Art Journal ~ Imagination


Joining in with Simon Says Stamp this week as they ask to see what you’re known for… seems like my glee in using both Dylusions and stencils has become a bit identifiable. I made this page with some new goodies I picked up when visiting The Ink Pad with Louise Nelson last week. I had the good fortune to spend the day with Louise, a lovely person and talented mixed media artist from Australia. She’d come to the USA for the Craft & Hobby Association show, and as long as she was in California, she extended her stay and came to New York.

I sure love meeting blogging friends in real life! We met at the famous clock tower in Grand Cental Station, then navigated our way by subway to Greenwich Village. Our first stop was The Ink Pad, and we did our part to help keep the stamping industry sound.

I came home with a lot of new stamps and some gorgeous new stencils. I’d had this page inked up with Dylusions for ages (here it is last summer, drying on my railing):

This small (6X9) journal fits in my Vagabond, and I cut the heart with the Sizzix Movers & Shapers die. I stamped script on the following page and spritzed with an orange spray.

I added Acrylic Ground through a Prima stencil down the right side of the page and colored it with Pan Pastels, and then used a new stamp by a French company called Aladine all over the left side. It’s a gorgeous script stamp with lots of variations. I finished the page stamping a few favorites in Jet Black Archival ink and heat embossed them with clear powder.

Thanks so much for visiting today. Pop by Louise’s blog if you’re not already a follower… she’s really inspirational and has a unique and funky style.


I hope she makes it home all right without needing an extra suitcase!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Stunning page – lovely vibrant colours!

  2. That sounds like a fun day! Love your page. Great textures and great use of stencils and stamps. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  3. Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Shop ’til you drop!!!!!
    Those bags are positively bulging!
    How wonderful for the two of you to meet up and have the most amazing time together and as for the Journal, the colours are so full of life.

  5. Look at those loaded arms! So much creative potential in those bags! This art journal page does shout Marjie! It is a great representation of your style!!

  6. Yeah, this page is YOU! Good choice 🙂
    I bet you had a wonderful time with Louise!

  7. Indeed so much fun to meet blog friends in person! Stunning page! So bright and colorful as I know you for! And of course also dylusions and stencils! Love your style! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show! Hugs, Sandra

  8. Totally gorgeous!

  9. Great page and colors Marjie. Love the words.
    lovely greet Marja

  10. A fantastic page and perfectly you.

  11. FUN!!!! She has some great style for sure! Love that you two got some Dick…Blick that is! Miss that place! Love your Journal cover…awesome stencil there!

  12. OHHH I LOVE Louise Nelson, her layout & mixed media style is amazing!!!. You are so lucky to meet her :). Looked like you had fun shopping too!. I hope I would be able to travel that far to CHA one day :). LOVE your vibrant journal, Marjie!. Hugs.

  13. Lynn Stevens says:

    I’d know your style anywhere Marjie ,you really are the Queen of Color! Wonderful as always.
    Shopping/stamping with friends is just the best!
    Hugs Lynn

  14. looks like you two had fun! Your journal is fabulous. Love the face, script and stencils.

  15. It is a wonderful time meeting blogger friends for sure! Beautiful art journal page. Love the colors and that heart! So what is in the bag???

  16. More gorgeous bright colours and great masking and stamping. Beautiful.
    Looks like you had a wonderful day shopping and so nice to meet up with a bogging friend.
    We are freezing in the snow here LOL.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  17. Wow, Marjie…this is truly wonderful. I love the “peekaboo” heart with that yummy script inside. Then, the gradient color…dark at the bottom and growing lighter up the page really grabs me. Your script stamp looks amazing, too. I also really like the black bars at the top and bottom of the page; really draws my eye to that fabulous center image. Another work of art!

  18. Beautiful colours and I love the heart aperture Marjie, looks like you had an awesome time!

  19. It looks like you and Louise have kept the Economy buoyant for a while with those full bags! Your page is truly beautiful and so very, very you…. love it! Hugs, Anne x

  20. Gorgeous page Marjie, I always live your use of colour and this is just that a real pop of colour and very eye catching. Love the stencilling and the cut out heart. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining in the Simin Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  21. This is a fantastic page Marjie! So ‘you’! x

  22. sounds like an amazing day – i’m in love with Louise’s style!

  23. You always have the richest layers and colors, Marjie! I love it! That store looks really dangerous, lol. Glad you had a great time.

  24. A great text for this lovely AJ page, Marjie!
    How nice the meet a friend and spent the day with 🙂
    greetings, Alie

  25. Ooh… I adore that the heart aperture goes through to the next page! Signature Marjie – beautiful vibrant colours and layers of depth in the stencilling and stamping… gorgeous!
    Alison xx

  26. Gorgeous page marjie!! Your photos bought back some very happy times ……..I love that shop so much!! I’m already looking at NYC holidays for this year…… Just got to convince mr Kaz :0) xx
    Kaz x

  27. What a treat Marjie! It’s wonderful to hear about your time with Louise. I think she is going to need another suitcase haha. Thanks for sharing your beautiful journal page it’s awesome.

  28. What a great way to spend the day! Love were you are going with your art!

  29. Lou is the bestest!!! I just LOVE her so much!! I got to see her again at CHA last week! I am so happy you got to spend time with her!! Loving the photos!!!

  30. This is so interesting …. the more I look the more I see!

  31. Lovely journal pages with warm, sunny colours. Glad you had a fun time meeting a friend, those filled shopping bags look great, too! Hugs, Valerie