Freewheelin’ Friday (#6)

Hi there ladies, it’s Friday again!
The sun is shining, birds are twinklin’ and I woke up with SPRING on my mind!
But it isn’t here yet – and another cold period is predicted so I won’t get my
expectations too high…


Thanks for all the remarks you made on my former post/layout!
I can tell you really looked with a different eye at the layout after I asked
to comment on it… and you all seriously gave it a thought (did you learn
something from that? teehee – I’m such a teacher! It’s in my blood!)

I agree with most of you that the balance isn’t right.
Now I could change that by adding a border, or extra “heaviness” like some
of you suggested, but I won’t work on it anymore ’cause it served its purpose…
(the WHY part – remember?)

My “wrong” layout was made to break through the block I was feeling after
not being creative for a while. (Well, not creative with real paper and stuff
anyway, I spend the week at the computer typing the lessons for the
workshop) So when I pulled out my scrapping stuff, I stared at the page and
wanted it to be “real good” and that feeling sucks, you know.
I became totally paralyzed and afraid to start.
So I thought to break through it and just “do something… anything”!
I usually am more concentrated – stepping back and fort to look at the results
or put it away for a while – but I didn’t do that this time.
It was important to just “feel the ink” again… it was the making that mattered.

I had a giggle over Helen’s comment ’cause without knowing this background
story, she saw it! 

“…the impression is that you’ve taken a background and plonked a photo on it.
Obviously you’ve MADE the background, but still I think that’s the problem.”

Yes, I MADE the background – but that was maybe Months ago!
I couldn’t use it back then – but I used it now to “plonk my photo on”
as she points it so well!

Maybe this all had something to do with “growing pains”. 
Me, wanting to move on (I got a bit bored of the spray ink lately) and trying
something different for a change – not knowing which direction it will take me.

And I broke through it, did something “new” after the “wrong layout” (which
isn’t really “wrong” after all…) and here’s what I made for my Artful Amblings
journal. (One Year in the Life of an Art Journal)


The first prompt is “WHAT”.
What is it that has stopped you from starting a journal?
What is holding you back? What is stopping you? What are you afraid of?
What is keeping you from your potential?

My art journal is made out of thick aquarelle paper pages so I decided to
use water paint for the background. The circle and little scraps are torn out
of and old dictionary – pointing words that relate to my journaling.
The image is cut out from a fashion magazine. For the title I used an old
template that I bought when I started scrapbooking, and the journaling
is about me, creating secretly for a long time – and the reason why.

Marked words.






More marked







This way of art journaling is a mix of my style and the things I saw on different
art journal blogs – and I like it a lot. I don’t know where this will bring me, but
the creative journey is interesting and fun and that’s what counts!

I’ll leave you with some links to the art journal ladies I got inspired by
(I discovered a few more last weeks, the names are also in my side menu)

Nancy Baumiller (Crowabout) – This is one of the first “Art Journal ladies”
I found on the Internet so Nancy has a special place in my heart.
I still love her way of making collages and how she fools around with
images, words and colours.

Judy Wise – I discovered Judy last week (thanks to the “One Year…. group!)
and I love the way how she uses her bulk-journaling in her journals!

Ingrid Dijkers – This was a surprise! I saw her art months ago somewhere
on the Internet and my jaw hit the ground (look at her Alice in Wonderland
tunnel book
 …) but I forgot to make a note of the site or the name of the
artist – and I couldn’t remember it later. Last week, Heather put a link on
the “One Year…” forum, and it linked right back to her!!! I found her again!!!
Yeahaa, thank you Heather!


I have enough inspiration to get me through the weekend!!!
Hope yours will be great to!  

Je t’embrasse!

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23 Responses to “Freewheelin’ Friday (#6)”

  • Jeannie Says:

    Marit, what a beautiful art journal page!! It’s sooooooo amazing!

  • cynthia Says:

    Oh I so know what you are saying about that fear thing 🙂 I am glad to know it is not just me. You want it to be so wonderful 🙂 And it was. I loved how you put yourself out there creatively for some constructive criticism. Very cool. This is one of many reasons I adore you Marit. And I have to say this art journal page you did is so cool. One of my favorites of yours. I have never delved into the art journal world. I really need to put my foot in this creative water one of these days 🙂 thanks always for the inspo 🙂

  • Petra Coolen Says:

    That layout is sooo stinkin´cute.

  • Jocelyn Says:

    Oh Marit I just adore your Art Journal…I so want to try one of these…but have no idea where to begin!!! Thanks for the links…I am off to check them out~~~

    I want to take this time to thank you for your kinds words and encouragement…they mean so very much to me….I wish we were closer…to drop by and have that cup of tea or wash dishes together….I feel such a bond with you!!!

    Sweet friend I am wishing you a wonderful weekend…filled with lots of smiles…I will spending the weekend with our friends…..Pet Scan news is due to be in and they are just having such a tough time…..Thank again for caring!!!!!

  • Monique Says:

    What a very very beautiful page you’ve created!! And I sooo understand what you mean about being afraid to start and not being able to create something 100% perfect! But I think you did a wonderful job!!
    Have a happy weekend filled with sunshine!! (and no snow and rain!!)

