Notes from a Traveller

In the post “Back To School” I altered a notebook/journal using an image from ARTchix’s Trip To France sheet (included in July’s DT package from The Altered Element). For this altered sketchbook I selected the Eiffel Tower image.  For me, the whole idea of the Grand Tour where the travellers’ kept a diary and sketchbook of their journey, is so appealing. This type of journal could be made as a gift for a friend who is lucky enough to take time out to travel or even a record of your own travel memories.
Supplies – ARTchix Trip To France, sketchbook/notebook, Gesso, acrylic paints:- cream, grey and copper, Decoupaint Patina Old White, Archival Ink in Sepia, transparency,  Tim Holtz tags, button, lace, ribbon and “Paris” stamp.

You could make your own book from scratch using a B.I.A. The sketchbook had a black cover so Gesso is essential. Then sponged (mixing the colours on the same bit of sponge), grey, cream and copper acrylic. To lighten add more cream, then the Old White Patina. Stamp “Paris” and heat set. Adhere cut out image of the Eiffel Tower, layer transparency and lace. Finally adding button and Tim Holtz tag.
and finally
A card to hand over with the gift of the sketchbook.

Layer image onto thin card to strengthen. Add gingham paper and then image, button (threaded with gingham ribbon) and scrap of text paper. “Petite” was cut from some ribbon (inside a garment!). The reason for “petite” …. it’s her nickname of course!!
I still have plenty of images left to play with from this ARTchix sheet and who knows, they may turn up at a later date but for now, that’s all folks!

(Links to The Altered Element for the products used and you will also find such a variety of ribbons there also.)


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thefrugalcrafter
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 12:14:25

    oh wow Lynne, that is so perfect with the pencil box rom the other day, such charm!


  2. Cath
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 12:15:50

    My favourite place 😉 Love the feel of the whole thing but especially love the colours on the book. The layering is perfect and the images are wonderful.


  3. Crafty Dawn
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 12:30:58

    Paris! need I say more ;0)

    Love Dawn xx


  4. craftytrog
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 12:56:14

    Gorgeous little journal, & I love your card Lynne! x


  5. Jack
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 13:12:34

    I think I may just have to book a trip to Paris so I can pinch your journal, LOL. And such a cute little card to go with it. xx


  6. Lynn Stevens
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 15:37:57

    Lynne this is stunning and what a wonderful gift it would make!


  7. Cynthia a.k.a. Cynnie
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 16:18:44

    Wonderful book! Lovely piece!


  8. 2amscrapper
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 18:09:03

    I just can’t find the right words to express how much I love this vintage piece!


  9. free regcure license key code
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 18:45:03

    I usually dont post in Blogs but your blog forced me to, amazing work.. beautiful


  10. debbiek
    Aug 03, 2010 @ 01:34:48

    Yet another amazing project done by you Lynne!!! Love it.

    – DebbieK x


  11. Terry
    Aug 04, 2010 @ 17:21:10

    Sure makes me want to travel just to have something so gorgeous to capture all the fond memories! Beautiful!


  12. Nnacy Maxwell James
    Aug 06, 2010 @ 10:57:19

    I love your recent pieces! the journal cover is just gorgeous and you selected the most beautiful stamps to use on it! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  13. Penny
    Aug 10, 2010 @ 02:43:20

    Fantastic journal, Lynne! It would inspire anyone to fill the pages with beautiful memories of their trip.


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