Friday, August 22, 2014

StencilGirl and Eileen Hull Inspiration Team Blog Hop

Welcome to the last day of the week-long StencilGirl and Eileen Hull Blog Hop!

All this week members of both design teams have been sharing their creative projects 
using the wonderful products from the StencilGirl and Eileen Hull brand items.

Please click on ALL the blogs on the hop list at the end of this post
to see their inspiring projects and to leave comments for the grand prize drawing!
If you have been following all week, you are here at the last project.
But if you're starting here at the end, please go back and catch up on all the great fun earlier this week.
For my project, I made a cute little art journal with Eileen's fabulous
  Sizzix Mini Album die, a favorite of mine.

Click here to see the steps for constructing this quick and simple album, 
using wallpaper and baker's twine, made while I was enduring this last fast-paced month of construction in my new painting studio.

The journal pages in the mini album were cut from white Bristol paper 
with Eileen's album die to be the same size as the journal cover. 
On these pages, I used two StencilGirl stencils in layers:
the 6" square Leaves 6 Stencil and the larger Garden Swirl Stencil.


Happily, the 6" leaves stencil is just a little larger than the 5+1/2" die-cut page,
allowing the design to float gently off the edges.

Using a Copic marker (YG03), I filled in the leaves with quick strokes
to allow for some natural shading.
It's really easy to fit the Copic brush tip in the small areas of the stencil.

Then, keeping the stencil in place, I highlighted with more Copic markers 
(YG61, B00, and Y17) on the tips of the leaves.

Next, to add some depth to the overall leaf pattern, 
I laid the leafy areas of the Garden Swirl Stencil over top, 
outlining the stencil shapes with a Derwent Metallic colored pencil 
(Green 91- looks blue), then lightly coloring in where the stencil itself was solid.

Because this was to be a background for writing,
I faded the colored pencil more by slightly erasing it, leaving the faint metallic imprint.
I know, erasing is not much fun.  But if you listen to some blues guitar, you can better 
get in the rhythm of this little life challenge. :)

Now the pages were ready for doodling and writing encouraging reminders to myself as I slowly move into my new studio space.
I used a waterproof black pen to letter and the same Copics to fill in the doodled border.
You may have to enlarge the photos to better see the effect of the penciled stencil in the background.

To see another mini album made using Eileen's Craffiti barn wood and flower wreath stamps, which I sampled when they were first released, please click here.


Such a great prize package awaits one lucky commenter on this blog hop.
Leave a comment on this blog to be entered to win.
All comments left for the entire week August 18-22 on all blogs in the hop
will be eligible for the grand giveaway prize.
One comment per blog post.
Comments will close Sunday, August 24, at midnight Central Time.
Winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 26.

Today's Blog Hop Order

StencilGirl Talk (see days 1-5)
Pam Keravuori (you are here)


ros said...

love this book you have put all the elements together beautifully

Unknown said...

Beautiful book.Love how combined both the stencils and I love your calligraphy/doodling.

Mary C. Nasser said...

GORGEOUS mini albums!!
And such inspiring letttering!!

Ina Good said...

your mini book is fab love the bright colors the stencils make this lovely

Amy* said...

Magnificent Pam! I adore this mini album inside and out!

Janet Joehlin said...

Beautiful Pam! This is gorgeous. Your other book with the barn siding stamp is pretty wonderful too! You have amazing talent!!!!

Shari Czerwinski said...

Wow! This is stunning! Love the colors and sentiment!

Anonymous said...

I love the vine stencil. The colors on the album are so bright and the shading really adds to it.
thanks for sharing a great idea.

Unknown said...

Wow! This is so beautiful! I LOVE your writing. I just started a gardening journal and you gave me lots of ideas as to how to use my stencils. Thanks!

Unknown said...

Love this mini album!

Candy said...

I love the composition and the shading. Very inspiring! Thank you!

smokeysmom said...

Oh, they saved the best for last! I love making mini albums and your's is terrific. I love how you shaded the leaves...the colors are great, especially for journaling. Thanks so much for playing along in the blog hop and for sharing how you made this terrific mini album:)

Ain't No Ninny said...

I am really obsessing on mini-albums lately and yours is so garden-pretty! I love that you combined stencils and doodling in yours. Thanks for sharing!
deardeniseh (at) yahoo (dot com)

Cecilia said...

What a lovely journal, and what delightful calligraphy! I would love to be able to write that way!

Gwen Lafleur said...

What a beautiful album! And I love your lettering... such a great idea to put together something to keep quotes and sentiments.

Jackie PN said...

Love love love! How you colored those stencil leaves in!! What a treasure!! Thanks for sharing! ")

Noreen said...

An album is a great opportunity to use several stencils, stamps, and more. Love how it all came together.

Bea said...

The use of copics and pencils instead of my usual use of paint with stencils is a fab alternative...bea

Jo Murray said...

WOW! That album is so made some superb choices. Love the colours, and that leaf stencil !...well, I'll just have to get one.

Katia said...

amazing mini album, is fabulous, i love the page that you create!!

Unknown said...

I really like the way your cover turned out. The vine stencil was spot on!

Heather said...

your writing style is awesome, stunning project!! love!

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Dee Spillane said...

One of the really fun thing about hops is being introduced to artists we are not familiar with. O sure love this little book. And the other example too. Haven't used my sizzex much but I need these dies and to start using them!

dyeandpigment said...

Love your journal! How fun. You must have had a blast making it.

Unknown said...

Great mini album. The shading on the leaves is fabulous. Love the colored pencil and stencil technique. Erasing it so it fades it into the background is very is listening to the blues.

nancy carroll said...

Stunning, love all the inspiration.

Denise Bryant said...

Awesome mini album! LOVE what you did with the stencil... great colors!

Teah said...

Love it Pam! You make everything look so easy. Glad to see you back creating :)

eileen hull said...

Pam I love this album and the new pages that you added! The way you used the stencils was great and it is going to be great to add on more as the studio is filled with all your fun stuff! Thanks so much for hopping with us!

Create Beauty with Laurajo said...

Oh my, what a gorgeous mini garden album. Love your stencil coloring on those leaves and your fabulous handwriting! Thank you for sharing such wonderful tips on your techniques! Great Blog Hop!

Cath Sheard said...

What a lovely project. Thanks for the inspiration - I am beginning to realise how much more I can do with my copics.
cathsheard at xtra dot co dot nz

Martice Smith said...

Wow! You have such beautifully elegant calligraphy/doodling! Such an inspiration visiting your blog today. Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

Chesley said...

I love the journal and your lettering is beautiful! Thanks you for the tutorial and the inspiration!

eileen hull said...

Pam you have such a gift- thanks for sharing your beautiful lettering with us on the hop! Can't wait to see what starts flowing out of you once you are situated in your amazing studio. Enjoy it all!

Liz said...

Ooooo, that mini-book die is a must-have! Thanks for sharing this project.

Gill said...

I love your book - my favourite project today!!

Unknown said...

Love you mini album, especially the cover!

puffinliz at


great project...your lettering is beautiful

Debbie K. said...

What a lovely album, Pam. The stencils are PERFECT for this project. Thanks for the inspiration.

Marci said...

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Marci said...

Great ideas on the stenciling and lettering! uoldhag49(at)yahoo(dot)com

Meme said...

The mini albums are gorgeous! Love the inside lettering!
Fabulous job!