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. So stunning…loved your video and it has certainly given me lots of seeds of inspiration. Love it. 😊

    August 19, 2016
  2. Nancy Olsen said:

    Love your style and your work is wonderful !! Could you tell me the name and brand of the stamp you used on the reading tag ? It looks like a coffee mark . Thank you for your inspiration !!

    November 14, 2016
  3. Marthy said:

    Live your video’s . And in love your stile.

    February 15, 2018
  4. Linda Bruner said:

    I’ am making a journal page with the books and the coffee cup . My friend likes winnie the poo and piglet, so i will make the cup and i’am stamping out winnie and the piglet, to put on the cup. she also collects coffee cups. She is leaving her work place. I’am putting it on a canvas. Thought i would tell you ways I’am doing your page. Thank you for all you do to inspire us. Thank you Linda

    October 8, 2018

    what was the name of the paper pad company used? PLEASE…

    February 21, 2022

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