Friday, 21 March 2014

W book on the theme of Words

Hello everyone and I am so happy you decided to join me here today.
I am excited to share with you my latest project for A Vintage Journey.
Alison from Words and Pictures is the host this week and she chose "Words" as her theme. Well, with all of Tim's wonderful word stamps, I just knew I wanted to make a little mini book, and as I recently purchases the wonderful new Wallflower paper stash I just had to use some of it. Like all of Tim's paper stashes, there will be 12 x 12, 6 x 6, ATC sized and in this case also 3 x 3" images in the collection, and it is these last ones I decided to use for this little book.
I followed Tim's lovely video for the W book, as that would be just the right size. You can find it HERE
I used one of the 12 x 12 papers from the French Industrial papers for the structure of my book. But unlike Tim, I made a separate cover out of Kraft card. For that I cut two 3 1/4 squares plus a separate spine, measuring about 3 1/4" by 1" (how wide you make it depends how fat you want to make your book).

After I had folded the book together as per Tim's instructions, I inked all the edges and then glued the back and front pages to the two craft card squares. I then glued the inside pages, again like Tim describes, but created three pockets also by only gluing either the top or the bottom of two pages together. If you decide to make one, you'll understand what I mean. I found to my delight that the pockets are exactly the right size to hold the journaling tickets, either the ready bought ones or the ones cut with the Sizzix die.
For the front and back of my booklet, I chose one of the 3 x 3" papers and glued them to the Kraftcard, I then folded the spine piece around it.
I embellished with a stamped egg from the new Feather and Flight stamp set. I stamped the solid egg in Broken China Distress ink and then the speckles in Jet Black archival. I also added a pre rusted pen nib, a little leaf charm, some tissue tape and word stickers.

Here is the first of the inside pages:

On the left side, one of the papers plus some chit chat stickers and a bit of tissue tape. On the right a quote from the Stuff to Say set and one of the stamps from the Tiny Things set. The pen was an old stamp from my stash. I know I have said this before, but you get so much more depth to your pages if you add shadows to your collaged bit and stamped images. I recently discovered that this works brilliantly if you cover your page with Glue 'n Seal, let it dry and then use a Distress Marker. You can blend it with your finger. I used the Walnut Stain marker for all of my pages.
Next double page, very similar technique. This sentiment is from the same set.
More of the same, stamps this time from the Way with Words set and the ticket from the Going Somewhere set. The pointing finger is from the Bitty Grunge set. The Art Scarbble tiles were from my stash.
On this one the sentiment is from the Going Places set. I also added some Vintage Ephemera bits and some more chit chat stickers.
 This page is rather busy, but I thought that kind of would suit the sentiment, which is from the Stuff to Say set.The other stamps are from the Tiny Things set. The buttons were cut from the Crowded Attic papers.
Nearly there, this is the second last page. Sentiment from the Stuff to Say set, some letter stickers and the photo is from the Vintage Ephemera bits. As you can see, I reinforced the spine a bit with Tissue Tape.

And the final page, you'll be glad to hear. Sentiment from Stuff to Say and the gent was cut from the French Industrial papers. Like before, the added shadow makes him pop I think.

I also added some letters to the spine
And here finally you can see the ticket tags, both their front and their backs:

Well, there you have it. I leave you with a final photo of the booklet with the tags inside.
Hope you like it  and that you will feel inspired to join us for this latest challenge.
Remember, one chosen entrant will win a £10 voucher from Country View Crafts where almost all of the products I have used can be puchased.

Thank you for visiting and Enjoy the Journey!!

86 comments:

  1. OMG loving this and all the detail. Fantastic!!!!

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  2. Astrid! My goodness! You have packed so much artful beauty into such a small little book! It's gorgeous! I have made a couple of these sweet little books before and I'm so glad that you've brought them to the forefront again. They are fun to make. But yours....oh my! It's just so full of vintage loveliness! Each page...so sweet and beautifully styled. I also love the little tickets! You have got to be proud of this beauty! <3 Candy

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  3. Wow!!! This is totally gorgeous Astrid! You have packed so much detail into this little book and each and every page has so many little delights to see. Love the colours and the textures too, of course. I'm going to check out the video. Looooveeee this!! ox

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  4. Fantastic piece Astrid! So much vintage goodness. Karen.x

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  5. What an amazing project this is again.. you are so busy and every single project turns out perfect and beautiful... that is unique art and fantastic and I enjoy every visit here on your webplace!
    Thank you for inspiring us all in such a wonderful way!

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  6. I just love this book Astrid. You are such an inspiration to us! I can only imagine the stash of papers and stamps you have in your studio. So much inspiration comes from there and from inside you. I love all things vintage.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Suzy

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  7. Oh no sweet lady, I DON´T like this book, I absolutely LOVEit. It´s simply amazing and sooo fabulous made in every detail, and all these amazing sayings, it´s just fantastic , soooo amazing and sooo gorgeous. You are such a genius to make these things, so everybody is almost loosing their breath, when they see it, and that´s what I just did here too.
    Have a wonderful week-end ahead hun and lots of great fun.

