Art Journal Travel Page


I had a lot of fun making this page. I’d seen the current challenge at Frilly & Funkie which is a travel theme with a window, and I knew I’d love to use my Darkroom Door Window Frame stamp. Next decisions was else to do… I pulled out a map as my background, glued it into my journal, and gave it a wash with a mix of acrylic paint and glazing liquid.


I stamped my window frame on tan tissue paper, intending to adhere it with gel medium, but it seemed like it might melt into that background a bit more than I’d like, so I stamped it again on clear packaging.


That’s more what I had in mind. And then I remembered reading on France’s blog a few days ago about a Stampotique challenge to use something transparent.  Seems meant to be.  I’ll save that tissue-stamped window for another day.


The signpost is a Stampers Anonymous stamp.  I stamped it, cut it out, and colored it with Distress Stains and a waterbrush.  Then I added in a whole bunch of Bucket List places.


I didn’t get a good impression when I stamped that long travel border stamp (Aladine) so I took some of the extra acrylic glaze, painted a tag, and stamped what I needed again on top of it.


I cut out the word travel and adhered it to my page.


The word Journey comes from Tim Holtz’s Remnant Rubs. I thought it went really well with the map background and the word “Travel” on the border stamp.  The other word, Wander, was cut using the Sizzix Alphabetical die and my Vagabond (which brings me to Lisa Somerville’s Bloggers Challenge – dies).


I had an extra Sizzix Pediment on my table from when I did this project a few days ago, and it fits perfectly on top of my window. I just painted it black and adhered with redline tape.  After some stenciling with Jet Black archival ink, I called it done.

I’ll also link to Art Journal Every Day and Stampotique SDC102.  Thanks so much for the visit!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Fab page Margie! You make the process look and sound so easy!!! I just love the window on the acetate. It really pops! You have a great bucket list! I hope you get to visit all of those destinations. Thanks for playing along with us at Frilly and Funkie!

  2. Caroline says:

    Absolutely brilliant page!! I have just done 1st art j pages so love seeing all the different takes on different themes & ideas. Great colours here, love it! 🙂

  3. This is absolutely GORGEOUS! Really love the attention to detail – PERFECT! Thank you for joining in with us over at Stampotique Polly x

  4. Wow. An amazing page, Marjie. So much to enjoy. Love it all!

  5. Really love how you stamped the window again on transparency, very smart! Thanks for joining us at the Stampotique Designer’s Challenge!

  6. Great page. I really like how you made the background. I also like how you cut out and used the sign post. I have that stamp and you gave me a good idea how to use it. And being a travel bug- I love your bucket list, most of those are on mine too!

  7. This is so perfect!!!. I LOVE to peek through the clear window and seeing the map underneath :). So fitting for a travel journal :). Inspiring!!. HUGS.

  8. Wonderful post Marie. Love all the textures. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxx

  9. Great page!!!

  10. looks amazing!!!!

  11. Wow this is incredibly awesome – amazing techniques, amazing design!!

  12. This is such a beautiful page. Love the vintage feel it has.

  13. Oh Marjie…this is so flipping cool! I love the window…just fabulous, and the color of the background is gorgeous! This should be on the wall.

  14. Lynn Stevens says:

    So kwel Marjie,
    I love how you did the window, it looks like its an antique.
    Also love the signs. Very clever!
    Hugs Lynn

  15. Gorgeous

  16. Hi Marjie, I missed this stunning piece because it went straight into my spam box (!?). This is just gorgeous, I love the wonderful rich colours on the map, the addition of the word travel really makes it pop, the window is fabulous and looks even better with the pediment die on top. The whole page is fabulous! Hugs, Anne x

  17. A fantastic page, thanks for showing the details.

  18. This is just fabulous, Marjie. The color palette is so rich and perfect for the piece, the signpost is wonderful and so is your transparent window. Very cool use of the Pediments die cut too – looks fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing your travel dreams with us at Frilly and Funkie – awesome to have you back playing with us!


  19. Fern Edwards says:

    Love how you show us how you got to the final project – “thought this would be good – but ended up needing to do that” to make it happen. The map as an underlay is very cool and I love the sign post!

  20. Love this! I especially like the way you did the window and the sign post was great! You are so talented.

  21. Hi Marjie, this is a fabulous page and it looks like you had great fun!
    Wishing you a lovely weekend, Sam 🙂

  22. What a stunning journalpage! Thank you for joining the Stampotique DC

  23. LOVE the sign!!!

  24. I love the way you stamped on to the tissue paper before putting it on the page. Must try that one…

  25. Love that window! Fabulous travel page, Marjie. As always such rich colors! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Hugs!

  26. Gorgeous golden travel plans/dreams – the window looks amazingly cool!
    Alison xx

  27. Gorgeous page Marjie ! Love the sign post and the window with the map behind it is fabulous ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  28. Love this Marjie! The pediment die cut looks so great on top of the window. Isn’t that window stamp so much fun? Love the signpost too.

  29. I so Love this page!! The window and road signs are a fabulous touch. A great page!!

  30. What a wonderful journal page. Love the use of the door die (and the acetate for the windows). Thanks for joining us at blogger’s challenge and Stampotique Designer’s Challenge this week.

  31. Fantastic page Marjie! I love how you used the map in your background! x

  32. Love what you did with your window and words.. Really looks like a page well traveled.

  33. Lovely journal page, great stamps! Valerie

  34. Love this page!!!!

  35. What a trip you’ve created in this journey page! Love how you used the window stamp!

  36. This is such a fun page…I love the golden colors you chose for this…makes me think of daydreaming…gazing out that glorious windosw(genius technique, btw) and imagining oneself in all those fab destinations. Lovely vibe ….thanks for sharing!

  37. stunning. I love how the word “Travel” looks — imagine if you had stamped it perfectly, you wouldn’t have gotten that lovely dimension!

  38. This is gorgeous!! LOVING the colors, the window and loveeeeeeeeee the signs!!

  39. Marjie you are amazing. This truly is a work of art. Having poured over the details several times it has given me a list of ‘things to try’ (and ‘things to buy’!!) LOVE that window and it’ll be interesting to see what you end up doing with the tissue version. LOVE the way you altered the map so that it has so much more colour and pattern to it. And LOVE the way you overcame the issue of getting the travel sentiment to stand out more against the border. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this with us. Hugs, Jenny x

  40. Brenda Brown says:

    Thanks for sharing those steps Marjie, the map background with the stamps, masks and rubs has created an interesting background which has great depth to it. The colour is rich and vibrant and I just love the window and signpost. A really cool piece.
    Have a great day.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

    • This is beautiful, and I just love that DRD stamp, I have it also, now there is more inspiration what to do with it 😉

      Thanks for the step by step, so easy to follow!