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Friday 17 July 2015

Pinworthy Guests

I love seeing all the new creations every week both from the amazing Creative Guides but also from our guests who always provide us with a wonderful variety of styles. Today is no exception and we have three amazing ladies sharing their projects.


Hello Everyone, I am Shilpa, from Bangalore, India. I started blogging in 2013 but was always dabbled with paper and paints. Mixed media is my favourite right now and I love to make art journal pages every now and then. I share my creations at blog - Neon Diary

I am super excited to be a Guest Designer at AVJ today and would like to share with you a Journal Page with Jenny's fabulous theme - Destination

I've used stamps from Stampers Anonymous.

I've used my large journal book. To start with I adhered Tim's Postale Tissue wrap on the surface, gave it a base coat of gesso. Next I applied Mermaid lagoon, stormy sky vintage photo and antique bronze Distress paints randomly on the surface. Let it dry completely. Next I used Tim's Star stencil to layer blue stars with Mermaid Lagoon distress ink.

We all are crazy about crazy birds, don't we? I stamped earth, airplane and bird crazy and colored them with distress inks. I've also added Ruler ribbon, Remnant rubs, ideology framed parts.

I stamped all these images with Tim's Americana Blue print stamp set.
With all Tim's stamps and accessories it is easy to put together any project.

I would like to say thanks to whole Vintage Journey Team for this opportunity.

Thanks so much for your visit.


Hello, my name is Deb Riddell and I am thrilled to be here at A Vintage Journey again as a guest designer, thank you so much to Brenda and all the Creative Guides for this wonderful opportunity!

I live in British Columbia, Canada on a small acreage with my hubby and our three beloved dogs and have been crafting for many years. Mixed media and the amazing art of Tim Holtz are my newest passions and I'm honoured to be able to share some of my work with you today.

When I first heard of Jenny's theme for this month, Destinations, I had a moment of panic since with three large rescue dogs in tow my hubby and I aren't able to jet off to exotic locales! But then Jenny said to let our 'favourite destination inspire you' and I knew what I was going to make, an art journal page celebrating our favourite vacations spots.

Every year we pack up our truck, trailer, hound dogs and fishing poles and head off into the wild blue yonder on a trek to one of the many lakes that surround our home here in B.C. No matter which lake we end up camping at, it is my favourite destination since I get to spend weeks on end relaxing and fishing with my hubby and our pups, heaven!

For this journal page, I used Distress Inks and Stains in blues, greens and yellows and then did some stenciling with texture paste through Tim Holtz's 'Blossom' and 'Tracks' layering stencils around the edges. The stamped image of the young man with his catch of the day was mounted onto a Memo Pin with a Typed Token as Tim had done on his May 12 Tags of 2015 and I added more Idea-ology embellishments from my stash. I printed out some pictures I'd taken on our fishing holidays (love the picture of our Big Dog kissing the fish!) and adhered them in place with matte medium.

The fisher gal and pickup truck were stamped onto manila cardstock and the trailer was an image I found online and resized to fit behind the pickup. More Idea-ology embellishments were added to this page along with another picture from one of our holidays of a beautiful sunset after a rain storm.

The 'Gone Fishing' sentiment was created with some of Tim's Alpha Tiles and says it all about my favourite destination; as long as I'm in the great outdoors with my hubby and my pups at a beautiful lake it is definitely my favourite place to be!

If you'd like to see more details about how I created this journal page, please stop by my blog, Paxton Valley Folk Art, for a closer look. I hope that you'll join in the fun here at A Vintage Journey and share your favourite Destinations and thanks again to the Creative Guides for giving me this opportunity. Happy creating everyone!


