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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Adventure Awaits with Photo Play Paper

Hi sweet friends! Happy Tuesday! Hope your weeks are off to a great start!


The family and I have just returned from a quick trip into the beautiful Cascade mountain range of Northern California! We have spent probably a good 17 hours in the car over the past two days, and I am feeling every hour of them in these old bones of mine…. But what an amazing adventure! The perfect adventure, in fact, for a little travel journal, like this one I’m sharing for Photo Play Paper today.

This little notebook is the perfect small size for an adventure on the go, as you can easily slip this right into your back pocket without worrying about carrying anything extra with you. And I love that it came with its own attached pen. I dressed up the pen and notebook cover with fun papers and stickers from Photo Play Paper’s Boarding Pass collection. And if you’re on their mailing list, you will have received all the details and how-tos for this project, along with free cutting files, too, in your email last week.

My friends at Photo Play are offering a free Boarding Pass collection kit on their Facebook page, so be sure to stop by!  Comments are open until the 28th.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Before I go, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite moments from our trip!



Beautiful Mount Shasta and Burney Falls!


Lake Shasta


Shasta Caverns


And a goofy selfie at Lassen National Volcanic Park…. probably the only time I will ever experience 100 degree temperatures while standing in the snow!

Wishing you a wonderful day!


Tell Your Story Mini Album with Therm O Web

AudreyPettit Thermoweb TellYourStoryMiniThis week, I am super excited to be working with the adorable As You Wish collection by Fancy Pants, our products partners on the Therm O Web blog. This adorable collection is definitely one of my recent top favorite lines. I am smitten with the color combo and the modern vintage feel. In fact, I had so much fun playing that I created not one, but two projects, one of which I am excited to share with you all here… this fun travel journal mini album, perfect for documenting all your happy summertime memories.

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Mini albums are such a great way to store and display all your photos and mementos from a big event, like a summer vacation. Love that you can customize an album to perfectly suit your needs, like I’ve done here. And they can be super simple to put together using only a few sheets of patterned paper as your base.

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The base of my mini album is actually just two simple pieces of double-sided patterned paper, cut and folded like a card with a thin spine on the left. Love that you can add as many pages, or as few, as you wish to create a perfectly customized album.

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On the inside, I included plenty of spots for tucking extra photos or souvenirs, like envelopes.

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I attached a large tag onto the front of one of the mini folders, as another spot for a bit of secret journaling.

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Since my album is small, the extra room will come in handy.

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A few pages were left relatively blank and are the perfect spot for adding photos.

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One of the smaller envelopes will be perfect for holding ticket stubs and other mementos from our trip.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb TellYourStoryMini11And with the leftovers from my travel album, I created a fun card featuring Therm O Web’s fabulous Glitter Dust™ Deco Frames and Decorative Photo Corners. which you can see on the Therm O Web blog, along with more details and instructions for creating my mini. And be sure to enter our Rafflecopter giveaway while you are there for your chance to win a prize package including lots of fabulous Therm O Web adhesives, as well as two full collection kits from Fancy Pants.

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Good luck everyone, and thanks for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Travel “Abroad” with Authentique

Mother Nature surprised us this weekend with balmy temperatures up into the 70’s. You would never know it just by peering out the windows at all that gray, though. So funny the crazy ups and downs we have here.  But I take this as a good sign that truly, spring is just right around the corner.

AudreyPettit-Abroad-AirMailTravelJournalThis touch of warm weather has made me start to dream of glorious sunshine and the long blissful days of summer vacation. So perfect time to share this little travel journal I made for the Authentique blog featuring their new travel collection, Abroad. Wouldn’t it be fabulous to be laying on some tropical beach right now?


I don’t get the opportunity to do much world traveling, but I was hoping I could use this album to document one of our yearly family trips out west. The inside has plenty of space for journaling and space for photos, too. There’s even pockets for holding memorabilia like maps and ticket stubs. No, I don’t travel much…but I’m ready, next time I do.


I am loving all the neutrals in this line, and the fun collage-look to the papers. Adds the look of layers, without all the work. Just a few pieced papers. Added some stickers from the Details sticker sheet, and a large sentiment journaling card from the die cut accents. Threw in a couple super old stash items, too. Craft Hoarders unite!


This week, the temperature is supposed to dip back down into more typical winter ranges. So much for summer vacation. But a girl can always dream, right?