Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Amelia Earhart Travel Log

Last summer, I visited a Restoration Hardware store in Nashville. From the minute I spotted their aviation-inspired pieces, I was obsessed with getting my hands on some rubber stamps with a similar feel. Luckily, my wish came true! Artistic Outpost has just released two fantastic stamp sets: Charles and Amelia, and Industrial Backgrounds. They work perfectly together, and with many of AO's other stamp sets.

This little flight journal is based on the Large Goodie Card with Pockets - a project from the Technique Junkie 3D and Fun Folds CD. I love being able to browse through all the different projects when I'm in need of a little inspiration!

At CHA, Tim Holtz (like I need to add the last name; what other Tim is there?!) was demoing a faux leather technique using Perfect Ink Refresher. It is so cool - and I'm pretty sure he said it would be in his new book! Anyway, I just happened to have some of the PIR in my stash, and decided to have a go at it. I started with plain kraft cardstock, and this is what I ended up with. Pretty amazing!

After creating the cover for the journal, I added a piece that was created by cutting chipboard using the small Cabinet Card die, and then cutting out an inset using one of the small gears from Sizzix. I painted them with gold and silver Dabbers, and then pieced them back together again. The propeller was stamped on chipboard and embossed with black embossing powder. When it cooled, I covered the whole thing with UTEE and embossed it again. Love that look!

This label is a little lesson in what happens when your embossing ink pad is covered with glitter - oops! ;-) The label was cut from chipboard using the Sizzix Mini Labels die. The word fly was done the same was as the propeller - stamped and embossed in black, and then covered with UTEE and embossed again. I love the cracking too! The glitter actually looks kind of cool in real life too.

This is the inside of the journal. I loved the idea of it being a goodie holder, but I was so far into the aviation theme, I couldn't think what goodies would work - that's when I decided it would be a travel journal/scrapbook. The left side was covered with a vintage work order from my ephemera stash. On top of that I added a tag that was cut using the Sizzix Tiny Tabs and Tags die. I painted it with a black Dabber, sanded the edges, and added the stamped quote.

On the right side, I inked a glassine envelope and then stamped the front with the text (my husband thought this was a real vintage piece, lol!) using black Archival ink. Next, I inked and stamped several tags, grouped them together using a Trinket Pin, and inserted them into the envelope.

Here is a side view where you can see the spine. Now that I've made one of these, my imagination is going crazy thinking of all the different themes I could do!

Ok, obviously I was just a little in love with this and couldn't stop taking pictures! In case you haven't heard of the 3D and Fun Folds CD, it's a fantastic resource from Technique Junkies that features 70 different projects with stepped-out, pictorial instructions. You can order it through my link below. If you'd like to see a list of the projects, you can see it here.


The rubber stamps I used can be purchased from Artistic Outpost via the links below. All other supplies can be found at Inspiration Emporium - click the thumbnails to view the products. To celebrate this Leap Year, Inspiration Emporium is offering 20% off your order (excluding Copic and Distress Markers) when you use the coupon code leapyear. How awesome is that!? Please note, AO rubber stamps are not included in this offer. The coupon code is good until Sunday, March 4th.




22 comments:

  1. That is the coolest! The technique and the composition and the way you used the stamps. Love it!

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  2. This is a great project. Your ideas are always amazing to me!

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  3. stunning project...so very clever.

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  4. What a great travel log Shelly..gorgeous!

    greetings, Alie :-)

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  5. I love this! Your projects are always so fantastic.

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  6. Shelly....OMG....girl, you just keep rollin' out the fabulous projects!!! I love this! You, my friend, are one talented lady! I just love looking at all of your projects! They are always so amazing and you're always so willing to share ideas and techniques. Love you, girlfriend! <3 Candy

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  7. It's amazing! Absolute perfection. I am extremely impressed.

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  8. I love this travel log Shelly
    It is very very beautiful.

    Greetings Janny

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  9. Fabulous idea Shelly and this stamp set is now one of my favourites which you have used so creatively. Wonderful yet again. Tracy x

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    1. Shelly, you never cease to blow me away!! This project is so cool!! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

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  10. Wow, Shelly! This just blows me away. You are SO talented! Time after time you produce something that is beyond superlatives ... and this is another example of how creative you are! You are on my Pintrest board of "People I Admire". Thank you for inspiring me! Lorraine xxx

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  11. Fabulous as always Shelly, just love the look of faux leather.

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  12. Look at you!!! You shouldn't have quit AO! You are awesome at promoting them! This is so wonderful...I love the journal...gorgeous and ultra cool! And congrats on your win today! I know you already have everything but now you will be loaded up on some stuff...cool!!!

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  13. ohhhh, I so love this! thanks for sharing!!!

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  14. Shelly, this is one awesome travel log! Love the cover, the propellor, and that gorgeous FLY title. The tags inside the glassine are so grungily beautiful, and that SPRINT sentiment is so inspirational. Love your stuff!

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  15. Very amazing project!! It's stunning and I'm in love with it, LOL!

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  16. Oh Wow, this is an amazing log, I like that cover and the fly label! Such cool techniques (makes you want to try them) !!

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  17. what a gorgeous project! Stunning to every detail Shelly!!!

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  18. Love this! I bought this CD (off your site) after seeing all the cool things you come up with. You really need your own CD with your wonderful creations. Everything looks so much different then in the actual CD. You really make me think outside the box Shelly. I look forward to your posts every time I see an email from you.

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  19. Tim who? Just kidding. I'm a member of the the "one and only Tim" club. This journal/goodie folder is perfect. I agree that the glassine envelope looks vintage and so cool.

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  20. Tim.... who else?!
    Thanks Shelly for another outstaning creation!!!
    I'm so curious about the faux leather technique... and I MUST have the blue Compendium!
    Hugs from Italy and thanks for your inspirating us (I'm trying your gorgeous honycomb balloon)
    Manu

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  21. Awesome! The outside if fabtabulous and than you open it up to more vintage goodness!

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Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. I appreciate your comments so much!