Welcome to our December Challenge.
This time of year always brings us festive cheer and a focus on seasonal projects to inspire and motivate us leading into the winter and up to Christmas. We continue with this focus but with a twist as we have some important news. Sadly this is the very last challenge theme on A Vintage Journey.
2020 has brought us all many different kinds of opportunities and challenges and while many people are hunkered down enjoying their hobbies and pastimes others of us have taken the opportunity to completely change and explore new paths. There's no doubt about it, wherever you are in the world and due to the Covid-19 virus, life as we knew it has become different and as individuals we've had to make changes - both big and small - to our everyday lives.
What has become particularly noticeable to us is how we, as a creative community, seem to have changed our habits using the internet and over past months a wider use of differing social media platforms has allowed us to reach into each other's studios and meet together to learn and share our creations in a fascinating variety of distanced ways. Internet relationships for many seem not to have suffered but blossomed allowing us to diversify and explore hobbies and interests we might never have had before.
A Vintage Journey has always been a place to motivate, inspire and share our creations within a likeminded community, a place to teach and learn, to excite and stretch the boundaries of our imaginations. But within this new world we live in and the changes to how we interact, blogging seems to be less popular than it was. It can be a very time consuming way to 'show and tell' whilst elsewhere 'like' buttons that are quicker and easier to express our feelings enable us to move around the community in much faster ways.
It is, therefore, with great sadness that we see fewer visits, entries and communications on our very successful blog and feel it is time to close it down and give ourselves time to see out the pandemic and watch with interest how the community relates to the changes it has brought to how we will all operate in the future.
We have come together for our last challenge to bring small ATC creations that focus on that Christmas cheer we look forward to and some nostalgic reflection in saying goodbye.
Merry Little Christmas
Celebrate the season by making one or a set of ATCs depicting Christmas scenes or colours.
A mixed media background and some festive embellishments with my favourite reds and green for that wintry Christmassy feel. Once I had finished them I decided I needed to use them for decorations at home. Do pop over to Bumblebees and Butterflies to see how I achieved that.
With this Christmas ATC I would like to wish everyone a blessed and joyful Christmas time. May Peace replace anxiety, fear and all the upheavals this year has brought so many. A Merry Little Christmas to you all!
As the last make for Vintage Journey I have made two of my favorite things to share with you. The flower of the season is one of beauties of the year. Who wouldn't love a Candy Cane Heart to say, not goodbye, see you again soon.
I've been playing with Rustic Wilderness Distress Inks and Oxides to create the winter greenery in the background of these festive ATCs, and then there's lots of lovely Tim Holtz ephemera collaged over the top. Come and see more over at Words and Pictures.
For our final AVJ Challenge - Merry Little Christmas ATCs, I created a snowy woods using a Dox Spray for the background and Distress Ink and Embossing Paste through stencils. The sparkle I added to the snowflakes is not showing in this photo but I have one on my blog that hopefully does! Please come see how I created my Merry Christmas Winter Woods on my blog post here.
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
My ATC celebrates my seven wonderful years creating for A Vintage Journey. It has certainly been a journey of discovery with a wonderful team of supportive and creative friends from around the world. Each member of the team (both present and past) has been an inspirational star and this has been reflected in the wonderful entries we see each month from you all. Hopefully this is not goodbye .... but au revoir x
As one of of the original Creative Guides, creating this farewell ATC was a very special moment on my crafting journey, and what a special journey it has been. This team has always had a special place in my heart, and I know that my fellow teamies will remain my friends as our creative journey continues, albeit on different platforms perhaps. I would like to use this moment to thank everyone, team mates and participants of our challenges, thank you for all your inspiration!
It's time to say goodbye to A Vintage Journey! I'm very happy and honored to be a part of this amazing team, thank you for your kindness and support. I'll miss you.
It has been Awesome seeing the talent of our followers and sharing creations here at A Vintage Journey. As they say "all good things must come to an end" but that does not mean that we won't be dropping by for a visit now and then. It has been my great pleasure to be part of this great adventure. I will not be sad that it has ended but happy that it happened.
