Stencil Girl Products Blog Hop

I’m so happy to be joining Jessica Sporn in a blog hop featuring one of her designs for Stencil Girl Products. Today I’m using the Borders stencil along with Natasha MayMaria McGuireMaggie Nemetz, and Judy Shea.

You might wonder if I used the right stencil at first glance, because I didn’t use it as a border at all… I chose to use one section repeatedly and randomly across the pages to add interest and texture to my background.

I started by adhering bits of leftover 6X6 Basic Grey papers to a spread in my Dyan Reaveley art journal, and then added layers of Distress Paints. After the blues dried, I dry brushed white in places, and it looked like this:

Next I used a makeup wedge to sponge white paint in places through the Borders stencil:

I used more stencils in the background before pulling out some extra large Donna Downey stamps (Delicate Flowers measures 8″ and the word ‘dream‘ measures 4″) and inking them with a mix of Archival ink and Distress Paints.  I love that the DD stamps are sized so well to fit the DR journal.


I added tiny stickers to spell ‘big’ and heat set the sentiment below with clear embossing powder:


Washi tape down the middle, more stencils and paint all around:

I really enjoyed using Jessica’s Border stencil this way.  She has a fabulous collection out with Stencil Girl.  Be sure to see her blog and visit the other people in the hop.

Simon Says Stamp and Show is looking for participants to use a stamp they love but don’t regularly use, and for this project I chose a small delicate flower from Wendy Vecchi’s Studio 490 (She Created Art) line.  It fits in perfectly as filler between the XL Donna Downey stamps.

Thank you for stopping by!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


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  3. Oh I love the dream…..great way to use the stencils…..xox

  4. This is really beautiful Marjie! You’ve created such depth with all your layers. Congrats on being part of the hop!!

  5. What a stunning page, Marjie. I love the colours and how you have used the stencil,
    Lucy x

  6. Hi Marje, very very beautiful! I love the blues and your stencil show on top of it is sensational! Happy PPF.

  7. This should be called eye candy — I love your creation – I love the colors and the messages on your journal page. The purple looks wonderful – I am dreaming big after looking at your art work!

  8. Love the textures and imagery you used to make this interesting page. I had to go and check out the rest of the test drive with those stencils. And I love the DD stamps too.

  9. beautiful pages. I love how you used that stencil.

  10. Wow! Awesome journal pages! I love your color combo and those flowers. and I love that stencil!

  11. tracey.kuzniak says:

    GORGEOUS JOURNAL!!! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show 🙂

  12. Nicely done Marjie – your journal pages – beautiful colors and what a wonderful idea to use this boarder stencil as interest inside the design itself!

  13. OMG these pages are totally gorgeous, Marjie!!. I could roll and roll in the grass :). LOVE the colors and detail stamping :). HUGS.

  14. Wonderful page, the colours and texture of the pages is so rich. Love seeing the processes.

  15. wow, that’s so beautiful… I love the description of the process as well. Great!

  16. Love the look of those stencils and adore the way you’ve used them. Hugs, Jenny x

  17. Yes, why restrict yourself to only using the stencil as a border, it should be used as we use rubber stamps, in any which way we choose to get the most mileage out of them.
    The colours are beautiful. Yourself and my lovely friends Alison and Penny always leave me awestruck with your use of colour.

  18. great pages Marjie. The colors are a little more subtle in color and really present a softness with the white stencil in the background.

  19. Fabulous use of the stencils and wonderful vibrant colours.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  20. I need to keep coming to your blog no telling what i can learn!! Gorgeous work!!

  21. This is gorgeous Marjie! I love it so very much. It’s so rich and colorful. Love all the layers and stencils! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  22. Gorgeous journal pages Marjie ! Love the colours and the stencils you’ve used. Sue C x

  23. Your blog is one of my guilty little pleasures, Marjie. I should be on the treadmill right now, but saw your new post and had to look. Mmmmmm…dreamy blues, with patches of white and lovely wispy purple field flowers….now that image will float in my head while I’m walking and will keep me happy all day. Love the repeated pattern from the border.

  24. Fantastic colours, I love this page Marjie! x

  25. ohhh girl, lovin’ that color. i find myself gravitating towards the blues and greens all the time. awesome journal spread….. 🙂

  26. You are so amazing!! This is gorgeous! I loveeeeee the colors!!

  27. yummy Marjie! Love how you used the stencil. The ways you create depth are just amazing! Love the “message” too!

  28. Fabulous pages Marjie, wonderful layers of colour and interest. Wonderful stencilled background and I love the added flowers. The white highlights are a wonderful touch. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  29. The pages look great Marjie…lovely stencils!!!
    Have fun, Alie 🙂

  30. Marjie…your art journal pages are so cool! I love that stencil that you’ve used to create such cool patterns in your background. I also love the wispy purple flowers. The white accents in the background also give nice contrast. You are a master at art journaling! Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  31. Stunning! Love how you used the border stencil- shows how versatile those designs are!

  32. Love the stencils and I love the way you used them on your page. Thanks for sharing how you did this one. Thanks for the inspiration Marjie!!

  33. Oh that Jessica is fantastic! Love this stencil! Your use of it is fantastic! Love the torn papers and stamping too! The blue, of course,is so you, so rich and so wonderful! I love these pages, and the sentiment perfect! Thanks for stamping with us this weeks at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  34. A whole lot of gorgeous here! What stunning stencils (you’re very bad for my credit card!)… and such glorious colours too, especially those flowers in pinks and purples. This is way up there with some of my favourites of yours – beautiful!
    Alison x

  35. Hi Marjie, your page is gorgeous, love the blue and the way you have layered up using the stencils. So much to look at and so beautiful. Hugs, Anne x

  36. Hi Marjie …this is so beautiful. I love the colours and layers you have created. I am so in awe of your journalling. Than you for the kind comments you leave on my blog. They are so appreciated as your are such a talented, inspiring crafter
    Hugs Annie x

  37. Marjie it’s a wonderful page, love every detail.

  38. I never think to heat emboss something on an art journal page. Duh! Gorgeous.

  39. Marjie…this is absolutely stunning!!!! I love, love LOVE it! I’m going to see if I can find a local supplier for this stencil as well, it’s beautiful.

  40. Beautiful pages, those stencils are good, too! Valerie

  41. Maria McGuire says:

    Now that is one AWESOME journal page Marjie!! There are so many elements to keep the eye moving–love it! My favorite part is the word dream. It literally looks like the page is ripped away down deep behind it!

  42. Lovely journal page and I think it is great how you used the stencil! Fabulous layers! Hugs!
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  43. This is just gorgeous. I love the layers and the colors and the stamping–but that’s just YOU!

  44. Marjie — fantastic us of the borders in an all over background for your page….YOu can really see them shine through even though the effect is subtle at the same time. xox

  45. Marjie, I love what you’ve done! Gorgeous colors…the teal and the purple with bits of green are so amazing together. Beautiful journal pages!

  46. Marjie.. what a page. These colors are right up my ally. Love driving along with you.

  47. Really gorgeous journal page. I love how subtle you made the stencil look in the background. It gives an interesting layer and depth. 🙂

  48. Just beautiful Marjie! Love your technique with the embossing powder too!