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Friday 16 October 2015

Pinworthy Inspiration

I always feel so lucky and honoured to write up the guest posts and today we have another selection of fabulous pinworthy winners who have gone to town on their projects for us. Please read on to see who they are and what they have created.


Hi everyone,
Jan Hill as Guest Designer, soooo excited to be here!

A little bit about me, I live in Coventry, heart of England, with my lovely husband, we were both teachers. Officially empty nesters now our son, Boomerang Boy, has moved out. I am very lucky to be retired and enjoy travelling and having fun, especially crafting! I spend a lot of time with my daughter, son in law and beautiful granddaughter and enjoy scrapping family pages. Art was always my favourite subject at school, college and my hobby. From making dolls houses I moved into scrap booking and mixed media which is currently my passion. I love all products Tim and was lucky enough to attend a workshop taught by him and totally inspired!

Initially, I was so excited to get this invite but when I found out it was Art Journal Tim style I panicked!

White page syndrome?

Art Journal is about experimenting and trying out new things?

So ..... I decided to explore layers but rather than building up, delve down and reveal layers. I was inspired by book sculptures I have seen recently.

Once I got out my Tim stamps, DI and die cuts I really enjoyed the challenge, this is what I created.

I used watercolour paper to build up 4 layers on the right hand page. I wanted to experiment with the Framelet/stamp and Thinlet sets.

Layer 1 The butterfly and Creativity (600189) were stamped and die cut to reveal the Journal Page. An area top left was DI* ready for layer 2. Hickory Smoke was inked around the edges.

The butterfly and creativity were stamped ( through layer 1) with black Archival, clear heat embossed then inked with DI blend* ( Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Fossilised Amber) on the Journal Page.

Photo showing layers 1 and 2 in progress.

Layer 2 Creativity and Beautiful (Adventure Thinlet set) were die cut. Ground Expresso was inked around the edges. An area was inked * for Life in the next layer.

Layer 3 Aperture windows were painted with a waterbrush then gently ripped out (love the textured edge) for the butterfly, creativity and beautiful then Life die cut. Hickory Smoke inked round the edges.

Photo shows layer 3 and masterboard in progress.

Layer 4 I created a masterboard using DI, (Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber, Mustard Seed and Mermaid Lagoon ) then used Papillon, Perspective and 660189 Framelets with Stamps, inked with Ground Expresso. More apertures were ripped out and the edge ripped and inked with Vintage Photo.

Left Page I used the masterboard then built some layers as contrast. Creativity and beautiful cut outs were inked * and used. I dry embossed ( French Script Texture Fade) on watercolour paper to create 2 pockets. I dry brushed on Vintage Photo to enhance the lettering. The tags, kraft paper and masterboard were stamped with Papillon small butterflies then heat embossed but too pretty to be hidden! I dyed silk ribbon using Distress Markers to match the tags.

I finished by sewing the pockets on the left page and the pages together on the right.

If you would like more details check out

Phew, complicated but fun to create, hope you enjoy looking at my journal which now has covers and 4 pages!

I hope it inspires you to have a go with your journal, Tim style.


Jan x


Welcome everyone!

It' s an honour to be invited here and I'm very happy about this opportunity.

My name is Kerstin - Inga Peters, aka Kerstin F. and I come from Germany. 
I have been creating for many years now, always in search for new techniques and yet unexplored territory in craftland .
My big passion are colours and textures, also I'm a big Vintagestyle fan and love
the things that are old and nobody wants anymore, because they have a
history! That's also the reason because I love the industrial, grungy style of Tim Holtz. He combines nostalgia, vintage and the idea of using future technology in a  brave new world!
With Scrapbooking, Mixed Media Style and Art Journaling I have found "my"
perfect favourite genre - as it combines words and pictures, thoughts and
feelings, application of various innovative techniques and the idea of
telling stories .To discover myself and a new world, let the ideas flow to
marvel at the end itself, which has been incurred for me to be creative
 I started by embossing a piece of craft paper, I used the dry embossing technique with the folder Clocks.