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  8. Really fantastic, I love little books, and this one is something very special! Beautifully made! Hugs, Valerie

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  9. This is stunning Astrid. So many wonderful ideas as inspiration for all of us.

    Love Chrissie x

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  10. what a beautiful little book. very inspiring. I am looking forward to getting time to join in the journey again.

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  11. Astrid, What an adorable book you have made. You are such an inspiration to everyone as well as your work. I just love the things you make. I have learned so much from you. Thank you for sharing your love for vintage as I so enjoy all that you do.

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  12. A wowser of a project Astrid - stunning, love every colourful detail! Chris xxx

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  13. A beautifully put together piece - wonderful work Astrid.

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  14. Stunning, this artistic book Astrid!!! What an amazing details...chapeau

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  15. What a fab make Astrid. I love the exterior and beautiful elements. The interior pages are divine....love it x

    Hugs Annie x

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  16. Such an enchanting little book, Astrid!
    Looks like you did your magic again! So beautiful!

    Claudia x

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  17. Terrific!! I LOVE your book and I Love those words!!

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  18. WOW! This is gorgeous Astrid! Your work is always fantastic.

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  19. Stunning book Astrid as always. Love the idea of a Word Book to keep favourite Quotes and Sayings. Fabulous colours too. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  20. Fabulous, Astrid, as usual!! I love those little W books and you've taken this one to a new level! Thanks for the tip about the Glue n Seal. I'll have to try it out. Fantastic book, I love it!

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  21. Utterly gorgeous...thanks for the inspiration...just wish I had some spare time to join in!!! ;)
    xoxo Sioux

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  22. a beautiful bok of words Astrid - great quotes and the pictures are amazing - fabulous piece xx

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  23. Stunning book Astrid - it looks fabulous with wonderful inspiring words and ideas. Will return later to read all the details. Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

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  24. This is truly wonderful; wish I could make a booklet like that. I lOVE it!!
    xxx Marianne

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  25. Astrid, you've blown me away with this beautiful book! You shouldn't be doing that, LOL

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  26. Wow, all I can say that its a stunning project. Your attention to details is inspirational.
    Yvonne

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  27. Your book is just so wonderfully dreamy and beautiful Astrid - and how amazing we chose the same base for our project! I love love how the papers give each page a different look and what a great idea for the tags. Just wonderful x

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  28. Astrid, this little book of yours is breathtaking! That Wallflower paper makes such a great background for all the images and goodies you have added! Love this and the way it all came together! Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs!

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  29. This little book is fantastic Astrid and I love how you used those wallflower papers (I was not keen on them at first but I love how you have used them). The sentiments you have used work so well with the embellishments too. Will definitely try one of these W books. Hugs, anne x

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  30. So beautiful!I love it !!
    bye from France
    Pitchoune

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  31. what an amazing booklet. Seems like you had a lot of fun creating it.

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  32. Wow, Astrid what an amazing project again!!! It's really fantastic, I really really love it, such a beautiful book , I adore it!!!

    Greetings
    and have a wonderful weekend!!
    Maria

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  33. Lovely little thing! Awesome!

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  34. Astrid, that is a little work of art. It is completely stunning.

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  35. I really love your vintage journey. Everything fits perfectly. Thank you for your explanation. Have a good weekend Anneke.

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  36. yes yes yes , love love love , this is amazing x

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  37. O my word!!!! This is amazing... I adore all the fabulous pages Astrid...Love, Love, Love it all.... Hugs May x x

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  38. OMG, that's a breathtaking project. So many fantastic pages.

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  39. Oh my word I don't believe it comes any more special than this!
    Stunning use of words, sentiments, images and beautiful papers.
    A memorable project to say the very least.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  40. Oh, lovely, lovely, lovely! What a gorgeous little book - and such wonderful use of the papers. (Have mine but haven't been able to cut them up yet!) The little tickets are gorgeous, so beautifully shabby and vintage, as is the whole thing. I think my favourite spread is the Be Brave Enough... though it's a pretty close run thing.
    Alison xx

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  41. Oh My 'Word'!! Amazing as always, Astrid, how do you manage perfection every time?!!
    I am actually trying to make ny first mini album & a rarity, I actually have the 12x12 industrial pprs (one off impulse expense). No WAY I can do it now, seeing yours has totally made me put it away for another time. Need to learn more.
    This post is Incredible! :)

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  42. I love all your work what a great little album. Thank you for sharing your talents.

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  43. Beautiful as always!!! Have a great weekend!!

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  44. Each page of this little book is a delight. Really love the "words" you have chosen.
    Thanks for you lovely comment on my blog.

    Hugs, S@ndy

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  45. Wow Astrid, I am lost for words this is absolutly gorgeous. Mo x

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  46. Wow, Astrid, this is gorgeous in every detail. You inspire me more and more.

