Sold his soul to the devil?
(Freewheelin’ Friday #32)

My son was here last week!

But he met no devil , no.
Only nice people, and a lot of old blues men…
And he didn’t sell his soul – Pfew!

(Some of you – most of you maybe – will have no idea what I’m talking about
so a little explanation will come in handy I guess…

The photo of the sign was taken in Clarksdale!
Clarksdale Mississippi is the Birthplace and World Capital of the Blues
and location of the famous Crossroads intersection of Highway 61 and 49.
At the crossroads – according to the legend – Robert Johnson sold his soul
to the devil  to become the best blues guitar player of all time)


I like the blues – but not today.
Today I show you a layout inspired by a happy song!



The song at Scrapping the Music this week is “Shiny happy People” (REM)

My guest designer term ends with this layout – and this week I donate the prize
for the winner. You can win a free spot in my online Art Journal workshop
Let it Loose
that starts September 6.

So what are you waiting for?
Turn on the happy music, start creating, be happy and win a happy prize!!!

Here’s what I made – a 12 x 12 layout

The photo of the two hands bound together with ribbon and thread
comes from a magazine. This ritual is called “handfasting” and it is
an old custom / ceremony to symbolize the bond between lovers
(or friends) It is mostly used at weddings, to ratify the marriage.

I used all kinds of alpha-stickers to spray the title.
(NOTE! If you want to use stickers as a mask, make sure they are not
too sticky anymore. Stick them to a piece of cloth several times to make
them less sticky before you use it on your paper, otherwise it will ruin
your paper when you try to get it off later!

I sprayed with Tim Holtz spray ink (Red Pepper) and doodled the frame
and the black dots behind the title.


Talkin’ about sticky… I sticked to the “skinnies” this week and made two more.

Because the seize
of a skinny card
is 3 x 5 inch,
which is slightly
bigger then an
ATC (2,5 x 3,5)
I could use my
favourite stamp:
the running lady!

I’m still totally
in love with this
stamp bought at

The background
is a picture cut
out of a magazine.


When I saw this image
of a little perfume bottle
hanging on a cord,
I looked for some sort
of text to go with it.

I found a long poem about
perfume  “The Scent of Blue”
written by Catherine Czerkawska.

It spoke to me right away!
This poem is not only
about perfume
– it expresses how
a woman gets older
and how the scents
of her perfume change
over the years…

I used only a part of the poem here,
you should read the original!

When I e-mailed Catherine a photo of my skinny card and asked if she
was OK when I publish it here on my blog, I got the sweetest mail back!
Her kind words made my heart sing! Thanks Catherine!


I stated in my former post that I find the “skinny cards” not very skinny
after all… not as much as I thought anyway – so I thought of challenging
myself and YOU today. Make a REAL SKINNY layout.
Maybe something like 3 x 10 inch. Or a third of a layout  (4 x 12 inch)
Ah, the seize doesn’t really matter much, but it has to be long and small.
If you play along, e-mail me a photo of your “real skinny skinny” (or a link
where I can find it) before next Friday and I will publish them all on my
blog on Friday, August 5th! (Hey, you could even combine the Scrapping
the Music challenge and make a “shiny happy skinny”!) This is just for fun –
no prizes involved here – or you have to send it to STM 😉 – but I’m curious
how much of you will feel challenged by this and what you create!

Let’s make it a shiny happy weekend!!!

Je t’embrasse.

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15 Responses to “Sold his soul to the devil?
(Freewheelin’ Friday #32)”

  • phinner Says:

    if only I looked that good while running!!!

    there is a lady that I see almost every week on the trail that runs in a full length denimn skirt…and she’s FAST!!!

    I guess you don’t need $100 running pants after all, hahahaha!!!

    I love that “shiny, happy, skinny”!!! I might have to try that! LOL!

  • Lena Says:

    Fantastisch werk weer meis! Ben helemaal verliefd oo je “Shiny Happy People” LO. Dat rood… WAUW!! Vind je skinnies ook helemaal leuk! Het valt best mee om een lange, smalle Lo te maken, heb pas die “header” voor mijn blog gemaakt en in mijn “faces” boekje zit ook één lang smal werkje. Vind je idee super dus misschien maak ik er nog wel één… Alvast een heel fijn, creatief weekend gewenst!!

  • Jeanet Says:

    Prachtige layout Marit!En die song is geweldig!Zo vrolijk!Dat rood is super!Die titel van al die vershillende letters is erg mooi!En die handen zijn ook weer zo mooi bedacht!
    Je skinnies zijn ook weer geweldig!
    Leuk idee voor een smalle page,ik ga es even wat bedenken!

  • yyam Says:

    That’s a good tip about the stickers! 🙂

    I’ve certainly enjoyed the pieces you did for STM. And the ones you’ve shown in this post! You have such a unique style…:)

    Have a fabbie weekend my friend! I just might try a real skinny layout this weekend! 😉

  • dani Says:

    Great tip about “unsticking” the stickers before using them as masks – I never remember to do that and I pay for it later when I try to pull them up!

  • Irma Says:

    Heerlijke inspiraties heb je weer gepost! Die skinnies klinken wel errug interessant…zucht, ik heb nog zoveel te doen dit weekend…hopelijk vindt mijn mojo nog wat, ik zou graag meedoen, ja gewoon lekker voor de lol!
    Een heel fijn weekend – Irma

  • Fauve Says:

    Running on heels…Fabulous!!

  • Mirjamc Says:

    wat een geweldige lo heb je voor scrapping the music gemaakt marit!!! prachtige kleuren/misting en afbeelding! en de skinnies zijn ook helemaal leuk!
    fijn weekend!

  • Peggy Says:

    Ik ben helemaal weg van die shiny happy people LO!! Het beeld van die handen is gewoonweg perfect! En die skinnies zijn ook geweldig, ze doen me zo erg aan Glenda’s werk denken, die heeft ook altijd zo van die geweldige one-liners!
    Geniet van je weekend Marit!
    xxx Peggy

  • Catherine Czerkawska Says:

    Many thanks, Marit. Love the card!

  • Chimene Says:

    Hoi hoi,

    Eindelijk de tijd genomen om je nieuwe site te bekijken. Ziet er perfect uit!!
    Ik zit nu met een leen computer maar zodra ik
    een nieuwe heb ga ik zeker een workshop bij je volgen. Heb er zin in en ben toe aan een nieuwe creatieve uitdaging!
    Geweldige art heb je weer gemaakt:)

    Enne.. bedankt voor je lieve woorden op mijn blog.

  • Annemarie Says:

    I saw US road signs and said, “Hey! I know where he is.” How exciting for him.”

    I like your idea of the skinny layout. Will see if I generate time for it.

  • Terri@PringleHill Says:

    Marit, I LOVE the blues, and I love this crossroads sign! What a great post! Thanks so much for your blog visits. Hearing from you always makes me happy! I’m thrilled to hear that you like my images. Hugs, Terri xoxo

  • Shellie Warren Says:

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving sweet comments! I just got around to visiting yours today and I love it. Although,I had no idea you would be from the Netherlands! My Dad is full Dutch and my Grandparents used to live there. My maiden last name was Klomp. I have visited once, 2 years ago in Jan. when it was freezing cold! I would love to get my Dad over there so he could see it in his lifetime. Keep up the good work and thanks for stopping in to say hi, your comments make my day! ;o)