This is a unique challenge blog where we are inspired by and focus on the Vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn and steampunk genres and encompass the talent, flair, expertise and ideas of many artists that we are inspired by. We welcome all types of projects - cards, journaling, assemblage, layouts, albums, atcs, altered art in fact whatever you want to share (as long as it is in good taste).

Friday 15 September 2017

September Pinworthy Inspiration

Hello and thank you for stopping by, we have some amazing Pinworthy guests with us today to share their interpretations of Alison's 'Altered Art' September challenge.  Please join me in a very warm welcome to Angela of Felix The Crafty Cat, Ioulia of JulD Handmade and Lys of Impression Scrap as they share their wonderful projects with us, enjoy!



Hi Everyone! My name is Angela Radford (Aka Felix the Crafty Cat) so pleased to have been chosen as one of your Pinworthy Guides for this project.

I live in Lincoln UK with my husband and our two Schnauzers, Maisie and Stan. I have been crafting in some form or another for as long as I can remember and was lucky enough to spend my working life teaching Textiles and Art. I must have tried just about every craft going over the years and mixed media is something that I love doing. I cannot resist trying new techniques and testing out new mediums that become available. I enjoy many different styles but Steampunk/Industrial, Vintage and Shabby Chic are my favourites.
I usually start with an idea but somehow the project seems to develop in unplanned ways but I'm sure you understand! There is a full step-by-step tutorial with lots of pictures and details over at my blog today, if you would like to know more about how I made this.

The theme for this project is just my sort of thing and I have so enjoyed making my:

'Altered Art' Mini Journal.

I made this using empty boxes which had contained coffee pods. And this is were I ended up.

I used lots of Seth Apter's dies and stencils for this project. It was so much fun to make.

If you would like to see the full tutorial for making, it is available on my blog here.

Hope you enjoy looking and thanks for inviting me over.

Happy crafting,  Angela xXx


Hello, I am Ioulia from Greece and I am so happy to be a Guest Designer
once again at “A Vintage Journey”. It is such an honour to be here today, thank you so much.

I loved painting and crafting from my early years, but instead of becoming an artist
I became an engineer who loves to create things in her free time.
So, crafting is my hobby. My passion is clay and texture in paintings.
I am impressed by new techniques and altered materials.
That's why, I love this month's theme "Altered art"

I created an altered steampunk ship with recycled objects.
Junk for some are treasure for me.
So, I filled a ship with altered treasures.

I used 3 tiny tuna tins, rusted screw, gears, wire, a damaged watch, pieces of wood,
a steel wire kitchen pot scrubber, nails, burnt lamps, twine, a battery basis,
a sea shell, an old chain and many others small items.
Some of them were made from clay.

Initially, I made the skeleton of the ship and then I filled the three cabins with treasures.

I hope you like it. 

For more details and pictures, I would be glad if you visit my blog, julD handmade.
Also you can find me here:
Facebook: julD handmade
Pinterest: julD handmade


Bonjour !
I’m so happy to be once more invited on AVJ , among this fabulous team ! Thanks so much!

I’m Lys and I live in a village in south west of France. After crafting had been here all my life, I discovered scrapbooking and built pages to cherish my family memories, then I jumped into Mixed Media some years ago. I found in my daily life many sources of inspiration, but most of them come from my sensations and feelings. My full time job – psychologist- makes me explore creative resources of people I meet and who need help, but I also need to express myself through creations to keep my mind balanced! So I go from feeling to small bits of this and that, and start to build a story…

When I saw the theme Alison chose for this month, I knew it would be hard to choose a substrate, as I hoard so many
“things-I-should-waste-now-but-which-could-be-perfect-for-a-project-I-will-make-some-day”! I chose the most obvious example: a broken glass which should have directly gone to the bin.

