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Friday, 24 May 2019

Creative Card Making with Alison

Hello all, it's Alison here with this month's Creative Card Making post.  Regulars over at Words and Pictures will know I almost never make cards.  For some reason I find them very difficult to get going with.  But a Creative Card Making post requires a card, so here it is...

For this, I borrowed my inspiration from a tag I made in which I borrowed inspiration from one of my fellow Creative Guides, the lovely Jennie of Live the Dream.  And at three removes of inspiration, I found that it wasn't so hard to make a card after all!

I started with a pre-cut kraft card and envelope, 6x6 inches, and gave it a rough coat of gesso as a base.

Over that, I added some Idea-ology Tissue Tape and Design Tape strips and then smeared some DecoArt Crackle Paint in places.  (I know I took photos as I was going, but my camera seems to be playing up, and decided not to keep them.)

Over the dried crackle, I added dribbles of Distress Stain in Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky...

... and I smeared some Peeled Paint DI and Shabby Shutters DOxide onto my craft mat, spritzed with water, and added that to the mix too.

I chose those colours to go with the tag I cut the Tim Holtz flower out of.

This one is from the Wildflower Stems #2 set.

I'd done some wrinkle-free distressing with those colours onto the tag, and had just enough to be able to cut the strips of paper lace too.

This is one of the two designs from the Lace Thinlits set released a couple of years ago.

Most of my butterfly Design Tape had become invisible under the crackle, so I added some more of that...

... as well as some actual lace from Tim's Idea-ology Lace Trimmings.

There's a bit of script stamping done in Stormy Sky Oxide.

And I used the leftover blobs from cutting the lace to add some extra detailing.

A few ivory sequins dotted around catch the light rather nicely.

And the Idea-ology Quote Chip gives me the necessary words to finish things off.

In the end, I really like this mixed-media card.  And it's flat enough to go through the post without extra charges!

I hope that's given you some card-making inspiration.  Thanks so much for pausing in your journey with me today.  There's still plenty of time to join in with our current Book It! challenge so do come and join us.  Have fun on your crafting travels.

Alison x

Friday, 17 May 2019

Book It! Vintage Nature Inspired Folio Album Tutorial

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by, it's Deb here today to share a tutorial with you on how I created by vintage nature inspired folio album for our current Book It! challenge.

This folio album was inspired by a YouTube tutorial by papercrafter45.  She has a wonderful 6 part video tutorial on how she made her 8-Pocket Mini Folio so be sure to check it out.  I've changed the dimensions and the design of some of the tuck spots and pockets on mine (think I ended up with 22 pockets and tucks!) but many of the design aspects follow her videos pretty closely.  The measurements that I am going to give you in my tutorial are for the outside dimensions of the pages and pockets only and do not include the 1/2" edge flaps (see papercrafter45's videos to see what I'm talking about!) so take that into consideration if you decide to make one of your own.  This tutorial is pretty long so grab a cup or glass of our favourite beverage and let's get started!

NB: most of the papers and images used on this project are courtesy of Ephemeras Vintage Garden, Vectoria Designs and Far Far Hill.

As is my usual style, I started this project very backwards by making an insert to put inside the folio album before I ever made the album!  I saw another video tutorial by papercrafer45 for an envelope pocket made from a No. 10 envelope and decided to make a little 3 pocket envelope folio.  I adhered two of the envelope pockets back to back (see papercrafter45's video for the envelope pocket how to, she explains it much better than I ever could!) and made a cardstock 'spine' to attach them to the 3rd envelope pocket

Six tags were made to insert into the two main pockets on each of the three envelopes (Tim Holtz's Bird Feather stamp set and Wildflower die cuts).

The crossed fold on each pocket seemed like a good place to tuck some tickets so I stamped up Tim Holtz's Ticket Booth stamps and printed out some more tickets from Vectoria Designs to add to each of the three pockets.

Now that I had my first insert I knew what size of folio album I had to make!  I made a back cover measuring 4 1/2" x 6 1/4" (remember, that doesn't include the 1/2" measurements for the reinforced edges) and added a tuck pocket with an 1/8" gusset to the inside that opened to the left and top.

The No. 10 envelope folio was attached to the tuck pocket, leaving another pocket behind the envelope folio by only gluing it on three sides and leaving the top open.

A flap was adhered to the left edge of the tuck pocket with a 1/2" gusset to accommodate the depth of the No. 10 envelope folio underneath it.

A belly band and a tag stop (the little bee image from Ephemeras Vintage Garden) were added to the inside of the flap along with a tab for easy opening.

