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Monday 15 January 2018

Destination Inspiration - Terminal 2 with Autumn

Hi there!  Autumn here, arriving at Destination Inspiration with a lovely travel bag of goodies to play with.  Here's what we've packed:

Product: Sprays
Technique: Stamping
Colour: Blue & Brown
Substrate: Wood or Chipboard

I went to my favorite substrate, this altered address book to which I added chipboard pages to make into an art journal.  

I must confess, I was right at home with these colors and products.  Stamping is my favorite thing and I tend to lean towards a blue/green palette - always with the addition of browns.

I removed my pages from the binder gave a rough brushing of gesso.  I stenciled the Small Wildflowers stencil by Darkroom Door onto my pages, with Liquitex light modeling paste.  I love this paste for working with sprays because it soaks up the color and leaves such beautiful contrast.  I was anxious to see how Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio sprays would work over sponged Distress Oxides, so I sponged on some color roughly.  I sprayed over the blue DOX with Lindy's Danny Zuko's Denim and spritzed with a little water to let the color bleed down the page.  I turned the pages upside down and spritzed the bottom with Lindy's Sandra Dee Sepia and let it bleed into the blue.  

Because my stenciling wasn't dry, I accidentally scraped off a portion of one of the flowers.  I decided to scrape off each other flower to make highlights and really liked this look - happy accidents!  :)

I perched a the house stamp from the Darkroom Door Home Sweet Home set atop the tallest flower.  I added two die cut Prima leaves and a die cut Tim Holtz Wildflower die cut.

I blended the wildflower die cut with the stenciling.  Here you can see where the spray colors meet.

The Tim Holtz paper dolls, layered over Tim Holtz doily die, remind me of my Grandma and her oldest sister.  There were 13 children in the family living on a farm.  When Pearl, the oldest child, went to work at the local mill they were able to buy flour for bread and shoes for the first times in their lives.  When they were much older, they loved fashion, after being raised so poor.  But their hearts were always humble and grounded.

I stamped the Gazette texture stamp in the background in DOX and spritzed it to get that faded look.  I used one of the $1 alphabet stamp sets to add the text.  I really like how the DOX changed the properties of the sprays and I was able to get the beautiful "spritz and fleck" look.  

I hope you're getting inspired by Terminal One with Alison and today's stop.  Join us next Monday for even more ideas with this month's travel bag contents.  And don't forget our current challenge, Think Inside or Outside the Box.  One lucky participant will win a $25 gift certificate to the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  We truly hope you will play along.


  1. Lovely pages Autumn, great inking and spritzing for your gorgeous background. Great quote and wonderful layout! Nikki xx

  2. Fabulous journal pages Autumn and I loved the story behind your creation xx Great use of the travel bag contents and the effects of the stencilling against your background look amazing with the addition of the die cut wildflowers. ....Love it !!

    TFS and hugs Annie x

  3. Such a lovely page Autumn and I love the way your happy accident turned out! Also really enjoyed the story of your grandma and her sister, - those were the days..... A truly lovely make and great use of the travelbag ingredients!

  4. This page is so amazing! I am kidnapped by them, by its winter colors, by the vintage look, it's a page full of poetry.

  5. Great way to put those travel bag contents to use! When I saw this combination, I thought this is Autumn through and through! You have taken off with these products! I love the happy accident, the house 'flower' and the wonderful story behind those distressed paper dolls! A pair of beautifully grungy pages from your lovely heart!

  6. Amazing AJ pages! Love the stenciling and the ephemera added!

  7. Fabulous pages Autumn - stunning colours and gorgeous vintage style! Such a great way of using the travel bag contents. Love it! Jennie x

  8. Two beautiful pages Autumn - such a lovely story about your grandmother and her sister depicted here - the running of your sprays looks beautiful over the stenciling - a wonderful project using the contents of your travel bag! Julia xx

  9. Just stunning, Autumn! There's a glow about these pages which is simply magical - glorious use of the colours and other travel bag contents. Huge sigh of pleasure from me!
    Alison x

  10. Fabulous pages! Autumn . Love those gorgeous tones of blue and your stenciled flowers- the highlights were meant to be- so efective. Super use of the travel bag goodies x