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Monday 28 November 2016

Destination Inspiration Arriving at Terminal 4

Hello all, lovely to have you visiting A Vintage Journey today. This is Astrid to share with you the last of the Destination Inspiration projects for November
Here is a little reminder of what we have in our travel bags this month:
Product: Patterned Paper
Technique: Altered Paper Techniques
Colour: Orange/Rust
Substrate: Notebook or Journal Cover
I decided to create a little mini journal using the Eileen Hull minibook die. I used it for both my cover and the inside pages, but will just show you the cover for today.
I started by covering a piece of mat board (or mount board as we call it in the UK) with my chosen paper and cut it with the die.
I covered the entire piece with clear gesso and when that was dry took a deep breath and started to spray on colour with a mix of Rusty Hinge Distress Spray and a copper coloured Lindy's Stampgang Spray. When still wet I sprinkled on some Infusions in the colour Sunburst. This was hard, as orange is not normally a colour I go to, so I knew at this point already, some rusty stuff would have to come into play too.
I chose some metal embellishments and covered them in white gesso. I rather liked the frosty white colour on my branches and leaves, so it was at this point I decided to call my journal "Transitions", as I wanted to depict the transition from autumn into winter, a theme that easily can be carried through for the inside pages too.
So instead of making them all rusty, I just used the same sprays on them and I rather like the effect.....
Still, it needed something to tone it all down a bit, so this flower came to the rescue. I made it using Clearly for Art and the Tim Holtz Poinsettia die. I glued some tissue wrap to one side of the Clearly for Art, die cut it and then added some colour using some Alcohol Inks in a mix of Espresso and Gold Mixative. When heated the Clearly for Art becomes pliable, so it was easy to shape the flower. I added some very dark red berries from my stash, using hot glue, and while the glue was still liquid very quickly sprinkled on some Antique Platinum glitter.
To add a bit more texture to it all, I dyed some cheese cloth, again using my Distress Sprays, I also added some Prima Art Stones, and darkened everything with a little carefully sprayed Ground Espresso spray. The word Transitions was computer generated.
A few splatters with watered down white paint finished it all off.

Now I did want to add a bit of something rusty as well still, so decided to alter this little die cut angel for the back cover.
The angel was cut from mat board again. I coloured it with Rusty Hinge spray and then rusted it with good old Crafty Notions rusting powder. When the rust had formed I highlighted some bits with Copper Treasure Gold.
Here you can see it on the back cover. The album closes with the little tab that comes with the die. I glued it to the back and for the front used some velcro dots.

Finally here is one of the inside pages still
You'll be able to see further pages on my own blog in the weeks to come.

Well that's it for today, but before I end, here is a second look at the superb projects my team mates created for the previous DIs this month:

Well, there you have it, 4 very different projects, all using the same basic ingredients.... Here's hoping we have given you some inspiration this month, and don't forget to come back on Friday for the beginning of our new challenge.

Looking forward to seeing you then and thank you for your visit,


  1. Good Morning Astrid. What an amazing cover for your journal. It looks like perfection in every way and the colours truly are spectacular. Stunning pice of work. Hugs Rita xxx

  2. wow, Astrid, your cover is fabulous! the other guides' projects are great also.

  3. Oh my goodness!!! You´ve just done it again Astrid and made the most wonderful cover for your new journal. I absolutely LOVE it. You just always manage to get the best out of every little detail, so it all looks like a million. It´s soooo gorgeous and everything just fit sooo perfect in any way. Stunning work as usual sweet lady, well done.
    The other girls has also done a wonderful job on their projects, that´s for sure, and it all looks really great.

  4. Astrid, what fabulous use you have made with the contents of the travel bag! You really have transformed Eileen's mini journal into a beautiful piece of art - I love how the metal bits look all frosty and the rusted cherub is amazing!! xx

  5. Words almost fail me Astrid... this journal cover truly takes my breath away!!! The drama of the spritzed rust, the frost covered leaves and oh my, that poinsettia! I'd forgotten how wonderful those clear flowers can look and will now need to dig out the tissue wrap supplies :) You have rounded off perfectly what has been a stupendous month of art from the team. Thank you so much for sharing xx

  6. Beautiful Astrid! How you arranged the leaves and your poinsettia with the cheese cloth underneath is just fabulous! How you showed the changes of the seasons is amazing too! xx

  7. Stunning. Lovely branches, leaves and that gorgeous poinsettia!

  8. Fabulous use of the travel bag contents Astrid xx Love the colours on your book cover and the embellishment alterations are fantastic x
    The cherub is so sweet too xx Great DI and very inspiring

    TFS and hugs Annie x

  9. Beautiful cover! Love the poinsettia!

  10. That's gorgeous, Astrid - wonderful wintry gatherings for the floral embellishment, and the colours are stunning on your altered papers - fabulous finish to the month.
    Alison x

  11. Fabulous! Love the poinsettia.
    Linda xxx

  12. Perfection in every way Astrid ! You never cease to amaze me with your wonderful projects!

  13. Oh this is awesome Astrid! That cover is to die for and all of the extra touches and techniques are amazing!

  14. Astrid, this is such an inspiring project from the altered embellies to the gorgeous inky background and the FANTABULOUS flower! How amazing! Is that Wendy Vecchi? I think I have that in black, and never used it. Not sure what to make and mold with black? Well, I'm in love and so inspired. Thanks for sharing the many incredible details here. Hugs, Autumn

  15. I love your beautiful journal cover Astrid! The base paper, wonderful splashes of orange and the lovely transitioning foliage. An ispiring place to journal! Julia xx

  16. Gorgeous Astrid, love the rustic tones and the poinsettia is a beautiful touch. A real rustic charm to this . Tracy x

  17. absolutely beautiful Astrid - just gorgeous xx

  18. So gorgeous Astrid and you are always so generous in sharing your lovely techniques!
    Bless you!

  19. Just Beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial. I love the colors you used in this project.

  20. This is one fine journal cover! I love what you've done with the colors, Astrid, and those metal trinkets look amazing with the treatment you gave them. The poinsettia has stolen the show--STUNNING! I am so inspired! Always such a pleasure to see how each of the talented Team uses the specified ingredients. Looks like I have some catching up to do!

  21. I have seen all the comments come through but not had a chance to visit - now I see why such praise!! An amazing creation - bookmarked for future inspiration!! xxxx

  22. Gorgeous Astrid, love the frosty foliage and your poinsettia is spectacular, a fabulous use of the travel bag contents, thanks for sharing this beautiful project! Deb xo

  23. I'm terrified of using sprays, especially those of strong hues, so to see Astrid use them and end up with this beauty really is educational. Love all your embellishments and arrangements. Brilliant lineup as always from the 4 makers this month. Nicola x

  24. An absolutely stunning cover, love the poinsettia sitting on the frosty leaves, all arranged beautifully. Thanks for the process pictures. Look forward to seeing more of the inside pages.
    Avril xx

  25. Astrid, lovely work becoming so festive with that orange/rust!! I love your journal!

    great makes from everyone- thank you all for the inspiration! xx

  26. Absolutely gorgeous Journal cover ! Astrid. It is a real 'stand out' work of art so well designed and executed. Such inspirational use of the contents of the travel back ..
    Fabulous projects from everyone this month - tfs