I’m showing off a recent journal page I made using some Viva Las Vegas Stamps I bought this month. I’m really trying hard to use more stamps in my journals because I have a ton which have been with me for years and years and most of them have not even been used.

I had a massive craft clear out recently and whilst I did dump a pile of stuff I couldn’t bare to part with many of my stamps. They were expensive having been built up for several years and it just didn’t seem right to just dump them. So 2017 being the year of use I have resolved to bring back stamping!

That being said when I saw these stamps on Instagram I knew I had to have the new designs. I mean look at the moth it’s beautiful! The plates are chock full of stamps with words and images all over. They are unmounted but I am super lazy and just cut them out and stamped with them. I will mount the ones I am using more regularly but for now they aren’t mounted (shhh!)

To fly journal page

The leaves in the background are an older Heidi Swapp stencil I think? God it must be about ten years old, I have a ton of old supplies that are nearly vintage at this stage. I made this page in response to a challenge from VLVS and the colors were brown. It’s not a color I normally used but I tied in some Paynes Grey and Gold Gouache to bring it to live a little more.

To fly journal page

My focal point is the moth which I embossed using a Versamark Ink pad and some black embossing powder. Remember when everything used to be stamped and embossed?? Haha I’m bringing it back, it’s too fun to watch it melt. I had some leaves I forgot about from Autum which were still in the book I used to press them. These and some cotton crochet thread made a great background for my little moth guy.

To fly journal page

The words on the left are from the latin verb “to fly” I printed using a old typewriter font and then dirtied up with some distress inks. I have to tell you my distress ink is also around 10 years old but the pads are still going strong!!

The page is made in response to the January Challenge on their blog which you can check out here.

So there is my page! I hope you enjoyed looking at it. I hope you’re encouraged to use up some old supplies and give them a new lease of live!

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