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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, a cute little art journal was made with Eileen’s
  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.
Then, keeping the stencil in place, I highlighted with more Copic markers 
(YG61, B00, and Y17) on the tips of the leaves.
It’s really easy to fit the Copic brush tip in the small areas of the stencil.
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.
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.

GIVEAWAY

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)
42 comments
  • rosAugust 22, 2014 - 2:35 am

    love this book you have put all the elements together beautifullyReplyCancel

  • Pallavi IyerAugust 22, 2014 - 5:17 am

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

  • Mary C. NasserAugust 22, 2014 - 5:43 am

    GORGEOUS mini albums!!
    And such inspiring letttering!!
    LOVe!ReplyCancel

  • Ina GoodAugust 22, 2014 - 7:35 am

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

  • Amy*August 22, 2014 - 7:54 am

    Magnificent Pam! I adore this mini album inside and out!
    Amy*ReplyCancel

  • Janet JoehlinAugust 22, 2014 - 9:11 am

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

  • Shari CzerwinskiAugust 22, 2014 - 9:32 am

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

  • marylouhAugust 22, 2014 - 9:36 am

    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.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy AdamsAugust 22, 2014 - 10:29 am

    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!ReplyCancel

  • Tasha FreemanAugust 22, 2014 - 10:44 am

    Love this mini album!ReplyCancel

  • Candy BAugust 22, 2014 - 11:21 am

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

  • smokeysmomAugust 22, 2014 - 11:46 am

    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:)ReplyCancel

  • Ain't No NinnyAugust 22, 2014 - 12:26 pm

    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)ReplyCancel

  • CeciliaAugust 22, 2014 - 12:51 pm

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

  • Gwen LafleurAugust 22, 2014 - 1:18 pm

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

  • JackieP NealAugust 22, 2014 - 1:18 pm

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

  • NoreenAugust 22, 2014 - 1:34 pm

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

  • BeaAugust 22, 2014 - 2:02 pm

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

  • Jo MurrayAugust 22, 2014 - 2:59 pm

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

  • Amante del PapelAugust 22, 2014 - 3:13 pm

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

  • Denise SmartAugust 22, 2014 - 4:01 pm

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

  • Heather ThompsonAugust 22, 2014 - 4:05 pm

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

    heifer21 (at) hotmail (dot) comReplyCancel

  • Denise SpillaneAugust 22, 2014 - 5:33 pm

    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!ReplyCancel

  • Linda KnoxAugust 22, 2014 - 6:07 pm

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

  • Cheryl DonohewAugust 22, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    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 cool…as is listening to the blues.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy CarrollAugust 22, 2014 - 9:32 pm

    Stunning, love all the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Denise BryantAugust 22, 2014 - 10:31 pm

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

  • TeahAugust 22, 2014 - 11:42 pm

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

  • Eileen HullAugust 22, 2014 - 11:47 pm

    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!

    ReplyCancel

  • Laura StrackAugust 23, 2014 - 1:55 am

    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!ReplyCancel

  • Cath SheardAugust 23, 2014 - 2:11 am

    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 nzReplyCancel

  • Martice Smith IIAugust 23, 2014 - 2:27 am

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

  • Sue ChesleyAugust 23, 2014 - 4:30 am

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

  • Eileen HullAugust 23, 2014 - 8:31 am

    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!ReplyCancel

  • LizAugust 23, 2014 - 2:04 pm

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

  • GillAugust 23, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    I love your book – my favourite project today!!ReplyCancel

  • Liz LumsdenAugust 23, 2014 - 3:49 pm

    Love you mini album, especially the cover!

    puffinliz at yahoo.comReplyCancel

  • NANCY LEFKOAugust 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm

    great project…your lettering is beautifulReplyCancel

  • Debbie K.August 23, 2014 - 6:23 pm

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

  • CharlotteAugust 23, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    Awesome!!!ReplyCancel

  • MarciAugust 24, 2014 - 9:48 am

    Great design and stenciling! uoldhag49 (at) yahoo (dot) comReplyCancel

  • MarciAugust 24, 2014 - 9:57 am

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

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