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Friday 21 July 2017

Pinworthy Guests For July

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by.  We have three very talented Pinworthy guests with us today; Barbara from Yaya Scrap & More, Lucy from With Glue and Glitter and Nate from Le Scrap de Nate .  They have all created amazing projects for our current All Squared Up challenge to inspire us, enjoy!


Hello everyone! It's an honor and a pleasure to take part on this wonderful blog, thanks so much for this wonderful opportunity.

I am Barbara, 55, married to the most patient man in the world and I have two children, male and female, aged 16 and 12, so my life is quite full! I started my creative journey when I was  child, at 5 years I cut newspapers and made collages, I had much fun painting with pens and watercolors too. I've gone through several creative experiences to arrive at traditional scrapbooking in 2005. It seemed to me a different way to collect my children's photos.  I met Tim Holtz's blog during my Internet tours, at that moment there was my turning point, I realized what I really like to do and the style I love most! I enjoy experimenting in different field, but my passion is always Tim and his style! I hope to give you some creative inspiration with my project.

I decided to create my first Eileen Hull Journal with my style inspired by Tim.  The covers are dedicated to the sea and nature, so it's ready to keep  photos and memories of this summer!

To follow your monthly theme, "All Squared Up",  I chose to decorate  inside and outside  my covers with Tim Holtz's stencil 'Tiles'. I started creating the background with Distress oxides, randomly stamping in the corners with the stamp  "Script" by Wendy Vecchi and using the stencil with the Ranger texture paste gloss. Once dried, I sprayed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Stain Spray.

I used the square shape also to create the decoration  inside my journal.

To create my focal point on both my covers, I used two different  stencils by Tim Holtz, with Ranger texture paste Opaque crackle. Once they've dried I painted them with Broken china and Cracked Pistachio  Distress Oxides.

I hope you like my first Journal and I hope I gave you some creative ideas for your projects. Thanks again for letting me to take part in your blog! To see a short tutorial and some close ups of the project you can visit my blog!

Hello, everybody. I'm Lucy of With Glue and Glitter. I am so honored to be chosen as a guest designer for A Vintage Journey. I have been a crafty person my whole life. I've made messes (meaning serious paint splotches on the floor) in every home I've ever lived in. Fortunately my mom encouraged my creativity and I didn't get into too much trouble. My real job is as a Pediatric ER doc so being creative is a nice outlet from the stresses of working in an emergency department. My recent creative journey started about 2 years ago when I decided to make little cardboard houses which I am still eagerly doing. I started doing online craft challenges about a year ago to broaden my craft skills. I've found this to be seriously fun as well.

The picture I've included is a photo from a bike trip I took last year where I rode from the border of Canada and Washington state to Lake Isabella in California about 1800 miles along the Sierra Cascades bike route. This is my favorite photo from the trip because I remembered to suck in my belly and pose to minimize my girth.

Now onto my project. I was afraid when I was asked to be a guest designer that I wouldn't be able to come up with any good ideas, but I fortunately I did have some ideas. This project is called City on the Square. It's based on something I read about Vincent Van Gogh using a frame device for perspective. I didn't think that the great masters in art had to resort to a technique like that, but apparently it was not rare. To achieve my perspective of the city, I drew a set of squares increasing in size by 1/2" increments, cut the centers out, painted them different colors from dark (receding) to light. Then I added buildings from Tim Holtz' Cityscape dies that were stained with different inks. I gradually made them larger and layered more buildings to the outer square frames. When I glued all the frames together I glued strips of cardboard on the backs of each frame to give them more dimension.

There is more on my blog.

Thank you again everyone at a Vintage Journey for this honor.

**I have translated Nate's post from the original French into English with the aide of Google Translate and my very poor high school French, apologies to Nate for any inaccuracies!**

Bonjour ,
c'est une belle  récompense que vous me donnée  là  ,Un grand merci à toute l' équipe pour cette deuxième invitation parmi vous comme invitée designer créatif de juillet.

Hello ,
This is a great honour you have given to me here, a big thank you to all the team for this second invitation among you as an invited creative designer for July.

Je suis Nate, j'habite en France , je suis marié et 2 grands enfants dont je vais fêter cette année la naissance de mon premier petit fils  par ma fille ,j'ai de quoi  lui préparer sa venue en scrapbooking.

I am Nate, I live in France, I am married and have 2 grown children and this year will celebrate the birth of my first grandson by my daughter.  I am preparing for his coming in scrapbooking.
Je scrap depuis longtemps  ,mais je dois dire que  j' ai pris un virage à 180 degrés ,je m'amuse à créer patouiller , vieillir des objets de récupérations  afin de leurs donner un aspect respectable de mon imagination débordante.J'affectionne tout les styles ,y a tellement de savoir faire de  richesse à découvrir sur vos blogs ou chacune à sa façon de faire .

I have been scrapbooking for a long time, but I have to say that I took a turn 180 degrees and am having fun playing around, aging found objects to express my overflowing imagination.  Styles, there is so much to know and a wealth to discover on your blogs as each has his own way of creating.