A journaling card was made to insert under the belly band.

On the front of the flap, two pockets were added.

And two folded tags were created to slip inside them to create a faux waterfall effect.

A little mini art journal was made to slide inside the back cover tuck pocket.  I filled it with a few pages of mixed media papers and simply tied them in with a piece of elastic cording so they could easily be removed and new ones added as the journal pages were completed.

Back cover done, now on to the front cover!  Same dimensions of course as the back cover (4 1/2" x 6 1/4") and this time I made a pocket measuring 6" x 3 1/4" with an 1/8" gusset for another little mini art journal.

Another flap was added to the front cover pocket, this flap was created as a pocket flap with three spots for little No. 1 manila tags and a belly band.

The No. 1 manila tags were stamped with a discontinued Crafty Secrets stamp set, a tag was made to slide underneath the belly band and another tag stop added to the bottom (the butterfly image from Ephemera Vintage Garden).

Another mini art journal was created in the same manner as the first one to slide inside the front cover pocket.

Three pockets were added underneath the pocket flap.

And three tags were made to slide into the pockets.

Time to put it all together!  I stacked the front and back covers together and measured the depth of the folio album.  This became the width that I needed for the album spine plus I added about a 1/4" more in case I decided to stuff more into it (although at this point it's pretty well stuffed!).  I added an inch on each side to this measurement, scored the cardstock at 1" on each long side and attached the spine to the outside of the front cover with double sided tape.

The spine was then attached to the outside of the back cover and voila, a folio album!

The covers and spine were covered with decorative papers, a few embellishments were added here and there (Tim Holtz's Mini Detailed Butterfly, Small Tattered Florals and Cameo Frame) and a belly band created to keep it closed (it just slides off and on).  And that was it, my folio album was complete.

I made a little flip through video to show you the completed project, hope you will enjoy seeing it.

Thanks as always for stopping by today and thank you for bearing with me to the end, that was one long post!  Hope that I've inspired you to enter our Book It! challenge, there is something so satisfying about making these little albums and I love the challenge of figuring out how to construct them.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone and happy creating,

Deb xo

Friday, 10 May 2019

Pinworthies - Neutral Challenge

Hi everyone and welcome to our Pinworthy post where we announce the Creative Guide favourites from our last challenge. The challenge was 'Neutral Zone' where we asked you to create with no colour and use a neutral palette.

We probably say this every time but selecting three is very difficult! I asked all the Creative Guides to select their favourites and over half of the entries received at least one vote!

Here are the three that I have selected from the most popular choices of the Creative Guides - in no particular order.

Congratulations ladies - I will be emailing your pinworthy badges shortly.

Our current challenge invites you to 'Book It' - did you see the inspirational designs from some of the Creative Guides - I missed this one but loved what everyone created! If you missed them do pay a visit and we would love to see your entries in the challenge.
Happy Crafting


Friday, 3 May 2019

Book It! May Challenge

Hello everyone, Deb here today to announce our new challenge for the month of May:

Book It!

There is nothing better than curling up with a good book to take us away to another place! This month we'd like you think about books - perhaps you will make a book, or a journal, create a journal page showing a scene from one of your favourite books (do please tell us what book!) or a card showing someone reading or made using text stamps, stencils or word stickers. Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

We love books and book making here at A Vintage Journey and we cannot wait to see what you create!  You have until June 6th to link up your book inspired creations for a chance to be chosen by the Creative Guides as one of our three Pinworthies.  Our Pinworthies receive a badge to place on their blog or website and will also be pinned to our Pinworthy board on Pinterest.  Need a little inspiration to get you started?  The Creative Guides have made some wonderful projects to share with you as always so enjoy the book inspired creations below and then Book It!



Handmade Folio Album by Deb Riddell Designs

I have been consumed lately with making art journals and mini albums so the timing of our Book It! challenge was perfect!  This little nature inspired folio album is based upon a design by papercrafter45 and is filled with pockets and tags and tuck spots and even a couple of little mini art journals.  Pop by my blog for a peek at the inside and a flip through video and come back here to AVJ in two weeks time when I'll have a tutorial to share with you on how it was constructed.

I used Eileen Hull's brand new Sizzix Notebook Die to create a book where my 6 year old grand niece, Mila, can record the books she has read as a new reader this year!  I am so pleased that she loves to read, just like her great aunt!  Please stop by my blog to see the details and more photos of how I put this together!

