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Monday 14 November 2016

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 2

Hello all, it's Alison here, arriving at Destination Inspiration.  I hope you saw Tracy's fantastic creation at Terminal 1, and now's your chance to see what I got up to with the contents of this month's luggage.  Just to remind you, here's what's in the travel bag:

Substrate - Journal/Notebook cover
Product - Patterned Paper
Technique - Altered paper techniques
Colour - Orange/Rust

Well, regulars at Words and Pictures will guess that I went for the rusty end of that colour spectrum.  I did some basic paper tearing and distressing for my altered papers, and here's what I ended up with...

It started out as one of those basic black notebooks you can pick up almost anywhere.

I used one of my favourite Andy Skinner techniques to get the rusted look - spritzes of the DecoArt white Media Mister with Quinacridone Gold over it.  It's part way through the process here.

Quin Gold was probably my most-missed product while I was away, so I had to use it for this first project back in the craft room.  I love the variegated look of decay you get with its translucence.

I generally add a darker wash over the top for a grungier edge to the rusty look.

As I said, I kept my paper altering on a fairly simple level.  They're all Tim Holtz papers, and all from the subtler end of the colour spectrum.

I tore and inked the edges, and then ruffled them up at the edges once they were stuck down.

I also added the lovely thorny stamp in Sepia (as close to orange as I'm generally willing to go with my stamping).

I used Quinacridone Gold again, with some Paynes Grey in layers, on my Idea-ology Quote Band, and secured it in place with some rusty wire.

The leaves were actually a bit of an afterthought, but I'm very glad my brain went on thinking, as I really like the result.

They're Calico Craft Parts, and they've just had a touch of the Quin Gold for that burnished autumnal look.

The notebook is rusted on the other side too, but otherwise unadorned on the reverse.  You have to be able to use the thing, after all!

And that's my altered notebook cover for you.  Thirteen photos - unlucky for some, but hopefully not for us on our Vintage Journey!

Thanks so much for dropping in today.  Do come back on Friday to see our fabulous Pinworthy guests, and next Monday another Creative Guide will be stopping at Destination Inspiration.  In the meantime, why not come and play along with my Cracking Up challenge - we'd love to see you there too!

Happy Crafting all!
Alison x


  1. Great note book cover, glad you're making the most of being in your own craftroom, be it for just a short while
    Amanda x

  2. oh, Alison, this looks fantastic!!

  3. Wonderful rusting effects and alterations to your papers Alison, this is a book anyone would love to pick up on a daily basis. Xxx

  4. Wow Alison, I am in rust heaven! This is one of those projects I would love to reach out and touch, it looks so tactile .... the leaves are wonderful and the rusty cover and pages are fabulous! Anne xx

  5. Fbaulous rusing on your cover Alison, and te papers and other elements you added give it such a wonderful textural look! The rusted CCP leaves are just the perfect finishing touch, a wonderful cover and super use of those travel bag ingredients. I guess that quin. gold will just have to be added to your next real travel bag too....

  6. Wonderful rust effects Alison and love the layers of distressed papers and subtle stamping. A beautiful notebook cover, thanks for sharing it! Deb xo

  7. OOOooo what fabulous rust effects. Combined with your delicately tonal stamped papers and embellishments makes for one wonderful makeover .
    Great use of the contents of the travel bag x

  8. Absolutely Gorgeous Alison!! Your rusted background is just scrumptious!! What depth and richness you have created!
    hugs,Jackie xx

  9. WOW this is fabulous!
    Linda xxx

  10. Love your rusting, and fabulous looking journal cover. The papers are beautiful, and the added leaves, is a very lovely idea, you got. They make it all live ,I think.
    Hugs, Dorthe

  11. It's amazing what a little paint and imagination can do! Really like the book cover. Love your art Alison truly do.

  12. Fabulous DI post Alison x Love the background to your journal and the mix of the DA colours. The altered papers look as though the edgeshave been burnt, something I have also wanted to try but not been brave enough !!

    The leaves really complete the finished piece. TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx

  13. Fabulous, love the rusting, looks an amazing technique. Love your subtle alering of the pages.
    Avril xx

  14. What a gorgeous cover you created Alison - love the colors and rusted aged look - and all the torn and layered papers add such great texture and visual appeal! Your metal sentiment is perfect for your journal cover! Julia xx

  15. Wonderful wonderful! Those rust effects are fabulous xxx

  16. Stunning !!! I just love those rust effects Alison and your layered design on the front cover. Great use of the bag contents! Jennie x

  17. Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful. Earthy Elegance Extraordinaire. Wow. Xj.

  18. How awesome. I like the rusty look to the basic book, so cool.

  19. Wow! This is absolutely stunning Alison! So much detail and love the autumnal rust, so gorgeous.
    Fliss xx

  20. Wow Alison! This really is an incredibly beautiful cover for your journal/notebook! Hugs, Chrisx

  21. This is absolutely beautiful Alison! Bet you're really enjoying getting back to your full set of supplies xx

  22. What gorgeous Rusty layers Alison. I love those leaves which add wonderful dimension to your cover and I love the torn layers . Tracy x

  23. What a beautiful transformation Alison!! I really love this brilliant capture of autumn. Nicola x

  24. Absolutely gorgeous, Alison!

    Lucy x