Art journal page: Reading

Happy Sunday! Today I am back with a new art journal page.

I had this quote on my notebook Reading gives us some place to go, when we have to stay where we are. The main idea was to make a layout with a stack of books and some travel themed accents. So here is what I came up with!


Including breaks it took me a whole day to finish it, but I had such a creative Saturday. The kids were crafting next to me too and you’ll see little hands appear in the video! Fun!

When I started art journaling I watched every related video on YouTube. I learned so much and these are my favorite ladies: Dyan Reaveley, Christy Tomlinson, france papillon, RachO113

They all share so much info for all the different mediums and techniques. But in the end you need to find your own style. So what I am doing is a cardmaker’s approach, I guess. I can’t stay away from my stamps, I love paper piecing and distressing. So all these are incorporated in my page. Also I am not a “messy” or “go with the flow” artist. I like to think ahead and to have a theme on my layouts. Just like I do with my cards, I follow the general idea but things might change in the process.

Saying all that… keep this in mind:

This is your art journal, there are no rules! Make it as messy or as neat as you like! Just put your ideas on paper and have fun!

And I sure had fun! There are moments that makes your crafty heart so happy when you do such pages! Like when I used the modelling paste or when I distressed that little piece of paper with the quote… FUN ! FUN! FUN!

Here are some close-ups:

The books: took me ages to make those paper strips look like books… I still wonder if they do! ha!


The globe: I googled for vintage globes and printed out on a 6×6 patterned paper.


The letters: I used a stencil and modelling paste. They are dimensional and gorgeous! I am in love with modelling paste!!!


The quote: I used every possible distressing technique on the note. All book lovers will agree with me that the quote is so true!


You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel


Thank you all for visiting ! Have a creative week my friends :)


  1. I think this is my favorite art journal page so far. Love the way you did the books and I’m thinking that I may need to lift this page as an idea for a layout about me or the book club I’m in. This is just wonderful and I love that quote. TFS!

    April 22, 2013
  2. Alison said:

    Oh my gosh – I have just wishlisted everything on your page. I love your techniques and your pages. Gorgeous!!!!

    May 2, 2013
  3. Tammy Mohr said:

    I love your art journal pages. And yes they do look like books. I wonder how long it would have taken if you made one of them open? Thanks foe a great video.

    May 7, 2013
  4. Denise Trottier said:

    OMG, I happened on your site and saw your art journal pages and I’m just blown away by your work…it’s so great that you video step-by-step how you do your art journal pages for us who have never tried it and list all the materials that you use…Your pages are so clean-looking and colorful, so my style, and not messy as I’ve so often seen which have repelled me from trying to do art journaling…you’ve really inspired me and make me want to try this at all cost…

    I love all your art journaling work but this book video is absolutely my favorite and those books are awesome and that quote is so fabulous and yes, soo true…thank you so much for sharing your work and please keep doing art journaling and making videos for us, it was such a joy watching all of them…big hugs…
    Denise Trottier

    May 24, 2013
  5. Kelly said:

    Okay.. this is by far the coolest layout I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching come together. As an author as well as an artist, this spread spoke to me on so many levels. I’ve been sharing the link with all my author/ art friends. Love the quote. Hugs and Creative Blessings – Kelly

    August 24, 2013
  6. Lujean Martin said:

    Absolutely gorgeous page! I loved watching your process and so appreciate the materials list. This layout is fabulous and I love love love the books!!! Thanks for sharing! :)

    October 15, 2013
  7. vale said:

    Just made a tag with your book pile technique! It’s not as gorgeous as yours,but It was funny to make!
    thanks for always sharing such amazing projects and techniques!

    November 2, 2013
  8. Savenana said:

    What a beautiful page Vicky, and a wonderful stack of books! I nearly had a heart attack when I saw you peel them off (to put the globe behind) I thought you were mad! Thanks for sharing your talents with us. I’m off to try to reproduce your masterpiece. Now my books really won’t be like books ha ha! Bless your hands.

    November 3, 2013
  9. Susanne said:

    Hi Vicky,
    What a wonderful spread – I love love love shabby chic style, books and vintage ephemera so this sooooooo ticks all the boxes – the video was another delight to watch. THANK YOU for sharing this little gem and the wonderful inspiration it offers. I can see that I’ll be addicted to your videos as well as France’s too.
    Warmest best wishes,

    November 7, 2013
  10. Sharon Staples said:

    Wow. Today I stumbled upon your blog and I absolutely love it! I want to try this! thanks for posting it so we can see step by step how you put it together. Love it!

    November 18, 2013
  11. Angel M. Giovinazzo said:

    Vicky , I watched three of your videos today! WOW!!! I love them, and this one especially spoke to me as an avid reader and traveller and manager of a book shoppe!!! Want to definitely do this page in my journal. You are inspiring, talented and NEAT!!! I am not into messy. Looking forward to seeing more of your work. God Bless, Angel

    November 21, 2013
  12. Terri Sanner said:

    I absolutely LOVE watching you create! You are one of my favorite artists. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to seeing more of your videos.

