A very wonderful place

As you may remember one of my goals this year is to recycle and use up leftovers in my craft stash, so I created this vintage page using some recycled items; I hope you like it (grin!).

I started by covering the chipboard page with Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink using a blending tool. Then I added lots of postage marks and text using a Craft Sensations stamp set and Black Soot Distress Archival Ink. I splattered the page using some Black Soot Distress Ink and edged it with a black Faber-Castell marker. Then I added a piece of die cut lace cardstock, which was recycled from a wedding invitation, to the right hand side of the page. The pretty postage stamp, featuring two wrens, was also recycled from my hubby’s childhood stamp collection. It was mounted onto a piece of black cardstock, also recycled from the wedding invitation, and then framed using two pieces of lace border which were outline stickers. I added the wording which were from a Clippings sticker set by Tim Holtz and to finish, I splattered some black and white acrylic paint over the page.

My hubby very kindly gifted me his childhood postage stamp collection for my art journaling. Many of the postage stamps are displayed in a large book but some, like this wren stamp, were part of a collection and still mounted on their original book pages. This Wild Birds stamp was a special issue from Hungary being published between 1973-1974.

Here’s it’s original page with the other stamps that formed part of the collection and wow, as you can see at the time they only cost 10p. It’s so interesting that they list the prices for this collection for other countries too, as you can see under the postage stamps on the bottom of the page (grin!).

Hoping that you’re all stay 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 am 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 and lovely Wendy K from wendyscraftjournal.blogspot.com who is hosting this month with her Vintage challenge with my vintage style page.

Stitch It challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog with all the faux lace on my page.

Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #152 – Anything Goes with my vintage page.

LTSCB #149 – Anything Goes over at Love to Scrap Challenge Blog with my vintage mini art journal page which includes stamping.

MIUCB #53 – Anything Goes + Monochrome over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog with my distress techniques that I used to create my vintage page.

15 thoughts on “A very wonderful place

  1. Those were the days when 10p was 10p – I doubt you could get much for that price now. Great pages. You have made great use of that postage stamp and who can resist a wren (or two). I do like the background, it certainly suggests Vintage to me but with the addition of the white lace it is perfect. Love how the white lace makes the whole page pop.
    A lovely page for AJJ.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  2. Fabulous page, Jo, love the birds and the white lace gives it a very delicate touch. It’s good to recycle, I’m not allowing myself to buy anything more until everything here has been used up! Have a wonderful weekend, hugs, Valerie
    And thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey!

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  3. A fantastic page Jo and the stamps your husband gifted look amazing. Its good to recycle pieces as well, its just the pile never seems to get smaller.
    Have a goos weekend.
    Yvonne xx

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  4. Really cool Vintage style page! That postage stamp is awesome and how cool that you’ve documented hubby’s childhood collection! The lace along with your background really pop out nicely! Creative and fun use of recycled items Jo!

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  5. Nice page Jo. The white paper lave looks beautiful against the vintage background. And that is a great gift from your husband. The stamp you used is beautiful, and I think we’ll be seeing more on future art also. Stamps are such great additions, aren’t they? Have a fantastic weekend. And thanks for sharing with us at AJJ too. Hugs-Erika

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  6. I’m a big fan of recycling and this beautiful journal page shows what you can accomplish with recycled materials. The stamp your husband gifted you is the jewel in this page. It was set off beautifully by the vintage background and the lace borders. Thank you for this really lovely entry you shared with us at Art Journal Journey using Wendy’s theme.

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