Monday, September 30, 2019

Fall Garden Journal with Eileen Hull

Hello there! Happy fall everyone! One of the fall garden tasks that I have is to save seeds from my annuals as they are finishing up blooming for the summer. I thought making a cute journal for keeping those seeds in (and any garden notes!) would be fun. I also managed to use a ton of Eileen's dies and other products in the creation of it! =)

Cover close up!

I put lots of pockets and little tuck spots inside!

The Notebook is permanently glued into the main journal.

And now for a little how-to:

First, the flowers are all created using Eileen's Molten Dimensions embossing powders and an easy embossing technique that makes use of a tool that might just be gathering dust in the back of your craft closet. Check that out here on this past blog post.

Next, I used her Blends 2 Inks to 'marble' the insides of the main journal cover. I wanted to use orange as one of the colors but there isn't a specific orange ink color. No problem! You can mix whatever color you want from the existing inks!

I spread that ink around on my craft mat and added some dots of yellow, then spritzed it with a little water. Then I smooshed one side of the matboard pieces into the ink.

Cool beans!

Assembling the journal:

I laid out all my parts:

I decided I wanted to try to make a case bound mini notebook that fit inside the big journal. I followed this excellent video tutorial by Sea Lemon. So watch that first (and save it!) Below are some step photos from the process but they won't make as much sense if you don't know how to do the case  binding.

Here are the pages all sewn together. I cut the pages using the Passport Book Die. They fit well into the Notebook Die cover!

My solution for a book press (lol) during the gluing step.

The end papers cut and ready to glue onto the page block.

Ready to glue into the cover.

Also, here is a close up of the little label cards that fit into the Giftcard Folder element up above the inner notebook.

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Eileen Hull Sizzix
Journal ( Sizzix / SB )
Notebook ( Sizzix / SB )
Gift Card Folder & Label #2 ( Sizzix / SB )
Book & Pages, Trinket Box & Frame Sizzix / SB )
Journaling Cards - Flowers & Leaves ( Sizzix / SB )
Passport Book ( Sizzix / SB )
Flower, Heart & Soul - retired
Starlight Embossing Folder - retired
Phrases, Bloom & Plant Markers, 658445retired 

Eileen Hull Embossing Powder by Emerald Creek - Golden Rod
Eileen Hull Embossing Powder by Emerald Creek - Aqua Splash
Eileen Hull Embossing Powder by Emerald Creek - Glistening Glass
Eileen Hull Clearsnap Blends Ink - Clear
Eileen Hull Clearsnap Blends 2 Ink - Stop, Sunshine, Coconut, Leaf, Golden
Eileen Hull Easy Cut Adhesive
Rinea Foiled Paper - brown
Rinea Ghost Ink
Sizzix Sizzles Matboard
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Tim Holtz Mini Paper Clips
Paper Artsy stamp set - ETS24
Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Entomology + matching die set
Ranger Melting Pot - retired
Potting Soil Archival Ink

Some 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!) If you shop at Topflight Stamps, use my coupon code LISAHOEL for 10% off your order.


  1. Retro 60's funky meets organic gardening! COOLEST journal ever, and functional fun and artsy! LOVE the whole design!

  2. I love this Journal! The inside is so creative. Thanks for the steps to make this and list of products used!!

  3. You are amazing! SO many great paper crafting techniques...and you are also an awesome gardener! Great tutorial!


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