Friday, 3 May 2019

Book It for A Vintage Journey

Hello Friends

It is time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and the theme this month is 'Book It' and the lovely Deb is our host.

Deb says 'there is nothing better than curling up with a good book to take us away to another place!  This month we'd like you to think about books - perhaps you will make a book, or a journal, create a journal page showing a scene from one of your favourite books (do please tell us what book) or a card showing someone reading or made using text stamps, stencils or word stickers.  Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk'.

I have a real love for old cameras and for making journals, so I combined the two for this month's challenge and created this grungy notebook journal, using a wonderful new camera stamp from Inventor 8 (CMS375) by Tim Holtz, one of many gifts from my dear friend Kath Stewart.
After die cutting the journal base, using Eileen Hull's latest notebook journal die (Sizzix 663635), I used Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo and Pumice Stone, smooshing it on my mat and picking it up with the notebook journal, drying it off, picking up some more until I was happy with the result.
I did the inside of the cover in the same way.
I stamped the camera onto the front cover, I also stamped the back of the notebook with another of Tim's new stamp sets, Fragments (CMS 368).  I stamped more of the elements and gathered the Idea-ology items together that I wanted to use to decorate the notebook.

I added a ready made collaged pocket to the inside front cover and I used Tim's Stitched Slots die (Sizzix 662697) for the inside back cover.
I layered up the camera on the front of the journal, added elastic stringing and placed an Idea-ology drawer pull to the side of the journal.
I created one signature, added some Remnant Rubs and a film strip (a very old Tim Holtz die), along with some Idea-ology film strip which I added to the pocket.
To finish off the inside I made a file folder and added some charms attached to an Idea-ology clip.  I added an elastic closure for display purposes only, the finished journal is free of the closure, I didn't want it to interfere with the camera.

EDITED:  I have been asked how I made the File Folder above, here is a 'pattern' that I created for Eileen's Passport Journal which is a similar size to the new Notebook.

I do hope you can join us at A Vintage Journey and I hope you will visit to see the wonderful projects that the team has made.

Thanks so much for your visit, it is much appreciated.

Hugs, Anne xx


  1. Wow, Anne, this is so amazing!! I'm in total awe of your book-making ability!! This one is so spectacular!! I love the stamps you used and the distressing!! It looks so absolutely gorgeous!! The inside details are stunning, too!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. amazing, I really need this new book die. You inspiration is totally eating into my wallet and loving it :)

  3. Oh Anne, such a fabulous new album, I adore the grungy style and how you have used those fab stamps! The inside details look super too! Great inspiration!!!!

  4. Another amazing notebook journal from your talented hands, Anne! I love the grungy-ness of it, that fabulous camera theme (what a very nice gift from Kath!) and those neat file folders inside. Is that a die you used or is is hand cut? I'm pretty sure I need to invest in the notebook die! Sending big hugs!

  5. Oh Yes! Love it too bits. Another brilliant album you clever lady. Happy crafty weekend, Angela xXx

  6. Wonderful, where do you get the fab ideas from? Loving the inspiration that you are sharing. I can see a couple of dies I am going to be needing. Axx

    1. Thank you Andrea, I drag them up from my boots, they don't come easily I'm afraid! This is my new all time favourite die now from Eileen, it is such a handy size, you can get two from one sheet of A4 card. xxx

  7. This is just gorgeous Ann. I love the vintage look, and I think I may have to get the notebook die. It’s a perfect size. Thanks for sharing xxx

  8. Oh Wow!! Another amazing album Anne! I love the grungy, vintage look of the cover and the inside is fabulous too!! You are so clever in your use of these awesome stamps! hugs xx

  9. Yet another amazing project. You astonish me every time you create something. I’d love to have a window to your craft room to watch you and your process. Thank you so much for sharing with all and and inspiring me. Barb.

  10. I love everything about your wonderful journal Anne. It has all the colors, textures and style that this challenge called for. Love it, Hugs, Sandy

  11. Anne this is absolutely fabulous! I love smooshing and the colors you ended up with were perfect for this vintage project. I kinda have a thing for cameras too so I know what you mean! Great job with Eileen's new die, too!

  12. This is so gorgeous Anne, I adore your theme and you have used Tim's stamps and dies to perfection inside Eileen's wonderful new notebook journal die! Adore the DOX covers and those file folder pages are such a great idea, did you fold them or is it a die? Love the film strip die with the film strip ribbon in the front, great combination. Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  13. A fabulous vintage project, Anne. Love the stamps that you've used and the collaged pocket really caught my eye. Thanks for including the pattern for the file folder. I have the passport die so will have to give this a go. Have a lovely weekend x

  14. What gorgeous inking on your covers Anne and your vintage camera stamping are wonderful. You’ve used lots of useful die cuts on you pages to slip things into! xx

  15. What a fabulous notebook Anne x perfect stamp for you given your love of old cameras xx wonderful details inside and out xx
    Love it !!

    Huge hugs
    Annie xx

  16. Another absolutely stunning mini journal, Anne. I love Eileen's new Notebook - another one for the wishlist! - and your fabulous dipping and smooshing looks amazing as a background to that stunningly detailed camera stamp. I love the overlaid image, and the added warmth from those charming butterflies inside. Thanks for sharing your file folder template too.
    Alison x

  17. A really fabulous journal notebook , Anne with such a great theme and grungy, vintage appeal . Love all your added extras that make it so useful ( can never have enough pockets imho) and unique.
    I hesitated over adding this die to my stash but I am so glad I did.
    Big hugs and enjoy the holiday weekend x

  18. Anne, your books are always such wonderful creations. I love the grungy look of the background and the inventor stamps look amazing on it! Thank you for adding the pattern for the file folders, I will be trying my hand at some of these today! You are such a talented creator, thank you for sharing! xxx

  19. Oh my Anne this is just fabulous, I love the vintage effects you have achieved and then stamped with the camera (I think it's got to go on my wish list!!!!) and then the gorgeous elements you have added to the inside. This has to be one of my real favourites of yours (I love them all you know). I wonder how it would look if you followed your own steps again and used red distress oxide for the smooching and stamped in deep red like aged mahogany - mmmmm now there's a challenge lol.
    Happy Bank Holiday weekend. huge hugs xxx

  20. This is wonderful Anne, I haven't seen this stamp set before, and now it's one that I 'need' lol. Have a very happy week. Sue xx

  21. Wow, Annie, what a cool old camera! It made a stunning backdrop to your cool camera journal! I love the vintage look and the sepia, brown, and black coloring! You're so kind to give the detailed instructions and measurements! Enjoy your week!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  22. Beautiful album - love the TH stamp too Have a lovely evening xxx

  23. Just love it so. The inserts are wonderful as well and of course the cover is beyond wonderful!!!

  24. Love your wonderful grungy notebook journal - the inside is as fabulous as the outside! So cool you gave us the pattern of the file folder, thank you! Hugs my friend. xxxxxxx

  25. Wow, what a beautiful journal! I love photography so I was amazed by the old camera that you photographed with your journal, it's such a beauty 😁. You have captured the vintage look and feel perfectly too and I enjoyed finding out how you created it too. Wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊 x


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