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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!

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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!

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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