IMG_9724This week Linda Ledbetter gave us Marbled Stains as the creative prompt in the challenges based on Tim Holtz's new book, Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. 2.

Eclectic Paperie is the sponsor of Linda's challenge and they're also running an art journaling challenge on their own blog.  This week is the kick-off and the challenge is to make your own art journal cover.  I work in a lot of different size art journals and enjoyed making a cover for this 5.5″ X 8″ book.

I used Tim's technique with the Marbled Stains for my base, then layered on lots of distress and archival inks using Dylusions' stamps and stencils, some Crafters' Workshops stencils, and other favorite rubber stamps. The letters are from Tim's new Sizzix Wordplay die.

I'll also add this to Lisa Somerville's Bloggers' Challenge.  Lisa's looking for people to create their own background papers this week.

Thanks so much for the visit!




  1. Lisa Sackett on May 14, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Marjie, Great journal cover! I like all the designs on it, always gives you something different to focus on.

  2. Victoria Sturdevant on May 3, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Your journal cover is fabulous!

  3. Lisa Somerville on May 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Stunning altered jour nal – love your colors and combination of images! Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!

  4. Danee on May 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I love your marbled stain background. All the texture is terrific. I also joined your blog hop- thanks for hosting one.

  5. Kathy Eddy on May 3, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    This is just gorgeous Marjie!

  6. Helen Tilbury on May 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    This is really beautiful Marjie – all the depth!!

  7. Vicki Fraser on May 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    So very pretty, would make you want to draw in there!

  8. kim howard on May 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

    very pretty notebook, love the colors you used and all the different designs. Thanks for joining us at blogger’s challenge this week.

  9. Susie West on May 2, 2012 at 8:36 am

    What a wonderful journal cover, those colours are so rich and lovely, they seem to glow.
    Sue x

  10. Anesha on May 2, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Beautiful creation, love the colours. thanks for your visit.

  11. Linda Ledbetter on May 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Zowie, this is FABULOUS, Marjie!!! All those colors and patterns, and the perfect marbled stains. What a great way to alter a notebook– you could sell these on ETSY! I’d buy one. Just sayin’…
    Awesome job on the CC2 Challenge!

  12. Kate on May 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    What an awesome background! So many things to look at! Love it!

  13. Brenda Brown on May 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    A superb cover with such a vibrant colour and great background stencils.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  14. Sandra on May 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Super cool background, love the richness of the colors. And all the stamping you did to make it even more beautiful! Gorgeous!

  15. Jingle on May 1, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Gorgeous! I love the depth of the color on this!

  16. Silvia on May 1, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Wow, just fantastic, love the colors and the images.

  17. Anita Houston on May 1, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Awesome…fabulous color!!! What a great journal cover!

  18. Anne Redfern on May 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Hi Marjie, this is a fabulous piece of work, love the colours you have used, they are warm and vibrant. That face stamp is amazing. Love it.

  19. Shahrul Niza on May 1, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Marjie, I LOVE the rich colors of your art journal cover! I love how you always had many layers of stamping images, yet there are in harmony.

  20. Cathy on May 1, 2012 at 6:58 am

    this one is drop-dead gorgeous

  21. EmeralDQueen on May 1, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Your colors are so bright very cool concept I love it!!!

  22. Erika N on May 1, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Love it. You did a great job. The face really finishes it off.

  23. lacyquilter on April 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    This is a wonderful creation.

  24. Daisy Sparks on April 30, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Love this size. Not too overwhelming. Your Journal Cover made with the Marbled Stains is awesome. Love those bold colors.

  25. Starla on April 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    OH WOW! I love all the different layers!! I just keep staring, seeing something new each time! Glad you could join the E-team on this journaling adventure!

  26. Lynette (NZ) on April 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Gorgeous — your cover is rich and sumptuous. Have just had new dylusions sprays arrive….have had a happy time hopping around your blog being inspired by how you use yours :-)

  27. Anna C on April 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Gorgeous cover. Such a rich feel is created by your colour scheme, I love the image you used – really unusual effect on a darker shade – beautiful! xx

  28. Ann-R on April 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Gorgeous cover – the colours are amazing, so many layers!! Love it!!
    Ann-R xx

  29. kathy/NorthCarolina on April 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Love all the layering of stamps and inks….super!

  30. Amy* on April 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I love all the stamping, stenciling, bright colors, and especially the word play letters you used on your cover! Beautiful cover…can’t wait to see what you will create within the pages of this journal :)

  31. Bunnyfreak on April 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Love the cover.

  32. Carol on April 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Gorgeous, love the colors in your cover!!!!

  33. Valerie-Jael on April 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Cooooool cover! Valerie

  34. Cathy Calamas on April 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Beautiful layers!! love the color palette too.

  35. Alison on April 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Fantastic! I love it Marjie! x

  36. Linda Coughlin on April 30, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Very cool art journal cover, Marjie. Love the color palette you used and all the background stamping is awesome!

  37. Deb Neerman on April 30, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Absolutely gorgeous, Marji! I LOVE your Journal cover … the depth and texture is simply amazing! Wanna redo mine, LOL?!?