Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Release Party

Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Release Party: Gather Gratitude Journal

Hello, Friends!

Welcome to the Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Release Party! This is Eileen Hull’s newest book die with Sizzix. On the die, you get all of the pieces you need to make an entire book- the cover, pages, latch and pen loop! The Pocket Notebook measures 6 3/4” x 4 1/2” with a spine that can adjust from of 3/8” to almost 2”! String it with elastic, hemp, ribbon or twine. So many option for this fun die!

Eileen’s Inspiration and Educator teams have combined to show us their amazing Pocket Notebook ideas. Please follow the Blog Hop to see all of the fabulous projects, techniques and videos!

There are also two GIVEAWAYS- the Pocket Notebook die and a gift certificate for Eileen’s Etsy store. To enter to win, leave a comment on each of the posts. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 8 on Eileen’s Facebook Live show

Eileen Hull

Susie Bentz

Pam Bray

Julia Aston

Annette Green

Kathy Clement ( You are HERE)

Cheryl Waters

Ginger Ropp

Mitsyana Wright

Debbie Bankston

Anita Houston

Maggi Harding

Anne Redfern

Jenny Marples

Betsy Skagan

Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Tonya Trantham

Madeline Arendt

Lisa Hoel

Karen Bearse

Sue Eldred

Nicole Wright

Elizabeth Robinson

This might just be the most versatile member of the Eileen Hull Book family.  It is a great addition to her Traveler’s Notebook, Passport Journal, Wrap Journal, and Notebook Dies.

Eileen put this blog hop together to show just how many different ways this die can be put to use.  You’ll find videos, tutorials and loads of ideas in this blog hop!

Gather Gratitude Journal with Authentique Gracious Collection

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  Our extended family used to gather at my Grammy Ma’s home every year.  All my aunts, uncles,cousins, and great-grandparents were there.  Everyone brought dishes to add to the feast that my grandmother lovingly prepared.  The table groaned under the weight of all those fixin’s!  Sometimes, there were 3 dozen of us in attendance.  I cannot even begin to describe the warmth and love present.  But it made a deep impression on my young soul.  Every fall, I create a gratitude journal as a tribute to those happy memories.  This year, I chose to work with Authentique Paper’s Gracious Collection, which takes me right back to my grandmother’s home.

Gather Gratitude Journal: Mixed Media Touches

Here’s how I prepared the covers for the gratitude journal

  • First, die cut 2 covers from mat board. Line up the holes in the spine so that it is at its widest point.  Adhere with Dries Clear Adhesive, or Red Liner Tape.
  • Next, cut the cover so that it is 1″ wider on all sides than the opened journal.
  • Now, place the paper face down on your work surface, and then place the journal face down on top of it. Wrap the cover with the designer paper.  I used Stamperia Mixed Media Glue to adhere the covers to the designer paper.  This adhesive seems to help the paper “flex” and also adheres well.
  • Miter the corners, fold and adhere the overlap inside the journal cover.
  • Next, gently bend the covers, going slowly so that the paper will not tear.
  • Now, cut papers for the inside of the journal.  I like to leave a 1/4″ border on all 4 sides.  Once again, adhere with the Stamperia Mixed Media Glue.
  • Stitch layers of designer paper onto burlap and arrange on the cover.

Gather Gratitude Journal: The Spine

This journal has a stitched fabric spine.  I pleated the fabric while adding a decorative stitch .  I love how rustic this looks.  After stitching, cover the back side completely with Scor-Tape or Red Line tape, then center and adhere to the spine.  Now you can add the binding elastic.  I do this very simply by wrapping the entire spine with double strands of elastic. Secure the strands with square knots.  Tie the strands together at the top of the spine, then add charms and a bow. Then I added the ribbon closure.

Gather Gratitude Journal: The Focal Point

The focal point of this gratitude journal is the cutlery image inside a Tim Holtz Vignette Frame.  Here’s how that came together:

  • Select the 2nd smallest vignette frame.  Paint with black chalk paint.  Let it dry.
  • Now, paint the frame with Prima Copper Crackle Texture Paste.
  • While the paste is still wet, sprinkle randomly with Seth Apter Patina Oxide Baked Texture Embossing Powder.  Heat set.
  • Next, trim the image from Gracious and adhere behind the frame.  Then adhere the frame to the journal cover.
  • Die cut a leafy wreath from designer paper and adhere to the frame.
  • Decorate the cover with G45 Roses, acorns and other fall themed elements.
Gather Gratitude Journal: A Peek Inside

Create pockets for the front and back covers using Eileen’s Gift Card Pocket and Tag Die.

Cut (10) 7 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ signature covers from designer paper.  Fold in half, crease with a bone folder and fill with the paper of your choice.  Cut the inner papers 7 1/4″ x 6″ so that they will fit neatly.  (Note: I did not have the die…so I could not use it to cut my inner pages and signatures.  I only had the die cut cover, latch and pen loop.)

Here’s a look at the signatures:

I like this style of journal, because you can just slip the signatures under the elastic binding strips.  Then, when you need to refill, you can just add more papers.

Gather Gratitude Journal: Project Share Video

I created a quick flip through with tips and tricks on Youtube

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for hopping by!




