Art Journaling ~ Try


This busy page was fun to make and I was out of my element on colors, so a bit of a challenge as well.


I started by cutting a 12X12 piece of  paper into strips, taping it to my craft mat, and applying gesso through a stencil.


After it dried overnight, I sprayed the papers with Dylusions Ink Sprays (these colors plus Chocolate Brown).


I ran the strips through my Xyron® 9” Creative Station and diecut Sizzix hearts and letters from them.


The Xyron® 1.5” Create-a-Sticker was perfect for putting adhesive onto my letters and small hearts.



For the background, I tore a page from an old book which I ran through the Xyron® 9” Creative Station.


I applied  Distress Paints to the background and spritzed Julie Balzer’s sentiment stencil with black Dylusions Ink Spray.


I wanted Julie’s words to pop some more  I so wrote over them a few times with black marker and added some splats of pink paint.  I also used one of Dyan Reaveley’s border stamps on some of the edges.


I really like the dimension from the gesso on the accent pieces.  Many thanks for the visit today!


Linking to Creative Every Day and Art Journal Every Day.

Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Pamm Moore-Haley says:

    Love it all!

  2. Try and succeed you did!!! Love the technique with the letters and hearts!

  3. wow, so glad you told us what you did, it’s totally amazing. I really love the hearts, they have so much texture and dimension , so well done.

  4. Gorgeous!!!!!

  5. I loved reading your tutorial. Thanks for sharing. The hearts have great texture and I love the stenciled sentiment. And you rocked the pink!

  6. I love this page. You’d never know you felt out of your element by looking at this page. The colors are fun, and I love all the texture and elements. I really need to look more closely at that Xyron 9 Creative Station. That whole Xyron set up is very very cool. As usual I enjoyed your post. (((HUGS)))

  7. This is just so gorgeous!!! So many nice ‘features and elements’ to it. Beautiful colors too! I’ve been seeing it all over between facebook and various pinners on pinterest and I love it more every time I see it. After reading your steps, I know you had a ball creating it. I won the sentiment stencil a while back as a door prize in a class I attended so I’ll have to get it out to play. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Wow that rocks, a fantastic piece of art. Wonderful colors and texture.

  9. Love your inky layers marjie! X

  10. awesome. you sure are having fun and the work is wonderful
    susan s

  11. Fantastic page Marjie! I love those hot colours! x

  12. Wow, so cool the way you created the base for the letters and hearts. And the way you applied the colors and especially the black, I would be terrified – sure that I was spoiling all my previous work. Yours came out fantastic. Terrific art journal page!


  13. You know something? I bought that stencil earlier this year I think, but I haven’t used it yet. I wonder why? Hmmmmm? Maybe I don’t believe I can yet or something. I try and try, but I just can’t seem to make those nice looking journal pages yet. I just don’t seem to know what to put on that page! I must have lost my muse or something. Anyway, that’s a gorgeous journal page, and I love those colors. I keep thinking that one day I’ll have some kind of epiphany or breakthrough, and that first beautiful journal page will be staring right back at me. My dream is to one day have something published in the Journaling magazine.

  14. I love the way your hearts came out – so much fun but not having one of these fancy machines, I hate to say it but I got completely lost!! Really neat journal page!

  15. I think the colours work beautifully, and the chevronned hearts and lettering look amazing!
    Alison x

  16. Marvelous step out….oh so hot pink for you – where are the moody blues, but I love it’s brilliant pop! xox

  17. You never stop amazing me, Marjie!

  18. I love the colors 🙂 Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

  19. Awesome page! Love the texture and colours you’ve used.

  20. You created some gorgeous texture there & I really like these colours – you should use them more often!!

  21. Lovely page and colours! Valerie

  22. inspirational page! wow!

  23. Wowwwwwwwwwwww! This is gorgeous!! I loveeeeeeeee the colors and those hearts!!!!

  24. This is stunning Marjie. Of course I love the pink shades of it and the background is gorgeous with all those layers. Brava!

  25. The whole page looks great and I totally love how you did the hearts and letters, what a fab idea, love it!!!

  26. What a fantastic use of that 12×12 paper Marjie! Love the zingy colours and of course the sentiment. Hugs, Jenny x

    • Susan:) says:

      Great technique, gesso always holds surprises in a design. The page is wonderful.

  27. A fabulous background Marjie and the dimensional die cuts are a great hit with me, they look amazing.
    Have a good week.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  28. Caroline says:

    Stunning, really cool how you did the strips at beginning & the pink is Wow!! Would you mind suggesting alternative to Xyron machine? :))