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Friday 6 September 2019

Box It Up: A Vintage Journey September Challenge

Hello friends!   The summer has fled and as we prepare for fall, it's also time for the A Vintage Journey September Challenge!

Julia here (Create with Me) as the hostess for this months A Vintage Journey Challenge which is:

Box It Up

 Perhaps you will make a trunk or suitcase, some kind of package to hold a gift, or maybe make a card or journal page showing presents.

I  love boxes - perhaps it's because when you are given one, there's that anticipation of discovering what is inside when you open it!

Please create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

Our talented Creative Guides have some wonderful projects to inspire and delight you. Just click on the links to be taken to their individual blog pages for all the details.

I made a Halloween Treat box out of Eileen Hull's new House Ornament Die - the bottom opens so you can put a surprise inside for the receiver!  I'll be posting a tutorial for my box here at AVJ on Sept 20th but you'll find photos of the four sides of my project on my blog post here - if you dare come to look!!

My immediate thought on seeing Julia's lovely challenge theme was to go for an Artist Trading Box, and with Tim Holtz's new mushroom stamps demanding my attention it was clear where I was headed.  Come over to Words and Pictures to see how I turned those 2D images into a 3D scene for the top of the box!

For Julia's lovely challenge I am sharing a box made for a local competition where the theme was black and white. Do join me over at Live The Dream for more details ...... and to find out if we won!

For Julia's challenge I have created a box to fit ATC's which I plan to use as an ideas box - something to reach for when inspiration is lacking! The details on how this came together are available on my blog today.

My art journaling today was inspired by a motivational quote which I thought suited Julia's challenge perfectly, so I included it on my page along with a gift box and ribbon. To see how it all came together, please pop over to my blog Let's Art Journal.

Having a soft spot in my heart for boxes, it was hard to resist Julia's Box It Up challenge. I recently found a neglected storage crate at a thrift store, and it looked to be just the size I was looking for. If you would like to see how I transformed this from a half finished up-cycle to artsy storage for my Tim Holtz stamps, please visit my blog.

What a fun challenge!  I went with a box card and had a little fun with the vintage paper for the basket.  I used some Vintage Photo ink to add a little grunge to the Pumpkin Patch.  This card folds flat for mailing.  To see more details and find out about the dies I used - please join me at my blog here.


I decided to alter a large matchbox for Julia's fabulous "Box It Up" challenge theme. I love this doll stamp by Paperartsy and used some lace for a skirt, Idea-ology spoons for arms and legs. I have also made a little file folder for inside too as this may be a gift for someone.
For more details please visit my blog by clicking HERE

I want to thank Julia for the theme she proposed to us this month, it's fabulous and so versatile! I wanted to challenge myself to realize a Halloween box and I really enjoyed creating a misty background using black cardboard and some of the new colors of Distress Oxide sprays! If you want to see all the parts of this box,  back, inside and outside and the (almost) entire tutorial I'll be waiting for you here on my Blog Yayascrap and more!

Julia's fabulous challenge has given me an opportunity to make this money box, so that I can collect all the loose change that the men in my life leave lying around the house. I think it will be full in no time! If you'd like to see how it came together, feel free to hop over to my blog

Such lovely inspiration to get our creative 'Box It Up' juices flowing!
We look forward to you joining us in this challenge.  The challenge begins today and remains open for entries until the 3rd October. You have lots of time to think inside the box!!
Julia xx

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  1. What a great array of boxes ladies! Can't wait to see the details on each one over at your blogs! xx

  2. That was a fun challenge with beautiful inspiration. Blessings!

  3. A terrific challenge theme Julia . Fabulous 'Box it up ' Creativity from everyone . Really disappointed I wasn't able to contribute . Looking forward to hopping round to delight in the detail of each and every one . Off to pin these beauties to our pinterest board .

    Have a lovely everyone
    Amanda x

  4. Wow, what amazing makes! I love all the designs, they are so creative and I'm looking forward to seeing how they came together when I visit your blogs 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you all a Happy September! Hugs, Jo x

  5. What a super challenge theme and the CG makes are full of inspiration x I certainly had great fun making mine xx

    Have a great weekend
    Annie xx

  6. Such great projects all round - I'm so happy I've finally had time to visit each one to see the details. Brilliant!
    Alison x

  7. What a fabulous collection! Every project is fantastic! barbara

  8. Gorgeous projects!! I'm looking forward to seeing the details on each one over at your blogs!
    Ann xx

  9. Sorry to be so late in visiting you all - such gorgeous projects from everyone x

  10. I adore boxes, and love the show here!

  11. Loving the DT projects and might just have to think about making something boxy. Happy creating everyone, Angela xXx