Friday, 3 January 2020

Happy New Year & We are all Getting Older for A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and let me start by wishing you all the most wonderful, happy and creative New Year.
It's the first Friday of the month and that means a new challenge is starting at A Vintage Journey, hosted this month by the wonderful Alison from Words and Pictures, who I am sure is well known to most of you.
She chose the theme "We Are All Getting Older" and this is what she had to say about her challenge:

Time for weathering and distressing, or some ageing and antiqueing. Make a project using techniques for making the new look old, whether that's paper projects, altered art or mixed media. Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby,mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

Well I decided to make a Midory sized notebook/journal in vintage junk journal style, but with plenty of space for actual journaling. So let me take you on a little tour of how I created the cover first of all and then what is inside:
The cover was made from a piece of very old 8 x 8 scrapbook paper. I collaged several elements, labels, diecuts, dried flowers and a wax seal, inked the edges and then sewed around them for extra strength when opening and closing the journal.

The closure is made with a large brad and some hat elastic and the handy thing is, that as the journal gets fatter it can also be closed lenthwise as you can see from the photo below.
The inside pages are a mix of tea and coffee died papers, textured papers etc, sewn together with a simple pamphlet stitch. In total there are 24 double pages, with numerous pockets, belly bands, tuck spots etc. I will take you on a little photo tour without too much explanation as I think the images will speak for themselves.
Pages are only minimally decorated with some stenciling and stamping to leave plenty of room for writing.
I designed most of the graphics used in the pockets and journaling cards myself in Photoshop Elements, making use of some of the wonderful images from the Graphics Fairy etc.
I have tried to give the whole journal a kind of wintery feel, with some nature inspired elements included also.
There are many more pages still, but this will have given you some idea of what is inside, so I will finish with a close up of some of the journaling cards and tags etc. I made still.

Well, there you have it. Do hop over to A Vintage Journey, if you have not already done so, to see what my talented teamies have created and if you feel inspired by our theme this month, we would love to see what you create!
Thank you for your visit today and happy creating!

Friday, 6 December 2019

Holly Jolly Christmas for a Vintage Journey

Hello friends, believe it or not, - I am back again with another project for A Vintage Journey, this time for our December challenge. But first of all let me start by wishing you Happy December, and may this month be peaceful for you and not too stressfull.

Most of my crafting time is spent making Christmas cards, and so I thought I would share one of them with you here for my challenge project.
It is a DL size card base. I inked around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then adhered a piece of old music paper which I had in my stash.
Next I embellished with various old and new Tim Holtz dies. I am really into using dies for my cards this year, as they are not too bulky, even if you layer them like I have done here, - and so are easy to post.
I coloured the die-cuts with a mix of inks and some subtle shading with a pencil as you can see on the deer below.
The sentiment was computer generated.
I made a whole sheet of these which I will attach as a freebie below, in case you would like to use them for your own cards.#
Well, that's it, a pretty quick and easy card, specially if you do your die cutting in advance. I spent a happy afternoon doing so, and now I have a whole stash of them to use for my cards.
Below the freebie:
Don't forget to have a look on the A Vintage Journey blog for a ton of inspiration from my teamies, and of course we hope you will play along with our challenge.
Thanks for your visit like always and happy crafting

Friday, 29 November 2019

Tag Friday at a Vintage Journey

Hello dear visitors to this poor neglected blog.... It's been weeks and weeks since I last posted, but today it is a 5th Friday in a month, and that means it is tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey, when some of us Creative Guides share some tags we have made, and you are warmly invited to share one of yours. So here first of all is my tag:
I decided to make this tag part of a little gift for a friend, so I made a little folder for it to fit inside:
But before telling you more about the folder, a bit more detail on the tag:
The background was created with a gelli print and then further enhanced with inks and sprays.
I then did some background stamping with white gesso and finally stencilled the words through one of Tim Holtz's layering stencils using the Picket Fence Distress crayon. The focal image of the vintage Santa I found on the internet many years ago and have used in previous years on some of my freebies.

Now for the folder I took a piece of 12 by 12 card, trimmed it to just a bit higher than the tag, and scored as you can see from the inside of the folder, to make 3 panels, with a quarter inch score between so it folds easily.

