Fall Colours

My art journal page today is inspired by our recent holiday/vacation to America where we stayed with friends at their lake house in Maine. We had the most amazing time and as you can imagine I have returned from my holiday with new crafting goodies and lots and lots of inspiration, so here’s my first page – I hope you like it.

For the background I applied a thin wash of Salty Ocean Distress Ink by stamping the ink pad directly onto an acrylic block, spritzing the ink with water and using a paint brush to apply it onto the page. Next I layered a beautiful Tree Poem stamp from Stampendous over the page using different colours of Distress Ink to depict the fall colours that we saw on our vacation; the Inks I used were Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Seedless Preserves and Vintage Photo. The “who”, “what”, “where” cards are created from a 3.25 x 5.25 inch card from a Tim Holtz idea-ology Pocket Cards set that I bought whilst on vacation; I cut it into three individual cards and rounded the corners with scissors so they all looked alike. I added the words to each of the cards using a Zig glue pen and the cards are stuck in place using double-sided tape. For “who” card, I added our friends and our first initials and the date we visited them; these are cut from a card from the same Tim Holtz card set and coloured using a Burgundy Spectrum Aqua Marker. For the other two cards I chose words from a tourist magazine that related to our visit, this included “Lakes” as we actually stayed at our friend’s Lake House, “Crafty Creations” to relate to crafting and craft beers, “Lobster Love” as Maine lobster is amazing, “In Nature” as we did lots of walking and hiking, “Go Coastal” as we visited some local beaches, “Mountains” where we went to see the magnificent fall colours and “After Dark” as we had fun in the evenings going out, meeting people or watching Baseball or American Football in the evening. For the “where”, as we stayed in Maine and their slogan is “The way life should be” I thought it would be fun to include this wording on the card as we so enjoyed living the lake life with our friends so much. These cards are arranged on the page with some dried and pressed leaves from our friends local area and also an American flag and red heart that Erika kindly gifted me when I met up with her on our visit. The small red and yellow maple leaf is very special as my friend picked it out and gave it to me; all the leaves are stuck in place using wood glue giving them a lovely shine and suppleness.

We stayed in Maine at our friends lake house, isn’t it spectacular!

We woke up to this spectacular view every morning …

… and watched the fall colours develop and change while we were there, which was amazing (grin!).

Here are the trees that inspired the background for my page – the fall colours on the lake looked so stunning, especially with those beautiful reflections!

I’m sure I’ll be creating more art journal pages of our trip as we made so many happy memories with our friends and that means I’ll also be sharing more photos from our holiday too (grin!).


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 Linda from heARTfullyinspiredby Linda, who is hosting the Creature Comforts challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the warm autumnal colours and the comfort of spending time and creating such happy memories with our dear friends.

Over at Moo Mania and More the theme is Autumn so I’m pleased to join their challenge with my Fall Colours page.

Inspired by my vacation, I’m also joining the Autumn Splendour challenge over at A Vintage Journey with my Art Journalling Style page.

I’m pleased to be able to join the Plant-tastic challenge over at Country View Challenges with the autumnal trees and leaves on my page.

With my inky autumnal stamped page, I’m also joining the Inktober challenge over at The Artistic Stamper.

I’m joining in the fun over at Stamps and Stencils and their Spooky Fun with an Autumnal Twist challenge with my mixed media autumnal page.

As the challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps is Anything Goes challenge, I’m pleased to be able to join this challenge too with my vacation inspired page.

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 (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Seedless Preserves, Vintage Photo)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Burgundy)
  • Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp (Tree Poem CRR164)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Pocket Cards #TH93208)
  • Tourist Magazine
  • American flag and red heart button from Erika – thank you!
  • Zig Memory System Dual Action Glue Pen
  • Evo-Stik Wood Adhesive
  • Stix2 double-sided tape

44 thoughts on “Fall Colours

  1. Your page is beautiful with the lovely fall colours. It sounds like you had an amazing holiday. The lake house looks like such a relaxing place to stay and the colours of those trees are incredible with the reflections that they make on the lake!

