Guest Designer at A Vintage Journey

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The current theme at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog is Fond Memories, and I’m thrilled to be their Guest Designer today.  A Vintage Journey hosts bimonthly challenges, all based on inspiration from Tim Holtz.  If you’re a regular visitor here, you know I’m a huge Tim fan… of his techniques, products, and exploratory style.  Becoming a Certified Ranger Educator last year was one of the most interesting things I’ve ever done (Tim and the Ranger crew taught 90 techniques in 3 days!) and I use the knowledge gained there all the time.

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For the Fond Memories challenge, I decided to use this photo of a very fond memory indeed, my Grandfather’s 80th Birthday.  That’s my mom serving him cake, with a candle for each decade. I grew up less than a mile from my grandparents’ home, and we saw them all the time. Granddaddy was famous for stretching out birthday celebrations… he’d often end up with several dinner celebrations and a few lunches over the course of several weeks, all revolving around his birthday.  He’d encourage us to stretch these moments out, and make them last. He was never upset when someone couldn’t visit on the actual day… he’d just say that’s all the better for making it last. He had 94 birthdays, so he was pretty good at it!

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I decided to make my scrapbook layout with a focus on time…. a theme Tim often embraces. I started with a sheet of 12X12 scrapbook paper from Tim’s Laboratorie set.  This is so my style…. it comes all grunged up and ready to go.  I tore the edges off, being sure to tear towards me rather than away from me so that I’d expose the ‘tooth’ of the paper. That gives the ink something to grab onto when I distress the edges.

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After adding Salty Ocean distress ink with my ink blending tool, I went ahead and did the same with Vintage Photo, being sure to vary the pressure and leave some blue still showing.

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I don’t scrapbook very much these days, but when I do I like to make customized photo mats. One of  my favorite supplies is diecuts, and Tim has dozens of them (maybe hundreds at this point) with Sizzix.  Here I used the Iron Gate die, and then the matching embossing folder strip to add texture to the top of the mat. I think I bought that die for a Halloween project, but I have used it this way and on tags numerous times as it’s really quite versatile.

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I used one of the torn strips on the mat, too. Notice since there’s no ‘tooth’ exposed, the ink appears more muted. After diecutting Block Talk Alphabet letters, I embossed with the Papillon Texture Fade embossing folder.

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I love the Sizzix Weathered Clock die and use it a lot. I embossed the clock hands and added a metal Ideaology gear here and on the photo mat.  I also applied some of the Salty Ocean distress ink in random places on the paper.

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The letters “Granddaddy said” and the number “94” are from Tim’s Alpha Parts set, and the circle frame is a very old (red) Sizzix die.

Please visit my friends at A Vintage Journey and check out all their inspiration.  I’d love to see what you make with the Fond Memories theme!

On a serious note, several of my artsy friends are trying to make a difference for – you will find the #BringBackOurGirls details here.  Time is short as this begins Wednesday, May 15th. Any art is welcome from the smallest piece to the largest – people will support this buying bookmarks, tags, canvases… every size and possibility is most welcome.

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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. WOW! 94 birthdays?!?! Very cool & such a cool tribute layout too!!

  2. They chose a great guest designer!! Your grandfather sounds like an awesome guy!

  3. What a lovely tribute to your Granddaddy! We kind of do the stretching it out thing here as well and it can be an entire weekend or a week! Love the birthday photograph! So happy that you shared this with us at AVJ and thank you for being a guest DT! Hugs!

  4. Nice grungy layout Marjie- I really like your style! How wonderful to grow up so close to your Grandparents and have your Granddaddy for 94 years! What treasured memories you must have!

  5. Great LO, full of fond memories! Hugs, Valerie

  6. I love everything about the layout Marjie and cannot thank you enough for joining us as Guest Designer at AVJ – love the story of your Granddaddy! Hugs, Anne x

  7. What a great layout for your guest spot with us, Marjie – fantastic to have you along for the ride!
    Alison xx

  8. Congratulations on your guest spot Marjie, this LO is a wonderful tribute to your GrandDaddy! x

  9. Love your page, Marjie

  10. Fun layout Marjie, yes 94 is a good number. xox

  11. Marjie…I love this layout and the memories you shared of your Granddaddy. What a sweet story and what a perfectly beautifully way to tell his story. I love your use of weathered clock die cut here. I also love your customized mats using the iron gate on the edge die cut. The background paper is a nice choice, too! Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing your memories and your art! <3 Candy

  12. Fern Edwards says:

    Love this page on multiple levels!

  13. Your page is stunning Marjie and a very special memory keep sake. I also wanted to thank you for bringing my awareness to the #bringbackourgirls initiative. I have joined and shared, such an important issue that!!!

  14. Thank you for sharing this with us today over at AVJ Marjie, such a special memory and a beautiful project. Chris xxx

  15. I love sharing memories and this page is such a fabulous way to remember and share. Beautiful
    susan s

  16. Marjie – your page is so lovely, thank you for sharing it with all of us. It is wonderful that you have such fond memories of your grandfather. Love the photo and how you have used it to tell your story.

  17. Congrats on the GDT! This is gorgeous! LOVING the colors and the title work!!!