Compendium of Curiosities 3 ~ Challenge #13

CC3C #13 - Worn Cover - Marjie Kemper

Welcome to the new challenge celebrating Tim Holtz’s book, the Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 3.  The new challenge calls us to use Tim’s Worn Cover (found on page 35 – if you still need a copy, you can get one autographed by Tim right here.)

Our sponsor this week is Inspiration Emporium, and a random winner will receive a $50 shopping spree on their online store. There are also prizes donated by Tim and Mario for the Curiosity Crew’s favorite project.  You’ll find the Rules and FAQs at Linda’s site… please take a moment to read these so you are definitely in the running for the prizes.

CC3C #13 - Worn Cover 2 - Marjie Kemper

These binders are such fun to embellish, and they take inks like butter.  Here I’ve used inks, Remnant Rubs, and stencils to customize my binder.

Worn Cover 4 - Marjie Kemper

The binder is sized to hold standard #8 tags in individual page protectors. What a great way to keep your favorites on hand!

Kemper CHA 2015 Workshop

I’ve created my binder for a workshop I’ll be teaching at the Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show in January, as well as at Right at Home Scrapbooking in February.  You can find links to all my workshops on my Teaching page.

Worn Cover 5 - Marjie Kemper

The Worn Covers come in five different styles, and I used the composition notebook.

Worn Cover 3 - Marjie Kemper

As I said, they are a lot of fun to work with… looking forward to seeing what you do with yours.

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Hope to see you at CC3C!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. I just recently discovered you and I have to say I’m quite literally blown away by your style and your artwork. I love your use of colors and how it all blends so well. I can’t get enough of looking at your work and whats more, I leave your blog and pinterest page feeling completely inspired every time. Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. it’s beautiful!!! I love those tags too. =)

  3. I love this Marjie! Wish I could attend one of you workshops!

  4. Kriss Danielson says:

    Don’t tell the others, but yours is my favorite Marjie! I love that you gave so much detail to the inside of the cover, and also that it all matches!

  5. I love that I can always spot your projects anywhere Marjie. This is so full of color and just makes me happy. Your use of the stencils and remnant rub ons is fabulous!! Thanks for the inspiration! xx

  6. I love your works, they are always, always beautiful! I love how you play with colors and shapes! It ‘a masterpiece!!Barbarayaya

  7. Your tags are so amazing, thanks for sharing them with us. They are all so beautiful and colorful. Lucky students that get to take a class with you.

  8. Teaching at CHA in January — what a fantastic workshop that will be!! I’ve already pinned this but forgot to leave you a note to tell you how much I love this tag notebook. It’s such a great way to keep those important samples together AND gloriously colored. Love it!!! Fantastic way start to this workshop Marjie. I’m sure it will be a smashing success. — Mary Elizabeth

  9. A Wonderful cover to house a wonderful array of tags, ! Love your style Marjie x

  10. I just love your colour pallet, a fantastic job done.

  11. Gorgeous! It’s like an art journal, and your tags are lovely. Color choices are awesome!

  12. Wow! Your student’s are very lucky to take your workshop. The colors are beautiful and the tags are too! A distressed keepsake for sure! Thanks for the inspiration! Love the color combination!

  13. Beautiful work and those colors!!! Lucky people taking your workshop.

  14. awesome work – the tags look amazing and the cover is fabulous xx

  15. Hoi Marije, wat een schitterende creatie! Prachtige achtergronden, kleuren en tags!!!!!


  16. Love all your stenciling – such a fun, bright and colorful cover!

  17. Once again you’re striking use of color is amazing! Love all the layers you achieve with your stencils!

  18. Gorgeousness Marjie! “)

  19. The peacock blue and gold are so beautiful and so are your tags!

  20. I love your bold black elements against your bright color, Marjie. Everything is perfectly weighted and balanced. Awesome!!

  21. Wow this is amazing – my favourite distress colours – a real work of art Marjie

  22. I love your use of color, and the richness of those tags! your binder covers look great. have fun at the show!

  23. After seeing this, I definitely want to make a tag journal! Love the bright colors you’ve used and that everything coordinates so well together. Nice work!

  24. This is fabulous, Marjie! Love the vibrant colors you used and all those fun tags to fill it up so nicely. What a great time everyone of your students will have at CHA! Love this!

  25. Just stunning Marjie. I would love to be in your class. Looks like you’re going to have a great time.

  26. What scrumptious colours and effects on those tags – they’re absolutely to die for… What a great take on the Worn Cover.
    Alison xx

  27. Wow.. your colors are stunning… always!!!! What a great idea for inside a binder. You smaaht lady.

  28. Marjie…Love your worn covers “Distress” binder! It’s awesome and I would have known in a heartbeat this this was your creation! 🙂 What a great way to store your projects for the CHA class. Really looking forward to that, by the way! 🙂 I love your interior covers. They are too pretty to close the covers of your book! Love all of the layers of stencils, inks and rubons. <3 Candy

  29. VERY cool project! Your tags are yummy too!

  30. I can see why the binder would be fun to embellish and also such a practical item.
    A fabulous project and anyone who is able to attend a workshop with you as the teacher, well they are indeed to very lucky.

