Man’s World

Time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for the next two weeks our challenge is It’s a Man’s World. So be masculine, it could be something for Father’s Day or for a male birthday.

As I always find it hard to get started on masculine designs, I ended up getting all my appropriate crafting goodies out for inspiration and once I got started I really enjoyed creating this page; it all came together quickly and I love the grungy vintage look and I hope you do too!

I started by ripping some decoupage paper into large pieces and sticking it to the page using a glue stick. Then I stencilled the metal plate effect using Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and a Dinky Stencil from That’s Crafty! I splattered the page with water to smudge the Hickory Smoke ink using a piece of kitchen towel giving it a grungy look. Next I smooshed and splattered some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink over the page and I edged the pieces of decoupage paper using a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. To finish the background, I added three rub-on transfers from Royal & Langnickel which I outlined using a black Uni Pin marker so the edges looked worn and then I splattered the page using black DecoArt acrylic paint. Next I layered all the different paper elements together having edged them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using a blending tool and also a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker before I stuck them onto the page. They included: letters creating the “mans world” wording, some numbered tiles and shields which are Crowded Attic Salvage Stickers by Tim Holtz; some pieces of a book page which I distressed with scissors along the edge; a vintage car stamp from Tim Holtz which I stamped onto some American Crafts paper and also some recycled Kraft paper using black Archival Ink and then fussy cut out; a clock which was stamped using a Kaisercraft stamp and black Archival Ink onto the same American Crafts paper then cut out; a clock which I fussy cut from an old magazine; two Victorian style brown tags; two wooden effect tags from Docrafts that read “Brilliant” and “The World’s Greatest”, and I emphasised their design using a black Uni Pin marker; a ruler which I cut into two pieces and finally two round discs, which read “in these moments time stood still” and “A lifetime of memories” all of which are fussy cut from a Kaisercraft paper sheet. To finish, I added some brown metal brads to all of the tags and splattered black DecoArt acrylic paint over everything.

For more inspiration please check out the fabulous creations from my Design Teamies over at Try it on Tuesday.

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing our pie and a pint that we enjoyed whilst sitting in the sunshine at a local pub. We only had one day of sunshine last week and I’m now wishing for more with all the grey cloudy and rainy days we have had of late, although I’m sure the flowers in my garden are grateful (grin!). If you are wondering, our pie is meat and potato which is much loved in the North of England, you probably won’t find this pie in the South of England. It’s served hot and goes very nicely with a pint of beer too – cheers and Happy T day!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.


I’m pleased to join the lovely Halle of Halle’s Hobbies  and her Words to live by challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

I’m joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Masculine challenge with my Man’s World page.

I’m pleased join in the fun over at Creative Artiste and their June #50 – Anything Mixed Media Goes challenge with my mixed media art journal page (which included decoupage paper, ink, markers, stickers, etc).

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Trimcraft Santora London (Decoupage Papers SBDEC043)
  • That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencil (Metal Grid Background – TC041)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B, Black 199)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Create-A-Collage (Men’s Accessories #ROY-853)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Salvage Stickers (Crowded Attic #TH92898)
  • Book page
  • Tim Holtz {Components} Collection Stamper Anonymous (COM013 CAR)
  • American Crafts Papers (DIY Store 366665)
  • Recycled Kraft Notepaper
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Vintage- Believe CS832)
  • Old Magazine
  • The Works (Victorian Style Embellishments)
  • Docrafts A5 Die-Cut Toppers & Sentiments (Mr. Smith’s Workshop PMA157261)
  • Kaisercraft Glossy Paper Story Book Collection (Trinkets PS445)
  • Craft Sensations (Brads CRO550/A)
  • Pritt Stick

25 thoughts on “Man’s World

  1. You collected a fabulous selection of masculine pieces for this wonderful collage Jo. I have spent ages looked at all the detail.
    The Pie and Pint photo looked very inviting especially on a warm day in the sunshine.
    We have wall to wall rain again and the sun is on holiday.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  2. Wonderful mix of collage elements here, Jo – so much to look at, as I always expect from you 😉 A wonderful collection of vintage masculine images and ephemera.
    Cath x

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  3. You succeeded in making a super Man’s page Jo. I really like what you did. And beer is perfect for the theme of the art too. I’ve been having bad hives lately so I need to stay away from alcohol so I missed a beer on the boat the other day. Sigh. Is that a fruit pie or a meat pie with your beer? Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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  4. Love the masculine page, it’s always harder doing things for the men. You found some great solutions for your page. The pies look good, and we often had meat and potato pie in London when I was kid, yummy! Happy T Day, enjoy your beer, hugs, Valerie

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  5. I tend to skip these prompts as I could never make heads or tails of the masculine/feminine distinction in art, fashion, etc.

