Coffee and Cake

As some of you may know from my last post, we recently went to the Blackpool Central Library and I was so inspired by the wonderful architecture and the fabulous interior that I have a few pages that I want to create.

You can find my first page here, which was inspired by one of the beautiful windows. The library also has a lovely café area for the community to use, which is a sanctuary for people from all walks of life that are looking for somewhere to make friends and find purpose. So my second page is inspired by a couple of fun romantic sayings that adorned the walls in this area.

As the library dates back to 1911 and is built in the Edwardian Baroque style, I wanted to create a vintage and ornate page to showcase the sayings from the signage we saw. I also choose the green and pink colour scheme to represent the masculine and feminine colours of the signage too. So I started by adding Picked Raspberry and Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink to the page using a blending tool and then I covered the page with a thin layer of white gesso to tone down the colours. I stencilled letters and numbers from a Past Times stencil by Viva Decor using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool. Then I used some of the same stamps that I used on my first page, these being a Vintage-Cherish butterfly image and also a doily stamp, both by Kaisercraft, which I stamped onto the page using black Versafine Ink. Next I ripped pieces of two different decoupage papers from Poundworld that matched the Distress Ink colours and stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic. Before I stuck down the large pieces of decoupage paper I painted white gesso underneath so that there was a clean finish with no stamps showing through in readiness for the sayings. Once the glue had dried I doodled along the edges of the papers using a black Derwent Graphix marker. Next I stamped the two sayings, which were on the library wall, onto the decoupage paper using an alphabet stamp set by Hampton Art and black Versafine Ink. I added a coffee bean and cupcake alongside the sayings, as well as the coffee pots and cake stands which are all outline stickers, then I outlined them with a black Uni Pin marker. I used Glitterations border stickers to add the black lines and I also added some vintage flower 3D stickers. I fussy cut the heart and cupid image from a card making kit, edged it with a black Sharpie marker and stuck it to the page using double-sided foam tape. To finish, I painted glitter glue onto the 3D flowers and cupid wings to add some extra sparkle.

With the bright colours that I chose for my page, I’m pleased to be able to join the “Colour in my World” theme hosted by Yvonne from Meggy’s Way over at Art Journal Journey.

These are the two sayings that inspired my page and as T Stands for Tuesday I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and wishing you all a Happy T Day!

The library café has a pretty seating area and there are several signs on the walls to choose from, I’d be interested to know which saying/s you like the most? They are:

“You’re the cream in my coffee”
“You’re the icing on the cake”
“Have you’re cake and eat it”
“Tea for two…and…two for tea”
“Check for dormice”
“I never laugh until I’ve had my coffee”

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry, Crushed Pistachio, Black Soot)
  • Tsukineko Versafine Ink (Onyx Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker (Black)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Vintage-Cherish CS831, Doily CS297)
  • Hampton Art Mini Wood Peg Rubber Stamps (Alphabet Set #1037)
  • Viva Décor Universal Stencil (Past Times 900270300)
  • Poundworld (Patch Paper DS9454)
  • Docrafts Papermania Decoupage Card Kit (Victorian Valentine PMA169102)
  • Free & Easy Stickers (3D Stickers 1150ENF)
  • Anita’s Outline Stickers (Alice in Wonderland ANT810116)
  • Docrafts Glitterations (Black Borders ANT8181015)
  • The Range (3D Glitter Glue Pen GLT4321000)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

42 thoughts on “Coffee and Cake

  1. Those are great images and quotes on the wall. Makes a really cool decor. And plus what a great inspiration for a journal page, even better for T Day. You did make a really romantic and gorgeous page! I think the library looks like an interesting place to visit, even if you just have tea. happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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  2. This is a fantastic T day journal page and I love the coffee pots you used and was surprised when I read they were actually stickers. They are lovely and really made this spread come alive. I also loved the beautiful background and the sayings certainly echoed the designs in the Library cafe.

    As for the sayings, you know by now, my favorite is coffee. One I would love to see is “you’re the cream in my coffee.” But I don’t get the dormouse quote. I don’t know what a dormouse is and I don’t know what it has to do with tea or coffee.

    Thanks for sharing this incredible AJJ and T inspired journal page, as well as the library cafe with us for T this Tuesday.

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  3. Fabulous romantic and vintage page Jo and that cafe looks so welcoming and inviting, great inspiration point and a beautifully put together page! I am so imressed by the way you stamped the quotes, – when I first saw it I thought it was created digitally! I like all the sayings but I favourite one and very true for me is: I never laugh until I’ve had my coffee… Happy Tuesday!

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    • Thanks so much! After visiting the library I have so many ideas for pages and this page was fun to create 😁. You made me smile about the quote you chose too, I have a few friends that are the same …lol 😁. Happy Tuesday and enjoy your week! J 😊


  4. The cafe in the library looks a wonderful place to meet and relax over a cuppa. The signs on the wall look bright and cheerful. I can see how this area was your inspiration today,
    The page is fabulous Jo. I love the way you make your backgrounds and the details you add are always interesting and add to the story behind the page.
    Thank you so much for adding this to Art Journal Journey. It was good to see the colours in your world today.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. I adore your beautiful romantic and vintage looking journal page Jo!I Perfection again with all the layers and beautiful details on it! And the library café is so inviting – what a lovely post and you made me happy with such a beautiful entry to Yvonne’s AJJ theme! Thank you very much!!!
    Happy rest of the week and happy T-Day

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  6. this library seating place really Looks cozy. your Journal page took up the sayings wonderfully.
    and now i wish you a happy t-day and “Have you’re cake and eat it”;)

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  7. Hello Jo. You do have fun and interesting places to visit and maybe it’s also because you make them so colourful and fun for us too. If I’m ever near Blackpool I’ll certainly go to visit this library.
    “I started by adding Picked Raspberry and Cracked Pistachio” – sounds like the start of a great art journalling adventure – and it was. Your page is terrific and really gives the atmosphere of the library photographs you showed.

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    • Hi Sheila! It’s so nice to hear from you, thanks for stopping by and your lovely comments 😁. The library building is amazing with it’s Edwardian Baroque architecture and new windows. I found it such an inspirational place and have lots of ideas for pages. Enjoy your week! J 😊


    • Many thanks! Looking round the library building is wonderful, it dates back to 1911 and has many of its original features. The windows are particularly spectacular too. It’s also attached to the Grundy Gallery which holds different art exhibitions, I always enjoy looking round there too. Have a great week! J 😊


  8. Ooh, that sounds like a fun library. Between the books and the café, I imagine one could while away hours there. I adore the sayings from the café wall, and you did a wonderful job interpreting them as an art journal spread. Happy T Day!

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  9. Great art and what a fun post. Tea for two… would be my favorite. Singing along of course. What a wonderful visiting spot your library has. All we have are long work tables with connections for electronics and no one ever looks up to meet anyone elses eye.

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    • Thank you! I remember the singing version well …lol 😁. The library has seating areas, work tables with connections, a children’s area as well as tables where you can complete jigsaws – amazing! Thanks for the smiles and wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊


  10. oohh wow,your page with the angels and kettles are amazing,love the words too,and the libary room is beautiful,so warm and friendly 🙂
    its good for the community 🙂
    wishing you a happy week,dear jo !


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