  31. Cim Allen says:

    I love your cover .. the colors, all the mixed media stuff .. I can’t wait to do my binder .. I’ve had a couple of them and haven’t cracked the packages yet.

  32. Jan Bianchi says:

    Wow Marjie what can I say, You totally rocked this! Everyone has done such great takes on the Worn Cover. I love your color schemes and how awesome this turned out. The Rub ons turned out great as well. This is pulled so well together. I love it.

  33. This is so fab Marjie, I love that you made the tags too! Beautiful

  34. Great worn cover, Marjie, and those tags! How fun that you’ll be teaching at CHA. Way to go!!

  35. Kirsten Alicia says:

    Wow! That is wonderful!!!

  36. Fantastic Worn Cover Marjie! Sounds like a fun class to be teaching & attending!–the tags are fabulous!! XOXO-Shari T.

  37. This looks like it will be a great class at CHA. Maybe one day I will get to go!

  38. Nice color play Marjiie. You will be teaching everywhere which is marvelous. CHA, now that must be a wild and crazy place to be. You will rock it as always. xox

  39. What a fabulous inky inspirational project.

  40. I love your worn cover , and the tag are really fabulous too x

  41. Stunning ink work! Your color combo is vibrant and happy. The remnant rubs really pop off the stenciled background.

  42. kit cochran says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. I had no idea those covers would hold tags. And I love your blog and art. Your tags are stunning. Although it’s cool to see what you use in your projects, I don’t always know where to get some of the supplies. Specifically on this project it would be the page protectors. In any case you’re an inspirational teacher and I look forward to getting your posts.

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Thanks, Kit. You can usually find all the products at our challenge sponsor’s store – Inspiration Emporium and The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

  43. Very creative Marjie. I would love to take that class…

  44. Oh gosh…. BREATHTAKING WORK… Love your art, your color choices, your finish, your fab stencil work !! I can easily understand why you can teach workshops at CHA etc. I would love to join one of your classes !
    Can I ask about the compass stamp … Is it a TH stamp. I dont recognize it….
    Thanks a lot for sharing so much of your beautiful art. It is truly a great inspiration !!!
    Hugs from Monica… Spain

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Thanks so much, Mo,nica. That’s actually one of Tim’s texture fade embossing folders. It comes in a set called Airmail & Compass.

  45. Gilda ( McStamper) says:

    Your album is so gorgeous.

  46. Looks fantastic!

  47. Oh wow Marjie, your worn covers certainly don’t look worn now – just beautifully colourful and those tags – they are just amazing! Anne xx

  48. Absolutely love your style! This project has inspired me to get out my worn covers and start creating. . . the color just draws you in. . .

  49. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    Love the idea ( I saw Tim’s at the stamp show… and decided I wanted to do one … just hadn’t gotten around to it) Yay … now I can ! Love your stencil work and your tags they are awesome! I can’t wait to start !

  50. I love this idea for storing tags. Way better than the box I jam mine into… never to be seen again…

  51. First of all genius…to create this to hold your class pieces! LOVE that idea!!! (probable will be borrowing that one, hehehe). Second…you’re colors are flipping amazing! I LOVE the vibrancy of the whole piece! AMAZING! and THIRDLY….CONGRATS on teaching at CHA!!! SO HAPPY dancing for you!!! hehehe…LOVE your book…love the design…and love that it contains DISTRESS magic!!!!

  52. SO COOL to house your tags for your CHA workshop! LOVE your artsy feel on the cover and inside…just gorgeous color!

  53. Marjie – this turned out fabulous! I always love the bright colors you use! You didm such a wonderful job with the collage elements! Can’t wait to take this class at CHA!

  54. You’ve created an interesting journal! I’d have known in a heartbeat that it was yours because of your unique style. While it’s not my style I do enjoy looking at it and gathering inspiration from your color palette and layout.

  55. Wow wow wow!! Looks amazing!! LOVING the colors!!!

  56. This is just brilliant!!! I didn’t realise there was a binder that held the size 8 tags – I’ll have to see if I can find one in my travels or perhaps at the papercraft show (Sydney) at the end of the month.

  57. SO bright and colorful, Marjie! Love the cover AND your tags.

  58. Marie what a lovely worn cover. Your tags are AMAZING! Can’t wait to get started. Karen.x

  59. Well your binder looks absolutely stunning, and wow how I love your tags!! What a great project!!

  60. Victoria Sturdevant says:

    Very cool and perfect for your fabulous tags.

  61. I loved your tags when you posted them and now I am in love with your cover. Those colours work so well together and the square stencil is lovely.