Loving Life

I always find that I have a huge selection of tissue paper and paper leftover from creating other art journal pages, which I have either coloured or stamped. So in an attempt to tidy up a little (it hasn’t helped much – grin!), I decided to use some of them to create today’s page. I was also inspired by some challenge blogs too and as such, I hope you like the resulting page as much as I do!

I selected a black, white and yellow colour scheme for this page and collaged leftover pieces of white paper and tissue paper that had been stamped, whilst creating other pages, using black Archival Ink. Like all the collaged pieces they are stuck on the page using a glue stick. These stamped images included: grass and fern fronds from a Carabelle Studio stamp set; postage marks and bees from Hampton Art; postage marks from The Works; Vintage Circles from Woodware Craft Collection; blossoms from Stampendous; “kindness” wording from Docrafts; “discover” wording from Royal & Langnickel; script from Kaisercraft; and also a dragonfly from Eco Green Crafts. I arranged them on the page with some paper coloured with Yellow Colourcraft Brusho powders which were remnants of another journal page. Once the collage was complete, I covered the page with a layer of Liquitex Matte Gel Medium which allowed me to outline all the paper pieces using a black Uni Pin marker smudging the ink with my finger.

I added a pretty “yellow wagtail” bird that I fussy cut from my old nature book; he is stood on some torn pieces of black and white washi tape. I then added more pieces of the washi tape to the page background as well.

Next I stuck a yellow skeleton leaf onto the page along with a small glittery yellow flower which I embellished with a black gemstone in the centre. The yellow and white wording is from a Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet and they read “loving life” and “our story starts here”; they are both edged with a black Uni Pin marker and I stamped some small hearts onto them using black Archival Ink. I also stamped the hearts onto two small squares of leftover yellow sticker to make two small heart embellishments for my page. The black and white “love” wording is created using circular button letter stickers and the “love with all your heart” and “and so the adventure begins” wording are from a Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker set; they are all outlined using the black Uni Pin marker. To finish, I splattered the page with black, white and yellow acrylic paint.

My page reminds me to love life and appreciate the simple things like the pretty yellow flowers that we have in our garden at the moment. You may remember that we replanted our flower beds last year and as such we added these miniature daffodils which seem to be a bit early flowering (grin!) – aren’t they adorable!

We were also surprised to see these pretty crocus in our flower bed too, we didn’t even know they there (double 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 be able to join the lovely Rike from rike’s art and her The Colour Yellow challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the yellow I added.

I’m joining the Love is in the Air challenge over at Moo Mania & More with my Loving Life page.

Over at Country View Challenges their challenge is Black & White Plus One, so I’m happy to join this challenge to with my black, white and yellow page.

As I used black, white and yellow to create this page, I’m also joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Black, White + One Other Colour challenge.

Over at The Artistic Stamper, their challenge is Heart It!, so I’m pleased to join this challenge with all the stamped elements, love and hearts.

As the lovely Tracey is Guest Designing over at Frilly and Funkie, I’m also happy to be join the Frilly and Funkie Challenge which is Let Me Count The Ways, as I used three stamped Vintage Circles and three colours (black, white and yellow) on my 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:

  • Leftover tissue paper and papers stamped using various stamp sets and Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink
  • Leftover white paper coloured with Yellow Colourcraft Brusho Colour
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.8mm)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Cadmium Yellow Medium)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White, Black)
  • Hallmark Cards Stamp Set  (Unknown – Heart)
  • Old book – The Illustrated Book of Nature
  • Michael’s (Washi Tape)
  • Nature’s Touch of Art (Skeleton Leaves Yellow)
  • Poundland (Accessories Pack 60911, Design Gems 175751)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Fiesta! SS738)
  • Home Bargains (Love Letters 22738)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Sticker Set (Small Talk #TH93193)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pritt Stick
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

31 thoughts on “Loving Life

  1. A wonderful page – oh wow! All so amazingly detailed! I’m absolutely delighted with this gorgeous project! The colors are right up my alley with their spring flair. Lucky you to have the first spring flowers so beautiful blooming already! A feast for the wintery eye! Here are just a few green peaks in the beds as very first signs of spring. Happy weekend and thank you very much for joining us over at Moo Mania & More and Art Journal Journey again dear Jo! Much appreciated! Big hugs dear friend!


