Compendium of Curiosities 3 ~ Challenge #4

CC3C-04 Marjie Kemper

Welcome to the new challenge celebrating Tim Holtz’s book, the Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 3.  The new theme is Layering Stencils with Texture Paste (found on page 49 – if you still need a copy, you can get one autographed by Tim right here.)

Our sponsor this week is The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and there are fabulous prizes available from Tim and Mario as well.

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After first laying down some strips of washi tape, I used Distress Stains and water to create a blended background for my page.

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I used shipping tags to soak up the excess and then a paper towel roll to blot the last bit of dampness.

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The tags were perfect for cutting into letters.  They’re a bit pale looking here, but later I added more undiluted Distress Stains to jazz them up. I also cut another set of letters out of black cardstock to mat these so they’d stand out on the page.

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I used Tim’s technique on the frame I created for my stamped sentiment (using the Vintage Cabinet Card die), as well as on the “What If” letters.  The rest of the page is filled with Remnant Rubs and lots of stenciling with Distress Inks.

Thanks so much for the visit today.  If you’re up for a Giveaway, stop by my last post for a chance to win.

Hope to see you at CC3C!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. fabulous page!! love all the layers! =)

  2. carolfromkiwiland says:

    Beaautiful colours on your journal page and a wonderful way to use the stencils. Great page.

  3. Debbie P. says:

    Wonderful journal page, love the color combination and all the little details that pulled it together.

  4. What wonderful bold colors. TFS

  5. I really like all the different stencils you used in the background.

  6. wonderful layering and rich deep colours x

  7. Beautiful page Marjie!

  8. I love this! I love how you placed the title within the Cabinet Card shape, and your colors are so vibrant! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Awesome inspiration as always Marjie!!…How fabulous is your page… Love the stencils and vibrant colours you opted for!….Looking forward to seeing what you do with the next challenge now…Jan x

  10. Nice piece of art and great inspiration for a book i have laying around, still not altered.

  11. Love the vibrant colours – & the black makes them ‘pop’ even more!

  12. Denise Shepherd says:

    A fabulously bright journal page Marje xx

  13. Great colors and a wonderful Art Journaling.
    Have a nice day, Eva

  14. I just love everything that I’m learning from the fantastic participants of this challenge! I have tons of tags that I used to soak up extra color yet I never thought to use them with my die cutting machine. You’re a genius!

  15. Marjie this is sooooooooo awesome. The layered letters really pop!

  16. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Especially the subtlety of the black cardstock shadowing of the the letters….very COOL! As usual, you are all about the colour….I can’t wait to see your next demo after this weekend’s course! Hope all is well, my friend! Thinking of you!
    hugs Gigi

  17. Gorgeous example of layer stencils! Love the blues that you chose! 🙂

  18. Hi!
    I love the colors you used and the texture is amazing! Thanks for such an inspiring post. Have a wonderful day,

  19. such fresh bright colours – love it ! x

  20. Love this art journal. The colors and design are wonderful.

  21. Love this journal cover …. fab colours and so much texture. xx

  22. So much gorgeous texture – I love it!

  23. Love the vibrant colour scheme, great page, I need to learn to add more layers , thanks for the inspiration

  24. Love the colors!!!

  25. What a lovely spring/summer colour scheme. I love that you mopped up the ink with tags and then used them to cut the letters, very crafty!

  26. I love the colours you have used, beautiful x

  27. This journal page is fantastic. Love your color choices. The ruler stencil is the perfect background for your sentiment. Thanks for your inspiration.

  28. Yes, I am behind but had to check out what the Crew did! Love this journal page, but then I love all your pages! Great texture and colors and I love how you displayed that sentiment! Hugs!

  29. This is a beauty – so much going on yet perfectly balanced and composed. Awesome use of colour too.

  30. AMAZING.. I just love the way you put colours together and they look perfect… fabby creation Marjie x

  31. Ooooooo! Pretty colors and textures. It’s so pleasing to look at!

  32. I love all the stenciled layers! The color combo is beautiful!

  33. Carol B says:

    Beautiful colors and texture!

  34. fabulous colors and textures!

