Create an A2 card out of white cardstock. Add a die cut white panel to card front with sticky squares. Next adhere a rectangle of patterned paper (I used my Cameo to cut mine out). Stick the eyeConnect Crafts totem crab down with foam squares so it rises above the page but can still move its arms and legs. Add detail to the eyeConnect Crafts totem crab with a gold gel pen. Let dry. This is very important, as you don’t want it to smudge. I let mine dry for a few hours. Lastly, using a letter stamp set ink out the words “Sorry… I was crabby.” and glue them to the card front.
Paint the totem whale grey and water spout white. Let dry. Add glitter to the whale and spout. Let dry. Glue the whale together. Since I wanted it to stay in one place there is no need to use brads to connect the pieces. Add a googlie eye.
Cut out a piece of cardstock slightly smaller then the A2 card front and colour a wave pattern of your own design.
Stick the wave drawing to the card front with photo squares at an angle. Adhere the whale to the card front with foam squares.
Add a sentiment and three gems! Send to a good buddy!
Making an Easy Journal Cover for your Planner from Cardboard
Hi, Erin (owner and designer of EyeConnect 🙂 here today I have two journal ideas to share with you!
The first is a tunnel book and art / nature journal I’m working on. I posted this one in Jane Davenport’s mixed media FB ground and had a ton of requests for more details. So, I thought I’d share some pictures of it here.
It’s made of 6 pieces of chipboard with decreasing sized holes in it. Each page represents one of the level of the ocean’s biome levels and features one or more of the Aquadic Collection Totem Poppet animals.
(To see more of my in process photos, videos and sneak peek shots follow @EyeConnect on Instagram.) not sure yet what I’ll put in the frame of the binder… ideas?
I just bought and painted a cardboard 3 ring binder from Recollections to house and protect it. I used blues, green and silver watercolors with wet and dry brush techniques as well and bubble wrap to create some texture!
Making an Easy Journal Cover for your Planner from Cardboard
The second journal I want to share with you is a planner or journal cover for several small notebooks I bought for a dollar at Michaels. I’m trying out bullet journaling and needed a new journal to hold ideas, to dos and sketches.
Here is the cover: I used a Jane Davenport’s Mermaid markers with suran wrap to create texture. I’ll continue to add more detailing -picking out stuff I see from the textures- as I work in it, so make follow to follow me @eyeconnect on Instagram to see how it changes!
How to make an easy journal cover from cardboard instructions:
Measure your inserts. Mine were perfect for a 8.5″ x 11″!
Here I have folded the standard letter size chipboard in half.
Punch 4 holes in the cover to lace your elastic through.
I used Jane Davenport’s extra elastic that came with her butterfly journal because I like the colors and if matched the colors of the inserts I found. But you could use any elastic you have. You could even use a rubber back in a pinch.
Start from the inside and go through the top left hole.
Come back up through the top right hole. (See the next picture.)
Go down to the bottom right hole and through to the back.
Come back up through the bottom left hole.
Now either use the clips that came with the set or tie a square knot to secure your eleastic.
Tip: let the elastic overlap and get the clip closed on it before cutting it down to size!! (I used the backs of my scissors and teeth as I was out and about while making this and didn’t have any needle nose players.)
The chipboard cover folded, with the 4 holes and the elastic.
Stitching: start in the inside…
It’s easier to use a bit of overlap and then cut off the excess.
Using the backs of the scissors to close the clasp.
The store bought inserts
Adding some color and texture to the cover. Conclusion:
These two journals span the full gamut from pure art to pure functionality. Maybe you want or need just one or the other, or maybe you need and want both! Either way having one or more journals to work in is a great way to try new things, expire different ideas and experiment with your art, and your productivity!
You can see more creativity and get an inside view by following me on http://www.instagram.com/EyeConnect
Use an alcohol-based marker to color the brads in red
Adhere some googly eyes and set aside
How-To Art Journal:
Apply a thin layer of White Gesso and let dry (I use my fingers, but you could use a paintbrush)
Add Glaze to Raw Sienna paint, mix it and paint the bottom part of the Art Journal for the “sand”
Add Glaze to Pearlescent Blue paint, mix it and paint the “sky” and “sea”. I made the “sea” look a little darker
After the paint is dry, stamp different images on pages…I stamped some on the “sand” using yellow ink pad. I covered “sky” and “sea” using black and blue ink pads. On the left page, I would stamp on it without re-inking the stamps…
Stamp “Summer” and “Fun” using Memento Danube Blue ink pad
Our one-of-a-kind craft kits are posable!
So, go ahead and play with your art!
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“For anyone who has ever wished they could draw animals and the position right, or just add symbolism or dimensional interest to their projects, EyeConnect Crafts has the answer! … Made from 100% recycled chipboard, these unique chipboard products can be used in multiple paper crafting applications, from scrapbooks, art journals, and greeting cards to home decor and DIY projects.”
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“Made from 100 recyclable materials, these DIY cardboard cutouts from EyeConnect Crafts are sure to spice up your stamping routine. Paper dolls are more popular than ever, and many Lace-Ups would compliment any stamped dolls perfectly. These funky cardboard shapes are easy to use – all you have to do is pop them out, embellish, string them up and you’ve got an intriguing accent to add to your stamped collage or diorama. String up such designs as the garter and corset with distressed ribbon for a shabby chic appearance. Try adding eyelets for an extra industrial effect!”
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“I fell for EyeConnect Crafts’ Totem Poppets the minute I saw them. What captured me right away and has held my interest over the years is the design and how different they are from everything else in the world of paper crafts and mixed media. They are graphic and graceful, intelligent and sophisticated without being too offbeat, beautifully crafted, fun to use; neither too large nor too small. The story of each totem animal is an added bonus. I’ve always had an affinity for elephants and turtles. Now I know why! Like Goldilocks’ porridge: Just right!”
Judi Kauffman – Designer, writer, product review columnistI fell for EyeConnect Crafts' Totem Poppets the minute I saw them.