I will really miss the appointment with A Vintage Journey and with all the Creative Guides that have always inspired me! I want to tell all of you who have always followed us that this group was a truly wonderful group, a group where you could always find support and friendship, and yes I say it again I will miss it very much! I know that I will not lose their friendship and that we will all stay in touch as I hope will happen with you who have always followed us. With love.
It has been one of my greatest, crafting pleasures, to have hopped on board A Vintage Journey, as one of the Creative Guides. It's been a real honour to have shared at least part of the journey, with such a fantastic group of talented women. I would like to thank Brenda and the rest of the team for creating such a special space in blogland x
I was thrilled to join AVJ back in November 2015 and have loved every minute being part of such an inspiring, encouraging, supportive, caring and creative team that I consider to be my family of valued friends. It's been an absolute pleasure and honour and an amazing ride AVJ and I thank you wholeheartedly for making my life so much richer both personally and creatively.
Thank you to to each and every who has visited, participated, commented and loved what we developed and achieved. We have enjoyed every moment of designing, creating and sharing our ideas and projects hoping to bring our experience, talents and new perspectives with every new creative project.
If you would like to participate in the challenge one last time please add your ATC projects depicting the Festive and/or 'Au Revoir' themes to the Linky below by 6 pm GMT on the 28th December and we will be back to publish the winners as well and say our final farewells on the 31st December. There won't be any additional posts this month, so we will announce the November Pairs, Trios and Sets Pinworthies in that farewell post on the 31st December too. We will also add the projects to our Pinterest Pages. Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.
Thank you and Merry Christmas from us all.
hugs Brenda and the Team xxxx
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I hate it how the quick and not saying much tumps and hearts try to replace the fine words that are in the comments on a blogpost! They are so empty and I am so sorry that you gave in to that emptyness... Thanks all for the great examples and super inspiration each month again! Make life a fine one not only for you but also for the people that cross your path...ReplyDelete
Gerrina, thank you for your comment and sentiments. We are truly going to miss everything about AVJ especially seeing the inspired projects from everyone both on the team and readers. You take care too xxxDelete
Sad news (even though all I have done for a long time is lurk not take part, I always read the posts) and I wish you all joy and happiness going forward. But I know it takes a lot of commitment to keep something like this going successfully Thank you to all of your team over the years for your hard work and gorgeous artwork! Amazing atcs to cheer us on our way!ReplyDelete
Thank you Helen, it's been great having you along for the ride with you joining in as much as you did. On a personal note I am sure we will get to meet up again one day when craft fairs open up again. Stay safe and keep crafting. xxxDelete
I am very sorry, but I understand, as hard times bring hard decisions. Wishing you all the best and a big thank you for all amazing ideas you shared with us. May the New year bring you warmth, love, and light to guide your path to a positive destination. Hugs, Veana R.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Veana for your kind words, we wish you the same sentiments and thoughts. Take care. xxxDelete
Wow, what stunning ATCs and such beautiful words too! There is such an array of designs from our talented Creative Guides; I'm loving all the Christmas cheer and fond heartfelt farewells 😀. I had fun visiting your blogs too and it's been an honour to be part of the Creative Guide team here at A Vintage Journey with you - I am so grateful for all your support, inspiration and friendship! Thank you one and all for joining our challenges and sharing your inspirational creations with us. Thank you so much for being part of my creative journey and wishing you a Merry Christmas! Love and hugs, Jo xReplyDelete
Jo you have been an amazing team member and contributed so much. Thank you for what you have done too. Love and hugs right back at ya xxxDelete
I'm so sorry to see this journey come to an end and feel guilty too: Although I haven't interacted much I read every post in my email feed. I suspect many are the same so that your reach of inspiration goes far beyond the interactions you have had. Thanks for all you have done over the years. xReplyDelete
Thank you Karen but please don't feel guilty, we understand. Life is life and we follow things through as and when we can and in whatever ways we can. It's great to know you have been with us along the way. xxxDelete
I'm so sad to hear this news, I have just been on a social media break and it was blissful, and I'm considering a longer one! So now that I'm back online I came to see if your new challenge was up and I find this sad post :( My own blog is my happy place and I don't care if people "like" it or follow it, but so many people do want all of those things and don't want to read anything when they can click a button or watch a video. How sad that no one has the time to read a whole sentence or venture outside the dreaded FB to the rest of the internet. Wishing you all the best and thank you for your inspiring challenges and DT inspiration posts. Elle xxReplyDelete