69 thoughts on “Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Release Party

  1. Helen

    Kathy, this journaling album is amazing. It’s got everything Fall (what better season is there?!) and this sizing is just right. The paper set is so lovely. Now this die will be at the top of my wish list for whatever gifting occasion comes next. I have some of Eileen’s other sets and enjoy creating with them. Thanks for sharing this new product as well as your creation and video. Hugs.

  2. Beverly Jordan

    Kathy, this is such an beautiful Pocket Notebook for Thanksgiving!! Thank you for all the tips and tricks to use this amazing newest Eileen Hull die!! I am just purchasing some of her others and this is perfect timing!!! The idea of making a gratitude album is just icing on the cake!!

  3. Suzy Q

    Luv your Gather Gratitude Journal Kathy! It is beautiful outside …and inside! And your stories …those precious traditions …something everyone needs more of! Thanks for sharing your awesome ideas again! Hugs, Suzy Q

  4. Marylouise Kidd

    The cover makes me feel hungry! How lovely to make a book of gratitude, thanks for posting! Marylou Kidd

  5. Sue

    Lovely amazing book to be sure!! You always just smash it out of the park Kathy! Love this one, all the fall colours. Thanks for all the info you put with your post!!

  6. Ann Barnes

    Wow, what a fabulous notebook! This would look gorgeous resting on a stand on the kitchen ready to be filled with you favorite recipes and opened again and again to be admired as well as useful! Thanks for sharing

  7. Tracey

    Kathy this is a creative delight to my eyes. What a stunning piece of mixed media upon the cover with it’s matching accents within. Wonderful use as a gratitude journal, we all have so much to be thankful for. Thank you for sharing this delicious piece.
    Creative wishes Tracey x

  8. Sue D

    Love what you created with this new die. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Some years my birthday falls on Thanksgiving.

  9. Liette Lafontaine

    what a beautiful book!!thank you for sharing with us.your cover is absolutely stunning!!!

  10. Theresa Gonzales

    Thanksgiving is my favorite family holiday. Your journal is perfect for pictures, recipes, and journaling. It’s beautiful.

  11. Vicki

    Your journal is beautiful! I love the idea of a gratitude journal and all the good memories it brings to mind!

  12. krafty jean

    oh my this is wonderful, from the papers to embellishments its amazing. thanks for sharing and thank you for the hop xx

  13. Pam Bray

    Beautiful Kathy! Love the Gracious Collection; perfect for all those Thanksgiving gratitude projects but yours is just so darn special! Love all those scrumptious details!

  14. Traci

    So pretty-love all the dimension on the cover-so perfect for fall. Great papers too-love authentique papers.

  15. Joyce Lennard

    Another amazing design Kathy. Perfect for our Canadian Thanksgiving which is happening Oct 14th. Thanks for sharing.

    Joyce xx

  16. Anne R

    Oh Kathy, this Gratitude Journal is just a wonderful feast for the eyes! I just love every single little detail that you added, the fruit and autumn elements are stunning and your attention to detail (as always) is just exceptional. I always enjoy your tutorials and this one is no exception and I always learn so much from your tips and techniques – thank you so much! Hugs, Anne xxx

  17. Cheryl Wells

    OH MY Kathy – what a fun, beautiful Pocket Notebook!! All your Signatures are so pretty, and the cover is outstanding. Thanks also to Eileen for another great die creation.

  18. Sandy Spielberger

    Kathy- thanks for the tutorial you filmed.This will be really helpful for people that just got the die. Your journal is amazing with those fall flowers and fruits!

  19. Sandy Spielberger

    I love the way you incorporated Eileens gift card die piece as a pocket in your journal.Amazing cover with all those flowers and fruits !

  20. Jill C McAuley

    The colors and textures of this notebook create such a visual “feast” that it should be served along with the pie! I have a few of Eileen’s book dies and look forward to adding this one too. Thank you Kathy for yet another inspirational, innovative, and ingeniuos tutorial. Happy Fall!

  21. Denise Leibrock Mackey

    This planner is absolutely beautiful! Love that cover! Thanks for the chance to win the die.

  22. Gail S

    So beautiful – what a lovely new die set— always love seeing your work – you have outdone yourself here crafter! Stunning work!


    Such a beautiful cover! Your designs are always so vibrant and detailed. Thanks for sharing all the great tips!

  24. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, you could not have made this journal any more gorgeous. It is absolutely perfect for Thanksgiving time. My cousin has a little journal that she has everyone write a note in when they visit with her. Something like this would be so wonderful for the holidays when all the family comes to visit. I love the cutlery motif with the beautiful fruits and the “Gather” sentiment. And of course everything you’ve added to the inside is an absolute delight! Thank you for sharing your Thanksgiving story with us. I always enjoy reading them. And thank you for sharing this beautiful journal! Hugs!

  25. Laneycath

    This reminds me of the Holly Hobby pocket sized books, sold by Hallmark & American Greetings, prevalent in the 1970’s and 1980’s. It’s presentation has inspired me with a plethora of ideas. Thank you.

  26. eileen hull

    Kathy- thanks so much for sharing your beautiful Pocket Notebook with us- I loved hearing all of your tips and tricks you passed along. You do such beautiful work and I especially love that this a gratitude journal, a great reminder of our many blessings <3

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