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 31 May 2019

Tag Friday and INTRODUCING .........

Welcome Everyone to a new Tag Friday post which can only be seen when there are five Fridays in the month. Today do we not only have a wonderful array of tags to share with you we are also announcing the new Creative Guides joining our wonderful 'A Vintage Journey' team. We have four amazingly talented artists who I'm sure many of you will know from your crafty travels in blogland. So without further ado let's see who they are.

I live in Taipei, Taiwan. It is only a small spot on the world map, but I love and thank this land. In this country, I can create freely, and my inspiration is endless. In my childhood, my father was my first art teacher. Once, he taught me to stamp with my fingers, and then he used a pen to draw a few strokes. Surprisingly, they became a bunch of chickens. This was my first experience of art. I felt amazed and since then I've been fascinated with art. In 2012, I accompanied my daughter to participate in paper art courses, and it was then that I started to make cards. At first, even making very simple cards would take me hours, but the look of pure joy that people showed me after receiving a handmade card was worth every second! I also fall in love with Mixed Media. For the past few years, I have been working with mixed media. Different media have their own individual effects, but when they are mixed together, there will be different results. I enjoy the surprises in the creation process. I especially like vintage, shabby, steampunk style. So when invited to join the Vintage Journey team, I was honored to have the opportunity to work alongside the other Creative Guides. I am absolutely thrilled to be part of this wonderful Team and I'm looking forward to sharing my creations with all of you along the way!

Hello everyone! First of all, I want to tell you that I'm really thrilled to be part of this wonderful and super talented team! As a second thing, I introduce myself! I'm Barbara (aka Barbarayaya), I'm Italian and I joined this wonderful craft world since 2005. I officially started with traditional scrapbooking (layout and mini-album) but I'm actually a crafter from birth! At about five years old, I cut out everything from my mother's magazines to make collages and divided my colored pencils (I owned into exaggerated quantities) into small packages held by an elastic band according to their color: all yellows, all reds, etc. etc. After my initial approach with traditional scrapbooking, I came across the magical Tim Holtz's world and I can say that this was the turning point of my creative journey. I have never abandoned this style in which I find my best way to express my personality and my art. I have approached Mixed media a couple of years ago, I love it very much because it allows me to mix styles and products. Last thing and I think it will make you smile: I don't have a scrap room but only a tiny corner inside my kitchen that has also become my "studio"! And who cares if every so often some microscopic grain of embossing powder or glitter flies towards my kitchen stove: in this way, I am so happy!!! I'm sure that this new adventure will be wonderful!

Let's Art Journal
I started Art Journaling in 2015 as a way of expressing my life through words and pictures, and I'm captivated by the variety of techniques and materials that can be used to create so many different styles of art. As my career focused on adult learning I've always been a creative person, and have found art journaling very therapeutic and rewarding, it helps me breathe; a bit of a cliché - but so true. Each page is inspired by what I see, do, feel and hear so it's personal to me and allows me to express myself. It's a fun way to record life events and memories too. Over the years my passion for art has expanded to creating cards and tags, especially for my family and friends, as well as decorations and items for around the house. I love nothing better than to experiment with different techniques and products, get creative, put my ideas into practice and have lots of fun doing so. This has become a passion of mine and I'm delighted to be able to share it with you here at A Vintage Journey!

Hi everybody! I'm Toni and I'm delighted to be here, as a Creative Guide, at A Vintage Journey. My personal journey into the realms of mixed media and paper crafts, began like many people, as a child. My mum encouraged my brothers and I to draw and paint and there was always a ready supply of paper and pencils in our house. I studied art at Moseley School of Art, and went on to train as a teacher. I've enjoyed a long career, teaching children with Special Educational Needs. I am now retired and love having more time to devote to my arty crafty adventures. I started my blog, Artistic Craft Dabbler, in 2010 and it is a never ending  joy, to discover that all over the world, there are so many like minded people! My style is eclectic, embracing anything from the occasional clean and simple to full on industrial grunge. I love experimenting with new products but also like to incorporate recycled materials and found objects, hence, I am a compulsive hoarder of anything that 'might come in handy'. I'm very excited to be joining this terrifically talented team and hope that you too, will enjoy the journey as much as I do.

We welcome these lovely ladies to the team and I know everyone is looking forward to seeing what they make.


Onto the inspiration for the day and the wonderful tags created by members of the team with no theme or other constraints, just sheer unadulterated playtime tags.


Hello everyone, I'm so thrilled and honoured to be part of this wonderful Challenge Blog and Creative Guide team! As I love Art Journaling, I thought I'd create a "Tag Journal" of double-sided tags. Here's the first one which captures my new adventure here at A Vintage Journey; both sides are vintage style, one side is the front cover of the tag journal reminding me to embrace the journey and the other is a tribute to the support and kindness shown by my fellow Creative Guides. Please find full details of my process and materials here at my blog.

I'm so honored to be part of this wonderful Creative Guide team! This is my first Tag Friday, I had some wrinkle-free fun with distress paints and I was really happy with the outcome of this vintage tag. Do pop over to my blog, there are more details.

I've been working with a lot of bright colours lately and was in serious need of a grungy vintage fix so decided to make my Full Of Possibilities tag with lots of lovely vintage ephemera, crackle paste and Distress Oxide Sprays.  Pop on by blog for my how to and I'd also like to take this opportunity to send a huge warm welcome to our wonderful new Creative Guides!

Before introducing my tag to you I would like to express a huge warm welcome to our four new creative guides. I am sure everyone will agree that they are going to be a fantastic addition to our team! As to my tag, when I started with it, I had no idea where I was going, but after numerous layers of paints, inks sprays and papers, this is what was the result, - vintage shabby chic. If you want to see more detail, just head over to my blog.

