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, 2 March 2018

It's our 4th Birthday - come celebrate.

Welcome to you all, let's celebrate our 4th birthday with a fabulous theme for March.


Treasure can be described as wealth or riches we store or accumulate, a collection of valuable, interesting or useful things, bits and pieces we highly value, articles that we hang onto that we’ve bought or found and might never be able to purchase again. 

What is in your crafty or artsy treasure trove - those items we squirrel away to keep for something special? Maybe some elegant embellishments, that hoard of ephemera or memorabilia found in a junk shop, a tin of old buttons, rusty keys or diamanté jewels, a paper pad you get out and stroke then put away again, some beautiful fabric or lace you can’t bear to part with. 

We invite you in this challenge to share a project that includes a part of your treasure trove, just let us know what it is so we can see it and comment on it and remember our focus styles and genres to work in (which can be seen under out blog banner) if you would like to be considered for being chosen as one of our top 3 Pinworthy mentions.

How have our very talented Creative Guides interpreted this theme and guidance? 
Let's take a look at their inspirational projects.

I have a growing collection of treasured vintage cabinet cards and old photos and although I've scanned some into the PC and printed them off to use on projects I have never had the courage to use an original - till now. More details can be found at Bumblebees and Butterflies.

My piece of treasure is this little rose painted on silk by my mother over 20 years ago just before she died.  I had a job extricating it from the card and it is a bit messy! but ...... the project is of course very special and I have used lots of treasured bits and pieces from my own stash which I think she would have loved. If you would like to see how this all came together then please do join me over at Live The Dream.

There is no doubt about it, - my greatest treasures can all be found in my craftroom. I am a hoarder of stash and especially of beautiful papers which I love to stroke...
For this challenge I dug into my paper stash and used some of my most treasured collections to create a vintage folio from scratch. If you want to find out how I went about that, come visit me on my blog.

Happy 4th birthday AVJ!  For my 'Treasure' birthday project I decided it was high time that I actually used some of my dearly treasured Tim Holtz Vignette Boxes, Paper Stashes and Idea-ology bits and bobs.  Come on over to my blog to see how my Destination Innovation vignette box came together.

 I am so thrilled to be part of AVJ's 4th Birthday Celebrations and to be taking part in Brenda's "Treasure" challenge theme. I have lots of treasures in my stash and decided to create a wall hanging using laces/fabrics/buttons and LP stamps. For more details/photos  on my blog click HERE 

Well what beautiful projects from the team with some treasured craft supplies being used on the amazing Creative Guides' projects. I hope you saw our post last Friday where we explained some changes we are making to the challenge posts for the coming AVJ new year. If you missed it you can be transported over if you click Here.

Thank you for being on this amazing vintage and creative journey with us and we hope you will continue to enjoy our challenges and inspiration.

Take care and have a wonderful weekend hopefully snuggled up warm and safe in your craft rooms especially if you have been hit by snow this week.

hugs Brenda and the Creative Guides. xxx


  1. Happy 4th Birthday to my Creative Guide sisters and our fantastic followers xxxx So looking forward to taking part in our 5th Year and wonderful challenge themes ahead x Stunning birthday projects by everyone and I look forward to visiting individual blogs for the details.

    Huge hugs
    Annie x

  2. Happy 4th Birthday to all my wonderful team mates, your projects are all so beautiful and I cannot wait to see them all in more detail! Big Birthday Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Happy 4th Birthday! You chose such a wonderful theme to celebrate, thanks so much to the creative guides for their amazing inspiration 😁. Wishing you all much happiness for the coming year! J 😊

  4. Happy 4th Birthday to all my ever so lovely teamies. I feel so priviledged and incredibly fortunate to be a part of this very special, super talented team! Heres to another great year together.
    Fabulous 'treasure projects that I look can't wait to see more of but first I'm off to pin these beauties ...
    Stay warm and safe everyone x

  5. Happy birthday!!! Stunning projects from my wonderful teamies, I am busy all day today but look forward to seeing all the details soon! Happy weekend!

  6. Happy 4th Birthday! Your projects are stunning, and I'm looking forward to visiting to see all the details! Big warm birthday hugs to all of my teammates! I'm looking forward to a creative year ahead!

  7. I would like to express my huge thanks to those publishing projects today and those lined up for other projects and posts coming soon. Without the talent, ideas, commitment and fantastic support from the Creative Guides this challenge blog would not be what it is today. We are celebrating four years of challenges and so looking forward to many more. We hope you will continue to join us.
    Thanks Team - you are the BEST xxx

  8. Happy birthday A Vintage Journey! I feel so very lucky to be a part of this amazingly talented group of artisans, you continue to inspire and educate with every post and challenge. Thank you for all you do and so happy that we are moving forward into our 5th year with the support of our dedicated and talented followers. Can't wait to see what year 5 brings to us all! Deb xo

  9. Happy 4th Bday AVJ..such a fab journey with you all! Gorgeous inspiration as always,keep warm, hugs xxx

  10. Happy 4th Birthday AVJ! I too am just so thankful to be on this team where I have learned so much about vintage, steam punk, journaling etc from all of you! Looking forward to another beautifully creative year here!! Julia xx

  11. Gosh the years are flying in! Beautiful, precious makes from everyone. Congratulations to the entire AVJ team for consistently brilliant creativity and wonderful tutorials and inspiration. Special bravo to Brenda for being at the helm of such a fabulous challenge blog that is always a pleasure to visit. X

  12. Once again gorgeous projects from the team of this great challenge blog ! Happy 4th birthday AVJ xx

  13. Not sure of it's me, I was just wondering if the link up to add your project has changed too, I don't see a link on this post? Maybe I've missed it 😁. Many thanks! J 😊

    1. Thanks for letting us know. We have now added the link to add your project! Nikki

  14. Je vous souhaites un très joyeux anniversaire pour vos 4 années de vos merveilleuses créations à toutes que vous nous partagées par vos défis .Merci , NATE

  15. All such gorgeous creations...Happy Birthday XXX

  16. Happy Birthday to you all. Loving the creations and will have to get my thinking cap on xXx

  17. Happy Birthday! Beautiful work from the DT!

  18. Happy Birthday! Many thanks for the fun challenge, I will be back again but thought you might like to see that I broke into my Tim Holtz embellishments for the challenge Karen xx

  19. Happy Birthday to AVJ!! And many more!!! Lovely sample makes, everyone! Enjoyed the thoughtful challenge, xoxo

  20. Happy 4th Birthday!!! Fabulous DT projects!

  21. Happy happy bday, I love your blog and designs. Tfs
    I’m sharing my treasured texas wildflowers and stamps.