Art Journaling ~ No Place Like Home


Back today with an art journaling spread using Xyron products with some of my favorite Sizzix dies.  I’ll have my CHA recaps starting this week, but wanted to share this project first.


I started by spraying Dylusions Ink Sprays onto Ranger’s Manila card stock, and die-cutting shapes with the Sizzix Washer border die, and Artful Dwellings die.  I ran these through my Xyron® 9” Creative Station ~ love how I can apply adhesive with this machine, even to intricate diecut shapes like the Washer border.


I made a background in my small Dylusions art journal using paints, inks, sprays, and stencils.


I attached my houses to the pages, along with the leftover borders from the Washer diecut and a random small strip. (I decided to save the main Washer diecut for another day.)


I thought the houses looked a bit plain, so I masked each one off with scrap paper and added some interest with stamps and stencils.


Using an Ink Blending Tool (Ranger) is a great way to add ink with stencils.


I diecut the letters for “home” and ran them through the tiny sticker maker that comes with Xyron’s Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.  IMG_2237

A few stamped arrows (stamped with black paint) and some tiny letters to spell out “There’s no place like…” finished this spread off after I sat the little gal (Stampers Anonymous) on that scrap on the left.

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Linking to Art Journal Every Day and Paper Issues.

Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. so awesome!

  2. Love that! Cool house die set! That Xyron machine would be so handy to have.

  3. Wow, Marjie! I love the variety of techniques you have used on your beautiful journal spread. I love how the houses pop in front of the bright complementary background!

  4. Thanks for sharing your process! Love the colours and textures!

  5. Loving those cute houses. The stenciling is awesome. Those dylutions sure POP!

  6. kathy/NorthCarolina says:

    Love the colors you chose here, Marjie….they speak of warmth, life, and happiness…everything that home represents to me. The stenciling on the houses was the perfect touch. Love it!

  7. Ooh! This is gorgeous Marjie! I love those houses! x

  8. Love journal pages that actually *mean* something to the artist, and this one obviously does! It is art from the heart, Marjie, and so well done!

  9. Sherri Scott says:

    Nice work, colorful, good instructions, I’ll think I’ll try my new lesson

  10. Love the arrows and how they pull the eye across the pages! Wonderful journal spread!

  11. Wow, fantastic page! The background is gorgeous.

  12. Great page!! It was fun to see how it all came together in the stages… thanks for posting the extra pics. I adore your houses and the colors are just wonderful!

  13. Love the pages and the vibrant colours, the houses look wonderful against the beautiful background. It must be lovely to be home again after your exciting adventure to CHA, I loved looking at all the photos on Facebook. Anne x

  14. Really pretty pages! Love your coloury style! sooo beautiful! Hugs, Sandra

  15. Fantastic, wonderful colors.

  16. I love these pages and how they come together.

  17. I love this, I think I need a bigger Xyron machine!

  18. Great tutorial Marjie and love your VIBRANT page 🙂

  19. Sooo pretty…. Love it

  20. Marie, I absolutely love this journal spread! I love houses and bright colors…it just makes me happy to look at these pages. Thank you!

  21. I love your Art Journal, the colours are fabulous !
    Corrie x

  22. When I saw this one on Facebook, I fell in LOVE!!!! I love those houses, and am using them myself on a project at the moment! Love how you used them in a journal! Love the arrows too! Gorgeous work!!!!

  23. Great background and beautiful houses, and so right… no place like home! Fab spread Marjie!

  24. Only you would think those houses looked plain. But they did look better when you were done!

  25. I love this page and how you showed the steps for doing it. Thank you for shariang.

  26. I like the addition of the stencil on the houses – great mix of colours and the use of the arrows.
    Looking forward to your photographs.

  27. Gigi Black says:

    Wow, I really like that spread. I have never wanted a Xyron, but now that I have watched you use yours so many times and see how much fun they can be, I would really like to have one. I want, want, want, but I need to use, use, use some of what I already have! You know how that goes!!!!!

  28. I need to use my Xyron more! It really would make those little pieces so much easier to attach!!! Lovely pages and color and I love your houses! So how much fun did you have at CHA?

  29. enjoyed your journey through photos ..this piece is wonderful. get some rest.
    love and hugs
    susan s

  30. Fabulous striking colours both for the background and your gorgeous houses. Love this design Marjie and looking forward to seeing some of your CHA pics.
    hugs {Brenda} x0x

  31. This is just beautiful! Love the color contrast! So wonderful!

  32. Oh! Love this Marjie! Beautiful colors and patterns. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at those dies and then bypassed them. sorry now!

  33. Very nice and great result Marjie

  34. This is soooooooooo gorgeous! I love love love the colors and the houses!!!!!

  35. Nice and a bit different color scheme for you, like that red…xox

  36. Love this! I have always wanted that artful dwellings die. And, now I want that small Dylusions journal, too. 🙂