Monthly Archives: December 2011

Saturdays Are Fun: 2011 In Review

Happy New Year’s Eve! Are you ready to ring in the New Year? We had a lot of fun with the Art Journal Caravan this year. There’s a lot to be grateful for. There was also a lot of notable events to happen in the world including

  • Republicans assuming control of the House of Representatives in January
  • protests oust President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia from power
  • protests in Egypt demanding President Mubarak be ousted from power, an uprising begins in Libya
  • Charlie Sheen is fired from the television show Two and a Half Men with erratic behavior that continues for many weeks
  • Donald Trump questioning whether President Obama was born outside of the United States
  • a major earthquake strikes Japan triggering a devastating tsunami
  • the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton
  • the raid on Osama Bin Laden and his death by the CIA
  • the space shuttle Atlantis lands on July 26 for the last time ending America’s space shuttle program
  • protesters march through New York’s financial district forming Occupy Wall Street
  • American Amanda Knox is released from an Italian prison acquited of murder
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s “oops” moment in the GOP debate
  • the passing of Steve Jobs – chief executive office of Apple, Inc.
  • Gadhafi is killed by opposition forces
  • and Obama withdraws all remaining U.S. troops from Iraq by December 31, 2011.

Instead of focusing on such facts as the ones above, my art journal pages were more emotional this past year. It would have been perfectly okay to journal about any current events going on, I just happened not to. Perhaps I’ll go back and do a few pages reflecting on some of those events now.

Tangie has a most creative and unique Adventure Quest! for December – a year in review freestyle challenge in the AJC 2011 forums. You get to roll the dice to decide how to approach your 2011 in review!

Here are some of the pages from this fun Adventure Quest! {December 2011} Let’s Roll…


Adventure Quest! {December 2011} by Heather aka sparklyduck

I rolled the dice and got 9, so my task was to summarize my experience with the Art Journal Caravan 2011 in 9 words. Honestly? Here it is:

This was the best year of my creative life.

BY TANGIE: Background paper from Steampunk Spooktacular, Candle from Thinking of Thee, Splatters and graffiti from Virtuosity; Splatter Graffiti – Nest; Splatter Graffiti – Gold; Splatter Graffiti – Mystic; Splatter Graffiti – Wonder, Frames from: Thoughts of Thee; Timeless Masters; Queen of Cakes; Orchid Elixir; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Creative Felicity; Um… oooooh, no, I’ve lost track of a few. I’ll update when I find ‘em!  Font: Don’t Step on the Momeraths.



Review by DALE

I have grown in so many ways, made so many wonderful friends and realised that, like calligraphy, art and photography, art journaling has become a passion!

Thanks for looking!

For this page I used:

Studio Tangie: Luminescence; AJC Parcel #49; Splattergraffiti – Paper Ink; Studio Rebecca: Violet; Studio Christina Renee: Pure Essentials backgrounds & textures. Laitha’s Designs: Vintage Carousel; Nicolle Young: Vintage show Drama Queen; Irene Alexeeva: Altered Ego. Fonts: Studio Tangie – Mad Hatters Font, Lauren Reid Designs – Sugar shock, Stamp Act Jumbled, Waiting for the sunrise




AJC Adventure Quest: Roll the Dice by sbpoet

For credits & larger sizes see at flickr:



Adventure Quest_Dec by rabbit

In which Rabbit & Arabella near the end of their quest.

We left our intrepid caravaners facing the dread-inspiring golden griffon, but rescue was at hand. The magician (for that is what he was), banished the creature with a loud incantation, then lifted his staff high above his head. There was a mighty crack & a grinding sound & the rock face beside them split in half & opened. To their great surprise the centre of the peak was open to the sky, & a gentle flight of stairs led up towards the prize. For there before them was the Tree of Eternal Joy, & hanging from it, by a slender gold chain, was the Pearl of Loving Kindness.

This is a reflection on my word for the year, kindness.

