Sunday, May 20, 2012


Hello everyone!  Happy Monday!!  

Memorial Day is fast approaching.  That means summer  vacations will soon begin!  Simon Says Stamp and Show's challenge this week is all about Summer Holidays.  The Design Team has posted some really wonderful works of art for your viewing pleasure.  Check them out over at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

I have created a journal using that wonderful  
Graphic 45 On The Boardwalk paper. 

I started off with a plain 9 3/4 x 7 1/2" composition notebook.  I covered both the inside and outside covers of the notebook with great background papers.  Then I finished off the insides of the covers first; followed by the back and then finally the front.

The inside of the front cover features a really cute vintage advertisement mounted onto a pocket.  

Tim Holtz' Trimmings gathered elastic ribbon was sprayed with my own concoction of Broken China Reinker, Kiwi Perfect Pearls and water in a Mini Mister.  It was then taped across the front of the pocket using 1/8" Wonder Tape.  I added extra ribbon onto both sides so that I could tuck it under the folded edge of the pocket before gluing the pocket in place using 1/4" Wonder Tape.  Then I just taped the "On The Boardwalk" piece on top.

I sprayed a Honey Stain from Design Masters on several of the first and last pages of the journal, to give it even more of a vintage feeling.

The embellishment running across the top and bottom of the inside cover was created using a Martha Stewart Floral Lace Edge Puncher.  I distressed the edges and put them in place using Wonder Tape.  Next, I added the little tickets, also using Wonder Tape.  All of the images I've used to embellish this journal are included in this wonderful 12 x 12 paper pack!!

In the pocket, I've stuck a couple of vintage postcards I created from still more of the images included in this paper pack.

The back interior cover features a long pocket on the side so you can slip notes, pictures or other memories in it.  The postcards laying on the left side of the book can easily be tucked into the pocket on the right.  All of the vintage photos and post card images were taken from the paper pack.  I have distressed the edges of all of the photos and other cut pieces with a Chestnut Roan and Black Cats Eye ink pads.

The back cover again features more of those wonderful vintages images from the On The Boardwalk collection.  I added some ribbon trim under the accent stripe that looks like bottle caps on the left side.  

I also smashed a couple of bottle caps and added them to coordinate with the bottle cap images on the accent stripe.

The front cover is my favorite.  It features a beautiful "bathing beauty" with a small group of lovely ladies.  Paper Artsy's Hot Picks 1201 stamp set provides the wonderful vintage anchor at the top and the lovely seashell at the bottom.  

The anchor was stamped using Coffee Archival Ink.  I punched a hole in the top and ran a hemp type cording through it and down the anchor; following the cording on the stamped image.  I then continued the hemp cording down the side of the cover to add interest and dimension.  I popped the anchor in place using small pop dots.   These cute little tags are part of the paper pack.  I added them to the hemp twine and tied them with ribbon. 

At the bottom of the twine, I added an airy Tattered Floral was made from Tim Holtz' Terminology Tissue Wrap.  The flowers have been colorized first with Picket Fence Distress Stain followed by Broken China, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Wild Honey Distress Stains.  Another smashed bottle cap was added for the center.

The seashell was colored right onto the stamp using Tim Holtz' Distress Marker Colors: Tea Dye, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Barn Door and Dried Marigold.  I stamped the shell on Ranger's Specialty Stamping Paper.  After I dried it, I added some Tumbled Glass and Broken China highlights to the shell using Tim Holtz' Detailer Brush.  I popped the shell in place using small pop dots.  I couldn't get a good picture of the shell...but the Distress Markers really did a nice job of blending and shading the shell colors.

Now, I'm set to journal about my summer holiday and beyond!  Time to start planning YOUR summer Holiday!  Post your creation to our blog and you could be the winner of our generous sponsor's weekly prize of a .... 

You could also be selected as one of the TOP THREE entries for the week.  That is quite a compliment, judging from the amazing entries we have each week!  So, enter today for your chance to win!!!  I can't wait to see your creations!


  1. What a lovely post. You are such a talented lady. I love the vintage summer swimwear, how cool! Connie :)

  2. Love those old photographs.Great project Candy!


  3. Very cool. That is one of my favorite paper collections

  4. Hi Candy this is a fabulous journal you have created. So colourful and inspiring. The ladies costumes are very stylish and the men's outfits made me smile. This is truly a wonderful inspirational piece. Have a great day :)

  5. I knew when you said you made an album, I'd be in for a real treat and eye-candy! These papers look really wonderful and I love how you've combined the colours and images. Totally gorgeous and just perfect for summer memories.

  6. Hi Candy, your journal is stunning, a real feast for the eyes, love the colours and the composition, it is so lovely, I would not want to put anything in it, I would just keep it to stoke and look at. LOL. Those Graphic 45 papers are just amazing as are the postcards. Gorgeous, gorgeous, you have done it again! Anne x

  7. Beautifully put together. Your journal is totally stunning and loving your theme. Annette x

  8. Candy this is so fun!!! Love all the details! Can't wait to see what goodies you fill it with! My stains should be at my front door today!!! I cannot wait...yes it took me a while to get my hands on I have to work on those super Distress markers:)

  9. Wow Candy!!!! Where do you find the time? This is many details! The layout is amazing as well. Gorgeous work!

  10. What a fabulous way to keep thosevmemoriesvfrom your summer holidays, lovely idea beautifully executed. I love these papers, the images represent SUMMER perfectly. I love how you have created postcards to coordinate with the papers and images . The bottle caps are a perfect touch. Another beauty Candy. Enjoy your week. I'm a little late today I've been out all day and then a BBQ tonight. Enjoy your week. Tracy x

  11. Perfect paper to use for this cool project. Love those images. you did a fantastic job again as usual!

  12. So many wonderful details! Can't help but giggle at the 'gigilo trunks' .... my word! Love the bottlecaps, the tissue flower, the ticket strips... fabaroonie!

  13. Gorgeous work, Candy! I love the bright fun colors and the beautiful tissue flower :)

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