Thursday, 22 December 2011

Postcard challenge

I spotted a post the other day about a fabulous challenge Darcy will be running on her blog during 2012 with a Postcard theme based on the idea from Nick Bantock's Griffin and Sabine books.  .Simply explained the Challenge is to create two characters who communicate via postcards - Darcy will blog a different location each week and we will create a postcard with that location theme and add ongoing communication between our characters each time. You can visit the introduction post here to read all the details, Darcy explains it much better. Now for the last what feels like a hundred years I have been studying and working but the time has come to have a study break (though I can't give up the day job) and with the extra time on my hands already being promised to my craft desk I thought this would be a perfect challenge to get stuck into.
So I went about altering an old unused 2010 diary to store my completed Postcards in - I always said there was a reason to keep it. I covered it in ordinary brown parcel paper and then went to town with my stamps - including 'Antique Map' from The Stamp man and 'Italian Script' from Judikins, and some postage themed bits and bobs.  
Inside I stuck some map themed DP on the inside covers and then after sticking a few pairs of pages together to make them sturdier (it was a cheap diary) I painted the first few with Gesso. I will probably do more to them but want to wait until Darcy announces the first destination so I can theme the page with the postcard. Each page will have a pocket - not sure if I will do them all the same yet, will have to wait and see how it develops but this first one is just a simple corner pocket of map designed paper.

I'm sharing my book here -

Am really looking forward to starting something different that's just for me - rather than obsessing with a word count for a University lecturer to pick apart - so thank you Darcy for such a great idea.   Esther xx


  1. Esther glad you are having some me time with your crafting I love your work and this postcard idea sounds brill.

    What you have made is amazing and has inspired me to go check this out and have a go.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  2. Fabulous work Esther - glad you've found some me time.
    xxx Hazel.

  3. Sounds intriguing looking forward to seeing the collection develop over the coming year. XOXO Zoe

  4. This is FANTASTIC! I love the altered route that you looks vintage wonderful. :)

    Thank you for playing along with us at Make It Monday!
    Remember, for a chance to win the prize from our sponsor, leave a comment for another entry and mention that you saw them on Make It Monday.
    Lisa xx

  5. Great altered diary project Esther, love the sound of the postcard challenges!
    Thanks for entering our Blue and Brown challenge for Allsorts, good luck and Happy Christmas!
    Love Nicola xxx

  6. That's a wonderful project. Thanks for joining the Fashionable Stamping Challenges. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  7. A fantastic alteration, thankyou for joining us at FSC this time.

  8. Really great work Esther.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts and have a lovely Christmas.................and a rest, sounds like you are ready for it.

    B x

  9. Esther
    I love when an unused item is not only transformed into something beautiful but also something practical.
    Beautiful stamping.
    Thank you for joining us at FSC.

  10. Hi Esther, Ooh that sounds like fun,I love the recycling of an old duiary brilliant!I hope you enjoy your break:0) Have a Happy Christmas and I hope you have a wonderful New Year, Gay xxx

  11. Wow Esther, what a fab project, great recycling and the finished product is gorgeous. You're certainly make good use of your extra crafty time. I hope you're having a good Christmas and thanks for joining us at FSC
    Claire xx

  12. Thankyou for joining the postcard challenge, your diary has been out to good use and looks great. Can't wait to see your first pages.x

  13. What a gorgeous project, fabulous stamping and the challenge sounds very intriguing, I must investigate LOL! Thank you so much for joining us at the FSC. XX

  14. Gorgeous book Esther, brilliant ide to use on old diary :D XXX

  15. what a great idea ( I have an unused 2011 diary sitting on my desk !) Had thought of turning it into a journal but I like your idea better! The postcard challenge sounds very interesting so off to have a look

  16. Gorgeous altered diary - fabulous design.
    Thanks for playing along with us at Allsorts this time.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  17. The book is fantastic! The pockets I really like. I have to yet decide what kind of pockets I'll be making. :)

  18. A fabulous piece of altered work Esther and a wonderful home for your postcards. Love the vintage feel.
    Thanks for joining in over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and wishing you good luck.
    Hugs, Fliss xx


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