I Am Forgiven: Mixed Media Art Journal Layout


Asking for forgiveness is something that has never come easy for me. I have had a lot of practice since since becoming a wife but especially as a mother. No one likes to admit they are wrong but for some reason I really struggle with this. So many times I have spoken out of frustration to my children or raised my voice. And later, I have to apologize. It is humbling to have to ask my children to forgive me. Even my 2 year old. Usually, I find myself struggling to control my frustration when I feel overwhelmed. Recently, I have been praying that I will be slower to respond in these situations. To be calm and hear my children out.

I am so thankful that children are full of love and forgiveness. That despite all my failures they are so quick to hug me and cry with me and tell me that they love me. It reminds me of Gods unfailing love for me. He is always there forgiving me even though I continuously fail.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins,he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Creating the Journal Layout

I started this altered book/art journal in my recent class. I am just in love with these TH paper dolls that are all the rage. I don’t know why but I love cutting them out and coloring in the images. And the sentiment was sent to me by my childhood best friend.

For this background, I used Paper Artsy Infusions and some Lindy’s. I used a Christy Tomlinson Unity stamp as well as a Arabic Script stamp. I layered a lot of scraps from my table. Since it is Tea Day, I decided to include a tea bag. I stamped my tea bag with my hand-carved mermaid stamp.

Other Paper Dolls Art Journal Layouts:

No One Tells You About the Fine Print

The Lazy Days of Summer

Tea Day

I can’t believe it is Tea day again, I am playing along with Elizabeth and all the other Tea ladies.

Today for my beverage, I am sharing another Teavana Blend, Maharaja Chai Oolong / Samurai Chai MateIt is very spicy, flavorful and yummy! Look at all those pretty colors in there.

Happy Tea Day,


Items Used:

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Wednesday: Bright and Cheery

Simon Says Monday: Food and Drink (Tea Bag)

The Artistic Stamper: Colour it Blue

Creative Artiste: #39 Anything Goes

30 thoughts on “I Am Forgiven: Mixed Media Art Journal Layout”

  • such a tender, thoughtful and beautiful journal spread Kate. your tea sounds like something I’d really enjoy in the fall and winter months especially. Happy T day!

  • An absolutely stunning entry, Kate. I like the sentiment and know it is heartfelt.

    I am in love with the tea bag you included. It is wonderful and so well done. Your coloring skills are out of this world. Thanks for sharing it and your blend of loose leaf teas with us (and yes, the colors are fabulous) for T this almost Tuesday.

  • I’m with you totally with the forgiveness bit. I too struggle with that. I feel comfortable to hunble myself in my relationship with my husband, but my son (who is in his 40s) I don’t have a very open relationship with, but he is the one I need to talk to and ask him for forgiveness. Very difficult. We don’t see each other often. About once every two years. I will pray that the Lord gives me opportunities and the courage (His strength, notmine)
    Yes, your TH dollies are lovely.
    Your tea sounds yummy. I love spicy chai type teas. But I dont get the photo. It looks like a cup of little stones. (?)
    Happy T-Day,

    • Hi Lisca, it is nice to hear that I am not the only one that struggles with this. Thank you for sharing. As for the tea, it is loose tea and looks just as you have described, lots of pretty looking stones. But the tea is mixed in there, I promise. I think the stones might be chunks of rock sugar.

  • Good morning, your journal page is lovely and your tea brewing looks like art too-It will be delicious Happy T Day hugs Kathy

  • Beautifully put, Kate. And a gorgeous spread to journal your thoughts. You’re so creative with both words and art supplies. I’ve stared at this spread for several minutes trying to pick out the myriad layers and techniques you used 😉

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  • Truly stunning journal pages!! love the colors and details. Raising children is certainly a challenge – don’t be too hard on yourself. Sometimes forgiving yourself is even harder. Your children will always know how much you love them…well, once they get past being teenagers…that’s another big challenge! Love this post and your art work. happy T day!