First I thought about filling the (nearly) globe, then, as I looked at the string bag which contained the shells I was working with for another project, it made me think of those ancient fishing floats that now are for decoration. This is what I came up with:

It seems the float has collected many things during its journey in the sea,

like seashells and oyster’s pearls… there’s even an octopus!

I will be happy to show you the process on my blog

Thank you!


Truly inspired and inspiring projects from all of our amazingly talented Pinworthies, don't you agree?!  Thanks so much again to Angela, Ioulia and Lys for sharing their art with us all and hope that you too will join in our Altered Art challenge this month, can't wait to see what you link up!  Happy creating,

Deb xo


  1. Oh my goodness! Three totally inspiring projects by our Guests! Angela's mini journal is gorgeous inside and out with so many wonderful elements. Ioulia's ship is an amazing and inspired piece of art - what a brilliant way to display those fabulous little found treasures. The fishing float by Lys looks like it has been wonderfully weathered by the sea - the rusty octopus and the other flotsam and jetsam elements are superb. Wow, great job ladies!!! Hugs, Anne xx

    1. Thank you so much!!! Amazing projects Angela and Lys!!!

  2. Oh my gosh! BREATHTAKING projects from the Pinworthies!

  3. Thanks Anne. So pleased to have been asked to join in. I really enjoyed making this piece and seeing all the other great works of art, all so different too. Happy crafting, Angela xXx

  4. Wow! Angela, Ioulia, and Lys have really spoiled us with these creative and very inspiring transformations of everyday castoffs! Each one of these projects has so many beautiful things to look at and I'm off to have a closer look! Thank you so much for your hard work and inspiration ladies! And so good to learn a little bit more about you. Hugs! Sara Emily

  5. Incredible Altered Art from our Pinworthy guests... a feast of inspiration, so much technical skill and imaginative flair in all three. A brilliant collection of pieces - thank you so much, Angela, Ioulia, and Lys.
    Alison x

  6. What an incredibly inspiring post with our three Pinworthy guests today. Angela, Ioulia and Lys you have each created an incredible project to share with us and our readers, I am in awe of your fantastic creative minds, skills and individual talents that brought each of these wonderful pieces of altered art together. Thank you for sharing them here at AVJ xxx

  7. Oh my goodness, - what an amazing collection of altered objects! So much creativity and imagination! Thank you so much Angela, Ioulia and Lys for sharing your talents with us here, I love your projects!!

  8. WOW! Inspiration destination this is! Angela, your book is the coolest thing since sliced bread! I can't wait to inspect each and every page through your photos. Ioulia, that ship is out of this world creative and cool! The texture and little holes are so much fun. Lys, your hanging bauble is truly amazing and a real work of art. You ladies have blown us away with your awesomeness. Hugs, Autumn

  9. So happy to be here beside Angela and Ioulia and their beautiful creative projects. Thanks so much AVJ ladies for your invitation.

  10. What wonderful creative projects Ladies! Angela - your book is just delightful with the softly inked pages and layering of many things on cover and pages, Ioulia - I cannot believe you envisioned a ship from the pieces that your gathered - but there it is in it's awesomeness!! and Lys - your sea net bag is gloriuosly decorated with items and age from the sea! I'm off to see all the details! thanks for sharing these with us at AVJ! Julia xx

  11. wow!!! what a fabulous array of Altered projects from our Pinworthy's Angela, Ioulia and Lys xx Thank You for sharing such amazing pieces of art and for the most amazing details shared here and on your blog...I just love them xx

    Sending best wishes to everyone

    Annie xxx

  12. Welcome Angela, Ioulia and Lys. Its a big WOW for each of you . Your Altered art projects are amazing - so creative , so inspiring ! You really have well n truly spoiled us today with your exceptional creativity . Thank you so much for being 3 very worthy Guest designers today . WOW!
    Have a lovely weekend Everyone

  13. WOWs!! Ladies, your makes are all so fantastic! Such different approaches and I LOVE the recycling- so clever and brilliant!
    Jackie xo