Tuesday 9 February 2021

2021 Topic 2 A Pocketful of Journaling Resources with ESN {by Jenny Marples}

 2021 Topic 2: A Pocketful of Journaling Resources ESN {by Jenny Marples}

Taking inspiration from a variety of places, Jenny has created a beautiful journaling folio using clever ideas for adapting dies plus some interesting shaped pages. With pockets galore, this is a serene project perfect for recording plans and thoughts.
~ Keren.

Hi everyone, it's Jenny Marples (Pushing The Right Buttonshere. I'd like to share with you a little folio I've created to hold lots of the bits and pieces you might need when working in a planner or journal. As you might expect, that involves a few pockets!

When Sara Naumann talked about her new stamp and stencil releases in her recent FB live video in the PaperArtsy People FB group I was inspired by her suggestion that they could be used by planners and everyone who enjoys journaling. Rather than just make a few journal pages (and bearing in mind the current theme is pockets) it got me thinking about making pockets to hold those bits of ephemera, tags, washi tapes and other things that planners and journalers often use. Whilst making this folio I decided to combine Sara's new releases with some of her older stamp sets since they work so well together. Here's what the cover of the folio looks like (front and back, secured by a sari silk ribbon);

This all started with a masterboard created on an A2 piece of cartridge paper - I loved the colours chosen by Autumn Clark for her recent blog post and decided to follow a similar theme of yellows, creams and greens. As well as applying broad brush strokes in Winter Green, Haystack and Toffee I used a brayer to apply Heavy Cream and Cloud 9, stamping some of the ephemera images from Sara Naumann's stamp sets ESN36, ESN37, ESN38 and ESN42 in between the layers.

I used Eileen Hull's new 'Folio Journal' die as the basis for my folio, splitting each of the folding sections with a knife and adding book binding Architape with Hinge Spacer tools from Coolkatzcraft Ltd to introduce extra flexibility into each join. 

The entire hinged folio cover had cotton calico applied over the top. This was then painted with a slightly dilute layer of Toad Hall paint which, when dry, was sanded to add some age and softness to the finish.

On the inside of the cover I applied some gauze and painted the edges (the bits that would be visible) with Honey Dew.

Next it was time to start chopping up that masterboard and adding sections to the outside of the cover.

Turning attention to the inside covers it was time to start constructing various pockets to hold the bits and pieces needed by journalers. I used more dies for this bit including the Walrus Whiskers Die Set, a Folio Envelope Die Set and a Clever Strip Die to create the expanding sides to some of the pockets.

Some of the pockets were given an uneven coat of Toad Hall whilst the envelope was painted in Cloud 9. Many of them had pieces of the masterboard added on top. More of the masterboard was added to the inside cover.

With the basic folio constructed I needed to add a pop of extra colour; for this I turned to Infusions, dying one ply layers of tissue with Raspberry and Olive Tree, and some teabag paper with a mix of Rusty Car and Golden Sands.

To add to the decoration of each pockets and the front of the cover I stamped images from the new ESN47 set together with some from sets ESN36, ESN37 and ESN38 with Peat Moss Archival Ink before applying torn strips of the tissue and teabag paper over the top. 

Almost finished! I stamped various words and images from one of Sara's new sets ESN49 onto the pockets and covers using black archival ink and with Little Black Dress through one of her new stencils PS220.

Finally lines of white dots were created by tapping Snowflake through one of Sara's new stencils PS219.

Here is more of the finished folio starting with the front inside cover which, when folded back, reveals the first of the pockets containing a couple of die cut stencils and the folio envelope for notes and scraps;

There is an expanding pocket for ephemera on the first of the foldout sections and on the inside of the spine a space to hold a pencil (or pen) and a paintbrush.

The folio is deep enough to hold a hand bound notebook decorated to coordinate. It is secured in place by a band attached to the inside of the cover.

On one side of the final page are more pockets containing tags that can be used as bookmarks and a washi tape holder whilst the other side has been decorated and stencilled to coordinate.

Sara Naumann's new stamps and stencils are perfect for making your own bespoke journals, planners and folios as well as for using inside them and they can now be found at your local PaperArtsy stockists.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Ellie Knol said...

LOVE it Jenny.. it's gorgeous...

Miriam said...

Wonderful.project Jenny

PaperArtsy said...

Wow. I LOVE this so much. What a beautiful creation.

Helen said...

This is stunning!!

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Words and Pictures said...

Love the soft brayered textures and great use of Sara's fabulous word stamps and stencils.
Alison x

Skylark said...

Gorgeous project Jenny! You have such a way with a soft colour palette, beautiful ~ Stef

Scrapintheattic.com said...

Love all the details x

LJMILLER said...

Wonderful creative process.....

Jennie Atkinson said...

Wow !!! I am blown away by this Jenny, so many wonderful ways of getting the paint onto all those substrates and the wonderful ideas for pockets. Stunning !!!! Jennie x