“Play” Art Journal Page

Hi everyone, it’s Shari here with an art journal page for you.

I’m the kind of gal that changes her mind, never really finishes my projects… and so, I’ve decide to start a new journal in a different format. Keeps things interesting right? I want a top flipping journal book and thought there is no better way to do this than to make it like my top folding cards in the back to back method. Each page will measure 4.25″ x 8.5″ with a center fold. Once I get another page made I’ll show you how to start constructing the pages of your book.

My entry today was all about PLAY. I started off with the Tim Holtz’s inking the stencil technique, then took it a bit further by adding more layers.

Shari Carroll Play Journal

I only used 5 ink pads; the Distress Mini #1 set and Walnut Stain. I love how the colors mix to create new ones.

Shari Carroll Play Journal D1

Gotta love the white Signo pen for highlighting objects and letters! It helps make them POP!

Shari Carroll Play Journal D2

I had my first play with the new Dina Wakley stamps too, love them! I’m hoping you’ll like this format and play along with me as I add new pages. Below is my how to video and of course I had to speed it up to fit in to the time allowed. Enjoy!

Have you tried journaling yet? Do you have a preferred style?


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  1. WOW! layer upon layer! I wonder how long it took to get all those layers on there. The speeded up version took quite awhile! Yet, with all those layers, they still remained separate and didn’t get muddy. Thanks to all the drying between layers. A good time to just play and experiment. I need the courage to try it.

  2. This is right up my alley! Love the techniques and layering of colors. Makes me happy and I am officially inspired! Think I might play right along with you on this journey! Thank you!

  3. I don’t have an art journal, but it does look like you are having a lot of fun. Maybe I should give this a try. Looking forward to seeing how you put it together.

  4. Very bright page for your journal. I love all the different patterns and colors that you used on this, of course I’m a big Tim Holtz fan too so I really like this. Thanks for sharing with us.

  5. Another great journal page. How fun to watch you create. Am anxious to see what other pages you will add and how it will all fit together. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love seeing Shari’s art journal pages come together! So much fun, now I am ready to try some layering myself.

  7. Love the colourful pages and the idea for a different journal format. I have two on the go…and may have to add a third!

  8. WOW! Beautiful Shari! I haven’t tried journaling but I definitely have it on my list of things to try.

  9. Stunning! This gave me an idea: I am preparing a Memories Book for my college roommate’s 70th Birthday and will include a fun page or 2 within the book. Thanks for the great idea!

  10. still learning things all the time and still i know nothing at all. Boy to havehalf of your talent… Thanks

  11. Awesome journal page! Thanks for sharing layering techniques — it is something I am trying to understand more about. I really love the alphabet stamp set from Tim Holtz. I must have overlooked it.

  12. I art journal. I don’t know if I have a style. I just like to play with
    different techniques. Love your page, can’t wait to see
    how you put the journal together.

  13. I love this sooooo much! That first stencil layer was so beautiful, I would have had a hard time adding to it….but it just kept getting better! Must try this. I like the top folding format. =)

  14. I have several purchased art journals but I’m wanting to make my own. Excited to see how you progress with yours.

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