Monday, March 25, 2019

Happy Birthday to Topflight Stamps Blog Hop

It is Topflight Stamps 2nd birthday!  To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with up some of our favorite crafters to bring you a blog hop showcasing some of the fabulous products available from Topflight Stamps. Please hop along with us all and show all of the crafters some love!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes!  Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $50 Gift Certificate, and each stop on the hop has an additional $15 Gift Certificate up for grabs.  To be in with a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by April 8th. 
Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on April 9th.  Good Luck!
Here is my project I created for the hop. It's a mermaid traveler's journal! (Made with Eileen Hull's Journal Die from Sizzix.) Scroll way down past the supply list for the tutorial if you want to see how it all came together and what's inside. ;-)

front of journal

back of journal

Here's the hop list! Be sure to visit everyone in the line up for a chance to win the prizes.

You are here --> Lisa Hoel 




The discount will be 20% off all orders over $20 through the end of the month Sunday 31 March. Use the code SAVE20 when checking out.


Topflight Stamps Products:
Carabelle stamps - Mermaid With BubblesSketch A MermaidZinouk of the OceanCoral and Shells
Paper Artsy Stamp Set - ETS24 by Tracy Scott
Lavinia Stamps - Alana Mermaid, Sea Creatures, Seaweed 2
Paper Artsy Fresco Chalk Paint - Snowflake

Other:

Eileen Hull Sizzix Travel Journal Die ( Sizzix / SB )
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black, Library Green, Forget-me-not, Plum Hydrangea, Bright Tangelo
gesso
Sizzix Matboard
watercolors
elastic
eyelets
pre-made traveler's notebook insert


Scrapbook.com and Sizzix 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!)

Want to see more of my work? Follow me on Instagram @creativejuicefreshsqueezed.

TUTORIAL!!!!
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Step 1 - I cut the journal covers out of matboard and gave them a coat of gesso to add some texture. When dry, I stamped the main mermaid image and then added watercolors around it.


Step 2 - I unevenly applied white acrylic paint (Fresco Chalk Paint) over the water colored areas. I used a brush and my fingers. It knocks back the color and gives it an interesting smeared appearance.


I did the same thing on the inside of the covers using yellow and orange watercolors with the white paint over it.

The left side is just watercolored & the right side has the white paint applied.
Step 3 – I stamped the covers using archival inks. Once I was done stamping outside and inside, I cut off the center edges of the spine (to make a single signature journal) and then glued them together.


The front:


I used more watercolors to color the mermaid. I also covered a ready made insert with some patterned paper I had in my stash.

Step 4 - The binding is really easy. It's just a piece of elastic threaded through the holes in the spine and tied tight. The insert slips right underneath.







Step 5 – I added an elastic strap to help keep it closed. I just punched two holes in the corners of the back corner and added eyelets. The elastic then just wraps around the front cover and holds it nicely shut.





Thanks for stopping by!! Have fun hopping!!!

56 comments:

  1. Wonderful! I recognize so many of these under the sea stamps!
    ~Marilee

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  2. I love this journal. The stamps are wonderful and I love all that you did with your pages.

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  3. Cute! Love all your pages for a journal.

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  4. Such pretty journal pages. Wonderful colors and details!

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  5. OMG! This is gorgeous! Such beautiful coloring and design

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  6. How fun! thanks for sharing the process with us!

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  7. Lisa, that is fantastic art journal! Love your art.

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  8. How fun. Love the beautiful colors.

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  9. OMG your creation is fabulous and my wheels are spinning about trying my hand at making my own journal ~ thank you for the inspiration on both counts =)

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  10. This is so pretty! Thank you for the progressive pictures!

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  11. Oooh, wonderful! Such a great way to liven up a journal! Beautiful!

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  12. so fun. Love the colors and the mermaid.

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  13. Under the sea-worthy. Lovely journal.

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  14. Your little book is so cute and would make a great gift

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  15. What a fun project with adorable scene!

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  16. I love how pretty and colorful you made your journal. Great stamps.

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  17. Thank you - you just gave me the instructions to make a Christmas gift - stocking stuffer

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  18. Cute mermaid themed journal you have created!

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  19. Nice creation and sounds like you had lots of fun creating it (them).

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  20. Beautiful journal! Love the mermaid image!

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  21. What a great traveler's journal! LOVED your tutorial - thanks for the step by step!!! :)

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  22. This is really wonderful. Love all the colors and the mermaids.

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  23. Such a beautiful journal! Love the mermaids and the colors.
    Thanks so much for sharing...

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  24. Amazing. Love the colors, the techniques, the design--pretty much love it all. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  25. Beautiful journal! I love journals/notebooks I think that die would be a good investment for me.

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  26. Great project! Love all the colors!

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  28. What a cool project. The coloring is unique when using your finger. Nice effect. Love the mermaid. Mistake on first post so deleted.

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  29. Marisela Delgado said: Great card. mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  30. Beautiful mermaid mini TN. I love all things ocean and when you add it to a mini album even better!!

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  31. Wonderful! Happy anniversary Topflight! You’re my favorite source for crafty goodies!

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  32. How cool, a mermaid travel journal - love your tutorial, thanks for showing how to do this!!!

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  33. Love your fabulous mermaid travel journal!

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  34. Love the stamp sets you used. I'll be adding them to my wishlist.

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  35. Whoa, anything ocean themed gets my interest! Great idea for a travel journal!

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  36. Beautiful journal Lisa and I love all the gorgeous pages! Great job!

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  37. Such a beautiful traveler's journal!!

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  38. Beautiful journal! Love the design and skillful painting.

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  39. My best friend's daughter loves mermaids. This is great inspiration for her next gift from me. Carabelle stamps are awesome.

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  40. What a fun projects! I love all the colors you used for the silhouette background images; it makes the whole piece so lively. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  41. Such a beautiful journal! Thank you for sharing.

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