Pour le thème du challenge de juillet  All squared up, j'ai décidé de confectionner une boite  avec la base carrée  , je l' ai faite de façon a ce qu" elle tourne pour y découvrir chaque face ou j'ai inclus  4 autres carrées pour y nicher mes papillons .

For the July challenge theme All squared up, I decided to make a box with a square base, I made it so that it turns to discover each face and I included 4 other squares to nest my butterflies.

Ma  boite à papillons.
My butterfly box.

Pour cette réalisation , j'ai utilisée un papier épais sur lequel j'ai enduit du  Gesso , puis saupoudré de multiples couleurs  de poudres Brusho  pour avoir un effet mélangé .

For this technique, I used a thick paper which I coated with Gesso and then sprinkled with multiple colors of Brusho powders to have a mixed effect.

j' ai coupé un gabarit  dans de la cartonnette pour confectionner un cube ,puis 4 autres cubes plus petit pour présenter mes papillons.

I cut a template from cardboard to make a cube, then cut 4 other smaller cubes to display my butterflies.

Du Gesso , des poudres Brusho ,de la peinture, divers tampons papillons , des mots, de la cire doré, des embellissements , des engrenages .....

Gesso, Brusho powders, paint, various butterfly stamps, words, gilded wax, embellishments, gears .....

Je vous invites à venir voir les détails directement sur mon blog.  Merci à vous toutes, passez un bel été, à bientôt.

I invite you to come see the details directly on my blog.  Thank you all, have a great summer, see you soon.


Wow, fabulous creations one and all, thank you so much to Barbara, Lucy and Nate for joining us here at A Vintage Journey for our All Squared Up challenge!  Hope that you have been inspired to join us too, you have until August 3rd to add your All Squared Up creations, can't wait to see what you create!

Deb xo


  1. Wow, fantastic, such a lot of cool ideas and inspirations, I love it all!! Stunning projects Barbara,Lucy and Nate!

  2. Oh my goodness, what totally amazing projects from all three of our guests, - STUNING work, - each one so different, yet each just absolutely inspiring! I loved finding out a little more about you all too. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us, and well done Deb (and google) for the traanslation :o)

    1. Merci beaucoup ,c'est un plaisir de pouvoir partager sur ce blog on y trouve tellement d'inspirations
      à bientôt NATE

  3. Wow, wow, wow... three absolutely stunning projects from our guests, each one is incredible and as Astrid has already said, totally inspiring. Thank yo so much Barbara, Lucy and Nate for sharing such wonderful projects with us. Anne x

    1. Merci beaucoup, bon week end

  4. Absolutely amazing projects here and each one is so inspirational.....fabulous details and so lovely to have the three of you here sharing your stunning creations. Its always lovely to hear more about those who enter our challenges. It brought back lovely memories for me too as I used to love cutting and sticking papers/photographs and at Christmas there was always glitter..even more fun !!!!

    TFS and huge hugs to Barbara Lucy and Nate xxx
    Here's wishes to everyone for a very happy weekend whatever you are up to xxxx

    1. Trés heureuse que mon projet vous est plus , merci beaucoup , NATE

  5. Welcome Barbara, Lucy and Nate. Each of your projects are absolutely fantastic packed full of inspiration . What a treat you have offered. Thank you so much for telling us a bit about yourselves and for sharing your super creativity with us today.
    Have a lovely weekend Everyone

    1. Merci beaucoup , bon week-end , NATE

  6. What magnificent projects from all three Pinworthies. Incredible work! I'm looking forward to hopping around for a closer look at all of these. Wonderful to have you along for the ride this month!
    Alison x

    1. Merci beaucoup, c'est un réel plaisir de vous accompagner y a tellement de belles inspirations sur ce blogs
      à bientôt NATE

  7. Barbara, Lucy and Nate - how wonderful to have you on board for this part of our journey! Your projects are each wonderfully original and perfectly crafted. What an inspiration! Thanks to each of you for the inspiration. Hugs, Autumn

  8. Wow! what wonderful inspiration from the three of you! Barbara your ocean theme journal is beautiful - love how you got the squares in through die cuts and stencils, Lucy your City Squared is so very clever and visually stimulating! and Nate your box is incredible with it's stand and lovely butterfly above! Thank you so much for joining us at AVJ and sharing your creativity with us! Julia xx

  9. Oh my goodness what a stunning set of creations! Barbara your journal is amazing! Lucy - I love it when craft is inspired by great artists - love this, and Nate - wow your butterfly box has so many wonderful details. Thank you all for sharing with us. Nikki x

  10. Ooh wow, wow, wow! Three absolutely awesome creations from amazingly talented Pinworthies! Inspiring work, thank you! xxx

  11. Oh, my goodness, what a treat to have these three amazingly talented ladies as our Guests this month! All three projects are tremendously creative and the attention to detail exceptional! Thank you, SO much, Barbara, Lucy and Nate for your inspiration and all of your hard work in creating these fabulous projects! Hugs! Sara Emily PS Sorry to be late, but I've been out of town without any internet, so having fun slowly catching up!

  12. Fabulous creations. Thank you so much for sharing these great projects, Angela xXx