A Country Escape: Mixed Media Fabric Journal

Escape To The Country

Have you ever seen that TV series ‘Escape to the Country?” It is basically the UK version of HGTV’s House Hunters. I just love the unique homes with their rustic charm, the English country side and the amazing accents. The only thing disappointing about this show is the unrealistic budget that most of these couples have. I mean, crazy high budgets.

So, when my hubby and I moved to the country from a busy suburban area it was culture shock. At least for this city girl.We searched the countryside for our little escape a year later after our house sold. My original criteria was: 3-4 bedroom house, master suite, two car garage, a few acres to raise farm animals, a mountain view, and most importantly not in a development. I told our realtor that I didn’t want to have neighbors…haha. We looked for months and couldn’t find anything. We found our little escape a couple months before our daughter was born. While it didn’t meet all my criteria it met all of my husbands, much to his delight. I didn’t get my multiple acres of farmland and a lack of neighbors, but I did get a 3 bedroom house with an amazing master suite, 1 acre surrounded on 3 sides by woods (which hides our neighbors in the summer and gives us a mountain view in the winter), huge windows that let the light in and a porch that goes from the front of the house to the back. Sometimes we feel as though we are at a vacation house in the mountains and I am so thankful that I get to live in my vacation house all year round.
So, this was a bit of the inspiration behind this page.

Creating the Journal Page

All Good Things Must Come To An End

Here is the very last layout in my Asiatic Dynasty Fabric Art Journal. (sad face) I had so much fun creating this little book but because I never do anything without the bulk, I had to limit the amount of pages. Maybe I should be calling this book the Big Fat Fabric Journal instead.

The Process

My page is kraft paper sewn onto a fabric base. I used a fancy stitch on my quilting machine. I like fancy better than a plain straight stitch. There is a Stencil Girl Stencil in the background, several die cuts, chipboard and Lynne Perrella stamps from PaperArtsy. I combined some of her other collections along with her Asian collection for this page.

More Fabric Journal Pages

Asiatic Dynasty Journal Cover And a Layout

It’s All In the Hair

Swimming Through Algae

Up In a Purple Haze

I Dream of Ice Cream

Challenges Entered:

Mixed Media World: #29 Anything Goes

Stamps and Stencils: Metallics (Foiled Tree)


12 thoughts on “A Country Escape: Mixed Media Fabric Journal”

  • Your journal pages are wonderful, so much to see and take delight in. Love your style. Glad you found your dream house, it sounds wonderful – enjoy! Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

  • I think you have found most of what you both wanted in your house, it’s always a littel bit of take and give. It sounds wonderful!
    I LOVE your pages, so beautiful, all the layers and the beautiful colors!

  • Such amazing pages! The colours and stencilling are beautiful and your terminology of “the big fat fabric journal” made me smile too …lol 😁. It must be idyllic to live in your dream house and it sounds like a wonderful place. Wishing you a Happy Sunday! J 😊

  • I’m not sure I’ve ever been here before, Kate, but I was overcome with the beauty of your art. I’ve been reading other entries, too, and your work is out of this world. These journal pages are fabulous.
    So glad you found the home of your (nearly) dreams. I know you must be very happy there, because your art truly reflects it.

  • I’ve been reading backward in your posts, and was suddenly stunned and appalled to read you joined us one time for T Stands For Tuesday, and, as your host, I didn’t send any greeting of any kind. I don’t get e-mail updates because my e-mail doesn’t work properly. I usually post every day, so don’t often go back to see if someone has added links after Tuesday. I know it’s a sad (and bad) excuse, but it’s the only one I have for being not just a bad host, but an idiot for not checking back. I promise, this was NOT intentional, but an oversight on my part.
    I would LOVE to invite you to join us any Tuesday. I post Monday afternoon at 4 pm CDT, because so many of the people who join me for tea (or any drink) live in countries other than the U.S. It’s that pesky time zone thing. Since I live in one of the last time zones, I post at “tea time” on Monday in my world. I would genuinely love for you to share your incredible art with us, because I’m sure there are many in my group (other than Susi, Valerie, and Jo) who have not been exposed to your beautiful work. And I promise to show up and visit if you will give me another chance to share your wonderful art with us. Your beautiful mixed media altered book piece you created before is the perfect venue, too!

    • No worries, Elizabeth. I am amazed that you are able to visit so many people that link to your blog. I don’t get a lot of crafting time due to my little people but I will certainly try to visit your blog more and play along with links. I love a opportunity to make new friends in blog land. Especially those that love to drink tea! I am a bit obsessed with tea. 😉
      Thank you for your kind words and visit. I will try to visit you soon.

  • It sounds as though you found a glorious place to live – a mountain view and forests to boot – I bet that all provides acres of inspiration, even though you may not have the acres you planned on! This page spread may be one of my all-time favourites of yours. It’s so intricate and full of detail, yet without being cluttered or overwhelming. The LP woman works beautifully at the heart of it all.
    Alison x

  • Wonderful journal page with so much to look at and so many wonderful techniques. Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils.

  • Totally love your journal pages and the inspiration behind them made fascinating reading! I’d love to escape to the country. Thank you for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Toni x

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