Freewheelin’ Friday (#18)

is it Friday again already?
Yes… Oh. Ehm…
Do I have something to show you?

Well of course I do!!!


It’s totally hot for challenge blogs to be in “Ning” these days,
with a community and a forum that come along with that.
I find myself a member of different ning-groups already!
Yep, you have to register if you want to participate in the challenges
which means uploading your avatar again, making another profile
(copy-paste are working overtime!) not to speak from uploading all
the layouts for different challenges into different ning-galleries… pfew!
You almost have to keep an administration next to the computer –
writing down where to put all your work…
But if you want to scroll through my work I’ll make it easy on you:
the galleries on the top menu of this blog contains ALL my work!!!

After having this said – you felt it coming huh?
Yep, last week “The Creative Type” a challenge blog where I play along
sometimes – moved from their regular blog to a ning-group…

Say no more.

Here’s their challenge:
“use your favorite quotes, song lyrics, or special family sayings
on your page or as the theme for your page.”

And here’s my page:

The quote:
I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes
enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness,
who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me
like a woman – Anais Nin

The background is made of dictionary paper, some pieces of sheet music
and sprayed tissue paper with a lot of gel medium. I wrote the quote with
white and black markers and, as you see, I’m still not over the “photo transfer
thing”… does it bother you?


In my online workshop “Let it Loose” the participants learn to bind the art
journal pages together as in this example, so each student ends up with
their own, handmade book.

(I made an
video on
how to
do that.
told me that
it was very
clear and
they could
do it right away,
so don’t
let this photo
scare you off
to register…)

In the other online workshop “A Creative Art Journey” students are free to
choose where they will work on. It may be an old (altered) book, a sketch
book, digital or even 12 x 12 layouts…

And of course I had to think about it too… for I make examples
with each prompt.

Inspired by something I saw a few weeks ago I gave it a try and I made me
this box last week – to put my examples in!

It’s made of thick aquarelle paper, and it still needs to be altered, but I thought
I’d show you this ’cause it looks great already!

I make the examples/prompts on basic white cardboard which I cut into
squares, 9 x 9 inch. (And yes, I have done quite a few examples already but
ofcourse I won’t show you these here on my blog. Before photographing this
box I put some plain paper on top *teehee*)

And if you wonder what that ribbon is for?
Take a look here…

… with the ribbon (which is glued between the edges of the box) I can lift
the papers and take them out of the box without damaging anything.


Last couple of days, a lot of new challenges came online and since I have an
“off weekend” – it can be filled with anything I like – I hope to work on a couple.
I don’t think I will be able to do all these challenges (some have a later due date
so it’s no must) but I will see where inspiration takes me.
And in case you’re in the mood for creating and you have a lack of ideas,
here’s the list of challenges I came across and you might like too:

A Year in the Life of an Art Journal – prompt #6 already, but you can still join
and do the former challenges whenever you want/have the time.
The word is “Move” and the extra technique is “use paint

Created by hand – You have ’till Monday to create something (anything)
using #13 as your inspiration.

Gutter Girlz – The prompt: It’s No Secret The song: Everybody Knows
by Concrete Blonde (Find the songlyrics on their blog. There’s no product or
technique this Month…) You have ’till the end of April.

Scrapping the Music – The song is “40 Dogs” by Bob Schneider (find the
Music playing and the lyrics on the blog) Deadline: Tuesday, MCT.

The Color Room – Palette #2 {his room} is up and I like this colour
combo (dark blue, brownish and beige – go look for yourself!)

These are a Few of my Favorite ThingsYour fave city.
Link your layout in their comment section by the evening of April 28th.

Je t’embrasse!

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16 Responses to “Freewheelin’ Friday (#18)”

  • MrsPeel Says:

    brilliant….everything. I m always amazed by you, always.
    I have no time to stop and do stuff in paper apart from the writing of my diary, and not even that doesn’t get much attention….
    but I’m pleased with having achieved one thing I wanted to do for such a long time which is scrap my daughter’s life in books we are printing per year of life…we already printed (with, where I met Annemarie) up to 8 years old…
    but been getting so many ideas from everything you , not only make, but the stuff you write…
    Git something in mind, if `I get to execute, I ll post about it and show you, as I always say: you are a total inspiration, thanks
    apologies again for the language mess u, I m still laughing about it!


  • Amy Coose Says:

    Your creativeness just blows my mind. Can’t wait to see the box all altered.