  35. Lovely bright project – love all the letters and numbering too

  36. Your page is simply gorgeous! Love the textures and the bright colors. Thanks for inspiration!

  37. What a stunning journal page. You’re using my favourite colour combination too!

  38. Great journal cover, I love the colours & sentiment

  39. Your art journal pages are always stunning! This color palette is one of my fav and i adore the frame! Very inspirational! barbarayaya

  40. Your piece is absolutely lovely. Love the vibrant colors and the layering of multiple stencils. Thanks again for the inspiration

  41. Sandi Parrott says:

    Love your journaling page. I always was fond of the blue color you used. Love the different stencils you used.

  42. Such a lovely inky blending job, love the colours and texture you have created 🙂

  43. Lovely texture and composition Nikki xx

  44. This really is beautiful Marjie. The altered cabinet card adds a real focus to the page. Jenny x

  45. I love your art journal cover. It’s fabulous! I love all the stencils you’ve used. Mixed media at it’s best. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  46. Sue Manion says:

    First off it is my favorite color and I have not used the stains watered down for a background. Going to try it.

  47. Cheri S says:

    I absolutely love the sentiment you used on your project. The colors just pop. TFS

  48. I do love your style! And that is a great idea using the black letters as an offset! This is a beautiful page.

  49. I so look forward to seeing your colorful entries each week! They always are so cheerful. And i really like how you used the stencils on this cover!

  50. You go girl!

  51. what a beautiful colour combination, great!! Kerstin

  52. What If indeed! I love this journal page…makes me think I need to get mine out again for a play. Thanks for the nudge!

  53. Marjie – I cant stop linking to this – it is so awesome! I think you have inspired me to start making altered notebooks for everyone I know. If I start now – I might have enough to gift out to everyone at Christmas! Such a big fan of yours I am – you truly inspire me always~!

  54. Kourtney Vallee says:

    Beautiful page Marjie. I love your style, layers and colors. I don’t even need to see you name on your work anymore and I can pick your pieces out.

  55. Dolly aka scrapthat/scrapscrapthat says:

    Great page! TFS

  56. I love the vibrancy of your journal page and all those lush layers xx

  57. All those colors look so gorgeous all marbled together. Beautiful project.

  58. So Beautiful, Marjie!! I can only imagine what it feels like with all of those fun textured elements! Love your use of the Rub-Ons and Tissue Tape, too!! FUN!! Thanks for a tremendous inspiration piece for us participating in Linda’s CC3 Challenge–This is really something else!! Thanks so much for keeping us inspired!! XOXO-Shari

  59. The colour combination works so well,really stands out.


  60. Love this!!! xxx

  61. What a vibrant page Marjie! love that blue – all the wonderful stenciling and great contrast with the black lettering and numbers!

  62. Gorgeous piece as always, Marjie! love all the colors and the measured stencil is perfect on the cabinet card! Love it!

  63. One of my favorite color combinations!

  64. Mo Stokes says:

    Gorgeous, Gorgeous Page Marjie love all these layers and the way you have made the letters pop with the black card. The colours you have chosen are just beautiful. Mo x

  65. MMmmmmm love all the layers and colors!

  66. I think I may start a journal like this to make pages that I want to keep, instead of tags. THANKS for sharing.

  67. snazzy jj says:

    Love the beautiful colors and how they flow into each other.

  68. You always use such bright, vibrant colors, Marjie. Love this!

  69. I love the question its a good one. My answer is “no” I would not go there. Perhaps I need to alter .
    A thought provoking page and I know that is just why I do my own art journal. xxx

  70. Cim Allen says:

    AMAZING !! I love the pages .. the colors just splash together and all the texture and pop off all the stencils. I love it !!!

  71. Great page Marjie! love your bold colors!

  72. You know that I love your work, Marjie, and I am a longtime follower of your blog and newsletter. That said, I have to go on record as saying this is my very favorite piece…EVER! This one speaks to my heart, to my fears and to my dreams. Over 7 decades of life, I have experienced a lot, and this seems to sum up a lot of it. Thankfully, I have gone to that place where my greats dreams and fears co-exist–and more than once! It is worth the trip!

  73. WOW! LOVE your color pallet! Loved how you incorporated the techniques into your journal! Oh…LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

  74. Love your choice of colours and all the detail.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

  75. Beautiful colors, wonderful layers and amazing texture. I’ll definitely have to give this technique a try. Great idea to ink up your shipping tags before blotting! Love it!

  76. Wow! This page is my mantra & motivation for the rest of today. Just the vitamins I needed. Thank you, friend, for your fort-nightly awesomeness.

