Monday, February 29, 2016

LOVE Journal Page

Good morning - Barb here to share a journal page.  As you may know or can tell, I am very new to the world of journaling.  I just pretend it is a big card and sometimes I write on it.  How do you approach your journal pages?

My journal page is starting out with a page in my small journal where I cleaned off my brushes and used up leftover paint.  The colors are – of course – some of my favorite colors.  (I was planning on doing something different today and use blues and greens but when I saw this started page, off we go.)  As you can see this was a clean off page, where I cleaned the paint off of my blending sponges.  This gives such a cool background and you don't waste any of that precious paint.

The monthly challenge is hearts and paper piecing.  This very very old heart stamp I have calls out to be paper pieced.  This paper grouping was sitting on my design table.  The colors coordinated with my page so I stamped the heart on different papers with VersaFine Ink and clear embossed.  I also liked this other stamp because I knew I could cut out the heart squares for my page.  Now to find my small scissors and do some fussy cutting.

The fussy cutting is done.  I now inked a piece of a book page with VersaFine Ink and clear embossed it.  I then used my new Maya Road die and cut the word love and several black hearts.  I also found the definition of love in one of my many dictionaries.  Let’s see where we go now that we have a few things gathered together.

I filled in the white spaces on the page with a blue gelato to give me a full color background.  I took a baby wipe and rubbed the color into the page.

Here is what the background looks like now.  I then randomly placed the die cuts and fussy cut heart and heart pieces upon the page.

Here is the page with everything now adhered with gel medium.  I also used a new stamp I have that was designed by Seth Apter.  I stamped around each circle with it (dah it is a circle stamp so it was an obvious place to do stamping.)

At this point in my creation, I decided I needed to add some more color to my page.  I wanted to bring in a little more of the purple.  After I had done this, I added some more pink and orange in random spots.  I did forget to add teal in another place on the page.  I think It is OK.  Inside of each circle I dabbed with the end of a pen or paint brush some bright pink paint.  Now we sit and wait for the page to dry completely so you can journal.  When I took my classes from Dyan Reavely she said you should let your pages sit for 24 hours before you did any journaling or marking on the page.  This way you did not ruin your pens.

Here is the finished page.  I am very happy with it.  My journaling is very simple.  I could have hidden journaling under the heart if I had wanted to pour out any feelings I had about broken hearts.

Here are some close ups of different parts of the journal page.  You can see how I added a white shadow around the heart with a white chalk pen and then put black dots on top of it.  I also added white circles around the pink dots on the page.

Here is part of my journaling on the page.  It is a very loose script.

I hope you enjoyed my journaling attempt.  I am learning as I go.  For me, journaling is another creative opportunity to use your supplies, make a mess and come out with a piece of creativity that makes you happy.  Go forth, play with your supplies, have fun, enjoy yourself.  


  1. AWESOME page!I love the colors and the design.

  2. What a fabulous journal page Barb, wonderful colours and love the paper pieced hearts and stamps and doodles! I don't think this was an attempt at art journaling, I think it is a rousing success! Thanks for sharing it, Deb xo

  3. nice work. Thanks for sharing

  4. i dont know how you guys build so many layers with ease

  5. Loving the bright colors here... and the way you used the stamps too :-)

  6. Terrific Barb, love the colors and your journaling looks terrific!! Great tip on waiting to use the pens on it