Monday, June 25, 2012

My Addled Brain


Hello, my friends!

Just a quick post today to share a few more pages from my art journal with you…


One of my favorite quotes…isn’t it wonderful?!  Most of the time you see the quote as “addled her brain”, but Louisa’s original quote was “turned her brain”, which, actually, means the same thing, I  guess!


This quote suits me perfectly…I definitely have an addled book-loving brain.

  I’m so enjoying finding vintage images to go with my thoughts…in fact, sometimes the images influence what my page will be—you just never know!


I found this wonderful turn-of-the-century academic PRIZE certificate right after our school year ended, and I just couldn’t wait to use it to journal about my girls—they did so well this year!


I let the leafy garland graphic inspire my border…very free-form & so much fun to do!


I fell in love with this little cutie the moment I saw her…and I knew just what she wanted to say…


As I did the border of x’s and o’s , I couldn’t help thinking of my mother who always closes her cards and letters to us with them--just like her mother did before her…


Her little “stage” is a piece of a vintage book page—it was so much fun to write on!  The soft, aged paper just LOVED the ink…

Well, that’s about it for me.  To prove the addledness (I really don’t think that’s even a word!) of my brain, I realize I needed to clear it for a while, so I’ll be taking a little blog break (just a few weeks!) to spend some lovely uninterrupted time with my family this summer.  I’ll be checking in with you, though!


Wishing you the loveliest summer & many happy days with those you love…

See you soon!



  1. From one XO girl to another, this was such an enjoyable post! Yeah daughter power! E

  2. Oh Julie, I really Love your journal pages!! They're so beautiful, and such an inspiration. I actually started my own art journal a couple of weeks ago, and I'm having a blast! Thanks for inspiring me.

    Enjoy the time with your family, and have a wonderful summer! Hugs, Debi

  3. So sweet Julie. I love how your journal is shaping up. Very sweet. I love that you are having a wonderful simmer with your sweet family. These days pass far too quickly to not grab hold of each one and squeeze all of the joy out that we can! Lots of love and hugs coming your way from a very wet and cold England. (What happened to summer???) xxoo

  4. This is as good as the bunny book. Love THIS page. Congratulations to these girls they are a wonderful reflection of their mother...smiles...Renee

  5. Wishing you a fun-filled summer with your family. Don't forget to take pictures to share.

  6. Thanks for the lovely pre-summer-break posting and photos. Your journal pages are a continual encouragement and inspiration to me. May your summer bring you many addled-brain-relieving moments and may you enter autumn refreshed.

  7. This journal of yours is just spectacular and I really enjoy seeing the images you create.

  8. Your book pages are going to make the most beautiful art journal ever Julie. What a delight it was to see these.
    hugs from here...

  9. Julie,
    As always, your blog is so adorable. I just glanced at your cottage down below. Must go look!!! I love your Pinterest, too. Thank you so much for all your support of me this year. It meant so much!
    Big hugs,

  10. Julie, SO CUTE!!!! I just love how your journal pages are turning out. I can see so much progression since you first started. HOW do you make the time for all you do? I can't seem to get everything I want to do done. Heck... I can't get half of it done! Have a great week & thanks for the sweet words about my post on the Family Time at the Lake. HUGS!

  11. Hi Julie, I am back to ask if you would like to be in my Friendship Garland. I so wish to hang a garland across my craft room window which is now very large of the blogs and women who most inspire me. I would love to send one to you of Creative Breathing. A triangle the size of copier paper sounds about right. Your art has inspired me more than I can say. It truly does speak to your love of family and your lovely personality. Always, E

  12. Your journal pages are just adorable, Julie! I love that they so are different in style. This makes it very exciting.
    Have a wonderful time with your family!

  13. Such a sweet little image Julie. just darling, love your new pages. Someday I will take time to do a book.
    hugs Lynn

  14. I'm so happy to have an addled brain! Definitely love my books too much! what really lovely pages :)
    Mary x

  15. Hi Julie! I'll miss your posts a lot, but very happy for you that you'll have a nice break with your family. I've been so inspired by your lovely journal pages. I like the ones you mark on Pinterest, too! :) Enjoy your summer and I'll be looking forward to your return! Hugs!!

  16. What lovely journal pages. I too love that cute little girl. Wishing you a lovely break to spend time with you family. See you when you get back.

  17. Hi there stranger. Love this post and I am sorry that I have not visited for a while. I love your writing. It is so nice to do it all yourself, and not rely on a computer font. Love it. Hope you are having a splendid summer friend!

  18. Adore your journal...thank you sharing your personal thoughts and art!! Enjoy the beauty of the season!

    Art by Karena

  19. So your graphics!
    Sending you lots of "happy" this evening my sweet friend. xoxo

  20. Hi Julie,
    Love your art journal pieces. So very pretty and thoughtful. Glad you are enjoying your summer! Hugs,

  21. I am a "blue stocking,"
    through and through,
    so love the LMA quote,
    too! Hope your summer
    has been as lovely as this


  22. Love watching your art journaling unfold Julie!

  23. Love your blog! New follower on board.

  24. Just thinking of you...hope your summer is going well. xoxox

  25. I love you this much is fab! wonderful pages hun xx