Lake District

When sorting through some boxes at my mums, we came across some old maps from our holidays when I was younger. I have so many fond memories of those holidays that I decided to create this Lake District page (smile!).

I started by stamping a Tiny Dots stamp from Kaisercraft onto the background using Picked Raspberry Distress Archival Ink and black Archival Ink. Next I stamped some ferns over the top, as they are native to the Lake District, using a Leaf Prints stamp from Tim Holtz and some Peeled Paint Distress Archival Ink. Then I applied some white acrylic paint over the top using a brayer to push the images and colours into the background. I ripped a Lake District map, keeping the corner image, “The Lake District” wording and die cutting the birds and branches from it using a Silhouette Birds and also a Small Tattered Florals Thinlits set by Tim Holtz. I edged all the paper pieces using a black Faber-Castell marker and then I stuck them in place using a glue stick. To finish, I added the wording which were from a Kaisercraft Sticker sheet; they read “Happy”, “When I look back I want to remember this moment” and “Beautiful”.

I have fond childhood memories of visiting Kendal, Bowness-on-Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere, Hawkshead, Keswick and Grange-over-Sands in the Lake District; I think this bird is adorable as he looks like he’s fell walking like we always used to on our holidays (grin!).

Here are the old maps from my childhood that inspired my page – don’t you just love the raven on the English Lakes front cover (smile!).

Hoping that you 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.

Challenges

I’m pleased to be joining the following challenges:

The lovely Chris from Pearshapedcrafting is hosting over at Art Journal Journey this month and has chosen When We Were Young so I’m joining her with my Lake District page which was inspired from happy times when I was young.

Paperbabe Stamps and their #174 – Anything Goes challenge with my Lake District page.

LTSCB#156 – Anything Goes over at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog with the old maps that I used to create this page.

MIUCB#60 – Anything Goes + optional Clean & Simple over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog with my simple design of stamping and map pieces on this page.

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And they Flew!

I wanted my finished page to link to this month’s maps theme over at Art Journal Journey so I decided to have fun and get my inspiration as I went along. I wanted to start off with some circles, so used maps and lovely turquoise paper which I think go nicely together.

And they FLEW Art Journal Page

I used various lids and tapes as templates to cut out the circles. When I laid them onto the page I loved the vibrancy of colours, and so created a complimentary green background using a blend of acrylic paints. I applied the paint with a baby wipe, which is a new technique for me, and one that I will be using again, as it was very easy to do and I love the results! I stamped a hessian (burlap) texture and some script over the page using Kaisercraft stamps and Memento inks, then I used a homemade stamp to add a mesh pattern effect with Archival ink. I enjoyed adding the black and white splatters with acrylic paint to finish the background.

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I fixed the circles to the page using a glue stick and gel matte medium, and doodled on and around them to add some detail. I then added some lines adapted from a poem by Christopher Logue and finished the page with a wooden dove. I think it turned out wonderful!

Poem

I heard Mary Portas recite this poem recently and it really resonated with me, I just fell in love with it. Sometimes we all need to take a leap of faith in our lives and not be afraid to go after our dreams, and then you get to know what it feels like to fly! I hope you enjoy the poem as much as I do.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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

  • Liquitex Artist Colour Acrylic (Christmas Green, Swedish Blue, Ivory Black)
  • Colvin & Co. acrylic paint (White Titanium)
  • Memento Dye Inks (Rich Cocoa, Pistachio, London Fog, Bahama Blue)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber- Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm & 0.5mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamps (Script CS752 and Texture-Hessian CS153)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case Alphabet stamp set (WDN Alpha Stamp DCVW0030)
  • Homemade wooden block stamp with Plasterboard/Drywall Tape
  • The Works (Wooden Doves)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • The Range glue stick
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Dorling Kindersley Illustrated Family Encyclopaedia

Around The World In Eighteen Postage Stamps

I participated in the challenge-blog over at Art Journal Journey last month and had so much fun that I was trying to think of ideas to join in with this months theme of “Maps” which is being hosted by Mary. Don’t you find you get inspired in the most peculiar places? I recently saw a book title on a table while waiting for an appointment, and all of a sudden I knew the page I wanted to create – “Around The World In Eighteen Postage Stamps”. This title of course (as you have probably guessed) is a play on the famous book Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. However in my case, the world and the stamps represent some of the countries I have visited in my lifetime and I haven’t visited 80 countries so 18 it is!

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The background is made of pages from a stamp album, I gave them a vintage feel by using Distress Inks and stamped some luggage tickets onto them using Archival Ink. The map image is one I had in my craft stash and I selected the countries that I wanted to display and then cut it into a globe shape to represent the world. Again I applied Distress Ink behind the world cutout and used a glue stick to stick it down. I didn’t want to use a line for each stamp as it would look too busy, so I clustered them into rough geographic groups and attached them with foam tape for a 3D look. The lines and pin heads are stickers and give a nice neat finish. Finally I stamped then coloured and attached the banner. This was a fun page to create as it brought back so many memories of my travels!

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If you’re wondering where I got all these lovely stamps from, my hubby has kindly given me his old stamp collection from when he was a child. I am so honoured to have this as part of my craft stash and am so excited that I got to use them for such a memorable and enjoyable page. Thank you hubby!

In case you are interested, the stamps are from Great Britain, Jersey, Guernsey, France, Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic, Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain, USA and Canada. There is more than one stamp from the USA, because I have been there more often. Hope you like the page and I would love to know how many countries you have you visited?

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber- Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Script metallic pen (Silver)
  • Papermania Urban stamps (All Aboard – Tags PMA907178)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamps (WDW Alpha Stamp DCVW0030)
  • Sandylion Kelly Panacci Scrapbook Collection (Stitches & Borders KSCB102)
  • Home Bargains Sticker Mania (Gel Stone Stickers 74749)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • The Range glue stick
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
  • WHSmith stamp album pages
  • World map (unknown)
  • Postage stamps