Sunday, March 13, 2011

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 35

My submission for the final Compendium of Curiosities Challenge (#35) over at Studio L3 is a cover for my Letterboxing journal. What is letterboxing, you ask? I'll tell you more about that below! It's very addicting. Anyway, I've used papers from Club Scrap's To You With Love collection, Tim Holtz Lost and Found pack, Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante, and finally DCWV Travel stack. I've also added some grungeboard hinges and flourish which i've painted with bronze metallic paint. The other elements were done using T!m's design ruler. The center area is 4x6 and will serve as a mat for whatever photo I want to feature.

As I said in my post last week, the end of these challenges is bittersweet for me. I've learned so much and really pushed my boundaries which is awesome for any artist. The downside has been finding the time to do it and maybe not prioritizing what I should over it since i enjoy it so!

A HUGE thank you to Linda for being such a marvelous hostess and always finding something wonderful to say in her comments. In addition, thank you to all who have commented on my submissions; I truly appreciate it. Thanks also to all who have played've given me so many great ideas for these techniques. Lastly, but definitely not at all least,
You are an amazingly talented man and your art provides endless inspiration.

Hugs to all.

    Letterboxing is an intriguing mix of treasure hunting, rubber stamp artistry, navigation, and exploring interesting, scenic, and sometimes remote places.

    Here's the basic idea: Someone hides a waterproof container (box or zip baggie) somewhere (in a beautiful, interesting, or remote location) containing at least a logbook and a handcarved rubber stamp, and perhaps other goodies. The hider then usually writes directions or "clues", which can be straightforward, cryptic, or any degree in between. Often the clues involve map coordinates or compass bearings from landmarks, but they don't have to. Selecting a location and writing the clues is one aspect of the art.

    Once the clues are written, hunters in possession of the clues attempt to find the box. In addition to the clue and any maps or tools needed to solve it, the hunter should carry at least a pencil, their personal rubber stamp, an inkpad, and his personal logbook. When the hunter successfully deciphers the clue and finds the box, they stamp the logbook in the box with their personal stamp, and stamps their personal logbook or journal with the box's stamp. The box's logbook keeps a record of all its visitors, and the hunters keep a record of all the boxes they have found, in their personal logbook or journal

    Check it all out at:


  1. This is awesome, Chrissie. Can't wait to see the pages you use to fill this book. The cover is FANTASTIC!!! Love the collage effect and the techniques used are the perfect touch. Great concept.

  2. Well Chrissie, you have done it! What an awesome accomplishment!
    I bow down to you that you stuck with it until the end. I really wish I had. But you know, I will get to it one day. You have done beautiful work!! Congrats!

  3. Terrific design piece and love how you are going to use it Chrissie. Have a great week, Annette x

  4. this turned out fantastic! What a cool journal for your newest hobby.

  5. The journal looks great - well done! I've always thought letterboxing would be fun! Let us know what you think...

  6. This is just wonderful. I've never heard of letter boxing before.