Friday, 7 March 2014

A Vintage Journey–Step 1


For the opening challenge of ‘A Vintage Journey’ I wanted to make something very special that I could keep as a memento of this special adventure. These are the covers of one of Tim’s large configurations books and  I have a great idea for using the inside for a future challenge so watch this space.

The front page cover represents the creative journey we travel and Tim's world wide teaching, sharing his love of all things vintage and his ideas, techniques and projects.
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I began  by painting. blending inks through Tim’s masks, crackle painting and stamping the outside of the box, just along the edges as I knew I was going to cover most of it up.
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Then with Tim’s papers in hand I chose a 12x12 with the world on it suggesting travels and journeys and altered this with the masks and stamps. I just love Tim’s new latticework mask.
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I gathered dies, ephemera and stamps together that would fit with the scene and started to make my dimensional details. The ruler was made a while ago using a faux leather technique it looks really grungy doesn’t it?
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I used some of the vintage photos from Tim’s Lost and Found paper stash and inserted them underneath the openings of his picture wheel and then chopped up sections from the film strip and added over the top, the centre was made using a stamp from Classics #1 and a vintage brad from my supplies.
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You can see the globe and camera made from movers and shapers dies, a Tim rosette and clock also from the Lost and Found papers.
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The Framework dies are fabulous and I used the chevron one here just because it reminded me of tyre marks and the Route 66 is from the Thrift Shop ephemera pack.
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Some metal ideaology, remnant rubs (one just poking out from behind the pointy finger) and chit chat stickers all played their part.
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And the title letters were die cut using the typeset strip die, adhered to the paper and covered with glossy accents to make them pop.

The inside cover represents my fabulous teamies who are sharing this journey with me, you can see each of our photos inserted into Tim’s film strip using the mini filmstrip strip die.
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Again I gathered the elements together that I thought would go together for this page.
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Here I used another of the Framework dies, this one is called lattice and by cutting it several times from different papers I have lots of different coloured rhombus shapes to use and I inserted three of them here.
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Enjoy the journey is from the stacked artful words strip die and you can see an arrow from the industrious stickers.
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The pediment and key were both die cut using chipboard and then aged using distress embossing powders.
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The hotel badge is another piece from the ephemera pack.
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I couldn’t resist this elongated photo of the Creative Guides.
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The very back page, which won’t be embellished so it can lay down flat, but still reflects the travelling theme.
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So now the book is done, I will need to think of what is going into the body of it, but ideas are emerging lol.

My special thanks to Alison, Anne, Annie, Astrid, Candy, Chris, Jennie, Jenny, Terry and Trace for all their help, guidance, support and love whilst getting 'A Vintage Journey' ready to publish today, we have been super excited for weeks waiting to share our projects and begin our travels. I hope you will be able to join us sometimes.
Have a great weekend.

hugs {brenda} x0x

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”
Anna Quindlen

50 comments:

Candy C said...

Brenda...I LOVE LOVE LOVE your piece! It's truly gorgeous and thanks so much for letting me be a part not only of this wonderful team but of your inaugural keepsake for this moment in time. <3 Candy

Astrid Maclean said...

Of course in the end I could not fall asleep after all, too much excitement lol. Your piece s out of this world stunning Brenda, what an amazing start!!! Love everything about it!!

Redanne said...

And it really is very, very special Brenda, absolutely gorgeous and a fantastic start to the challenge. Love the photo strip! Thanks so much for taking me along on this amazing journey with you! Hugs, Anne x

Terry said...

Well my dear friend, we are on another journey together and what a great ride it will be! I keep going over this lovely book and all the elements combined in utter perfection! What a world traveling piece this is and you are taking us all on the journey! That film strip was so clever! Love this much! Hugs!

dottielottie said...

WOW! Brenda, this is amazing. You have so captured the essence of travel in your awesome configuration book. I feel like I have been taken on a journey myself by just looking at your wonderful creation.It is truly a special memento to mark your Vintage Journey adventure.
Hugs Lottie x

sally said...

Love your piece and cannot wait to see all the treasures that are going to be finding their way inside! Sorry I can't join the adventure yet...

Sally

Joan Heath said...

Wow it is stunning. I just love everything about it. Enjoy your vintage journey. I can't wait to see what is going to go on the inside.
Joan xx

Buttons said...

What a clever, beautiful and inspiring way to share your love of everything Tim. The collage style works so well here and I adore that film strip idea. I have a feeling this will lead to so many people creating their own books as a result of seeing your gorgeous project. So pleased to be sharing this journey with you. Jenny x

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful book, love how you have brought it all together. Hugs, Valerie

Deborah said...

wow!

Paula Whittaker said...

wonderful project.

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Brenda. There is so much love and inspiration in this book! The colours - amazing!, the thought behind it, the world, and those photo's - all incredible! I am so wishing you well on this journey Brenda...
Dot x

Chris Warner said...

This is a stunning project Brenda, so full of 'Tim' but created in your own unimitable style - a work of art and a journey all of its own! Love the filmstrip with all the CGs' piccies in - a stroke of genius, lol. So proud to be part of the team and journeying along with you! Have a great weekend, Chris xx

Inkypinkycraft said...

Brenda you piece is gorgeous and has so many details to inspire and delight, what a wonderful piece to keep! thanks so much for having me along as part of this creative journey I am thrilled to be a part of it! xx trace x

Cardgenie said...

