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!

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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!

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

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

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

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You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

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

113 Comments

  1. Melitini said:

    έχω μείνει άφωνη!
    άψογο αποτέλεσμα!
    πανέμορφο!!!
    και η μουσική μια χαρά, ταιριάζει πάντως στην γρήγορη κίνηση του βίντεο! 🙂

    April 14, 2013
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  2. Susan W said:

    Wow! Amazing process to watch! I just love all the touches from the use of the tissue paper to the way you made the books to the placement of all those little extras to get your theme across. And the music was just perfect! 🙂

    So much fun to watch!!!

    Happy Sunday, Vicky!

    April 14, 2013
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  3. Jana said:

    Oh, I noticed the music right away! Love the tissue paper and how you made that incredible stack of books! TFS another fab art journal page!

    April 14, 2013
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  4. PaulaS said:

    That is amazing Vicki! I love every bit of it. And yes, the books do look like books. The music is fun too.

    April 14, 2013
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  5. Kara said:

    love it!! your books TOTALLY look like books!!

    April 14, 2013
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  6. These pages are amazing. I love how crisp and full of contrast they are. Beautiful background with the tissue wrap, distress inks, and modelling paste. The books are fantastic…every detail adds to their charm. Your videos are always so inspiring and fun to watch. Great music and loved the little hands 🙂

    April 14, 2013
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  7. Sharon T. said:

    WOW! Love everything about this video. I definitely enjoyed the music. Your books looked like books too,
    so don’t worry about that. I think that’s why I don’t include things like that in my cards or journals-I wonder if anyone will “get” it. Maybe I worry too much. Keep up your wonderful work Vicki!

    April 14, 2013
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  8. Angie said:

    Amazing, loved the video, lots of inspiration and the books are great. Thank you.

    April 14, 2013
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  9. Vicky said:

    Oh my gosh! You’re brilliant. You can rest assured…they look like books!!!
    (The whole process of creating them – it was fun to watch. You almost lost me when you were curling them…and then, poof! – they were even more realistic than I imagined. What a difference these small touches make…:) )
    The whole piece reminds me of a wonderful library. I know there were some comfy chairs and a warm fire near by.
    Excellent, excellent…:)
    What a great journal page…love your comments as you’re creating…:)
    Thanks, as always, for sharing!

    April 14, 2013
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  10. Holly Saveur said:

    LOVE IT!!!
    Love the quote..and those books look sure like….BOOKS!
    STUNNING!

    April 14, 2013
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  11. nancyk said:

    You are brilliant, my friend! I love the theme of this page and those books are perfect! Love the new lively music, too. I didn’t want this video to end I had such fun watching you create. I do love your art style. I love the your neat and tidy approach; apparently an art journal doesn’t have to be messy to be fabulous. I’m ordering a journal today, you’ve totally inspired me!

    April 14, 2013
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  12. Deberann said:

    Thanks for sharing. That was super and didn’t seen long at all. The books, the quote, 3d letters, the whole thing came together beautifully! I also enjoyed the moderation and the hand of your helper. 🙂 Keep on doing what you do…Inspiring!!!

    April 14, 2013
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  13. Deann said:

    Fantastic Vicky!

    April 14, 2013
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  14. Richard said:

    I am sort of LIVING for these art journal entries!! This is my fave so far!!! The books and all the time you put into them are AMAZING!!! Please never stop doing these!

    April 14, 2013
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  15. Rebekka R said:

    What a fabulous page! And yes they do look like books. 🙂

    April 14, 2013
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  16. Sue Kment said:

    Yep, spent my morning watching your amazing trip in making this page…this is just so totally amazing!

    April 14, 2013
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  17. Dixie said:

    Awesome video, music, and journal! Thanks for all the work that went into this production. I learned a lot!

    April 14, 2013
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  18. Ann K said:

    My favorite of your art journal pages so far . . . fabulous! and that 20 minutes went by so fast. I was absorbed in your creativity from start to finish. Well done.

    April 14, 2013
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  19. Barb said:

    Beautiful Work!!!!

    April 14, 2013
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  20. Virginia P FL said:

    WOW!!! What fun to watch you create a masterpiece! The Art Journal is simply wonderful. You are so gifted. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    April 14, 2013
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  21. Deb Lorence said:

    Awesome page Vicky! Those books are fantastic.

    April 14, 2013
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  22. VickiB said:

    Thanks for sharing you projects with us. I love this page and especially the quote.

    April 14, 2013
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  23. Cheryl Fricker said:

    This is my favorite art journal page of yours so far. Loved everything about it. I enjoyed the change of music too : )

    April 14, 2013
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  24. Vicky. This page is amazing. When you cut the strips of paper, I didn’t think they were suitable for books, but wow, wow, wow, how authentic you made them look. Love the whole concept if this page. After watching this video this morning & Shari Carrols last night I so want to try my hand at art journaling. Thanks for the inspiration.

    April 14, 2013
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  25. Angel said:

    WOW!!! Not only do they totally look like stacked books, the whole theme is so awesome and I really love every detail you added. WOW is all I keep thinking. Fabulous.

