‘today is the day’ Art Journal Page

4/16/22 Top Rocker at 613 Avenue Create!
4/29/22 Stand Out Creation at Scrapping4fun Challenges!
5/5/22 Top 3 at Let’s Craft and Create!
5/6/22 Winner at Creative Artiste Challenge Blog!

Hey everybody, happy Thursday! We’re another day closer to the weekend and the middle of April already! Where is the time going?! I have another amazing Tape Runner DT inspiration project to share with you today! I created a pretty Spring-themed page in my new handmade art journal, and of course, all panels were adhered with Retractable Tape Runner!

I bought a leather-bound art journal years ago when I first tried my hand at art journaling and it warped so badly from the mediums I used that I ended up tearing the finished pages out of it and throwing them all away. The now blank journal is still sitting on a shelf with several heavy books on top of it to try to straighten it out, and I’ll probably use it for notes, lists and such going forward so it doesn’t completely go to waste. That said, my Stamped Smiles blog friend, Vicki, inspired me last month to make my own art journal from heavyweight cardstsock. So I cut 7-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ panels from Neenah Classic Crest 165# Solar White cardstock and used three 7 Gypsies Binding Rings on the left side so I can remove the pages to work on each one separately. And the beauty is I can add heavyweight watercolor panels when the mood hits me to do ‘wet’ AJ pages. I think I’m gonna love this and I’m not sure why I didn’t do it sooner!

As mentioned above, all panels were adhered with Tape Runner. Spray adhesive was used to adhere the fence and flowers, and double-sided adhesive foam circles were used to pop up the large purple butterfly. This is a ‘dry’ art journal page created with 49 and Market Curators Botanical 6×8 Double-Sided Papers, Postage Stamp Washi Tape, Ephemera Bits, Tag Set, Laser Cut Elements, and Rub-On Transfers, with some added stamping to create texture to the page.

I started with a green patterned paper for the background and then added a strip of postage stamp washi tape. I gathered some ephemera, a tag, and laser cut elements, and adhered them to the page, layering them one by one. I used a small rub-on from the collection to add some texture. I also used a stamp from the Stampin’ Up Timeless Textures stamp set to add some additional areas of texture to the page. The final touch was adding several Taylored Expressions White Rhinestones.

And one more look at the page… OMGoodness, I’m in love with this collection! And it’s great to have the amazing Tape Runner to hold it all together!

Sharing in the following challenges:
1. 613 Avenue Create: #202204 – Anything Goes w/ optional April Showers (no twist)
2. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #4-2022 – Anything Goes
3. A Place To Start: #042022 – Anything Goes w/ optional Key It Simple (no twist)
4. Ally’s Angels: #57 – Anything Goes
5. Classic Design Challenge: April #4 – Anything Goes
6. Crafting Happiness Challenges: #122 – Anything Goes Always
7. Crafty Friends Challenge Blog: #154 – Spring
8. Crafty Gals Corner: #230 – Spring/Easter
9. Creative Artiste Challenge Blog: #81 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
10. Inkspirational Challenges: #262 Photo Challenge

11. Lets Craft and Create: #182 – Anything Goes + Beautiful Butterflies
12. My Time To Craft: #479 – Springtime Insects
13. Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenges: #513 – Anything Goes With Paper
14. River of Creativity: #12 – Anything Goes w/ optional Spring
15. Scrapping4fun Challenges: #211 – Spring

Tape Runner products used:
Retractable Tape Runner

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Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest 165# Solar White cardstock
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Timeless Textures stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Large Guillotine Paper Trimmer, 49 and Market Curators Botanical 6×8 Double-Sided Papers, Postage Stamp Washi Tape, Rub-On Transfers, Tag Set, Ephemera Bits, and Laser Cut Elements; Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive, Darice Double-Sided Adhesive Foam Circles, Taylored Expressions White Rhinestones, 7 Gypsies Binding Rings

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and you’re inspired to get your craft on! Be sure to check out the ah-mazing Tape Runner, Retractable Tape Runner and Highlight Tape Runner at TapeRunner.com! Be sure to Follow us on Facebook and Instagram! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,

Author: Leslie

I'm definitely what one could consider a crafting junkie! I love making cards, 3-D projects (especially paper shoes, mini albums and gift bags), mixed media projects, altering items, as well as occasional beading and making jewelry! Fortunately, hubby is very supportive! Life is good! :D

14 thoughts on “‘today is the day’ Art Journal Page”

  1. Ah! Collage style, I love it but I never quite figured out how to go about to create something like this without it looking too messy. This is perfect, lots of interesting details. Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational.

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  2. Hello, Leslie!! I’m here especially in my role as a DT member of MTTC! I saw your art journal entry earlier in a FB group and was excited to see that you had linked it for MTTC’s springtime insects theme. I love a mixed media/junk journal kind of ‘more is more’ layout! You did a magnificent job of layering in dozens of details with this garden scene. Love it!

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  3. Loving the colour palette of this pretty collage creation Lesley, many thanks for sharing with us at River of Creativity.

    B x

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  4. Love your collage. Lots of fantastic details.
    Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create!! this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

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  5. WOWZA WOW WOW Lesley!! This AJ page is stunning! Firstly, I’m in love with butterflies and your colors here, but your composition with the fence and collage elements are put together beautifully here!! So very excited to see your AJ page and that the papers are working!! YAY!! I do hope you’re creating more for inspiration!! I absolutely love it!!! (So sorry as I’m very behind with life right now and trying to catch up!!) HUGS

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  6. As always such a scrumptious design!! Now, if you are anything like me, actually using it will be the true test :) Thank you SO much for joining us at River of Creativity ~ Hugs, Christi DT

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  7. I have nothing but admiration for anyone who can master collage! This is beautifully organized! Thanks so much for sharing with us at A Place to Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

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