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 19 January 2018

A New Year And New Inspiration From Our Pinworthies

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by, we have a real treat to share with you today. Two of our Pinworthy winners from October are here to share their beautiful creations for our current Think Inside or Outside The Box challenge.  Please join me in welcoming Maria of Magic Attic Design and Swagatika of Paperbugz, enjoy!


Hello!   My name is Maria Lillepruun, I am the owner of the Magic Attic Design blog.  I am a mixed media artist, a paper crafter, an educator and a museum conservator based in Tallinn, Estonia. 

Most often I create notebooks, sometimes photo albums, cards, layouts and various art objects.  I also do create and alter boxes sometimes, but only the ones for the most darling friends and family :)  My favorite styles is vintage, so I feel myself really comfortable showing my project on a blog called A Vintage Journey!  For the box challenge I altered a simple cardstock box into a little vintage treasury.

First of all I added some texture onto the box with texture paste and stencils.  After that I colored the box with ink sprays and alcohol inks.  I used some green patina to age the texture.

The box is richly decorated with "jewels", beads, Prima flowers and other resin and metallic embellishments.  I colored them all partly to incorporate all together.

This special box is meant to hide something very beautiful inside...

Thank you for your attention! You are welcome to visit my blog and Youtube channel where I post some tutorials from time to time.  Have a wonderful winter!

Hi, my name is Swagatika. I am absolutely delighted and honored to be a guest designer at A Vintage Journey, this is such a talented design team! And moreover I am so excited as this is my first ever design post for a blog.

A little about me: I come from India, a mother of six-month-old baby girl and a loving wife of a loving husband :D I started crafting 2 years back and have found my love in mixed media and Decoupage art. I find fun working on DIY projects, sketching cartoons while my little one sleeps and pastime while babysitting. I find inspiration in every little thing around me, everyday beauty, in nature and photos and my own work as it develops, grows and ‘shapes up on a life of its own’. I want to share my creative story in whatever way possible, through my artwork. I love following different crafters all over the world and try to take inspiration from them as I feel there is always some cultural essence in every art. You can find my project on my blog here:

For this theme I chose to alter a Chocolate box ;) I had this Gudrun Chocolate box which was saved from a very long time and I grabbed this chance to work on this box :D

I tried outside of the box look like a shabby chic and inside the box a vintage look. 

A detailed explanation on the complete process, you can find on my blog.

I have used many mixed media techniques to create this project and the materials used were from Itsy Bitsy store India. The product that I have over used in this project is chalk paint and have tried many techniques using it.  Hope you like my project and give it a try!!


Thank you so much to Maria and Swagatika for sharing their fabulous boxes with us, they are so beautiful. I hope that you have all been inspired to join in our Think Inside or Outside The Box challenge after seeing these gorgeous creations, you have until February 1st to link up your projects, can't wait to see what you all create!

Deb and the Creative Guides


  1. Thank you so much Deb!!!It was an honour to post on your blog....

  2. Wow... Stunning projects ladies!

  3. Beautiful creations from Maria and Swagatika x Love the amazing details on your wonderful boxes...real treasures for sure. Its so lovely to have you both here.

    Huge hugs Annie xx

  4. Huge thank you to Maria and Swagatika for being our guests today! Beautiful details on your boxes! someone is going to be lucky indeed to receive them! Hugs! Sara Emily

  5. What beautiful creations Maria and Swagatika. Lovely techniques and design and such lovely packages for a gift! Thank you both so much for sharing them with us at AVJ! Julia xx

  6. Welcome Maria and Swagatika. Your altered boxes are both so gorgeous. Thanks you so much for sharing your creativity with us today .
    Have a lovely weekend everyone x

  7. Both boxes are amazing! Welcom, Maria and Swagatika, xoxo

  8. Two amazing boxes from Maria and Swagatika, absolutely stunning, both inside and out! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us here at AVJ!!

  9. Stunning creations...absolutely stunning XXX

  10. These are both just stunning! We are so thankful to have you both as our guests. You really inspired me today. Hugs, Autumn

  11. What spectacular work from both Pinworthies... I'm blown away!
    Alison x