    November 22, 2013
  13. Jean said:

    I just happened to find your layout BLOOM on you tube just now. IT WAS BRILLIANT. I wish I had your patience. Can’t wait to see other videos. Oh yes you did a super job on your first voice video. I’m off to watch other videos now for some inspiration as I’m in a BLANK MODE at the moment. Cheers Jean

    November 30, 2013
  14. Debbie said:

    WOW, awesome!!! Loved loved loved the video!!!

    December 13, 2013
  15. Terri Simmers said:

    I just love your art journaling pages. You make it look so simple and fun. you inspire me to do this style and try it.

    December 27, 2013
  16. Lynda Harley said:

    Awesome inspiration….I did something similar on canvas….It sold at an open house to raise $ for orphans in Kenya…thanks for sharing!

    January 2, 2014
  17. Karen said:

    Such beautiful work!! How do you come up with your ideas?

    January 3, 2014
  18. Heike F. said:

    Hi Vicky,

    this page looks so great. I can not get enough of your videos an watch them all :)

    Can you please tell me, where can I get this super
    blue stamps, with this coffee stains ?
    I didn’t found them on your list,I like them very much.


    January 12, 2014
    • vicky said:

      Thank you!!! These are called “Java Spills” and they are by “Stamping Bella”
      Hope that helps!

      January 12, 2014
    • gwen said:

      I found the Java spills rubber stamp on – I have been looking for one for quite a while. These are the perfect size. The stock number is JYAO103 /1.4
      hope this helps.

      February 24, 2015
  19. Heike. F said:

    Thank you,

    they are difficult to get. I had to order them in USA :)

    but I am happy to get them.

    January 13, 2014
    • Vicky said:

      I get everything for the US. It takes a bit longer to arrive but it’s like Christmas every time I open the box! You can’t find such variety and so many supplies anywhere else!

      January 14, 2014
  20. Barbara said:

    Am trying to find the globe clip art. What website did you download it from? I’m just in love with this page!!! Thank you

    January 13, 2014
    • Vicky said:

      oh this was a page I did a year ago…. I can’t remember where I got it… I was just googling around from what I can remember. Just pick a map!

      January 14, 2014
  21. Linda DeChow said:

    This is awesome! I commented on the YT page, also. The books are amazing, and really I can’t believe how simple you made it look and they actually look like books! I love your pages and have made your channel one of my favorites.

    January 15, 2014
  22. Eve Urbino said:

    I read almost all the comments of your followers, and I, like them, have been touched by this journal in particular, as I am an avid reader and the quote you wrote resonates to all readers. Do you mind if I copy this journal page. It will not be like yours, but I will do my best to not disgrace your wonderful work. Every avid reader needs this Journal Page in their own personal journal because it speaks volumes on so many levels. Thank you so much for sharing your work. God bless you. Eve

    January 25, 2014
  23. Deb said:

    Just found your blog and LOVE your work! Will be back to look through more later :)

    January 28, 2014
  24. Geraldine said:

    Hi Vicky, I just love your page. Watched a couple of your videos today and just love your style. As I mostly make cards, this style is more me than the very messy ones. I don’t know where to start with them. I have been wanting to make a canvas or page about reading for a while, and have been collecting some quotes on reading on Pinterest in preparation for doing so. May I use your stacking books on my project? Travel themed papers and stamps are also one of my weaknesses, and the quote you used is one of my favourites. Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration you provide. Geraldine.

    February 3, 2014
    • vicky said:

      Thank you for your comment! Of course you can use the books idea on your layout! Just link back to me, where you got inspired if you do post your work. Thank you!!!

      February 5, 2014
  25. SOL said:


    February 18, 2014
  26. Deborah said:

    Your books look absolutely fabulous. Love your art journalling.

    February 26, 2014
  27. TishR said:

    I recently found your blog and fell in love with all your art journal pages! I am catching up on all your videos and hope you will continue to share your tremendous talent. I am amazed at how great your books look…this page is truly awesome. Thank you for sharing and teaching. I really enjoy your tutorials!

    April 1, 2014
  28. Ruth Camalich said:

    Love this pages! Looking forward to do something so beautiful!

    April 8, 2014
  29. Yes! They DO look like books! This is my favorite page of all the ones you’ve done! Just spectacular!

    April 23, 2014
  30. Rhian McCarthy said:

    Dear Vicky, I’ve just found your blog a few days ago and you’ve just so inspired me. You are so talented, the stack of books is amazing. I’m fairly new to art journaling but I’ve already started this in my journal and you’ve introduced me to so many new techniques. Do you mind if I follow your instructions for your book art journal page and share it with friends. I will of course say that the inspiration, techniques and ideas is all yours and link it back to your web page/blog. I don’t have all the supplies you’ve used so have improvised here and there. Many thanks once again. Rhian

    April 24, 2014
    • vicky said:

      Thank you Rhian,
      thank you for letting me know. Yes you can recreate it as long as you give credit. Try to add your own touch, it would be more personal and you’ll love it even more!!!!
      all the best

      April 25, 2014
  31. Rhian McCarthy said:

    Thank you for your kindness in sharing Vicky – I think I might make mine more of a travel book/journey theme, I love your work. Best wishes Rhian

    April 25, 2014
  32. Emilie Boyd said:

    Your journal pages are so much fun and such an inspiration thank you. Was dying to find out where you got that tissue. Thank you for that also.

