Compendium Challenge meets Art Journal Cover

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!



Your comments are very much appreciated!


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

  2. Your journal cover is fabulous!

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

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

  5. This is just gorgeous Marjie!

  6. This is really beautiful Marjie – all the depth!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  18. 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. 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. this one is drop-dead gorgeous

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

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

  23. This is a wonderful creation.

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

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

  29. kathy/NorthCarolina says:

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

  30. 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. Love the cover.

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

  33. Cooooool cover! Valerie

  34. Beautiful layers!! love the color palette too.

  35. Fantastic! I love it Marjie! x

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

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