Tim Holtz Creativation 2019 Blog Hop


Hello, crafty friends! Thanks so much for stopping by, and welcome to the Tim Holtz Creativation 2019 Blog Hop! Today I am joining in with a group of very talented designers to share a closer look at some of the booth projects that were showcased at Creativation in January featuring all the fabulous new products from the Tim Holtz collection.


I had the great pleasure of creating a few projects for the Tim Holtz Sizzix booth, and today I am excited to share my favorites from the show… a set of travel notebook journals made with the new Tiny Travel Globe die set from the upcoming Chapter 2 Sizzix release.


The Tiny Travel Globes are a continuation of the ever popular miniature snowglobe set that Tim released for the holidays this past year, and yes, these images are truly tiny and amazingly detailed. Each icon measures from about .5″ to 1″ in height, and all the little layered details you see here are individual die cuts. But never fear… all the pieces for each image come together on one die for super easy assembly.


There are the most adorable dimensional plastic domes that work with this set to create very lifelike 3D snow globe designs, but I wanted to show how these die cuts could be used in other ways. Each journal I created combines three or more images from the set into little framed travel scenes, perfect for documenting your favorite vacation sights and memories.


These travel notebooks measure about 3.5 “x 5.5”, and come in a pack of six from Amazon, making them super convenient and inexpensive to create in bulk. To add that aged and distressed appearance we all love so well, I started by adding some Distress ink splatters and Ranger black embossing powder to the edges of the journal before going over the cover with sand paper to scuff it up a bit. Next comes a layer of heavyweight cardstock, splattered and stamped in a really cool chevron-style print from the Flurry & Pine (CMS312) stamp set from Stamper’s Anonymous. I changed up the colors of each of the background to add a bit of variety to the set. Love the sort of primary-school color palette I used of red, yellow, green, and blue Distress ink. The backgrounds were then embellished with big chat stickers, and “held” in place with Idea-ology design tape.


The black frames were made by nesting a Stitched Ovals die in the center of a Stitched Rectangle die. I used the Tonic Studios paper distresser tool up scratch up the edges of the frame, and then added a bit of Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink with an ink blending tool. If you look very closely, you may notice some faint images that look like postage marks (Haberdashery CMS105) that I stamped randomly around the frames in Black Soot ink. And for more texture, black embossing powder was dry sprinkled onto the frames and very carefully heat set from the back with my heat tool.


The images for each vignette were all die cut and pieced from sanded Distress Kraft Stock cardstock, and I used additional pieces of the same cardstocks to help build the rest of the scenes. To keep the set uniform, I created sunny blue skies for each setting using Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean Distress inks on watercolor paper, and then layered on the additional detail pieces. Once you get started, it’s really fun to see where your imagination goes.


Each journal is tied closed with twine and fastened in a bow with a Idea-ology Typed Token. To make the tokens look as old as the rest of the journal, I dabbed them with Alcohol inks in Caramel and Rust. White Distress Crayon rubbed into the recesses really helps the lettering stand out. Last detail on each notebook is a destination sentiment strip die cut using the new Alphanumeric Label dies that are also coming out in the upcoming Chapter 2 release.


Thanks so much for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of the hop! But before you go, be sure to leave a comment here, and all along the hop, for your chance to win one of three amazing prize giveaways. Please leave comments before February 9th at midnight PST and 3 winners will be announced on February 10th.

The next stop along the hop is Bobbi Smith

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288 thoughts on “Tim Holtz Creativation 2019 Blog Hop

  1. Wow wow wow!!!! Fabulous projects! these dies are absolutely stunning and your work amazing! Thanks for sharing your inspirations and thanks for the chance to win! Barbara

  2. I love how you used the Tiny Travel Globe dies to create your journals Audrey, really loving the Europe/London bus one and the San Francisco bridge is so striking!

  3. Oh, Audrey, you made my day! I love the “snow globe” effect. And I love tiny having been a miniaturist in a former life. And, that NY scene is spot on having been a lifetime New Yorker born and raised. So these dies are definitely up my alley. TU for sharing your talent with us again.

