Kemper art journal 04:03:2014

Last month when I was teaching a class where we used stencils, we talked about how hard it is to keep track of the little ‘negative' pieces that come with torso stencils.  I mean the shapes that fill the spaces between a figure's body and their arms… they're often tiny and easily lost.  It occurred to me this would be a great job for Xyron's re-positionable adhesive, and it was a head-thumping, why-didn't-I-think-of-this-sooner, V-8 moment!

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Above, you can see I ran the two little arm hole pieces through my Xyron® 1.5” Create-a-Sticker.

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And here they are positioned on the page with the re-positionable adhesive.

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They stayed in place perfectly while I applied ink through the Crafter's Workshop stencil with my Ranger Ink Blending tool.  I used lots of Tim Holtz stencils in the background using a variety of Ranger Archival inks.

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When I was finished with the torso stencil, I just peeled the arm holes off the page and reapplied them to the Xyron release paper.  Now I'm storing them in the clear packaging with the ‘positive' parts of the stencil, and I can reuse as much as I like.  Wish I'd thought of this a few years ago!

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Thanks so much for the visit today.  I sent out my April newsletter this afternoon, and it has quite a lot of info about upcoming classes and workshops.  If you ‘re not on my mailing list, please sign up and I'll send you a copy.


  1. […] Had some fun in my journal today with a large silhouette stencil (TCW), Dina Wakley’s words stencil, and  several of Tim Holtz’s layering stencils (arrows, numbers, rays).  This is the large (8X12) Dylusions art journal and large silhouette gal, compared to this project that was in my small (5X8) Dylusions journal with the small silhouette gal. […]

  2. butterfly on April 14, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Clever stuff with the Xyron – and what a stunning page. The silhouette is glorious and those layers and layers of stencilling pay off again, giving such depth and texture – wonderful, Marjie!
    Alison xx

  3. Gigi Black on April 10, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    That is really great. I think I need to get some brighter colors for my collection of paints and spray. One question–have you ever tried using the Xyron adhesive without running it through the machine? Do you think it would be doable?

  4. Susan M. Brown {sbartist} on April 10, 2014 at 10:31 am

    What an ingenious idea – you clever creative!!! I’m having a total V-8 moment! TFS :)

  5. Caroline Duncan on April 9, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Great idea to make sticker for the arm holes. I’ve just been keeping them in a baggie with the masks, but the sticker really would be great for keeping in place while inking. Thanks for the tip! Your journal page is gorgeous… love all the layers of stencils and stamps you used. Great colors!

  6. Wanda Hentges on April 8, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Love the pages!!!! And way cool idea about the Xyron!!!

  7. textured tag with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies on April 8, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    […] I stenciled a large clock on the lower left portion of the tag before embossing the whole thing in a Cuttlebug ‘clocks’ embossing folder. The stenciled clock gets lost later as I build up the color, but I like that it left a few spots noticeably lighter than others. Speaking of stencils, did you see my post last week about Using Xyron with Stencils? […]

  8. Silvia on April 8, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    These are fantastic pages, great colors again.

  9. Brenda Brown on April 8, 2014 at 6:33 am

    A beautiful piece of art my friend and such clever ideas, TFS xx

  10. Lynne Moncrieff on April 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    That is a clever idea especially for someone like yourself who art journals constantly.
    BTW that is a stunning page.

  11. Sandra on April 7, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    What a great idea! Love the pages! That outline does so much! Hugs, Sandra

  12. Anita Houston on April 7, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Yummy stencil work! Gorgeous pages…love the bright yellow!!!

  13. Toni on April 7, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Lovely pages and a great tip ! Thanks Marjie xx

  14. Anna-Karin on April 7, 2014 at 10:17 am

    This is gorgeous Marjie! Love the colours and all the patterns. Great stencil storage idea! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

  15. kate on April 6, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Awesome pages! Wow! So much detail to look at!

  16. kathy/NorthCarolina on April 6, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Marjie, I just love the sunny colors you used here…and I love the way the light is streaming out from your woman’s courageous heart. It’s a really spiritual piece….learning to be true to yourself is the journey of a lifetime. Hugs!

  17. Kirsten Alicia on April 6, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Great idea & that is a gorgeous page.

  18. valerie-Jael on April 5, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Good idea! I use non permanent DS tape, seems to work in a similar way. Valerie

  19. Buttons on April 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Love the silhouette and the multiple layers to this Marjie. Jenny x

  20. Claudine Criner on April 5, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Nice idea!! I’m definitely going to do this. Thanks Marjie!

  21. Jackie P Neal on April 5, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Marjie, than you so much for the tutorial! Such a cool idea and your page is Fab! love your colors and stencil!

  22. corrine on April 4, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    don’t you love those, duh, whY didn’t I think of that so lng ago ideas….slapping forehead regularly. xox

  23. Anne R on April 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    An excellent idea and a really beautiful journal page, love the wonderful colours. Anne xx

  24. Alison/craftytrog on April 4, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    What a fab idea! Thanks for sharing Marjie. Your spread is gorgeous, of course!
    Have a great weekend,
    Alison xxx

  25. Corrie on April 4, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Great AJ pages, those colours are yummy ! Wonderful idea to keep your stencils together !
    Corrie x

  26. Renee Zarate on April 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Great idea! Beautiful aj spread, love the colors.

  27. Barbara Albrecht on April 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Wish I’d thought about..or known about… doing that. I’ve thrown away those bitty bits…DANG!!

  28. Kay Wallace on April 4, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Loved you “V8” moment, Marjie. You must have heart me laugh! Your sentiment has become one of my favorites. It pairs perfectly with your female image. Great vintage-y color palette makes your journal spread one I love! Have a great weekend!

  29. Karenliz on April 4, 2014 at 11:28 am

    What a great idea. I do have one that I hardly use. Now you gave me use for it.

  30. Laurie on April 4, 2014 at 11:12 am

    How clever are you!!!! Thanks for the awesome idea.

  31. Jessica Sporn on April 4, 2014 at 10:15 am

    yessss-great idea and beautiful page. wonderful magical layering with a great sentiment. I also really love her necklace!

  32. Astrid on April 4, 2014 at 1:22 am

    This is a cool trick Marjie, thanks for that. Your finished page looks absolutely fantastic, probably one of my all time favourites of yours! Love the colours and all the many subtle layers of stenciling!!

  33. Mo,nica on April 4, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Oh yes… Once again… I love your tutorial !! Your choice of colors and the way you worked with the stencils… Wow !!! Cant get enough of admiring your work !!!
    Thank you also for sharing the idea of’s a great idea !!!!!
    Hufs from SPAIN

  34. Terry on April 3, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    This is just too darn cool, Marjie! I love all the layers and the Green Goddess! What a great storage idea for the little parts. One day I hope to take one of your classes and then maybe I will get into journaling! Hugs, GF!

  35. Amante del Papel on April 3, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Fantastic page!

  36. Julie Tucker-Wolek on April 3, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    *sigh* this is soooooooo gorgeous! I loveeeeeee the colors!!!!!

    • Mona Pendleton on April 4, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Fabulous art journal pages! Great attention to details! Thanks for joining along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!