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Cat and Butterflies Art Journal Page

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I am trying something new, and that is doing the art challenge for Oddball Art Co! I am in love with her designs! I just found her (I know, I am behind the times, lol) but now that I found her I want all the digi stamps, lol

I was inspired by the theme, which is “Life Size Leprechauns and Unlucky Clovers.”

I found this fantastic cat on her website I knew that the cat should be on a rock in a field of clovers. 

Cat and butterflies March Oddball Challenge
March Oddball Challenge

I used college elements for the rock and the four leaf clovers. I used dictionary pages for the background with distress ink, paint, and stencil. 

Cat and butterflies March Oddball Challenge
March Oddball Challenge

By adding butterflies and dots and quotes to the page I was able to add a lot more interest. I am really loving challenges, I think it allows me to grow as an artist and expand my abilities. 

Cat and butterflies March Oddball Challenge
March Oddball Challenge

This was such a fun challenge, and I can’t wait for next month’s challenge.

If you would like to participate you can find all the info here:

March Oddball Challenge.

What art challenges have you participated in?

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No Sew Junk Journal

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In a few months my husband and I will be taking a short trip to Las Vegas! It will be nice to get away and have a small vacation. Since I was so excited I decided to create a no sew junk journal to put all the tickets and postcards and other goodies in. 

I used an old text book as the base and added some fabulous purple Elvis fabric and glitter paper for the spine

Las Vegas junk journal
Las Vegas junk journal

For the papers inside I used Vegas maps, glitter paper, holographic papers, and other random paper I had in my stash. It was fun to pull out some fun papers and adhere them into to the book in preparation for my trip. 

Las Vegas junk journal
Las Vegas junk journal

What junk journals have your created for your travels? 

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New Beginnings Art Journal Page

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Today we have a page for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Art Journal and this journal’s theme is New Beginnings.

I love this theme, and it reminded me of springtime and caterpillars turning into butterflies. 

This page is an update to the vintage pattern collage girls that I have done in the past. You can visit that blog post here:

Vintage Sewing Pattern Collage

New Beginings
New Beginnings Art Journal page

It was a lot of fun to revisit this technique and improve upon the designs and add more detail. The traveling art journal is expanding my boundaries and helping me be more creative. 

New beginnings art journal page

I hope you enjoyed this take in new beginnings. What makes you think of a new beginning and how would you journal it?

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Sword in the Stone Art Journal Page

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I have another page for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Art Journal. This theme was a little harder for me, and really challenged me creatively, but in the end I think I found a creative way to approach this theme. 


So the theme of this journal is medieval gypsy. I am not sure exactly what that means so I just went with the medieval part, specifically the legend of the Sword in the Stone. 

Sword in the Stone
Sword in the Stone

I love this story, and this page reflect this. I created a rock out of fabric, and the background is textured with tissue paper and colored with dylusions sprays. 

Sword in the Stone
Sword in the Stone

The best part of this page is that the sword actually goes up and down! So much fun! 

Sword in the Stone
Sword in the Stone

I am really loving how this Sisterhood program that I am in really helps me expand my boundaries and stretch my creativity. I can’t wait to see what next month will bring!

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Elephant Art Journal Page

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Elephants are one of my favorite animals! Such a wonderful creature! I found a photo from a National Geographic Magazine of 2 elephants and I just knew they would be perfect as a focal point for an art journal page.

I wanted to do a bright and colorful page. This is outside my norm, and it was fun to push my boundaries. I used some Prima marketing oil pastels I received in a goodie bag. I haven’t used them much, you better believe that I will be using them more in the future, lol. 

elephant art journal page
Elephant Art Journal Page

In addition to the oil pastels I used some spray inks, stamps, stickers, and quotes to finish out the page. 

elephant art journal page
Elephant Art Journal Page

This was such a fun page to create! I love the bright colors with the elephants painted in black, it really allows them to stand out. 

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Christmas Art Journal Page

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Christmas is almost here! Whew I do not know where the year went!! Now is the time to start my Christmas Art journal pages. 

