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 1 March 2019


Wow we are celebrating another birthday here at A Vintage Journey can you believe it's 5 years since we started this challenge blog?

So we are asking you to come along and join in and celebrate this milestone with us. 

Back on the 7th March 2014 we tasked ourselves to design, devise, invent, imagine and construct to inspire and encourage you to take this path with us and what an incredible journey it has been so far. Many of you have been here since the beginning hopping on board when you can and it's been amazing seeing all your contributions as we've travelled together.

We are hoping that lots of you will join the journey for our Birthday challenge. To do so we are asking that you include the word or any images that depict a 'journey' or even something that shows a creative journey you are on. Please tell us how your project fits the theme in your blog post and remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

Let's take a look at what some of the Creative Guides have produced for this leg of the journey.



Well I had great fun creating something special for the birthday challenge and this is a sneak peek really but it does contain all the main details. To take a look at the whole project please pop over to Bumblebees and Butterflies where all will be revealed. If I say it is a piece of home decor does that give you a clue? xx

I decided to go back to my very first project for A Vintage Journey and choose some elements from it to make a journal page to highlight my mixed media journey over the last five years. Do please join me over on my blog Live the Dream if you would like to see more.


Happy birthday A Vintage Journey!  While contemplating Brenda's 'Celebrate The Journey' prompt, I came to the realization that I have always followed my heart and done what I loved no matter where my creative journey has taken me.  So I created this mixed media vignette box to represent my personal journey and hope that you will be able to stop by my blog to see how it all came together.

MDF Tag with Tim Holtz Globe die and Ephemera

I am celebrating my crafting journey as we begin a new year at AVJ. My project includes many of my favourite techniques and products. Be lovely to see you at Addicted to Art for more details and photos and a few of the other projects I have made for AVJ along the way!

So many of my teamies here have become close personal friends, so I thought it would be fun to share a project recently created when visiting one of them for a fun crafty day. To find out more about what we did and how this project has become part of my personal crafting journey, do come and visit me

For our birthday celebration I have decided to focus on an artistic journey and this year I am spreading my wings by venturing into the world of video.  I have made a few but have decided that this is the year for me to travel a new road.  My card depicts the spirit of a new journey. 

In these art journalling pages I'm celebrating the people we share our journeys with - especially this wonderful team of Creative Guides, who have become such close friends over this five year journey.  Do come over to Words and Pictures to see all the details.


We hope you enjoy wandering through our inspirational projects and look forward to seeing those that get entered for this special occasion. Please use the link below to join in.

I would like to take a moment to thank all the Creative Guides that have been part of this journey over this five year period. You have all given so much time, support and amazing inspiration to all our readers and to each other. It is this that has made the journey so exciting and a pleasure to be part of.

To all our wonderful readers and participants thank you too for sharing the journey with us. We so enjoy looking at your contributions and reading the comments you leave us.

We look forward to the next 12 months of fabulous themes and amazing creations.

hugs Brenda and the Creative Guides. xxx


  1. Happy Birthday to you all at AVJ! 5.... where does time go... I love all your travelling projects and will try to join in!

  2. *Happy Birthday* to all at AVJ, forever inspiring and always a pleasure to visit and explore. Here's to many many more happy creative years to come... Thank you for inviting us all to the party!
    Creative Hugs Tracey xx

  3. Happy Birthday to my fellow Creative Guides/friends and our lovely followers x It's been an amazing journey and I am privelaged to share it with you all xx Fantastic and inspiring projects from everyone xxx

    Huge hugs Annie xx

  4. Happy Birthday to A Vintage Journey and all of my fellow talented Creative Guides. I consider you all my friends, and have been delighted to get to share these five years with you, either as a follower and contributor to the challenges, and more recently as a Creative Guide. Your projects are inspiring, and I can't wait to hop around to see the details. I'm so sad I wasn't able to make this challenge...but I will be sharing it with you as I travel 'round the world to visit with you on your blogs! Hugs!

