Be forever happy

It’s a new month so we are launching our September challenge today over at the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog, this is a monthly challenge and as always the theme is Anything Mixed Media Goes.

I created a mixed media page using lots of leftovers from previous art journal pages; I hope you like it!

I started by covering the background of the page with the letters using one of stencils from a #16 mini stencil set by Tim Holtz and some leftover Iced Coffee Faber-Castell Gelato which was applied with a baby wipe.

Next I edged 4 Poster Cards from Tim Holtz, like I did all the paper elements on this page, using a black Faber-Castell marker and arranged them onto the page using double-sided tape. Then I added lots of leftover bits and pieces; this included a piece of mixed media paper which had been coloured using green Distress Inks, some flowers and foliage that had been die cut using Tim Holtz Thinlits and coloured using Distress Inks, some ribbon, some torn paper, some tissue paper and note paper that had been stamped using Finnabair stamps and black Archival Ink, a ruler from a Kaisercraft Journal Card and some die cut pieces of trellis that had been covered with Aged Silver Stampendous Embossing Enamel.

They were arranged onto the page using a glue stick or double-sided tape, and I layered together a doily, a recycled butterfly gift tag and some leftover die cut letters and wording to read “Be forever happy”. I added some sparkly gems to the centre of the yellow flowers and a green wooden bird and then to finish, I coloured the “Aug” and “Sept” wording on the Poster Card using Tri-Blend Spectrum Noir markers.

As you can see I used lots of different mediums to create this page but all you need to do is to use three different mediums on your projects to join our Anything Mixed Media Goes Challenge.

For more inspiration please check out the amazing creations from my fellow Design Team members over at Creative Artiste too. I hope you are inspired to join us; it would be lovely to see you there!

This page was inspired by our walks at Lytham Hall that we enjoyed over the summer (grin!).

There are lots of woodland walks so we were able to stay cool in the shade and out of the summer heat. I’m now looking forward to seeing the leaves change to their colours over the coming months with the autumn on its way.

Our walks also take us by these flower borders in the walled gardens which always look so beautiful (grin!).

I 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.

For the sake of brevity I’m no longer listing the individual items that I used to create my page, however I’m more than happy to let you know which particular product was used if you contact me via comments below or using the following contact me link.


As well as Creative Artiste, I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today:

Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #151 – Anything Goes with my nature art journal page.

De-stress with distressing over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with my distressed grungy stencilled background, Distress Inks, and also the torn papers, trellis and ribbon.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Glimmer and Sparkle challenge with the glimmer and sparkle of the yellow flowers with their glittery gem centres.

LTSCB #149 – Anything Goes over at Love to Scrap Challenge Blog with my leftovers page.

Mixed Media Lovers and their Challenge #5 Mixed Media Lovers as I used lots of mixed media to create this nature page; this is a new challenge blog so why not join in the fun too!


21 thoughts on “Be forever happy

  1. A beautiful mixed media page Jo, I love all the different elements, they fit together so well.
    Lytham Hall looks lovely, I’m not sure if we’ve been there but we might have. My memory is rubbish. I rely on my Graham to remember things. Lol

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  2. You created such a beautiful page using all your bits and pieces Jo. Don’t you love it when you can do a bit of a clean out and make good use of those things? I love all the flowers and pieces. And what a wonderful place to walk. The gardens look amazing. I visited a museum house yesterday that was build to look like a British Manor and it reminds me a bit of your photos today. It was fun. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  3. Jo this is a beautiful gathering of all those left overs, each little piece works in true harmony. I especially love the larger bird it’s as if she’s flown the nest perched on high to seek out nest twigs and a worm or two. Another super journal page my friend…
    Happy creative September Hugs Tracey xx
    P.S Will be back for a catch up over the weekend, take care x

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  4. I’m in awe of how you are able to use leftovers and disparate bits to create such an incredible journal page, Jo. Your use of color is wonderful and I was in total awe of the way you created the word Forever with such precision. In fact, that in itself is a great mixed media entry. You used a ton of mixed media elements and turned them into a great entry.

    Loved how you tied the page to the wall of beautiful flowers and Lytham Hall.

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  5. A gorgeous journal page Jo, it made me think of a wildlife flower garden straight away. All the natural world references in amongst the numbers and texts look fabulously at home. I love how you even kept, and used, your scrap off-cuts xx

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  6. Another wonderful piece of art Jo. You have mastered the placement of your bits and bobs perfectly here. Such wonderful composition. Great sentiment. Thanks for showing us those photos of your walks. Always nice to see other parts of our wonderful world.

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous page Jo! The inspiration for it stunning as well! hubby and I love to go to places like that, so thanks for sharing! You’re so organized with your die cuts box there, but wow your details look so pretty! Thanks for the inspiration!! 🙂

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