Journaling with Leftovers


Over the last few weeks I've been organizing my space and I ended up with a bin of about 200 semi-finished tags. Some just have mopped up paint or ink on them, but some have layers of stamping and look a bit interesting. The tag on this page was one of them.  I'm determined to use up as many of these bits and bobs as I can over the coming weeks and months.

As I was sorting, I knocked over the water jar full of brushes on my table and had a mad scramble to dry up the water before it ruined everything in its' path.  This tag faded a lot but I thought it was still usable, in parts. I think the reason it was in the leftovers bin to begin with was that I'd made a mess of the stenciled flower that was on the bottom left, so I just tore it off and planned to get rid of it.  But as I put the page together, I realized it could be part of the ‘rule of three' so I added it in, and punched a circle from stamped card stock to cover the  blotchy center.

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The tag itself is from some time ago so hard to remember exactly what I used… I recognize lots of Tim's stamps, as well as Wendy Vecchi's gorgeous flower stencil combined with black embossing paste. Clearly I used some Distress Inks as they reacted to the water spill!


The honeycomb die-cuts on the bottom right are from Tim's new Frameworks die (love it!!) and I used a stencil with india ink to create the hexies on the top left. The base of the page is Tim's tissue wrap painted with a few layers of washed down fluid acrylics.

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  1. Sue Kment on February 24, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Thanks so much for joining our Inspiration Emporium February Show It With Words Challenge!

    Love your pretty card with all the Bee elements! Very cool!

    ♥ Sue Kment

  2. Lisa H on February 21, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Marjie, I love your plan for using up the “leftover bits”. I have quite a pile myself. This is wonderful and thank you so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Journal.

  3. kate on February 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I am loving that orange and green. Awesome color combos.

  4. Julie S on February 15, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Wonderfully use of leftovers! You’re tempting me to dig through my own ‘throwaway’ bin. :)

  5. kathy/NorthCarolina on February 15, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Well, if this is leftovers, I’ll have seconds, please! Beautiful!

  6. Meihsia Liu on February 13, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    It’s always so fun to find some surprise that we forgot in the stash. Your page turned out awesome, Marjie. Love it :)

  7. Silvia on February 13, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Great use of the scraps – a wonderful page.

  8. Brenda Brown on February 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Fabulous Marjie, love the intense colours and great sentiment and what a fab way to use up those left over tags. Xox

  9. Alison/craftytrog on February 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    A great page, with wonderful words to live by! x

  10. Helen Tilbury on February 13, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Lovely!! Wow 200 unfinished tags? I know what you mean though! They are great for finishing things up on. Good to know you are also on a sorting spree there!!

  11. linda on February 12, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Lovely tag! Love that you ‘found’ them in your room and are working to finish them. I recently came across a stack of half-stamped tags as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Julie Tucker-Wolek on February 12, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    This is gorgeous! LOVING the colors and the hexagons!!!!

  13. Carolyn Dube on February 12, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I am so wanting those frameworks dies! This looks great! Can’t wait to see what you make the rest of the tags!

  14. Kirsten Alicia on February 12, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    That is gorgeous. Fab colours & I love the torn flower on the corner. I have a growing pile of half finished tags, I really must do something with them.

  15. Denise Spillane on February 12, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Wow great ideas and eye candy!

  16. Anne R on February 12, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Hi Marjie, I would call that spill a happy accident in your case! Your tag is beautiful and it looks wonderful on your page – love the black pasted elements too. Anne xx

  17. Buttons on February 12, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    So even your leftovers look superb Marjie! Love the way you’ve combined everything and even included the rule of thirds. Jenny x

  18. Ruth L on February 12, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    It’s a beautiful spread Marjie!

  19. Anita Houston on February 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    So cool! Love that you used leftovers….makes like so easy! The colors are just super, and love the tag!

  20. Corrie on February 12, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Wow, love this. I also would love to have 200 semi-finished tags to use !
    I am so pleased that Kay Wallace pointed me towards your blog, your art is wonderful !
    Corrie x

  21. susan salyer on February 12, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I love this. I am loving the new dies
    beautiful art Marjie
    susan s

  22. butterfly on February 12, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Brilliant – what an inspired use of the leftover tag – just awaiting its moment. I love the torn off corner putting in an appearance as the third flower, and the watery depths of the layered stamping on the tag itself. Am awaiting my Frameworks pre-orders (im)patiently!!
    Alison xx

  23. Shilpa on February 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    fantastic journal page, Marjie! love the vibrant colors! and thanks ,its an inspiration for me to take out my leftovers! :)

  24. Lynne on February 12, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    How I would love to root around your studio – 200 semi completed tags, that is amazing!
    I like the outcome of this tag, a happy accident I would say and I like the placement of the stencils.

  25. Sandy Dehon on February 12, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I only wish my leftovers would look half as good!! But then if they did I would be able to travel and people would know my name and I could teach techniques. I tried the banana with the chocolate and it was very good. I cooked it a little too long and the banana was over ripe but I know what to do next time. It probably would have been even better if I had Belgium chocolate instead of Hershey’s kisses!

  26. Karenliz on February 12, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Love this. I have about 100 unfinished tags. I do the same thing as you mop up paints and inks, etc. I keep all my smaller bits and pieces of things in a box I call “box of bits”. Making tags with what is around is challenging but fun!

  27. Corrine on February 12, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Leftovers are the best, they are my first go to for collage. Great colors and you melded them together beautifully. xox

  28. Caroline on February 12, 2014 at 11:58 am

    You know, I am more than happy to email you my address? 200?! Gosh, thought I was doing well with about 15 scrap tags, lol. Just goes to show why we don’t throw away stuff. Loving the hexagons from die & colours. Tfs :))

  29. Astrid on February 12, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Happy accidents indeed!! I love the concept of journaling with leftovers!! And this page just proofs how successful it can be! Great inspiration, thank you!