September AJ Page-Embrace Change

Are you a winner from my TE Background Stamp Give Away?  Check post below or CLICK HERE!

Hello friends!  As of Thursday, Fall has begun!  It actually really does feel like Fall with the cooler temps settling in on exactly that same day too!  I’m looking forward to all of the wonderful changes it brings with it!  I enjoy going out in nature and seeing the trees change into their colors.

It’s also that time for a monthly Art Journal page and collaboration with my crafty friend, Carol (from Crafty-Stamper), so please check out her blog for more inspiration too!🥰  We’re trying to get creative by using up our never-ending stash piles!  So here’s my Art Journal inspiration with the “SMASH OUR STASH” September prompt of “ANY kind(s) of scrap papers!” :

Like many crafters out there, I’m sure we all have those never ending piles of papers! I especially have a very extensive collection of pattern papers and MANY within those piles of little left over pieces that never seem to get used and just thrown back into the package!  I not only have packages, but I also have several card kits that ALSO have packages of papers in them too…so I pulled out a past kit and was happy that I’ve used pretty much all of the left over scraps from it!  One down and a trillion to go!!😅

For the Background:  The page is a 6″ x 9″ Canson 140# cold-pressed paper with the holes prepared at the top for later book binding.  I’ve used Distress Oxide Sprays and used the left over spray on my glass mat with water until I soaked up all the ink.  I’ve also splattered some Gold and Ivory acrylic paints over top once dry.  I stamped a couple of the tiny leaves with green ink for a bit of depth in the background.

Vicki-SYS-SeptAJ-paper scraps-close

For the Image Elements:  I used the Simon Says Stamp “Woodland Whimsy” stamp set to paper piece all of the image elements with the tall trees on the right, the leaves, the bear, the bear’s belly and ears, also with the berry and leaf branches next to him.  The trees were fussy cut with scissors and the other images were cut with coordinating dies.  I’ve used Copic markers to add a bit of depth and dimension to some of it. Some were glued down while some were popped up with foam squares.  I’ve also taken the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Leaves dies to cut out a few extra and sponged around them to add to the scene.  I’ve also used the same papers I’ve used to cut those leaves out and added it as a layer behind the two sentiment quote squares.  The quote was printed out from my computer and the “Autumn” sentiment was cut out from pattern papers using the Lawn Fawn henry’s ABCs dies along with more papers to make an “off-set” shadow behind them.

The “ground” was just fussy cut with scissors and ink sponged around the edges.  Lastly, I’ve taken some gold Stickles to create “berries” on the leaf branches and randomly over the page.

I really enjoyed creating this page as it has inspired me to go out in nature for a walk!  I sure hope you’ve enjoyed it as well!  Thanks for stopping in today!

Challenges:

  1. Art Journal Journey – Fur or Feathers (I went with fur, but love both!)
  2. Country View – Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness
  3. Creative Artiste – Anything Goes Mixed Media
  4. Ally’s Angels – Anything Goes
  5. Love to Craft – Anything Goes
  6. Snippets Playground – Anything Goes using snippets (Happy to use up “snippets” of my pattern papers for the paper pieced images!) YES PLEASE!

32 thoughts on “September AJ Page-Embrace Change

  1. A lovely journal pages using up your snippets (scraps). Love that sentiment.

    Welcome and thank you for coming by the SNIPPETS PLAYGROUND and submitting a piece of homework. xxx

    Like

  2. Autumn is my fave season, so I enjoyed seeing your journal page, Vicki. That little bear is so sweet! And great to use up leftovers! Thanks so much for joining us at AJJ for Neet’s lovely theme, hugs, Valerie

    Like

  3. I’m happy you were able to create this fun page and use up some of your papers and supplies. Mine seem to multiply overnight on their own, I can’t explain it?! LOL Love the little bear and cute sentiment which I’m sure we can all relate to at some point in our lives! Beautiful creation, and I hope your back is feeling better today too! Happy Fall Y’All!

    Like

  4. Vicki, Using up the leftovers is so satisfying, especially wen the end result is as beautiful as this journal page! Wonderful warm fall scene and the bear critter is marvelous. 😀

    Like

  5. What a gorgeous card Vicki, I love Autumn and I love all those leaves falling down around that adorable little Bear and the fabulous colours along with the neat background..wondcerful card..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

    Like

  6. Fabulous journal page Vicki and your always look so well thought out,fabulous background,love the cute bear and splatters,the sentiment is perfect and Autumn is my favourite season,brilliant page
    Carol x

    Like

  7. Autumn ids my favourite season, I think it is the colours you get when you go out and about.
    Love your page what a great background and such a lovely cute little bear. I am also a fan of Distress Inks/oxides and love the effect you got with yours.
    Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey with my theme of Fur and/or Feathers.
    Hugs, Neet xx

    Like

  8. This is adorable Vicki. This page does feel like autumn, and that quote is great! And you did a great job using up your stash also. That bear is cute. I hope the ones that roam around the woods near me hibernate soon as it has gotten colder here also, and I put my bird feeders back out today. Those hungry bears . I hope you had a great weekend and start to the new week. Thanks for sharing this with us at AJJ for Neet’s challenge too. Hugs-Erika

    Like

  9. Love the sentiment. Great card. Love your background and all those little details. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Gals corner this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

    Like

  10. Such a delightful page Vicki. love the plaid letters for Autumn and the tranquility of the entire page…the bear is so cute. It always feels so good to use items from our stash. Ever so often I fill a large ziploc with some leftover stuff–since my craft room is also the guest room. I don’t have room to keep buying more without culling out some of what I have. Thanks for sharing your journal page. You are so talented and it takes a lot of thinking to use up leftovers (or at least it does with me). Smiles and hugs my crafty friend! kathy

    Like

  11. Wow, what an amazing page! I love how you blended the colours on the background and it looks so beautiful with the touches of gold 😊. Of course that little bear is so adorable, the patternation is perfect! Thanks so much for joining us at Country View Challenges! Hugs Jo x

    Like

  12. I’m not even sure if you will see this post because I am SO far behind. I love how you have used your papers. You have truly created a genuine beauty out of papers you need to use. I LOVE the sentiment, too. I actually chuckled when I saw it. This is a fabulous entry for Neet’s theme at Art Journal Journey.

    Like

  13. Beautiful AJ page for fall – the colors are perfect and love the little bear at the bottom. Oh my – yes to using up the never ending stack of papers, and always seem to buy more. My hubby comes in my room shakes his head and just walks back out.

    Like

  14. Cute background and love the sentiment. A perfect card for this time of the year.
    (I subscribed again so we’ll see if that works now)
    Lynn

    Like

  15. Oh, Vicki, he is so adorable, and I love your background and leaves and the fabulous plaid AUTUMN..gorgeous card..
    I have been out of touch as my e mails have stopped working,the ones that keep me in touch on blogger, so now I have to hope my reader comes to life in the mornings as sometimes it does not..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

    Like

  16. Love the plaid Autumn – never thought to do a word in plaid or pattern paper. This page is really great, love all the features you used. And you used scraps – and who doesn’t have scraps???

    Like

Thank you for your comment!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s