Monday, 27 March 2017

Off to Japan

Hello lovely blog friends, thanks for dropping by.
Today I have a few pages of a little travel journal I made to share with you. Tomorrow I will be off to Japan to meet up with my family and grandies, that live in Australia. We decided to meet up "half way" so to speak.
The actual journal is a Midori Traveler's Notebook, I first read about these on my lovely friend Anne Redfern's blog, (she makes the most amazing notebooks using Eileen Hull's new Journal die that will be available in the UK from the end of April onwards) I have mine on pre-order, but as I am leaving tomorrow I checked the Midori travelers notebook out and as they are actually made in Japan, I decided I just had to have one to take along so I prepped a few pages before we go.
Here's a close up on one of them.
These two sweet little Tim Holtz paper dolls are representing my two grand daughters.
The background was done with the new Oxide inks. I also did quite a few pages in junk journal style. All of them are adhered to one of the lined Midori notebooks pages, so that there is plenty of space to journal in between. Below a few further samples of those pages:
Using lots of my hoarded scraps, with a spring time feel (it's cherry blossom season of course in Japan right now).
Some Tim Holtz papers from his new Etc collection, these papers are just perfect for this style collage.
A close up of a little tuck spot with a tiny book tucked in for further journaling, held together with a little altered paperclip.

A couple more collaged junk journal style pages, with pockets and ephemera for hidden journaling, keepsakes and notes.
And finally my personal favourite page so far, playing some more with the Oxides, Tim's new Washi Design tapes and Botanical Layers and so on.
Well that's it for now. It has been and will be pretty quiet here for the next few weeks, , I have a few scheduled posts while away, but hopefully come May I will have more time again to blog and visit. Hope the sun shines where you are and have a creative week ahead!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Vintage tag for Shimmerz

Hello friends, hope March has been treating you well so far.
Today I am sharing a large vintage style tag on the Shimmerz blog, so just little corner here:
If you are not too busy, I would love it if you check it out, and meanwhile have a lovely creative week!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Pure Vintage a journal spread for Shimmerz

Hello friends and thanks for dropping in. Yesterday I had a journal page go live of the Shimmerz blog, so here today just the usual preview. If you have a moment to hop over, it is of course very much appreciated.

Thanks for your visit like always

Monday, 6 March 2017

Destination Inspiration at a Vintage Journey

Hello friends, welcome. Today I have a little canvas to share, with a Springtime feel (seeing this is the month Spring is meant to start here in the Northern Hemisphere.)..
If you want to know how I put this together, - there is a full step out with many photos over at A Vintage Journey. Hope you'll take the time to look :o)
Have a super creative week!

Friday, 3 March 2017

All Aboard, it's AVJ's third birthday!

Hello lovely visitors, welcome! Today is a day of celebration because it is the 3rd birthday of A Vintage Journey!! I created a little canvas to celebrate 3 years of challenges, Inspirations posts and more. I'll hope you will celebrate with us!!!
We started way back in March 2014 as a Tim Holtz inspired challenge, and then we grew, changed and expanded to incorporate different styles, but what remained was our emphasis on vintage inspiration and the wonderful creative journey that we all share.

For this our 51st challenge, I decided to go back mostly to our Tim inspired roots. I pulled out my Distress Paints, sprays, Tim Holtz stamps and one of his wonderful Found Relatives cards.
 Below, a quick explanation on how I built this up:

I created texture with the help of a couple of stencils and some Ranger texture paste. I then played with 3 colours of Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Weathered Wood and Pumice Stone. I blended with the help of lots of water and then added a little more depth with Distress Sprays in Antique Linen and Weather Wood.
I love these sweet little characters, the boy in his sailors suit, immediately made me think of our theme of All Aboard (really it's an anything goes challenge). To me they look ready to go off and explore the wide world, the little one a little anxious, the older one with a hint of excitement in his eyes.
This lovely stencil with the word explore was designed by Gabrielle Pollaco, it's one of my all time favourite stencils. I highlighted the raised bits with some Watering Can Archival Ink.
I'm sorry to say, I don't remember who made this particular stencil, but it's another favourite that seemed to fit the theme. The additional texture was created with my fingers dabbed in the wet paste.

There is some background stamping hidden in there as well, though it is hard to see, I used Watering Can Archival to stamp and the Documented and Correspondence stamps both by Tim Holtz.

