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I’m so excited to be a featured artist on the  Stencil Girl Talk Blog today (along with Sandi Keene)!  I am such a fan of Stencil Girl stencils and it was great fun to create these projects!  Sincere appreciation to Mary Beth Shaw and Maria McGuire for their support of Art to the 5th and The Documented Life Project and including me in this special blog hop!


Chronicles of an Empty Nester

When I was asked to select my stencils for the Stencil Girl Blog Hop, the moment I saw these navigational designs, I knew exactly what I would use them for.  I have always been a journal keeper and a traveler and I have filled books full of sketches and writing about my experiences. I decided to make a new book to chronicle my empty nest journey in search of my True North. 

The two stencils I chose were the Around The World Latitude Stencil and the Compass Rose Stencil. 

I decide to create my journal using a Tim Holtz Chronicle Large Worn Cover by Idea-ology and some very cool old world map tissue paper.  I crinkled the tissue and used gel medium to adhere it to the book cover.

Using the Compass Rose stencil, I spread Golden molding paste on the stencil with a palette knife so it would ooze through the holes and leave a raised image.  I love the way it looks and the stencils are such great quality that every tiny little space held up well with the molding paste.

Once the molding paste was dry, I followed the basic circular shape on the original book cover and roughed in a decorative border around the compass.  Then I rubbed ink over the raised surface of the stencil image and stamped and cut out some letters for my title.

For the inside covers of the journal, I rubbed Tim Holtz Distress Stain (Rusty Hinge) on a piece of watercolor paper with a baby wipe for a base color.  Next I placed the Around The World Latitude stencil over the paper and spritzed with Adirondack Color Wash Spray Inks (Stream and Lettuce).  The stencil left a faint outline of the latitude lines which I loved!  To make those lines pop even more, I laid the stencil back over top of the original lines and sprayed the paper again, this time using Dylusions Ink Spray (White Linen).  I lifted the stencil and dabbed at it while it was still wet.  I love the effect!

I added a very cool 3-Ring Binder by Advantus through some punched holes.  Now the book looks professional and finished on the inside . . . just ready for some paper!

In keeping with the old world style of the journal, I cut some vintage ledger paper I had on hand and punched holes and spritzed them with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Coffee Shop and Suede) using the Latitude stencils as a mask.  I placed them in the journal and added a travel tag.  I’m going to love writing in this book!

To finish the book off, I doodled alternating a white Uni-Ball Signo and a black Pilot Multiball pen and coated each stamped letter with Glossy Accents to make them look like tiles.  A pretty little bow of tulle and twine was tied around the spine of the book and finished off with a little travel trinket.


I hope you enjoyed the post today!  Stop in again tomorrow where I will demonstrate another True North project using Stencil Girl products!  Be sure to visit The Stencil Girl Talk Blog and share some love and don’t forget to visit their products site HERE to see what other awesome stencils they have!  They are having a fantastic giveaway and discounts this week so be sure to take advantage of it!

Hugs, Lo

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  1. Cathi H

    This is absolutely beautiful. I love the journal theme and the design really fits. I love it!

  2. Denise Huntington

    What an awesome journal you created! I love everything about it. Thanks for sharing your process!

  3. JKW

    Maps are my favorite. I love how creative you became with them through the stencils and the molding clay. Blessings, Janet

  4. Mary C. Nasser

    What an absolutely gorgeous journal! Loved seeing the process of creating it! Thank you for choosing my stencil to incorporate into this! πŸ™‚

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    What an absolutely gorgeous journal! Loved seeing the process of creating it! Thank you for choosing my stencil to incorporate into this! πŸ™‚

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    What an absolutely gorgeous journal! Loved seeing the process of creating it! Thank you for choosing my stencil to incorporate into this! πŸ™‚

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    What an absolutely gorgeous journal! Loved seeing the process of creating it! Thank you for choosing my stencil to incorporate into this! πŸ™‚

  8. Sherrinda

    Oh my goodness! This is spectacular! Seriously, I love every aspect of this book…even the ledger pages to write on. My youngest graduated last month and I am gearing up for the empty next that will occur next month. This is something that could help me, I think! (I’m struggling a bit!)

  9. Sherrinda Ketchersid

    Oh my goodness! This is spectacular! Seriously, I love every aspect of this book…even the ledger pages to write on. My youngest graduated last month and I am gearing up for the empty next that will occur next month. This is something that could help me, I think! (I’m struggling a bit!)

  10. Angela Heather

    I cannot tell you how much I love this project! Thanks so much for the inspiration. Mine end up looking so hand made at the end :o)
    I only have a small starter-collection of stencils so my fingers are firmly crossed for the giveaway! Thanks again Lorraine, I’m off to play now, using some of these ideas…

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    Hi. I found this really interesting and liked how it looked. However, I’m not really sure how you put in the punched holes to added that to the book.