Each of the panels was covered with some blue paper that I created in Photoshop elements and then printed. Like I usally do, I then added some background stamping, inking and stencilling.The pocket was made with a spare bit of card covered with more of the papers and finished with some lace trim.. The left side panel was enhanced with die cuts and a vintage image I puchased on Etsy.
If you are interested, just click the link to find the shop.

 The front of the folder was finsihed with an image from the same set.
And here finally you can see the back of the folder:
Well, that's it for today, but before I leave I want to apologize for the quality of the photos, the light here has been terrible, and my camera isn't the best anymore...

Do check out the fabulous tags my teamies have created over at A Vintage Journey and we would love it if you share a tag you have made.

Thanks for visiting today,

Friday, 30 August 2019

Tag Friday at a Vintage Journey

Hello all, hope you are doing well.
It's the last Friday of the month in a month where there are 5 Fridays, so that means the Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey are sharing tags and everyone is invited to join in.
I decided to go shabby chic this time and used some tea dyed stuff, in keeping with our monthly theme.
Below a quick step out of how it came together:
1. Take a size 10 tag, and paint it with some strong tea, then add some gesso with an old credit card.
2. Add some background stamping with different brown tones of ink, also ink around the edges using Tea Dye and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks.
3. Create a little pocket, using a scrap of card, coloured in the same way.
4. Add some stamping, inking, lace and fibres to your pocket and attach it to your tag.
5. Create a second tag to put into the pocket, (I used a recently purchased punch to cut mine) and again colour and stamp to match the larger tag and decorate with some washi, lace and home made emphemera.
6. Finally create some further smaller ephemera pieces to also tuck inside the pocket, and you are done.

This project was inspired by the wonderful Arty Maze.
She has a fabulous Youtube channel, full of tutorials and process videos, as well as a wonderful Etsy store where she sells downloadable journal kits, one of which I used for some of the additional embellishments you can see in the photo below:
Well, that's it for now, thank you so much for your visit and do check out the tags my fabulous teamies have created HERE, and if you love tags like we do, do share your tags with us!!!

Friday, 2 August 2019

A Cup of Tea for A Vintage Journey

Hello all and welcome, happy August to you all! It's the first Friday of the month and that means the start of a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey. The lovely Jennie is hosting this month and has chosen the theme A Cup of Tea. This is what she has to say about her challenge:
Pour yourself an extra cup of tea and use it in your project. In your cup you could dye lace, ribbon, wood, paper and flowers, or use it to create splashes or cup rings on your project. And don't just limit yourself to "ordinary tea" - there's green tea, yellow tea, black tea, herbal teas and fruit teas - whatever you've got in your cup! Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.
I had super fun making my project, here it is:
It's is little folder, made out of two tea dyed envelopes. It has pockets inside and will be filled with some home made tags and ephemera to be sent to a pen friend who is also into vintage journaling, like I am.
The two envelopes were simply slotted into each other as you can see below:
You then glue the remaining flap on the other side, - simple...
I then gathered some vintage style papers, mostly digital downloads from various Etsy shops and had fun creating the cover, inside pages and ephemera. I'll let the photos tell the story:
Here for the front cover I created a collage from a piece of tea dyed paper, some stamping, die cuts, washi tape and a wax seal.

I created a closure from a punched tag, attached to the back, folded around and then it closes with a couple of magnets.

                                                  The inside pages were created in a similar way
I printed the pages on lightly tea dyed paper and then deepened the colour still further with a little sponge dipped in a cup of very strong tea. I also did use Distress Inks throughout though to age the edges of my papers.
The lace at the bottom was also dyed in the same cup of tea
Here you can hopefully see some of the tea splatters which I added by dipping a brush into the cup.
Next I created and envelope that will be tucked inside one of the pockets and will be filled with little tags and other ephemera, all using tea dyed paper.
The front of the envelope
And here finally is a closer look at some of the ephemera and tags.
Well, that's it from me for now, I am usually more of a coffee drinker, but had great fun using my tea in this way. Thank you Jennie for this great challenge! And of course, like always, do make sure to check out the fabulous projects my teamies have created, hopefully you will feel inspired to brew a cuppa or two and join us for the challenge!
Thanks for visiting here today. I'll be on holiday in Germany when this post goes live, and I very much hope you will have a good summer as well. And if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, well then you know that Spring will soon be around the corner...

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