  4. Your little journals are fabulous. Such details just amazing. Very clever idea of a unique way to use the dies in a different way. Thank you so much for sharing your art.🐧

  5. Wow Audrey these are just fantastic! I cannot wait to get the travel dies to make journals and cards for all my traveling friends! Gorgeous work my friend!

  6. Oh, my goodness!! The travel journals are fabulous! Wonderful details with all the dies for the perfect scenery! So super cute…love them all!!

  7. Great little project, so interesting with the travel theme!! Really like this and enjoyed reading how you made them . Very cleaver way to make journals !

  8. These are soooo cute! And I love the treatment of the black frames… is that just cardstock? The treatment definitely gives it a leather feel. So great!

    • Hi Gina, yes, that is just black cardstock. But it gets that time-worn leather look when you add a bit of embossing powder on top, and then take a sander to the whole thing. 😀

  9. Audrey, the journals are even more fabulous up close then they were at the show, just fabulous! I applaud you patience in constructing the journals with all the uber tiny pieces. Thanks for the attention to detail and a different “take” on the travel globe set!

  10. your travel journals are amazing, super cute and adorable, perfect to slip in your handbag when you’re travelling, hugs kath xxx

  11. A super cute set of mini travel journals that just make me want to head to each of the destinations – you’ve made them look so tempting. A fantastic way to showcase the tiny travel globe set . Tfs Audrey

  12. These are so danged cute….the detail is amazing! My daughter is off on an adventure soon…I’m thinking one of these would be great! Thanks for sharing

  13. Terrific samples! I bet the die set was a lot of fun to use. I admire the black foreground as a stage for the miniature views you created. The Sedona vignette is my favorite with so many tiny pieces!

  14. I love your travel notebooks! So cute, so adorable 🙂 You gave me an idea to create some little books, thanks so much!

  15. I just love how you designed these journals with all the different combinations. So talented! Will have to give this a shot – thank you for sharing!

  16. Goodness, Audrey! I am SO lovin’ your projects!! As a planner girl, this speaks to me. LOL! So cute in size (die cuts) and make amazing personalized gifts. THANK YOU for the wonderful inspiration 🙂

  17. So much fun, so many small, tiny pieces…love that they come together on the same die, otherwise I would just get so lost…LOL.

  18. How clever to use these sweet little die cuts on travel journals! You have rocked the details for each city and on all of your layers. I love the weathered look you have given the covers. Well done!

  19. Love the detail of die cuts, I will have to try these, been to most states except New York,thanks for sharing,wonderful job.

  20. These are so adorable! I loved them when I saw them on Tim’s video post. I think you should make these and sell them on etsy. I would definitely buy them for all of my trips! I have a trip to Disney World coming up 🙂

  21. How in the world did “Pork Chop” fingers design this? LOL I love that Tim always comments about his “pork chops” cause I have big hands (for a woman). These are cute, even for those of us with “man hands”.

  22. Amazing detail – I bet your tweezers were working overtime!!! I think my favorite is the Sedona one. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  23. What a wonderful way to showcase these new dies! I love the idea of destination travel journals, and yours are sized just right to grab and go. The grouping as a set looks amazing. Your wonderful creativity shines in this set. Thank you for sharing.

  24. Love the idea of adding texture with like-colored dry embossing powder and heat setting from the backside. Thank you for sharing that technique !

  25. I love my sidekick but I totally under estimated these dies & had put them into the ‘get later’ column – you have inspired my brain for pocket pages cards, atc, weekly card to my niece living overseas – & your colour palate is awesome 🙏😍

  26. These are absolutely amazing. They would make a great gift for anyone heading out on an adventure or even if you are taking kids or grandkids on a trip. Give them one and ask them to write down a few things each evening so that they can remember their adventures.

  27. What a great way to create little snapshot journals of the places you explore. Love love love this idea! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with this great project Audrey.

