Just Breathe

This year we have been spring cleaning and decluttering all the rooms in our house. So I’ve been left with sorting through some old magazines to select any images that I want to recycle on my art journal pages. This page was created using a couple of those images and some leftover bits and pieces sitting on my craft desk.

I started by painting the background with a thin layer of Burnt Sienna Liquitex Acrylic paint and left it to dry. Then I stamped some crackle texture over the top using a BoBunny stamp and some Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink. Next I arranged the magazine images onto the page with some leftover papers that were sitting on my craft desk; they were all edged using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and then stuck down using a glue stick and some Liquitex matte gel medium. To finish, I added some metal discs which were recycled from an old necklace and also the wording which was from a Finnabair sticker book and reads “The quieter you become, the more you hear” and “Just breathe”; I thought these words related perfectly to the way that I’ve been feeling as a result of decluttering our rooms.

So here’s the pile of leftovers that were sitting on my craft desk from previous projects and the recycled images from the magazine that inspired this page. As you can see I didn’t use everything shown; it seems my pile of leftovers never seems to get smaller, does that happen to you too? (grin!).

Like art journaling, it’s been very cathartic decluttering the house and although the rooms are tidy and organised, I still have this pile of magazines to sort through; this is about half of what I had originally (double grin!).

Hope that you’re all staying safe and well! x

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

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

  • Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint (Burnt Sienna)
  • BoBunny Clear Stamps (Rough It Up #12105155)
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Vintage Photo)
  • Leftovers paper pieces (Stamperia – Forest Papers, Sheet Music, American Crafts Paper – DIY Shop, The Works Paperstack – Vintage Experience, die cut flower – Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Wildflower Stems #3)
  • Recycled magazine images
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ground Espresso)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Recycled necklace
  • Finnabair Sticker Sheets (Sentiments #964849)

I’m pleased to join the lovely Valerie over at Art Journal Journey and her Heavy Metal challenge this month with the recycled metal discs from an old necklace that I used as part of my design.

I’m so happy to join the Mostly Neutrals challenge over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog with the neutral colours, images and papers that I used to create this page.

I’m pleased to join the Anything But A Card challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with my art journal page.

I’m happy to join Paperbabe Stamps and their #138 – Anything Goes challenge with my art journal page too.

I’m also pleased to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my Just Breathe art journal page too.

I’m also joining in the fun over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and their LTCCB#55 – February Anything Goes challenge with the recycled and leftovers designed art journal page.


16 thoughts on “Just Breathe

  1. Good for you to be doing so much cleaning. I am impressed. I need to do a lot more decluttering myself, especially since what I have cleaned I have moved into my daughter’s old room. It might be out of the away but isn’t put away. Smile. You found some interesting images and used them well on your page Jo. I love that big image. And the metal looks great and adds nice details. Thanks for joining us at AJJ. Have a super weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  2. Good idea with cleaning and decluttering, I will need to do that, too, when I get back home again! Love the beautiful page, and a great idea with the recycling, those metal discs look good. Thanks for linking to my heavy metal challenge at AJJ again. Have a good and safe weekend, take care! Hugs, Valerie

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  3. Calming and beautiful – some really awesome details and words, Jo. I really like this page!
    How awesome you are decluttering. I am doing the same but VERY slow. Doing TikTok videos of my projects to motivate myself – lol! Hubby wishes I would hurry up! Lovely post. Hugz

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  4. What a wonderful study in neutrals, so wonderfully balanced and each element leads your eye around the page! You really have this collage thing nailed; something I could never attempt to do. I’m so happy you were able to use these beautiful images on your Mostly neutral and ALL beautiful AJP and then share with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog! Seems like you are doing well with the decluttering! Want to come to Wilmington next????

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  5. FABULOUS layout!!!
    I’m not only inspired by the design/shadings, but it DOES actually make me feel like “stop & take a breath… relax & enjoy”- which I am!!!
    Your entire post made me feel lighter somehow.

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  6. Your so good with this decluttering Jo, I make a start but have far too many things of other people’s to consider when it gets down to the nitty gritty.. and a cupboard full of Thomas the tank Engine hee hee! But you’ve created a real beauty here Jo that declutter really has brought out all that’s wonderful and I really love the addition of those jewellery bits. The sentiment is all so calming. Thanks for sharing over @ PBS and joining in with the challenge.
    Hugs Tracey xx

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