Mini Art Journal: Excess Baggage

Mini art Journal Excess baggage

Over at Stampotique Challenge blog the theme for this fortnight was "Your fave quote" and wanted to do a spread in my pocket art journal for it. I let this theme sit a bit with me and finally found a quote that resonated with how I was feeling at the time (my husband and I had a little spat, but no worries we always kiss and make up...). I went through my lovely Stampotique stamps this past weekend and found Mothloved to depict that feeling. And the spread shown above was born.
The quote I used is  
"Everyone you meet comes with baggage, 
find someone who loves you enough to help you unpack" 
- now, ain't that the truth? 
And little Mothloved, she carries her baggage with her everywhere she goes, but she is very lovable!

Mini art journal: excess baggage
I stated off by grabbing one of my brusho background pages (used ultramarine brusho over a script stencil) and added some more color to it: mustard seed and broken china distress inks with a blending tool. Then I stamped some script and circle stamps with matching Staz-On inks on the page for some interest. Lastly I stamped Mothloved with Memento black on the side where I wanted her to be.

Mini art journal: excess baggage
I cut the page to fit and adhered it in the journal. Mothloved is stamped on sticker paper and colored in with promarkers and then cut out. I used the same color scheme as I did with the background page, blue and yellow. On the bottom I adhered some washi tape and some extra near her feet to "ground" her more on the page. These techniques (stamping for placements, adhering a colored image op top and grounding that image with masking tape) are often used in Corrie's work. So Corrie, thank you for the inspiration :)

Mini art journal: excess baggage
After I put on more washi tape along the edges to frame the page I went to work and stamped the quote in by using Eline's Handlettering Script rubber stamps. I patiently formed every word with the separate letter stamps out of the 2 fonts, brush and stencil, then stamped the whole quote with Staz On Azure. It was definitely meditative to do.

Mini Art Journal Excess Baggage

A close up of the end result. In the end I also outlined and underlined the stamped words with a 0.1 steadtler Micron pen to give it some more depth. I also took out the extra washi tape on the left bottom side of the page as it really didn't add much to it and called this spread done. I have a strong desire to give Mothloved a big hug!

This spread is entered for the Stampotique #258 Fave Quotes challenge and if you feel inspired to join in, you can until next wednesday when the new challenge prompt will be announced! Can't wait to see what the next challenge is. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

ETA: Just found out that Stampotique team chose my entry Affectionate Seahorses as one of the gift certificate winners for the August 2016 challenge! Woot!! I am so freaking happy! Thanks so much Stampotique team, it really made my day!


  1. Heerlijk die combinatie van Stampotique meisje en tekst! Fijn weekend!

  2. Excellent to see a tutorial and hat a wonderful quote! Love her dress it glows against the other colours:) Thank you for joining us at Stampotique Designers Challenge!

  3. Sorry that should read 'that wonderful quote ' !

  4. Gorgeous pages and a wonderful sentiment - thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique :)

  5. Gorgeous and Wonderful Quote
    Thank you for joining the Stampotique Challenge
    Jools x

  6. Wonderful quote and what a beautiful page!! I really enjoyed seeing your process. Thanks for joining us at Stampotique!

  7. Fantastisch ! Mooie quote ! Leuk dat je meedoet met ons bij Stampotiue !
    Corrie x

  8. Another gorgeous contribution. Had to smile re your seahorse 'whoop whoop' win lol. x

  9. I LOVE your quote!! What a beautiful page you've created too. Well done and thank you for joining us at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog.

  10. Wow that's awesome!
    Thank you for joining us at Stampotique Designers Challenge :)

    xx Arwen

  11. perfect pairing of stamps with the quote!!!! thank you for playing in the challenge!

  12. So fabulous. I love the background, the quote, and Mothloved. I also love all the details!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Stampotique Designers Challenges!


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