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Friday 3 January 2020

We're All Getting Older! January Challenge

A very happy New Year to all our fabulous followers and participants here at A Vintage Journey.  We hope 2020 will bring you lots of joy, good health and prosperity and, of course, plenty of creative inspiration and playtime.

It's Alison here, and I'm delighted to announce the theme of our January challenge: We're All Getting Older!  The good news is that it's nothing to do with your age, it's all about making things look older... time for some distressing, antiquing, ageing and weathering.  You can use inks, mixed media products or old favourites like tea and coffee, but however you do it we'd like you to make something new look as though it's old.

There are so many possibilities with all the Distress products, or weathered crackle, or rusting, or worn patinas, or other paint effects for a grunged up, ancient look...  I hope you have lots of fun with it.  As always, the Creative Guides have been pulling out the stops to provide you with some inspiration to start you off.  Take a look at how we've all been "getting older"...

I've got a trio of aged parchment tags, love letters with faded flowers pressed between them.  I'll be sharing the how-to details here at A Vintage Journey in a couple of weeks, but if you hop over to Words and Pictures now, you can see lots of close-ups and hear some of the stories behind these tags.

For Alison's fabulous challenge, I created a worn and distressed Art Journal page of Paris making the collaged papers look old using Distress Inks. Please pop over to my blog, Let's Art Journal, to see how it all came together.

I have created a notebook using Eileen Hull's Notebook die for this challenge. Starting with some Tim Ideology patterned paper I have altered the cover to create a vintage feel. For more photos and details do head over to Addicted to Art.

 As I am getting older most of the time I spend at my craft desk is taking up by journaling and creating journals. Not art journals in the traditional sense, but decorated journals that leave plenty of space for actual writing. So for the challenge this month I created one that is full of vintage pages with pockets and numerous journaling cards. For a little tour of what is inside, please come and visit me.

I decided to alter a canvas for Alison's fabulous challenge theme. To age the background I used coffee, distress inks, rusting powder and splatters of gold paint as well as some aged/torn papers and ephemera from my stash. To view the step by step  you can visit my blog by clicking HERE


How's that for some inspiration to get you going?  We hope you'll join us on A Vintage Journey this month and share your projects and techniques for making things look older.  It seems like an appropriate theme for the start of a new year, don't you think?!  There's no escaping it... We're All Getting Older!

We're really looking forward to seeing what aged, weathered, distressed or antiqued projects you come up with.  As always, we'll be selecting some of our favourites as Pinworthies to go on our Vintage Journey pinboards.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy crafting all!

Alison and the Creative Guides xx

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  1. Wonderful work teamies, - I'll do the rounds later xxx

  2. Stunning aged and distressed projects everyone! Looking forward to visiting later x

  3. A beautiful start to a new Year, stunning work from the team.
    Happy New Year everyone, wishing you all much creativity in 2020.
    Creative wishes Tracey xx

  4. Fabulous creativity from everyone . You have all 'aged' so well :) .
    Happy New Year !

    Off to pin ....

    A x

  5. What a superb array of projects xxx Absolutely stunning creations and I look forward to visiting each of you xx

    Happy New Year to all xxxx

  6. What a beautiful array of "vintage" projects - aged and weathered to perfection. I've had a lovely time hopping round to see all the details. I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with!
    Alison x

  7. What beautiful creations! I can't wait to visit you all to see how you created those worn and weathered looks on your projects 😁. Wishing everyone a happy and creative New Year! Hugs, Jo x

  8. Excellent choice of theme! Beautiful makes from everyone too.
    Wishing the DT a very happy New Year!

  9. Super inspiration here from the team! And a great challenge again!

  10. Fabulous inspiration and great challenge!

  11. What wonderful designs from the Creative Guides, can't wait to pop round to read the details and to see what our talented followers link up this month! Happy New Year everyone, we are off to a wonderfully creative start! Deb xo

  12. Fabulous creations and stunning makes. Thank you for the continued inspiration x.

  13. Such beautiful creations from the Design Team, hugs Zowie xx

  14. What beautiful projects and I look forward to visiting each of you! Hugs, Ann