Sea Treasure In Simple Things: Mixed Media Art Journal Layout
When I read this quote, my thoughts automatically drifted to the treasure in my life. Have you ever seen the movie Leap Year? It is a favorite of mine! In the movie, Declan asks Anna,” “If your house was on fire and you only had 60 seconds, what would you grab?” Later on in the movie, Anna pulls the fire alarm at her Engagement party to find out what her fiance treasures most. It turns out the most important thing to him were his electronics possessions.
When it comes down to it, 60 seconds isn’t a whole lot of time to gather up a life time of memories. I can only think of a few things that I would risk my life for. All of my possessions are replaceable with the exception of my wedding photos, wedding rings and mini albums I made for my boys when they were little. So, I guess I would grab our hard drive where all my family photos and wedding pictures are stored and the box of mini albums. I really like my teapots and my tins of loose tea but I can buy tea online and I usually just look at my teapots. I would also hate to lose my houseplants but I can replace them as well.
Despite enjoying all my possessions and having a few that I would prefer to not have to live without, nothing material in my life is irreplaceable. That leaves my hubby and my babies as the most important thing/people in my life. I would grab them first and of course save arm room for their special stuffed animals. My little’s would be devastated if we left Doggie (the dog), Henley (the bunny) and Cat (the cat) behind.
I don’t know if you have ever read these verses in the Bible but they are perfect for explaining why earthly treasures are temporary and not worth all our time and devotion.
Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV)
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Creating The Journal Layout
Aren’t mermaids so fun? I am loving this journal and wishing I had the time to work more frequently in it.
To start off, I used Grunge Paste and the StencilGirl Eye Lattice Stencil in the background. Using Fresco Finish Orchid paint, Lindy’s Wisteria Purple Blue and Tibetan Poppy Teal, I colored my background before stamping. The mermaid image was found on Pinterest but in a unclothed state, so of course I gave her a shirt. The vintage Ocean Pearl button card is from my stash along with the various re-purposed die cuts. The shell stamps are by PaperArtsy and the chipboard pieces by K & Co. I found the quote on Pinterest and typed it out on my computer. The quote has been sprayed with Lindy’s Tibetan Poppy Teal and Wake Me Up Before We Go Gold.
To see my other Mermaid layouts in this journal click on the links.
Swimming Through Tears
And to all my Tea Friends over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s, Happy Tea Day! Since it’s Tea Day, if you are interested you can see my Tea Pot collection HERE.
Today I am sharing my mug of tea next to a 1000 piece puzzle that hubby and I are currently working on. To be fair, he has completed most of it. The pieces are so small I was getting a head ache from concentrating so hard. And if you noticed all the pieces in rows, that’s my hubby’s engineer mind at its best. He has his own filing system when it comes to puzzle pieces. I have had to step back a little even though he wants my help. If I put a piece in the wrong row I get a talking too and that is a little too much pressure for a puzzle if you ask me, so I am pretty much sitting this one out.
Wednesday Simon Says: Floral Frenzy (green crochet flower)
The Artistic Stamper: March Stencils & Masks
More Mixed Media: Anything Goes/Optional Green
Lindy’s Gang (Tibetan Poppy Teal, Wisteria Purple Blue, Wake Me Up Before You Go Gold)