  • Your post made me think ……. Your artjounal page is like always just beautiful. I’m so glad you shared it. I did have a few occassions where i felt i needed to apologize to my daughter as she was growing up and it is humbling. I can sympathize. Happy T day! deb


  • Such beautiful pages and words of wisdom! The colours and layers as always are stunning and your handcrafted mermaid stamp adorns the teabag beautifully. I like the sound of your tea blend too – delicious 😁. Happy T Day! J 😊 x

  • A wonderful lspread Kate ! You never cease to amaze me!

    Don’t worry about freaking out because of the kids, they sometimes just burn us up! That’s normal!
    The best is to take some deep breaths , sit down and tap at least ten times on your lower legs before answer or shout at them. You will see that works – at least for me it did work often very well ! . And then try to think thattime flies – they get wiser and nicer and it’s all not as serious as it seems in just that moment!
    Happy T-Day my friend!
    Hugs, Susi

    • Yes, my site seems to be moderating new comments. I will have to check the settings. Probably because it is new?

  • I try to remember that the prayer “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” is a call to forgive as well as a cry for forgiveness. We need help with both, I suppose.

    That tea looks delicious! And so pretty! Happy T Tuesday

  • A really thoughtful topic for your post. Our kids can cause us many moments of heartache, they love us as we love them so forgiveness is something I feel is given with love in out families. It is a gorgeous journal spread,
    You tea looked interesting today as well.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  • It is hard to apologize to your kids, but so necessary. But I remember being a kid and it was hard to sat sorry to my parents and hope they would forgive me. I hope my daughter knows I will always forgive heer, even when she makes me mad. Another beautiful piece of art today. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

  • I so agree with you Kate about how difficult it is to, first of all, admit our mistakes and, secondly, to ask forgiveness for them. It’s really hard to be patient too, especially with our children. We have so much responsibility with young children in the house and I think we forget that, for them, it is very difficult too. They react from the way they are feeling, whether that be with shouting or crying or just being naughty and then we react to the way they are behaving and end up yelling at them. In both instances this is perfectly understandable and perfectly normal. We are so Blessed that God will see us through those times and forgives us always for the mistakles we make.
    I love your Journal spread! The colours, once again, are so bright and beautiful and I simply adore the little tea bag you have incorporated into the design. So gorgeous!!

  • my visitor has left and i can make my belated t-day blog tour.
    your entry this week really is so thoughtful, and i also think forgiveness is often hard to practice. the page came out great – as always:)
    have a good week, xox

  • It’s always a pleasure to come by for a visit…I know not only that I will get to see the details of your creative and beautiful artwork, but also be inspired to introspect. Our frailties as humans are never tested more than when we have children. How great is our God, that he loves us even when we fail and even more when we truly seek His forgiveness.

    Your journal pages are exceptionally beautiful to me today. I love how you’ve painted your Paper Dolls and created that stunning textural background for them! Sending hugs!

  • Gorgeous layout,beautiful rich colours and textures. Love the infusions and a lovely post too. Thanks for sharing. Tracy ❤️

  • I love this journal spread! Those Paper Dolls are wonderful aren’t they! Don’t get too anxious about raising your voice to your children – it won’t be that that they remember about you when they were younger! They will remember the good things – isn’t that what God does for us – helps us count our blessings! Your tea does look pretty! Belated Happy T day! Chrisx

  • I never knew Tea Day even existed and I’m gutted that I’ve missed it! What a stunning layout and I can definitely relate to the sentiments. I’ve lost count o f the number of times I barked at my son because I was stressed only to apologize later . I think it sends the right message out to them though – showing them that we are not perfect and we make mistakes too, and it’s never too late to put them right. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier Kate – I really appreciate it!

  • These are such gorgeous art journal pages! Love the beautiful embellishments and colors you created. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. 🙂

  • Dear Kate,
    What a beautiful post! You really know how to make me think and remind me of things I might have taken for granted or forgotten to do or be.
    I feel a connection with you and your posts sometimes, somehow have a spiritual feeling that really does help me to practice a bit of introspection of my own.
    Thank you for sharing and such a beautiful spread- your best friend’s added sentiment is perfect!
    Jackie xx

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