Time is …

Our new challenge over at Try it on Tuesday is Add a Quote, and this time we are looking for your creations to include a quote rather than a sentiment. You’ll also find lots of wonderful inspiration from my fellow Design Team over at Try it on Tuesday.

Today my art journal page was inspired by the quote “Time is the most valuable thing one can spend”; it’s by Theophrastus who was an ancient Greek philosopher and pupil of Aristotle.

The quote inspired my clock background which is created using a new Kaisercraft stamp called Tic Toc and Ground Espresso Distress Ink. Next I fussy cut three rulers from a design paper sheet by American Crafts and stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic; they are outlined and distressed, like all of the paper elements, using a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker, a Baked Earth Derwent Inktense pencil, a black Uni Pin marker and a white Uniball gel pen. I added patches of the Baked Earth Derwent Inktense pencil to the edges and background of the page, applying water over the top using a paintbrush to blend the colour. I also added some drips of Antique Linen Distress Ink by stamping the pad on an acrylic block and spritzing with water so it dripped onto the page; I love the distressed look that resulted as the inks merged together. Then I edged the page with a Sanguine and Dark Sepia Big Brush Marker. The satchel/briefcase, pocket watch and pen are rub-on transfers from Royal & Langnickel which I defined with a black Uni Pin marker so they stood out from the background more. The “Dream” butterfly ticket, chair and two flower pictures are all stickers and the different metal frames are fussy cut from a die cut topper set and stuck in place using a UHU Stic.

I added a wooden die cut decoration which says “memories” and for the quote, I cut a piece of white card and added the wording which is a rub-on transfer. Then I distressed the white card using the Antique Linen Distress Ink and mounted it onto a frame which I had die cut from some recycled paper and edged with brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. It is stuck in place using double-sided tape and edged with black Glitterations border stickers. To finish, I splattered the page with white and also black DecoArt acrylic paint using a paintbrush.

As T Stands for Tuesday I’m sharing an unexpected treat that I had whilst having my hair cut and coloured last week, a yummy piece of chocolate cake lovingly made by my hairdresser served with a glass of cold water – it was so rich and delicious!

Wishing you all a Happy T Day!

I know some of the T Gang requested to see some photos of the flower beds in my garden that I have been sorting out and replanting this year – if you are interested you’ll find some photos on my previous post here (grin!) – enjoy!


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, Try it on Tuesday, as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Chris from Pearshapedcrafting, who is hosting the Arts for Art’s Sake challenge over at Art Journal Journey as I had fun creating the distressed look and using my new craft supplies.

With the distressed look and feel of my page I’m joining the  Distress It! challenge over at The Artistic Stamper too.

I’m also joining the Get Sentimental challenge over at A Vintage Journey with my quote inspired page which I created in their Mixed Media and Vintage Styles.

I’m also pleased to join in the fun over at Paperbabe Stamps and their Photo Inspiration challenge as I enjoyed incorporating the lovely colour palette for my design.

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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ground Espresso, Antique Linen)
  • Derwent Inktense Pencil (Baked Earth 1800)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Sanguine 188 B, Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.3mm, 0.8mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White, Black)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Tic Toc CS796)
  • Spellbinders Die Cut System (Marvellous Squares 1122)
  • Brown Paper – recycled from an old notebook
  • White card – Docrafts Papermania Mini Cards & Stamp Set (Capsule Geometric Krafts PMA105308)
  • Royal & Langnickel Create A Collage Rub-on Transfers (Men’s Accessories #ROY-853)
  • DécoTime (3D Stickers 54742)
  • Craftime Colour Connection Stickers (Enchanted Brown ACO155E)
  • Docrafts A5 Die Cut Toppers & Sentiments (Mr. Smith’s Workshop PMA157261)
  • The Works The Crafts Place (Wooden Decorations)
  • Colorbok Rub-ons (Memories Made Easy)
  • Docrafts Papermania Glitterations (Black Borders ANT8181015)
  • UHU Stic
  • Stix 2 double-sided tape

54 thoughts on “Time is …

  1. A fab spread, Jo – love that background and the quote… beautifully done with so many little details… you really do pay attention to them and it makes such a big difference to your art.

