Friday, 6 March 2020

Celebration time at A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and welcome! I am sure many of us experience that as we get older, time seems to fly faster.... It's hard to believe that today we are celebrating our 6th birthday over at A Vintage Journey!! 
So of course I am sharing the project I put together for the celebration with you today:
There are three parts to my project and they were inspired by a crafty fun day with my lovely friends Annie and Rita, and of course Annie is also a teamie at AVJ, which is why I chose to use this project for our celebration.

The project itself consist of 3 different items, a little foldout tag book, a handmade tear off notebook and an altered envelope that will hold the other two items which will be sent to one of my penfriends.

Lets have a closer look at the items one by one.
First of the fold out tag book, we all made one of these during our craft day, Annie had made one previously already.
 There are full instructions of how to make these in a YouTube video Annie gave us the link to, you can find it HERE

All you need is a bit of square card, you can do it pretty much any size, but we used 8 x 8 card.
I have made several ones, they are so much fun. For this one I used some papers from Stamperia Old Lace collection , I added some real lace, fussy cut some of the fab. elements and collaged it all together to make the base.
On the inside there are lots of pockets for little tags, and for this one I also added some tea bags as my penfriend love tea.
Of course you can decorate it all in whatever way you please.

My next item was a little hand made notebook, so simple and it can make a great gift and is a super way to use up papers.
Obviously you can make these in any size you want, mine is 3.75 by 6.75.

For the coverr you need a piece of your chosen paper (I used more of the old lace paper) and cut it approx. 2 to 2.5 inches longer than the finished size of your note book. This is so you can score it at 1 " and 1 1/4" on one side so it can fold over the inside pages of your book. Hopefully this picture will make clear what I mean:

You will also need a piece of strong card board for the back, and what ever paper you want to use for the inside pages. I used a mix of dotted, lined and blank paper to give lots of different options, but I have also made some different sized ones just using blank, or tea dyed papers to include into my junk journals.

Here is a sideview and the inside view when you open the cover. 
So what you do is the following:
Cut about 25 or so papers and some strong card or board to your chosen size.
Clip them all together with some bulldog clips or similar (leave the longer front piece for later). Using some good pva glue and either a brush or your finger, run a line of glue all a long the top edge, making sure there is a good layer of glue. Now let it dry for about an hour or so.
Finally adhere your front cover, adding more glue in the groove where you have scored, making sure it is flush to you pages. Clip together again, let it dry, and your notebook is done.
And here finally is my altered envelope. I made it using an envelope punchboard from a piece of 12 x 12 paper from my stash. I sewed around the edges and then decorated it with some old book  and other vintage papers and then embellished with some further fussycut elements from the Old Lace collection.
So there you have it, please hop over to the Vintage Journey blog to see what some my other teamies have created and of course we all hope you will share our special birthday with us to add one of your own celebration pieces with us.

Thank you for visiting today and have a wonderful month of March!


Julia Aston said...

what lovely vintage projects you created for the AVJ B'day Astrid! Your fold out tag book is so clever in design and each surface so wonderfully decorated! The notebook has a beautiful cover and is such a useful thing to have for all those notes and lists we need to make! And how surprised would someone be to receive such a beautiful envelope in the mail? XX

butterfly said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate the milestone by creating with crafty friends. The fold out tag book is a delight - lovely butterfly on the cover, and the little decorated pockets inside are adorable. The vintage paper dresses up that notebook perfectly, but I think the altered envelope may be my absolute favourite. There's something so romantic about the blush of rosy tones with the warm sepia, and the layered images work perfectly together. Happy birthday us!
Alison x

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what stunning makes! I love the folded tag book, the design is amazing and the papers with the moth, lace and pearls looks so beautiful 😁. Thanks for sharing how you created them all too, you must have had such a fun time with Annie and Rita! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Happy birthday wishes! Hugs, Jo x

Brenda Brown said...

Wow Astrid what beautiful pieces you have made to celebrate our 6th birthday and of course celebrating with those lovely friends. Your fold out book, the notebook and the envelop are all wonderfully vintage and brilliantly designed and put together. Your pen friend is going to adore receiving them.
Thanks for celebrating another year of the AVJ blog and your beautiful art.
hugs Brenda xxx

Anja v K@@rten said...

Super mooi en de creatie heeft een hele mooie en warme sfeer! Top gedaan!!!
Creatieve groetjes, Anja v K

Annie said...

Beautiful vintage makes Astrid xx It was such a lovely day we had together and our flip out folders are fabulous xx I adore the details you incorporated on all three makes, which will be treasured by your pen friend xx
TFS and huge hugs
Annie xx

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Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Sorry it's been so long. These vintage delights are super gorgeous all the details and layers.

Dorthe said...

All 3 so beautiful, and to fell in love with, Astrid . The fold out tag book looks so wonderful, and such lovely papers you used, - I will have a look at the video, thankyou. The front of it is gorgeous,- and so is the envelope, and the notebook, so ready to be written in . Always beautiful visits to have here. Hugs, Dorthe

experiments in paper said...

Lovely projects - will definitely be looking into the fold-out tag book. Love those lace papers... perfect here! I always love your little notebooks, and this one is no exception.... and that envelope! Swoon! Wonderful way to spend time with friends, and to celebrate 6 years of AVJ! Hope all is well - xxx Lynn

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Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Morning Astrid, gosh it seems like an age ago since I last came to visit. Happy to be here today to check out everything that's lovely, you always have something special to delight my eyes. I adore the idea of the tag book, what a handy little creation and making your own book, such a simple idea but so neat and personal. I must remember to try this one out. You envelopes draw me ever nearer to you wonderful eye for detail, magnificence in the making bring smiles across the miles to so many. Beautiful makes...
Thank you for sharing, sending light & creativity your way Tracey xx
P.S Happy Mother's Day xx

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