Elle I know exactly how you feel and thank you for your thoughts and sentiments. I am sure that many of the team will keep blogging and continue to share their expertise and inspiration, I know I will at some point. Good luck with your own blog, keep it as your happy place and continue to share your own crafty work too. xxxDelete
Thanks Brenda, I wish you would reconsider and keep AVJ open in some way (find some volunteers?). This is one of the few challenges I do enter and I love to see the DT inspiration and to find out what the next theme is (because I do love a theme more than an AG challenge!) I love to see the card tutorials and the tag Fridays are something to look forward to. Rebel against the social media giants (or use them to your advantage!) It's so noisy over there in social media land, with so many people clamouring for attention, to get noticed, and for what? I also don't want to be at the mercy of whatever FB, IG YT etc decide to do with our information or accounts. (My FB page has been blocked for a couple of months now and there is no way to contact anyone or unblock it, so after having it for eight years, it's just gone.) I'm working on a Christmas project to enter but I can't bring myself to make a "goodbye" card just yet :(Delete
I am so sad to hear this! I too am guilty of totally enjoying the posts but feeling like my voice (and sharing my work) wouldn't make a difference. I should have played along.
You will totally be missed!
Thank you so much, we know that we have had a far reaching audience and are so glad you have enjoyed the posts. The wonderful thing about all artwork is that there is no real right or wrong, we all enjoy different styles, genres and ideas, so stay confident with your own work and be proud of what you do. Take care xxxDelete
This is very sad news indeed. AVJ and its Creative Guides have been such an inspiration to me, as well as an essential engine for my own path on the web. Thank you for all these years and the shared energy! I also see the place that the fast lanes of the net can take, I think my preference goes to the bush roads and to a very different temporality. Thank you again and see you soon at least through our creative vibrations!ReplyDelete
Lys you've been a large part of AVJ, so thank you for being along for the ride and sharing your work with us, it's been amazing. I agree with your sentiments - our life journeys take us through twists and turns that sometimes we can never imagine but love and creativity see us through. Our AVJ journey is something we have all enjoyed. Take care. xxxDelete
Such wonderful inspirational designs on these small ATC pieces of art! I have loved being on this team and meeting all of the designers over the 5 years I've been on the team! Julia xxReplyDelete
Julia you have been a wonderful member of the team and the time we have shared has been amazing. So many people have benefitted from your creativity and positivity. Thank you xxxDelete
There is much sadness for me in your announcement. I have a friend who adored your blog and constantly sent me links. Her work reflected the blogs influence. The timing of your announcement makes reading the news especially hard for my friend passed away a few days ago. Best wishes.ReplyDelete
I am terribly sorry to hear about the loss of your friend Betty. Big warm hugs to you dear. Love, AutumnDelete
Dear Betty, I am so sad to read of the loss of your dear friend and the poignant timing of this announcement but I am really happy that we helped play a small and positive part in her life. Thank you for letting us know about that. Best wishes to you, stay safe and take care xxxDelete
Oh my goodness ladies, I had to get the tissues out before I got to the end... I was definitely sad to leave AVJ but feel even more sad now. You have each been so wonderfully inspiring and I feel honoured to have worked alongside you and got to meet so many of you too. I wish each and every one of you all the very best for the future and good luck in any new adventures you are embarking on. You will be missed! Love and hugs, Anne xxReplyDelete
Hello Anne, we've all had the tissues out I think! I am so happy that you shared some of your time and amazing projects with us. One of the greatest things of being on this team has been having the opportunities to share time and build friendships with all the incredible people who have been a part of it at one time or another. But as you know life takes us in different directions and we want to celebrate these good times and what we have all achieved together. Thank you for being part of it. xxxDelete
Wow for some reason it seems you’ve all been sharing your art for longer than 7 years! It’s been such inspirational content and I’m sure that people will continue to enjoy it for as long as it’s accessible! Congratulations on achieving 7 years! Yes online has been a different space this year for sure, but you were an valuable part of it! 🥰 Leandra xReplyDelete
Thank you for your comment and sentiment Leandra, yes it does seem longer than seven years, it's amazing how time can change it's perspective on different situations. As you know yourself difficult decisions have to be made sometimes and this wasn't easy but we are all sure it's the right time but who knows what will happen in the future? Good luck with all the changes you have made and the new and exciting journey you have embarked on. Take care and stay safe xxxDelete
