Art Journal ~ Enjoy the Day

Art journal with washi tapes and Sizzix dies (Marjie Kemper)

This is a nod to the Fourth of July with nontraditional colors, using stars from Wendy Vecchi's Celestial Art stamp set as well as some Sizzix diecut stars.

Bright colors and stenciling

The larger stars look like patterned paper but they're just washi tape that I laid across cardstock and diecut.  Loads of favorite stamps and stencils in the background, and the rich colors come from Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Ink Sprays and Ranger's Archival Inks.

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  1. linda on July 16, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Love that washi tape star! Great ideas, you’re just full of ’em!

  2. Trace metcalfe on July 14, 2013 at 2:36 am

    A fabulous make , great layers thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie , hugs trace x

  3. Terry on July 13, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Hey there sweetie, thank you so much for sharing your fabulous art journalling pages with the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog, loving your colours and the background made by your stencils are just fabulous wowwzersss Hugs Terry xxx

  4. Vicki Romaine on July 12, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    First congratulations on being on the SG DT. Your book pages tutorial was wonderful and it has inspired me to use stamping on my Gelli Plate papers and start working in a book. You made it look so easy. Previously, I had just been making single papers and working with them. SG has some great stencils.

  5. Sandra Mouwen on July 7, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Wow such wonderful pages! Love all the layers and dimensions! Great stencil work! Hugs, Sandra

  6. kathy/NorthCarolina on July 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Oh, how I love this! It reminds me of the summer sky all lit up with fireworks. It’s so festive with all those glorious dancing stars. Just beautiful, Marjie!

  7. trisha too on July 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Beautiful depth to the background–what a gorgeous effect, Marjie.


  8. Linda, the funkie junkie on July 6, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Wow, wow and wow, this is drop-dead fabulous, Marjie! Beautiful layering of patterns and the colors are just so beautiful. Great design work with the stars. Thanks so much for playing with us again this week at Frilly and Funkie. Hope you enjoyed the 4th and are having a wonderful family weekend!


  9. Carol on July 6, 2013 at 7:05 am

    This page is absolutely gorgeous!

  10. Mila on July 6, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Beautiful page, a very warm color.
    enjoy your weekend. Hugs

  11. Peggy L on July 6, 2013 at 1:44 am

    I love your art journal page! I can’t wait to see more! Good colors too!

  12. Kooky on July 6, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Beautiful composition, great colours & heaps to look at. Yummy.

  13. ConnieM on July 5, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    love the pages. the stars are perfect!!!

  14. Kate on July 5, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Very fun, Marjie. The stars rock and really pop off that background!

  15. Buttons on July 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Thrilled you’ve linked this fabulous creation to the Frilly and Funkie challenge Margie. Hugs, Jenny x

  16. Karenliz on July 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Gorgeous pages. I love the the washi tape stars. I love that idea. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Alison/craftytrog on July 5, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Gorgeous page Marjie…love the washi tape stars! x

  18. Cath on July 5, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Hi Marjie

    Bit late but Happy 4th July! Hope your day was wonderful, filled with love, and that you have a super duper family weekend.

    Great pages, as ever. I am following your work by email – just don’t get as much time online right now. Hope to get myself more organised soon! Happy weekend :-D Cath x

  19. giogio on July 5, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Hello Marjie! May I call you the queen of colours? Stunning page!

    Have a nice weekend :-)

  20. Brenda Brown on July 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Beautiful Marjie, lovely colours and layers and fabulous starry pages. Happy 4th July.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  21. Lynne on July 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Fabulous array of stars and I like your use of non-traditional colours, a route I took myself on the 4th of July card I shared today (I know, I am 100% Scottish but couldn’t resist)
    Enjoy the long weekend spent with your family.

  22. Silvia on July 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Fantastic pages, these are “my” colors.

  23. Kay Wallace on July 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I am a big fan, Marjie, but in addition to loving your journal spread, I love the message! Russ and I are spending the day at our campground–comfortably tucked inside our air-conditioned camper! Now, I must point out that we have a few of the same stamps, but I have none of Wendy’s. I imagine I will be fixing that when I attend her class in August! Enjoy your weekend–will check on you Monday for the fun stuff!

  24. Diana on July 4, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    i so love the richness of your page!! and the layers are beyond! i so need to practise the art of clean lines like you have in your art!

  25. Redanne on July 4, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous colours Marjie and just love those stars in the washi tape. Hope you have a lovely time with your family celebrating 4th July! Hugs, Anne x

  26. Sandy Dehon on July 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Hey Marjie! Your art journal pages are gorgeous – your colors are so pretty and then your design work is like a dance – so balanced. My eyes dance all around but in a smooth way. Most of all I like your design work with this!!!

  27. Annie G on July 4, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Happy 4th July Marjie and have a fab time with the family x love the colours and stars are fab with the tape x

    Crafty hugs Annie x

  28. Kathi R on July 3, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Gorgeous pages. I love the depth of color and pattern you achieved!

  29. Julie Tucker-Wolek on July 3, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    This is gorgeous!! LOVING the colors and the stars!!!

  30. Terry on July 3, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I do love reds, oranges and yellows! Fabulous pages, M! One day I will figure this art journal thing out, but it is so much easier to just enjoy yours! Happy 4th of July!

  31. Corrine on July 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Wonderful spread with those stars shining. Enjoy your weekend. xox

  32. Nicole Baker on July 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Beautiful lay-out. I love that you used “nontraditional colors”. It really captures the feeling of the 4th in a more vintage, traditional feeling way (ironically). (I’m not a huge fan of red, white, and blue.) Neat use of washi tape on the dye-cut, stars, too.

  33. Ruth McQuinn on July 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I do love this. Really must put my mind to this challenge over the weekend. Need to use my dylusions more – may borrow your idea! TTFN Mooffie

  34. Carolyn Dube on July 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Great message on a great page!

  35. Spike on July 3, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Marjie, I just love all the colours you’ve used together and how they’ve all been integrated perfectly!
    Love it!!


  36. Buttons on July 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    The depth of colour and combination of stamps and stencils on this is stunning Marjie, and I adore those washi stars. Your confidence with art is positively shining through here. Hugs, Jenny x

  37. Caroline on July 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    This is just amazing!! Great use of washi tape too (keep forgetting this idea). Wish I could achieve something even close to this! :))

  38. Sue C on July 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Stunning journal pages Marjie ! Love the colours, so rich and warm ! Sue C x

  39. sara j on July 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Love the way the orange takes your eye across the page….you have such an amazing depth in your pages. They are something special. Happy 4th of July! Enjoy.

  40. Jessica Sporn on July 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Love the non-traditional colors and the way you used the washi tape for the stars! Fantastic!!

  41. susan salyer on July 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I love this you know me and Wendys stars this is so wonderful.Fantastic!
    susan s