No One Tells You About the Fine Print: Mixed Media Journal Layout

The Fine Print

Parenting is similar to the fine print at the bottom of commercials. Full disclosure is seldom given and when it is given, it is too tiny to read. When I first became a parent everybody mentioned the lack of sleep and the terrible two’s but somehow they forgot to mention potty training and that colic phase that infants experience. That and a whole slew of other phases. My 10-year-old son has the eye roll down like a teenage girl, my almost 8-year-old negotiates and argues like a lawyer and my 2-year-old daughter calls me “Kate” while walking through the house in search of me.

I jumped into parenting thinking I knew more than the average individual and found out I knew far less. So many days, I am not sure what I am doing or whether I am doing the right thing. But I am so glad that I have an amazing hubby next to me to walk this crazy windy road called parenting. I pray that at the end of it, hubby and I have great relationships with each one of our children and their spouses. I know that if we can get past the difficult stages everything will be ok. So, I’ll let you know in 16 years when my youngest goes off to college.

Creating the Journal Layout

Recently, I co-taught my first art journaling class. It was so much fun once I got past the initial nervousness. We started off by prepping our book to receive different mediums. This was the page that I started in class and finished at home.

I started off by painting and stamping the background. I then added embellishments and used some gesso and a stencil.

I used a copy of one of my TH Paper Dolls and added some color to it. The rest of the embellishments are scraps from my table.

Tea Tuesday

I am joining the ladies for tea over at Elizabeth and Bleubeards. As you can see, I am sharing my cast iron teacup, lily pad saucer and a very yummy Teavana Pineapple Koni Pop tea. It tastes very sweet but can be very overpowering. I can only drink one cup at a time and that’s saying a lot from a girl who drinks 3 plus quarts a day,

Happy Tea Day,


Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Monday: Anything But A Card

The Artistic Stamper: Colour It Blue (Blue dyed fabric strip)

More Mixed Media Challenge: Anything with Purple

Frilly and Funkie: Letter Perfect

Country View Challenges: Written Word

CropStop: June Link Party


32 thoughts on “No One Tells You About the Fine Print: Mixed Media Journal Layout”

  • Wow, another amazing spread Kate, I love all the textural elements you have added, like the threads and fabric, stunning!! Lucky people that were able to partake in the class!

    Good luck with the rest of the parenting journey :o) And trust me, there is way more to come, once those teenage years start, hah. And then of course there is the empty nest stage, and trust me, that will bring a whole other set of interesting challenges between you and your partner too. But, the journey is exciting and we learn so much along the way, even without having read the fine print first…

  • Beautiful journal spread Kate! Fun to see how building up odds and ends scraps can make such cohesive texture and layers. That tea sounds way too much for me but it’s a lovely cup and dish to enjoy. Happy T day!

  • This is an adorable spread. I am curious how you kept the lock so high above the rest of the images. It’s wonderful, and I STILL like your idea of scanning and cutting out those TH paper dolls. I’ve finally started using mine.

    That tea looks beautiful. So many ingredients in it. I bet I would love it, but I’ve never heard of it. Thanks for sharing your art and your tea with us for T this Tuesday.

  • Hi Kate! Loved reading your thoughts on parenting… I have one child that is now 31 and just had a child of her own.. But i can relate to alot of the ‘stages’ you talk about.. .. the eye rolling and i often mentioned to her that she should be a lawyer…the way she could argue a point…lol You have to find a way to enjoy or sometimes endure each stage as they grow and change so quickly… Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

  • Kate, your journal pages are again very beautiful! Wonderful use of materials and your layering is superb! Really admire your skills.
    Nice to read that you enjoyed your co-teaching, must be a nice experience.

  • Kate, I thought ou’d want to know that the text on your new site is very tiny onscreen. I had to zoom in (Ctrl+) several times to read it. Or maybe you did that deliberately bcause of the topic: fine print – lol.

    That’s too funny that your 2-year old calls for “Kate.”

    I remember feeling totally unprepared for parenthood. The most difficult/important job and the world and there was no training for it! It was supposed to come naturally. I felt so lost.

    Congratulations on your first art journaling class! Wish I could have been one of the students. the spread you did is beautiful. Love the layering.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

    • Thanks, Eileen. I am working on trying to change the font size but for some reason it won’t let me. I’ll keep working on that. Sorry!

  • A stunning page spread – embellishing and composition are sheer perfection. And I enjoyed reading the fine print of your encounters with your three children. Every age needs its own get-out clauses and side-effects warnings, doesn’t it?! Beautiful work, as always.
    Alison x

  • Not to be a Gretchen Sunshine, but I wish the problems and the phases ended when the kids go off to college. My girlies are 30 and 26 and we’re still dealing with issue and phases.. Even when they aren’t under your roof, you still worry and second guess. I suppose if we could read the fine print: Your job never ends, maybe many would never sign up. =^,.^= Your Fine Print spread is awesome . I love the picture behind the lock. All you would need is the key to have the answers to everything. Yup, too bad kids didn’t come with manuals. Happy T Day!