Well, that's pretty much it. I hope you will take the time to visit A Vintage Journey to see what my super talented teamies have created. And of course we hope you will come Aboard and join us on the next leg of our journey....

Thanks for your visit like always

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Art is an Adventure Journal page for MMM

Hello friends, welcome and happy March to you all. I can't wait for Spring to show it's lovely face.
The first of the month means a new challenge at Mixed Media Monthly.
Our theme this month is Buttons, and our sponsor is May Flaum, who is also our guest designer this month..
Here is what I made:
As you can probably see, I have made a selection of buttons the main focal point of this journal spread.

You can find all the details of our challenge HERE and if you decide to play in our challenge, make sure to use our graphic in your post to be in with a chance to win!
Below a few close ups and an outline of how I put my spread together.
I created my background with the help of Gelatos in green and yellow tones over a gessoed double page. Background stamping using Tim Holtz and Paper Artsy stamps with Forget Me Not Archival ink and some washi tape added more texture
An Indigo Blu stamp, stamped on tissue paper and then merged into the background using gel medium, added some further interest.

And then of course the buttons. To be honest, I rarely use buttons in my crafting but our lovely Design Team leader Donna Bowman sent me a whole packet of multi coloured buttons (thanks so much Donna!!!) and I chose a selection matching my chosen colour palette.
More background work with a selection of different stencils, texture paste and ink.
Some foiling here and there, using a glue stick and Ranger gold foil sheets.

And finally a computer generated sentiment. Using buttons was somewhat of an adventure for me, but nothing like a challenge right?

Well, I hope you will look out your buttons and decide to join in our challenge. Do hop over to see what my talented teamies have made and to get all the details of the challenge!
Thanks so much for your visit and see you next time

Monday, 20 February 2017

Wish Upon A Star banner for Shimmerz

Hi friends, I have a post going up on the Shimmerz blog today, so just a little preview here:
I hope you'll take the time to hop over, but even if you don't, your visits here are always appreciated! Thank you!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Dream Joy and happy valentines

Hello friends, thanks for dropping in her!
Just a quick post to wish you  a Happy Valentines. Hope you will spend today surrounded by loved ones!
With this journal spread, I decided to embrace my softer side and used light, Springlike colours, rather than my usual grungy textural stuff.

I did a massive craft-room clear out recently, and re-found so many products that had not seen the light of day for ages, so I used some of those on this spread.
The background was created with Gelatos over a gessoed page. I blended with my fingers and then used stencils with a baby wipe to lift colour and add some in again.
I have a huge collection of vintage images, so decided to utilize some of those on this page too.

Some background stamping, using some recently purchased Paper Artsy stamps
An image fussy cut from one of my own design papers, (I'll share it below, even though I'm fairly sure I shared it once before)
And finally some stencilled words to act as the main focal point.

Well, that's it, thanks for your visit and below your freebie as a little Valentines gift to you...

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

February planner pages and freebies

Hello everyone and like always thanks for dropping in!
I am a little late with posting my February pages for my planner, but hey ho, better late than never and life has been a bit crazy and this is just the first chance I have had.... In case you missed it, you can see my January pages HERE. I have adapted and tweaked my planner so it is more useful.
Here are a few samples:
The January title page, mostly using leftovers from my Graphics 45 Place in Time collection.
Whereas my January daily planner pages were all on loose sheets that I kept in a special folder, I thought I would bind my February day planner pages into a little booklet. I printed the papers I designed on two sides and then just bound them together creating a few signatures. I specially kept the pages quite plain, so that I can do stamping, stencilling and over printing with   planner  print outs (downloaded from the web and adapted to suite my personal needs).
Here you can see one of the inside pages. Because of lack of time they are actually all the same. So far this method has worked well for me.
Here you can see my weekly pages (still have to finish week 4)

And here is one of my meal planner pages. For January I had made grocery lists too, but that proved impractical. Afterall, who wants to take a planner along when they go grocery shopping. I just look at my meal plan and make my weekly list on a piece of paper. (Wished I was clever enough to do it on my phone lol).

Anyway, that's it for now. Below you will find most of the papers I used which you can download if you like them and want to use them for whatever you wish. - Enjoy!

Apart from the first one (which I designed to be the cover of my day plans) the others are all designed so they can be printed on A4 (8.5 / 11) paper in landscape orientation.

Well that's it for now, like always you can use my papers in whatever way you like, you can sell what you make, just don't sell the papers as they are..

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