Travel art journal page with Window (Marjie Kemper)

I had a lot of fun making this page. I'd seen the current Frilly & Funkie challenge which is a travel theme with a window, and I knew I'd love to use my Darkroom Door Window Frame stamp. 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 machine.


I had an extra Sizzix Pediment on my table from another project, 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.

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  1. Donna Gibson on June 12, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    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 on June 6, 2013 at 8:39 am

    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. Polly on June 6, 2013 at 5:33 am

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

  4. Annette Green on June 4, 2013 at 10:24 pm

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

  5. Libby on June 4, 2013 at 2:38 pm

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

  6. Erika N on June 4, 2013 at 5:43 am

    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. Shahrul Niza on June 4, 2013 at 3:54 am

    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. Rita on June 3, 2013 at 9:42 pm

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

  9. Wanda Hentges on June 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Great page!!!

  10. ConnieM on June 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    looks amazing!!!!

  11. Helen Tilbury on June 3, 2013 at 11:51 am

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

  12. monique on June 3, 2013 at 7:43 am

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

  13. Anita Houston on June 2, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    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 on June 2, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    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. Jeeves on June 2, 2013 at 8:56 pm


  16. Redanne on June 2, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    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. Silvia on June 2, 2013 at 11:23 am

    A fantastic page, thanks for showing the details.

  18. Linda, the funkie junkie on June 2, 2013 at 8:12 am

    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 on June 2, 2013 at 7:34 am

    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. Mary Elizabeth on June 2, 2013 at 6:26 am

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

  21. Samantha Read on June 1, 2013 at 6:17 am

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

  22. Nellie on June 1, 2013 at 3:40 am

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

  23. Maria McGuire on June 1, 2013 at 1:21 am

    LOVE the sign!!!

  24. Tracy on May 31, 2013 at 9:46 pm

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

  25. Terry on May 31, 2013 at 4:58 pm

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

  26. butterfly on May 31, 2013 at 4:48 pm

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

  27. Sue C on May 31, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    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. Anna-Karin on May 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    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. Kate on May 31, 2013 at 2:43 pm

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

  30. Kim Howard on May 31, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    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. Alison/craftytrog on May 31, 2013 at 1:49 pm

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

  32. Judy Shea on May 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm

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

  33. Valerie-Jael on May 31, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Lovely journal page, great stamps! Valerie

  34. Boo on May 31, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Love this page!!!!

  35. Carolyn Dube on May 31, 2013 at 10:34 am

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

  36. kathy/NorthCarolina on May 31, 2013 at 10:06 am

    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. Jessica Sporn on May 31, 2013 at 8:52 am

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

  38. Julie Tucker-Wolek on May 31, 2013 at 7:49 am

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

  39. Buttons on May 31, 2013 at 1:59 am

    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 on May 31, 2013 at 1:36 am

    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

    • Majo on May 31, 2013 at 11:39 am

      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!