Our fabulous new challenge coincides with me flying off for a week's holiday in Cyprus, so I just had to make a journal to record what I am sure will be a fabulous holiday with my two old school friends. I have used Eileen Hull's Journal Die and some gorgeous papers with a Mediterranean feel for the covers and inside are ready to journal pages with small collages and quotes. Please do join me over on my blog for more details.

I have a real love for old cameras and for making journals, so I combined the two for Deb's challenge and created this grungy journal.   If you would like to see more please visit my BLOG.


For Deb's great challenge I have decided to revisit one of my favorite makes which is my Art Journal Cover. I created this cover over 5 years ago and I still love it. I hope you will join me to see more details on my blog here.

After some mixed media meltdowns, I ended up going down a very simple route for this challenge... using some Oxide playtime tags which had been around for months to cover a couple of notebooks.  Come over to Words and Pictures to find out what went wrong!


Having recently been treated to Eileen Hull's new notebook die Debs challenge provided the perfect opportunity for me to 'break it in' and create my own personal notebook that I can use to record my daily 'thoughts' of which I can assure you there are many - probably far too many!! I really wanted to 'make it my own' so have used colours, mediums, stamps dies and stencils that I love. To find out more please feel free to stop by my blog.


I attended an Antonis Tzanidakis workshop last weekend and felt in a very grungy mood when I embarked on creating this Eileen Hull journal/passport book. I have used patterned papers, acrylic paints and crackle glaze with oil paint to get this deep look to the finished covers. If you would like to see more details I'd love to see you at Bumblebees and Butterflies where all will be revealed.


Well, as always, the Creative Guides do not disappoint, what a wonderful and varied array of fabulous book themed projects!  Hope that you've been inspired to join in the fun, just add your project to our InLinkz link up before 6:00 p.m. BST (that's British Summer Time) on June 6th, we can't wait to see what you create!

Deb and the Creative Guides

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Friday, 26 April 2019

Creative Card Making with S@ndy

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Many thanks to everyone who has expressed an interest in becoming a new Creative Guide at A Vintage Journey.  The call is now CLOSED. We will be in contact very soon with everyone who has applied. 

Hello fellow travelers,

It's S@ndy here with you today to share a card making tutorial.  I have decided to stay in the Neutral Zone for this one as that is our theme for the month.  
So let's get started!

This card measures 5.5" square so I started with a base of manila cardstock cut 5.5" X 11" with a crease in the center.  Using the Tim Holtz Printed Vellum paper pad, the piece with the bird was selected.  From copper paper a clock face was cut using the Weathered Clock die.

Next comes some color and for that the card front was masked off with some Tissue Tape and then Forest Moss, Walnut Stain and Wild Honey Oxide Inks were applied using a blending tool.

A little water was spritzed on and then dabbed off making some lovely splates on the paper.  To add even more texture the front of the card was embossed using this circle embossing folder.  The card is actually wider than the folder so the embossing was joined in the center by running it through the die cutting machine twice.  The seam will never show once all the other elements are added.  Finally the entire front was edged using Walnut Stain Oxide Ink.

For a nice trim, a piece of lace was added and then topped with ribbon.  In order to hide the ends of the lace and ribbon an opening was cut in the fold of the card and the trims were pushed through (shown by the arrow above) and then secured.  The other end was wrapped around the edge of the card front and secured on the back.  In order to make the inside of the card look clean and neat, an additional (slightly smaller) panel was placed on the back of the front panel as shown below.

Card front

Next the clock was cut again using Grunge Board, you could use any thicker material for this part, giving added texture once the card front is assembled.  

The copper piece and Grunge Board piece were stacked and glued together and placed on the card front.  Next the vellum piece with the bird was stacked and attached to the inside panel.  A little fussy cutting was done around the piece and it was placed and glued in the clock.

It was at this point that I realized that I had made an OOPS!  I wanted to add a word band on the ribbon but the ribbon was already on the card.  Instead of taking it apart, I simply put the word band on another piece of ribbon and glued it over the first piece on top of the clock piece.

Now that the oops was corrected it's time to move on to the decorating.  

Making these little flowers are a bit fiddley but worth the effort on the finished card. 
I made a few Baby's Breath using a die from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I had some vines from a Karen Burniston die with Nuvo Drops in my stash - so used them.  I cut some extra ferns and made two Shasta Daisies.

There was a yellow Helenium sitting on my work table so used it as well.  I arranged all the pieces in a way I thought they looked best and glued them in place.

On the inside of the card another piece of vellum from the same paper pad was used.  It has dotted lines in the pattern which will be nice for writing a personal message.

To find out more about the products I used - please visit my blog here where I have provided links.

I hope you have enjoyed yet another journey to the Neutral Zone,