New Discoveries?: Art Journal Layout

Discovering New Things

‘One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making new discoveries.’
While I love the concept of this quote, I don’t fall into this category. But I remember my best friend growing up embodied this quote perfectly. Her mom used to trick us into cleaning my friends bedroom before we were allowed to do something fun. Her mom later confessed that she knew I enjoyed cleaning and that the only time she could get my friend to clean her room was when I was over. When we would clean her room we would find money stashed between the bed, in random boxes and stuffed in envelopes. I always was amazed how each time we cleaned she found money. I would say, “Why doesn’t this ever happen to me? I want to find money.” Well, it was because I was organized and I knew where everything was in my room.
So, even though it may seem like being disorganized leads to random treasure hunts that turn up lost items, I still think that being organized costs you less in the end. No more disappointment that that $100 gift card is expired.

Creating The Journal Layout

For this layout, I continued with the steampunk theme. My base is a paper grocery bag that has been layered with book paper and gesso. I stenciled with texture paste in the background. My stamps are from Lost Coast Designs, Tim Holtz, PaperArtsy and & 7 Gypsies. My background is sprayed using Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays (Cockle Bells Coral, French Lilac Violet).

Related Steampunk Journal Pages: The Distant Wanderer, Its All Perspective, Plate IX, Steampunk  Altered Book,

Products Used:



Challenges Entered:

Lindy’s Stamp Gang: August Challenge (Spray Links above)

Lost Coast Portal to Creativity: #39 Stenciled Background

Frilly and Funkie: Read Any Good Books Lately? (book paper)

SanDee & Amelie’s Steampunk Challenge: Special Steampunk Challenge

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Mixed Media Monthly: Inspiration Photo (Pink & Purple Flowers)

Art Journal Journey: Poetry In Motion



20 thoughts on “New Discoveries?: Art Journal Layout”

  • What fantastic story about your friend and your page is amazing! I’m loving the steampunk vibe, the way you have used the modelling paste and the ink drips – wonderful 😀. Have a great day! J 😊

  • Yummy background. Love the texture and the drippy sprays. The sentiment is fab. Love these pages. Thanks for joining the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity challenge. Hugz

  • Kate your journal page is so fun, and I’m delighted you entered it into my ‘Read Any Good Books Lately’ challenge at Frilly and Funkie! I’m loving your drips and splatters and your over all layout! PS I never find any money either, except sometime when I take walks. I’m saving all that in a jar for a future prezzie to myself.

  • Thank you for joining in the Stencil challenge over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity. Love all the layers you got going on in this.

  • What an amazing piece, I love the drips. I must admit I’m not very organised, but I never find any money lol. Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Lost Coast Designs, and have a fun weekend. Sue xx

  • Woah! My head turned at Lost Coast when I saw this beauty! Oh how I love this dear Charlotte sitting in her mass of media and layered beauty! This is my jam and I’m in love!!! I enjoyed reading about you and your friend and am shocked to know that you are an organizer, because your work is so free and wild – which I love love love! I guess art is the place you can break free and break rules. 🙂 Happy to see that you are sharing with us at Frilly and Funkie too – thanks doll! Hugs, Autumn

  • Love these art journal pages, totally my design! I am a person who likes the idea of organization but only seems to be something I achieve at work, my home life is a disorganized disaster lol. Thanks for playing along at Mixed Media Monthly

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