Choose Happiness

Inspired by a pretty mismatched teacup and saucer, I created this vintage page using some new Tim Holtz products.

I also used some old book pages to remind you that there is still another week to join our Use book pages challenge over at Try it on Tuesday; I hope to see you there (grin!).

I started by adding a piece vintage flower paper, from a Worn Wallpaper Scraps set from Tim Holtz, to the left-hand side of the page. It was stuck down using Liquitex matte gel medium which I used for all the paper elements. Then I tore a dictionary page and edged the pieces with black Faber-Castell marker before sticking them into place. When dry I outlined the word “vintage” at the bottom of the dictionary page with a black fine line marker. The rose was fussy cut from an old garden flowers book and I added some shadow using a Cold Grey Faber-Castell marker and outlined it using a black fine line marker. The wording were Quotations metallic stickers from Tim Holtz and read “It’s all perspective”, “Choose happiness” and “There is beauty in simplicity”. To finish, I added some gold dot outline stickers and black gemstones which I layered together.

As T Stands for Tuesday, here’s the mismatched teacup and saucer that inspired my page with my pot of green tea which I enjoyed whilst sat in the café gardens at Lytham Hall. I just loved the pink rose on the inside of the teacup and the pretty aqua green colour with the gold accents – Happy T Day everyone!

Hope that you’re all staying safe and well!

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.


I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today:

Art Journal Journey and lovely Wendy K from who is hosting this month with her Vintage challenge with my vintage rose page (size 15x15cm).

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

De-stress with distressing over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with my distressed dictionary pages.

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

28 thoughts on “Choose Happiness

  1. Your teacup-saucer-teapot combination is very delightful. The teapot is very different in style and feeling from the other pieces — modern and institutional, rather than sort of antique.

    best… mae at

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  2. This is so lovely Jo. The rose looks wonderful against that vintage wallpaper and the book page. It reminds me of a warm summer afternoon and having tea outside, just like you showed in your photo. I may have to have a mug of tea this afternoon out reading my book on my hammock. Smile. Thanks for sharing this beautiful page with us at AJJ, and also hoping your T day is a happy one. Hugs-Erika

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  3. What an absolutely amazing and beautiful journal page, Jo. I love the way you split the page and added the flowers on the right. This is a great journal page for Wendy’s theme at Art Journal Journey, dear.

    I love orphans. I love how things don’t always have to match. This is a great photo of your teacup and teapot at Lytham Hall. thanks for sharing your lovely art journal and your tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear.

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  4. Classy page Jo. I like the way you have torn the TH wallpaper/vintage paper in that jagged way, it looks great against the newspaper print which you outlined in black. Clever use of the word ‘vintage’ at the base too. The rose you fussy cut is perfect for a strong pop of colour against that black and white which echoes the colour and form of the tiny flowers on the floral paper.
    Love your cup and saucer – hope you enjoyed the Hall.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  5. Isn’t it wonderful that a mismatched teacup and saucer can inspire such a beautiful journal page. I love the words you used and all the details. Your teacup for tea looks like it might be your inspiration. Is it? Happy t day.

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  6. I’m sorry I’m late again in commenting. Tuesday is a day we usually are away from home and as Blogger doesn’t like iPhones or iPads, I cannot do anything until I get back home to my desktop. Sometimes this is quite late, so here I am on Wednesday…
    What a lovely page. It indeed reminds me of china cups. Your mismatched cup and saucer are a delight.
    Happy belated T-Day,

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  7. Oh Jo who wouldn’t be inspired by that fabulous China Tea cup, the best way to drink a good cup of Tea. Your page is so pretty, displaying that stunning rose in all it’s blooming beauty.. sigh..
    Makes me very happy inside. Thanks for sharing @ PBS x
    Creative Hugs Tracey xx

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