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Friday, 21 July 2017

Pinworthy Guests For July

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by.  We have three very talented Pinworthy guests with us today; Barbara from Yaya Scrap & More, Lucy from With Glue and Glitter and Nate from Le Scrap de Nate .  They have all created amazing projects for our current All Squared Up challenge to inspire us, enjoy!


Hello everyone! It's an honor and a pleasure to take part on this wonderful blog, thanks so much for this wonderful opportunity.

I am Barbara, 55, married to the most patient man in the world and I have two children, male and female, aged 16 and 12, so my life is quite full! I started my creative journey when I was  child, at 5 years I cut newspapers and made collages, I had much fun painting with pens and watercolors too. I've gone through several creative experiences to arrive at traditional scrapbooking in 2005. It seemed to me a different way to collect my children's photos.  I met Tim Holtz's blog during my Internet tours, at that moment there was my turning point, I realized what I really like to do and the style I love most! I enjoy experimenting in different field, but my passion is always Tim and his style! I hope to give you some creative inspiration with my project.

I decided to create my first Eileen Hull Journal with my style inspired by Tim.  The covers are dedicated to the sea and nature, so it's ready to keep  photos and memories of this summer!

To follow your monthly theme, "All Squared Up",  I chose to decorate  inside and outside  my covers with Tim Holtz's stencil 'Tiles'. I started creating the background with Distress oxides, randomly stamping in the corners with the stamp  "Script" by Wendy Vecchi and using the stencil with the Ranger texture paste gloss. Once dried, I sprayed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Stain Spray.

I used the square shape also to create the decoration  inside my journal.

To create my focal point on both my covers, I used two different  stencils by Tim Holtz, with Ranger texture paste Opaque crackle. Once they've dried I painted them with Broken china and Cracked Pistachio  Distress Oxides.

I hope you like my first Journal and I hope I gave you some creative ideas for your projects. Thanks again for letting me to take part in your blog! To see a short tutorial and some close ups of the project you can visit my blog!

Hello, everybody. I'm Lucy of With Glue and Glitter. I am so honored to be chosen as a guest designer for A Vintage Journey. I have been a crafty person my whole life. I've made messes (meaning serious paint splotches on the floor) in every home I've ever lived in. Fortunately my mom encouraged my creativity and I didn't get into too much trouble. My real job is as a Pediatric ER doc so being creative is a nice outlet from the stresses of working in an emergency department. My recent creative journey started about 2 years ago when I decided to make little cardboard houses which I am still eagerly doing. I started doing online craft challenges about a year ago to broaden my craft skills. I've found this to be seriously fun as well.

The picture I've included is a photo from a bike trip I took last year where I rode from the border of Canada and Washington state to Lake Isabella in California about 1800 miles along the Sierra Cascades bike route. This is my favorite photo from the trip because I remembered to suck in my belly and pose to minimize my girth.

Now onto my project. I was afraid when I was asked to be a guest designer that I wouldn't be able to come up with any good ideas, but I fortunately I did have some ideas. This project is called City on the Square. It's based on something I read about Vincent Van Gogh using a frame device for perspective. I didn't think that the great masters in art had to resort to a technique like that, but apparently it was not rare. To achieve my perspective of the city, I drew a set of squares increasing in size by 1/2" increments, cut the centers out, painted them different colors from dark (receding) to light. Then I added buildings from Tim Holtz' Cityscape dies that were stained with different inks. I gradually made them larger and layered more buildings to the outer square frames. When I glued all the frames together I glued strips of cardboard on the backs of each frame to give them more dimension.

There is more on my blog.

Thank you again everyone at a Vintage Journey for this honor.

**I have translated Nate's post from the original French into English with the aide of Google Translate and my very poor high school French, apologies to Nate for any inaccuracies!**

Bonjour ,
c'est une belle  récompense que vous me donnée  là  ,Un grand merci à toute l' équipe pour cette deuxième invitation parmi vous comme invitée designer créatif de juillet.

Hello ,
This is a great honour you have given to me here, a big thank you to all the team for this second invitation among you as an invited creative designer for July.

Je suis Nate, j'habite en France , je suis marié et 2 grands enfants dont je vais fêter cette année la naissance de mon premier petit fils  par ma fille ,j'ai de quoi  lui préparer sa venue en scrapbooking.

I am Nate, I live in France, I am married and have 2 grown children and this year will celebrate the birth of my first grandson by my daughter.  I am preparing for his coming in scrapbooking.
Je scrap depuis longtemps  ,mais je dois dire que  j' ai pris un virage à 180 degrés ,je m'amuse à créer patouiller , vieillir des objets de récupérations  afin de leurs donner un aspect respectable de mon imagination débordante.J'affectionne tout les styles ,y a tellement de savoir faire de  richesse à découvrir sur vos blogs ou chacune à sa façon de faire .

