Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge #34

Welcome to our final challenge celebrating Tim Holtz’s book, the Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 3.  The new theme is Layering Stencil: Monoprint, found on page 48. If you still need a copy, you can get an autographed copy from Tim right here.

Before we go any further, I want to thank the lovely and talented Linda Ledbetter, our fearless leader, who came up with this idea and kept the whole Curiosity Crew organized and on track over the last 15 months as we covered 34 challenge themes in the book. It’s been a tremendous pleasure working with Linda and Anita Houston, Annette Green, Candy Colwell, Cheryl Grigbsy, Hels Sheridan, Susan Mostek, and Yvonne Blair. What a fun bunch of amazingly talented women!

Our sponsor this week is The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and a random winner will enjoy a $25 shopping spree on Linda’s online store. There are also prizes donated by Tim and Mario for the Curiosity Crew’s favorite project (they’ve donated a ton of goodies for each of the challenges!)  You’ll find the Rules & FAQs on Linda’s site… please take a moment to read these so you are definitely in the running for the final prizes.

Marjie Kemper mixed media art journal 08012015

I worked in my 9 X 12″ spiral bound art journal and used a combination of Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions paints and Tim’s Ranger Distress Paints. Plus ink, stamps, and stencils, of course!  The face image is an unmounted cling mount designed by Teesha Moore, and the words are from a stencil Carolyn Dube designed for StencilGirl Products.

Marjie Kemper mixed media art journal 08012015

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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Marjie, your projects are so beautifully colorful and inspiring! Thanks for the kind words along the way during the Compendium of Curiosity challenges. Check out my Compendium of Curiosity iii tribute project. I was unable to finish in time due to a car accident!

  2. Marjie, Your journal page is beautiful. The colors are so rich and I love the girl stamp offset on the page. The sentiment is powerful. Thanks so much for all the inspiration over the past 16 months…I hate to see it come to an end. Looking forward to watching what you creative ladies will be up to next.

  3. Marjie this page is so bright and fun. The colors are soothing and happy. Love how you created the border with the floral stencil. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  4. This is soo fun Marjie – I don’t know how I missed leaving you a comment on this one but I sure did. The colors are so intriguing in this – love them. You have such a unique way of bringing everything together to look totally fabulous. j.

  5. Marjie,
    This is such a very beautiful journaling page. Your background is amazing. I really like how the black monoprint stands up and give your background so much charm. Thank you for sharing this and all of your previous projects with us. you gave us tons of inspiration.

  6. Margie, I have really enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing all your amazing and colorful artwork! Thank you so much for all your hard work and inspiration you have provided through CC3C this year. Linda has sure put together a great team!

    Your journal page is just amazing with such incredible depth and that black against those rich blues and greens just makes my heart skip a beat. I am so mesmerized by this AJ page!

  7. I always enjoy looking over the details you add to each page Marjie, just soaking it all in. Thanks for the inspiration along the CC3C way and I’ll be keeping up with you on FB and your blog.

  8. You’re right to use Tim’s ‘it’s all perspective’ on this because I’ve had a great pleasure during all the Challenges ( I joined in at 19) in learning so much, & enjoying the friendships, AWESOME talents of you ladies spreading such HUGE, UNEQUALED-ANYWHERE INSPIRATION!!! I love the way you each seem to make it look as easy to do-such as this beautiful layered ghosting) that gives us all the needed courage to give it a try! And I’ve been pleasantly surprised by my own brave plunging into brighter colors like this that I prob wouldn’t have otherwise done!! Thank you SO MUCH for the talented and SO FRIENDLY leadership!!! Well done!!! ❤️ ~Lyla~

  9. I love those intense colors with the black! =)

  10. Wow Marjie !!! Another Page breathtaking! Absolutely gorgeous this vibrant green background with the perfect touch of black! Thanks to these great inspirations!

  11. As always…I so love your depth of colors! This technique was right up your alley!

  12. Love, love, love those colors. Great background.

  13. Great journal page, love the cool hues of you piece.

  14. Lyn Coogan says:

    What a lovely colour combination you have used, love the blues fading into green and the lime green shot, brilliant.

  15. Hi such a beautiful, bright page, your work is so distinctive. I will miss this challenge. Hugs Jan x

  16. You do this so well and have made me learn to appreciate the brighter, bolder colors (I’ve always been more of a pastel kinda gal). I can’t believe it’s been 15 months – where has the time gone??? Thank you so much for the inspiration – 34 beautiful projects!

