Who Cares About Shrimp? Mixed Media Art Journal Layout


Something that I have always struggled with is caring too much about what other people think. Ever since I was little I stepped on tip-toes around certain people to preserve their opinion of me and not cause ripples. We all have people in our lives that do not want to hear opinions contrary to their own because they always have to be right.
Thankfully, marriage and parenting have pushed me in the right direction. That is not to say that I don’t struggle with this still but I am definitely better at standing up for myself. My husband is one of those people who could care less about other people think and has been very instrumental in helping me overcome my weakness. Also, becoming a mother has played an even bigger role. What mama bear doesn’t stand up for her child? I find myself saying and doing things that I never thought I could do, just because someone has invaded my child’s comfort zone. I hate rocking the boat but lets face it, some people just don’t pick up on hints. I am certainly learning the meaning of Ephesians 4:15a “Speaking the truth in love…”
I have always wondered why older people seem to say what ever comes into their head. It is almost as if a switch turns off when they reach a certain age that says, ” Your Social Etiquette filter has been disabled.” Why do a lot of older people feel the need to make negative comments about everything? I can’t tell you how many insults I have received both in my pregnant-state and non-pregnant state about my size, weight and lack of un-kept mom hair. And not only about appearance, but callous remarks when I have been going through difficult times. I want to scream, “Don’t you remember how it feels?”
When I come across a kind and uplifting individual that is up in years, I cherish their friendship and advise. I love that for all the rude and un-filtered individuals in my life, there are many more that have impacted me in a good way. How thankful I am for those that listen to my opinions and respond with a kind word.
So, don’t be a shrimp. Be a….mermaid?

Creating The Journal Layout

Inspiration…or Lack Thereof

I am still on the mermaid journal but I can feel my inspiration draining. I have a few more layouts to share and then I will be closing this book. I love putting an idea to paper but after a while I need a new topic to pour myself into. Usually I have two journals going at the same time because of this.


My background is a combination of PaperArtsy Infusions, Embossing and stenciling with Gwen’s new Decorative Flower Stamen Medallion. The paper flowers are I Am Roses and the stamped flowers and fish are by PaperArtsy. The checkered background is a Tim Holtz stamp. I used a bit of thread, printed images and a typed quote.

Mermaid Art Journal Layouts:

No Tears
Sea Treasure In Simple Things
A Beautiful Story
Pollution Makes for Creepy Mermaids
Always Be A Mermaid
I Have Fins,Do You?
Spell Of the Sea
Thank you for sticking with me through my rant about opinions. 😉

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Wednesday: Animal Magic


10 thoughts on “Who Cares About Shrimp? Mixed Media Art Journal Layout”

  • First, I”m not sure just older people are unkind. I think some learn from an early age how to manipulate. They have learned what buttons they can push and how far they can take it. These master manipulators may get worse with years, but they have been like this since more than likely about the time they learned how to talk. It’s good that you are now standing up for yourself and your children, and that a loving husband helps.
    This is a marvelous spread, Kate. I also need to switch to other interests or loose incentive, too. I think you are doing a marvelous job in this journal and I absolutely LOVE this spread. In fact, it would be a great entry for Jo’s Flora and Fauna at Art Journal Journey, too. Those beautiful flowers you created are perfect for the challenge.

  • Beautiful spread Kate, love the structure and textures. I definitely belong to the group of older people, but can’t remember hearing harsh words from them in younger years. What other people think is not my problem. Have a great Sunday, hugs, Valerie

  • That’s another beautiful journal page Kate. You are good at creating rich details and layers. 🙂 Hope you’re having a great weekend. Hugs-Erika

  • My husband and I say the same about older people! I love your quote about the Etiquette being disabled! hahaa I lol! His Mom is like that about his weight! for shame! Sorry you have to endure these comments- poo poo to those who can’t say anything nice!
    Anyway, these pages are beautiful and the whole mermaid journal is just gorgeous!
    Jackie xx

  • I absolutely adore this page Kate, the colours and textures are just amazing, you always manage to take mixed media to the next level!
    I am so sorry to hear about all those “shrimps” you have encountered. Elderly people should have gained wisdom, not scorn, very sad. All I can say is, may there be many more “mermaids” in your future!!!

  • Another fabulous spread, Kate, as always your work inspires me with its beautiful use of colour and layers – just lovely 🙂 As for people who criticise you or give you un-called for advice – they’re obviously the ones feeling unsure about themselves, because otherwise why would they feel the need to put others down? I think it was the indomitable Eleanor Roosevelt who said (and this is somewhat paraphrased) – ‘other people can only make you feel bad with *your* permission’ – yes, it’s something I struggle with too, but stuff the haters LOL!

  • I love your fantastic spread Kate – it’s so beautiful!
    I have also learnt with the years not to care too much about what other people do, think or own. It’s MY life – but I know what you mean… we all have that thoughts about what others could think about what we make or how we look like and so on.
    I also have made the experience that especially older woman who are not very happy with how their lifes went are very displeasing. I think they often are
    enviously about the next generations! Don’t care about it too much!
    Happy T-Day! Blessings!
    Hugs, Susi

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