  • I really loved your journal spread and your post. I’, sure all the participants in your journal class would have been delighted to be there.
    I am also stuggling with the print, so forgive any mistakes I may have made.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  • Ha, I think we are all pretty naive when we first become parents! Had to smile at your description of the eye roll though… Lovely art journal pages- congrats on the teaching gig! Happy T day!

  • I think we are all a bit naive when we take our first steps into parenthood Kate. We imagine the joys of holding our first born in our arms and never think about the trials and tribulations to come, and that is a good thing. If we knew the truth at the start, would we still do it?? Oh yes!!! Definitely!! The rewards and heartfelt joy we get from our children is worth so much more than any trials they can throw at us and, I can tell you now, when they have their own kids, it gets even better! Hubby and I always say ‘Had we known back then how great Grandkids were going to be, we would have had them first’. LOL!!
    I love your journal spread!! The mix of fabulous colour and all the wonderful textural items you have added are simply stunning!! Congrats on teaching your first class too!! So glad you had fun with it!! Have a wonderful day!! hugs xx

  • I adore your class project – simply amazing Kate! You will see – those 16 years will fly by—-
    Don’t take all too serious! And always thinking of how we were as kids ourselves.
    And as an artisic soul you have enough childhoodness in your heart to get best friends with your three kids! I am sure!
    You asked about my lavendar /ginger infused drink:
    I use dried buds (also referred to as flowers) of the lavendar and fresh cut ginger.
    Big hugs and lots of patience for you sent by


    Hugs, Susi

  • Nice art this T day Kate. I am amazed you have art time as those kids sound like they are full of energy.And on summer break. But they sounds like kids. Did your sons ever get their rooms cleaned? They will grow up and be just fine and you will get a normal relationship with them. That almost always happens, eventually. 🙂 Take a breath and go play with some paint. Hope it was a happy T day, I am late (wrapping up the school year). Hugs-Erika

  • Kate!! OMGosh you had me lol and I woke the dog! The part about your daughter calling “Kate” has me in stitches! How funny the little ones are! Think of all the great stories you will have to share with your kids when they gro older!”)

    How fun that you taught a class- Good for you! Your pages are so cool- I love that you also like to layer up the mediums- the more the better!
    Jackie xx

  • Love your page and love your comments on parenthood! I had three boys, all so different but they all get on so well and they now have children of their own(well 2 do!) I remember having conversations through the toilet door, having al sorts of creatures brought to the no further! Enjoy this time …they’ll soon be teens!
    Belated happy T Day! Chrisx

  • What a great layout, Kate! You’ve included so many wonderful elements and details, and what a theme! Brings back memories of my own daugther’s toddler years when she called her daddy by his first name mimicking me! Those were the days!

    I’d like to invite you to link up to the Cropstop blog where it’s always “Anything Goes” as long as you use a product or two from one of the companies they carry in the store. (You did!)

  • I definitely loooove your page ! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us at The Artistic Stamper
    WIshing you good luck to win beautiful stamps !

  • Holy Sheep Dip, Kate, I’d be in the bathroom all night if I drank that much tea! But with 3 young-uns to chase around, I guess you need it! I laughed so hard at your thoughts on parenting! You are wise beyond your years! No instruction manual provided in the delivery room, that’s for sure! Oh, and it doesn’t end when they go off to college, and even then, everything that you taught them is fair game for replacement by what they learn in college. All we can do is love them.

    Now down to the business of this FABULOUS journal page! I am in love with every drop of paint, every bit of ink and each of your embellished embellishments! Wow, wow, and WOW, again! Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration with us at Frilly and Funkie. I bet your students had the best time learning from you! I know I would!

  • Such pretty art journal pages, so much detail and texture. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  • Fab pages ! Thank you so much for joining in with our ‘written word’ challenge over at Country View Challenges!
    Corrie xx

  • Great pages much to see. Thanks so much for joining in with our written word challenge over at Country View Challenges. Parenting never ends…i’m still looking out for my 29 and 32 year old..and now grandchildren add to the lovely mix xx

  • Kate, if we think we’ve succeeded, then we know we have failed! Parenthood is the only place that rule applies. We should always feel like we should have done more, cared more, and tried harder. ❤ I know your three are very blessed to have you as mama. 🙂 I totally adore your latest spread and the fun little snippet. Awesome layering, as always! Thanks so much for sharing with Frilly and Funkie. Big hugs, Autumn

  • Oh Kate. LOVE your journal spread. The inky layers beneath are perfectly complimented by the detailed layers on top and your choice of words are thought provoking indeed. As for parenthood? No rule books are handed out at birth, each child is very different and hindsight is a wonderful thing. Let’s be honest, we all wing it! but as you say, if they are happy when grown and we’ve done all we can to support them along the way then that’s something to be proud of. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

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