    April 14, 2013
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  26. Angela R said:

    I love your art journal pages, I have your first one as a background on my I phone 🙂
    I think it is adorable when your kids get in the video 😉

    April 14, 2013
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  27. Barb said:

    Vicky, you are one of the artists pushing me to want to try this! I’ve started to gather products and each time I watch you play with your journal, I want more! This page is truly brilliant! The books look exactly like books and the wonderful added details are all just perfect! Thank you so much for your inspiration and talent!

    April 14, 2013
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  28. Maureen Chandler said:

    Your art journal has inspired me to think about doing one! This current project was just absolutely amazing! I love books and reading and your books are very very realistic! I just love watching your videos and I can’t wait for more! Thanks so much for sharing your incredible talent!

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  29. Cheryl l. said:

    LOVE the books! And the end result is fantastic!

    April 14, 2013
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  30. CHRISSY said:

    SENSATIONAL Vicky…I will admit to saying “what are you doing with the water and rolling this decoration, whatever it is…I will admit to that, BUT!! before you put the white details on them, and seeing them roll, I knew it was books….absolutely brilliant…Fantastic project…what a great video to start my birthday morning off with…Thanks for sharing.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

    April 14, 2013
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  31. lkdeli said:

    Hey I haven’t even finished the video yet and I have to tell you -your books are freaking amazing as Christy Tomlinson would say!!!! Thanks for a great way to make “books” for any project. Love your tutorials!! TFS

    April 14, 2013
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  32. Pavana said:

    Awesome!!!!

    April 15, 2013
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  33. Myrto said:

    Απίθανη σελίδα Βίκυ μου! καταπληκτική!

    April 15, 2013
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  34. Dimitra M. said:

    Great stuff Vicky! And the quote is perfect.
    This art journal page is by far my favourite.

    April 15, 2013
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  35. joy said:

    Fabulous spread, Vicky! Yes, I love the new music! Yes, the books definitely look like books! Yes, I like neat and tidy!! (But, sometimes, I like messy, too). I subscribe to all of the gals you mentioned, but love France’s the best. You clean up your craft sheet after each step, just like she does! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your beautiful art journal with us!!

    April 15, 2013
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  36. S. Molinari said:

    Seriously… This was great! And I’m all for a more planned out and neat journal. Thanks for the inspiration!

    April 15, 2013
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  37. Faith said:

    Absolutely fabulous! I love your books! Genius! Must go finish watching now!

    April 15, 2013
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  38. Debbie B said:

    WOW! That was so much fun to watch! You are fabulous…..the “books” look great! Thanks for sharing! I can only hope to be as good as you one day 🙂 Love love love your videos. When I see them I get all excited……….then I try to go and re-create what you have done. Not always as successful as you but at least I try ha ha.

    April 15, 2013
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  39. Linda said:

    LOVE to watch you work Vicky………..so interesting. Your books do look real. The whole video is fabulous.

    April 15, 2013
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  40. yiming said:

    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! I thoroughly enjoyed watching you making the page, oh my, the stack of books is amazing, they look so real!! Love the music as well!

    April 15, 2013
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  41. Sarah said:

    Absolutely Fantastic! Your techniques are amazing. I love your videos but I have to tell you that your Art Journal series are just spectacular! Thank you so much for sharing.

    April 15, 2013
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  42. Helen Nelson said:

    That looks like so much fun. Your stack of books is amazing and I want to try making that on a card sometime. I would love to spend a crafty afternoon with my nieces little girls, but they live so far away and that may not be possible for me, but you are very blessed to have little ones to pass on your love of art to. Thank-you for giving us a peak at your creative process.

    April 16, 2013
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  43. Simone Silva said:

    Vicky,
    I have to say: it was PERFECT!
    And yes, looks like a stack of books! 😉
    You really inspired me with this video. I will try to Art Journal!
    I always thought to be very difficult, but you’re right when you say that we must adapt to what we really like.
    Anyway, congratulations on your wonderful videos! Keep inspiring us and being as creative as you are! 🙂
    Kisses from Brazil,
    Simone.

    April 16, 2013
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  44. Gilda said:

    Wow! What a beautiful page. I love your art journal videos, they are so inspiring for me.

    April 16, 2013
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  45. Laura C. said:

    Yes, they look like great antique books! I love your style!
    I’ve learned so much from you! TFS!!!!

    April 16, 2013
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  46. Barbara M. said:

    Amazing! Love the books! Crafting with our kids is the best, my daughter is in her 30’s and we still craft together. Thanks for sharing.

    April 17, 2013
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  47. Margaret said:

    Wow – I’m gob-smacked! THat was an amazing adventure! Just loved watching how everything came together – and that end result was just amazing. Yes, they definitely look like books and yes, I loved that music.
    So glad I discovered your site ages ago as I just love how you inspire me to keep at this craft.
    Thanks so much.

    April 18, 2013
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  48. Debbie B said:

    I think this is my favorite art journal page yet! Yes they do look like stacked books.

    April 19, 2013
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  49. I am so glad you were on the SS Hop and I popped over to your blog. I am now an em subscriber and look forward to your posts. In the meantime, I am off to peruse your blog. This page…THIS PAGE — Gosh so awesome. I really thought your books were stamps! So, yeah, they look very real to me. Killer job!!

    April 20, 2013
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