Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

New experiences is something that I don’t often put myself in a position to experience. I am a creature of habit. Just ask my husband. Whenever we go out to eat I have one specific meal that I get off the menu at each restaurant. And usually that meal includes chicken. I have not deviated off this course in the last 20 years. I am not one of those girls that keeps you guessing.

My hubby and I have had many conversations about risk taking but usually in the context of money. There are many instances in my life where I like to think that I have made a decision without regard for the status quo but when it comes down to it I am a follower. I care too much about what people think about me. A flaw that I am still striving to overcome despite my 33 years.

I love this quote because it is a great reminder to welcome new experiences in life with open arms and an adventurous spirit. Even though I struggle with putting this into practice with life, I find it very inspiring and pleasurable when I play it out in my artwork.

Creating the Journal Layout


Lately, as I have been contemplating my next journal theme, I found an amazing artist that embodies everything that intrigues my eye. If I could have her artwork made into pillows, quilts and upholstery fabric I would litter every square inch of my house with them. If you have a minute check out Gwen Lafleur.

I have been so inspired by her beautiful work that I have been practicing my layering of patterns and colors. This background is one of my attempts.

The Background

I started out by stenciling the Art Deco Flower Medallion over the background. I covered everything with gesso and then added some sprays and PaperArtsy infusions. I added a few embossing powder granules into the wet ink. Once everything was dry, I rubbed gold ink onto the medallions and sealed it with clear embossing powder. I added some dots with liquid pearls and a white out pen. The background has been stamped with a Japanese Wave Stamp.


I covered a few die cuts in sprays and embossing powder. The embellishments are stamps from Seth ApterClearly Impressed, Red Rubber Designs. The image was a free image from online.

Well, that’s all for today. Thank you for taking the time to look.


Challenges Entered:

13 Arts: Challenge #60 Moodboard

Moo Mania: Put a Stencil On It

Creative Artiste: #32 Anything Mixed Media Goes

Creative Embellishments: November Challenge (Inspired by Butterfly Wings)

Country View Challenges: November Stencils