Plate IX: Art Journal Layout and Some Recent Reads

Recent Reads/to-Read List

I can’t think of much to talk about that goes along with the title of this post, so I thought I would talk about some of the books that I have been reading or am going to read.
Back in February I started reading along with the yearly challenge at our local library. Read 75 books by the end of the year and you get entered to win a $175 gift card to Amazon. We buy everything on Amazon so I thought that was a great incentive.
I love reading but up to this point I have found it difficult to prioritize this into my schedule. You know, kids and life tend to get in the way of snuggling under a blanket with a warm cuppa tea and a good book. Well, it is almost August and I have read 62 fiction/non-fiction books this year minus the cozy blanket. I forgot how addicting reading can be when you find a great author. I guess I proved to myself that reading can be a priority. That just means that something else gets bumped down on the list. At this point in time that happens to be my sewing and maybe a few household chores. 😉

So, here are my recent reads.

A few on my to-read list:

Reading has nothing to do with this journal layout but here it is.

Creating the Journal Layout

I am having so much fun using my new Seth Apter stamps from PaperArtsy! My pages were made using a brown grocery bag.  Of course I used paper scraps, gesso and paint for the background.

To embellish, I used a few stamps from 7 Gypsies and chipboard circles.
This layout will go perfectly in my new steampunk art journal.

Related: In case you missed my other steampunk art journal pages: The Distant Wanderer and It’s All Perspective

Challenges Entered:
Simon Says: You’ve Got the Edge (Doodling around the edge)

6 thoughts on “Plate IX: Art Journal Layout and Some Recent Reads”

  • Absolutely stunning journalling. The composition is exquisite and your layers, as always, work perfectly to add dimension and texture to the beautiful spread. I’ve just read Nina George’s bookshop one – mostly loved it, but had a couple of quibbles. Willing to stretch to the Bistro one, though, if I can find it for a bargain price. Lovely summer reading list – thanks for sharing.
    Alison x

  • Oh my, the texture and layers are stunning it looks as if the images are bursting out of the page! What a great challenge and prize – I can’t believe you have read 62 books already, that’s such an accomplishment and I know what you mean about a good storyline being addictive, sometimes I just can’t put a book down … lol 😉. Wishing you a Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊

  • I do so love this Kate. Such a gorgeous layout and composition. Would love to feature this in an upcoming blog post. Can you email me at and let me know if that is okay with ya? Thanks, Seth

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