“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. I’m digging those bright colors and the sentiment is cool. We should never stop playing–so true.

  2. Love watching you journal as I am not confident creating collages but totally admire how you layer color, images and textures uniquely every time. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I loved watching your tutorial! I was amazed at how easy you made it look! The colors were really cool. You’ve inspired me to get my art journal out and play. :)

  4. Your pages are always inspiring and I think this one is so fun! I have not tried journaling yet but would like to…I have looked for just the right book size but have not found it yet. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  5. I LOVE watching you PLAY Shari!!!
    WOW – LOTS of LUSCIOUS layers and a RAINBOW of DELIGHTFUL colour, it is AMAZING how just a few inks can blend together to create AWESOME, the inky stencil looked like a FUN technique to try!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing and INSPIRING me to PLAY :)

  6. Just so playful and hey a gal has the right to change her in I like the idea of a journal tat opens at the top!

  7. I love today’s project in your journal. All of your art in the journal is always different with different technique.

  8. Fantastic journal page. I love watching the creation of great journaling pages and I’d really like to create my own and have some blank journals but I never seem to find the time. So I think I’ll have to remain a voyeur for a bit longer, so thank you for the video.

  9. Love journaling and the different styles you can use on it. This is a fabulous mixture or colour and images!

  10. Gorgeous and looking forward to seeing more Shari – especially how you put it together. I have been thinking of making my own journal using the card and paper I own so will keep an eye out for more details Karen x

  11. No, I am not a journaler but do enjoy watching others. Loved watching you layer and mix and match, Shari. Loved the colors and techniques you used. Though your page turned out so pretty. Thanks for the video, too.

  12. It is so fun to see the paper being transformed into something playful and creative. Thank you Sheri.

  13. I’m so excited about your new art journal, just the right size for a beginner like me who wants to try creating one, thanks so much. Love your videos!

  14. Can’t wait to see where you go with this journal, Shari! I just used stencils as stamps recently and was delighted with the results. Now I want to start layering them more, like you showed in the video. Thanks for the inspiration!

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