Monday 20 February 2017

February Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal #3

Welcome everyone to Terminal #3!  Julia here with a Destination Inspiration Post.  
Every Monday one of the AVJ Creative Guides is here with a travel bag of supplies she must use to create something.  Here's what our travel bags contain for February.
1.  Product - Kraft Card
2.  Technique - Stenciling
3.  Color - Fired Brick/dark red
4.  Substrate - Burlap

 I found a package of 5"x7"burlap bags in my stash - and knew it would be the perfect base for my creation!
 Here's how I put this together.  First I put a piece of cardboard inside the bag to keep the spray stain from going through to the back.
I laid the Scribbles stencil over the bag and sprayed it with Fired Brick Distress Spray.
 (I did the same on the other side of the bag - but did not decorate the back further.)
I removed the stencil and here is the result.  I like the little edge of spray on the right that happened!  I didn't want the stencil centered - and this bit of outside spray gives interest without being too busy!
There was a lot of stain on the top of the stencil so I took a piece of Kraft cardstock and laid the inky side of the stencil down onto it and pressed over the stencil with a paper towel.  I removed the stencil and it left this great negative print!  I dried it with my heat tool.
I started gathering things I wanted to put on my bag.
I die cut the piece of stained kraft card I made in the photo above using the Artful Dwellings die and used one of the pieces to make a sort of tag for the bag. I die cut the Thinlits 'getaway' out of black card and adhered it to the tag and sponged the edges of the tag with Ground Espresso.  I used a Loop Pin to pin the key and tag to the bag.  I also adhered the tag and key with adhesive - I put the cardboard piece back into the bag so as not to have the glue go through to the back.
I attached the Word Band to the bag with a loop of Black Paper String on each end, tying a knot and trimming the ends - again being careful not to catch the back of the bag in the stitch.
I added Chit Chat and Small Talk Stickers, a wrinkled seam tape bow and stitched the key to the bag as it is heavy and flopped around without the stitch!
I rubbed Ranger Fired Brick Acrylic Distress Paint over the Word Band - heated it to dry - then sanded off the top - then I sponged Ranger Distress Ground Espresso ink over it.  It says "capture life's moments" and is tied onto the front of the bag with Black Paper String as described above.
 I hope I have inspired you with my Destination Inspiration project using the supplies in my travel bag today.  I think this burlap bag will make a nice place to put photos or mementos from a trip!
There will be one more Destination Inspiration for February next Monday.  If you missed the first two - you'll find Terminal #1 here and Terminal #2 here.

And a reminder - there's still time to join in in the February A Vintage Journey Challenge -  Jennie is our host and her challenge is 'Words that are Special'!.
Paper:  Kraft, True Black - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ground Espresso
Accessories:  5"x7" burlap bag,  Ranger Distress Spray Stain - Fired Brick, Ranger Distress Paint - Fired Brick, Scribbles Stencil - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, Idea-ology: Black Paper String, Small Talk, Chit Chat, Word Keys, Word Bands, Loop Pins, Dies - Artful Dwellings - Tim Holtz/Alterations, Thinlits Handwritten Vacation, Black wrinkled seam tape.


  1. Such a wonderful work Julia!
    Thank you for the inspiration.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  2. The kraft and red are a fabulous combination and the embellishments are perfect. Great use of the travel bag components Julia xxx

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  4. I am always impressed at how burlap takes Distress Stain and it looks so beautiful on your burlap bag, the stencilling is so crisp and clear and I love your choice of embellishments! Anne xx

  5. Briliant Julia, love how your little bag turned out! The background with the stain looks super and I totally love how you embellished it! Such a clever way to use the artful dwelling die!

  6. A wonderful way to use the travel bag ingredients . Inspired use of all the products you have used to create such a lovely 'travel bag of your very own. Great job! Julia x

  7. Just love how the stencilling looks on the burlap - a really great rustic look - and yes, I also really like the "stripes" of colour from having the stencil off centre - fab detail. A delightful little bag, and great use of the travel bag contents.
    Alison x

  8. Great use of the travel bag products! The stenciling looks fantastic, and I love that you used the leftover ink to make your tag. Great choice of embellishments and clever to add the chit chat sticker to the word key! This entire project has a lot of wow factor!

  9. This is an awesome project, Julia!

  10. I have one of these bags and am so inspired by this project! Great layering and thought process here! Hugs, Autumn

  11. This is fabulous! Thank you for sharing.
    Linda xxx

  12. TFS all your steps Julia. I love your amazing mixed media burlap bag and your wonderful embellishments. Hugs..

  13. Amazing tutorial Julia. Love all the elements you've used to create this one-of-a-kind keepsake bag. Great job! xx

  14. Love how you have used the Travel Bag contents Julia xx the stain on the burlap looks fabulous and the embellishments are perfect x thank you for a brilliant step by Step too xx
    Hugs Annie x

  15. Really love this Julia - No better color combination and your project is lovely! S@ndy xx

  16. Lovely way to use the travel bag ingredients Julia. Love your bag and the stencilling is gorgeous set against the burlap. Tracy x

  17. A very clever use of the contents this month! Great design Julia x

  18. Stunning art! Love every little detail, it's gorgeous, thank you for sharing x

  19. Gorgeous Julia, love the spray stain through the stencil onto burlap, fabulous textures and genius to cut your tag from the monoprinted card with the dwellings die, love it to pieces! Deb xo

  20. What a wonderful mini canvas Julia. Love the stencilling xx