  • Tracy Says:

    I absolutely love what you did with the text on that art journal page! I really, really need to start one. I think I’m afraid I won’t stick with it so I don’t ever start…bad attitude!
    -Tracy (weebbt)

  • Danielle Says:

    I have begun my “journey” Marit!!
    I have altered an old encyclopedia, and i am using it for my journal.
    Got my pages prepared for the first prompt.
    and I’m on my way!!!

    thanks to you, and your inspiration!!

  • Denise Says:

    Yay! You did it…you began your Artful Amblings…now I think it is time for some chocolate…it is beautiful. 🙂

  • Bethany Says:

    I think that we are right in the same place creatively. Feeling that pressure to create something perfect has been a problem for me lately too. And the boredom with the same-old-same-old stuff…

  • gudrun Says:

    Your AJ page is gorgeous! Love the dictionary-page. Seems almost like norwegian…. 😉
    Know the feeling of “just making “some thing” to get started”…. Anyhow it’s often a reveal for me to do LOs like that…. it allways starts something new.
    Good luck on you, my friend.

  • Amy Coose Says:

    Wow, this is a fabulous LO!

  • jessica Says:

    super layout Marit…but seriously I did like that other one .. i love them all 😀

  • Yyam Says:

    Marit, I really love the colors on this page…I hope your use of brights suggest some form of creative breakthrough for you…because it is very artsy and encompasses your personal style…I love that journaling always plays an important part in your creations. Your art inspires me..:)

    We are our worst critics…sometimes I like to go back to the basics and rediscover “me”.

  • Jeanet Says:

    Ik heb hetzelfde inderdaad met het steeds gebruiken van dezelfde dingen,maar door het art journalen ga ik er heel anders naar kijken en ook anders toepassen.De mijne is bijna af,dan zal je zien wat ik bedoel.
    En ik vind het super om los te laten dat iets perfect moet zijn,gewoon doen en zien wat er uiteindelijk komt.Gaaf!
    Bedankt voor je art journal links,ga ze even bekijken.Ik vind jouw art journal helemaal prachtig,de achtergrond,de woorden uit het woordenboek en het plaatje uit het tijdschrift!Heel mooi al die technieken!Helemaal jij!

  • Mirjamc Says:

    als ik naar jouw werk kijk krijg ik altijd zin om zelf aan de slag te gaan, maar hoe moet ik beginnen??? hoop dat het tijdens jouw workshop gaat lukken!
    je art journal is super, vind de kleuren erg mooi en hoe je het wrdnboekpapier hebt gebruikt!!!

  • Kathy Says:

    I spent some time on your blog this cold, rainy Saturday morning, and I just have to tell you: It warmed me right up. I adore your refreshingly blunt journal pages! And the color on the “What” page is amazing. I also really love that you encouraged feedback on one of your pages, thus prompting virtual conversations about art, a subject about which I never get enough.

    I’m in the process of trying to organize an effort on my blog, something bigger than I’ve ever attempted before, and I hope, when I announce it, I can get YOUR feedback. Thank you for a lovely morning, Marit,


  • Chris Says:

    This little discussion of critiquing was fascinating – I love the colorful energy of your WHAT page and thank you so much for the introdutions to 3 great art page artists. I am getting a little behind in my projects right now because I have a terrible cold but I should be back up and running by the end of the week – by your next freewheelin Friday. As always, thanks for the inspiration.

  • ~*~Patty Says:

    Brilliant and really beautiful dear Marit !!! Showing vulnerability and the hope and promise of strength all at the same time = WOWEE!!!

  • dani Says:

    What a gorgeous page! That is seriously so inspiring!

  • Maja Says:

    Ik had vrijdag hetzelfde voorjaars gevoel, dat was vanochtend weer weg want het sneeuwt weer.Je werk is weer super.Kleurrijk en geweldige journaling. Ik hoop dat me dat ook lukt tijdens de workshop.Ik ben deze week op zoek gegaan naar leuke artjournal blogs om wat inspiratie op te doen krijg ik er hier op een presenteerblaadje. Bedankt voor de links.

  • Glenda Tkalac Says:

    I love your art journal pages Marit!! I love the image, the colors and the journaling!! I’m so glad you are on the journey and can hardly wait to see more of your beautiful journal pages! I’m off to check out some of the inspiration you have linked here!

  • Peggy Schenkels Says:

    Bedankt voor de links Marit! Ik heb er al direct een paar in mijn blog gelinkt. Tot nu toe kan ik er alleen maar van dromen om ooit zoiets te kunnen maken, maar na jouw workshop gaat dat veranderen hé hahahaha!!! (Even de druk voor je opvoeren hihi).

    Ik heb een klein schriftje gekocht, perfect (vind ik zelf) om een eerste poging te doen voor mijn art journal, en ik ga ook meedoen met “One Year…”. Ik ben best wel nerveus, ik heb nog nooit zoiets geprobeerd en ik ben veel te streng voor mezelf!
    Ik ben totaal verliefd op jouw art journal page. Zit het in mij om ook zoiets te maken … we zullen zien. In elk geval bedankt voor de inspiratie!!
    xxx Peggy