I have been scrapbooking for a long time, but I have to say that I took a turn 180 degrees and am having fun playing around, aging found objects to express my overflowing imagination.  Styles, there is so much to know and a wealth to discover on your blogs as each has his own way of creating.

Pour le thème du challenge de juillet  All squared up, j'ai décidé de confectionner une boite  avec la base carrée  , je l' ai faite de façon a ce qu" elle tourne pour y découvrir chaque face ou j'ai inclus  4 autres carrées pour y nicher mes papillons .

For the July challenge theme All squared up, I decided to make a box with a square base, I made it so that it turns to discover each face and I included 4 other squares to nest my butterflies.

Ma  boite à papillons.
My butterfly box.

Pour cette réalisation , j'ai utilisée un papier épais sur lequel j'ai enduit du  Gesso , puis saupoudré de multiples couleurs  de poudres Brusho  pour avoir un effet mélangé .

For this technique, I used a thick paper which I coated with Gesso and then sprinkled with multiple colors of Brusho powders to have a mixed effect.

j' ai coupé un gabarit  dans de la cartonnette pour confectionner un cube ,puis 4 autres cubes plus petit pour présenter mes papillons.

I cut a template from cardboard to make a cube, then cut 4 other smaller cubes to display my butterflies.

Du Gesso , des poudres Brusho ,de la peinture, divers tampons papillons , des mots, de la cire doré, des embellissements , des engrenages .....

Gesso, Brusho powders, paint, various butterfly stamps, words, gilded wax, embellishments, gears .....

Je vous invites à venir voir les détails directement sur mon blog.  Merci à vous toutes, passez un bel été, à bientôt.

I invite you to come see the details directly on my blog.  Thank you all, have a great summer, see you soon.


Wow, fabulous creations one and all, thank you so much to Barbara, Lucy and Nate for joining us here at A Vintage Journey for our All Squared Up challenge!  Hope that you have been inspired to join us too, you have until August 3rd to add your All Squared Up creations, can't wait to see what you create!

Deb xo

Monday, 17 July 2017

July Destinations Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 2

Hello and welcome to Terminal 2 of our Destination Inspiration posts for July. We have a wonderful array of travel ingredients for you this month:

Product - Flower Dies
Technique - Any Marbeling Technique
Colour - Purple
Substrate - Glossy Card

Here is what I have created for the second leg of our journey:

I decorated one of Tim Holtz Etcetera tags using the paint marbeling technique.
I began by adding Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves and Twisted Citron Distress Paint to a Non-Stick Craft Sheet and then spritzing the paint with water. I only added a small drop of Seedless Preserves as this colour is quite strong.
Make sure the paints are nice and fluid.
I drew around the Etcetera tag onto a piece of glossy card, cut out the shape and then swiped my cut out piece through the beads of paint. Look how the paints marble, I love this technique.
I spritzed the paint with water, I love the effect. I tried not to add too many layers of paint as I wanted the marbling to be visible and some white space still remaining.
Now onto my layers for my design. I coloured a piece of cheesecloth with Wilted Violet Distress Ink to tone with my background and then dried with a heat tool and scrunched the cloth whilst drying.
I added a picture to a Tim Baroque Frame, the glue was still visible at this stage as I take time to play around with the composition. I added five random pieces of Chatter Design tape to the background along with some Texture Paste through the Trellis Layering Stencil to add yet a further layer of interest.
At this stage I decided I was happy with the composition and began to layer my elements.I die cut a Wildflower using Tim's Wildflowers #2 Thinlits Die, I cut from black card which I though worked well against the more colourful backdrop.
I added some Bouquet pieces, the white giving a contrast to the other colours. I also applied Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet Distress Crayon to the stencilled areas.
Some twisted silver wire adds further dimension and interest and I added a touch of Twisted Citron Distress Paint to my frame, applying with my finger.
A few delicate splatters of black paint and delicate scratchy lines around the edges.
'Hope is never lost' Quote Chip and random Remnant Rubs complete my design.
I hope you have enjoyed the second leg of our journey for July.

I hope I have given you a little inspiration to play along with the travel ingredients. We will have stage three of our journey next Monday and if you would like to see Terminal One of our journey, please stop by HERE.

Tracy Evans

Friday, 14 July 2017

Winners and Pinworthies - June Challenge - Canvas

Hi everyone and welcome to our Winners and Pinworthies day here at A Vintage Journey!
We hope you enjoyed our Canvas challenge - we certainly had some fabulous entries. The Creative Guides always have a tough job selecting our favourites.

