This is a unique challenge blog where we are inspired by and focus on the Vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn and steampunk genres and encompass the talent, flair, expertise and ideas of many artists that we are inspired by. We welcome all types of projects - cards, journaling, assemblage, layouts, albums, atcs, altered art in fact whatever you want to share (as long as it is in good taste).

Friday 2 May 2014

Challenge 5 - Fond Memories

Welcome everyone and I hope you are having a wonderful start to May! Terry here and I am so excited to be hosting this challenge, "Fond Memories." We all have them, whether they are of a special person, a pet, a period in time or a wonderful event. Let that "Fond Memory" be your guide and the focus of your creation, of course being inspired by Tim Holtz.

At A Vintage Journey, we ask that the name of our current challenge theme and a direct link to that challenge be included in your blog post. There is so much beautiful art to be shared in our blogging world, but we are a Tim Holtz inspired challenge blog and we need to see a strong Tim Holtz influence using his techniques, projects, ideas or products. Please take a few minutes to read our challenge guidelines and also visit Tim's Blog for further inspiration.

We would also love to introduce you to our new Creative Guide, Sandy Diller of "My Crafty Life on the Internet." We welcome Sandy and know you will want to share the love with her as well! And we are also thrilled to have Nikki Acton of "A2A - Addicted to Art" joining us while Trace has a little time away. Welcome Sandy and Nikki!

Now to begin our journey into "Fond Memories."


My Mom was my inspiration for this altered cigar box. Finally I used that picture wheel to showcase my first true love, my Mom and in this picture she is with child and that child would be me! I have used a mix of paints, inks, crackle, stamps and dies. For all the details and a peek inside, stop on by.


My project this time is a box book (created from my own template) to hold treasured photographs of my fondest memories. Using distressing, inking, stencilling and sanding with lots of Tim's products this was so much fun to make. It now has pride of place on my bookcase.


My fondest memories are of family. So I created this vintage ATB to share with all of you "Where I Come From". Each side is dedicated to cherished relatives who gave me a lifetime of fond memories. This block is my own design full of interesting interactive ways to share treasured photographs.


I love keeping my fond memories in photo albums and I particularly love making mini albums. This is one I have made in the same design as one Tim taught at his workshops in England last year and I was lucky enough to attend.

I also love going to California and we have some lovely friends we stay with but also another special friend who will recognise herself in my album as we are blogging friends but been lucky enough to meet up in real life. Want to see who it is? Well pop over and you will see some of my fond memories from 2012 and 2013.


For my first make here at A Vintage Journey - I went all T!m. Starting with his stencils and finishing off with the Monocle & Remnant Rub eye, oh my! A great place to store those FOND MEMORIES.

I’d love for you to stop by My “Crafty” Life on the Internet to see more photos and details. Come on over to see what’s on the lid?


With mother's day in the US just round the corner, I decided to create a canvas board dedicated to the fond memories I still cherish of my mum. It is a mixed media piece, inspired by Tim's unique scrapbooking and collage style which I adore. If you want a full step by step of how I made it, just head over to my blog.


I have so many fond memories of growing up in Canada, I think I could fill a dozen albums but I made this little album as a tribute to my wonderful Dad, using Tim's beautiful Crowded Attic papers. There is lots more to see inside, so I hope you will visit my blog to explore it further.


Some of my fondest memories are of childhood and school days. My Tim influences are in both product and process. I have altered a burlap panel using tissue wrap and distress paints, distress tinted a photograph (me!) and used Idea-ology bits and pieces including paper from the Crowded Attic stash.

I would love you to hop over to A2A - Addicted to Art to say hello and see some more details.

 Hi everyone...I have re-purposed a candle box, decorating it with Tim Holtz French Industrial Papers and Roses made using Tim's  Sizzix Tattered Florals Die. The papers were also aged around the edges with Distress Inks and the lace has been hand dyed using tea and Distress Inks. The picture is of my Nana, who had a great input in my formative years and meant the world to me.
I am so looking forward to viewing your entries in Terry's fab have crafty fun xx


Well I sure hope you have enjoyed travelling with us down memory lane and have been inspired by the beautiful projects of the DT. We look forward to your joining us with your "Fond Memories" works of arts, so go get inky. As always there will be a £10 gift voucher from Country View Crafts, so be sure to read our challenge guidelines.

Thank you and have a lovely day.


  1. Absolutely you all take my breath away and I am so honored that you joined in on this sentiment journey! Hugs!

  2. Wow look at all these AMAZING pieces of art. I couldn't click fast enough on the photos to get to everyone's blog. Can't wait to get started on this one. Karen.x

  3. Hello
    These makes are just so inspirational, they are all so personal and beautiful.

  4. These fond memories projects are nothing short of inspired! You can just feel the love and the painstaking attention to detail on each one. Way to go guys! Gorgeous work! <3 Candy

  5. Brilliant projects from everyone again, can't wait to explore all the details!!

  6. Thank you Terry for this amazing challenge theme! All the projects are exceptional, I am thrilled to be working alongside such a talented team. Hugs, Anne xx

  7. May I "ditto that!" Anne? Ladies, you give me such inspiration and motivation, I strive to keep up with your creativity! Terry, well done, an awesome theme. Fab projects, thank you all! Chris xxx

  8. What great artwork!
    Thanks for sharing it ALL!

  9. What a fantastic array of projects - glorious work from everyone! Looking forward to hopping round for a closer look at them all later on...
    Alison xx

  10. The DT have shown such fantastic pieces and that in itself is a great inspiration . So a big Thank you to all the ladies. Hopefully I can do something Special for this challenge. Hugs Rita xxx

  11. Superb work from the team - leading from the front and giving everyone so many great ideas. I salute you! Jenny x

  12. Wat absolutely fabulous makes, these are gorgeous and bursting full of inspiration and talent! Simply gorgeous xx huge hugs

  13. More gorgeous makes for the team.. what to make.... !!!

  14. I have just drooled for the last five minutes going through all your projects and inspiration for this new challenge. Such a talented team of designers you all are. Amazing work.
    Julie xx

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  16. Thanks Terry for hosting this one for the Creative Guides - Great projects everyone.

  17. Each an every time I'm blown away about all the wonderful ideas and interesting techniques of the design team's projects (as well as those of the participants!) - can't get enough of it!
    hugs serafeena

  18. Great inspiration DT and a super theme Terry.

  19. Hate that I missed the last challenge and I'm sliding in home plate on this one but I made it lol. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and challenge theme!!! xx

  20. I have so enjoyed looking at all of these superb creative projects. Such beautiful work. And a huge thank you to Chris who has very very patiently talked me through making a link from my blog to this one. I'm hoping that after attempt 765 I just might have got it right.