    Cath x

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  2. I always feel excitement when I see your new creations! I loved this one ever since I saw it at the DT and got interested to read how you created it. I always enjoy your texts about how you made your pages! Your techniques are wonderful and inspiring and you have such an eye and hand for colours and textures and layout! A wonderful page for all the challenges – needless to say how happy you made me with linking it to Chris’ current theme at Art Journal Journey! Thank you my friend! I can imagine that your hairdresser like you very much if she shares a slice of her homebacked chocolate dream with you! Looks tempting!!! Happy T-Day dear Jo , have a great week ! Big hugs, Susi

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    • Thanks so much, that’s a lovely thing to say! This page just seem to come together, don’t you love it when that happens …lol 😉. So pleased to be able to join you at AJJ and Happy T Day wishes, have a great week too! J 😊 x


  3. It looks a super new stamp set you used for the background. The page looks fantastic with all the detail you added and give the spread a wonderful vintage look. It was a super quote you added as well.
    Your chocolate cake looks yummy, a welcome treat on your visit to the hairdresser.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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    • The stamp is super, isn’t it … I think I’ll be using it again …lol 😉. The chocolate cake was really yummy, my hairdresser said “don’t worry leaving it as it’s very rich”, I thought “there’s no chance of that” …lol 😀. Happy T Day wishes! J 😊 x


  4. Ironically, I created an entire altered book on Time. Those stamps you used in the background would have come in handy. They are wonderful. What really impressed me, though were those frames you die cut. They are so lacy and delicate. This is a fabulous spread and I was thrilled you are also sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey.

    I’m going to have my hair cut later in the week, but do you think MY hairdresser will have cake and ice water for me? HA!! They want to get me in and out as fast as possible, because they don’t like it when I say it isn’t short enough in the back. Your hairdresser must love you and I bet she gets a BIG tip, too! Thanks for sharing this luscious looking cake and ice water with us for T this Tuesday.

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    • Thanks so much! How wonderful to create an entire altered book on time and the clock stamp would have been very handy …lol 😉. The cake was such a suprise and very kind too, have a fun trip to the hairdresser too 😀. Happy T Tuesday! J 😊 x


  5. Always love your artjournal piece Jo… I learn so much just by looking at what you’ve done and reading your instructions… That chocolate cake certainly got my attention…!!lol!! it does look so rich and yummy.. Aaahhh waiting for cooler weather to start baking more.. 🙂 Happy T day! Hugs! deb

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  6. Nice new page Jo. It’s very pretty. That is a cool new stamp set. We are traveling in Newfoundland and I am checking in while waiting for lunch. I am hungry so that cake looks very very yummy. Nice treat. Happy T day hugs Erika

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  7. I love the clock background, Jo. Perfect for the theme. And then all the memory related items … lovely page – as always. You inspire me.
    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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    • Lol … it seems you had the same reaction to the chocolate cake as me 😀. My hairdresser even said that it was ok to leave some as it’s very rich, and I thought like that’s going to happen, the richer the better …lol 😉. Many thanks and Happy T Tuesday! J 😊 x


  8. Oh, my goodness, you always inspire me to want to art journal. Love how the quote inspired you. Thank you again for telling us how you did your page. Haha, when I do mine, when it is done, I don’t know what I did! I have all these mixed media supplies and just start using them. I don’t know what I am doing. Thanks also for the list of challenges. I always want to do them all, but somehow don’t get to them. I mostly scrapbook and make cards, and that keeps me pretty busy! Have a great week!

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    • Thanks so much, you are very kind! I just seem to remember …lol … even for pages I may have created months ago …lol 😉. Your scrapbook and card making sounds wonderful. Have a great week too! J 😊 x


  9. Your page has so many pretty collaged elements. I am loving the antique chair and valise case. That clock stamp repeated in the background makes the perfect patterned paper.
    What a nice hair dresser you have. That chocolate cake looks moist and delicious!
    Happy Tea Day,

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    • Thank you Kate! I appreciate you noticing the detail, don’t you just love it when a page seems to create itself …lol 😉. It’s always fun to go to my hairdressers and the chocolate cake was a lovely surprise – yum! Happy Tea Day! J 😊 x


  10. Fabulous take on the quote – so much detail in your project. And tempting me with that gorgeous cake when I am gluten and dairy free – so not fair! lol – thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment – it’s been a delight to be Guest Designer with such a talented bunch

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    • Thanks very much! The cake tasted so good and was actually egg free as my hairdresser can’t eat eggs 😀. So pleased you joined us as Guest Designer, thank you! Wishing you a happy and creative week! J 😊 x


  11. Ahhhh colour perfection Jo, this colour way always makes me want to Ooo and ahhh followed by a big sigh. Love those layers and elements and the quote feels like it’s especially for me at the moment as Time has been so much taken for granted recently.
    That cake looked delicious what a treat… Thanks so much for sharing.
    Belated T Day and I will be along to visit TioT later when i’ve rebooted.
    Hugs for a super day & best wishes in the Paperbabe Challenge xx

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    • Thanks so much Tracey! So funny I had just popped over the Paperbabes Stamps to see what the new challenge was when your message came through …lol 😉. I’m so delighted to have won! Thanks again and wishing you a fabulous weekend too! Hugs, J 😊 x


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