Sunday, October 20, 2019

Spooky Halloween Pocket Notebook Journal

Happy Monday y'all! Cool stamps from Topflight Stamps and Eileen Hull's new Pocket Notebook Die are a match made in heaven! Perfectly spooky, this journal is full of the Halloween vibe:

You know me; I can't resist adding charms to my journals.

I love the owl stamp!

The Pocket Notebook can be made in variable spine widths. For this one, I made it so it could hold five signatures:

Tutorial time!!

Step 1 – I created some Gel Press monprints to adhere to Matboard substrate that I cut the journal out of. I used lighter paint tones for the outside cover sheets and more warm fall colors for the inside sheets. After using Eileen Hull Easy Cut Adhesive to attach the prints to the matboard, I die cut the Notebook cover pieces out. I also die cut my front "frame" piece and painted it with the Fresco Chalk paints so it would look rusty.

I also added some of Seth Apter's Chunky Rust Embossing Powder for even more texture.

Step 2 – I stamped on the covers and embossed the leaves with detail black embossing powder. I used   watered down DecoArt Media Liquid Acrylics to paint inside the embossed images with vivid fall colors. The owl image I watercolored and then glued into its "frame".

Step 3 – I assembled the cover and glued on the rusty frame pieces.

Step 4 – I used black elastic cording to lace up the binding for the signatures. I need to play around with this and come up with a better lacing pattern for a five signature configuration. I don't like how there are two empty spaces on the outside of the spine.

Step 5 – The signatures are simple. I used pattered paper from my stash for the signature covers and a brown recycled stock for the inside pages. Using the elastic for binding makes it really easy to insert the signatures. After I stitched each little signature booklet, I just had to slip it under one of the elastic bands in the spine of the journal.

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I am entering this journal in the It's Halloween! Challenge over at the Funkie Junkie Blog as well as the Mini Album Makers October Challenge.

Supplies used!

Topflight Stamps Products:
IndigoBlu stamp set - Autumn Nights
Crafty Individuals stamp set - The Crow Plate
Visible Image - Scripted Streets
Seth Apter Baked Texture Embossing Powder - Chunky Rust
PaperArtsy Fresco Paint - Mahogany, Chalk, Smoked Paprika
Gel Press Plate

Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook ( Sizzix / SB )
Tim Holtz Voltage Sizzix / SB )
Tim Holtz Postage Stamp Frame - retired


Sizzix Sizzles Matboard
Eileen Hull Easy Cut Adhesive
owl charm
DecoArt Media Liquid Acrylics - Diarylide Yellow, Cadmium Red Hue, Cadmium Orange Hue, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Burnt Sienna
Tim Holtz Halloween Clippings stickers
Detail Black embossing powder

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 12% off your order.


  1. Lisa, I always adore your creations; you put your heart and soul into them! And this is no exception! What a beautiful journal from cover to cover and every page in between! I love that handsome owl and those colorful painted leaves--stunning!Thank you for sharing this gorgeous project in our 'It's Halloween' challenge on the Funkie Junkie Blog. Hugs!

  2. Totally love this!!! That owl is one of my favs.. Really like that you are doing step out photos. It makes the tutorial so much better. I know it takes more time but it is so nice to see!!

  3. Lisa, your journals are always such a treat to see. I love the autumnal colours and the wonderful images on the cover (especially those tip-toeing mice on the back. You have me wondering now about stringing for five signatures now. Love this journal!

    Thanks so much too, for joining in with us as Mini Album Makers this month, always a pleasure to see you there. Anne xxx

  4. I thought you had used DP on your wonderful covers Lisa - how creative that it's stamped and colored! love those leaves, the marching mice and cob webs- lovely framing of your stately owl and pretty pages inside! xx

  5. Fabulous journal. Love your inside pages as much as your cover with all those great stamped images. Thanks for joining us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.

  6. Lisa I loved seeing how this wonderful Notebook came together. Love your stamped cover and the fabulous coordinated signatures inside. Thank you for joining us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog x

  7. I love this book so much! I really wanted to create an October Daily journal but I ran out of time. I will just enjoy yous instead : )
    Thanks for joining us for our challenge at the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. Hugs from Ginny at Polly's Paper Studio!


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