    And do you think this can be done with a moleskin planner?

  12. Tommy B. McDonell

    Hi. I found this really interesting and liked how it looked. However, I’m not really sure how you put in the punched holes to added that to the book.

    And do you think this can be done with a moleskin planner?

  13. Rae Missigman

    just as gorgeous as all of your lovely projects are! wow! LOVE this!

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    LOVED your choice of stencils, and what a wonderful little book. Hope to win some stencils of my own as well. Thanks for sharing what you do.

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    Lorraine, this is beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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    Fabulous, how a simple book over develops to such a beauty, thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Roben-Marie Smith

    Very cool, Lo!!! How nice to see the stencil used to enhance your work. Stencils can be used for so many things!! πŸ™‚

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    Wow, that is just crazy. Absolutely stunning. I love how it turned out. Beautiful.

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    I love that tissue paper – and I really love what you did with those stencils! So many ideas and so little time . . .

  20. Sue Chesley

    I love your book! You are a pro with stencils too…thanks for sharing your step-by-step process!

  21. Debby

    Thanks for sharing your techniques! Love the book you made. Very nice.

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    Beautiful job – such rich colours and detail! Love how you’ve used the compass rose and latitude stencils to make this book your own.

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    Such a pretty travel book. I love that you used the globe stencil on the inside covers and pages as well!

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Thank you Susan~it was so fun to work with these stencils and I know I will use them over and over again!

  24. Mary Holshouser

    I love to travel and this album would be great for some of my pictures.
    thanks for the directions in embellishing it.
    Beautiful.
    marylouh

    1. Lorraine Bell

      I am so pleased you liked it Mary and found some good tips! Thanks for commenting!

  25. Denise Spillane

    What a fantastic journal. I follow DLP but am a bit intimidated by all the talent! I am also a really big SG fan and member. Can’t wait to experiment in my journal!

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    What a fantastic journal. I follow DLP but am a bit intimidated by all the talent! I am also a really big SG fan and member. Can’t wait to experiment in my journal!

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Thank you Dee – but please don’t be intimidated – we try to keep DLP a safe and judgment free zone, so I hope you will become more active! Thanks for stopping by the blog and commenting!

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    I love all things maps, travel, etc. (although I am mostly an armchair traveler). What you did here is AMAZING. Your letters really do look like tiles. Thanks for sharing all your techniques.

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Thank you Rebecca – it was absolutely my pleasure! Being an armchair traveler has its good points! No luggage, no packing, and sleeping in your own bed!

  28. Joan Setree

    I love this cover! You have given me a great idea for my own "empty nest" syndrome! And an idea for some DLP backgrounds! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Thank you so much Joan – I hope you can fill your empty nest with art and creativity!

  29. Susan Schultheis

    I just love your projects today AND I love Stencil Girl stencils. I am going to take this opportunity to order the stencils you used as well as Sandi’s. This is going to be a great week with Stencil Girl and DLP playing together.

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Thanks Susan – I am so pleased you were inspired! There are so many options for all of these stencils! Enjoy!

  30. Mary Beth Shaw

    Lorraine, this has such an incredible vintage look, I really love it! Your use of both the stencils is so nice in that it enhances without ‘taking over.’ Lovely πŸ™‚

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Thank you so much Mary Beth – it was my pleasure and I so appreciated the opportunity to create for you! I hope it was a successful week for you and it was easy for me with such an amazing selection to choose from!

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    Beautiful as always Lorraine!!! Great use of those stencils, love love love!

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Thank you Gloria – that is a wonderful comment, especially coming from someone as talented as you πŸ™‚

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    Love the travel journal idea. The stencils worked out beautifully! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Lorraine Bell

      I am so pleased you liked it Pamela! thanks for commenting!

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    Thank you for sharing this. Love this stencil and how you used it.

  34. Dianne Thompson

    Mmm I didn’t think I would use this stencil but after reading your blog, I have changed my mind. I can see after this blog hop has finished I will be buying a stack of stencils LOL

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    Mmm I didn’t think I would use this stencil but after reading your blog, I have changed my mind. I can see after this blog hop has finished I will be buying a stack of stencils LOL

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Thank you Dianne – I love that you were able to look at this stencil in a new way – It was a fun challenge for me and trust me, you can never have too many stencils πŸ™‚

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    Gorgeous project! I am lovin’ all of the elements, how you used the stencils and the colour combinations. Inspiration!

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Thank you Sandi – it is so easy when you have great inspiration to work with!

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    Such a wonderful idea of a travel journal. The stencils worked out beautifully! Great embellishments and nice to see your own twist on it.

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