Sizzix Journal 661906 – Cherri’s Sew Instructions

Each letter represents a named HOLE in the spine of the journal.

A         B       C






E         F       G

Set Up

Tape spines together first as follows.  With outside covers facing down, and inside covers facing up, lay the back cover on top of front cover so that holes B, D & F align.  Notice where the overlap is, and add Skor take between holes B&D and D&F.

Sew Steps

Using 36” of elastic thread and a large-eyed crewel needle, begin sewing. Again lay outside covers facing down, and inside covers facing up.

  1. Sew DOWN into G, leave 6” tail and clip to hold in place.
  2. Sew UP into F
  3. Sew DOWN into B
  4. Sew UP into A
  5. Sew DOWN INTO E
  6. Sew UP into F (will create two threads in center signature)
  7. Sew DOWN into B
  8. Sew UP INTO C
  9. Tie two tails in the middle of third signature … slightly snug, but NOT TIGHT. You need to leave stretch to add signatures, which are longer than the distance between top & bottom holes.


Finish by adding outside TIE RIBBONS.  Cut two pieces 18 inches long of half inch ribbon of choice.  Thread onto crewel needle. Sewing from inside of journal pull ribbon through to outside, leaving 3 inch tail.  Affix tail with skor tape laying horizontally along front cover.  Repeat with second ribbon, affixing tail horizontally along back cover.  Using two long ribbons on outside, tie journal closed & enjoy.


Sizzix Journal class – what to bring?

Ladies, thank you all for signing up for this class on Saturday, October 20 noon to 4p, $35.  I have provided a bring to class list below.  About half of you have paid, would the others please pay by Sunday, Oct 14, so I know how many kits to prepare.  If you can’t get in to pay, please call me personally to confirm.

Check it out … a Journal class with Cherri that gets finished in class on one day.  Students will learn to cut their own papers with the new Eileen Hull journal die.   The featured paper is Stamperia.  If you would like different Stamperia papers than the class sample for your journal, call me and I will work with you directly.  This is a blank journal with a few embellishments on signature covers, and is intended for your own thoughts.  A few poems are included for inspiration.

Students bring:

  1. standard tool box PLUS
  2. small post-it-notes, any size
  3. UHU glue stick (required),
  4. ¼ & ½ inch Skor tape, (you only need 1 inch of 1/2 skor tape; I can shared if you don’t gave this size.)
  5. white tacky glue with fine tip point,
  6. glue book (old magazine or catalogue),
  7. personal 12” paper trimmer, AND YOUR SKOR PAL, either size
  8. corner punch,
  9. piercing tool,
  10. distress inks with blending tools – pumice stone and ground espresso. There are only two inks pads to share, so please bring if you have.  You can substitute your favorite inks to go with this paper. 

Hugs & kisses, see you soon!!!! Cherri

Wire & Bead Bound Journal

HOMEWORK in preparation of next class Sunday, July 29, 12 noon.

  1. Ink edges of book pages
  2. Ink edges of canvas binding strips
  3. Cut out cut-apart pieces that you would like to use
  4. Use stylist to soften edges and make cut-aparts stand up in center
  5. Ink edges of cut-aparts, recommended colors –  antique linen or smoked hickory.
  6. Tear poetry into squares/rectangles, and decide where to possibly place, clip to journal page.
  7. Take one layer of paper off one side of the cardboard square I passed out, and color it as you like (paint, ink, stain) … mine was red and had the barn on top.
  8. Look at my pages and begin to decide your placement of additional pieces/embellishments (do not affix).  Place intended design reminders on your pages with post-it-notes, for example pop-ups, where your magnets are placed, and your pocket page.  Work on remaining pages with no design yet chosen — how would you like to design them;  and work what on you would like to use an an interactive flap card above the magnets.  Also, I have a brown glassine envelope, but I gave you each a clear glassine substitute envelope — what would you like to embellish the glassine envelope with? And, what piece of paper would you like to use as a pull out tag for inside the glassine envelope.  I have a card board square that lifts up, and I have two flap cards that “Open” off the page from magnets from right to left.  If this is confusing, we can do it in class.
  9. Also … FYI, here is the link to the YouTube video with wire and bead binding instructions …


Here are my pages as examples … your paper may or may not be the same.  Use my pages as technique and design ideas.


COVER page, uses cut out pop-up


spread ONE, uses magnet, has one open flap


spread ONE, flap card opened


spread TWO, uses one verse, one cut out stamped butterfly and one cut-apart butterfly


spread THREE, uses one cut out bicycle as pop-up, verse on tag and envelope

spread four, uses glassine envelope, magnet, opens right to left.




spread four, glassine envelope open to show poem underneath. Envelope has a tag inserted inside.


spread FIVE, has pocket page, magnet, and open upward flap with barn on front of flap.


spread SIX, uses pocket page and card stock rectangle piece affixed on two sides to create on on-the-top-of-page pocket.


BACK cover, uses envelope which we will cut on 7/29 and cut-apart embellishments


See you next week, great job!!

Steampunk Bicycle Girl Album — April 11, 2015 Class

Saturday April 11 21, 2015     9:00  to 4:00   $40      with Cherri Robb

This 12 page album teaches the cover collage centered around a Gelli Plate monograph print and stencil/blending techniques using Distress Paints.  Each student will have 10 sheets of white cardstock to design stenciled album pages embellished with gear die cuts, Lost Coast Design steampunk stamps and steampunk cards.  Album is intended for students to use their own photographs during class or at home later.  The class is taught at Artsy Stamps & Papercrafts in Loveland. Students will be hands-on with Gesso, Distress Paints, Stencils and the “Gelli Plate”.  The “Vintage Lace” die cut will be used to create your own German Scrap trim.  All products are supplied (except photographs and mats); standard tool box required.


Steampunk Bicycle Girl Album “cover collage”



Album designed for students to “insert their own photos”




Sample steampunk stenciled 8×8″ page … students will make ten to add their own photos in class or later.


Instructor adds her own baby photo as sample album page.

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Steampun Bicycle Girl Album

Steampun Bicycle Girl Album


Silhouette Dancer Altered Art Journal — March 21 Class


Saturday March 21, 2015     9:00  to 4:00   $40      with Cherri Robb

This 36 page journal includes tags, envelopes, cardstock, cardboard, grunge board, vellum, pockets and a few surprise found objects.  The class is at Artsy Stamps & Papercrafts in Loveland and the Stamps are by Lost Coast Designs.  Journal design focuses on layering techniques.  Students will use the following products:  Gesso, Distress paint & stains, Perfect Pearl sprays, Inks, Embossing powder, Silks Acrylic Glaze, Wink of Stella/Luna brushes and Stickles.  There will be 8 blank pages left for journaling, collecting quotes or photos.  Plus 5 beautifully sprayed torn book pages for art journaling; each will be embellished with plenty of room for student artist’s journaling at home.  All products are supplied; standard tool box required – red tape or comparable recommended in addition to glues and liquid adhesives.


Silhouette Dancer Journal

Silhouette Dancer Altered Art Journal

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