Cheers! and good luck on all your future endeavours. I'm a new-ish visitor, only having discovered y'all in the past year or so*, and have never made it to the deadline to post for various and sundry reasons (during this long quarantine, it's partly been funding and access issues...*really* wanted to try gel plates in late spring—but no plates—and steampunk in September—but no geegaws/gears—finally came up with workarounds, but too late; did give great food for thought though, which was diverting among all the covidiotry. (plus autumn is my crazyBusy season as I'm a politico now, though have done some ATCs/ACEOs & altered journals in the past, I'm mostly a digital media arts person, having even taught the software and coding in college & HS settings, even though I've been an analog upcycler/scraps crafter all my life).ReplyDelete
*I'm not sure what winding, circuitous digital path led me here to lurk and be inspired and dream of finally posting, but my path wasn't from scrapbooking/card-making world as the route many here seem to have trod.
Anyway, thanks for being a fabulous diversion this past year. Please do share *all the links* for future social media follows in 1 place (on our ATC's? on a Jan. good-bye post?) I really do plan to FINALLY link here at some point this month, but if I miss the deadline (AGAIN?!?!?!) then Cheers in 2021, and many blessings.
It's amazing where you can land up when you least expect it. Thank you for your comment and we hope to see your work if you manage to link it up later in the month, if you don't then good luck with your own experiments in the digital world and other forms of art you explore. Take care xxxDelete
Thank you to the Creative Guides for all that you have shared over the past seven years. I have a pinterest board full of your inspiration and tag books full of techniques I have tried. I understand the need/pull to move on. 2020 has brought about changes for all of us in one form or another. Making art everyday is my salvation. It is a lifelong habit that I will continue. I am hoping to see whatever you are pursuing on your blogs if you chose to share. thanks so much for all the great memories.ReplyDelete
Oh wow Theresa we are so happy you have invested so much time and energy into our posts, tutorials and projects. We intend to keep the blog 'live' so that it will always be there for you to go back and reflect on the ideas, the teaching and inspiration we have tried to provide. Keep making your art and enjoying the process of designing, creating and making. Hugs xxxDelete
Dear friends, I am saddened by this news. I was a blogger when people didn’t know what that meant and then blogs lost traction. But they regained it years later and I hope we see that as a recurring pattern. I wish we could all just slow down! AVJ has been my favorite blog for years and I’m going to miss it so much. I am thankful that I got to be on this team and wish circumstances were different and I didn’t have to step down. I will continue to follow each of you lovely ladies and wish you an amazing 2021! Hugs, AutumnReplyDelete
Hello Autumn, I agree it would be lovely to see blogs come back to centre stage again but things happen for a reason and the world moves on. We too are thankful that you said yes and joined the team sharing your wonderful projects, talent and ideas. It is because of all the wonderful people who became Creative Guides at different times that the challenges and blog posts have been so enjoyable and successful. Thank you for being part of the journey. I think of you often. Huge hugs xxxDelete
A very sad day for lots of followers but I’m sure as individuals you will find a way to keep going with a different Artful journey. I’d like to thank you Brenda and Chris and all the Creative Guides for bringing in to a world of vintage. All the best and hopefully we will all see each other around in blogland . Enjoy a Wonderful Christmas and hopefully a better2021. Hugs Rita xxxxReplyDelete
Thank you Rita for your lovely comments. We have all thoroughly enjoyed the whole journey and I hope you and I will get to see each other at a national crafting event or workshop again one day.Delete
Take care. hugs Brenda xxx
What a joy it's been to see all the beautiful creations over the years! Kudos to all of you for maintaining a consistent creative presence online for so long, and for sharing the creative spirit with so many. All my best to each of you!ReplyDelete
Thank you Marjie for being on part of the journey with us, it's been amazing ad so very rewarding.Delete
To my dismay, I did also reach the conclusion that interest in blogs has been waning in favour of Facebook and Instagram. Perversely, as I reluctantly joined FB (still haven't taken up Instagram but resistance is futile...) I have had less time to visit my favourite blogs. Going through posts after posts mixed with ads to sort out the interesting from the mundane is so time consuming! But, as more and more people move away from blogs, it's a case of if you can't beat them join them.ReplyDelete
A real shame... and an even greater shame that this talented DT is disbanded. The quality of your art and posts was incredible and we are all poorer from Vintage Journey's demise.
