Art Journal Page… Taking Time…

Art Journal Page

I’m really enjoying the slow pace this week between Christmas and New Year’s. We’ve been taking time to just relax and enjoy not having to be anywhere at any given time. We’ve gone to the movies and hung out at home, and today we’re heading into the city to view the Warhol and Matisse exhibits at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. One’s closing on Monday, and the other just opened earlier this month, so we’re excited to catch some ‘old’ and ‘new’ all at once.

I’ve also been playing in my art journal (of course!) and am so glad to be part of the Eclectic Paperie design team, where just next week we’re going to start hosting two challenges per month. The first will be an Altered Art challenge beginning on January 3rd, and the second will be a DT member’s choice begining on January 17. We’re calling that one the eTeam Picks Challenge. I am hosting and get to choose the theme for the first one on January 17th… hope you’ll join us!  (You can sign up for email alerts of EP blog updates here.)

This page was made with the Sizzix Word Play die, Donna Downey’s new Wayward Blooms stamp, a Sizzix texture fade, joint tape from the hardware store, Color Wash by Ranger, and lots of inks, stamps, and stencils. Here’s a close-up on the texture from the tape (on the tag) and the texture fade folder (on the letters):

I’ll be back Monday.  Hope you have a great weekend!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Hey I am searching google for a act swap on images of time and this showed up…yea for you girl.
    susan s.

  2. Hi Marjie,i was not around and I must say that I miss yours colours creations….they are all amazing!!! And congratulations for publishing in Somerset Studio!

  3. Just had to comment on this – the texture and color really is gorgeous on this piece. One of my favorites of yours (and I have lots of favorites, lol)

  4. Hi Marjie: Just an absolutely fantastic page! I love the vibrancy and the use of the joint tape. It is SO alive and full of passion! The lettering and how you have combined all the elements from traditional scrapbooking and mixed media are very cool indeed! Be blessed for 2013! Samara

  5. Oh I would love to have visited those exhibitions with you Marjie. I am sure you came away brimming with inspiration with colours and layout designs.
    The texture is what jumps out, it is so intense it seems as though I could reach out and touch it. Great use of the stamps.

  6. What a great page! Love the colors, and <3 texture!
    And the saying....!! Perfect!
    Thank you for your great comment in my blog over my top 10 AJ's. It means a lot!
    Happy new year!!!

  7. I love the colors and textures on this. How fun to sneak in a couple of the letter negatives.

  8. I like this quote! Great job of making it come together perfectly!

  9. Wonderful page Marjie, the red and black together with a natural image is so refreshing. Sounds like you are having some great family time and enjoyable visits.
    I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas. Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative 2013.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  10. Gorgeous page!! Really love the colors and texture!! Thanks for your kind comment in my blog and wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!!

  11. great texture and a wonderful page!

  12. Wonderful page Marjie, I just love the way your colors always come out so beautiful. You definitely have an eye for color combos. Enjoy your family time!! I am really loving the slower pace.

  13. Love the layers of colour, texture and stamping Marjie – the colours are wonderful! I hope your 2013 brings everything you wish for. Juliax

  14. kathy/NorthCarolina says:

    Mmmm…love these reds…loverly. I’ve not had any real studio time…busy doing post holiday clean up…in the house and in the studio. Dale built me a custom shelving unit and I had to tear everything apart and put it back together again. Always good fun. Then, end of year paper work for taxes…and now, finally! I think I am free to create again. My fingers are itchy! Exciting news about the two monthly challenges at EP. I am going to try to enter more challenges this year, as time allows. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  15. So cool, Marjie… got to break out of my neutrals phase to some colour soon (got some Christmas stash that should help with that) – as this really perked me up when I saw it! Fantastic texture on the lettering, and those DD flowers are really tempting… Hope you’re having a great weekend of art-viewing!
    Alison xx

  16. Love the colours & textures on this page Marjie! Hope you enjoyed the exhibitions, have a great weekend!
    Alison x

  17. Lynn Stevens says:

    ohhh so rich in color and texture! Love the red!
    Sounds like your having a great time right now. Wishing you a Joyous New Year Marjie.
    Hugs Lynn

  18. Sensational texture on this piece!

  19. Wowwwwwwwwwww!! This is GORGEOUS!! I love love love the colors, the quote and loveeeeeeeeee the texture!!!

  20. Love the texture you have created behind the flowers and also on the letters. Gorgeous colours too. Hope you have a relaxing New Year Marjie. Hugs, Anne x

  21. Marjie, that’s a wonderful creation, love the colors and the texture. Just gorgeous.

  22. LOVE these colors Marjie! And the sentiment is perfect…gotta love the hardware store for useful art items!

  23. Wow..Marjie this page is just GORGEOUS! The colors, the textures the flowers. Really beautiful. Thanx so much for sharing this and the great tips. 🙂

  24. So bright and vibrant! At first I thought the texture was paper towel – great tips on using joint tape and embossing folders.

  25. Love your design for this one Marjie. A great depth of colour and real balance with the words/flowers. The exhibitions and time out are clearly working well for you. Here’s hoping the New Year holds everything you want from it and more. Hugs, Jenny x

  26. Love the texture and colour! Hugs, Valerie

  27. paula cheney says:

    love this one Marjie…super rich color is wonderful. totally inspired.

  28. I so love those red tones and great embossing effect! Another fabulous art page and I am going to start one in 2013 – I think! Have a great weekend and a Happy New Year! Hugs!

  29. Love the waffley texture here! The mix of letters and their outers is awesome! Fab page…just striking! It has been a very nice low key week! I’ve been relishing it! Happy New Year to you friend!

  30. Love those warm, rich colours and all the texture xx

  31. Shelly Schmidt says:

    Fabulous- love everything about this page- the stamps, the texture, the color….oopps- drooling on my keyboard……! I’ll follow the blog, gotta give this a try!

  32. Your textures are so awesome. Hardware stores are pefect to find textures. The joint tape can be used so many ways.. The holes make me happy. I love this piece.. .deep dark and rich.

  33. You are the queen of colours, Marjie!
    Now I follow the Eclectice blog, so,no more posts missing
    Happy a fantabulous creative New Year!

  34. This page is so filled with yummy texture that I just can’t stop looking at it and admiring it! Loving all the variations of red too. Gorgeous. Have fun in NYC!

  35. It’s gorgeous, Marjie! Joint tape – genius! Love the brilliant color and texture.