Friday, September 16, 2016


Wow, it's September!  I can hardly believe it!  Seems time speeds up the older I get!

Linda is our host this month.  She came up with a fabulous video chock full of tons of inspiration!
If you haven't seen it yet, head on over to our main page here to see the video!  It is amazing!

Towards the end of the video there is a scene with hot air balloons and clouds, a woman singing on a swing, bubbles, etc.  There is a lot going on, just as there is in the rest of the video.  I decided to do my first ever journal spread using clouds, hot air balloons and the music lyric.  Here it is:

Pretty wild, huh?  Well the video is too!  This spread is dedicated to my family who fit the lyrics so well "God Only knows what I'd be without you", my husband of 34 years, my parents who have always been there to support me and my kids who I love with all my heart!

I began by brushing white gesso onto the blank art journal pages.  I then used my trusty All Night Media cloud stencil to stencil in clouds using a baby wipe along with Broken China Distress Paint. When dry, I used the white gesso again to stipple in fluffy "Clouds".  I love the way they turn out using this technique.  You can see the two pages side by side - with and without white gesso added.

I then added a bit of watered down Worn Lipstick Distress Pain to the clouds to add some color.

A friend of mine saw the video and commented to me that she loved the light rays in the clouds, so I decided to create some light rays emanating from the clouds.  I used Tims Sun Ray stencil and traced out some rays using some white glitter paper.  Then I cut them out and tucked them under some extra clouds that I cut out and popped up using foam tape at different parts of the journal spread.

Next I created some hot air balloons using an older Webster's Pages paper I found in my stash.  I cut out the balloons and added some bakers twine and hand cut banners to add some interest.

I also added a photo of my husband and me to one balloon and my parents and children to another.  I found a peach color pencil that I used to add some bits of color to the other balloons to make them

I adhered the balloons to the pages, tucking parts of the balloons underneath some clouds.  I also
just HAD to use the darling photo of my mom from last month's adventure again as she works perfectly sitting on a swing (another image in the video) suspended from a cloud.

There is a ton of sparkle in the video, so I cut different size circles from the white glitter paper and outlined the outside with Wendy Vecchi's Forget-Me-Not archival ink.  This made the "bubbles" more obvious.

I computer generated the words "God Only Knows What I'd Be Without You" on white paper, cut them apart and adhered them to scraps of peach card stock.  I wanted to make them "flow", so I staggered their placement over the two pages.  I finished the whole thing by stamping some swirls and music notes onto tissue paper, cutting them out and applying to the pages with matte medium  Love this technique!

Isn't this fun!  I can't wait to see all of your fabulous creations! There are so many possibilities, we know that you you will have lots of ideas!   Now watch the video (multiple times) and go for it!  Go wild!



  1. What a sweet art journal spread! I think you'll be doing more art journaling. Thanks for sharing that technique for your clouds, they look really cool.

  2. Susan....this is just amazing!!! I soooo love your interpretation of this theme!! Beautiful work!

  3. You really captured the vision and spirit of the video with this journal page and it seems "good feelings" were part of the ingredients you used!

  4. This is such a wonderful interpretation of the video Susan! I love how you formed the clouds, giving them extra dimension at the edges creates such wonderful depth and the sun rays are such a great addition. I really love the balloons but your Mum on the swing was a perfect addition. Love this! Anne xx

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Anne! Hope you are doing well.

  5. Susan, I'm so late in my commenting, but I just had to stop in and say how sweet this journey spread is. I love that you've incorporated that super cute photo of you mom again. She's perfect on the swing. And the current family photos transfer the message perfectly. How fun and whimsical this is.