Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge #23

Marjie Kemper CC3C-23 Tim Holtz Collection Folio

Welcome to the latest challenge celebrating Tim Holtz’s book, the Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 3.  The focus this time is on Tim’s Collection Folio, found on page 34. If you still need a copy, you can get an autographed copy from Tim right here.

Our sponsor this week is Inspiration Emporium, and a lucky 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…  you’ll need to upload your project and do a bit of linking, so please take a moment to read the FAQs so you are definitely in the running for the prizes.

The Collection Folio comes in two sizes. I used the smaller of the two today. On my cover I used several of Tim’s Sizzix dies as well as some great metal Idea-ology.

Marjie Kemper CC3C-23 Collection Folio Open-1

Here’s a peek at the inside.  I used a combination of scrapbook papers, plain paper, inks, paints, dies, stamps and stencils.

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My favorite aspect of the Collection Folios is how every single one is different, depending on who makes it. I’ve taught this as a class (and will again on May 2nd at Great American Stamp Store) and no two are ever anything even close to alike. I love creating a variety of page shapes, sizes, and edges.

Marjie Kemper CC3C-23 Collection Folio Open-3

On this page, I used arrows from Tim’s Artful Arrows Sizzix die. I also used the Tiny Tabs & Tags die here, with the blue patterned paper.

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That blue piece is a pre-printed transparency.

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This is one of my favorite pages. Lots of stamping and layering. I’ll list all the dies used at the bottom of the post.

Marjie Kemper CC3C-23 Collection Folio Closeups

Here’s a closer look at a few of the page elements. Thanks so much for the visit today.

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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Love the colors and the design is wonderful Marjie!

  2. Sweet!! I have a Bestie who keeps a book like this going all the time. So whenever she feels an urge to doodle or paint…she has a ‘place’ for it all in one book. Er…several of them over the years, but who’s counting TOTALS ?!? lol! Very lovely!!!

  3. Wow! Your folio is so beautiful! Love the colors. Viewing the pages is like an experience, an explosion of wondrous and clever things! Each page is it’s own work of art! So creative and wonderful!

  4. I love the colors and components you used on your folio! Fantastic inspiration

  5. Marjie – I love that you painted the folio – I am going to have to try it – really beautiful and clever!

  6. Very cool!!Your folio is so inspirational, colorful, and full of wonderful techniques! Amazing, absolutely amazing! Barbarayaya

  7. Sorry Marjie…I must have had Hels on my mind when I commented

  8. Hels, Your folio is beautiful. I love the vibrant blue in contrast with the black on the cover and the way each of the layer is unique.

  9. Gorgeous artsy folio Marjie, I love how you aligned the lady/perfume bottle image over the tags. Love all the layers and inkyness. Gorgeous. Tracy x

  10. Really beautiful. So inspiring

  11. Marje, you always inspire me. I love the colors and layout. These folios are definitely a work of “heart”.

  12. Another workshop I wish I could do! This is a fabulous piece, love the vibrant colours and bold shapes.

  13. I love how you decorated this folio. I am going to make a heritage one for my husband in a few weeks. Now I am gathering all my supplies, mainly Tim’s things! Yours is so pretty.

  14. This inspires me to get my stencils back out of the drawer. LOVE LOVE LOVE this project.
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. Like Linda, you are really showing your inner artist here! LOve teh concept adn wish I had the imagination to come up with such a great idea book!

  16. Stunning use of color as always! I love the graphic nature of yours as well. Thank you for your inspiration!

  17. Rebecca Morris says:

    Wow what a stunning folio Marjie, your color scheme is divine!!! I love it. So many beautiful details, a visual delight for the eyes.

  18. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    OMG … you girls just got me all jazzed about the collection folio ! Your folio is so amazing, love the various page shapes… wonderful idea! I love that each page is unique and that you have used so many of Tim’s dies and embellishments in such amazing ways … soooooooooo much inspiration here !

