Sea Treasure In Simple Things: Mixed Media Art Journal Layout

Sea Treasure

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
Underwater Sparkle
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.

Challenges Entered:

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)


28 thoughts on “Sea Treasure In Simple Things: Mixed Media Art Journal Layout”

  • I love your mermaid pages.
    I have often thought of that-what would I grab if was in a fire-probably nothing I would just make sure and my Hubs are out safe
    Happy T Day

  • Wonderful mermaid journal spread, love the colours and textures and everything about it. Your teapot collection is fab, and so beautifully housed, too. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  • It is a gorgeous mermaid journal page, so many layers to see.
    It would be a hard question to answer on what to save from the family home. my priority answer would be that my loved ones were safe first. Then I think it would be my handbag and computer backup, where all my photos etc are stored.
    IT looks an interesting puzzle, you are pieces with your husband.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  • OMGosh Kate, we are on the same color wave length! heehee
    A beautiful spread and I just adore mermaids and underwater, so this is one of my favorites!
    As for Leap Year, I have never seen this movie, but will look for it now. What a great message, to remind us about what is really important!
    Have you and the kiddles started dyeing eggs yet?
    sending hugs,Jackie

  • You have some gorgeous teapots. They are very interesting ones. And your hutch is really nice too-the perfect place to store those teapots. And I love your latest journal spread. It’s another beauty. 🙂 Hope it’s a great T day Kate. hugs-Erika

  • what beautiful mermaid pages Kate! And I like the idea of finding a starfish to wish upon:) I have seen that movie and have also thought about what I would grab in a minute or so. It made me think of the people who have lost everything except the clothes on their backs and survived and were thankful to be alive. Sure I’d want to take a few things but if I couldn’t I’d be OK. Made me laugh about the puzzle cuz when I work on one I kinda do as your hubby does, but then I do puzzles alone:)
    Happy T day!

  • Your mermaid pages are amazing! I love the crochet piece that you added, it looks so pretty 😁. Your teapot collection is so beautiful with the oriental look and feel and wow, you have a lot of tea in your tea stash too 😉. The puzzle looks fun and it sounds like it’s probably best to leave your hubby to complete it …lol! Wishing you a very happy T Day! J 😊

  • Beautiful journal page…….. i usual draw the limit at 500 for puzzle pieces… any smaller than that and it stops being fun. Happy t day hugs! deb

  • I am so sorry I am late visiting. I fell asleep and when I woke, I realized I still had things to do before my friend arrives from TN to spend time with me.
    I don’t think there is anything important to me, except Bleubeard and Squiggles. They would be the only things I would care to save in 60 seconds. Everything else is replaceable, or not worth caring about. I would miss my copper collection, but I wouldn’t stop to save it. I agree that 60 seconds may not be long, but as long as you plan ahead (like I do living in Tornado Alley), I would grab my shoes and my two fur babes.
    I simply adore your journal page. It is fabulous. I am always SO impressed by how you create all those layers and layers.
    I can see your husband’s approach, but I don’t sort like that. I think he’s a bit obsessed (grin). Thanks for sharing your wonderful mermaid page and your tea and puzzle with us for T this Tuesday.

  • A very stunning journal page, it is gorgeous! and had to laugh about the puzzle…I am not a fan of jigsaw puzzles, and some of them are just so hard. looks like the one your hubby is working on is quite challenging! Loved the link to your tea pot collection! happy T day!

  • Kate, this post took my breath away. It brought back bittersweet memories.
    We were in the very situation you describe – having 60 seconds or so to decide what was of value to us before scrambling down the fire escape of our apartment building with our one-year old son in my arms as the building burned down.
    Bitter memories – because of the things we lost (wedding pictures included) and what a struggle it was to get back on our feet.
    Sweet memories – because we didn’t even use those 60 seconds to think of “things.” We grabbed the only thing that mattered. I love how you concluded. You’re absolutely right. 50 years later I have absolutely no regrets.
    Lovely mermaid page, BTW 😉
    I was VERY late to T this week and am glad to see you’re still here – lol.
    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  • I think as we grow older, we are able to let go of some of the things. You might lose pictures, but you still have memories.When my girlies were little we would never think of leaving behind Lambie and Jumper (dog). When my cat, Ink, was still with us, I would never leave him behind, either. I suppose put to the test, I would make sure I have my phone with access to pictures, finances, important files.
    Love your mermaid. I have a mermaid tile mural in my bathroom. Today, I’ll be trying to create a letter G in the shape of a mermaid for a gift I am working on. Your mermaid picture is an inspiration.

  • What a dynamic and oh so beautiful spread! I’m thinking of Arial collecting human artifacts and longing to walk on the shore, only to find out how it isn’t always better on the other side. 🙂 A great reminder to be thankful for what we have and treasure what is truly important. Love love this amazing work! Hugs, Autumn

  • LOVE your journal page!!!! So much details and the colors are amazing!!!
    We’ve had a fire before and we each grabbed a pet and hit the door. Things can be replaced but lives can’t ♥ Luckily for us we didn’t lose everything so there wasn’t as much to replace. Plants were one of them.
    Thanks for stopping by for a visit. The meds are finally kicking in so by the end of the week I should be normal again. For a while at least.
    Happy Late T Day!

  • I love the mermaid spread! I took a look at your teapot collection and even as a non tea drinker I can see the appeal! I have just one teapot that got broken in our move so hubby mended it, but it just sits on our windowsill! Belated Happy T Day! Chrisx

  • we are back from our lisboa tour… physically;) takes time to adjust to normal again and i´m slowly beginning my blog visits again…
    a wonderful Journal entry, love it so much. and you made me thinking of the “60 seconds grab”…. i think my decisions would be similar to yours!
    have a very joyful easter Weekend!

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