  • Jeanet Says:

    Wow…gave box Marit! Ziet er veelbelovend uit! Die binding van Let It Loose vind ik nog steeds erg fantastisch!
    En wat een gave Lo voor The Creative Type! Prachtige journaling, prachtige quote, prachtige transfer!! Fijn weekend!

  • Cynthia Says:

    Ah your creativity!!!!!!!! so awesome. Adore the box and can’t wait to see it all done. Oh it is great what they have have done with the creative type. I had been so busy I had to step down ๐Ÿ™‚ But, still keeping tabs. Love the page you created for sure!!!!!!!! Have a fab weekend creating.

  • Denise Says:

    Beautiful! I am very impressed at your creativity!

  • Viv Says:

    Blijft leuk hoor die transfers, en wat een gave pagina weer!
    Die ning-groepen…ik weet nog niet wat ik ervan moet denken en of ik het wel zo handig vind!

    Ben benieuwd met welke challenges je mee gaat doen, in ieder geval een inspiratievol en creatief weekend toegewenst!

    Groetjes viv

  • Angรจle Says:

    Prachtige pagina weer Marit! De kleuren, de quote en transfer! Schitterend!
    Voor jou ook een heel fijn weekend,

    Liefs, Angรจle

  • Annemarie Says:

    Looks like a busy weekend, Marit. I am busy, too, but outside the house. Hopefully, I get things done in the house tomorrow.

    Happy creating,

  • Chris Says:

    I love your box idea – I know that you will fill it with art, and it will be a treasure trove of ideas and techniques. Your quote for the Creative type layout is so inspiring – it’s funny that you were writing about ning as I just received an email from one of the challenge blogs on ning that said ning was going to start charging so they would be moving. The more things change, the more they stay the same! LOL! With all those challenges, you are going to be very busy – I have had so much DT work to do that it is becoming like “work” so today I am going to play with my new acrylic paints – I was able to get the Claudine Hellmuth studio paints through one of my DT jobs and these paints are so incredible – so smooth, just a joy to flow across the page. Looking forward to seeing some of your new creations – have a great weekend! BTW, I think you know that Harlee Quinz went out of business but now they are back as Gecko Galz, and you get the papers and ephemera on CDs so you can print just what you want.

  • Hanneke Says:

    Inderdaad steeds meer blogs gaan over op ning, ik weet eigenlijk niet of ik dat nou zo fijn vind om elke keer weer een profiel aan te moeten maken wat je zegt best veel werk!!! Maar wat heb je weer een mooie LO voor the Creative Type gemaakt zegm geweldige qoute! En de doos is prachtig!!
    Vandaag ga ik hopelijk even scrappen maar daarna toch echt genieten van het prachtige weer!!
    Fijne Zondag!!

  • ~*~Patty Says:

    not tired of your photo transfers AT ALL, your pages are brilliant, these just happen to be in some of my fav colors AND that quote is perfect too!

    I have missed creating, we’ve been on a little “Staycation” for our anniversary week and have been gallivanting around … I want to settle down now and make something ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Sunday dear friend! Today I posted some ‘real’lelietje-van-dalen photos from our garden ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I know what you mean about challenges and keeping track of them. I have decided blogging is almost like a ‘real’ job, a very happy job that I Love, 9-5 and sometimes more ๐Ÿ˜‰ I {heart} blogland and special friends like you dear Marit!

  • Mirjamc Says:

    wow die doos is echt super, wat een gaaf idee!!! en je lo voor the creative type is helemaal top en mooie kleuren!!! de transfers die jij maakt zijn elke keer weer prachtig!!!

  • Yyam Says:

    I love your piece for The Creative Type! You always rock with mixed media pieces! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve also joined many Ning community groups…but I’m finding it hard to keep up!

  • Jenneke Says:

    Sorry dat ik een tijdje niet ben langs geweest, ik was echt superdruk met allerlei opdrachten! Maar hier ben ik weer, genietend van je mooie layout en je handige idee van de bewaardoos!!
    En dankjewel voor je lijstje met challenges! Ik hoop dat ik deze week weer tijd heb om ergens aan mee te doen!!

    Wens je fijne week!


  • cindye Says:

    WOW …. i love coming here to see what creations you have made … I am always blown away by your creativity. amazing.

  • ERICA Says:

    I am always so inspired by your work. I haven’t had a chance to finish my art journal yet… maybe I’ll have more time after my play is over. Oh, yeah… and I heard that Ning is going to start charging soon???