Own your story

I really enjoy creating these mini pages in my chipboard art journal, and I had so much fun making these typewriter keys using some new Distress products and the Typewriter 3D Texture Fades from Tim Holtz (grin!).

For the background, I covered the page with my new Salvaged Patina Distress Paint and a tiny amount of black DecoArt acrylic paint to dull the colour. When dry, I dragged a Black Soot Distressl Ink pad vertically down the page and then applied some Liquitex matte gel medium over the top using a paint brush to create a woodgrain effect.

For the typewriter letters, I started by covering a piece of mixed media paper with the Salvaged Patina Distress Paint and my new Crackling Campfire Distress Ink and left it to dry. Then I dry embossed the paper using the Typewriter 3D Texture Fades by Tim Holtz. To highlight the texture, I dragged a black archival ink pad over the top of the letters to colour them and applied some Iced Coffee metallic Faber-Castell gelato smudging the colour with my finger. Then I splattered some Tarnished Brass Distress Paint over the top which finished the worn grungy look. They were cut out, edged with a black Faber-Castell big brush marker and then stuck into place using either double-sided or double-sided foam tape.

To finish, I added the typewriter which was stamped using a stamping platform, a stamp set from Craft Sensations and some black Archival Ink; it was stamped onto some of the mixed media paper that I had coloured with the Salvaged Patina Distress Paint and Crackling Campfire Distress Ink. I fussy cut it out and added the wording “own your story” which was a rub-on transfer from a Tiny Text Remnant Rubs set by Tim Holtz.

As T Stands for Tuesday and to link the the story theme of my page, I’m sharing these fabulous teapots that we saw whilst out walking; they were in a charity store window and feature Robin Hood, Dick Turpin and Shakespeare – Happy T Day everyone!

Hoping that you are all staying safe and well! x

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

For the sake of brevity I’m no longer listing the individual items that I used to create my page, however I’m more than happy to let you know which particular product was used if you contact me via comments below or using the following contact me link.


I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today:

Art Journal Journey which is being hosted this month by the lovely Neet from Hickydorums; she has chosen Type as her theme so I’m joining with my typewriter page (this mini art journal page measures 15x15cm).

Dry Emboss challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge as I used Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fades to dry emboss the typewriter letters for my page.

LTSCB #148 – Old School over at Love to Scrap Challenge Blog with my old school typewriter as they are generally not used nowadays with computers etc (grin!).

Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #150 – Anything Goes with my typewriter art journal page.

Mixed Media Lovers Challenge Blog and their Challenge #4 Mixed Media Lovers with my mixed media page; this is a new blog so why not join in the fun too!

MIUCB #52 – Anything Goes + Mixed Media over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog with all the different materials and techniques that I used to create the background and typewriter letters for this fun mixed media page.

36 thoughts on “Own your story

  1. What a fabulous effect you got for the background on this page in your Journal. It reminds me of a garden fence (and in a colour I would love milne to be). It’s gorgeous!
    How funny you should be using that texture fades folder, I was playing with mine last night and am about to start another page using it. Love how you have used it and the colours you have used look fantastic alongside that background. The typewriter looks fabulous, I would have thought it had been embossed with a clear ep, that’s a lovely black. you have got there and the contrasting orange and teal bits on it really work well.
    A fabulous page again Jo for my theme at Art Journal Journey – thanks for supporting me.
    Hugs, Neet xx
    ps love the teapots – have a great week!

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  2. Fabulous page, Jo, love those mini-types, so effective! A really perfect page for Neet’s challenge at AJJ. Love the colours, too. And I love those pretty teapots, even if I don’t like tea, I’m sure coffee would taste good in them, too! Have a great week, happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  3. I love your page Jo. I used those texture fades a few times (yet to be posted) and they look excellent on a page, don’t they? I also really like your vintage typewriter. It is great with the type. And those teapots for T are also fantastic. I think my favorite is the Robin Hood. Smile. Hope you have a nice early T day and also thanks so much for sharing another page for Neet’s challenge at AJJ. Hugs-Erika

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  4. I love your journal page, Jo! That type embossing folder can be so versatile. I’ve also thought to cut them in rows or strips and even individually at a future use of them. Your colors and effects are marvelous and inspiring. Adding the typewriter at the bottom is a perfect finishing detail. Well done!!!

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  5. I like the colors you chose for your page. The typewriter reminds me of the one my dad had. I used to love banging on it. The teapots are so unusual. My favorite is the Robin Hood. Happy T Day

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  6. Jo, what a fabulous page for your journal, the colours you used really make those typewriter letters stand out beautifully. You have reminded me that I have not even opened that embossing folder yet (very bad!). The little typewriter is just perfect in the corner.

    Thank you so much for your recent visits, I really do appreciate it very much. Hope all is well with you. Hugs, Anne xxx

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  7. I’ve never heard of Texture Fades, but these letters turned out brilliantly. You can be really proud of this page. At first, I thought it was the cover, it was so dimensional. It’s lovely. Thanks for sharing it with us using Neet’s theme at Art Journal Journey.

    Those are some unique teapots. How lucky that you were able to capture these on your walk. Nice to see these in the thrift store window, too. My question is, is 10 lbs (sorry, I don’t have the pound sign on my computer) a good price for used teapots. Most teapots I’ve seen in thrift stores sell for around $2.00 to $5.00 USD. Thanks for sharing your lovely journal page and the thrift store teapots with us for T this Tuesday, dear Jo.

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  8. I love well-designed shop windows, especially in second-hand or antique shops where every item is unique. Those will be a real treasure for the right person!

    best.. mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  9. I loooove your page! What a great embossing folder! There are several online scrap stores in Spain, but this item is sold out in all of them. Obviously very popular.
    I like what you have done with the embossing folder and it fits the theme perfectly.
    Those tea-pots are such fun. My sister-in-law used to collect tea pots and she had several of these pub pot.
    Happy T-Day,

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  10. Hi! it’s been awhile so I’m glad to have a chance to pop by ~ what a beautiful page ~ I Love all the color and texture, and the keys turned out fantastic. I’m so glad to be able to thrift shop again too – the tea pots you spotted are adorable. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  11. This is a fantastic mini art page Jo. I really like how the background has been with the Salvaged patina distress paint you have used. The letters are wonderful. Bravo!
    The teapots are so cute, Happy T-day! I wish you are fine, have a nice Thursday, and I send you big hugs,

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  12. Love your journal cover Jo, that type texture fade is one of my new favourite things to use and I love what you’ve done with it here. I also really love the teapots! Did you buy any of them? I’m not sure I could have resisted the Shakespeare one! Happy T day Elle xx

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