Happy again!

Hi there friends!
Just a quick post today…
It’s late in the afternoon already, and I’m longing for
some relax-time after a hard days work.
Hard work – yep, but FUN!

I’ added some finishing touches on the last lessons for the
Mixed Emotions workshop. The workshop started October 22
and it is a huge success. It makes me happy to see all the students
make marvelous pages and having fun with the assignments!
I published some of their work in the Public gallery so you go there
and take a look!

(By the way, you can still join the workshop.
Registration will be open until November 9.
Find all the info about it in the shop)

And what did I do last weekend?



Well, ofcourse – I finished my weekly art journal page!

Week 43

I had a bit of a “dip” last Thursday – when I made the basic for this page.
Does it show?

I’m glad it was just one day, but the sentences on the right refer to
how I tried to come out of it – I added those strips on Thursday.

I do hope the page for this week will come out more bright and happy,
but I think it will ’cause look what the mailman brought today!


Michelle is not only the most marvelous co-teacher to teach a workshop with,
she also is my dear blogfriend and she knows me through and through when it
comes to creating! She made a special package – just for me!

OHMYGOODNESS… look at that!!!

See those Graphic 45 “Halloween Alice” papers? It’s about 10 of them
(yes TEN!) I was drooling over those when I first saw them on the Internet,
but I didn’t have enough budget to buy me those.
And now I got 10 cute little pieces to play with!
The hard part is.. the backside is as beautiful as the front!

I’ve been dying to try those, and I have holes in my shoes from going
from store to store in Holland… nope, they don’t sell those here.
I wanted to try one before I order a whole bunch of them online somewhere…
and now I can try them first!!! (In fact, I did already! They work marvelous!
I’m a Poster Paint Sharpie fan now!)

And have you seen that bright orange fabric?
My fingers itch to go play with that – a precious little and fun art journal
comes to mind…

And did you notice Elton John grin at the top of this photo (it’s such a
groovy image – and I remember Michelle made a layout based on this!)

And did you see the “true story magazine” – my weekly journal will be
dancing with retro images!

See the gaffer tape?

See… oh, I know you can!
Can you tell I’m in heaven?



Enough talk.
I’m off to have me a “aperitif” before I start cooking diner.
I’ll leave you with a link that Annemarie send me earlier today
(there’s another girl who knows me so well!)
If you like collage, go to Kohlage and be amazed!

See you on Friday!

Je t’embrasse!

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20 Responses to “Happy again!”

  • Peggy Says:

    I’m drooling over that art journal page again!!! It looks fab! I like it that you poured your emotions into the page, that’s what it’s all about, right? We all have our down days, and they are worth scrapping as well.
    Wow wow wow what a package! You must still be dancing right about now LOL. I’m so jealous of that sharpie!!!! I just finished an art journal page (oh yes, like I said, the vibes you sent me did the trick…) and I wanted to do the journaling in white but I had to start over in black… I just can’t find a white pen that writes over paint! So, if yours is any good at that, please send me it’s name/brand/whatever so I can order me one as well!!!! Thanks sweetie!
    Now go and enjoy those goodies and astonish us with some new work!!
    Love xxx Peggy

  • Viv Says:

    Gelukkig voel je je weer wat beter. Je wekelijkse pagina is weer top, mooi hoe je de journaling op het pad hebt geschreven.

    En wat een gave happy mail, erg leuk dat Michelle je zo verwend heeft 🙂

    Nu ga ik nog even bij kohlage kijken, groetjes Viv

  • tracy Says:

    Ohhhh happy mail is the best. Love all your treats you received.
    Michelle is such a sweetie.

  • Theresa Says:

    Hi Marit. I love your weekly page. I really like what looks like a tunnel or path on the left. I think it’s great. and don’t you just love friends who can perk up your day with a little random act of kindness. that stash of goodies is marvelous. i have that Alice paper too and I agree, it will be difficult to decide which side to use.
    Happy Tuesday!!!! =)

  • Annemarie Says:

    I love seeing my name in print. Thanks for the shoutout.

