Art Journaling with Shari Carroll: Pocket Collage

Happy March everyone!!! Time is flying, isn’t it? Each month I get to create an Art Journal page to inspire you to try new techniques and layouts. As promised from the beginning I’m starting off slowly and building up difficulty as we go.

Todays page uses stamping and embossing using black, grey and white cardstocks. The papers come from the Salvage District from Prima. All the beautiful stamps used are from Darkroom Door.

Art Journaling, Shari Carroll

I’ve done some sewing on this page, just felt I needed that look and it helps to create a vellum pocket for my journaling card. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can still make a pocket by hiding your glues under a strip of paper on the edges. I created the layout with all my papers and once I did my sewing, I added it to my art journal.


Adding touches of white on corrugated really brings out the texture and adds additional pattern to the layout. These colors are easy for me to work with. I encourage you to find a color palette that you really love, it makes creating much easier.

Art Journaling, Shari Carroll

I’ve filmed a full process video which you can view below or on our YouTube channel HERE. I hope you enjoy!

Here are my Art Journal pages so far this year. You can click on the photo to go to the blog posts.




Art Journal page, mixed medium

  1. Very interesting project. I really like the look of it, and using the corrugated and sewing. Very good ideas. Thanks for giving us some inspiration.

  2. Loving the torn papers and I agree about the added white on the corrugated heart. Just seems funny someone would not have a sewing machine, I have five.

  3. Oh Shari, this is one of my favorite pages you’ve made. I just adore your art and have used it as a jumping off point as inspiration for many projects. Just curious though, how can I save or Pin this to save for later? When I click on the image it takes me to (my go-to store) and I’m not able to “save image”. Any clues for me? Thank you for SHARIng all your wonderful art with us all!

  4. Love all these pages. The paper/collage technique is a better fit for my little journal book and one I am more comfortable with to begin art journaling. Thanks for having these together in one spot. Your ideas are just great and always inspiring to me. I can’t copy someone else’s work and make it look right( that’s a good thing ), but I can find an idea or two in your creations that never fail to get me started.

  5. Wow Shari! What a fabulous combination of textures and materials! I’m not a fan of blacks and greys but it makes it easier to focus on what you used instead of the colours. Best way for me to see what you did!

  6. WOW Shari, there is just ‘something’ about vellum that makes any project look even more beautiful! A great job!

  7. Fantastic page. I don’t do art journaling but this was inspirational! Love the various papers, textures, and embellishments.

  8. Very beautiful to the eye! Love all the embossing. I just realized you don’t have to use stencils, you can emboss! Thanks Shari!!! I am new to all this lovely paper crafting and with folks like you for inspiration, I will lose the fear and just start! Truly, thank you.

  9. Beautiful–proud of you for your monthly journaling habit–and jealous–trying to do some of this myself!

  10. Shari–another beautiful page! I am always so impressed with your artistry! Thank you so much for sharing!

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