Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Creativity is the key...

Happy Tuesday everyone!

The library at work was giving away a lot of free hardcover journals from the 1970s that were doing nothing but collecting dust. And whilst that might be good for somethings at a museum, it definitely is not the case with library books. I grabbed a few in the hopes of trying a new project...a hollow book...which took me forever to cut out the pages! As such I have quite a few pages that I thought I would try and recycle rather than just throw away. This is what I came up with:

I inked up the paper with some 'vintage photo' distress ink, then inked the edges with 'walnut stain.' The argyle stamp is a Tim Holtz design from Stampers Anonymous stamped in Staz-On Timber Brown and covered with clear embossing powder. The chipboard piece is from my stash, inked with 'walnut stain' distress ink and god embossing powder. The sentiment is my own made from a simple piece of copy paper, inked with 'antique linen', 'vintage photo' and 'wanlut stain' distress inks.

The brown and mesh ribbon are from my stash. The cream seam binding (yay I finally have some) and the cotton lace were purchased recently from the Craft and Quilt show. The metal button is a new range to Spotlight from Francheville called 'vintage.' (N.B It's so great to see Spotlight finally up their game with regards to scrapbooking and embellishments. It almost makes the messiness of the store worthwhile.) and the metal key is also from a new range at Spotlight called 'SteamPunk' from Solid Oak Inc (For those in Melbourne, it's in the jewellery section.)

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
 Have a great week everyone!



  1. I love the vintage distressed feel to this card. Every element works beautifully with the others. What a great use for recycled book paper. Very cool! Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Your Passion. Hope to see you again soon.

  2. This card is absolutely wonderful! Love the vintage look and that you recycled book papers. Love it!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Craft Your Passion this week.
    Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

    Craft Your Passion Guest Design Team Member

  3. Fantastic work.Love this vintage card and such a beautiful way to recycle.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week :D
    Lisa x

  4. I like the style of this card! The white bow makes a beautiful contrast against the brownish colors and worn look of the elements on this card. Beautiful!

  5. pretty card! love the bow. Thank you for playing with us @ 2 Sisters this week.

  6. Lovely card. Thanks so much for joining us at 2 Sisters this week.

  7. Fab card Hun love the Key :)

    Thanks for joining us at 2Sisters Challenge

    Hugs Mandy xxx

  8. Gorgeous card. I love the colour combination. Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenge.
    Bev x