    Have a wonderful weekend

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  48. OH MY , so gorgeous, every page filled vith vintage beauty and sweetness, and so lovely papers.Love all the great words and sentences, and your wonderful ticket tags, dearAstrid. What a marvelous journal you made, you are fantastic!!!
    Hugs,xx
    Dorthe

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  49. Beautiful, beautiful little book, I adore the pages and words you have chosen to use and of course the wonderful wallflower paper stash xx

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  50. WOW that is a breathtaking booklet!

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  51. This is beautiful, Astrid! Very stylish and gorgeous! :))

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  52. What a delight, full of gorgeous details and your colour and ideas are as always fab! A really wonderful make x hugs x

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  53. Again a very extraordinary and stunning creation, dear Astrid! Super idea and beautifully designed.

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  54. I am in love with this little book. I love the textural look it has, great colour & lots of birds & eggs & nest depicted within the pages. I have a thing about nature & love to see them in people's art.
    Must have a bash at this type of mini. I did try a tag one a while back when playing with my new blueprint stamps but recently I seem to be on catch up.
    However, I just had to make another piece for the challenge of words this week & get my art journal piece completed.
    Now I need to focus on some art for others!!

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  55. Another incredible piece! I Love the colors, the style, the words, fantastic work! BArbarayaya

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  56. It's a beautiful book with so many details to look at, Astrid. You did a fabulous job!

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  57. What a fantastic piece, so much to look at.

    Moira xx

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  58. Fabulous, love all this amazing detail on the pages
    Great demo and thank you for sharing Tims Demo too
    I've just done a similar project in a class and am keen to replicate it

    Thanks once again for such wonderful inspiration

    Jools x

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  59. Hi Astrid...wow, this is such a beautiful book! I looove the shading, it really does make everything stand out. I could look at this for ages!!!
    Dot x

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  60. What an awesome mini book! Love each page! So fun...and I love the binding!

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  61. So you've picked my favourite papers and used them beautifully Astrid. What a special book full of your distinctive style and elegance. Jenny x

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  62. How pleased am I to see this gorgeous little book being given a very special mention today. Check out Tim's blog and congratulations on your Tim Blogworthy link.
    hugs Brenda xx

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  63. Astrid...I am so happy for you being named among Tim's Spring Blogworthy Links for this masterfully created WORDS book! I loved it the first time I saw it and I am happy to revisit this post. Your work always captivates me! CONGRATS! <3 Candy

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  64. I knew it was special! Huge congratulations on your Blogworthy link my wonderful friend Astrid! Jenny x

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  65. Wow! Such wonderful ness. Love it all.

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  66. This is just lovely! Thanks for sharing.

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  67. Your work is always so gorgeous.

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  68. Your work is always so gorgeous.

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  69. Love the look!!! great techniques!!

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  70. This is truly one of my favourite pieces Astrid. It inspired me to order just about every Tim Holtz paper pad. Can't wait till they arrive. You are a wonderful inspiration to us all. LOVE YOUR ARTISTIC MIND! CONGRATULATIONS on making Tim's blog worthy list. Karen.x

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  71. Just had to come back to say huge congratulations on your Blogworthy Links Astrid, so well deserved at any time but this piece certainly is a winner! Hugs, Anne xx

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  72. So well deserved Blogworthy link!! I am so happy to see your name on Tim`s blog, as this creation is outstanding my dear Astrid! Hugs

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  73. Fab mini album. Congrats on being chosen as TH Blogworthy !

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  74. What a lovely piece of art! Thanks so much for sharing all the steps in creating this wonderful little book!

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  75. Congrats on receiving a well deserved shout out on tim's blogworthy links 2014-04-25

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  76. Astrid, this little book is the BEST! Congrats on your recognition on Tim's blog. Well deserved!!

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  77. I love when you get encouraged to go visit someone's Blog for Inspiration (From Tim H)and it is everywhere!! After reading your follower's comments, you are not only a respected artist, but so loved, as well, and I can clearly see why; beautiful people make beautiful art :) Thanks for sharing!!

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  78. Love all the details - definitely a Blogworthy mention!

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  79. Your mini book is beautiful Astrid. I've made a few, but hadn't thought to add a cover. Great idea. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on the blogworthy link. :)

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  80. This is beautiful Astrid! Love all the special pages and those wonderful little tickets. The spine is great with the title. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog!

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  81. It's such a beautiful work of art Astrid. Thank you for sharing it and inspiring me :)

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  82. Tim Holtz highlighted this project on his Blogworthy Springtime Links today. So well deserved.

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  83. Another *lovely* creation Astrid. It makes me smile! (hugs)

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  84. So thrilled to see this get the recognition it so deserves from TH - you already know I love it!
    Alison xx

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  85. OMG Another awesome Word Book... I LOVE it ... I'm gonna have to check out A Vintage Journey ( I'm a Tim-A-Holic) ... this is a fabulous idea and I love what you did with each of the tickets! Congrats on making Blogworthy !

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  86. Oh my goodness.....I am more than excited about being here. Your creativity is just magical and truly inspirational. x

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