Each team member received a Stencil Girl stencil, Sizzix die cut and Craffiti Direct stamp designed by yours truly. The guidance was to use each of the products in the project. I can’t wait to see what everyone has created! There is also a prize for some lucky person who leaves us comments…
I love Stencil Girl products… and I had my project all planned out weeks ago UNTIL I received a package this week. I am happy and honored to announce that Stencil Girl will be one of the Paper Trail sponsors! I received a package of stencils I will be using for classes on the trip PLUS these fabulous camper stencils by Jamie Fingal that had just been released were included! Decisions, decisions!
It’s hard for me to resist a trailer! In just a couple of weeks, I will be heading out across the US, in my Serro Scotty vintage camper, travel teaching in independent craft stores, art centers and at events for the next two months on the Paper Trail. (I hope you will subscribe to my blog and follow the journey here!) So yes, I had to do a trailer project 🙂
- S252 Trailers by Jamie Fingal for Stencil Girl
- L309 Trailer and Banner by Jamie Fingal for Stencil Girl
- 659800 Sizzix Big Shot
- 658982 Album, Mini
- 656492 Little Sizzles, white
- Craffiti Direct Barnwood stamp
- ColorBox ™ Blends by Eileen Hull– Bay, Sunshine, Leaf, Melon, Nutmeg, Coconut
- ledger paper, Wendy Vecchi silver and white embossing paste, rubber bands, ThermoWeb Foam Squares
I decided to make a mileage log for the trip. Maybe having a cute book to record the numbers in will help me remember to do it! I used my Sizzix Mini- Album die for the base. It’s a really easy way to make a book. The die cuts the 5″ x 5″ matboard cover. The spine is adjustable to either 3/8″ or 1 1/8″, depending on where you fold the score lines in the binding.
You can also cut your pages using the die so they all come out even and perfect!
The pages I used were from a big pad of analysis paper I found for $1.50 at the thrift store. I folded it into strips 12″ w ide x 5″ tall. Then I folded the paper in half and placed the fold just shy of the first score line on the die. Then I ran it through the Big Shot. This will cut one signature of paper, but I usually cut three folded pieces of cardstock at a time. Just make sure the fold does not touch the score line, or it will cut through the paper. If you are using a 12″ x 12″ piece of scrapbook paper, fold it in half and in then into quarters. (If there is text involved in your pages you will have to think this through before you fold so you don’t have text running up and down instead 0f left to right.) Place the fold right before the score line and cut- you will have a double signature!
The cover of my album was decorated using a variety of techniques. First I stamped the Craffiti Barnwood stamp on the cover using my Coconut Blends applicator- (luckily it is pigment ink so you can emboss with it) and embossed it using white embossing powder. Then, I added Blends in Nutmeg on top of the white embossed resist, gently blending the color into the matboard by swirling ink in circles around the design area with the sponge applicator tip. Wipe off the brown ink sitting on top with a tissue and buff.
I took another scrap of matboard and cut it to 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, rounding the corners with a Corner Chomper. I shaded the square with Bay, Sunshine and Leaf Blends inks- for the sky, green for grass and yellow for the sun. To make the trailer, I traced a trailer with a permanent marker on a piece of Mylar and cut it out, then turned the Mylar over, placed the stencil on top and added white embossing paste. It looks like a shiny little Airstream! Wait for it to dry…
On the inside of the album. I stenciled the banners with different colors of Blends inks and using the applicator sponge, lifted the stencil and then added a little color to the inside of the banners. I placed the trailer stencil in a few places over the banners and added silver embossing paste.
In the meantime I got the signatures ready to install in the book. Once everything dried, I added the pages to the book along with a little banner that said road trip.
Now for the cool part- binding the album! There are a few ways you can do it. When I’m in a rush, or I want to be able to remove the pages, I use my rubber band binding system. Take a #16 rubber band and slide it along the fold in the book page signature, then slide it on to the binding of the book. That’s it! Repeat for all of the book signatures. You are able to take them out and change them as needed. You can also use twine, thin ribbon or yarn.
And, there’s your quick and easy album!
I love that Mylar because it is so reflective, but it’s very hard to photograph- trust me it looks like metal!
Many thanks to Amy Bowerman of Plucking Daisies, my amazing Design Team Coordinator, for all her hard work, countless emails and enthusiasm for making this hop happen!
Now make sure to go see what everyone else on our blog hop has created 🙂
Eileen Hull- you are here
Thanks so much for stopping by!