Friday 3 June 2016

Memories - Textures and Embossing Pastes at A Vintage Journey

Hi fellow bloggers, today at A Vintage Journey we start a new challenge hosted by my talented teamie Astrid called Textures and Embossing Pastes.

For my inspirational DT project I decided to alter a wooden book box to give to my daughter for her Birthday. She travels worldwide as Cabin Crew and likes to hold onto keepsakes from the many places she visits, so my box has been inspired by this.

Lots of photos to show you now, with tips to some of my techniques. 

I started by applying dry wall tape, tissue paper, lace and words with embossing paste through a TH stencil.

The spine of my book.

The edge of my book I wanted to look like book pages. I applied embossing paste and used a comb over it.

Once dry some Archival ink was rubbed over to dirty it up.

I added Greyboard hinges and more lace to the front, also some texture paste to the corners. I then forgot to take ongoing photos.....sorry !

Once I was happy with all my texture I gave it a coat of White Gesso and started to spray with Lindys Stampgang sprays in a variety of shades until I was happy with my colours.

A close up of the textures also adding Micro Beads and Distress Glitter. Frantage and Gilding Wax applied.

Sizzix postage Die was cut out a few times in Mountboard layering up with a photo of my daughter and her precious cat Gucci.

My word Memories and the Plane were covered in a variety of embossing powders.

The inside of my box was layered with TH Ephemera and postage stamps Kirsty had brought home from her travels, with a layer of felt .

On the inside of the lid I have layered a Decoupage Paper from Craft Consortium. Adding a photograph of her with her partner and using Cheery Lynn dies and a MDF word she brought me home from her travels.

Finishing off with some metal embellishments and highlights of Gilding Wax. My daughter adores her Keepsake box and I know will treasure it.

A full view of the open box, and now some close ups to finish off.

Please hop over to A Vintage Journey to see the wonderful inspiration from my Teamies and details on how to enter our challenge, which runs for a month.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Crafty Hugs, 
Julie x

I would like to enter this in to the following Challenges:


  1. Fabulous book box, Julie! Love it!

  2. What a wonderful book/box for your traveling daughter Julie! Beautiful textures and layers - inside and out! Julia xx

  3. Oh wow Julie what an incredibly magnificent keepsake box. I love all the details you have added, the combed 'pages', the lace, the hinges with screws in, the wonderful ephemera and the personalised pieces and photos of your daughter and how you have incorporated them into the textures. I can see why your daughter loves it, I do too. Have a great weekend xxx

  4. What a magical box Julie, such a perfect keepsake for your darling girl.I love the photo and the decorated inside......what treasures it will hold.Such gorgeous textures too....beautiful work xx

  5. Your box is absolutely stunning Julie, wow, vintage perfection on every little corner! I love how you did "the pages" on the sides, so clever! Your daughter is going to love this with all the special elements you have added. And what a lovely girl she looks too. A truly beautiful piece!!

  6. What a gorgeous keepsake box Julia, love the combed detail on the sides that evoke book pages! Wonderful details and textures crowned by that lovely picture of your beautiful daughter, thank you so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  7. Wow Julie, where do I start, love the combed effect for the book pages. Love the different lace,scrim, and chipboard pieces added. Love the spray colours and effects. Love the paper choice and photos. I just LOVE this! and I am not surprised your Daughter does too. Mo x

  8. Wow Julie, I am completely blown away by this one!! What a stunning project and such an amazing keepsake for your daughter! So much texture and I love the touches of metallic you added, so vintage! She will treasure this forever! hugs :)

    1. Just popped back in to say Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Let the Words Do the Talking' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  9. Magnificent, Julie! A new favourite for me, for sure. There's such a beautiful depth to the texture and details - you can tell it was made with love. Gorgeous vintage detailing and such lovely colours too. Pure pleasure!
    Alison x

  10. Oh, Oh, Oh - See Julie create - Run Julie Run! This is outstanding -- I just have to make one - or 10!!!!
    sandy xx

  11. Oh my goodness, Julie! This is AMAZING!!! The gorgeous vintage texture on the outside is just perfect! And the photos of your daughter are an amazing addition, she is so beautiful! Really an amazing and inspiring piece, thanks so much for sharing! <3