I wish the team all the best in their future creative endeavours and a Merry Christmas too!
Christine thank you so much. It's been on the horizon for a while and we've decided to take the plunge now and go out on a high. I resonate with your comment about social media sites and have taken a step back from them at the moment myself just fed up with so many negatives that appear. Merry Christmas to you too and take care. Huge hugs xxxDelete
I am so saddened to read this post, dear friends at A Vintage Journey. Yours was the first blog I followed with regularity, and it is your original team that inspired me to start crafting and then blogging. I was so thrilled when I was asked to join the team, and sorry to have to leave after a short tenure as other things in my home life took center stage. I have been a poor blogger myself, but have not gone the way of other social media, and probably will not going forward. I do hope that blogging may come around again, and will continue to pop in on each of you when and where I can, and even leave a message now and again! As sad as it is that you have made the decision to disband the team, it is fully understood, and this post couldn't be more touching and bittersweet! Closing your blog means there will be less one bright spot in this world! Wishing each one of you good health, a Merry Christmas and brighter days ahead! BIG hugs! Sara EmilyReplyDelete
Such beautiful work! An inspiration you are are, all of you, take care.ReplyDelete
Very sad to hear that you are leaving us as your work has been so inspiring. I absolutely understand your reasons as the challenge blog that I belonged to closed recently for similar reasons but I will continue to blog as it's the one place where I feel I can record my own processes and development and if people choose to visit me I'll be pleased but if they don't I will use it as my own on-line journal. Guess I have a bad memory lol! and this for me is an easy way to remember techniques I've used and forgotten, as much as it's nice to see photographs of finished pieces it's even better to see the process too. I hope the Creative Guides will continue to make their gorgeous projects and I hope to see you all around in the future. Sending hugs, Angela xXxReplyDelete
Oh my how sad I am to read this post, it's been a very challenging year for us all and it is lack of spare time and circumstance that has kept me away from one of my favoured blogs this year. As I take a moment to catch up and wish you all a Happy & Healthy Christmas and New Year I read the sad news that A Vintage Journey is now to come to an end.ReplyDelete
I understand completely the reasons, blogger can be extremely time consuming but I think that extra special detail is what drew me to blogger in the first place, you can not replace that personal touch. So it's with a heavy heart that I thank you all for giving that little bit extra each month and wish everyone all the best as you continue your creative journey. I really hope we will meet again in blogland, young at heart but an old fashioned girl am I. Creative wishes to you all Tracey xx
So sad to read this post but understand. I enjoyed your challenges these past years and all of the gorgeous inspiration. Stunning creations this month! Wishing you all the very best and Merry Christmas.ReplyDelete
So sad and sorry to read this Brenda and all the wonderful Creative Guides through the years. I feel very guilty for not being a more frequent and loyal follower, especially reading announcement so late. Thank-you all for the truly amazing creations, heart and knowledge that were shared on A Vintage Journey. This site truly was one of my most favourite blogs to visit and I was especially thrilled anytime I won or featured here. Wishing all good health and happiness and may 2021 unfold to be far more kindly to us all. Keep on crafting!! Nicola xxxReplyDelete