The Lazy Days of Summer: Mixed Media Art Journal Layout

Not Over It Yet

We are officially into summer vacation and it is not living up to my expectations. I pictured sleeping in well past my 6:30 school alarm, lazy care-free days free of the usual hustle and bustle, poolside parties, yummy smells from the oven, endless craft time and my to-read book shelf (no, that is not an error) whittled down by half. I can say that I have successfully completed NONE of these. I tried sleeping in the first day and if you remember this post, it was a disaster. My middle child developed an ear infection the last week of school and we have made many trips since to the ENT. Between that, grocery shopping and errand running it seems as though we are rarely home. When we are home, duty calls and the large hair balls intertwined with dust on the living room floor call to me, every time I sit down to relax. But of course, I ignore them and do something more pressing such as laundry. Speaking of laundry, I went to sniff my boys’s clean load of laundry before loading it into the dryer last night and I got a nose full of poop. Literally! I looked down and there was a small clean turd (clean because it went through the washer) resting on top of a handful of socks. So, today I had to have the talk with my boys about not throwing poop-encrusted undies into the laundry basket. For some reason I feel like this is common sense but obviously not.

I am learning to adjust my expectations and go with the flow. I am trying to make the most of my time and enjoy my children. The first days of summer were rough and I would have been happy to have them back in school. But now, I am glad they are home, filling our house with child-like mischief and fun. My books may have to sit there on the shelves for another 8 years until my children start going off to college. But at least I will have summer memories of them being children. And when I get around to reading them, the stories in the books will not have changed. But my children’s stories are ever changing. And I don’t want to miss a moment of it.

Creating the Journal Layout

I have made another layout in my Paper Doll Art Journal. My background was created using Dylusion paints, StencilGirl Eye Lattice Stencil, Pilgrimage to India Stencil, Chinese Background stamp, thread, gesso and scraps.

I used my new white pen that writes over everything! (link below)

You can see my other layout in this art journal Here.

Thank you for stopping by,


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7 thoughts on “The Lazy Days of Summer: Mixed Media Art Journal Layout”

  • What a charming page in your paper doll art journal. It is good to have expectations, but even better to be able to “roll with the flow.” Kids and animals sense when you are tense, so that adds to the problem. It’s a fun spread and you appear to be settling into summer vacation, now.

  • Wow!! What a gorgeous double spread Kate! I love the bright colours with the black accents and the cute little paper doll is the icing on the cake!! Stunning!!
    I remember what school holidays were like when my boys were growing up. So exhausting, but oh so much fun sharing time with them. Yes, they got up to some shenanigans too but it was all part of growing up. I miss all of that now. Enjoy it while you can Kate, they grow up way too fast!!
    Have a fabulous day!! hugs xx

  • Your journal page is really beautiful. So many wonderful details. I love those white pens, I have been using them for years. Sorry your time with the kids home from school is a bit strained, hope things soon get better. Hugs, Valerie

  • Dear Kate,
    I just this morning realized I had not been receiving your posts! So again I have signed up and hope that the problem is not fixed…however, you will see a bit more of me today,while I play catch up on your posts!

    Omgoodness! You made me LOL about the poop! Silly boys! They are what they are-true?

    I love the purple and green combo of your journal spread- so gorgeous!
    Jackie xo

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