Sunday, May 13, 2012

Go Confidently…

DSC09488_edited-1 {beautiful image by Hope Wallace Karney}

Oh, so many fun things to do in this life!

Here’s just another one…something I’ve been meaning to begin for so long…


Art Journaling…I was so very intimidated to first put pen to thick, nubby paper…



May I just say, that now that I’ve begun it, I may never, never stop!

So liberating, so creative, so messy, so….FUN!!!

DSC09481_edited-1 {corner flourish stamp from Crafty Secrets’ “Flourishes” set}

Thoughts jumbled one on top of the other…doodles popping right out of my head, down through my hand onto paper…I feel just like a little girl again!


Backgrounds painted with my never favorite find…iridescent water colors!  Found at Michaels, they’re my new best toy…

DSC09494_edited-1 {stamp from Crafty Secrets’ “Art Studio” set}

Piles of things to fill in the spaces with…favorite quotes, thoughts, stamps, images…lace, buttons, do-dads & knick-knacks of all kinds, random bits of sparkle whenever & wherever the sparkle muse dictates…the sky’s the limit!

DSC09501_edited-1 {a simple border of “Linen” Tinted Tape from Vintage Street Market…just the thing!}

I’ll be sharing these sheets as I make them…my book getting fatter & more filled with experiments, thoughts, notions, dreams & very important nonsense…

DSC09483_edited-1 {lovely vintage label from Crafty Secrets’ “Creating with Vintage Illustrations” CD}

…who knows what I might learn in the process?!

And all I keep thinking is…

What took me so long?!?

DSC09495_edited-1 {scalloped lace edging stamp from Crafty Secrets’ “Antique Trims” set}

And may I wish my dear Mother the happiest of Mother’s Days…


…you gave me life--have filled my life with love and the wonder of learning…and you continue to inspire and encourage me, each and every day of my life…I love you, Mom.

Happy Mother's Day wishes to ALL you beautiful and creative mothers out there…you inspire me, too.



  1. I love, love your art journal Julie!! I have tried several times to start one, and just never knew how to get going. Then when I did get something on the page, I didn't like it, and gave up. I love how you have used favorite quotes, and can see how that would really help me. May I please borrow your wonderful idea?

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful journal.

  2. These are just lovely Julie and good for you to start one of these albums I've always admired them myself but have never done one either.

  3. How fun Julie to just let your creativity soar!!!
    Someday if I ever find the time would love to try it!
    hugs Lynn

  4. What a beautiful art journal!! Such a great idea!! Thanks for sharing!! So inspirational!! xo Heather

  5. AHHHH I love love it!!! Girl you are making me totally want to make one :)
    You are so talented!

  6. What a great idea!! The pages are just lovely! I'm your newest follower!!


  7. Hey Pretty Lady,

    How awesome for you! I'm so happy that you've found this medium. I pray it brings you much happiness, insightful awakenings, and everything good.

    God Bless,

  8. Good for you Julie! I have always admired but been somewhat intimidated by it. Thanks for the inspiration. Your journal is beautiful!

  9. Julie, you are so talented and creative! I want to art journal too, but every time I try I just can't seem to do it. I used to doodle. I used to draw. But now it does not come easy to me at all. Have fun! And have a very happy mother's day! Tammy

  10. Julie,
    I too have wanted to do Journals & Journal pages but, I've been leary. Leary & Longing... maybe that should be my first page. Hee Hee. I made a Journal in a Jeanne Oliver class at the "Tiffany" Event I just went to. I LOVED IT! I have been leary of writing down my thoughts. For others to read??? For me to read??? I shared with her that some friends I have talked to have loved the journals (mother/grandmother) that they have read yet others said they knew things they wish they didn't know. I think I want to try this. I would love to hear more about the new paints you love. HUGS!

  11. Julie you always inspire me to be more and do more....I love it. the colors. the words. the spirit. Have a wonderful Happy Mother's Day...smiles...Renee

  12. I love it!!! And, I just might try it too!

    "...ok, I think I will." Great job, Julie! Happy Mother's Day.

  13. Fabulous Julie! I have always wanted to do an Art Journal but never got started. You inspire me. Can't wait to see what you come up with next! Happy Mother's Day to you sweet friend. xxoo

  14. Happy Mothers day! So wonderful to see that you have started on your art journal. Lovely work Julie!

  15. Julie, I am so happy to have come here today to be inspired with this new project. I have wracked my creative energies trying to think of a new project. This is truly it! I can't wait to see the next page.
    Congratulations on the graduation of your daughter. What a glorious day for parents.
    I know how much you love your mother from your posts, I know your daughters love you equally. Happy Mother's Day to you both! Elizabeth

  16. and as always a most inspirational post. Thanks for the visit, and Happy Mother's day to you and your sweet mother too!

  17. Dear Julie, I love your journaling, and can tell you, that I feel like you did, and am not getting started!! also because I think it will take too much time ! well you inspire me, and maybe this could be the start :-)
    Thankyou for your sweet comment -and a very happy mothers day to you,too.
    Hugs ,Dorthe

  18. Love your art journal! I continue to doodle in mine and find it very relaxing.

    Wishing you a lovely Mother's Day!

  19. Hi Julie...what a wonderful way to keep a journal! So creative and beautiful! I need to find one of these books so I can give this a try. I can see why once you start you don't want to quit plus all the ideas would start pouring out. I love it! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Maura :)


    Dearest, thank you for participating in the Link Party! Your name and link will be on my list. More to come....Anita

  21. Your art journal is so cute...
    I'm loving the doodles and the nice quotes.
    I say its time not wasted.

  22. That does look like it would be fun to just write stuff on paper, doodle as you say.
    I doodle all the time on paper.....but still doesn't look quite as creative as what you are able to accomplish.
    You will always CREATE
    I....well.......just doodle.

  23. Julie, I don't know you but I hope to. I'm following by email. I love the theme your journal seems to be taking. I'm so proud of you for jumping in and look forward to following it's progress.
    Many Creative Blessings


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