Those of you who have followed this year’s adventures of Rabbit & Arabella will have realised that they represent two aspects of myself. One, though intuitive & imaginative, tends to like a quiet life. The other is ornery & argumentative & likely to dig her heels in at inopertune moments. Rabbit isn’t sure she’s up for the 2012 caravan; Arabella can’t wait!

Bunny: Adapted from Lulu’s Egg Garden by Lori Davison
Camel: adapted from Tangie’s AJC starter pack
Rocks & wizard: adapted from Dragons Kit by January
Tree: ATC_4 by Holliewood
Egg & Background: Enchanted by Holliewood
Stairs: adapted from A Rose is a Rose by Holliewood
Pearl: adapted from Cherish kit by Scrappers’ Guide
Pair of doves: By Magic kit by Tangie Baxter
Single dove: Love & War kit by Holliewood
Gold flashes: Color Theory: Gold by Cristina Renee



#49 Review by MsKaty

I had a lot of fun with this but it took a long time! I used Tangie’s Parcel #26 and Parcel #32. The border is Tinker from Dawn Inskip. Fonts are DigsMyHeart and Tangie’s Bread and Butterfly.



Fly-Revisited by ArmyGrl

Following Tangie’s Dec. adventure quest, I rolled the “dice” and got a 6. So I decided to pick 6 creations this year that had some theme of flying–birds, butterflies, feathers, wings, bird cages etc in addition to my original Fly LO.

My journaling reads:

As I look over my creations of 2011, I find I have often used images of creatures that fly…birds, butterflies and angels. I’ve also
used feathers and birdcages–elements that represent flight or being caged in. At times my LOs are whimsical, like Steampunk
Reggie and Lizzie; with flight representing fun and adventure. Sometimes my butterfly or bird represents hope or something
desired, as my LO Hope depicts. In Still Searching, I am flying in a balloon with a bird cage attached. The door is open and only
feathers are left behind. Sometimes I feel I have yet to find my voice–I am an empty cage, still waiting to be filled. In Deliverance,
I am strong and powerful–I have found my wings and I am flying. But in Taking Flight, I realize that at times my goals and dreams are lofty. I need to ground myself and focus.
In my life I have taken flight in several areas…I took a photography class to learn to take better pictures, I went to many concerts
and plays (a goal of mine was to get out and live more); and I definitely took flight in my career by putting in a direct commission
packet and getting accepted as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army.

For this LO I used a template by Ju Kneipp as the base, 2011 Parcels 46 and 49, and Lost and Found by Studio Tangie.




Reflect 2011 by Sarah Barber Design


Julie Ann

Adventure Quest! {December 2011} by Julie Ann Shahin

Journaling reads: These four pages are my favorites that I’ve  created  in the Art Journal Caravan 2011. The first one in the upper left corner received the most comments. I really felt the mojo flowing that day. The quote on this page relates to my word for the year “fabulous” as I worked on living fabulously in 2011. I was indeed determined. I still feel determined. The next one I love for it’s color and vibrancy, and I still love every inch. I can’t believe it’s mine! In the lower left corner, this page reflects growth as I stepped out of my box. I love the messiness of this page. The last page I am super proud of. I created it for the Studio Tangie blog for the affirmation challenge. It is unique and original, and I get excited looking at the colors  and type. All  of   these pages reflect the amazing journey I took by participating in   the  Art Journal Caravan 2011.

Credits: Paper -Lost and Found, Steampunk Lab, Thankful Heart, Junque Journal, Los Muertos Tres, Journal Anthology 7; Elements – AJC11 Parcel 52, AJC11 Parcel 42; Border – AJC11 Parcel 46; Alpha – Junque Journal


Be sure to sign up for the Art Journal Caravan 2012!


Join “The Art Journal Caravan” with your Tour Guide Studio Tangie!  She’ll take you on a Fascinating Year Long Journey into the World of Art Journaling with both digital and hands on experience!