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  2. Jo you were so lucky to go there just at this time of year, as your stunning photos illustrate! (I also regularly see Erika’s beautiful photos, also showing the amazing colours at this time of year)…
    Your journal page reflects all this beautify just perfectly! A fab page with a great background and wonderful focals!

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  3. Oh wow-what a fabulous trip and at the perfect time to see the gorgeous autumn leaves changing! That lake house is pretty amazing-what a view to see everyday-no matter what the weather. Love how it all inspired your beautiful page!! Thanks for playing at AJJ again:) Happy weekend!

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  4. My favorite place of all, New England. Did you get to the ocean or to Acadia National Park in Maine? We took a trip to both last year, and although we aren’t really far away in southern New Jersey, there is nothing here like the rocky coast and mountains of Maine!

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    • It sure is a beautiful place! We enjoyed walking to and alongside the ocean and listening to the roar of the waves was awesome 😀. We didn’t visit Acadia National Park on this trip but have been there before, it’s a loveky place! Many thanks and happy weekend! J 😊 x


  5. What a beautiful autumn page Jo. Glad the flag and button were useful. I like how you made different colored trees, and your what card would work for me too. We went to Maine and walked the beach today. It was beautiful. Your friends have a beautiful home and it looks like a really nice lake they live on. I am not familiar with lakes there but we do drive through Biddeford on our way to Portland so I am going to guess you maybe hit Michaels in that nice shopping plaza. have a wonderful weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  6. An awesome page Jo, the autumn leaf detail and background looks lovely. Its a fabulous way to remember your trip , your friends house by the lake looks beautiful and has a wonderful view.
    Have a good weekend Jo
    Yvonne xx

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  7. This page tells from your amazing holiday at this wonderful lake . I love the delicate backgriund and the detailed layout ! So lovely with all the little additions and the real leaves! Such a great thing to go there just at this time of year. I can see on your stunning photos how pretty that lake and the wonderful house were! What a fantastic post and what a great pleasure for me to see this awesome autumnal page linked to Art Journal Journey and Moo Mania & More! Thank you very much for linking to us again! What a wonderful support for the challenges! You just made me happy Jo!
    Have a great weekend my friend!
    Lots of LOVE from

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  8. Wooww this is a Gorgeous page Jo !! Really wonderful background with this so beautiful tree stamp, and great colours !! The so beautiful house of your friend is in an amazing place, thank you very much for the lovely photographs you have shared, they are fabulous, love the Autumn´s colours.
    I wish you a very nice weekend, big hugs, Caty

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  9. I apologize for visiting so late, but this was the first time I felt good enough to get out of bed.

    I read with eagerness about how you created this incredible journal entry, Jo. The stamped background leaves were the perfect backdrop for the leaves you added to the page. I can tell you were enjoying your time in the states, and it was the perfect time of year to visit, too. Thanks for sharing yet another lovely journal page with us at Art Journal Journey.

    Your friends have a fabulous and spacious home. Most impressive and beautiful shots of the changing leaves, too. You are SO lucky to have these friends and get to stay at their fabulous lake cottage (which I would call more than a cottage).

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  10. Fabulous colours on your page, Jo! I love this tree stamp too (as if I didn’t have enough tree stamps…). Your page is the perfect illustration of the colours of Fall and your US trip. Enjoy your Sunday!

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  11. You must have had an amazing holiday. That’s a really beautiful house your friends have in a marvellous area. What an adventure. You artwork is a great way to remember it and I do like the Who, What, Where idea which could be used to record any day out or holiday.

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  12. I love your journal page Jo and wow I really love your friend’s lake house-what a gorgeous airea to live in-I love that they have a big yard too from the house to the lake–in this area most of the homes have very little to no yard. gorgeus fall colors too-

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