Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Happy First Day of Summer

Summer is officially here and it is way too hot here to be outside. (at least it is for me) So I have completed the inside of my cover page for the Summer Travel Book. Warning this is going to be a long post so you may want to grab a snack and something cold to drink. If you want to get right to the final creation (a fun pocket page) scroll all the way to the bottom of this post. The concept behind this book is to leave some room for pictures, journaling, and other ephemera. If you want to see the cover of the book and the binding please visit my post here

I wanted the background to have some design to it, but be plain enough not to distract from a picture if someone choose to mount a picture onto it. So I decided to use Tim Holtz's Terminology Tissue Wrap. I tore this into strips and adhered it randomly to the page. I then went over certain areas with some Gesso to tone it down just a bit (as seen above).
After the Gesso was dried I inked the entire background with Peacock Feathers Distress ink. I really love this bright color and thought it was perfect for Summer.

I was going to stop there with the background, but I thought it needed something. It seems I can not work on a project with out getting out the Mixed Media stamp set and sure enough this project is no different. I used the grid stamp and Vintage Photo to stamp over the background. Now I am done.
Next step the pocket: I cut the pocket out of cardstock using Tim Holtz's Vintage Valise Die. I then embossed the suitcase portion of it using the Burlap Embossing Folder. The suitcase is inked with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and the raised areas are embossed again with clear embossing powder. I was going for a leathery look.
The straps on the Vintage Valise are made out of several layers of tissue paper crinkled and glued to cardstock and then inked with Aged Mahogany Distress Stain. The picture above shows what it looked like before I ran it thorough the die. My husband was even fascinated with the feel and texture this gave the straps.
A vintage suitcase is not complete with out a few travel stickers and some aged metal pieces. The travel stickers are from a wonderful website I found called The Vintage Moth. The metal pieces are embossed using the Cracked embossing folder and inked with several colors of Alcohol Ink.
I had to cut the Vintage Valise in half so it would not fill the entire page. I glued down just the edges of the two sides and bottom, leaving the top open, to create the pocket. The right side of the page has is left plain because that is were the ruler binding will be (as seen here).

Now you can't have a pocket and not have anything to put in it. So I decided to make 2 tags. The first tag is a fun bright colored Summer tag.
I first inked the tag up with Distress Stain, blue for the sky and Peeled Paint for the grass. I then embossed the top of the tag with the rays embossing folder. I sanded off some of the blue ink on the rays and then went over it with the Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink for the yellow.
For the cute little houses, I made a custom stamp using the townscape Die and following the instructions from the Compendium of Curiosities II Book. The fun bright colors of the houses are stamped  with Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed, Dusty Concord, and Dried Marigold Distress Markers.
I stamped onto Grunge paper and actually created another pocket. I went around the pocket with a white gel pen to create a faux stitched look. This pocket will hold a mini tag that will have all of the participants names on it for the Summer Travel book swap. The last added touch is the lace at the bottom. I cur Crinoline material out using the Vintage Lace die. I used the Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink to add the bright Yellow color.
OK - still reading - This is the last element. The final tag I decided to keep very simple. This way a picture or journaling can be added to it. I used Aged Mahogany and Vintage Photo Distress Ink for the background.

I then stamped with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using a Stamp from the Bitty Grunge set and a Stamp from the French Market set to add the travel theme back in.
I added some inked burlap, twine, a vintage button, and a ticket to the bottom of the tag.
For a bit of a fun element I added the hand charm to the top. The had was stamped in Archival ink and then several layers of  UTEE were added.
So above is the final page complete with tags. I am submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp and Show a Bit of Brown Challenge., since I used quite a bit of brown accents and ink.
Thank you for reading this far or for skimming down to see the final creation. I hope you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful Summer and please stop back.


  1. Good Lord Stacy!! You are AMAZING!!! So much attention to details and your creativity is endless! I can't wait to receive such a work of art. I am SO happy I joined this swap! Thank you so much!

  2. PLEASE sign me up for this swap!! I still cannot get into the ATT site to sign up & I do not want to miss this swap. I will continue to try to get into the site. Thank you for your help, Veronica (

  3. Very creative, love all your backgrounds and layouts. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  4. Stacy, this is awesome! Simply awesome!

  5. Forgot about making a stamp using a die. Thanks for the reminder! And, I never thought of coloring burlap ... great (and colorful) idea!

  6. You've been busy! So many cool details, here. I love how you hung the pointing hand/finger.

  7. Wow! You have definitely gone 'above and beyond' as a swap hostess. I am so glad I am a part of this swap. You are simply amazing! :D
    blessings, denise