I am thrilled to be back (back-to-back) as a guest guide at A Vintage Journey. Welcome to my summer Destination; 50°, 114°. We are very fortunate to have 12 undeveloped acres of land; wrapped by the Crowsnest River at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains: no running water (other than the river itself), no electricity and no cellular reception – Paradise! There are beautiful views of Burmis Mountain, Tallon Peak and a portion of the Turtle Mountain slide (an eerie reminder of what has devastated the town of Frank). This is historically a mining area; rich with outdoor activities, historical sites (haunted and haunting) and lots of amazing things to discover, "hello adventure". I grew-up camping (tenting) all over this area with family & friends, it is our second home. The spring run-off bring a new assortment of treasures every year; there are wild flowers and wild berries (saskatoons for my campfire pancakes); rocks - quartz, “fools gold” and lots of coal; bones and teeth; and if we’re lucky (and we have been for the past two years) some fossils. I’m already [t]here as this post goes live.

This little book will be collecting this summer’s treasures.

The faux plastic dust jacket is tim-spired by a Travel Journal made by Richele Christensen (see it here). I've loved this distress paint-ed plastic technique from the moment I saw it and have incorporated it in more projects, more times than I can count.

I have made tiny tags – one for each day we will be on vacation – for journaling and/or collaging with vacation ephemera, pressed flowers and foliage. I will be posting updates to this book's 'treasures' on my instagram as we periodically head to town to restock ice, water and wood – cellular connection co-operation pending.

If you want to see exactly how I put this book together you can see the step-by-step photos on my blog [dig] that crazy chick.


Wow wasn't that a fabulous read through these gorgeous creations? Thank you so much ladies for sharing your talents with us and for making something unique for our 'destinations' challenge. I'm off to your blogs to leave some love for not only providing us with something so special but for inspiring me, I know I shall be back to our Vintage Journey Pinterest boards to be reinspired in the future.

If you would like to enter our challenge at A Vintage Journey you can find it HERE.

Have a great weekend and hopefully some fun crafty time.

hugs Brenda and the Creative Guides. xxxxx


  1. Welcome ladies! What different and wonderful projects you have created to inspire us! Thank you so much for joining us a AVJ!

  2. Fantastic projects from you all ladies! Brilliant work all round! Thanks so much for joining us here!

  3. Oh my goodness, what a fabulous feast for the eyes today! I love Shilpa's beautiful page, the colours are fabulous (love the Crazy Bird)... Deb's page is amazing with the photos and the wonderful elements she added (especially the jalopy and camper!). That Crazy Chick's book with the faux plastic dust cover is gorgeous, what a great technique! Lovely to see all three ladies being featured here! Anne xx

  4. Gorgeous projects from all of the ladies xx

  5. Love them all!! I am definitely inspired by each of these talented crafters. Thanks for sharing them with us!! -- Mary Elizabeth

  6. Wonderful inspiring projects ladies all so beautifully made. Hope to see you all back as Pinworthy Guests again soon. Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey.
    Julie x

  7. wow ladies - you all absolutely smashed the theme ... ab fab ... brilliant work one and all x

  8. Wonderful biogs to read n three lovely projects ladies . Thx for sharing x

  9. Wonderful patriotic journal page from Shilpa (love those Crazy Birds!) and That Crazy Chick's travel journal is spectacular! Thanks again to the Creative Guides for the chance to share my work here at A Vintage Journey! Deb xo

  10. Congratulations Everyone!! Fab projects all around!
    Shilpa, your patriotic page is awesome!

  11. Girls, wonderful artwork!

  12. Holy Moly!! There's just too much Tim-esque creative goodness here in one place!! Congratulations to our 3 AVJ Pinworthy Guests!! It's wonderful to have you all here sharing your creations!! XOXO-Shari

  13. Absolutely LOVE all three of the creations from our outstanding pinworthies! So much to see in each one of them. Thank you so much for sharing. Jenny x

  14. What fantastic work from our amazing Pinworthy Guests - stunning projects with so much attention to detail. Fabulous.
    Alison xx

  15. Thank-you for having me back at AVJ. I'm very fortunate to be in such great pin-worthy company. This was a really fun challenge to be a part of, special thanks to Jenny for the inspiration and theme and Brenda for all you do (behind the scenes) and all the talented designers who help start our monthly journeys on the [left] foot. Lots of amazing projects this month, can't wait to see who the next winner and pin-worthies will be.