Thursday, February 6, 2020

Remember This - Framed Mixed Media Collage for A Vintage Journey

  Hello friends! It's my turn to host the newest challenge at A Vintage Journey, and I've picked my theme to be 'Against the Grain'.

Most of us love the look of wood and there are a lot of art/craft products out there that help us achieve beautiful wood grain, including stamps, stencils, embossing folders, paper and mixed media products. We would love to see how you add a touch of wood texture or appearance to your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk projects. 

The Creative Guides have been creating lots of wood grained inspiration for you, so be sure to check it all out but, before you journey over,  take a look at what I created to inspire your wood working projects.

I'll be sharing my how-to in a couple of weeks, but for now I'll just share some close ups and what I was thinking as this came together in my make-it-up-as-I-go-along-and-pretend-it's-a-plan fashion.

I've been happy and proud to be a Creative Guide at A Vintage Journey, but life has gotten in the way of such things, and after three years it's time to turn in my Creative Guide badge. This being my last project as part of the team, I wanted to make something special to remember my time with this lovely and talented group of girls. This will hang on my Closet wall to remind me of these wonderful years of sharing more than just crafty makes with my teammates--truly I was blessed with friendships and camaraderie.

Of course, there's that Vintage Journey thing.

A couple of world maps to signify our creative journey and the fact that our team comes from all parts of the globe.

I even made sure to get the UK and a London ticket in there, since A Vintage Journey is of UK origin. And this pair of girlfriends was chosen to signal the friendships I've made. The compass serves to give direction to the future.

I chose blues, because I'm a little blue over leaving the team, and rust, well, just because I love rust.

And there's plenty of wood grain to satisfy the challenge.

  And a little prompt to always remember...

Now I hope you'll travel on over to A Vintage Journey to check out all the great wood grain inspiration from my fellow Creative Guides. Then it's over to you; I can't wait to see what you create! As always, we'll be selecting a few chosen Pinworthies at the end of the challenge to display on our Vintage Journey Pinterest boards. Hugs! Sara Emily

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: With Love This was made with love for my fellow Creative Guides.


  1. Wow, this looks awesome!!! Love your vintage touches, the beautiful framing, and those friends/sisters. Very cool creation.

  2. Wow, what an amazing piece to remember your time at A Vintage Journey! All the details that you included are so well thought out and meaningful - I love it 😁. All the elements are beautiful and the wood grain with the blues (my favourite colour) and rust are simply stunning! I'm so looking forward to seeing your tutorial later this month. It is so sad that you are leaving our team but totally understandable too, I wish you all the very best and I'll still be visiting you here in blogland. Thanks so much for all the inspiration and for your friendship! Happy February! Hugs, Jo x

    1. ... thanks so much for playing along at Creative Artiste too, it's lovely to see you there! ❤ Jo x

  3. I loved seeing the close-ups and reading about all the thoughtfulness and love behind each of the elements here. The crackled wood frame is stunning, and I love the rusted maps as well as that stunning inky background. How much we will miss you at A Vintage Journey... I'm glad we still have the how-to details to come!
    Alison x

  4. Wow!! This is gorgeous AND adorable! The background the rusted maps you created are beautiful. What an amazing piece to remember your time at A Vintage Journey! How much we will miss you at A Vintage Journey....Big hugs
    Ann x

  5. I am so very sorry that you are leaving AVJ but sometimes we just have to do what is right for us at the time, they will miss you enormously! What a gorgeous project to go out on too, I just love everything about this! The painted, crackled frame alone is stunning and I love the wonderful scene you created with your collage. Gorgeous work! Hugs, Anne xxx

  6. Beautiful! Such gorgeous detailing with the rust finish and aged wood. What a gorgeous way to evoke such treasured memories!
    Thank you for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create With Polkadoodles! Jane (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx

  7. Hi Sara! I was sad to read that you are leaving the AVJ Team but understand that you have to do what's right for you. This is certainly a most gorgeous project for you to go out on. The wood and rust textures are amazing and I loved the story and reasons behind each of the elements you included. Looking forward to seeing how this was created. It is totally stunning!! hugs xx

  8. Oh my goodness, Sara Emily! This is drop dead gorgeous! You have poured so much love into this beautiful bit of memorabilia...and I know it will make you smile everytime you see it. It is hard to say goodbye to some thing we love...but I really do believe that every ending is a new beginning. May your creative cup always be filled to the brim, my dear friend! xoxox

  9. Love that it's leaning heavily to the vintage side, Sara.... ;)
    For me there is enough beautiful rusty metal on Tim's Destination world map to make it count for our February challenge I'd say ;)
    Love all the layers you have created and as always there's divine texture to be found wherever I look!

    thanks so much for sharing this beautiful project with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia xxx

  10. A gorgeous piece ! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Country View Challenges !
    Corrie xx

  11. What a gorgeous creation Sara Emily, I can't wait to read the details over at AVJ shortly! So very, very sorry to see you leave us but I will continue to follow your amazing artwork and wish you all the very best in your future endeavours xo Deb

  12. Fabulous creation, Sara Emily! Will miss you at A Vintage Journey but I completely understand how life gets in the way. I do hope you will be able to still create occasionally and share here.

  13. Such a grand finale Sara Emily. I understand how life gets in the way and sometimes we start to spread ourselves too thinly. Well done you for being brave and looking after yourself. Thanks for joining our splatters, splashes and drips challenge over at Country view and we hope to still see you linking up your gorgeous work. Hugs xx

  14. A fabulous finale! A wonderfully layered composition, full of special memories, delicate textures and lovely details. And all surrounded by a truly gorgeous frame.
    Thank you for joining in with our February challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

  15. Lovely vintage goodness! Thanks for joining us on the Bleeding Art Challenge!

  16. Beautiful frame, Sara Emily, with much meaning and symbols spread here and there. A warm tribute to AVJ. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Artiste this month.

  17. Oh my goodness Sara Emily, this is unbelievably gorgeous, I adore every thing about it!! The effect on the frame is out of this world, and as to the actual collage, wow, just wow, - the composition is perfect, the colours the other woodgrain elements, one of my all time favourites, I LOVE it!! Vintage perfection!

  18. Thank you for joining our Splatters, Splashes, and Drips challenge at Country View Challenges. Good luck and hope to see you again. Teresa DT xx

  19. Wonderfully vintage final make, Sara. I've enjoyed seeing your creativity and dedication to inspire us. Thank you! XOX

  20. Fantastic vintage project!
    Thanks so much for sharing it with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenge!


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