Sunday, April 17, 2011

Journey to Kalamazoo

I finally finished a marathon project for the group All Things Tim.  I do love chunky book swaps, but creating so many pages can get a bit redundant towards the end.  Because of this, I changed up the back side of the pages just a bit.  The theme for this book is Journey, and we were assigned to do a 6x6 page from where we live.  I took my inspiration from a few vintage postcards I had.

One postcard depicts an image of the old Kalamazoo Library.  This one I actually shopped from my Dad's stash.  The other post card is interesting because the photo and the writing is on the same side.  The image here is the Kalamazoo Post office and the note is really charming. I am a huge fan of all things postal, so I actually paid a few dollars for this vintage ephemera at an antique show.  I also had this project in mind, so I had a good justification to get it.  I finished off the front of the page with Dymo labels, a Tattered Angels vintage theme acetate embellishment and a memo pin charm topped off with a key and bit of vintage lace.  Below is a second version of the front page.  There are a variety of black acetate embellishments. 

The back portion of this project has some variety, partially due to a lack of supplies.  I had one great vintage map that I used, but ran out.  In the end you can hardly tell though as there are so many elements in the collage.  I used (on most pages) vintage ledger paper to jot down my contact information.  I also used the postmarks from the postcards on the front as well as various stamps.  A few pages have really cool images of a Kalamazoo ruler that I purchased at a flea market this weekend.  How neat to make my own custom paper and ephemera! Too bad I got this piece so late in the production process, only a few of them have this imagery.

I am pleased with how they have turned out.  I can't wait to receive the pages back from the swap so see what has inspired the other participants.  Thank you for taking a moment to Journey to Kalamazoo!


  1. Lovely pages....hope I am lucky enough to get one of yours.
    I'm jealous though, of your finishing. I have a lot done, but still have some stamping and cutting to do. Why oh why did I come up with a design that calls for so much fussy cutting????

  2. Rhea, I think you've done a fabulous job on these pages. The little touches and details add so much!

  3. This turned out great! I think doing a collage on the back is a great idea too.

  4. Those turned out very nice!


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