    “Local pub” is a phrase that always makes me hope everyone lives in a walkable neighborhood with an easily accessible “local” everything including food options with outside seating. That looks perfect to me 🙂 Happy T Tuesday!

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  6. There is so much beautiful detail on this vintage grungy super page!!! Simply GREAT! And pie and a pint of beer would be great just now for me as well ! It’s hot hot hot since a few days!
    Happy TioT, Happy T-Day and happy Art Journal Journey dear Jo!
    Thank you so much for joining Halle’s colletion once again!

    Happy rest of the week for you – sending sunshine in your direction!

    Big hugs, Susi

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  7. You put a LOT into that Man’s World spread, Jo. It was great to see you also included words to live by, which is Halle’s theme at Art Journal Journey. Your use of all these materials is flawless and original. I was most impressed.

    Meat pies are so gluttonous. They have like a million calories, which makes them SO good. I am hungry, now. I can see why they would be great with beer. Thanks for sharing your fantastic journal page and your meat pies and beers with us for T this Tuesday. I’m still blown away that you can have palm trees outside your home in the north of England.

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  8. You did a great page for “A Man’s Life”, Jo! I love all the collage elements, as well as the great vintage images and ephemera. Masculine pages are a challenge for me. Thanks for the inspiration.

    We call those pies “pot pies.” (U.S. pot pies are not very good. My only exposure to them was 1950s frozen TV dinners 😉).

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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  9. A fabulous masculine page Jo, so many interesting images and lots of wonderful details.
    Glad you were able to make the most of your day’s sunshine, we had a few promises of sunshine, but it was only yesterday that the sun materialised – back to cloud and rain again now.
    Have a great week.
    Avril xx

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  10. Your not on your own with the man theme Jo, there’s not many of us crafter’s that embrace the them full throttle and there has to be something extremely striking for me to get me started. You’ve truly embraced it with ease with your fab journal page displaying it’s trinkets and treasures.
    Sorry I have been awol, as you now know i’ve been on my holidays and trying to battle with blogger & an ipad is not an easy combination so I always admit defeat before I even close my case. Playing catch up gets harder and harder & I find it near impossible to check out what everyone has been up to in my absence.. if only we could stop time!
    As always Sending Creative Hugs your way & a smile at your pie & a pint… There’s a family cafe across from where we stay on holiday who offer the same for pennies. Hubby thinks we could retire there & live off that daily (with his heart condition there’s not a cat in hell’s chance..!!) but a nice try :))
    Catch up with you soon Tracey xx

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  11. A great Men’s page dear Jo with lot interesting details to watch.
    Your pies and beer look yummy. How strong is that kind of beer? The glasses seem big, can you drive after drinking that? In our neighbouring country Belgium they have beers with 9 and more percent. A big glass of it and you will be feel drunken. 😉 But it tastes very good.
    Dear Greetings and a happy rest of the week.

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    • Thanks very much dear Sabine! Our standard beers here in the UK are normally between 4% and 5%, they are served in a pint glass. We don’t find many strong beers at 9 and more percent, and if they did sell it in a pub then you would be only able to buy half a pint. Luckily our local pub is walking distance from our house so no driving is required, so we normally have a couple of pints before heading home. We have visited Belgium many times trying quite a few beers and you are right it does taste very good 😀. Enjoy the rest of your week too! Jo x


  12. Very nice page, Jo and Happy Father’s Day to your husband. I spent a while looking at every ephemera piece, my eye catching the silk hose and remembering my maternal grandfather who was a cotton broker in Arkansas. All during The Depression and WWII he made hand over fist in money because cotton was king. Then he got out just when the synthetics began cutting into market share after the War, the lucky duck. He’d always say, “I’ll take cotton, you can keep your silk and satin”. He’d pronounce satin like satin the devil, on purpose hahaha. Whoa, is it true like Elizabeth wrote, you have a palm tree in the north of england? Geebus, we have trouble with our palms here in Texas when we get a bad cold front! xoxoxox

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