Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal

The challenge theme this month on the Eileen Hull Fanclub Facebook group is Fibres, Fabric and Felt.

I made this wrapped journal a while back so thought I’d share the details (you may have seen it on my Create & Craft shows on Monday).

To create the base for the journal, I used some green mountboard/matboard (I know it’s called mountboard here in the UK, but usually matboard in the States).

I’m in the UK, and I got a huge A2 sized sheet in a lovely green shade from Hobbycraft. I thought the green would look nice on the inside and contrast nicely with the grey.

Before adhering my felt to the mountboard I used my die as a rough guide. I placed it on the grey felt and drew around it with a marker pen, just so I had a rough idea of how much felt I would need. I also put little marks to indicate where the creases would be – I wanted my circles to go off the edge on each panel to give a kind of seamless look, but I obviously wanted the crease lines to not be right on the edge of a circle so I wouldn’t be left with a tiny sliver of felt that might come unstuck.

Next step was to die cut some circles from green felt. I used iron on adhesive to add these to the grey felt, then stitched them on both to add some nice detail, and to make sure they didn’t come unstuck over time.

I then added double sided adhesive sheet to the mountboard and attached the felt. (With hindsight, I should have added iron on adhesive to the back of the felt as I have since discovered this really helps stop the felt fraying). So if you fancy giving this a go, I’d advise adding iron on to the felt in addition to the adhesive sheet on the mountboard.

I then placed it face down on the die and cut to create my lovely journal.

Before adding the elastic cord for the notebooks, I used a hole punch to add a small hole in the spine so I could thread some cord through for a closure. I added a button on the inside so it would be secure, then tied some pretty felt balls to the end.

I used 1.5mm white elastic to thread through each of the spines, then cut down some cheap notebooks to fit (these were from Morrison’s supermarket – whenever I see cheap notebooks there reduced, I buy tons of them!). It’s easy to cut them to size with a good knife and a steel ruler.

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Author: Sharon Curtis

I've been papercrafting since 2002, and am a Freelance Creative Designer. I work for various craft companies, but the majority of my work is for Sizzix, and I will be sharing details of my TV shows on Create and Craft as well as (hopefully), helpful tutorials and step by steps. Thanks for joining me!

3 thoughts on “Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal”

  1. Sharon, thank you for sharing how you made this beautiful journal! I especially appreciated the tip about Iron on adhesive. I made a journal with fabric without it and the fabric frayed. I will give the iron on adhesive a try!

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