Friday, 15 January 2016

A selfie for my final art journal page

Last year I started making Moments and mixed media pages for Jane's Journal. I really enjoy this and I have learnt so much about mixed media in that time. I love getting lost in my creative moments and making memories to keep forever in an art form.
One of my journals is a small Dylusions and I had just one last page to create before it was full. Below is a little collage of my previously completed pages, I have shared them all here. I do stick some spare pages together otherwise the inks and paints seep through and mess up the previous page...I found this to my cost very early on. Whenever I look at my pages I can be transported back to one of my "Moments" last's better than a photo album... I can smell, hear and sometimes even taste how I felt at the time. Some are of specific  occasions, others are just thoughts I had at the time.  All are very personal.
This is it now...very bulging
 I turned to that final page and had a think about what it would be.
There is a new challenge which took on from when Scrap across the world closed at the end of December. It is called More than Words. Their first challenge is to use a photo of yourself...I don't often do this but I thought it would make a fun last page. It is also to create something showing your personality.
One of my favourite places to relax is on Rhodes where my Hb and I holiday most Septembers. I decided to use this photo of me.......hmmm I don't think we ever like sharing selfies but here goes.
 I cut myself out and no it was not too painful ;0) and chose some beachy sunshine distress inks to create my background. I blended out several to represent the sea and the sunshine we so enjoy there.
I added some stencilling and stamping. The stamps; sentiment and birds are from the fabulous Free you imagination set  by Visible Image, the water drops are Design by Ryn.
I added some acryllic paints bubbles too using bottle tops. (These photos are quite dark as they were taken down in my studio)
and then placed my photo to come up with these finished pages.

A fitting final page I think.....

I would like to enter my pages into the following challenges;

More than words personality and selfie

 My pages show me in my element, on holiday in the sunshine. They use my favourite colours, blue and yellow. I think they show my personality well, I have a positive attitude, a love of life and nature. I try to smile even in the face of aversity. The stamped quotes are 2 of my favourites. I am quite a mindful person and I really do try to live in the moment and I love freeing my imagination to create art whenever and wherever I can. If you remember last year on Rhodes I even created a Moment on my balcony using a cardboard box!
Noor anything goes
Country View crafts Be inspired by Bottles mine is a sneaky twist, I was inspired to make the white circles using empty bottle lids and using stamps to create lots of lovely bubbles!
Simon Says stamp Monday stencil it
Crafty Boots something old something new the old is my journal the new is my VI free your imagination stamp set.
Crafting from the heart anything goes
Pile it on Use your first initial mine of course is J and this is J for journal pages.
The Artistic Stamper anything goes
Our creative corner mood board I was inspired by the blues and deep yellow colours and the clock. I also added some clock stencilling to my piece as it suggests a memory in time to me.
Penny Black and More 2/3 one for the girls
Open minded crafting 2/3 something new my free your imagination stamp set is new.
Crafty catz  word art
Designs by Rynn  January customer creations I have used her brilliant bubble stamp

And so my first journal is complete and far from being an's a new beginning as Father Christmas in the guise of my Mum and Dad bought me this new big boy on the left.

I took a photo of it with my full journal. It's quite a leap in size which means even more space for creativity. I do plan a cover for my old journal when I get the time, another thing for my list of things to do.

I am working on the very first page of my new journal right now.....there is nothing like something new and unused is there? It reminds me of school when you were given a new work book having filled up the old you remember that? There's even that smell of new pages....mmm

We are looking forward to a little family party at the weekend, early celebrations for my Hb's birthday next Wednesday. Enjoy yours and I will see you next week. Thanks for visiting,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. What a great way to finish off your journal! I've been working up the courage to use self portraits in my art journal. I recently bought a printer and hope to play with photo transfer techniques. We'll see how it goes... Beautiful vibrant background! Loved seeing a compilation of your pages too. Thanks for sharing something so personal. It's inspirational :)

  2. Congratulations on the completion of one amazing journal! This selfie page is such a great way to sum it up. What amazing color and use of stamping! Coolness! Hope you enjoy your XL journal this year. Hugs, Autumn

  3. Love how you did this!!! Seeing the process unfold is always fun!! And by the way fabulous job!!! Love the colors and beautiful photo! Great sentiment!! Please remember that in order to be eligible for a prize you must include our Mood Board and a link back to our blog in your post!! I would hate for you to miss out with this beauty!! Please add as soon as you can! All the best from More Than Words! :)

    1. Thanks for the heads up...I have added the mood board photo x

  4. Awe lovely to see all your pages together, what a blast of colour and your final page was indeed very fitting. I can't wait to see what you do with the bigger model!! :)
    Enjoy your family weekend my friend,
    V X

  5. I love art journaling, its liberating and the best way to express our thoughts! Your last page is the best closure, a page about yourself ! I find your vivid colors and the bubbly background absolutely smashing!! Nice to see your beautiful work at More than Words, thank you !

