Frilly & Funkie: Art Journal Page

Art Journal Page

This week at Frilly and Funkie our challenge is to use tags in unusual ways and include a Halloween or Autumn theme. Any altered tag project is welcome, as long as you do something a little different and include the seasonal theme. There’s a $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique for a random winner, and a blog badge for the design team favorite. I hope you’ll join us!

I recently took a class with Julie Fei-Fen Balzer and was inspired by a page in her journal where she embedded three tags like this. (Incidentally, if you can ever take one of Julie’s classes…. do!  I’ve taken several of her classess both online and in-person and have never been disappointed.)

I cut off half a page and laid the tags onto the remaining (still in the book) piece at varied depths. I then glued the cut-off half page back on top, sandwiching the tags. Then covered everything with gesso. After brayering over the solid part of the page, I weighted it down and let it dry overnight.


I adhered Tim Holtz’s Tissue Wrap to the whole page and spritzed Color Wash in some places. When it was dry, I stamped and stenciled with Ranger’s Distress and Archival inks, then tied on Tim’s Idea-ology word charms with burlap string. I’m joining the Ranger distress ink challenge with this project, too.

I stamped the witch onto plain white tissue paper and adhered her with matte medium. Before adhering the house (stamped on manila and colored with Distress Markers), I inked all the edges with black paint and coated the whole page with matte medium to dull the shine from the alpha stickers. The arrows are rub-ons and I also added some ribbon and a decorative paper strip.

Can’t wait to see what you’ll do differently with a tag this week… pop on over to Frilly and Funkie to see all the design team samples, and join us for this fun challenge.


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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Wow what a great idea!! Love it!

  2. This is so cool and unique! TFS the tutorial on how you did it. I had to look more than once. ha ha… aweSome!

  3. Absolutely brilliant idea Marjie. What do you use to adhere tissue paper ? Hugs Annie x

  4. Just fantastic, love the colors and the images. Thanks for the step by step photos.

  5. Beautiful!!! Thanks for the laugh! 🙂

  6. this is fantastic Marjie!! I’d love to one day be able to take a class with Julie. I did take her online stamp carving class and found it to be a wonderful fist online experience!

  7. Where would we be without shipping tags in our lives?!
    Clever use of them Marjie and just love your end result. Cannot help but chuckle at the sentiment,.
    Another cool piece of art from you.
    P.S. It would have been fun to have you on a play date this afternoon as I was using Gesso, Spackle and stencils.

  8. Beverly S says:

    Absolutely fabulous! The technique is great and the finished project is awesome – AND it totally made me laugh out loud!

  9. Very cool page! I love the Wizard of Oz, so this struck home with me.

  10. My favorite kind of piece….artistic AND witty. Love the sentiment, and a great technique with the tags.

  11. Love, Love, Love this page!!!! A very creative idea to use tags.

  12. I so love this!!!

  13. This is too aweseome, and thank you, thank you for the instructions you give here. Is it the black-inked edges of the tags that make them look three-dimensional (looks like heavy shadows behind them)? LOVE this!

  14. Fabulous, ingenious and superbly put together. Such inspiration.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  15. Really fun page and love how the tags have been embedded. Great witch image and colours are bright and beautiful. Love the quote!

  16. Oh My Marjie! “Don’t You Just Hate It When Those Flying Houses Get Lose? Is this what they mean when they say “The Houseing Market Is Falling?” How Funny! Love your journal page, just the perfect colors, great use of tags, and of corse the perfect sentiment!
    Hugs Vada

  17. Great how you used the tags on this page Marjie!
    And the quote made me smile 🙂
    Greetings, Alie 🙂

  18. love that sentiment–clever used of tags for the challenge

  19. Funny and fabulous work! Valerie

  20. Fabulous art journal page! Love the deep and bright colors! What a great way to alter those tags! Hugs, Sandra

  21. clever

  22. Fabulous journal page Marjie, love the combination of colours and the text did make me smile ! Sue C x

  23. Love how the tags come out at different dimensions. I am feeling this witchy love on this cold and rainy day. xox

  24. This is fabulous! All your layers interacting with the the tags and each other! Perfect for October!

  25. This is hilarious! I need to free my inner self and just start spraying.

  26. Brilliant page Marjie! Great techniques! x

  27. Hey, Anita… I just went back and re-worded the ‘how to’ to make it more clear. Yes, part of the page was always still attached… I just cut off the outer half of it, then reattached it.

  28. What a fun page Marjie – love your use of tags!!

  29. Ooh, gorgeous stuff, Marji – I’ve missed a lot of your work and it seems to be going from strength to strength – cool page!

  30. This is such a brilliant idea and a fabulous journal page. The colours are just stunning and the saying is so funny – I love it. I know I keep saying it but your work is so inspirational….. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  31. Fantastic idea and it worked out great! The splodgy blue is great too!

  32. Very cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Genius, Marjie! What a fantastic page… the embedded tags are just wonderful (will check out Julie’s link – thanks for the tip!), and your sense of colour, life and wit is just singing out of this work! Love it!!
    Alison x

  34. Totally love it — from one of your sistahs!

  35. I wish I could see exactly how you did this! Was it still attached to your journal? This is the coolest page ever! And, I had a BAHAHAHA moment at the sentiment….so true!!! Any sista would feel the same way!

  36. And what a “sweet” home it is! Marjie, you really are one clever cookie! Love this with all it’s awesomeness! Hugs!

  37. How fun! I love the shock of that bright blue behind the orangey/yellowey front!

  38. Flippin’ Awesome! You are sooo clever Marjie 🙂

  39. Hey Marjie! I love your tag for Frilly & Funkie. I am a big Wizard of Oz fan so this tag made me laugh! Love your design and your colors, etc. Very fun! <3 Candy