  12. Oh Julie this is one very very special memory box- absolutely gorgeous. Love the really vintage feel and those earthy tones. Wonderful way to create the faux book pages that gives such n authentic result. It doesnt surprise me your daughter loves this it really is a beauty as is your
    daughter. hugs x

  13. Oh wow hun this is incredible just stunning I adore it to bits hugs cheryl xx

  14. Omg Wow Julies this is amazing hugs Sand xx

  15. Gorgeous keepsake box. I adore how you created the pages on the edge, very effective. Love the texture and the dimensional elements, gorgeous. Lovely photo too. Tracy x

  16. What a transformation! LOVE the whole look to this special book with all the texture on the covers and that clever idea for the 'pages'. And it looks equally wonderful inside too! xx

  17. Oooh this is stunning Julie, an absolutely perfect keepsake and I love the pic of your daughter and her cat,very precious :)
    Donna xx

  18. WOUW....this is amazing Julie! Thanks for all the pictures and comment...
    it's so lovely and all the vintage textures....SUPER!!!
    Have a nice weekend!!!
    xx Gerie

  19. Hello Julie ,
    I Love this so beautiful wow !
    This is amazing .
    Greetings Doris

  20. Wow, it is a marvel, Julie! Your daughter will be more than happy, such a meaningful gift.

  21. Fabulous Julie - no wonder your daughter loves it! xx

  22. What a brilliant way to make faux pages! Must remember that. Such a gorgeous keepsake box. Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  23. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Julie - your keepsake box is ELEGANTLY STUNNING but I'm telling you that picture on the front is TOTALLY PRECIOUS. Just looking at your daughter with that kitty just makes me smile - she is a DARLING. You really turned this into a show piece, my dear. What INCREDIBLE TEXTURES, blings and treasures you added to make this completely Vintage Shabby Chic PERFECTION. Thanks bunches for joining our "A Beautiful Mess' challenge at OUR CREATIVE CORNER! j.

  24. What a beautiful keepsake :)

  25. Stunning - what a beautiful make over! TFS

  26. This is just STUNNING Julie! The textures you have used to create the book pages and then on the actual covers is amazing. Subtle colours then support that gorgeous photo of your daughter. What an amazing keepsake box. Just wonderful. So sorry to be so late in visiting. Jennie x

  27. What a treasured you have made here and I am sure your daughter loves it. Love the fabulous layers of textures and dies.........stunning x

    Best wishes
    Annie x

  28. Wow Julie...your book box is much texture,gorgeous colours and decorations. Love how you made the the side look like ages...I have 2 of these boxes..I must pluck up the courage to get them I have seen yours I am very tempted to make a start, maybe just the smaller one first,lol.
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge this month over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit..x

  29. Oh my goodness! What fabulous keepsake box - a treasure in itself and no wonder your daughter adores it! Hugs, Chrisx

  30. I love your use of texture to create a stunning and real look of book pages! Makes me want to dive in and read. Thank you for joining the challenge at Rhedds Creative Spirit.

  31. WOWSERS - absolutely stunning and such a beautiful keepsake for your daughter. I know I would love this as a gift. Love all the texture, colours, actually love it all and so clever to use a comb effect for the pages.
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

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    Mother Hen for Altered Eclectics
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  32. How absolutely beautiful this keepsake box is, Julie, with it's lovely colors and texture both on the pages and on the cover! It's no wonder your daughter loves it! Who wouldn't love to receive this as a gift?! Your daughter is indeed beautiful! Hugs!

  33. Gorgeous textures and fabulous inspiration! x

  34. What an amazing and gorgeous altered book box! I love the color palette you chose, and all those gorgeous details. It's so subtle and soft...really beautiful work, Julie! Thanks for sharing with us at the Frilly Funkie "Let the Words Do the Talking" Challenge at the Funkie Junkie Boutique!

  35. Sorry for the late comment on this amazing book for your daughter Julie, but it's a big big WOOOW from me too of course!!!!!! Fabulous arty project and treasure box, the result is SO beautiful on all sides.
    Just pinned it on one of my Pinterest boards for inspiration and beautiful collections of artworks, well deserved :)
    I wish you a lovely end of week-end
    Hugs, Coco xx


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Julie x


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