  6. Fabulous art journal page, I love the inclusion of the photograph of yourself. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  7. I love your photo.. you're so cute! Good job on your page and your whole journal.
    *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to your husband!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Great selfie of you Jane and I have really enjoyed looking through your creative proces too. Thanks for taking our challenge at More Than Words.

  9. Your finished journal looks incredible Jane and I look forward to seeing your cover decorated. Enjoy your weekend.
    Julie x

  10. Wow amazing and beautifully illustrated on your blog too.
    Great work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Open-Minded Crafting Fun challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Annette DT

  11. Hi Jane,

    You must be so proud of ourself! Your journal is amazing, what an achievement and I'm so happy you are continuing this adventure. The idea of finishing with a selfie is perfect. You might not like sharing selfies too much but I love seeing you in your work, that's where you should be if you ask me. Your new double spread is dreamy and so happy! Well done Jane!
    I can relate to the feeling of starting a new book, journal...a feeling which I find quite intimidating actually but you seem to have no fear whatsoever!
    Enjoy your week-end!

  12. I love your use of colour. Lx

  13. What an amazing art journal page Jane. So creative!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us this month at Penny Black and More, good luck and hope you'll join us again soon!!

  14. Absolutly beautiful! Thank you for playing along with More than words !

  15. I enjoyed the overview of all your pages thru the year and how you ended it. Sweet memories. I find myself doodling sometimes in my gratitude journal. Even add stickers. It's fun to look thru the one I did 2014. Sweet memories of my mom's last few months. Thanks for sharing your creativity and making me itch to be creative! Happy weekend!

  16. Great journal page with fabulous inky effects. Loved looking back at your other pages too. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  17. what a fabulous array of inkiness and colour Jane.

    Many thanks for sharing your lovely creations with us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  18. This is sensational! I adore your use of colour. Thanks for playing along with us at our very first More Than Words challenge.

  19. Such an intense and beautiful page! Love your take on our moodboard challenge as you have still turned the theme into your very own!!!

    Thank you so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner!

    Claudia x

  20. Love your gorgeous art journal pages. Great colors and textures! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  21. A beautiful journal Jane. A great keepsake for all your thoughts which you can keep forever.
    Thank you for sharing it with us at Penny Black and More.


  22. Very cool page! It caught my eye over at SSS!

  23. What a lovely looking colourful journal full of memories you have made Jane. I absolutely ADORE journaling and have been using the same AJ that you are just about to start. LOVE that you have no "fear of the blank page" and just go for it.

    Great to "see" you. You do look happy and I love what you said about your outlook, which is very similar to mine.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  24. Wow! What beautiful pages! Great photo! Love the inky background! Thanks for joining along with MTW :)

  25. Brilliant page! Thank you for playing along with us at More Than Words!

  26. Wow!!! Your journal is absolutely stunning!! You put a lot of work into that. And yes.. I would imagine it is very personal and absolutely wonderful!!! Stunning last page! I love the colors you chose and the way you put those on the page and all the stamping and ... just amazing! What a beautiful creation that you will be able to go back to now all the time! Gorgeous!! I absolutely love it!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges!!! Good Luck! I hope we see you again!!

    - Susan, Owner @ Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}
    {Sentimental Susan - Etsy}
    {Sentimental Susan - Zibbet}

  27. WOW! GORGEOUS Selfie art journal pages...Thank you for joining us over @ More Than Words... :)

  28. Enjoyed looking back through your journal and ending with a selfie. ((Here's to celebrating your hb and my hb's January birthdays. Looking forward to seeing the Shard))!!

    happy weekend, Jane.
    Anne and all xx

  29. WOW! What a beautiful piece of art! Thank you so much for playing along with us at More Than Words!! :)

  30. Absolutely fabulous art journal page. And your whole journal! I love the colours you used - they definitely represent the sea and the sun. The whole background your created is just wonderful! Thank you for sharing with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges, Good Luck! Hope to see you back in our challenge soon.

    Hanne, DT

  31. Love those pages, so vibrant and beautiful. Thank you for joining in this months challenge at The Artistic Stamper.

  32. Such a gorgeous final journal page, Jane! Thank you for joining us at the Noor! Design UK challenge with it. We hope to see you joining us again next month and wish you luck for the prize drawing.
    Hugs, Karina
    DT member Noor! Design UK

  33. A beautiful Journal and a definite inspiration for me for this year. this is a style I really want to achieve and I would love to be able to make one for the year. Thank you for joining us for our challenge 'Try Something New' at Open-Minded Crafting Fun.
    Samantha (AngelicBadGirl) DT


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