  5. Happy Birthday to my fellow teamies. I feel incredibly honoured to be part of such an amazing team of talented artists/ friends. Thank you for caring, supporting and always inspiring- Love you all :)

    Your projects are ALL fabulous (now pinned) and I'm looking forward to hopping around later to delight in the detail.

    Have a lovely weekend Everyone
    Big hugs
    Amanda x

  6. Gosh where did those 5 years go, I have loved this challenge since day 1. You all give such gorgeous inspiration. I really hope to join you this month and be a part of the birthday celebrations. Many congrats to you all and thanks xx

    Hope there will follow many years of these fabulous inspirations !
    You do a wonderful job!
    Thank you!

  8. Happy 5th Birthday!!!! Such talented inspiration!!!

  9. Happy AVJ Birthday to all - fellow Creative Guides and all our fabulous journeying participants over the last five years. It's been quite a ride! Huge thanks to Brenda who invited us all on the journey in the first place - it's been wonderful getting to know you all better along the way and, of course, to see all the incredible creativity each month, both from the team and from those joining in each month. Here's to another five years (at least!!).
    Alison x

  10. Happy birthday AVJ! Congratulations for being one of the most inspiring blog by the talent of the creative guides and its evolving journey!

  11. Happy Birthday to a very talented and wonderful design team! Congrats on your 5th birthday! You have all been an inspiration with the art you share!

  12. Congratulation and Happy birthday AVJ! So glad I shared the journey with you, and laid my eyes on the glorious makes the DT produces month after month. There's a lot of talent in this team!

  13. Happy Birthday x I am hugely grateful for the inspiration and journey I have been on since discovering your blog. You have the most amazing inspirational posts and I have learnt so much.....Thank you x.

  14. Happy Birthday Vintage Journey friends, I look forward to another 5 years of great design, challenges and friendships.

  15. Beautiful projects, as always, ladies. Happy 5th birthday A Vintage Journey, it has been a remarkable journey and I am so pleased to have got to know so many of you over the years! Here's to another five years! Hugs, Anne xx

  16. Happy Birthday to all you and thanks for all the inspiration, I found your blog the last year and I loved it, so although maybe I don't take part in all your challenges I always see all your posts where you show your fantastic creations. Hugs.

  17. Happy Birthday A Vintage Journey! Thanks for the creative inspiration!
    I love your blog))

  18. Many congratulations and Happy 5th Birthday! Such a great theme to celebrate and such wonderful inspiration from the Creative Guides too 😁. As this is one of my favourite challenge blogs, I can wait to join in the fun as way of celebration 😁. Happy and creative wishes! J 😊 x

  19. Huge congratulations on your 5th Birthday. Fantastic selection of projects to celebrate. Wonderful inspiration. ❤️❤️😘

  20. What a wonderful set of projects to celebrate our 5 years - loved visiting them all! xxx

  21. Happy birthday A Vintage Journey! To all my fellow Creative Guides I thank you for including me within your ranks, it was one of the happiest days of my life when I got that email from Brenda asking me to be a part of this uber talented group of artists. And to all of our wonderful followers, your creativity and talent inspires me each and every month, thank you for joining us on this fabulous journey and I hope that we will all be able to travel together down this road for many years to come. Big hugs, Deb xo

  22. Happy Birthday everyone. Loving the projects from this wonderfully creative team. Angela xXx

  23. Couldn't ignore this celebration! Happy Birthday - love all the inspiration over the years! Chrisx

  24. Happy Birthday to A Vintage Journey!

  25. What a beautiful projects, lot of inspirations! Happy Birthday :)

  26. Wow! Wow! Wow! Many congratulations guys!! I'm so happy for you! I know I am new to this blog but, I've enjoyed my time here so far. I was introduced to you guys through a mutual crafty friend of ours. I love the industrial inspirations and look forward to many many more in the future.

  27. Such wonderful creative projects for the AVJ 5th Birthday celebration!