Today I'm playing catchup with The Whatevers, a monthly creative prompt issued by Nat Kalbach, Catherine Scanlon, and Vicki Chrisman.  These creative gals started this challenge in June and I hopped on board with this page.  Then the summer flew by and I'm just now playing along with their July prompt.  You can find all the details on the first link, but basically you're to use the given photo in whatever way you like.

I've had the photo on my desk for awhile, wondering what to do with this old fasioned looking gal. Then yesterday my favorite UPS guy showed up with a ton of new Balzer Designs stencils and this background came together really fast.

I left it for a few hours and driving home from errands I heard the song Unwritten on the radio. Love that song! Cranked it up and sang along and suddenly knew exactly what I wanted to do with that photo.

I'll call her Alice, and tell her she needs to Relax & Release Her Inhibitions.

Here's the song:  Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield – Lyrics

Thanks for the visit!


Edited 9/14: Initially I had linked to a video with the wrong lyrics, and thought I had misquoted the song on my page…so there was a lot more ‘story' above explaining what I thought was a mistake… hence some of the comments below!

Supplies: Distress and Archival Inks, Dylusions Ink Sprays, Stencils, Stamps,Tapes


  1. Lisa Sackett on October 16, 2012 at 10:22 am

    You crack me up! Ha ha… As for this page layout — fantastic! Love the colors…as always. =)
    Question, what do you use for your journal? Are you using the new journal by Dyan Reavely? It’s at our LSS but I haven’t gotten it yet. I’m thinking about getting it and cutting it across at 2/3rds to make it into two books at various sizes.

  2. Alexa Noble on September 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Just popped over too check out the song – great lyrics! Love the stencils and colours on your page – fab piece of art.

  3. Silvia on September 19, 2012 at 12:37 am

    That rocks, fantastic colors and pattern.

  4. Jessica Sporn on September 15, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I love this page with all the blues and greens. What a great song and lyric to pair with this photo. You could be singing it to me as well!

  5. Linda K on September 15, 2012 at 6:44 am

    What a gorgeous spread!!! Love how it all came together-and your use of your new stencils is fantastic!!

  6. Sue C on September 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Wow Marjie what a fantastic page ! The rays really draw your eye and the colours are stunning ! Sue C x

  7. Krisha on September 14, 2012 at 8:21 am

    WOW great pages!!!!

  8. Milagros on September 14, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Since then the fund has been very uninhibited you and happy with that bunch of new templates and bivrantes these colors, I love the result.

  9. Buttons on September 14, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Singing it in my head now Marjie!! Love how you put your journalling pages together and your gusto with colour. It always works so well when you do it. Hugs, Buttons x

  10. Nicie Ibarra on September 14, 2012 at 2:48 am

    Beautiful pages!!!!!! I love how the rays just pop out from the middle of the pages!!! And yes, you did make me laugh, specially since I am so bad with lyrics! I always make up my own. :)

  11. Nathalie Kalbach on September 14, 2012 at 12:09 am

    this is so fun!!! Love the page so much!!! And hehehehe- about the words. Try with a non native speaker who for years thought the lyrics for American Pie were “drove my cherry to the larry but the larry was dry!” no idea what it meant but it sounded cool- LOL ;)

  12. michele s on September 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    this is fantastic! great whimsy. beautiful page. xo

  13. Terry on September 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    So UPS made your day?? Marjie, this is so flippin cool! You really do this journaling thing so well! Love it, GF!

  14. Vicki Chrisman on September 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    FANTASTIC!! Oh.. how totally fun! SO happy you are playing along. Your creation is gorgeous!

  15. Anita Houston on September 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    This page is absolutely awesome! Those rays are fabulous. I need to know more about Balzer. Your color is fantastic!!! On the lyrics…she does say inhibitions…is that what you thought??? I’m having a blonde moment.

  16. Helen Tilbury on September 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Great spread and love the story behind the words. I love that song & often use lyrics in my scrapbooking too!

  17. Willy on September 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Your pages are fabulous and your story is great, Marjie!

  18. Sandra on September 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Ohhh can’t believe how intense those colors are! Dark but still really striking! Love them! Gorgeous!! Love the song too! Hugs, Sandra

  19. butterfly on September 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Fabulous pages – and so wonderful hearing how it all came about… love your uninhibited crafting, and your innovations!! So glad to get the heads up about the Whatevers – love the idea of getting an image to play with each month… so thank you for that as well as your always inspiring crafting loveliness!
    Alison x

  20. Alison on September 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    So funny! Love your page Marjie, it’s awesome! x

  21. Anne R on September 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Hi Marjie, I just had to listen to the song as I was beginning to doubt myself – glad to hear you were right all along!! Your page is brilliant, love the tones, the stencilling and of course the lady, she really does not look happy or comfortable which I think you have reflected well in the blues…..whateva though, I love it. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  22. Julia on September 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

    You did make me laugh and actually you may have done me a favour too. More of that in a moment. Firstly: your page has energy and drags in the onlooker until you feel you’re in the page and looking around a room – the lady could well be a picture on that wall!! Gorgeous blues and stencil stuff too.
    To the song: I don’t know it but when I saw the bit about not getting bothered by our mistakes (or words to that effect) it put my rubbish crafting of late into perspective and I just thought that I shouldn’t worry any more and er, just ’embrace the imperfections’as a certain someone says!!
    Thanks Marjie – pity you’re not in UK as I need someone who thinks like you – no offence meant to my lovely friends of course! I’m off to be a domestic goddess now as my dearest is due home and I haven’t catered for him yet – this was more important!!

  23. Ana K. on September 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Yes it`s fuuny story, but your page is still stunning!

  24. Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries on September 13, 2012 at 9:53 am

    A fun story, Marjie, but your page is even more fun to look at…and discover all the great details…and the colours are so great together…gorgeous!!!
    Greetings, and thanks for the smile, Alie :-)

  25. Brenda Brown on September 13, 2012 at 9:42 am

    You are funny Marjie, but we all sing the wrong lyrics to songs don’t we? It’s when the karaoke words come up on the screen and you think “Well I never knew that’s what they sang”!
    Love the depth to your pages, so many details which take my eyes round and round the page.
    Hope you are having a good week.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  26. Kate on September 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Awesome page! Love those stencils! I am working on catch up as well.

  27. Lori on September 13, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Love this Marjie! The colors, design and placement are fabulous!

  28. Cathy on September 13, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Vibrant … and funny.

  29. Susan on September 13, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Yup, you made me listen to the song!

  30. Valerie-Jael on September 13, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Great journal pages, and it’s good to make a song your own, including altering the text! Valerie

  31. Martha Richardson on September 13, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Love your interpretation & Alice is FAB…make sure you post on the FB page. I just but #3 up today! LOVE this challenge ;)

  32. Sharon on September 13, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Wow very striking & effective Marjie!

  33. Lisa Somerville on September 13, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Fab use of color – stunning altered journal pages!