A Life Time of Photographic Memories: Mixed Media Art Journal

A Life Time

“Anything over 20 is old.” That was my stance on age, until I reached the age of twenty. And then it became 30. Now, as my age creeps ever closer to that big 4-0, I can’t help but feel trapped inside an aging body that won’t stay young like my mind. Every time I talk on the phone to my 94 year old, Florida-residing, Grandmother, she tells me to never get old. She warns me of the constant aches, pains, lack of sleep and the regressing bodily functions, despite her careful maintenance and sharp mind.
As I place myself in her shoes I can see her looking in the mirror, replaying her whirlwind romance during WWII, to her years of mothering 6 babies and then traveling the world with her dashing husband, as her children trickle into adulthood. How is it that 70 some years later she is starring at her wrinkled skin, thinned silvery hair and weakened body, yet her mind never left those years. The still fresh memories make it seem like yesterday.

In a few weeks, I will turn 34 and yet I still remember those crazy high school moments, the heat that swept through me every time my hubby put his arm around me while dating, and the overwhelming satisfaction and contentment as I stared into the faces of my newborn children, as their little fingers wrapped around my adult-sized one. I know I have said it before but how amazing is it that God gave us such photographic memories. How sad it is for those suffering from memory related illnesses. To not remember would take away the essence of who I am. Everything that I have endured or experienced has made me ME and to forget that would make me someone else entirely. Someone empty. So even through our lifetime must eventually come to its conclusion, be thankful that no matter your age you can remember. You can recall those beautiful moments at a thought. And despite where you are in life right now, things can only get better. Just close your eyes and recall.

Creating The Journal Layout

For this background, I used a couple different stencils. I started using a lacy stencil with Distress Paint and a doily stencil with Black Soot Distress Ink. I doodled a little and painted the stenciled images with Distress Paints. I stamped the background using a Christy Tomlinson Unity stamp. Thread, sewing scraps and re-cycled pieces from my stash were used to embellish.
This picture of my children was taken when my daughter was a few months old. I remember this day and it brings back sweet memories.
To see the other layout in my daughter’s art journal click the link below:
She Is My Blessing Child

Happy Tea Day to those playing along with Elizabeth and Bleubeard. As you can see, my mug is in the background hiding behind my succulents but it is full of my favorite green tea.

Products Used:


Challenges Entered:

Creative Artiste: Anything Goes #37

That’s Crafty: Going Round in Circles

Country View Challenge: Pimp It Up (Re-cycled pieces from stash)

19 thoughts on “A Life Time of Photographic Memories: Mixed Media Art Journal”

  • I love seeing your pages and how they are filled with so many wonderful layers Kate. Darling photo of your children. Such a poignant insight regarding aging and your grandmother. I think so long as you have those precious memories they can still bring a bit of youth to the spirit. Happy T day!

  • I love your journal pages.
    I have been having a real issue with my age now especially when ever I look in the mirror-I really am not liking getting old at all and I will be 70 next year fall ugh ugh I need to get over it all-such is life
    Happy T Day

  • Today I’m not sure which I like better, the lovely journal pages you have created for your daughter, or the memories you are conjuring up as you shared this post. Wonderful thoughts of your aging grandmother and fond memories from your days in high school seem to blend perfectly with the layers of love you have added to the pages of the journal.
    Your succulents are doing excellent for the horrible winter we’ve had. You certainly have a green thumb to go with that green tea you are drinking. Thanks for sharing your tea and your journal pages with us for T this Tuesday.

  • I don’t ever succeed with succulents, but your looks in great shape. I decided decades ago that getting old beats the alternative 😉 My goal is to do the best I can to prevent ill health and frailty and to enjoy each day. I love the way you’ve enshrined that memory. Sweet! 🙂 Happy T Tuesday

  • Beautiful spread and great photo of your three blessings, Kate.
    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  • not only are your art journal pages gorgeous, but your writing is so eloquent and toughing! love these pages, and so true about memories and aging. Happy T day!

  • A really lovely post to read, thank you for sharing your memories. Age is not always a comfortable subject to talk about, but no matter how we may look as times passes, age is just a number, its how we feel and embrace our life that matters.
    Your journal page looks fantastic, wonderful layers and a lovely family photo.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  • When I was young 30 seemed so old. I was convinced I would be dead by the time 30 rolled around. ::-D I’m twice that and still here. Sometimes wondered how did that happen. Today, at the post office, I remembered how my Young One liked to skip the length of the strip mall from the post office to the bank. A sweet memory as you captured with the page of your adorable children. My dad had Alzheimer’s and I think his memories of when he was young were a comfort to him. He sometimes went through a wormhole where he was between 17 and 24. Towards the end, he didn’t remember us. I don’t think it bothered him so much as it bothered us. He seemed content in his own world.

  • Kate you write beautifully and always make me stop and think.. I have had such a full wonderful life as i sit here at 50 and to not be able to pull up a memory would be devastating.. Raising my daughter who is now 30 and pregnant with her own daughter…3 years living in and exploring Germany with my husband… getting married in Copenhagen… living 20years in TX… moving to CA for 3 years.. the redwoods. the ocean.. 25th Anniversary… … It would be terrible to lose all that..
    Love your journal spread of your three lovely children.. Happy T day! Hugs! deb

  • i´m not sure which i like better: your written thoughts or the fabulous journaling… the photo of your Little ones is Darling! may you be blessed to experience health and a clear mind into high Age!
    happy t-day!

  • Your journal pages are gorgeous Kate. Such precious memories beautifully captured and recorded. Fabulous colours and amazing textures on this page and I do love reading your posts. To think about getting old can be very scary when you are young but, once you get there (I am 71) it’s just like any other time in your life. Yes, the hair may be white and the skin may not be as smooth as it once was but, there are still so many wonderful things to enjoy in life. I thank the Lord every day that I am still here to enjoy time with my family and friends, especially with my Grandchildren. Each day is a Blessing! There are so many wonderful memories to recall and, even though we are old, we are still making more wonderful memories every day. hugs xx

  • Beautiful spread with memories, attached to the pages- wonderful texture, and the circles fits perfect for our challenge , over at That`s Crafty – Thank you for adding it . DT -Dorthe , xx

  • What a beautiful post Kate! And such a beautiful journal spread! Your babies are precious!
    And my dear, you are still a baby! 34?? Heavens to mergatroids, I have some years on you! heehee
    I missed writing you last Friday, but I wanted to wish you a happy nurses day and thank you for your service!
    sending hugs,Jackie

  • Thankyou so much for joining the challenge at Country View Challenges – apologies for my lateness in commenting (it’s been a crazy couple of weeks!!) Hope to see you again! Teresa DT xx

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