  77. WOW I love the stenciled layers. I will have to try and incorporate some washi tape in my piece. Love it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  78. The background here is absolutely wonderful….like a captured scene from a dream sequence. Love the way those colors play with one another. This sentiment is one of my all time favorites, too!

  79. I love the colours what a fab creation

  80. Jan Bianchi says:

    Love the stencil layering all the wonderful colors….Wonderful page!
    Thanks for sharing. Love all the details.

  81. I love these colours the greens and orange tones look fabulous together… Great layout.. And another cc3 challenge I shall partake in (when I get the chance).. Awesome inspiration, Px

  82. I like this very much. I am wondering if you gesso the page before you started creating.

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Hi Dorothy. Nope, no gesso because I used only inks. If I’d been painting, I would’ve added gesso first.
      Thanks for visiting!

  83. Gorgeous page with magical color! Love the stenciling too! Awesome!

  84. I love everything about this page! The colors are just yum-tastic, and the design is gorgeous. You have such a distinct and wonderful style!


  85. Janet Goshorn says:

    Such a bright and cheerful page. I love the saying in the vintage cabinet card

  86. Another stunning page. Love the bright colors.

  87. Love! Now these are my colors! I love how you layered, and your use of color.

  88. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    Love your stencil work and the dimension you created with the stencil on your “cabinet ” piece; these colors are so fun great tutorial too !

  89. LOVE that background & the cabinet card looks perfect.

  90. Well they do, don’t they. What if indeed. Great page. xox

  91. I love the gorgeous colours in the background and the fantastic stencilling, the way you have shadowed the letters is such a simple but clever idea. Hugs, Anne x

  92. Totally fabulous, Marjie – such beautiful inky colours, and I love the sentiment in the cabinet card frame… gorgeous page!
    Alison xx

  93. Marjie, it’s a fantastic page, love the colors, and your layered stencil frame is beautiful!

  94. A fabulous piece Marjie. The colours are wonderful and a fabulous background
    x catherine

  95. I like the use of the cabinet card die-cut to frame that wonderful sentiment.
    I was working in my art journal yesterday, having some fun with Dina Wakley stamps ….. yes, a bit of a departure for me LOL.

  96. this is a beautiful journal – love it – great use of the technique x

  97. You have made me see the error of my ways! I really need to get my art journal out and just play! Thank you for the push…now to see what happens.

  98. Oh Marjie, it looks like you had a feast of stenciling and ‘going’ wild on this journal page… LOVE it all… I love the feeling that I am getting from this page… great and so much fun …. You have a fun nature when creating… I can feel that too… Love, Light and Peace…Bonnie

  99. Wonderful work Marjie. This is just fabulous. Karen.x

  100. So gorgeous!! I loveeeeeeeee the colors and the textures!!!!!!

  101. This one is right up your alley! You’re so good at layering stencils! And it’s really gorgeous! Hugs, Sandra

  102. You Re such a master at this technique, Marjie! I totally LOVE your vivid background! All of the layering and color is just so stink in’ cool! Contrasted by the black stamping and embossing…your piece just POPS! <3 Candy

  103. Another great, colorful creation Marjie. I love the depth of your layered elements and the finishing touches of remnant rubs is perfect!

  104. Marjie, I love this piece. The colours are so vibrant and the stencilling adds so much texture. Fabulous (and I hope you don’t mind if I copy your inspiration!). Jean.x

  105. As always Marjie, your colors knock my socks off! And your layers to boot!!socks and boots…they could do a Geico commercial with that! teeheehee Awesome – truly awesome- and I love your quote!! “)

  106. Love these journal pages! You get so much depth when you use the stencils.

  107. Oh, so very pretty! I’m partial to journals and this one is just lovely. I like that you did the technique only one the one element; it makes it that much more special. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  108. Another fab offering this challenge, bold, bright and brilliant x

  109. Stunning, vibrant page, wow!

  110. Loving your page Marjie and very clever to use your mop up tags for the letters (one to remember for sure!). The cabinet die cut looks great too!!

  111. Love the layers effect & those colours make my heart sing!


  112. Fabulous depth in your layers and gorgeous blended colours. Love it xxx

  113. Your page is so vibrant, I love it!

  114. I am in love with this journal cover. The colors and stenciling make for some amazing texture! How inspirational.