  19. What a gorgeous collection of artwork, Marjie! I love how you have painted? it black; it really sets off those wonderful bold colors in all of your beautiful artwork.

  20. Such lovely colors in here. I love all the techniques you used too.

  21. Wow, this is amazing, Marjie. There’s so much to see in your folio.

  22. Linda Ledbetter says:

    Well, I just love every inch of this glorious Folio! Great approach to the project, Marjie. Every page is a visual feast, and oh, those colors!!!

  23. WOW, Marjie!! Every page filled with inspiration!! I LOVE this!! XOXO-Shari

  24. Love your artist folio, Marjie! What a beautiful way to show off these techniques you are so good at! I love all of the beautiful and bright colors you use – they definitely make me happy! Awesome job!

  25. Marjie, I love your layers and textures! Very cool folio!

  26. Cim Allen says:

    So many products used .. what a cool folio ! I love the layers of all the goodies. The color of your folio is so bright and poppy too .. LOVE IT !

  27. Love your Artist Musings, Marjie! As always your work is very inspiring and I love all the different stamps and products combined.

  28. Kirsten Alicia says:

    Oh my gosh, that is stunning. Every element is perfect.

  29. What a delightful project, Marjie. Will definitely check out p. 34!

  30. Amazing art journal folio Marjie! So full of your signature style. Love it.

  31. Marjie, this is just excellent. The joy in your artistry really comes through here. I can see building a folio as an art journal, just for oneself, just for the joy in creating. Makes me happy to look at this. <3

  32. Love this folio – layer upon layer of luscious colour and glorious detailing. Yummmmmmmmmmmm!

  33. I love all the details, the colours and stamping you used. It looks such fun Jan x

  34. Beautiful folio, love the colour palette and all your amazing details!

  35. This folio is beautiful!! Your use of color is inspiring!!

  36. Such a bold pop of color and shapes! Each tag is a piece of art. Love the faucet knob on front. Wonderful colorful vibe going on!

  37. Wow, great portfolio. I would love to create one of those to store the tags made during chemistry 101… Cool idea

  38. “at the end of the day….” oh so true. Love all the quotes inside. xox

  39. Beautiful blue and black cover, wonderful additions inside, great words as always. This is a truly inspirational piece of art Marjie. Hugs,, Anne xx

  40. A total favorite Marjorie!!!

  41. oh Marjie i absolutely LOVE this folio… every single flip is gorgeous!! i wish i could see it in person or better yet be in one of your classes!! thanks for sharing everything as you always do with us…techniques, projects, products!! you are a doll!!

  42. I so want to see this in person! Art alive!!! LOVE each element you added and all the color and FUN here! Amazing!

  43. Wow,Marjie! This folio is amazing! It has so many details, texture and designs! Gorgeous! Hugs, Sandra

  44. wow looks amazing!!

  45. This is so much fun! Love the stamping on your cascading insert. The blues are lovely and I love the way you colored the “Life is the Art of drawing without an eraser” along with the stenciling and diecut background. So many inspiring ideas here. Thanks

  46. Ohhhhhhhh this is fabulous!! LOVING the colors and the dimension!!!!!

  47. Marjie…this definitely does not suck!! Haha. Oh my gosh girl, this is such a colorful feast for the eyes! Every page is just chock full of Tim’s die cuts, stamp images, stencil impressions, etc. just amazing layouts an such a variety of shapes and sizes on each page. Brilliant, girl! Just brilliant!

  48. Marjie I absolutely adore your folio, it is really inspiring, every corner of it! Whoever is lucky enough to do a class with you will be so lucky.

    I do want to say though, that I am a bit sad that this is now the second time in a row that the focus of the challenge is on a product, not a technique…. because it means that unless you buy the product, you have no chance to play. (I happen to have them this time round) but don’t think I’ll play, just because of the principle of it….. sorry, just being honest here. Have a great weekend!!

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Astrid. I hear you. I like the technique ones more myself, but some of these challenges definitely are product-based. With a large work surface like the Collection Folio, there’s room for tons of techniques, too!