  28. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh these are just AMAZING!!!!! I so NEED that Sedona one!! We visit there all the time!!! Loving how you made these into travel journals!!!! Just GORGEOUS my friend!!! LOVING them all!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. These are great! I applaud your placement and clean projects of these tiny die cuts! How do you do it! Great!

  30. Fantastic travel books Audrey. I saw them on the Sizzix booth and instantly fell in love with them. Such incredible attention to detail and I love the miniature scenes that you set. ❤

  31. Fabulous work and so darn clever! I love that you created scenes and this gives me inspiration for doing the same with the tiny snow globe set!

  32. Love, Love, Love these travel journals. I am planning on making a small album for my daughter who went to New York several years ago. I am going to use your New York travel journal as an inspiration. Awesome job!

  33. Audrey, what an absolutely spectacular way to spot like these dies! I couldn’t decide which one I liked best, they’re all such little treasures! Thank you for sharing your process.

  34. Wonderful style on these journals. The intricacy of the designs and scene is fantastic, and a great way to chronicle an adventure.

  35. Love your tiny travel journal creations…..the black frames are genius and the tiny travel dies are just perfect. Love them all. Thank you for sharing !

  36. What fantastic little travel books. I love how you made them and how beautiful they came out. What a great idea. I wish I could travel just to have a reason to make some like them. I will have to use them for places I go near home.

  37. I love how the details are appropriate to the area named on the journal, and how you framed the covers with black to showcase what’s inside the frame.

  38. I love your travel journals. I’m planning on two trips this year. The journals will be perfect. Thank you so much for sharing.

  39. The little travel journals are delightful. I can see some cross-over uses for these wonderful “tinies” in dioramas and “faberge” eggs!

  40. Thank you for sharing these wonderful gems! The attention to details is amazing and inspiring. Another entry on my project list.

  41. Fantastic job on these journals Audrey. Seeing how you used these tiny dies has me thinking of far more possible uses that I had originally envisioned.

  42. Wow I loved what you did on the blog hop, I shared it with a FB friend who’s 5th grader son is working on a project for the United States.

  43. These travel notebooks are so vintage!! I adore them and look forward to getting these travel scenes! The images are tiny but I love that fact and so much detail in a small area! Thanks for your inspiration and of course Tim’s timeless creativity in his products!!

  44. What a creative idea, I love these mini travel journals! The size is perfect as I always feel like I can’t fill up a regular size journal so I just don’t do anything, now I can 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration! (mardy14@bellsouth.net)

  45. These are so cute and a great idea. To me they look like leather, love the way the distressed look and so many details, thank you for the process.

  46. Awesome journals, I love how you made this and showed how versatile the die set is. The black frame is stunning, glad that you described how you made it, so I can give that a try. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous work Audrey.

  47. What a fun idea to remember your travels. They are so cute and small enough that you can have a number of them if you love to travel. Great work!

  48. I am sooo digging these travel notebooks you created. I have a guy friend who writes about parks etc that he visits. These would be great notes keepers for him. Thanks for sharing!

  49. Wow, those are so much fun! I would never have though to dry sprinkle with embossing powder for some texture, but why not? Such a great idea! All of the little details really make these shine.

  50. Very nice indeed, this gives me so much inspiration that i am anxious to get crafting you are so talented… thanks for sharing.

  51. I wish I had my hands on all those little vignette pieces. I live in East Africa but from the US and get to travel usually once a year to another country. My kids all have my travel bug and I think they would like these little journals!

  52. This is such a clever idea – love it! And so beautifully made, makes me want to take a trip just so I could make one myself haha!
    Thanks for sharing ❤

  53. The images on these projects are simply the best – your colors make them really come alive. You’ve captured the places perfectly and created such great keepsakes. Thanks for sharing!

  54. Really cool ideas! I can see a whole collection of these journals, each one filled with memories of the trip and all gathered in a box decorated as a suitcase.

  55. What beautiful art! Your attention to detail in these has made them extra special! They almost look like fabric! Whether intentional or not those inks have made that texture come to life! Yummy…Thanks for being part of this to inspire!

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