 The rand was distressed and then glued to the Art Journal Page.

Distress crackle paint picket fence + Distress inkpad Walnut stain + Ink blending tool

 pieces of old book pages, white gesso and stencil for the background
 the script was printed on linen paper

to work with his beautiful distress inks like black soon, walnut stain and vintage phote together with a little bit water in the mini misters is one of my favourite usages
and indispensable for such old shabby chic projects

I hope you like my little inspiration for this beautiful month theme!
 Happy crafting!!


Hi Everyone

I’m Amanda, a.k.a. Ink-A-Pink and its a pleasure and a thrill to be invited back this month as a Guest Designer here at A Vintage Journey .I would like to say 'Thank you so much' to all the super talented Creative Guides here at AVJ for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I am, as always, truly grateful and incredibly humbled to be here today.

Having shared a little bit about myself the other month (if you missed it you can find it here) I thought I’d tell you about my Art journalling background instead.
Art journalling is something I had always considered doing from way back in my pencil sketching and painting days but never really got any further than the thought itself until last year that is when I bought a journal and began to dabble. I had the idea that I would create a page every month at the very least. Needless to say, and much to my regret, that hasn’t happened and I have only a few entries to date. The pages I have created so far are all hand drawn and painted – both images and text – few stamps and techniques involved, just simple pencil, paint and ink work .

So when I found out Alison had chosen 'Art journalling with Tim' as this months theme I thought 'Great, this is an opportunity for my old journal and I to get reacquainted!!' Hahaha! Oh yes, that was the thought!!
However, with the journal open I hit a wall!! How do I journal Tim style? What was I going to do? Where was I going to start? What if I made a mistake when I’m creating a page for a Guest Design Spot .......I guess you could say I had 'Creative Fright!'
After a long hard chat with myself, my perfectionist demons and my self doubt I decided to be brave and just go for it, get some ink on the pages then maybe it would all come together from there and it did indeed do just that!

I added colour to the journal pages using Tim's Wrinkle Free Distress technique and several colours of distress inks. Once the pages were dry I added more colour using Distress inks and a blending tool.

I then added detail using a few of Tim's layering stencils and Distress Inks,mostly Tim's stamps and Archival Inks and finished off with a spritz of perfect pearls.

The Vintage Globe stand is painted in Black Soot Distress Paint and heat embossed using clear embossing powder. The land mass is covered with sand texture paste and painted with Crushed Oive Distress Paint with touches of Ground Espresso Distress Paint to pick up the texture . 

The Crazies are painted using Tim's watercolour technique. One of the dies from Tim's Scribbles and Splats Thinlit dies created an ideal perch for two of the Crazies. The other would sit on the globe . 
I gave each of my Crazies a tweet bubble which I have translated for you just in case your not familiar with ‘tweet’!

Finally I added my chosen quotes to my pages and here is my take on 'Art Journalling with Tim'

My pages are all about having the courage to be yourself in this crazy world, to be brave, to take risks, to step outside your comfort zone and even when in doubt or being doubted by others , do it anyway - who knows you may just amaze yourself and those around you and it may just make you feel like you're on top of the World!

If you would like you are very welcome to pop by my blog where there is a little more info and a few more photos of my journal pages.
Thank you for stopping by today and again I offer my huge thanks to all the lovely AVJ ladies for inviting me to share my creativity with you all . 


Wow, thank you ladies for your fabulous contributions to our Tim journalling theme, you did a great job with all your makes, we really appreciate your time and effort in creating such original pieces and all are very different.

Thank you to the lovely journallers who have already entered the challenge, we hope to see a few more before the end of this leg of the journey and if one of them is you who knows you might be chosen by Random Org as our winner or you might be chosen by Alison and the Creative Guides for a pinworthy mention. We look forward to seeing you.