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    • Thanks so much! It’s turned warmer here and we’ve had some lovely sunshine the last couple of days so it was nice to see the spring flowers too, although I think they must be a bit early flowering …lol 😀. Happy Friday and Weekend my friend! J 😊 x


  2. So many gorgeous stamps on this page! I try to use up my bits too and , like you, it doesn’t make a blind bit of difference to my scrap mountain which carries on growing…
    Thank you for joining us at Country View Challenges! Happy weekend Jo!

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  3. Stunning work Jo – love the colour palette – very striking and black and yellow go beautifuly together.
    So many amazing details – fab imagery and stamps – love this loads 🙂
    We’ve had a sunny week too – although still a bit nippy with clear skies at night.
    The crocus was a nice surprise for you. Your flowers are so lovely – and way ahead of ours.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend…. Gill xx

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  4. I love the colour scheme and the nature theme of your page. Daffodils are such a lovely welcome to spring, and your crocuses are so pretty! We are still going through what feels like a heat wave. Looking forward to some cooler weather!

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  5. This page has a great colour combination Jo and all the stamping and detail looks fantastic, I really like the beautiful bird you used as well.
    The spring flowers in your garden look so pretty, we only have the snowdrops at the moment, I cannot remember when we last had so many.
    Have a good weekend Jo and I hope the weather stays good for you as well.
    Yvonne xx

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  6. I think you used those scraps brilliantly. The yellow makes your page so happy! I also like the yellow bird. I can hear him singing a cheery spring song. And lucky you to have spring blooms already. I am jealous. It’s great to see them and to know spring is on her way, even if some people get it earlier. Thanks for sharing those photos.Happy weekend Jo. hugs-Erika

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  7. I love your sunny, yellow page. The bird reminds me of the goldfinches that that come to the bird feeder. I did see the male the other day, but his color wasn’t as brilliant. Your Spring flowers are so pretty. Still a couple of months before we see crocus. enjoy your weekend.

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  8. Oh Jo this is like a little pop of sunshine, just like yesterday’s weather (yes we too was blessed with a glorious day.) I would not have believed that yellow would work so well with black and white but it really does work. So elegant in design with the bird and embellishments.
    Thank you so much for the shout out, it’s so nice to have seen you over at Frilly and Funkie.
    How wonderful is nature, there is no stopping those mini daffs and crocuses no matter the weather.
    Wishing you a fabulous weekend, what ever your plans. I’m hoping for some much needed creative time.. Yay!!!
    Big Hugs Tracey xx

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  9. Oh yes, I like the resulting page as much as you do! Fantastic black and white contrast with this pop up yellow! And wonderful there a yellow bird is living in our world – I did not know it exists! Your other details and washi tapes are stunning! It was a very good idea to use the paper leftover!
    Yellow daffodils are blooming and crocus too – we have none blooming yet, our garden is still sleeping 🙂
    Thank you for another beautiful entry to my theme at AJJ!
    Wish you a happy weekend, dear Jo! Rike xx

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  10. A lovely page Jo, love the yellow/ black/white combo which gives the page the feeling that Spring is just around the corner. We only have snowdrops flowering at the moment, lots of green shoots, so I’m hopeful of some colour soon.
    Have a great weekend, Avril xx

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  11. Jo, I was delighted to see one of your beautiful AJP’s in the gallery at Frilly and Funkie! I’m so happy you were drawn to the challenge by talented Tracey and thank you so much for playing along with my challenge theme ‘Let Me Count the Ways’ with this lovely eye candy! I love how you embraced the threes! What an effective use of just one color along with black and white…very eye catching and dramatic! I believe advertisers use this color sequence to catch our attention, too.Hugs!

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  12. I am running way, way behind, Jo. I just learned I have pneumonia and was told to rest. I simply adore what you did to create this page. I love when we are able to find a good use for leftovers. The skeleton leaf was brilliant, and the bird standing on the washi tape was incredible. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey, dear.

    Love the flowers, too. The photos put a smile on my face.

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  13. I love a striking color combo and yours is wonderful! Beautiful page with lovely stamping and design! Thanks for playing along at Frilly and Funkie Challenge of “Let me Count the Ways”.

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  14. What a beautiful page Jo, full of fabulous detail. I love how you’ve collaged your paper pieces, and your yellow wagtail is just perfect! Thank you so much for joining in with my challenge at Country View Crafts, and have a very happy weekend, Sue x

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