It's Good To Be Me: Mixed Media Journal Cover

It’s Good…

I received so many encouraging words from everyone about my daughter’s potty training. A few days has made a HUGE difference and she is now taking herself to the potty without much prompting. Who would have thought that a 2 year old needed to retain the control. Once I stopped forcing her to sit on the potty she decided to comply. As a result, I am less stressed. She still likes me to accompany her to the bathroom which takes a large chunk out of my day but who am I to complain, she is taking herself!!

I am sure you are tired of my potty talk so I thank you for understanding. As you can guess, it is a big part of my life at the moment. Or rather it it is my life. I know this season will not last forever. No matter how sad I get at the thought that my last baby is almost a big girl, leaving diapers behind is not one of those “baby stages” that I will morn.

Creating The Journal


I have had difficulty for some time staying on my plan. I started Trim Healthy Mama 4 years ago when I was struggling to lose weight. I was working out for 1 hour a day 4 days a week and I was still gaining weight. I realized something was wrong even though my thyroid levels were ‘normal.’ I was diagnosed at this time with Hashimoto’s, a autoimmune thyroid disease. I changed my diet and within a few months my thyroid antibodies had come down considerably.  Although, they are still far from normal I try to implement healthy choices into my daily eating.
Back to the present, I haven’t consistently stayed on my eating plan since I got pregnant with my daughter. The lure of sugar and gluten has won and I am stil struggling with my weight. In order to keep myself accountable, I decided to start a food journal to write down everything I put in my mouth. What better way to be inspired to lose weight and be healthy then to have a pretty journal to write in.

The Cover

I have several journals sitting around so I decided to pull out this fabric journal and make it pretty. I coated the cover in gesso before applying my Lindy’s Sprays: Tibetan Poppy Teal, Wisteria Purple Blue and Wake Me Up Before You Go Gold. Next, I added some stamping and my embellishments. I finally broke down and used my ‘treasured’ Tim Holtz paper dolls that I got for Christmas. They are just as beautiful as I thought they would be. And this bright yellow flower has been sitting on my table for ages and in my stash for years. So glad that I finally put it to good use.
Here is a picture of the sprays that I used.

So, that is about it for me today. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

Challenges Entered:

 Simon Says Wednesday: Easter (Moodboard)

Simon Says Monday: Easter?Spring Inspiration

Stamplorations: March Mixed Media (Spring)

A Vintage Journey: Treasure (TH Paper Dolls)

More Mixed Media Challenge: Anything Goes Optional Green

25 thoughts on “It's Good To Be Me: Mixed Media Journal Cover”

  • Sorry this is brief. I’m having keyboard problems. Glad the worst is behind you and your daughter. You are BRAVE to create that incredibly gorgeous cover before the journal is finished. Truly GORGEOUS.

  • Hi Kate, wonderful journal cover. Love the layout and texture . The flower was a perfect choice! I’m struggling too. Maybe I’ll make a journal. Hope it goes well.
    Lisa xx

  • Glad the potty training has taken a good turn! Keep calm and all shall be well! Love the journal cover, really beautiful. I always had my hair cut like that when I was a kid. Hugs, Valerie

  • LOVE that journal cover, the colours are so gorgeous and the perfect backdrop to those lovely paper dolls! Glad the potty training stress is on it’s way out, well done to your little one, and the best of luck with your food journey!!

  • Another gorgeous piece of art Kate. And I am very glad to hear potty training is coming along so well. I think there might be a lesson to learn about your daughter too-let her think it’s her idea. 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful weekend and St. patty’s Day too. Hugs-Erika

  • A gorgeous piece of art! This is wonderful Kate and I love the layers and all the little details you’ve included and the Paper Doll image is just the perfect finishing touch! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog… x

  • It’s normal that our kids take all our thoughts and here in Austria we are called “we mothers”, “we” go to the potty, “we” go to kindergarden, “we” are now a primary school child..and so on… I can imagine how you feel.. but you are wise enough to know that all this doesn’t take forever. I always say that the age I do like kids the most is around 7 years of age. I don’t like the babytime, and the kindergarden time is not my thing as well – but with around 7 they turn into little nice personalities and friends.
    My daughter is 17 now and I am not missing any of those stages before… I am really looking forward to become grandmother once..that will be much more relaxed!
    Well done of the little princess – she is a very clever little girl!
    And so are you – to write down everything we eat is a very clever way to improve weight loss. Hoshimoto is bad – I found some YT videos about this per chance recently – didn’t know anything about this disorder until that time. I started a food diary as well, but never continued it – my daughter has a food diary group at a social media- where they often post photos of their meals and their recipies! That helps a lot I guess. You have made the most beauitful cover for your food and health diary! All the best for all the plans. I am happy to hold my weight since nearly two years now ( I lost 14 kilos over a time of three years before), but I have always to take much care of what I eat. To go vegetarian now helped me a lot more to hold weight, since I eat so much more vegetables. To be vegan is not really managable for me – I love cheese and milk products so much and eggs!
    Happy weekend my creative friend!
    All the best for you and the family!
    oxo Susi

  • Oh I remember those days well, and am thankful to have moved on. My youngest just turned ten and has started pulling his hand from mine when people are around and doesn’t want me to fix his hair in public anymore. These little things let me know he is ready to start being more grown up, but it is sooooo hard to let go of him as my baby! Hang in there my friend, it is truly a blink of an eye. I am in love with your fabulous journal cover! What gorgeous elements and yes those dolls don’t disappoint! A wonderful stage for them. Enjoy this journal and give yourself some grace. Grace paired with discipline is a powerful combination! Hugs, Autumn

  • You really have transformed that journal cover beautifully, I really love your Lindy’s colour choices and the Tim dolls look perfect …. such sweet little girls… and the yellow flower is gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining in our Treasure challenge at A Vintage Journey! Anne x

  • what a gorgeous Journal cover Kate – the layers , textures and colors are wonderful on this! thanks for joining us in the A Vintage Journey Treasure challenge! Julia xx

  • This is really stunning! Loooove the layering! Thank you for playing with us at More Mixed Media challenge blog! Hugs, Asia

  • Kate, this is just wonderful! I love those spring colors, all your details, and those treasured girls! This is surely help give you the discipline you need to keep track of your food intake. This would be full in no time if it were me who was keeping track. Perhaps this is just what I need to lose those pounds gained since I’ve stopped running.
    I’m so pleased to hear things are going smoother for you in the development of your princess. Enjoy every precious moment!
    Thank you so much for sharing your lovely journal cover with us at A Vintage Journey, and sharing your treasure! Hugs!

  • I love the bright springtime colours and your brilliant layered collaging has created beautiful depth and delight on this altered book cover. Just gorgeous.
    Alison x

  • Such a pretty and Spring like journal cover. Thanks for taking the time to share it for our fourth birthday celebrations at A Vintage Journey. Hugs Brenda xxx

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