Saturday 16 December 2017

Blog Exclusive: Elizabeth Robinson

Good Morning!
We're very lucky today.... the amazing Elizabeth Robinson is sharing a gorgeous Christmas Journal with us!
It's just stunning....

Elizabeth has shared a tutorial for this gorgeous Journal, so I'll hand you over to her right now :)

I love to have beautiful little journals to keep all my notes and lists safely in one place. And as the signatures are interchangeable in the Passport Book, you can swap them out as they fill up for new ones.
A great way of building up a background layer on a project is by adding collaged elements of scrap papers. I've used pieces of a vintage music score, book pages and some tissue paper that was wrapped around a gift.

Once the collage medium is dry I always go over the whole thing with a layer of white gesso, to knock back the colour, make it more uniform and add tooth to the surface. That way if I do want to add colour over the top, it has a surface to grab hold on.

It also gives me a great neutral surface to add stamping. For an extra layer of depth, I add stamping in two different shades, for contrast and also balance. 


Stamps Elizabeth used...
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Holiday Drawings CMS284

Other materials...

Sizzix Eileen Hull Die: Passport Book.
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink: Iced Spruce.
Tsukineko StazOn Ink: Cloudy Sky
Tsukineko Versafine Ink: Onyx Black.
IndigoBlu: White GeeSsoGood; Black GeeSsoGood; Matt Slap It On.
Vintage Doily.
Groves: Waxed Linen Thread.
Self Adhesive Gems.
Seam Binding.
Book Paper.
Vintage Music Score.
Tissue Paper.
Grey Paper.
Mini Bulldog Clips.


Step 1
Die-cut the passport book from chipboard and assemble. Once dry layer up pieces of music, book and tissue papers to the outer covers and give them a coat of white gesso.

Step 2
Stamp the snowflakes in a random pattern using Cloudy Sky StazOn ink, and add the sentiment in Onyx Black Versafine ink. Give them a quick blast with a heat tool, to make sure the ink is dry.

Step 3
After adding the elastics to hold the signatures in your book, add a section of a doily across the outside of the spine, allowing the shape to sit across the covers. Add splatters of white gesso to the whole book.

Step 4
Stamp the Deer's head onto gesso'd book page, add colour using Prisma Colour pencils and fussy cut around him.
Add the Deer to the front cover of the book along with sequins, gems and black splatters of gesso. Finish off by adding mini bulldog clips tied with seam binding as a fastener.

Step 6
Make the signatures up in grey paper, bind with waxed linen thread and add stamping before adding into the finished book cover.

Thanks so much Elizabeth, the journal is wonderful, just perfect for all those Christmas thoughts.....

We adore that as elastics are used for the signatures, they can be added to, or changed if you wish..


The texture of the lace doily on the front is gorgeous.....



We are running a giveaway over on our Facebook page in conjunction with this feature.... one lucky winner will have a chance to get their hands on the hard-to-find Eileen Hull Passport Book die, as used by Elizabeth in this stunning project! To enter, please hop on over to our Facebook page here:
(Giveaway is an FB only giveaway, and runs from 9am GMT 16/12/17 to 12 noon GMT 23/12/17)


  1. Beautiful project. Will use this as today's inspiration xxx

  2. Wow! An absolutely stunning journal with the most amazing detail. Love it and it's so inspirational too.
    Fliss xx

  3. Gorgeous use of this fabulous die, love all your layers


  4. A really wonderful winter wonderland journal by Elizabeth xx

  5. Wow Elizabeth, your journal is amazing!! You know already how much I love your work and also Eileen's journal dies - a perfect combination!!! xx

  6. Love this! I wouldn’t have been drawn to these colours but the journal is beautiful. I really must keep my mind more open when I’m planning my own projects.

  7. Beautiful journal Elizabeth, wonderful texture and colourway, perfect for the focal imagery. Tracy x

  8. Elizabeth does such beautiful work- honored that she chose the Passport Book to create with!

  9. wow!
    its stunning!
    Happy Holidays! 🎄🎅⛄

  10. Oh this is stunning & so inspirational. Thank you

  11. Fabulous project. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous journal x

  12. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments xxx