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Follow Your Own True North Page for Travel Blog Hop

OK I have to admit I felt a little intimidated when asked to join in on the Basic Grey, Glue Dots and Lindy's Stamp Gang Travel Blog Hop - not only do they have amazing artists on their Design Teams, but I'm so not a scrapbooker (those 12 x 12 double layouts are scary big!).  BUT my motto this year has been don't let fear stop you from doing anything - so I said yes and jumped in the deep end.  The theme for the hop is 'Travel' and the minute I saw the Carte Postale papers I knew what I wanted to do with them.  I stepped out of my comfort zone and did something different, while it is a double layout, it's not a scrapbook page - but the layout could easily be used for one!

If you have arrived here as part of the hop you should have come from Jessica's Blog and should be heading over to Sharon's blog after this.  For those people who have arrived without knowing about the hop, don't miss the gorgeous project on the following pages - grab a coffee, tea or drink and sit down ready to be inspired!

Glue Dots

Lindy’s Stamp Gang
Kate - you are here

 Basic Grey


You can also visit the “Traveling Glue Dots” board on Pinterest to share your favorite projects and videos with your friends!

 My journal page is inspired by 'Flight' and the name of the page is Follow your own TRUE NORTH!  For me the images of birds and maps and arrows are all about travel, freedom and seeing the world.  

Here's a sneak peek at my main image isn't this little Blue Wren adorable!

True North 1

What I used:


  • Lindy's Stamp Gang Products:
    Flat Fabios: South Shore Sand, T-Bird Turquoise and Ocean Breeze Blue
    Moonshadow Mist: Bucaneer Bay Blue
    Magicals: Batchelor Button Blue and Afternoon Delight Denim
  • Basic Grey Products:
    Carte Postale Collection Papers:  Rodeo Drive, Park Ave, Wall Street, Mulholland Drive, Bourbon Street & Sunset Blvd
    Clear Stamps:  Basic Grey Hello Set - BBA-4081
  • Glue Dots Products: Glue Dots Ultra Thin dispenser, Glue Dots XL 1inch dots, Glue Dots Mini super strength dots (loads of these)
  • Other Products:
    Distress Ink Pad: Frayed Burlap
    Ranger Archival Ink: Pale Ochre & Coffee
    Ranger Adirondack Lights Ink Pad: Aqua
    Prismacolor Pencils: White, Black, Cool Grey 90%, Deco Blue, Warm Grey 30% & Blender
    Koh-i-noor 2B Graphite Pencil
    Charcoal pencil
    Pastel Pencil - Sepia
    Blending stump
    Copic Multi-liner SP 0.3 Sepia
    Copic Marker Black 100
    Liquitex Matt Medium
    Stamps: Stampington & Co - Create with Abandon & Circle Script, Stampendous - Jumbo Peony Set (flourish)
    Dies: Memory Box - Fresh Foliage, Die-namics - Decorative Doily and Spellbinders - Fleur de lis Motifs
    Molotow 2mm Paint Marker Metallic Black and White
    Tim Holtz Edge Distresser
    Micador Spray Varnish (Gloss)

Here's another little peak - all these elements (except the birds)
are from the Basic Grey Carte Postale paper line - so much to choose from...

True North 3
True North 3
True North 3

What I did:

Hmm where to begin - I taped the process for this page (I cut out the really boring or repetative bits!) - so I'll just cover the highlights here.

  1. Using watercolour technique, colour background of page with Flat Fabio colours which will coordinate with Basic Grey papers.
  2. Tear and cut Basic Grey papers into interesting shapes and colour all edges with Distress Ink.
  3. Die cut shapes from Basic Grey papers in colours which will contrast with papers already selected.
  4. Laser print 2 bird images onto paper and cut out.
  5. Use Ranger inks (Archival and Adirondack) to stamp images onto background.
  6. Use Glue dots to compose collage of papers with birds on top as focal elements.  Once happy with placement use many more glue dots (I went a little nuts!) to glue composition onto journal pages.
  7. Paint images and background with multi medium (so you can draw and paint over top) and let dry.
  8. Use Flat Fabios to add some drips and let dry.
  9. Use Moonshadow mist to add some droplets and let some dry completely, and dab others off - results in varying shades.
  10. Use pencils to colour birds and add vibrant shimmering colour using Magicals (the blue).
  11. Add final stamped elements, shading, words and embellishments to finish page.
  12. Spray with gloss varnish to seal and protect.

You can see the varying shades of Moonshadow Mist droplets and
the stamping I've added to the background in the images below....

True North 4
True North 4
True North 4
True North 4
So without any more waiting (I was a bit mean not showing you this sooner!) ..... here is my finished journal page.  I can hardly believe I made this!

  Follow your own true north 3 edited1

Bird side onJPG
Bird side onJPG
Bird side onJPG


You can watch the journal page being created below,
this clip is an overview 


you can watch the wren being coloured here,
mostly in real time - so grab a cuppa before you press play...

 and just so you can see what I've done - this was the original bird
(though it printed much paler than the photo sadly)

Blue wren
and this is mine now that he has been altered.

True North 1

I hope you are having fun looking at all the amazingly stunning projects created for this hop, I'm really grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this group of talented artists.  Don't forget to HOP over to Sharon's blog to see her travel inspired project.