequent layers of paint adhere well. When completely painted to my satisfaction, I covered the whole thing with DecoArt Media Ultra Matte Varnish to help seal it and protect the paint.

Step 2 – The covers of the inserts are made from old paper cross stitch mesh I found at an estate sale. It never hurts to think outside of the box about materials and use them for purposes they weren't intended for. ;-) The inside pages are cut from an old ledger pad and a technical book.

Pages/covers were cut 4.25 x 7 inches and the final signatures trimmed to
4.25 x 3.5 inches after assembly.

I used a simple saddle stitch to sew the signatures:

Step 3 – I used elastic for the binding so I could easily slip the signatures underneath the straps.

Oops, I forgot to take photos of this part! BUT, it's just like Step 3 of my game journal I just posted about last week. See it here.

I glued the RAM stick on the spine after stringing the elastic cording.

Thanks for stopping by!

I'm also entering this in the June Mini Album Makers Challenge:

Eileen Hull Sizzix -
Wrapped Journal
Mover & Shaper Book Binding

Broken Maze ( SSS )
Steering Wheel ( SSS )
Shield ( SSS )

Stampendous -  Andy Skinner Steampunk, ASCRS02
Stampers Anonymuos - Basic Backgrounds
Artistic Outpost - Typography

Distress Ink - Black Soot
Distress Oxide Ink - Frayed Burlap, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint
Archival Ink - Jet Black, Leaf Green, Fern Green, Tiger Lily
Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paint - Pumpkin Soup
Prima Clear Gesso
Prima Soft Matte Gel
Distress Collage Medium - Crazing

Perfect Pearls Mist - Green Patina, Kiwi
Eileen Hull Twist 'n Style Tool
black elastic cord
black rubber cord
Tim Holtz Hitch Fastener

DecoArt Media
Mister - Orange
Dazzling Metallics - Festive Green
Ultra Matte Varnish

Sizzix & Simon Says Stamp links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)


  1. I feel very privileged to have seen your beautiful journals in person at Creativation! This one is a genius idea, beautifully thought out and constructed - a brilliant piece of 'engineering'. I just love that fabulous tuck spot at the back!

    Thank you so much for joining in with us this month at Mini Album Makers! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. Absolutely beautiful - TFS your tutorial too!

  3. This is so cleverly designed! Your use of old computer parts is genius. Don't know how I missed this at Creativation but happy to see it here. Thanks for sharing your talents on the Mini Album Makers Challenge blog.

  4. It's amazingly beautiful! Great idea! An amazing embodiment!
    Thanks for joining the challenge at Mini Album Makers.

  5. Lisa, this is outrageously cool and creative, as are all of your awesome books. I love the color palette and the unique paper you covered the inserts with - how cool! The tag pocket and electrical details are fabulous. We are thrilled that you shared with us at Mini Album Makers and hope you'll find time to play again this month. Big hugs, Autumn


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