I am thrilled to be joining in with Tag Friday, as one of the new Creative Guides, here at A Vintage Journey. It really is a dream come true for me! My tag has a spring theme and I've used lots of Tim Holtz products including, my newest favourite, those gorgeous Transparent Wings. You can see how this came together over on my Artistic Craft Dabbler blog

It's time for those summer vacation trips and I have made my tag to depict the excitement of a new adventure.  You may be surprised to see what the tag itself is made from.  Please visit my blog for all the details by clicking here.

Hello all!  What an exciting day... not only the joys of Tag Friday itself, but also such a joy to welcome our four new Creative Guides to the journey.  With all that excitement, my tag needed a bit of peace and quiet to recover... do come over to Words and Pictures to experience the serenity and silence!

There were so many small pieces of tea dyed lace, net and ribbon sitting on my desk I decided to sew them randomly to a calico tag. Something a little different! Do hop on over to Live The Dream if you would like to see more details. And may I add my welcome to the fabulous new Creative Guides joining us on our creative journey.

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to our newest team members! I've just finished a big crafty project that's taken weeks of spare time to complete, so tonight it was fun to have some instant gratification with my Distress Oxide Sprays and new to me Tim Holtz The Professor stamps using an old Tim technique. I welcome you to drop by my blog for the details.

Hello everyone! I'm really happy and honored to be here on A Vintage Journey with this group of talented artists! I chose my favorite color palette, rust and turquoise for my first tag here with you! You can find a short tutorial on how I created the background on my Yayascrap blog.

Hi everyone x I am so happy to be joining in with Tag Friday this month and even happier to be welcoming Ann, Jo, Toni and Barbara to the  AVJ team. I am lucky enough to have been on another team with Toni and to have met up with her at a workshop in London a few years ago, which was so nice x For my tag process details you can hop over to my blog HERE

 I have been lucky to get my hands on some of the new Andy Skinner products some of which I have used here on my large size 10 vintage tag. For a few more details and photos it would be lovely to see you at Bumblebees and Butterflies.


It's a pleasure to have all four of the new team members contributing a tag today, thank you ladies. They are just so keen to get started and join in, I know they are just gonna fit in perfectly. Please welcome them with a comment below and maybe pop over to their blogs to leave some love.

I'm sure you are enjoying the complete randomness of the styles and personal themes that everyone in the team has put together for today. Enjoy your wander through and thank you for being here to see what we create.

Have a great weekend.

hugs Brenda and the Team. xxx

We always love to see your fun tags that you have been creating and would love you to join the party by linking any tag you have made during the month of May.

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  1. Congrats and welcome, Ladies, you all make wonderful additions to a great team of Creative Guides. Each tag is magnificent! xoxox

  2. What a great array of fabulous tags. Welcome to the new Creative Guides - you have all risen to the challenge with flying colors. I will be around to visit soon. Hugs, S@ndy

  3. Welcome welcome to our new Creative Guides, wonderful to have you all with us. A fantastic collection of tags again - just love a Tag Friday!

  4. Extending a very warm welcome to our talented new Creatve Guides, Toni, Ann, Jo and Barbara. :) I hope you enjoy being a part of this fabulous team as much as I do.

    What a fantastic gallery of Tag creativity from each of you - sorry I wasn't able to join in this tme. Off to pin all these beauties to our pinterest board then over the coming days I'll be hopping around you all to delight in the detail.

    Have a lovely weekend everyone
    Amanda x

  5. Welcome to the new guides--you are an inspiration to me!

  6. A huge welcome to our new Creative Guides, Ann, Toni, Jo and Barbara! What a wonderful array of beautiful tags we have here today, I look forward to seeing each of them over the next few days. Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Welcome ladies and happy nearly June to all the creative guides xx

  8. What a fabulous array of tags for Tag Friday and a huge warm welcome to Ann, Barbara, Jo and Toni, so very excited to have you joining our fabulous team here at A Vintage Journey! Off to take a closer look at everyone's amazing work and can't wait to see the tags that our wonderful followers link up, Deb xo

  9. Welcome to Ann, Barbara, Joe and Toni! we are so happy to have you joining us here at AVJ! What an inspiring group of tags here today - each so beautiful and creative in it's own way! xx

  10. A very warm welcome to Ann, Barbara, Jo and Toni - it's an absolute delight to have you on board for the journey. What a wealth of glorious tags to enjoy. I've had a lovely time hopping round to see them all.
    Alison x

  11. Wow! What warm greetings from you all! I'm sure I can speak for the other new Creative Guides in saying that it is great to be here ! A fabulous collection of tags too! Xh

  12. A huge welcome to Toni, Barbara, Jo and Ann - it is going to be a real pleasure to have you with us. And what a fabulous array of tags ! Each so very different and a huge array of creative talent. Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Jennie x

  13. Thanks so much for the warm welcome! I'm so pleased to be here and it's a pleasure to be part of the Creative Guide team 😀. Wow, all the tags are amazing too and I loved visiting your blogs to see how they can together - very inspiring! Happy weekend everyone! Jo x

  14. I'm so excited to have these four lovely and extremely talented ladies join the team of Creative Guides! They have had a rip roaring start with these amazing tags, and I'm looking forward to so much more inspiration from them in the coming year! To all of this month's tag contributors, your tags are FABULOUS, and I can't wait to hop around and see each one on your blogs! Hugs to all! Sara Emily

  15. An amazing array of tags and its so lovely to welcome Jo, Toni, Ann and Barbara to the team x Its lovely to have you on board and to join in our journey here at AVJ xx

    Huge hugs to everyone
    Annie x

  16. Brenda, you have assembled an amazingly wonderful design team. How wonderful to see all of their creations. I look forward to all the inspiring projects to come.