Before we share them with you, here's a fantastic project from one of our former winners.  Iris of Whimsy Touches was the Random Generator pick from the April challenge, The Magic of Three, and she's here today with some more inspiration for the current All Squared Up theme.  Over to you, Iris...

Hello makers! I am so excited to be a Guest Designer at Vintage Journey and share my Assemblage piece, I call "X Marks the Spot". A little about me; I live in the Washington DC metro area and I am around Arts and Crafts Enthusiast. I have never met an art medium I did not like. I enjoy creating with clay, acrylic paint, sprays, metallic waxes, texture medium, paper, and metal. I like sculpting, creating mixed media canvasses, assemblage, altering bottles, making jewelry. My style ranges from modern, Shabby to Steampunk/Industrial.

I got excited about the the July "All Squared Up" theme; it invoked several ideas. But before starting, wanted to see if I had anything square in my stash, then go from there. I found a Thrift store picture frame I bought a long time ago. The frame has this square within squares type thing going; how perfect is that? Now the frame inspired ideas too. Being that the frame has this shapes within shapes, I wanted to keep going on the same concept. So I decided to add a different shape in the center square. Went ahead with a circle and inside the circle...mystery.

Painting the Frame

I started by priming the frame with Gesso. Then painted the first layer with Golden Quinachridone Nickel Azo Gold. I painted the top layer square with Golden Teal. I have also adhered texture paper.

Making the Corner Squares

I cut the corner squares out of chipboard. Inside the squares, again going with my shape within shape theme, I cut out circles with an Xacto knife and added mesh wire. I created faux rivets using Viva Pearl Paint and painted the squares black.

I added Golden Fiber paste on the outer edges of the corner squares and blended with the rest of the frame. Sorry forgot to take a pic of this process when I first started. I do have some images of a second layer after painting the first layer.

I adhered an image of a compass onto the back of a one inch glass cabochon using Diamond Glaze and added it to the frame.

I then painted the frame with Golden paints: Red Iron Oxide, Titanium White, Teal, Buff and Titanium White. There was some back and with blending the colors. I painted the square on the top layer using Buff, Titanium White and Red Iron Oxide.

The corner squares and edges were painted using Golden Red Iron Oxide (great for a rust color effect) and used DecoArt Media Fluid Payne's Gray around the edges.


The embellishments; chipboard gears, metal key, letters, watch parts, and washers were treated with iron metal paint and rusting oxidation solution by Modern Masters following their instructions.

The Center Square

I cut a square for the frame's backing out of chipboard. This is where the X will go. I decoupage it with map scrapbooking paper. I then sealed it with Matte Medium. Added light wash of Red Iron Oxide and Teal to give it a distressed vintage look. The Matte Medium keeps the paper from getting too soaked with paint.

I did not have a desired size stamp of an X. So I drew it using block letter format, then cut it out with an Xacto knife. I used the negative space as a stencil and inked in the X using a makeup sponge and red ink.

Next, adhere a 1.5 inch diameter glass cabochon over the X. I gently squeezing out a drop of Diamond Glaze; measuring about 6 mm. You can also use Ranger's Glossy Accent, both work equally well. I then placed the cabochon over the X, ensuring to push downward and firmly and ensuring to eliminate any bubbles. My ink was not archival, so I added another coat of Matte Medium to seal it before affixing the cabochon. I stamped the X because if you're going to use a cabochon; the surface needs to be even or else you get a lot of bubbles and are impossible to get out as long as the surface is uneven.

Putting it all Together

Last but not least, I glued the embellishments to the frame and fastened the backing to the frame.

Below are some close up images. Well, my journey ends here. I hope you enjoyed my X Marks the Spot Assemblage.


Thanks so much, Iris.  What a fantastic project - definitely All Squared Up! - and so many great tips and techniques in your making-of details.


So now, let's move on to today's winner drawn by the Random Generator.
Congratulations to:
Irit Shalom - No. 17

 Congratulations, Irit! This challenge was sponsored by Shimmerz Paints and your prize details will be with you shortly.

Our selected favourites become our three Pinworthies whose designs are pinned to our Pinterest board and you are invited to be a Guest Creative Guide. In no particular order, we have chosen:

No. 5 - Lys

No 6 - Jul D

Huge congratulations to you all. Your Pinworthy Badges will be on their way to you shortly and we hope you will join us here as guests for a forthcoming challenge.

Many thanks again to everyone who joined in this challenge. Our current challenge All Squared Up is currently underway - we look forward to seeing your entries. Check out the Creative Guide inspiration to see some of the diverse ways this theme has been interpreted.

Until next time - happy crafting!