I’ve got nothing to do today but smile

My page today is in memory of my dearest friend who passed away last year, it would have been her 50th birthday this month. She was well known for her smile so I created it with this in mind using the quote “I’ve got nothing to do today but smile”.

I started by smooshing the background using Peeled Paint, Peacock Feather, Twisted Citron and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink by stamping the ink pad onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and pressing the block and also dripping the ink onto the page. I did this a number of times drying the page with a heat gun between each application of ink. I stamped an Invoice stamp from Finnabair and a letter stamp from Tim Holtz using Black Soot Distress Archival Ink over the background. Then I stencilled some Peeled Paint and Peacock Feather Distress Ink through a Mini Specimens Template by The Crafter’s Workshop. I outlined some of the stencilling with a black Uni Pin marker and then splattered the page using a white Uni Posca paint pen and also some Black Soot Distress Ink. Next I stencilled some Ranger Texture Paste through a tape measure design Tim Holtz Stencil and when dry, coloured it further with a white Uni Posca paint pen. I added some white text rub-on transfers from Tim Holtz which read “Create Art”, “Shine brightly” and “explore”, a large white butterfly and some daisy flowers which are all Botanical Layers from Tim Holtz. To finish, I added two green hearts and the wording “I’ve got nothing to do today but smile” which are all Kaisercraft stickers.

Our days were full of smiles when all the girlies (and their boys) got together, here we are having happy times when we met up in Chester. What happy memories we made over the years – she will always be in my heart (grin!).

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


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 Hearts challenge over at Art Journal Journey that is being hosted by the lovely Bleubeard & Elizabeth this month with the hearts I added and sentiment behind this page.

I’m pleased to join in the Splatters, Splashes & Drips challenge over at Country View Challenges with my inky background.

I’m pleased to be able to join the #113 – Sketch challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my page too; inspired by the sketch design with the central butterfly and splatters that I included.

I’m joining in the Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my art journal page too.

Over at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog their theme is # 32 – Anything Goes + optional twist of Stenciling, I used two different stencils on this page so I’m pleased to be able to join this challenge too.

Don’t forget that you still have until next Tuesday to join our Go Green or Recycle Something over at Try it on Tuesday too, it would be lovely to see you there!

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Peeled Paint, Peacock Feather, Twisted Citron, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot)
  • Prima Marketing Finnabair Clear Stamp 4 (Invoice 966980)
  • Tim Holtz Stamp Set (Documented CMS226)
  • Distress Archival Ink (Black Soot)
  • The Crafter’s Workshop (Mini Specimens Template TCW454S)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (White)
  • Tim Holtz Mini Stencil (Set #16 THMST016)
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Text Remnant Rubs #TH93695, Botanical Layers #TH93554)
  • Stix2 glue dots
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Fly Free SS289, High Tea SS336)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker (Black 199)
  • Uniball Gel Pen (White)

19 thoughts on “I’ve got nothing to do today but smile

  1. That is beautiful and what a wonderful memorial to a friend. You certainly all had big smiles on your faces in the photograph. I had a friend who always had a smile and never an unkind word who has since passed and I always described her as “sunshine” perhaps I should follow your example and do a page dedicated to her.
    This is lovely and so touching Jo.
    Hus, Neet xx

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  2. What a stunning tribute to your friend. I can tell how happy you all were in better times. She must have meant the world to you, because your journal page is absolutely magnificent. It’s such a sweet way to immortalize your friend and a super way to share your art once again with us, using my theme, at Art Journal Journey.

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  3. What a heartful tribute to your friend Jo …♥♥♥… This page simply is gorgeous, I love all about it – the colours and all the beautiful detail! My hubbie’s oldest daughter passed away at the age of 50 as well last year. Cancer of the bowel. It’s so incredible hard to loose people we love .
    Have a great weekend Jo!
    Big hugs, Susi

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  4. Jo you must have read my mind, just taking a break over lunchtime I thought i’d jump over to see you and saw you had left a sweet comment for me *Thank YOU* the past year has gone as fast as ice melts. Like you we lost a dear friend at the same time only 28 no age at all, he had so much more to give to this world. Makes me smile to read memories are still high, good friends stay with us every minute. You should have this one displayed Jo, it is a beautiful way to bring that smile back to you and just as memorable as a photograph. I’m very glad you shared this with us over at Paperbabe Stamps, it’s a pleasure to see you there. *Thank YOU*
    Sending Hugs your way & i’ll be catching up over the weekend with all i’ve missed out on Tracey x

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  5. Oh Jo. This is a wonderful tribute to your friend. I know how hard it is as my sister-in-law passed away last March I love your page and how happy it makes me. Thanks for sharing with us at AJJ. And happy weekend. Hugs Erika

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  6. Jo, what a wonderful photo of you and your friends, and a beautiful page to honor her. Love the background you created and those daisies are the perfect touch. I am known for my smile and it got me to thinking that if I were to pass I would be so happy to be remembered this way. XXO

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