What a fantastic project!!!!. Congrats on getting your new baby on the road - AVJ is going to be such a cool source of inspiration and a great showcase for all things shabby and vintage. I can't wait for more!!!!! Well done. Jean.x

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

This piece of art ist absolutely brilliant, Brenda, I love every detail.

Have a nice weekend

Jennie Atkinson said...

This is such a STUNNING piece Brenda! It is so creative not just in techniques and elements, but in terms of the launch of our journey. I am absolutely thrilled to be part of of it all with you and the rest of the Creative Guides. Many many congratulations on having the vision for such a wonderful showcase of vintage Tim Holtz! Jennie xx

butterfly said...

Congratulations on a roaring success of a launch... so sorry I couldn't sit up last night to toast it live! And what a brilliant creation to mark the occasion - so many fabulous details... Love the distress embossing on the key and pediment - so cool, and the pinwheel and film strip with fabulous (!!) vintage photos... brilliant use of all that lovely ephemera - basically: fantastic!! What a start to the journey...
Alison xx

Margreet said...

A real masterpiece Brenda!
Have a wonderful weekend!
xxx Margreet

1CardCreator said...

Stunning Brenda, I hate to keep repeating myself, but you all have done such stunning work! The projects are just beautiful and I am mesmerized by each of the designers! Have a great weekend! ~Diane

annekescardart said...

This is so gorgeous. Just kept on looking. Wonderful Anneke.
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Paper Profusion said...

You've put trememdous thought, love and talent into this piece Brenda. I could go on forever admiring each and every element ... suffice to say that it is a STUNNER and wonderfully brimful of Tim. Terrific start! Happy Weekend! Nicola x

catherine said...

This looks fabulous Brenda and a great idea. Good luck with the challenge
x catherine

Jools Robertson said...

So beautiful, I adore the beautiful rainbow of retro colours
Such an amazing array of detail and embellishments and such a stunning composition

Jools x

craftytrog said...

Fabulous!!! I love the photo strip!
Alison xxx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Sooooo inspiring! I love the way you've used the wheel and those layered goodies look fabulous-hope I can get to play! Chrisx

toni said...

Totally Tim but totally Brenda ! Wonderful inspirational piece x

Meggymay said...

Awesome project and so inspirational. Looking forward to following your journey.
Yvonne x

Fliss said...

A totally stunning creation Brenda and I just had to pop over a wish you the best of luck with your new challenge blog.
So sorry to be mia for so long - just not enough hours in the day for all I want to do (sigh).
Hugs, Fliss xx

Glennis said...

Oh Brenda, this is absolutely stunning! What a lot of work has gone into it with such fantastic results

Daniele said...

wow what a wonderful project Brenda, so many details, love how you have worked in to many details.....amazing
hugs

Coco said...

WOW, fabulous start for your great project Brenda!!! we can feel how much this journey is important for you... I wish you and your teamies the very best, and a long life to your new blog and adventure... :) Hugs, Coco xxx

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Woooow, Brenda, this altered box is absolutely fantastic. It hides so many beautiful details! Pure vintage gorgeousness! xxx

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Incredible!
I love the inspiration behind this creation and that you wanted to create something that would always remind you of this wonderful venture you are part of.
So many stand-out features but oh how I love those small photos in the film strip, that made me chuckle.
Wishes
Lynne

massofhair said...

Stunning, unique and totally exquisite work Brenda, a fantastic first project, love what you have created :-) xxx

Meihsia Liu said...

Hi, Brenda, this is such a gorgeous piece with so many beautiful details. I love all the fabulous embellishments and textures. Wonderful design! And congratulation on the first challenge. Love it!

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a wonderful book, Brenda, I love your choice of the world background paper and it is so fitting for the theme and the new venture,

Lucy x

Paula Jane Atkinson said...

So much work has been out into this piece! Can't wait to see it completed.
Congrats to you all on the first challenge. I hope to enter them all.

Martina2801 said...

How awesome!! Love your beautiful book, dear Brenda!! You are soooo talented my friend and your work is so inspiring!

Karin said...

wow this looks fantastic, love it!
Groetjes Karin

Anita Houston said...

This travel box is FABULOUS!!! I love all the elements and the pop of green! What imagination you have! LOVE!!!

Annie said...

This is so fabulous Brenda x I adore the film strip and way you incorporated the DT photos....totally genius. Amazing details.

I am so thrilled to be sharing this journey....it's so exciting

Hugs Annie x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow Brenda, I'm missing words, that's a fantastic piece of art, so many wonderful details.

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Barb Cady said...

What a lushfull load of Timness you have used, I can't wait to see what goes inside! This is a great challenge,such talented people steering the 'ship' too! X

Joanna said...

Stunning Brenda. Love all details. Beautiful project. Joanna

Juliz Design Post said...

Wow this is a masterpiece Brenda. Good Luck with A Vintage Journey.
Julie x

Minxy said...

Congrats at the launch of your new venture, you have an amazing team. I love the project you created, all the little ephemera pieces that all work perfectly together really bring the project to life xo

nefertiti said...

Fabulous project Brenda! great start for the new adventure!!!!!
Bizz

S@ndy Diller said...

You have used so many of Tim's goodies so well. I love your configuration book and can't wait to see what you do with the body.
I'm sure it will be great.

Thanks for you nice comments on my blog. Have an artful day.