Tuesday, 27 July 2010

the world of steampunk

According to Wikipedia, "Steampunk is

a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used — usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era Britain — but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. "

I love the feel of books in my hand, and would love the look of notebooks containing spidery handwriting.  I love butterflies, and ferns, cogs and gears and shiny things.  

So the story behind my steampunk journal is based on the idea that I'm on an expedition on an unknown island, deep in the heart of the Victorian era. [of course I'm also stunning looking, fearless, and don't need to wear contacts lol, but that's by the by]

I come across some butterflies that appear to have been modified to contain steam engine like workings.   But how can that be?  This is an island untouched by humans.

Of course, this story reflects my love of butterflies, but your steampunk journal might delve under the sea, or focus on a journey in a hot air balloon.  If you'd like to join me in creating this journal from paper and an old book, in colouring pages and adding tabs, pockets, and tags in addition to the other main images, I'll be teaching at 
Paddy's Stamping Place
Prestwich, Manchester
Friday 30th and Saturday 31st July 2010
0161 798 5115
Oh WOW!  The postman interrupted this post by bringing me all this yumminess!

How perfect is this parcel, which I've yet to confirm is from the wonderful Wendy at The Stamp Attic, but I spied OX12 on the parcel, and it looks like her handwriting.  Methinks she knows me too well.  But how about this for perfect timing - I didn't want modern paperclips in my steampunk journal but hair pins - they're perfect!!

And look at all this steampunk yumminess :)  Won on ebay on Sunday, arrived this morning :) 

EDIT: just remembered my blog giveaway, and using random generator picked out

Elaine, of 'Waves of Creativity', is the winner of the little house, a mica tile, and some little bits n bobs.  Contact me with your address Elaine and I'll get your prize out to you :)


  1. lucky you and I love that first steampunk page..that butterfly is amazing!!

  2. GORGEOUS....may we have this one at the Cubby Hole please????
    PS...and another metal embossing one lol :)

  3. How fab is your journal, all the elements look great - and as for those piles of gorgeousness you received in the mail, well, I am jealous!

  4. Sarah this is wonderful... I've fallen in love with an art journal!!!

    I reiterate Suzannes's request..ta!

  5. Your journal looks brilliant - love all the steampunky elements and your story too!! I've emailed you - thanks RI for picking me.

  6. A very nice post. You have captured the wonderful fantasy element of the genre- both joyful and positive. Best Regards, Art

  7. Totally brilliant Sarah, Annette x

  8. Love the steampunk journal. Great idea, design .Wish I was close enough
    to take your class.

  9. Loving that Steampunk page Sarah and you are right those hair grips will be perfect!

    I would love to come to the workshop this weekend but if the weather holds out we will be going camping so if I can't make this one I will definitely be at the next one!

    Sarah x

  10. Love your journal Sarah, especially that first butterfly page!

    I'm hosting a Vintage Christmas Giveaway at Create With Joy if you or your readers would like to join me!


  11. Oh Wow, love all that fabby stuff you got in the post. Your book is brilliant and would love to be able to join your class but alas I'm a bit too far away.

    You've used my favourite Elusive Images butterfly too!

    Lesley Xx

  12. Journal is amazing!! and yes it was me..........lol

  13. OOh Sarah.. I just love your art, very inspirational! Need to stamp now@! Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Congrats to your winner! AND HOOOOOOOOOORAY for happy mail (in the middle of the post!!). I just love those pages--that big butterfly is my absolute FAV! LOVE IT! Glad you have a class coming up:) Wish I could be there! Take pics! Talk to you soon:) LOVE YA!

  15. Here's a very 'steampunk' film you should check out :D wish I could come to the steampunk workshop but has no spare pennies :(


  16. I love your work on'Steampunk'.. grungily gorgeous, Sarah!
    It is not something I have done before, but you have inspired me to have a go!


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