Friday, 1 January 2016

A New Year Vintage Journey theme

Welcome to the start of 2016, I would like to begin by wishing you all a 
HAPPY NEW YEAR
and I hope it is filled with everything you would wish for yourself.


We have a new challenge theme at A Vintage Journey which is 
'Vintage Travel and Luggage' and all the details can be found over at the challenge blog.

For me one of the essential items that this lovely lady would pack for her journey would be a diary in which to note down where she visits and to collect small items and photos to stick in as a memento of her trip. I used the folded note book technique using one 12 x 12 sheet of Tim's paper to make the mini book and added some stamped items and small tags in pockets so there is plenty of room on which to write and stick. So let's have a quick look at what is inside as well.


Here is the book made up ......


... and the narrow tags to fit in the pockets. Simply dipped in distress inks and left blank for the writing part of the diary keeping experience.


I collected together a number of Tim's stamped images ...


... cut them out .....


... and arranged them in small collages .....


 .... so that photos and collected ephemera can be added to the pages.


I also used chit chat stickers and .....


... small talk stickers ....


.... to provide a feel of the excitement and atmosphere ......


.... that might be felt on the journey.


I added crinkled and dyed ribbon to tie it together and keep the insides safe.


All I need now is to decide when I will use this little diary as I think it will be perfect for one of our holidays, especially as I have a mini phone printer and can have instant photos when we are on our travels.

I hope you get to have a number of wonderful journeys this new year both those when you travel away from home but also those that are personal and part of your own growth as a human being particularly when you set out to achieve something new and succeed to the best of your ability.

I'll leave you with this quote that I wish for everyone -

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” 

― Neil Gaiman


huge hugs Brenda xxxx

21 comments:

Buttons said...

How amazing that this cute travel tag turns into the most glorious travel note book! Love all those clever details. Happy New Year! Jenny xxx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Love your idea of a travel notebook Brenda, lovely idea and I love the vintage tones and style too. Happy New Year. Tracy x X

Julia Aston said...

What a creative design on your lovely travel notebook Brenda! Love the stampings and stickers you used on each section and the wonderfully inked tags for notes of your experiences - what a clever vintage travel project! What a wonderful quote for the new year - Happy 2016! Julia xx

Redanne said...

This is such a clever design Brenda and I just love all the stamped elements you added! Great quote too! Happy New Year!! Hugs, Anne xx

butterfly said...

Utterly lovely - if I had a diary this beautiful I might even get around to writing in it. Simply gorgeous. A happy New Year to you!
Alison xx

Anne (cornucopia) said...

This is gorgeous!!

A Pink said...

Fantastic idea so fabulously executed in design and content ! Brenda A wonderful way to keep those travel memories alive !

a very meaningful quote too !
Happy New Year x

2amscrapper said...

Happy New Year, Brenda! I love this journal! Great use of product and quotes.

jasann said...

Simply lovely, I am going on a trip soon to see my daughter and her family in Queensland and I would love to make a travel diary like yours, if I have your permission, thanks so much,

Sara Barker said...

Wonderfully designed travel album! I love the quote, too--so true! Happy New Year! Hugs!

Beth @ Conversations from my House said...

I LOVE this idea and I would love to try it myself.I imagine mine would not look the same as I would be using different papers and other bits and bobs.... I have a couple of little mini trips coming up that they would be perfect for using them. Is there a tutorial somewhere to show how you made the folder book from the 12 by 12 sheet. I just checked google and You tube but didn't find anything like yours. I have a LOT of Tim Holtz products just waiting to be used! Thanks so much for creating this lovely book.

S@ndy Diller said...

What a great idea and you carried it off so beautifully. Love the way the tags fit in and that lovely vintage feel. Happy New Year to you and your family. S@ndy xx

Nikki Acton said...

A phone printer!!! I need to see....!!! This is a great design Brenda, love the design and all the vintage embellishing. xxxx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Just absolutely stunning Brenda !!!! I love the front page, never mind the rest! And then it all opens out into such a wonderfully vintage styled travel diary. WOW! I want to make one !!!

Wishing you a wonderful, peaceful and creative 2016. I hope we get the chance to meet up again this year too. Jennie xxxxx

pearshapedcrafting said...

So - I imagine you will be planning your next trip soon! You are an inspiration Brenda! Happy New Year! Hugs, Chrisx

Lynn Price said...

What a wonderful little journal, Brenda! I will have to look into that technique.... so charming! And I love all your embellishments and stamping.... quite lovely! Hope you had a good holiday, and best wishes in the coming year - look forward to seeing more of your work along the way! xxx Lynn

Rupa S said...

Beautiful vintage make Brenda and a lovely travel companion. Love the idea and would try to make one soon. Thanks for the inspiration.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Brenda, what a fabulous travel journal! I love all the wonderful collaged elements on each page and the wonderful messages you have included. What a perfect way to record your travels! Thanks so much for sharing it and for sharing that wonderful quote, I am going to print that out and post it in my studio as a reminder for me all year long. Wishing you and yours a New Year filled with joy! Deb xo

Remya Sreekanth said...

Always , Always Loved all your creations .. One blog I follow religiously .. Thank you for all the lovely creations .. Its a beauty !!

Sherry Hickey said...

Hi! I just had to stop by and tell you I really love your Travel Journal!! It is fantastic and what a wonderful gift that would be. Can you tell me where to find the directions to make the pocket pages/cover? Thanks!!

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous tags and pockets and everything! Love your travel diary!