Art Journal Page - Courage Is...


Today I have something a little different to share with you. Awhile back, I came across Vicky Papaioannou's art journal pages and I fell in love instantly! I have always loved Vicky's cardmaking style and never thought that art journaling was something I wanted to do. I am, by no means, an artist and I always felt very overwhelmed by the idea.

But watching Vicky (and a few other artists) create page after page of beautiful art journaling, totally inspired me to want to create my own. I figured even if I sucked at it, I would still enjoy the process of creating, so I decided to give it a try.

So today I am sharing my first art journal page, and I actually really like how it turned out! I'm guessing that may not always be the case, but I loved the creative process and I'm already thinking of ideas for my next page!

Courage Is...

Here are a few close-ups of the journal pages...

A little about my process and the supplies I used:

- I played with product a lot in an art journal that I have officially named my 'practice journal' before I began my actual journal. I think this really helped me lose my nervousness about starting, because I got familiar with the products and what techniques I liked and didn't like.

- I purchased the same journal that Vicky uses (I just got black instead of red) because I love the size, the design and the rounded corners. I LOVE this Moleskine journal and will definitely continue using them for art journaling. Great quality!

- I love words and music and I'm pretty sure that all of my pages will start with a quote and/or a song lyric that I love. I love that I have found a way to incorporate my love for words into my creativity!

- I used a lot of products that I already had (those potty people are old old Quickutz dies that I found in a drawer!) but I also purchased some new stuff to be able to do some techniques that I saw others doing. For example, I love how Vicky adds Tim Holtz tissue paper to her pages before beginning and did that on this page. I like the subtle detail it gives the pages in the background once you cover it with all the paints and stuff.


I will definitely try and film my process the next time I create a page. It's a good thing I didn't with this one because it took me awhile to create it lol! It would have been a pretty long video! ;)

Please let me know if you have any questions at all about anything on my page. A huge thank you to Vicky for sharing her pages and being so inspiring!

Thanks for stopping by today -
Be back soon!

Steph ;)



  1. YAY!!! It's awesome, Steph! Love the beautiful colors you used - it's a fantastic scene, and that sentiment is so perfect for Art Journaling! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your journal work! Thanks for the inspiration! ♥

  2. Beautiful! You are so brave - I have decided to skip the mixed media stuff, and I'll live vicariously through other people's journals.

  3. Your layout is amazing!! Love how happy and colorful it is! And the quote is perfect! So happy I have inspired you to join the art journaling addiction! It is so much fun!

  4. very nice work,...
    waiting to see your journal work videos ^^

  5. Your journal is beautiful and I like that it is very simple, can wait to see your art journal videos. You have a graet mentor, I absolutely love the inspirational videos that Vicky Papaioannou does, she makes your imagination to fly away, and you want to do the exact thing creat beautiful projects.

  6. Awesome! Vicky's art journal videos are the high point of my day. Looking forward to seeing your process videos too!

  7. This is fabulous! Love the quote and those colors!

  8. Congrats! Beautiful first page! I too am very inspired by Vicky and love her work! Can't wait to see more from you! I may just have to join the art journal craze! What did you use for the quote? Was it a stamp?

  9. this beautiful , I fell in love with journaling though Vicky as well. she is brilliant. I will be keeping a eye out for more of yours this is wonderful.

  10. Such a powerful quote and true...beautifully displayed.