    You definitely sound excited in this post and rightly so. Great stuff from a great friend.

  • Julie Tucker-Wolek Says:

    LOVING that page Marit…just AMAZING…and wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww LOVE what Michelle sent you! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  • Petra Coolen Says:

    PRACHTIG hoe je die journaling hebt geschreven op het pad!!

    Zo te horen ben je helemaal Happy met je spulletjes! Eerlijk gezegd zou ik met sommige niet weten wat te doen maar daar schijn jij geen last van te hebben 😉
    Hooray for Michelle!

  • Michelle Rydell Says:

    Oh Marit I’m so glad you like your goodies!!! I’ve been hanging on to that Elton John Newsweek Magazine cover since 1976 I think? I knew you were the perfect person to pass it along to! Thanks for your inspiration and friendship!

  • yyam Says:

    Oh there’s nothing like happy mail with stuff you’ve always wanted! I love those G45 papers! 😉

    Love the way you did the journaling on your fab page! 🙂

    Have a great rest-of-the-week! 🙂

  • Chris Aiton Says:

    What wonderful happy mail – Michelle is so cool! I know that your class must be awesome!!!!! Hope the rest of your week goes well!

  • ~*~Patty Says:

    Wonderful goodies you received Marit … you so deserve all the goodness the universe has to offer!
    I must say your journal pages really touch me deeply…you have summed up life and the creative journey so beautifully in what you created!
    My youngest son and I were just talking about ego and how it gets in the way…I am so proud that a 22yr old is getting that 🙂
    We are off to visit him for a long weekend (4 hrs drive to his college) I am baking some cookies to surprise him with.
    Thank you as always for inspiring me and making me smile my art sister!

  • druga szesnascie Says:

    I LOVE your journal pages!!!!
    the images + the words. I wish I could have a huge poster like that above my desk.

  • Danielle Says:

    Ha Juf! That is a fabulous package!! I used to read “true story” magazine!! Me and a friend would be glued to the stories!! It will be fun for you, be sure to read them before you play!!

    Michelle is the best!

    I blogged today about the workshop!! I’m so glad I’m there!

  • Natalie Says:

    Wat een gave happy-mail!!! Je wekelijkse page is echt super geworden! Geweldig idee om de journaling op het pad te plaatsen! O ja, volgens mij heb ik je gister in de apotheek gezien, kan dat? Wist het niet zeker dus vandaar dat ik niets gezegd heb :(.

  • Jenneke Says:

    Zelfs als je in een ‘dip’ zit, ben je nog super creatief!!! Geweldig Marit!!
    En wat een heeeerlijke Happy Mail heb je gekregen!!
    Dat komt helemaal goed met je volgende Art Journal page, die wordt weer super vrolijk van kleur!!

    Groetjes, Jenneke

  • Irma Says:

    Wat een heerlijk verwenpakketje heb jij gekregen!!! En wat een heerlijke page heb je weer in je weekly gemaakt!
    Hele fijne groetjes – Irma

  • Hanneke Says:

    Wat een prachtigs allemaal!!!! Ik vind je page weer prachtig!!!

  • Maja Says:

    Je “dip” artjournal ziet er fantastisch uit !! Gelukkig was het maar ÊÊn dag. Kan ook niet anders als er zo iets leuks ip je mat valt. Net als Peggy ben ik benieuwd naar de Sharpie !!

  • Jeanet Says:

    Wow, Marit, I LOVE your art journal page! So beautiful and courages!
    Love the strips with journaling,very honest!
    You make art look brilliant.
    And WOW, WOW on that package…LOVE all of it…and I’m dying to know how those pens are doing, I have so much trouble with white pens…I really want to buy them online, but they don’t sell white ones in Holland. My first and second page of Mixed Emotions are really messed up badly because of the white pen..yuk!!
    So please let me know where to buy those!!
    Happy weekend girl!!

  • Thinkie Says:

    mooie pagina, hoop dat de dip op het papier terechtkwam en toen uit jou was!