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Friday 22 January 2016

Welcome Nicole

It's another Friday Guest day today and what a fabulous artist and project we have for you. Let's get straight over to see what's in store.


Hello Travellers I am thrilled to be back on A Vintage Journey to bring you today's tour!  

Let me start by welcoming you and I'm Nicole, creative travelling blogger of Nicole Wright Designs.  There is a lot to see on today's tour and I'm all about the photo's.  Let's head off and create some inspiration on this Passport Journey.

I started off with Sizzix Designer Eileen Hull's Passport Scoreboard die, Tim Holtz Vintage Market XL Die and the mini movers and shapers airplane.

This is my first time creating with the passport die and ya, that was so fun and messy!

I created a leather passport book using vintage photo distress spray stain, ground espresso distress ink and Kraft Glassine.  Add a coat of clear rock candy distress crackle and that leather look is achieved.

I have some awesome vintage looking leather luggage.  This tag comes on the bags.  I thought it would look awesome!  Love it...

I cut the "TRAVEL" and mini airplane on mat board then I grunged it up.  I used 8x8 Collage Paper Stash for the pages and some Ephemera. 

Each piece of Ephemera is coated with Ranger's Glue n' Seal.  Once dried I used Black Soot Distress marker on the edges then smudge.  This really grunges the pages up.

I stamped the inside of each page and the books covers using the Ledger Script stamp.  I left the pages empty.  

This world traveller is heading for Europe in a couple of weeks.  I thought it would be nice to add some tickets, photos and who knows what when I get back.

I hope you enjoyed my Vintage Travel Passport Book!  Thank you to the AVJ Team for including me!  I am always thrilled to be asked.  It's always fun to see what creative inspiration they create to share.  

Thanks for joining me on my tour.  I look forward to new adventures and filling this book up with memories.



Wow thanks Nicole what a fabulous project to add along side all the others we have seen over the last few weeks and thank you so much for taking the time to create such a fabulous post too.

Nicole has not long been back from the CHA trade show in Anaheim USA and whilst there she launched her own stamps, Fallen Blossom and Upstream.  They are her own drawings so they have that sketchy look and they will be availible in February. Congratulations Nicole that is such good news and we wish you all the success in the world with the new venture.

Well that's us for another week, we look forward to seeing you again on Monday when we have another stop at the Destination Inspiration post. 
See you there and have a fabulous weekend.

hugs Brenda and the Creative Guides. xxx


  1. Wow! This is amazing! The leather-look cover is gorgeous. Have a great time on your trip!

  2. This is so awesome!!Everytime you create something with dies you make me need to have them!! LOL

  3. This looks amazing!! I love the leather look technique.

  4. What a wonderfully leathered and distressed travel passport Nicole - great techniques on this - and I love how you created your pages inside as well - thank you so much for inspiring us as the AVJ Friday guest! Julia xx (and congrats on your own line of beautiful stamps!)

  5. What a fabulous travel journal Nicole, amazing leather look cover and love the aged ephemera layered inside, wonderful! Have a great trip to Europe and huge congratulations on the launch of your stamp line, wishing you every success! Thanks so much for joining us here at AVJ today, Deb xo

  6. Fantastic ideas here and a wonderful passport travel journal Nicole! Thanks so much for sharing. Jenny x

  7. Oh I always adore projects like this, and wow, this one looks fantastic!! What super use of that die!!
    The cover looks fantastic and I love what you did with the spine too!

    Congrats on your very own stamp line, - how exciting!And of course have an amazing European trip!!!

  8. First up, huge congratulations on the new stamp line Nicole, both sets are wonderful!

    Love your passport book, the cover looks fantastic and so do the grungy pages. It is lovely to have you share your amazing are here with us too! Enjoy your travels. Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Welcome Nicole Fabulous passport book and tag Love the earthy grunginess and all those altered pages . Thanks for sharing your creativity with us .
    Congrats on the launch of your new stamps too - how exciting for you .
    hugs x

  10. Lovely vintage passport book Nicole. Loving all those vintage tones and layers. Thanks so much for joining us on our Vintage Journey. Tracy x

  11. What a wonderful surprise to see the talented Nicole here at A Vintage Journey. And Nicole, what a grungy, vintage passport book you have created! Loved seeing all the photos and hearing how each page came together. Well done on this leathery book and on the launch of your new line of stamps! They are fabulous, and you are a remarkable artist! I'm so proud of you! Safe and happy travels across the big pond!

  12. What a totally amazing book Nicole! The faux leather is the neatest thing! Love the alphas for your cover and each page is perfect. Fabulous project, TFS!

  13. Such a wonderful vintage look for this passport! I love it!

  14. Thank you so much for this wonderful project Nicole. I always enjoy seeing your creations and I'm so excited for you with your new line.

  15. A fantastic journal with amazing details. You will have to post the ephemera you obtain when in Europe too x
    Lovely to see you here Nicole and best wishes with your own line of stamps

    Tfs Annie x

  16. What a brilliant mini album - your vintage passport book is an absolute knockout, Nicole - so full of wonderful details and great collaging. Fantastic to have you with us for this leg of the journey, and I hope you have a fabulous trip to Europe.
    Alison xx