Missing my mom, gone 2 years tomorrow. This is one of those pages where I had a background done for ages and didn't know what I'd do with it… and today the female silhouette mask came to mind and I thought she'd be a wonderful remembrance of my very wise, funny, and loving mom.


Playing with inks, paints, stencils, and old alphabet letters.  The lettering stencil is one of Tim Holtz's new ones.

Thanks for the visit and peace to all who are missing loved ones, especially on September 11th.




  1. Alison/craftytrog on September 21, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I have some catching up to do! This is gorgeous Marjie! xx

  2. B. Totten on September 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Oh, to be Seth! Stencil, next best thing!!

  3. Candy Colwell on September 15, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Marjie…I am just now hearing about and seeing Seth’s stencils through this StencilGirl blog hop. They are way cool and I love how this wonderful group of artists have used them. Where I live, there is ONE scrapbook store and they are NOT into mixed media. Even the store I teach at 40 minutes from here doesn’t carry these stencils. They need to! :) Now … specifically to what you’ve done on your journal page. It’s amazing and such a wonderful tribute to the memory of your mom. My mom has been gone since 1995 and I still miss her everyday. I don’t think we ever stop missing them. :) Your page is lovely and such a sweet and very “YOU” way of honoring your mom. <3 Candy

  4. NM Creatirx on September 14, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    love it

  5. Liz on September 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    What a fitting way to use this stencil1

  6. Dotti C on September 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Great job with Seth’s stencil. Love the layering and all the color!

  7. Joyce on September 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Lost my mother 2 years ago also. I love the vibrancy of your page and it shouts “LIVE” to me. Very well done.

  8. alie hoogenboezem-de Vries on September 12, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    She will have guided you whilst making this page Marjie…a great tribute…a great memory

  9. Anita Houston on September 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I knew the minute I read the title and saw the silhouette that this was for your mother, and then of course the date! HUGS!!! Love the color…amazing! Beautiful piece!

  10. giogio on September 12, 2013 at 9:59 am

    A very intense page for a deep feeling, Marjie.

  11. Maria McGuire on September 11, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to your mom :) So much depth in this….as in the thought.

  12. Renee Zarate on September 11, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    What a lovely tribute to your mom! Really beautiful colors. Sending a big hug your way.

  13. Terry on September 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    It is always difficult! I miss my parents everyday! This is beautiful, Marjie! Hugs!

  14. Silvia on September 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    A fabulous page, a wonderful tribute to you mum.

  15. Lynne on September 11, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    This is a touching way in which to honour your Mum.
    A day filled with sadness but also I hope a day when you remember the wonderful memories you will have.
    Stunning use of the stencil, the impact is incredible.
    Wishes to you on this day.
    P.S. 9/11 has very much been in my mind.

  16. Sandra Mouwen on September 11, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Amazing, Marjie! Love it, what a great silhouette! And the purple is really pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  17. Redanne on September 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    A beautiful page Marjie and a wonderful tribute to your Mum. I just love the gorgeous colours and your wonderful layering. Hugs, Anne x

  18. Lucy Edmondson on September 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous, Marjie.

    So sorry you are missing your Mom badly. i bet she was wise, funny, and loving, too, just like you. Bet she would be proud of you,

    Lucy x

  19. Pauline on September 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    The colours are so beautiful and just right for the emotions – beautiful work Marjie. Thank you for sharing!

  20. Peggy L on September 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Marjie, I also lost my mom, but it was three years ago in 2011. I think about her every day. I wish I were as good an art journalist as you are, because I would really love to do an art journal page in honor of her. I sure wish she were here!

  21. kathy/NorthCarolina on September 11, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Marjie…this is such a soulful piece…and while the silhouette seems empty at first, I then notice all the beautiful colors and images hidden there….like memories that fill the void. Hugs to you, my dear. xoxo

  22. Claudine Criner on September 11, 2013 at 11:16 am

    This is just amazing Marjie, I love the background and the tribute is so wonderful. Don’t you just love it when a page comes together so great!!

  23. Corrine on September 11, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Missing Mom is never easy. It’s been 32 years for me. Longer than I care to remember, yet she shows up all the time in different ways…Lovely piece on this day especially. A time to remember everyone we love. xox

  24. Karenliz on September 11, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Absolutley gorgeous tribute to your mom. The colors are so beautiful.

    Thanks for the suggestion Bloglovin! I’m going to check it out.

  25. Carolyn Dube on September 11, 2013 at 8:21 am

    What a beautiful tribute to your mom!

  26. Jessica Sporn on September 11, 2013 at 7:07 am

    what a beautiful page. Seeing the closeness between you and your siblings, I can only imagine what a warm, nurturing presence your mom provided. Just a beautiful tribute.

  27. Toni on September 11, 2013 at 4:19 am

    A lovely page to pay tribute to your mum. sadly the ‘missing’ never passes its been 22years since I lost my lovely mum but i know I’m lucky to have some very happy memories xx

  28. Brenda Brown on September 11, 2013 at 3:33 am

    A beautiful tribute to your mum Marjie, it would have been my mums birthday yesterday and I miss her too. Love this piece.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  29. Astrid on September 11, 2013 at 2:30 am

    A wonderful page and a beautiful tribute to your mum! Love the subtle layering and colour shades, stunning!

  30. Caroline on September 11, 2013 at 2:08 am

    A wonderful page for a special memory! Blessings… :))

  31. trace metcalfe on September 11, 2013 at 1:21 am

    sending hugs and warm thoughts, A gorgeous page x

  32. Susan on September 10, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    LOVE it! The black around the stencil makes her look so powerful, yet almost other-worldly. It’s perfect.

  33. Jane on September 10, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Marjie, my prayers are with you.. I know the feeling of loss.. my mom has been gone for almost 10 years.

  34. Julie Tucker-Wolek on September 10, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    You create the most AMAZING pages!! The colors, the textures …just GORGEOUS!!!!!!

  35. Judy Shea on September 10, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    How meaningful and yet so colorful and serene. Mom is with you.. she sees this, too.

  36. Stephen on September 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    This spoke to me a lot. You know why. Thanks for sharing you wonderful talent.

    • Mary Elizabeth on September 11, 2013 at 6:57 am

      Oh Marjie — incredible work. The silhouette is amazing, but it’s your background that gives such depth to the piece. Phenomenal!!! I love it … really, really love it!!! My dad passed away 2 years ago in November. There are so many things I would love to share with him — I miss him too. One day I will get a chance to share with him once more. Peace to you as well.

      Thanks for visiting my latest post. I stepped out of my comfort zone to share my story. I appreciate your support. It was not easy to do. I’m grateful for art. It helps me communicate when words are hard to come by. Like this piece, your work continues to inspire me to share. — Mary Elizabeth