Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #33

Amazingly, this is the second-to-last challenge from Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 3, and I will miss them so much! The lovely and talented Linda Ledbetter is our hostess for these challenges and has done an AMAAAAAZING job coordinating the projects and the equally lovely and talented “Curiosity Crew” of artists to inspire us. Great job, all of you!

We are turning to page 45 in our Compendiums and discovering the Altered Surfaces technique. This involves using the heat gun, and Tim specifically warns against using it for too long on plastic surfaces, lest they melt. So naturally, one of my plastic surfaces melted. It’s okay, though – I was able to twist it back into shape and it’s not even that noticeable! (Note: Please pretend not to notice.)

I had to hurry to get something done for this challenge, as we will be traveling for ten days starting tomorrow. Coincidentally, I hadn’t yet made a travel log for our trip, so that seemed like the perfect project! Dude and I always bring a travel log on our trips, into which we take turns writing entries about our adventures. (Mine are always like, “Hooray, we saw the world’s biggest ball of twine and it was awesome and I took a million pictures and can’t wait to get to the next city tomorrow morning!” whereas his lean towards, “Gas was $2.75 per gallon.”)

I started with a plain composition book and covered it with torn scrapbook papers. I did the “Altered Surfaces” technique on Tim’s plastic letters, using Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio and Worn Lipstick Distress Paints. Fun! (And a little scary when the “S” melted).

travel journal letters

I used matching Distress inks, along with Wild Honey, to color the scrapbook papers, a stamped Tim compass, and a motor home die cut. I also stamped Tim’s flight of birds and added two Philosophy tags with tiny brads. Added a bit of black & white checkered ribbon and called it done!

travel journal

There is plenty of time to join in this challenge and oh-so-tempting prizes to be won! The sponsor is Inspiration Emporium, who are offering a very generous gift certificate to one lucky winner, and yet another will win a lovely box of Tim Holtz products – you certainly can’t beat that!

Bon Voyage!


8 Responses to “Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #33”

  1. candycolwell Says:

    Hi Lisa. What a great idea and you’ve completely transformed this plain composition notebook into a very cool travel log. You’ve done a great job of completely altering Tim’s Alpha Parts with the pinks and blues. Great job! They look fantastic on your newly decorated cover. SO cute! Thanks for sharing with all of us at CC3C. ❤ Candy

  2. Anita Houston Says:

    LOVE the colors you used to alter the pieces…so cool! What a nice little journal as well…so fun too! Thanks for altered surfaces with us that CC3C !!!

  3. yblair Says:

    What a fun travel journal! I admire that you write it all down, I always try to do that and end up not keeping up! I bet you will have fun filling this one up! Great colors and altered surfaces! Thanks for joining the fun with us at CC3C!

  4. Rosann Says:

    Awesome travel journal … your altered surface work is beautiful ! Enjoy your trip !

  5. Marjie Kemper Says:

    I just love functional art and your travel journal cover is fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at CC3C. Hope you had a great trip!

  6. annettegreen264 Says:

    Cute, cute, CUTE! Love the happy colors. Hope your travels were as much fun as this journal. (P.S. my hubby would be the same way.)

  7. cherylspaperartz Says:

    I’m inspired! We are totally doing a travel log for our next trip. Yours is so cool, especially the melted S!! Love your combinations of colors and images, looks like nothing but fun!

  8. joiatrr Says:

    This is so fun… just love it! j.

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