New Art Journaling Challenge- Are you in?

So my friend and I have recently gotten into art journaling (alongside our card making). We’ve been binge-watching YouTube and let me tell you, there are some absolutely AMAZING journalers out there!


As a newbie, staring at a blank page spread can be daunting, not to mention all the fears of starting something only to ruin it partway through. It’s hard to remind yourself that there really are no mistakes in art journaling as, if all else fails, you just paint over it! After reading multiple blogs posts regarding just starting out, a lot of them suggested “art lifting” layouts. Basically, you find an art journal layout that you like and you either duplicate it or use it as inspiration. My lovely friend Karen (yes yes.. joke all you want, but it truly is the Karen and Erin show! haha) and I decided that we would go this route and that’s how “Inspired By” or  #inspiby (as we will refer to it on social media) was born!

We decided that each week one of us will choose a layout that will inspire us to create a page in our art journals.

Every Monday, one of us will choose a layout from various online sources (such as Youtube, Pinterest, and Instagram). Whichever of us chooses will also create our layout early in an efforts to give you more ideas on how you could start your pages as well! To start off this very first #inspiby, Karen chose a layout from the fabulous Vicky Papaioannou.

Not only does Vicky make some amazing art journaling layouts, but she also creates some really fabulous cards as well! So be sure to check her out! The layout Karen chose was:

If you would like to watch Vicky’s process video for this art journal page you can find it here. You can also find Vicky on Instagram @vickyp_gr and her blog here.

Here is what Karen had to say about this weeks challenge along with her creation:

What I love most about Vicky P’s journal pages is how polished they look. She uses such varied and amazing techniques and manages to bring her pages together into a cohesive and beautifully elegant page with her signature elements like tiny splatters and white gel pen finishing touches.

When I was watching Vicky P’s Creativity art journal page I loved how she used the Tim Holtz Honeycomb and rays stencils in such a different way – unique blues with a honeycomb and sun-like stencil and the almost chemistry-like layout with the bottles had the science teacher in me cheering. But, I had just gotten the new Stampendous Honeycomb Wishes stamp set and my mind kept wandering towards a more traditional garden type layout as I watched.

This was a first for me .. I had never used modeling paste with a stencil before, so I was thrilled to be able to use the Joggles ATC stencil for such amazing background detail. I will be trying this with other stencils especially the various Joggles ATC in the future!

I did add some of the same finishing touches – Glossy Accents on the bee wings just like Vicky P had on the bottles and adding black outlines and additional sketchy lines to the flowers. However, I added shimmer with both a KaiserCraft yellow gel pen and Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals (from the Drink Me Silly set) to add that finishing sparkle instead of using spatters. The white signo uniball gel pen was a must for the lettering, though!

I am so excited to be a part of this challenge! Two things jump out at me. First I am honored and blessed to be able to watch so many amazing artists in our crafting communities on YouTube and Instagram and I am inspired by their art and their journeys every day. Second, I need deadlines and a kick in the pants sometimes to even get started. Maybe you do, too. So thank you, Erin, for helping to keep me creating at least one inspired page every week. I am grateful for your excitement, amazing artistic talent, and guidance on this part of my creative journey.

This is a general list of the supplies I used. If you have any questions, see my Instagram post under #inspiby and direct message me.

Tim Holtz Distress Paint, Ranger Archival Ink, Tim Holtz Stencils, Joggles ATC Stencil, Stampendous script and Honeycomb Wishes stamps, Darkroom Door flowers stamps, MFTStamps Well-Connected Alphabet stamps, Golden Acrylics modeling paste,  KaiserCraft gel pens, Faber Castell Big Brush Markers, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals – Drink Me Silly set. I used Ranger Brushes and blending tools, and this page was in my Dylusions 5″ x 8″ journal.


**If you would like to join in on the fun then please either tag Karen (@deeilustra) and/or myself (@happilywego) on Instagram and use the hashtag #inspiby (also don’t forget to follow us both to be informed of each new weekly challenge!)**

We are so beyond excited to start this challenge journey and can’t wait to see how these layouts inspire you in your journaling!

Keep creating!


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