Friday, September 13, 2013

Got some ink on my fingers.........

..... trying a new technique! The technique is called "Faux Leather" and I had come across it on Shelly Hickox's blog while rummaging around the 'net last week. Now I had always REALLY wanted Tim's globe die, so this was the perfect opportunity to pick it up (as in buy) and use it!!!

I was amazed at how a simple, plain old brown paper bag could turn into something that looks like leather!! It was fun to follow Shelly's tutorial and get extremely inky, as when you adhere the inked up paper to make the cover, you really have to use your fingers to work the Glue and Seal (or Multi Medium) into the cracks. Fun!
I forgot (despite having a tutorial to follow, lol) to adhere the ring binder to the book before I added the inked paper. (This would then cover up the brads you use to attach it) So I instead had to fashion a book of pages of sorts. I came up with my sheet size and then by scoring the pages and glueing them together, I got ten pages.

I left some pages blank to add pictures and journaling to, then there are other that have pockets of all shapes and sizes to add keepsakes and ephemera to. A lovely little travel journal!!! And a new technique - Faux Leather - to add to my arsenal.
My friend Kay posted a challenge she entered, by Stampotique, entitled "Try a new technique." So I will enter this in their challenge no. 116. How coincidental is that?


  1. Fancy meeting you here, Suzan! I am so pleased you took up this great challenge. You and Tim Holtz make a good couple, and I love your book! No one would ever have known there was an "oops" in there! ;-)

  2. I LOVE this, Suzan!! So happy you found my tutorial and tried it out for yourself. You definitely do get messy hands - but that's half the fun, right? ;)

  3. This is fab Suzan, I love your faux leather. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stampotique Designers Challenge. Sue xx

  4. Wonderful little journal! I checked out Shelly's tutorial and thought the same thing - great excuse to get that die! :) Have not picked it up yet but it is on my list. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comment. Cathy