Saturday, April 4, 2020

Saturday Showcase - Eileen Hull Designs Tiny Book featuring Tim Holtz Field Notes

Hi everyone and welcome to another Saturday Showcase, the Design Team's chance to share tutorials and products available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique with you. With the release of Sizzix Chapter 2 at the beginning of this month I've chosen to share a project created using the 'Tiny Book' Sizzix Scoreboards Die from Eileen Hull Designs.

This particular little book measures just 2 1/2" x 3" (it's slightly wider because of the construction method I used in this case. Here's how it came together;

I started with a piece of card coloured with a 'pull' from a Gel Plate and a cut of the basic Tiny Book made using matboard (mount board).

The print was created using layers of Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint in Sterling, Gilt, Rosy, Elephant and Cheddar. I cut apart the die cut book, putting the spine to one side and covering the two cover pieces with some canvas. This was painted using the same paints to match the card. As an alternative to pulling a Gel Plate print you could always use some card from the Tim Holtz 'Abandoned' Paper Stash pack.

I used some of the Tim Holtz Fabric Tape to reattach the spine to the two painted covers, leaving a 1/4" gap between each side of the spine and the covers. It's important to wrap the tape from the front round to the back to stick on both sides and burnish between the spine and covers to make the spine more flexible.

To secure the pages inside the book I took 1" strips of card, folded them in half and glued them together at the top as shown above. In total I stuck seven strips together.

Next I cut twelve pages from the printed card each measuring 2 1/4" x 3" and stuck them onto each side of the central strips back to back in order to create double-sided pages. The two pages cut for the end strips measured 2 1/2" x 3" and after attaching them to the spine piece I glued each one onto the covers to hold the pages firmly inside the book.

The way the pages have been added to the spine allow them to lay flat so you can decorate them more easily. Below you'll see how I used more painted card to create the die cut and hand cut shapes on the pages. The colours were chosen to match those featured on the Fabric Tape. I've shown a purple one but ended up not using that one this time. Dig out some of those old dies to cut shapes like stamps, tickets, labels etc.

I cut tab shapes for each page from some of the turquoise coloured card using the Journal Die, securing them in place after edging each one with black permanent ink. I edged the pages and cover in the same way.

The stamps from the Tim Holtz 'Field Notes' set were used to create images on old blank book paper. If you don't have any you can use 'Old Paper' Distress Ink to get a similar look on white paper. After stamping the images they were fussy cut and edged with more black ink. I also stamped images from the same set on the pages and die cut pieces.

Now to show you how the decorated pages look. You'll see how I combined those coloured die cuts and stamped images with stamping directly onto the pages, some coordinating Design Tape from the Tim Holtz 'Journey' set, 'Ticket Book' Tickets and words from the Clippings Sticker Book. It's fun to create mini stories or commentaries with the phrases included. Click on each of the photos for a closer look;

Thanks for visiting to catch today's Saturday Showcase tutorial - I hope you've found it helpful. There's still time to enter the current Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge 'April Showers Bring May Flowers' to be in with the chance of being a Guest Designer here. We look forward to seeing your amazing floral creations.


Products used to create this Field Notes Tiny Book are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.

Sizzix Scoreboards Die by Eileen Hull Designs - Tiny Book
Sizzix Scoreboards Die by Eileen Hull Designs - Journal
Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Field Notes
Tim Holtz Ideaology Paper Stash - Abandoned
Tim Holtz Ideaology Fabric Tape
Tim Holtz Ideaology Design Tape - Journey
Tim Holtz Ideaology Ticket Book
Tim Holtz Ideaology Clippings Sticker Book
Tim Holtz Distress Paints
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints


  1. Jenny I adore this! Tiny Book with tiny pages full of vintagey goodness, YES! Beautiful tiny book and love the tutorial of how to put it together.

  2. This really is a fabulous little booklet! I love your pages filled with vintage details. Thank you for your wonderful tutorial as well as the inspiration!

  3. Magnificent tiny creation, Jenny!❤️ Your makes are always so detailed and inspiring! Thanks!