Thanks for joining us today, have a great weekend.

hugs Brenda and the AVJ Team xxx


  1. I always look forward to our pinworthies's posts and today just shows again how fortunate we are to have such talented people show case their work here! Stunning pages from all three of you! From Jan's colourful exploration of depth and layers, to Kerstin's fantastic vintage grungy look beautifully blended together to Amanda's vibrant funky creative and vibrant pages, you have totally rocked the journal challenge ladies! Thank you for this brilliant inspiration, showcasing just how differently Tim's style can be interpreted!

  2. Fantastic journal pages by Jan and Kerstin. I feel lucky to have been able to share the pinworthy post with you both . Congratulations on your GD spot today. x

    1. Amanda, I love your quirky pages with the birds, the background is so interesting. X

    2. aw thank you! Jan Loved yours too . You walked all over that white page syndrome ! xx

  3. Wow what a fabulous Tim style art journalling pages our pinworthies have created - so much amazing talent. I love how each of the three pages are so very very different but all built with layers and such a gorgeous depth of colour. Too much to say here, so I will be visiting each of you. Thank you for joining us today and sharing such fabulous inspirational pages. Jennie x

  4. Thank you very much for inviting me! Such fabulous ideas from Jan and Amanda and all the other's from this very creative Team here, I had so much fun with this amazing theme, it was really a pleasure for me!! Happy weekend! Hugs, Kerstin

    1. Kerstin your page is amazing, I keep looking at the details - definitely Queen of grunge x

    2. Wow, many thanks Jan I don't know from my noble lineage ;-)

  5. Serious talent on display here!! Congratulations to Jan, Kerstin and Amanda - all your projects are sooo impressive. You really have batted 'outta da park' - very well done. Nicola x

  6. Just popped back again to say thank you so much for all the lovely comments everyone . They ar much appreciated . xx

  7. Wow, I still can't believe it's ME, at AVJ as GD!!! Thank you everyone for such lovely comments. I am certainly in exalted company. Hugs Jan x

  8. Oh man, if this doesn't make me want to play in my journal - then I don't know what does! Amazing lineup of such wonderful talent! :)

  9. Loved seeing the fantastic work by our three hugely talented Pinworthies, Jan, Kerstin and Amanda. The colours Jan used are just outstanding, Kirstin's crackling is fabulous and I love how the page looks genuinely 'old' and vintage. I love the depth of colour that Amanda has achieved on her gorgeous background and those birds are just SO much fun!! Thank you so much to each of you for sharing your amazing talent with us! Hugs, Anne xx

  10. What fantastic page spreads from our Pinworthies - I just love how this theme seems to cause people to pause and panic and then come up with something completely spectacular - it's such a great turn around! I honestly didn't mean to cause everyone so many problems, but I'm thrilled to see the results!
    Alison xx

  11. absolutely amazing work - no wonder you are all pinworthy - fabulous inspiration from one and all! Brilliant work! Hugs rachel x

  12. Congrats to our Pinworthies with their showstopping Journalling.
    Julie x

  13. Wow!Such wonderful pages full of creativity and inspiration! Each so unique and Beautiful!! Thank you ladies for sharing your steps and your art with us! truly a fabulously talented trio!!
    Jackie xo

  14. Congrats to these three lovely ladies and their fabulous work. Journaling can be a bit scary at first but as you have proven, not too scary to give it a try. These pages are all simply wonderful, a joy to look at and find all the details. Great job by all.
    S@ndy xx

  15. What lovely and different inspiration from each of you wonderful guest Creative Guides! Bright colors, earth tones and crazy birds - thank you so much for joining us and sharing your journaling talents! Julia xx

  16. Incredible and varied journalling from each of our super talented guests here! I love all three for their clever design and use of techniques. Thank you for sharing with us ladies. Jenny x

  17. Once again I offer my immense thanks for all the lovely comments - Your kind words are gratefully received . Thank you xx