    May 20, 2014
    • Karrie said:

      Such a great page! Good work!

      January 3, 2015
  33. Darnella B said:

    I absolutely LOVE thus page! I know this post was completed a while ago but it just speaks to me. Your technique in creating the books, the way you used the tissue paper and distressing ink really worked well on the page. The books look so realistic. I’d like to use this as an idea board for a canvas piece in my living room. Once I have it completed I’ll share. Your work is just awesome. Please just keep posting!

    August 16, 2014
  34. Barb J said:

    Absolutely an amazing piece of art. The detail is so unique. I love neat and your work is certainly neat and very beautiful. TFS!
    Barb J

    October 16, 2014
  35. Kathy G said:

    The stack of books is ingenious. I am definitely going to scrap lift them and the “reading” quote for my “books I am currently reading” layout. Thank you for sharing.

    November 3, 2014
  36. Irene said:

    I have watched this video numerous times and it is still a favorite,
    I’ve used your idea in a very basic way for bookmarks and I’m really pleased with them. Thank you for sharing your amazingly talanted art work, I love card making so follow you there as well.

    November 7, 2014
  37. Katie S said:

    Thank you for sharing your talent with us. In reading your post I see that you come to art journaling from card making…that makes your approach to art very different from other artists I have discovered on You Tube. I second the opinion of the person above who said that this is the BEST art page she has ever watched being made. I feel the same way, even though I come from the messy side of art! I have enjoyed watching one other video by you..the stack of cups..I have now subscribed and look forward to seeing much more of your work. Your books are amazing! Thanks again for the inspiration!

    November 17, 2014
  38. Karrie said:

    The books look awesome! I love how you curled them to.give them the rounded bindings. Love all the stacks. Gorgeous page. Thank you for sharing!

    January 3, 2015
  39. Pat said:

    I have just started watching all the different album and book designs . As I watched the art journals , being put together l wondered what practical use can an art journal be used for?
    I then realized these art journals are for creativity of one persons thoughts and feelings and artistic abilities and fun . Then I realized I too am making a journal of my artistic ability , all my zentangle designs I enter into an album .I am doing the same thing . And it serves no practical use , just fun and creativity . Congratulations on your designs and art . I love what you do , thank you for sharing your ideas .

    January 17, 2015
  40. gwen said:

    Love, love, love your pages. They are so fun and colorful. I watch them over and over and best of all I order a lot of the items you are so kind to list. I bought a number of old books to “alter for my amusement” and your videos make it creativity easy. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Your descriptions are easy to understand, and often make me laugh right along with you.

    February 24, 2015
  41. Sarah Brennan said:

    I absolutely adore your art journal pages and have been inspired to buy a journal of my own. I too am a cardmaker but love the idea of the freedom and creativity that art journaling allows. It will also give me the opportunity to use up some of my crafty stash. I stumbled across your site when googling ideas for the crazy bird stamps but this is such a fantastic idea. I hope you don’t mind but I will be using your idea to make my own ‘books’ along with some of the quotes from the darkroom door Bookworm rubber stamps. Instead of travel as the accompanying theme I will probably add some of my favourite characters spilling from the books; or add cobwebs and ‘dust’ to give the idea of not getting things done because of being enthralled by a book. Now I just need my new journal to arrive. Thanks for all the inspiration – and I’ve only looked at 2 of your videos so far!

    July 30, 2015
  42. Paola said:

    Hi Vicky, I don’t know if it’s a problem at my end or actually on the page. Some of the thumbnails for the supplies have a broken link. I was trying to find out what is the paper punch you used to create the “ripped” notepad paper look. Thanks for sharing all this with us. :)

    September 10, 2015
  43. Paola said:

    I actually think I answered my own question. I watched that part again and I think you are using a hole punching machine (that does that type of hole punching) right?

    September 10, 2015
  44. Valda said:

    Thank you Vicky for sharing your prodigious talents and also for your comments on the process of your art work. I have found them so helpful, especially explaining your approach. I have yet to find my style but these comments resonated and have given me something to think on. Thank you.

    September 16, 2015
  45. Lynda Darby said:

    I just found you on YouTube. You are amazing. Your style is a lot like mine! I love the books! Do you remember what paper pad you used? I’ve been looking for hot air balloons sort of vintage….this pad would be perfect! I checked the supply list….but no luck. Keep on creating! I also like your 1 kit 10 cards videos for SSS. Love love love your work!

    May 10, 2016
    • Vicky said:

      Hi Lynda, this is an old video and probably the collection is out of stock. Thank you for your lovely comment!

      May 10, 2016

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