April AJ Page-Does Anybody Know Time It Is?

Hello friends!  I feel like I’ve been so busy, but it sure doesn’t seem that way on my blog here!  Hopefully, I’ll be able to show more things later…however, I think it’s about time for this month’s Art Journal page…don’t you?!

Today I’m sharing my monthly Art Journal page and collaborating with my blog friend Carol as we both try and get creative by using up our never-ending stash piles!  So please hop over to her blog to see some more Art Journal inspiration with our “SMASH YOUR STASH” April prompt of: “recycled items/thrifted items to upcycle/pieces of magazine, gift wrap, etc.“!  So here’s what I’ve come up with:

I absolutely LOVE The Peanuts Gang characters!  I have a desk calendar that I use every year next to my computer and it has the Peanuts Gang on it.  I was thinking this would be a perfect way for me to recycle it by fussy cutting out some of the characters on it and incorporating them on my AJ page this month!

So I’ve started out by creating my regular 9″x6″ sized page with thick watercolor paper and pre-cutting the holes at the top for my book.  This time I’ve turned it in the landscape direction to work on the design. I took out a musical notes style stencil and added paste for texture to the background, but it turned out to look more like bricks instead..but I let it dry and used it anyway.  I decided to pull out my Brushos that just sit on my shelf and never get used.  I’m always amazed at the results with them just by sprinkling them and adding water. 

I also took some printed vellum and attached ripped pieces over the background with collage medium.  This is where I’ve also added a clock image that I cut from a magazine to recycle as well as the background Peanuts Gang characters (Snoopy & Sally).  I then stamped a few musical notes and scribble stamps in the background using Archival ink.  Lastly, it was also splattered with gold paint and set aside to dry. (Snoopy & Sally were covered for the splattering.)

The next portion was to create the piano going across the bottom for Lucy and Schroder to be on top.  I took some black metallic cardstock that has been in my stash for years and free-handed the slope cut.  The piano keys were simple with a white cardstock strip that I scored every 1/2″ and then I used a Word Window Punch (Also had for years from Stampin’ Up!) and punched out the black keys to add to the white scored piano keys over top.  Attached this strip to the bottom of the page and then used foam tape to attach the black slope over top.  At this point I had to punch the holes again at the top of the page for my AJ page book construction.  This is where I glued and foam taped Schroder and Lucy over the black section of the piano between Snoopy and Sally.

The wording is something else that goes with the theme of my page.  I had actually saw a video on You Tube with the Peanuts Gang singing the song by ChicagoDoes Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and that’s where the musical theme came to my mind when cutting out the characters from my desk calendar.  LOL  Thought I’d share it if you’re interested in singing too:

For the wording on my AJ page, I just used my label maker and cut out the words to arrange on my page and then outlined each word with a black waterproof marker.  I also took the same black metallic cardstock and cut out the letters to emphasize the word “TIME…” and glued it over the textured stencil.

But before I glued the black lettering over the brick texture, I took some metallic brass wax and rubbed over it to bring out the textured areas.  I also used it around the edges of the page.

I thought the large black slope of the piano looked a little plain, so I made a flower using a scallop circle punch and cutting each scallop edge with my scissors to make “petals” from a musical sheet paper that I also sponged with black ink and splattered with gold paint.  I also took more of the wax around the edges.  Punched another circle with gold metallic cardstock for the center and topped the center with a black enamel dot.

I think it’s so fun to be able to incorporate just about anything into your art journaling and I’m glad to be able to pull out some of my neglected stash as well as find something to recycle rather than just throw away.  It makes it so fun to be able to incorporate something different to suit your own ideas/thoughts/style too!

I hope you’re also enjoying the AJ pages too!  Maybe you’ve been inspired to see something in your everyday life that you can turn into something creative…or maybe you can sing your own tune while you create!🎹

Thanks so much for stopping in today friends!  So happy to share with you!

Tomorrow is inspiration from a new challenge for the month to try…see you then!

Challenges for today’s AJ page:

  1.  Art Journal Journey – “Play it Again Sam” (based on movie or song)
  2. Try It On Tuesday – “I Can Hear the Music”
  3. River of Creativity – Anything Goes (not cards) optional: Spring
  4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

21 thoughts on “April AJ Page-Does Anybody Know Time It Is?

  1. Super cute! I’ve loved the Peanuts gang since I was a child and my kids loved them too! This is absolutely adorable and I love that you are recycling/upcycling old stuff!

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  2. Who doesn’t like Peanuts characters? This is beyond cute with so many amazing details and what a great way to repurpose your items for a great journaling page! Love the stenciling and especially the piano theme – just perfect for this page! I’ve always loved that Chicago song, among many others of theirs through the years! Have a fabulous weekend and take good care!

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  3. What fabulous page! I love the peanuts gang and always made an excuse to sit and watch on TV with my boys! This is such fun and a great page to share at Art Journal Journey and Alison’s theme! Thank You! Chrisx

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  4. Wow, totally impressed and in awe of this gorgeous page!! I grew up with the Peanuts gang, so really takes me all the way back to my childhood. There are so many wonderful elements here – bravo!

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  5. This is awesome – you always wow me with all your detail work on everything you do. Do you every do an “easy peasy” card??? Love the Peanuts gang, as did my kids – always had to watch the specials with them on television. Glad to see a post this week. Have a great weekend.

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  6. Fabulous journal page Vicki,I love how you always have a theme mine seem to be just bits to hand thrown together!I remember the peanuts gang,brilliant brushos and stencilled background and love the piano keyboard-very clever and very well put together.A bit late today as resting back I have an issue with back,hips and a dropped shoulder and been in alot of pain since Wednesday-waiting for a bone scan
    Carol x

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  7. Fantastic journal page full of coloiur and textures and I love the piano and the Peanuts characters, such a fun page and full of inspiration..and really cute too..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  8. Thanks Vicki for joining us at Art Journal Journey and also Try It On Tuesday with this fun page. I love Peanuts also, especially Snoopy. What a great idea for a song page. You did a great job with this page too. Love the big piano keys. Happy start to the new month. Hugs-Erika

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  9. Oh this is fun I can tell you had a great time creating it with all the clever little touches you have included. I am so enjoying the pages Carol and you have been working on and delighted that you are adding them to the River of Creativity. xx

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  10. I was blown away by this amazing journal page, Vicki. I LOVE the piano and of course, the fabulous Peanuts gang. I’m amazed at how you used your stash. That background DOES look like a brick wall to me. I think it goes well with the rest of the background. This is spectacular. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey featuring Alison’s theme.

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  11. Now that looks like such a lot of fun Vicki? x. Great to just create, any style and all your own ideas and creativity and having fun whilst you are doing it. Fan and fabulous AJ page x.

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  12. A fabulous page, I love the design and how you created the piano.
    Thank you for linking this with the challenges over at Ajj and Try it on Tuesdays.
    Yvonne

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  13. Hi Vicki! I came over to read how you made this and if I wasn’t shocked! The word window punch? (I own one but would have never never ever thought of it for this and it’s perfect.) And scoring. Wow, how imaginative, creative and resourceful is that? Plus cuuuuute as all get out! Fabulous page, design, choice of characters and classic tune. Grand Slam Home Run! XXO, Aimeslee

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  14. What a wonderfully, creatively charming AJP. You did an awesome job of interpreting the theme and celebrating one of the most beloved cartoons of all time in the process. (Fall simply is not fall for me until I have watched It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown at least once… or, you know fifty times! :D)

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

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