Happy Days

Recently a good friend very kindly gave us a Food Dehydrator that she no longer uses so I thought I would create a page to remember this kindness and also the lovely apples we have been drying and eating – Happy Days!

I started by applying Parchment Liquitex acrylic paint and white gesso using a sponge through a mosaic stencil from the Tim Holtz idea-ology collection. The round mosaic pattern reminded me of the trays in the dehydrator machine. Then I used some different stamps to add more detail to the background which included a blossom stamp from Stampendous using black Archival Ink, a foliage stamp from Kaisercraft using Shabby Shutters Distress Ink, and also a stitched flower stamp from Urban Stamps using Old Paper Distress Ink. Then I ripped three pieces of wallpaper; I really like the apple blossom design to remember the apples that we dried. They are edged, like all the paper pieces, using a Cold Grey Big Brush Faber-Castell marker and stuck in place using Liquitex matte gel medium. Then I added some pieces of spotted and flower design pink fabric washi tape to the wallpaper pieces to add some interest and colour. The apple is fussy cut from a magazine and is backed with recycled card; I layered it onto the page with a small piece of wallpaper and some worded stickers from Kaisercraft, which read “Happy Days” and “Grateful” as I am grateful for my friend’s kindness. They are stuck in place using a glue stick and outlined with a black Uni Pin marker, and I added a shadow at the base of the apple using Cold Grey and Black Faber-Castell Big Brush markers which I smudged with my finger. Next I used a stitched circle die set and my Big Shot machine to cut circles from a Kilner Jar label and stuck them to the page using a glue stick and also some double-sided foam tape; this is relevant as I bought a larger Kilner Jar, as the one pictured below was a bit too small, to store my dried apples in. Then to finish, I added some white Hessian flowers which matched the wallpaper design beautifully.

On our first attempt of using the dehydrator we made the most amazing dried apples; you need to slice them thinly and pop them into some water with lemon juice in to stop them going brown. We then used a tea towel to remove any excess water, placed them on the drying racks and sprinkled them with cinnamon and dried them in the dyhydrator.

After 8 hours of drying they were ready and we stored them in a Kilner Jar to eat as and when needed. They are very moreish and have an intense apple flavour – yum!


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs 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 Bleubeard & Elizabeth from Altered Book Lover, who is hosting the Count your blessings challenge over at Art Journal Journey as I feel very blessed to have received such kindness and have such lovely treats to eat.

As this page is a happy memory of summer, I’m also joining the Summertime challenge over at Moo Mania & More.

I’m also joining the lovely Wen and her Simply Neutrals Tuesday party over at Apple Apricot with my neutral coloured page.

I’m pleased to join the Sketch challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps; I used the sketch to position my apple and sentiments (grin!).

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Back to School challenge with my apple inspired page; synonymous with an apple for the teacher or for me a snack in my school bag.

Happy Days is also a song, do you remember it? I use to love watching the TV show when I was growing up too (grin!). You still have time to join the Inspired by a song challenge at Try it on Tuesday too!

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:

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Old Paper, Frayed Burlap)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233, Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Tim Holtz Layering Stencil (Mosaic THS084)
  • Stampendous! Cling Rubber Stamp (Blossom Spray CRP136)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Magnolia Grove CS822)
  • Docrafts Papermania Urban Stamps Craft Collections (5×5” Pastels PMA907223)
  • The Works Cutting Dies (Stitched Circles)
  • Wallpaper sample
  • Old Magazine
  • Recycled card
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Fiesta! SS284)
  • Kilner Jar Label Insert
  • The Works (Fabric Tape)
  • Craft Corner (Jute Shapes U-83162)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pritt Stick

44 thoughts on “Happy Days

  1. I have a dehydrator, but I found it took a HUGE amount of energy to use. I like how yours looked in the photo as well as those awesome apple crisps afterwards.

    Of course, the beautiful journal page that was inspired by the dehydrator is out of this world. It is special and has a great composition, too. I thought you actually sewed the circle in place until I read it was a die cut. It turned out great. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey, and I love how blessed you are, dear.

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  2. Hello dear Jo, great new page. The apple on it looks yummy. I also like the nice stamped apple blossoms. I think your dry apples will taste very good. I like the combination of apples and cinnamon. I make an apple cake with cinnamon and a bit of Rum, very yummy.
    Hope you feel fine.
    Bug Hugs

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  3. This is a beautiful page Jo. The detail you add is always interesting , I loved the way you included the jar top.
    It looks a super gift from your friend. Those dried apples look delicious. I don’t think they would last long in our house, far to tempting.
    Have a good weekend.
    Yvonne xx

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  4. Boy that fussy cut apple is amazing. I can’t believe you cut it out Jo. I love all the paper layering and your dried apples sure look yummy. That was a really nice gift from your friends. Happy almost weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  5. I love the idea of the dehydrater Jo, I must investigate these more as I have heard nothing but good about them and as I spend a fortune on dried fruit it seems like a winning purchase to me!!
    I adore your take on the Paperbabe Sketch, how you have layered your collage and the whole subject matter is so scrummy. Thanks as always for your support and sharing another fabulous creation.
    Wishing you a bright and beautiful weekend & all the best in the challenge.
    Creative Hugs Tracey xx


  6. It’s a wonderful page dear Jo! I so love the vibrancy you achieved here! A Food Dehydrator is great. I nearly thought of buying one last week as they had it on special offer at Lidl, but then I thought and reminded myself it would be in the way as so many other things I think we need -lol. I tried Lavender on my porch this last days as it was there so hot and I also often dry my apple peels on the porch or in the oven as I so really like apple peel tea. Maybe I will look at Lidl the next weeks if they reduce the price of the food dehydrator once more ( they often do with remaining stocks), maybe then I would jump at the chance—lol!
    How kind of your friends!
    And how wonderful of you to support Moo Mania & More and Art Journal Journey with such a fantastic page Jo! So much appreciated! Thank you! ♥♥♥
    Happy weekend for you and your hubby!

    Big hugs, Susi

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    • Thank so much dear Susi! So funny, I know what you mean those gadgets always seem a good idea at the time …lol 😉. My friend suggested I should use it for my crafting to dry flowers and leaves so I may give that a try too, it was very kind of her and so thoughtful! Your Apple tea sounds lovely, maybe I’ll give that a try too 😁. Thanks again and Happy Weekend to you and yours too! J 😊 x


  7. I always love how you create pages to commemorate the events in your life Jo and this one is lovely again! How amazing to get a food dehydrator! I have a friend who has one and have tasted some of the amazing things she has dried. Your apple slices look just delicious, and I bet they were!!!

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  8. hi jo,love your yummy apple page,is so delisous 🙂 hhhmmm,apple chips is so yummy,i love this.
    i love the paper you used for your page,and the red and white colors are beautiful 🙂
    wishing you and your hubby a wonderful sunday,dear jo ! 🙂

    hugs jenny

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  9. That is a wonderful art page Jo! I love how you have composed it, it is very interesting to see all the beautiful layers and the elements that you have used. I love all the details, and how that delicious apple stands out. I also like apples a lot. Ahh, and that apple dryer has to be great, thank you so much for sharing.
    I wish you a very nice afternoon, hugsss, Caty

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  10. The dehydrated apple slices look delicious and so does your page, Jo. I had to look up the word “moreish.” Google says, “causing a desire for more.” Great word. I’m adding that to my vocabulary. Eileen xx

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  11. Congratulations on your Paperbabe Blog win Jo, a fabulous take on the Sketch Challenge.
    Thank you for joining and sharing this fabulous piece pf Journaling, enjoy your prize.
    Creative wishes for a super weekend Tracey xx


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