  17. Beautiful!!! xox

  18. WOW … the fearless layering Queen strikes yet again ! Love the colors you used … no doubt you’ve mastered this technique .
    Been a fun Journey with you as well … Thank you for all the inspiration !

  19. Great message, and another great art journal page. It’s been an honor creating with you on the Curiosity Crew and I’m looking forward to our next phase of our creative journey.

  20. Amanda Pink says:

    Stunning! Marjie As always you rocked those colours and ya image and sentiment – both fab ! x

  21. You mixed dylusions paints and distress paints in a magical vibrant eye-catching background: simply stunning page!!

  22. Oh, such a Gorgeous AJ page, Marjie!! I just LOVE the colors you use and the depth you create with your layers of stenciling, is like, just WOW 🙂 🙂 –Oh, is that the tornado stencil I see back there, too–Cool!! Marjie, you’ve been a wonderful inspiration to me over this course of CC3 challenges and beyond! I’ve learned so much from you and enjoy your creative style 🙂 You’ve got me for as long as you blog and I look forward to the day where I can travel and take classes from you in person!! I’ll be dreaming of Costa Rica 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  23. Beautiful project Marjie! The vibrant background looks stunning! I hope you have a fun and safe journey! Thanks for the inspiration!

  24. I have enjoyed the CC3 journey with you talented ladies! Met Jim West yesterday with Wendy Vecchi! Love your beautifully coloured project!! Hugs, Anne xx

  25. So lovely and Clear use of different stencil, love it 🙂

  26. This is so you! Colorful, fun and delishfully vibrant! It has been so fun to be on this journey with you and the other girls and I will keep this time close to my heart forever! I cannot believe we are at the end of it…but excited to see the beginning of our new journey together!!! Excited about that for sure! Hugs and thanks for inspiring me. Love your sentiment on this one too by the way, wink.

  27. Carol Harper says:

    Ooo, the color on this one. Those Dylusions really really do pop, don’t they!

    So sad that this challenge is winding up. It made my weekends! Now I have to find some other excuse to create “out of the box”, using teh techniques you showed us, of course.

    I’m hoping Costa Rica is in my future. My husband has been there once but I haven’t, and to craft with you ladies would be a thrill!

  28. Great spread. It really is everything isn’t it. xox

  29. This is just another one of your great projects and as always, so inspiring! Love all the beautiful details to this great technique! Many thanks for this creative journey!

  30. I have so enjoyed working with you on this wonderful CC3C journey and getting to know you better, Marjie! Your work is very inspiring and beautiful. This journal spread doesn’t disappoint either! Love the colors and sentiment!

  31. Gorgeous art journal page and thoughtful message. I so appreciate your layering and your artful composition with stencils. Its an honor to create with you!

  32. Wonderful journal page Marjie, love that colour palette and what I wouldn’t give to be in Costa Rica with you all next September! If I win the lottery I’ll see you there LOL!

  33. I’m green with envy at how gorgeous your journal page is! Mine tend to look like a bunch of stuff was dumped on them. Sigh.

  34. Your journal page is just gorgeous – and loving those colors.

  35. Great page Marjie! LOVE the layers of green and blue, and script, and stencil…so much to see! LOVE that image too! It’s been great being on this journey with you too!

  36. Wow what a great finish, Marjie! I love all the layers and the bold colors! Sadly, I missed a few of the challenges and will definitely join in the finish! Love this and have a great weekend!

  37. jackie p neal says:

    What a beautiful finale Marjie!! As always your piece is so full of color and punch! I love it! I look forward to seeing what is next! xo

  38. as always, Marjie style is brilliant!!!! always brilliant…no matter what colour combination you chose!!!!
    and oh how i wish Costa Rica!!!

  39. This is soooooooooooo gorgeous! LOVING the colors!!!!

  40. Marjie…your stencil art is just amazing! I have watched you evolve over the years and my goodness girl, how can you just keep getting better and better when you started out so fantastic to begin with?!? This art journal page is beautiful! I love the depth you get in your pages. Love the stamps, too! It has truly been a pleasure to get to “play” along side of you during these challenges. You’re a rock star!

  41. A fabulous final piece Marjie, love the drama the black adds to that vivid blue and green!
    Amazing to think it’s been going for so many weeks, – how time flies….