This page was a lot of fun. I started with a page out of a children’s book as my focal point and built the page from there


christmas page 1
Christmas Art Journal Page

I love creating pages like this, it is all about layering. Start with the flatter layers and get bulkier as you build. The layers and textures create interest and makes the page fun to look at. 


christmas page 2

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Faux Leather Art Journal Page

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Art journaling is quickly becoming one of my favorite activities! I love creating quick little projects that help me grow and expand my abilities. I have this faux leather art journal page that I wanted to share with you.

I really wanted to start with a faux leather look for the background. So I took the tissue paper inserts from old patterns and Mod Podged that onto the page. Once it was dry I painted it all in browns and yellows to make it look like leather.

You can use different colors to create different looks, and you very the “wrinkly-ness” of the tissue paper to create different looks as well.

Faux leather art journal

Once everything was dry I started to add all the details. I wanted the tiny book to be the focal point. You can see the video tutorial for the book here: Tiny Book

That tiny book was so much fun to make, and the perfect addition to my page.


Faux leather art journal

I added string, torn up old book pages, doilies, chip boards, words, and butterflies. I added color with Finnabair’s mica flakes and a little water, that was really fun because it brought out the texture of the tissue paper and brought the page to life.  Once everything was dry I light sprayed everything with some cheap hairspray to help seal the mica powders (otherwise it could all be brushed off)

Faux leather art journal

There you go, a very easy faux leather journal page. I am thinking about doing this same technique on an old trunk. What else can I faux leather?

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Craft Goodies Haul and Art Journal Page

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I know it is cliche, but can you believe how fast the year is going? I have a few videos that I would like to share with you, and if you want to stay up on my latest videos don’t forget to subscribe to my You Tube Channel: Take Time To Create. I recently posted a video on my craft goodies haul and an art journal page that I thought you might enjoy.

I haven’t been shopping too much lately for craft goodies, I am trying to use up what I have. I know, an impossible task, lol. But I did get some really cool goodies from my Finnabair weekend and so I made a video showing what I got.

I am in love with the Impasto Paints and I can’t wait to do even more playing with them. I also got some cool waxes and metallique paints.

The other video is an art journal page I created. I used the new art journal I altered in Finnabair’s class, it was so much fun getting back into journaling!

I was so in the zone of creating that I forgot to take pictures of my process, but I do have some up close pictures of the finished page and the video will take you through the process and show you the techniques that I did. I am happy with how it turned out!

flatiron art journal

Check out the video for all the step by step instructions and details.

So much fun creating and discovering new products and seeing what they can do.

I there a particular technique or product you would like me to demonstrate?

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Hot Air Balloon Art Journal Page

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Lately I have been getting back to my Art Journal and I have been in love! It is so great to get back to painting and creating without worrying about selling it (I have been doing a lot of craft fairs lately).

If you follow me on You Tube you probably have already seen my time lapse video of my journal page, but in case you didn’t here is the video:

I used a lot of material that I had on hand, which is fun to use what I have.

Materials: (affiliate links)


I started with my Dylusions Creative Journal from Ranger. I love this journal it is big and the paper is thick and doesn’t warp when I add a lot of paint and mediums on it.

I painted light blue all over and while it was still wet I painted dark blue on then layered the champagne color on top. I didn’t blend it all together, but kept the colors a little separate with a little blending.


Hot Air Balloon Art journal page

Completly dry that layer before going on to the next step. The back ground was nice but it needed more texture, so I stenciled in some circles using the dark blue and a teal color.

Once that was dry I stamped swirls on top with archival in . They don’t have to be perfect, in fact I think it all looks better when things are not exactly perfect.

Hot Air Balloon Art journal page

While that is all drying I cut out some hot air balloons I found in a magazine and adhered them down with matt medium.

The journal page was starting to look better but it needed a little bling, so I added some resin dots I found at the dollar store and I added some great quotes from Tim Holtz Big Chat stickers. (I love these stickers!)

Hot Air Balloon Art journal page

Then I splashed white acrylic paint on the page and then went around the edges of the balloons with a black gelato.

For the final touch I outlined major elements with a white gel pen.

Hot Air Balloon Art journal page

Art Journal pages are so much fun!

What is  your favorite journal to work in?

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