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Sorry I was crabby card

We all get crabby now, and then and there is nothing like a nice apology card to smooth things out.  I made this “Sorry I was crabby” card with eyeConnect Crafts totem crab.


First, paint the eyeConnect Crafts totem crab while it is still connected to the cardboard.  I painted mine orange.  Let dry.

Using the black mini brads assemble the eyeConnect Crafts totem crab.  Glue on googly eyes.

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.



eyeConnect Crafts totem crab

orange paint

paint brush

black brads

gold gen pen

patterned paper

white cardstock

rectangle die

die cutting machine

Silhouette Cameo

Lawn Fawn letter set

black VersaFine ink

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Easy Totem Whale Card

Dawn (the little mennonite) here today to show you a fun way to use the totem whale from eyeConnect Crafts.


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!


eyeConnect Crafts totem whale

grey and white paint

paint brush

grey and white glitter

clear glue

sentiment (mine is from Lawn Fawn’s Critter’s in the Sea)

felt markers

white cardstock

scissors or rectangular die


foam squares

photo squares

googlie eye

black VersaFine




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Making an Easy Journal Cover for your Planner from Cardboard

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.

Tunnel book as an ocean Biome by Erin Sparler
Tunnel book as an ocean Biome by Erin Sparler
Totem Poppet Dolphins jumping through tunnel book hole.
Totem Poppet Dolphins jumping through tunnel book hole.

Totem Poppet Whale eating Krill in the Splash Biome  tunnel book by Erin Sparler
Totem Poppet Whale eating Krill in the Splash Biome tunnel book by Erin Sparler

 (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:

  1. Measure your inserts. Mine were perfect for a 8.5″ x 11″! 
  2. Here I have folded the standard letter size chipboard in half. 
  3. Punch 4 holes in the cover to lace your elastic through.
  4. 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.
  5. Start from the inside and go through the top left hole.
  6. Come back up through the top right hole.  (See the next picture.)
  7. Go down to the bottom right hole and through to the back.
  8. Come back up through the bottom left hole. 
  9. Now either use the clips that came with the set or tie a square knot to secure your eleastic.
  10. 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.

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!

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Summer Fun Art Journal Spread


Lilian here today with a Smash Book Art Journal Spread using Totem Crab:


How-To Totem Crab:

  1. Ink the pieces with VersaMark ink pad (I leave them on the carrier)
  2. Sprinkle white embossing powder, tap off excess and heat emboss using a heat gun
  3. After it cools down, ink it with VersaMark again
  4. Repeat with red embossing powder
  5. After it cools down, remove pieces from the carrier
  6. Using Mini-Brads White, connect the pieces together
  7. Use an alcohol-based marker to color the brads in red
  8. Adhere some googly eyes and set aside


How-To Art Journal:

  1. Apply a thin layer of White Gesso and let dry (I use my fingers, but you could use a paintbrush)
  2. Add Glaze to Raw Sienna paint, mix it and paint the bottom part of the Art Journal for the “sand”
  3. Add Glaze to Pearlescent Blue paint, mix it and paint the “sky” and “sea”. I made the “sea” look a little darker
  4. 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…
  5. Stamp “Summer” and “Fun” using Memento Danube Blue ink pad
  6. Add Totem Crab with foam tape on the left page
  7. Add photos or memorabilia on pages


Here’s a Video Tutorial (on HD):

Thanks for stopping by!



Totem Crab

Mini-Brads White

White and Red Embossing Powders (Zing! American Crafts & Ranger)

Embossing Heat Gun

VersaMark ink pad (Imagine Crafts)

Copic marker (red)

Smash Book or Art Journal

White Gesso (Faber-Castell)

Glaze (Faber-Castell)

Paints: Raw Sienna & Pearlescent Blue


Retro Beach unmounted Rubber Stamps (Rubber Dance)

Memento Luxe Ink Pads – Dandelion &  Danube Blue (Imagine Crafts)

Memento Danube Blue (Imagine Crafts)

India Ink pad (ClearSnap)

Foam Tape