Monday, 7 August 2017

My Portugal holiday journal

Today I can finally share my completed holiday journal from our recent adventures in Portugal. This was a real labour of love but holiday journals are so worthwhile. There is nothing better than looking back through them and revisiting awesome memories.
If you have not seen any of my holiday posts you can see them here and here
This was the view from our balcony 
and here is a collage of my finished holiday journal.

I made most of the cover sitting on the balcony.

Today is also my weekly inspiration post for Visible Image and you will see that every single stamp I used in my journal is by Visible Image.  I used lots of their sets by predominantly these sets, which are perfect for holiday journalling.
Capture the moment
I thought I would share a process of another of the inside pages..if you missed my earlier page which I shared you can find it here
This page was for our day out in Lisbon. Each day we took some  Instax photos, as well as using my usual camera.  These photos measure approx 8.5 by 5.5cm. I use the colours in my photos to inspire each page.

 I first made a background using stamps from Mesh-ellaneus. These are such cool stamps.
They work perfectly with Distress oxides
 I had fun playing with a background pattern.
I just had to use the camera ( I know it isn't an Instax but it's retro enough for me) which I stamped, embossed and fussy cut out

I stamped and fussy cut out some of the paper boats...
I then put on my creative hat and put together my page
Here are a few close ups.
Don't you just love the paper boats...I do 😊

Before I go I would just share a few more details of just how perfect Visible Image stamps are for creating backgrounds for journalling ;all these pages had photos added to them but here are some before I embellished them.
An orange mesh-allaneus
 the ink splats created the brown splats below. I used a stencil for the clocks but the script and smile are also stamps from these sets I shared links to.
and words from the Capture the moment and Destination unknown sets.
So there we are...a real labour of love but so worth doing...there are a lifetime of memories inside my journal.
 I really hope that I might have inspired you to create your own holiday journal.

You will be able to 

"Capture the moment and make it last forever"

I would like to enter my journal into the following challenges;

Stamps and Stencils techniques school
The Artistic stamper 2/3 anything goes
Deep Ocean a day at the beach
We love to Create 1/2 anything mixed media/creative
Stamping sensations 1/3 anything goes
Pixie's Snippets playground #293/4 I have used sooo many snippets of everything in my journal!
Frilly and Funkie read any good books recently? mine is my diary of my wonderful holiday.
That's Crafty 1/3 anything but cards
Sweet Stampin 1/3 summer fun
Craft Stamper take it make it anything goes

Thanks for stopping by today and for your kind comments you take the time to leave,

Here are all the links for Visible Image

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here would be lovely to see you there. You can add work to the "Show and Tell" album where one randomly chosen winner each month wins a £25 coupon to spend on the website. Our monthly themed challenge is on summer break and will return in September. 

The main Visible Image Facebook page is here; there are weekly stamp world wide!

And the shop web site is here; where all these gorgeous stamps can be purchased. 

And lastly please remember that my 7th bloggerversary giveaway closes on Wednesday, everyone is most welcome to enter.
...details are in my side bar.

Thanks as always for stopping by and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. Welcome too to my newest followers, thanks for joining me on my creative journey.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. My goodness Jane, what a lot of work must have gone into your journal, but as you rightly say it's such a lovely way to store those memories. Noticed Lisbon there, isn't it a beautiful City.

    Many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations August challenge.

    B x

  2. What a brilliant holiday journal Jane, such great way to record your memories.
    Those stamps are fabulous, I love the mesh and the ink splats and the camera is wonderful. :)
    Wishing you a happy new week my friend, let's not talk weather. :(
    V x

  3. Absolutely fantastic work Jane - something to keep and treasure as you recall what looks like a wonderful holiday! Very clever use of the torn netting stamp - ha, I thought it was ripped fishnet stocking when I bought mine a good while ago!


    Di xx

  4. This certainly has been a labour of love looking at your brilliant backgrounds and the amount of detail in it. A beautiful keepsake.
    Julie x

  5. Hi Jane,
    oh my word this is such a fab and gorgeous snippets make.
    Love all your wonderful pages.
    A real wonderful keepsake.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  6. What a fabulous Keep sake Jane, you have created a treasure full of happy memories. Thank you for sharing such a delightful journal with us over at That's Crafty and joining in with the *Anything but Cards* Challenge. Best Wishes Tracey.

  7. Such a wonderful holiday journal Jane! I love the stamps and all the effects.... Each page looks so interesting....what a fantastic keepsake. Xox

  8. Jane, what a wonderful journal to keep those memories alive! Those stamps really seem to be made especially for a holiday journal! I love how you've shown us your pages in collage format. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Frilly and Funkie and participating in my 'Read Any Good Books Lately' challenge! Hugs!

  9. I love it when you share photos of exotic places! Your journal page is awesome, too. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. Wow, your journal is amazing, Jane! So much work gone into it, what a fabulous keepsake! Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations.


  11. What wonderful creative journal pages Jane! Such a fabulous way to capture your happy memories. A beautifully crafted journal. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Sweet Stampin' for our 'Summer Fun' challenge this week. I so love what you did. Hugs, Wends xoxo Sweet Stampin' DT

  12. Great scrapbook images and love the backgrounds you created

  13. Dear Jane,

    Beautiful memories from your wonderful holidays! And I admire you crafting on your in situ :) too, nothing must be better than sit on a hot balcony, sea at sight and capture that moment...

    Happy&creative August days!


  14. Oh WOW, what fabulous journaling! Great way to relive all the wonderful memories you made. x

  15. What a lovely way to record your holiday memories! Love the step outs with the fun layered stamping - so cool! We are tickled that you'd share with us at Stamps & Stencils for Technique School. Big hugs, Autumn

  16. What a beautiful memento of a fabulous trip. Love the details you built in each page with wonderful layering of stenciling and stamping. Thanks for playing along with us at Frilly and Funkie "Read any Good Books Lately" challenge!

  17. Fantastic book of memories. There is lots to look at on each page and I especially love that mesh stamps. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  18. WOWSERS ... Fabulous project, full of detail, colour & texture. Many thanks for joining in with Love 2 Create Challenges 'Anything Goes' challenge. Lou (DT L2CC)

  19. Wow - what a fabulous journal celebrating what looks like a great holiday!
    Alison x

  20. Fabulous journal Jane, I love the visible Image stamps. Your holiday destination looks fab!

  21. A beautifully collection of complimentary pages has resulted in a gorgeous journal of memories Jane. Delightful, thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils!
    I also wanted to say that one of the joys of visiting blogs over the period of time they have joined in challenges is seeing how their art develops and evolves and it's been a treat to watch yours. Thanks again for joining us. Hugs Ruth xx

  22. Am Amazing Journal! THank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Creative Challenge :)


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