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Art Journaling 101: Spotlight on Teesha Moore’s Blog

Hello friends! It’s our last Art Journaling 101 post for 2011, and we end with looking at the last of our favorite blogs of 2011, someone that Tangie introduced us to 6 months ago in the Art Journal Caravan 2011 – the pioneer of Art Journaling herself: TEESHA MOORE!

If you were on board the Art Journal Caravan 2011, you remember Tangie interviewed Teesha exclusively for AJC here, loaded with lots of photos and images. One thing stood out for me in the interview, that Teesha said she never had a good art teacher in school. I related to that because I never thought of myself as an artist until I decided I wanted  to study interior design, so I signed up for art classes as a freshman in high school. The art teacher at the high school in Ohio where I lived was amazing, she taught me how to draw with my eyes and not my brain…we really bonded as well, however the relationship with her was cut short when my family moved to Michigan mid-year. I never found another intuitive teacher like her again. But from then on, I knew that anyone could be an artist with the right encouragement.

Teesha’s Art Journal Pages (previously posted by Tangie)



(All images used with permission!)

Teesha Moore Style

Teesha’s style is to use a zetti image (aka zettiology). This link offers a good explanation of the process of a zetti image, written for paper artists yet with imagination digital artists can substitute techniques. Common charateristics include stoic faces, black & white stripes on the legs, altered bodies replaced with shapes, and pointy hats.


Teesha also uses lots of bright color I’ve read after having worked for so long in black and white as an artist.


Teesha creates texture & interest with dots, slashes and lines. Sometimes the dots follow a swirl, or outline a body. Sometimes the dots emphasize a border. She’s interviewed that she works in one medium at a time, collage, and then with pens she’ll doodle so that she will lose herself in that medium, all the while listening to electronica music.


Teesha uses creative borders on her pages. They might be on one, two, three, or all four sides. Often there is something unexpected tucked in the border, such as a collage image, or a quote written on the border.


Teesha writes quite a bit of journaling on her pages often. It really is a personal journal. Sometimes there is a larger quotation on the page as well.


Take a look at her journaling pages here, and you’ll probably find a thousand more points about her style that interest you!

Also worth a look:


We love this page by Teesha posted at

Challenge: Use a large number “randomly” in an art journaling page


Teesha Moore Challenge: Use a large number “randomly” in an art journaling page

Julie Ann


Teesha Moore Challenge by Julie Ann Shahin

Yesterday was my birthday, thus the birthday theme! I really like the idea of journaling on numbers, I think I’ll try that more often!

Credits: (all by tangie except where noted) Alpha- Art Stomp, Paris Tag- AJC11 Parcel20, Borders: Awaiting Dawn, What I Love To Do, Stacy Jane, Impossible Things; Cupcake, Word Art: Queen of Cakes; Paper: Stacy Jane, Remnants Artists Portfolio; Bling: Marie Collab with SherrieJD; fonts: Tweedledee ALT, MarchHare; other- Candles: Erica Hite Card Templates All Occasion




Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Highlights of the Week of Dec 16

Happy Holidays!!!  I hope that everyone is enjoying this holiday season.  The new year will be upon us before we know it and with that is another fantastic year of the Art Journal Caravan.  I’m excited.  Are you?

I’ve got some great pages to show you today.  Are you ready?

huntstrong made a really great frammed page that I just love.


The rustic feel of this page by lmgdonahue was very warming and comforting to me.  And there is SO much to look at here, so many hidden things.


I really like the colors and the feel of this page by sbpoet


Scrappie Irene’s page about an emotional time was very impressive (and I love that silhouette).
And last up is amandainafog.  I really like the quote she used and the scene she created to express how she feels.

Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights.  Don’t forget to check in next Sunday for more great inspiration.  Until then… I’ll see ya on the trail.




Saturdays Are Fun: Where I Live Holiday Edition

Happy Christmas Eve! Today we have a second Where I Live - this time a Holiday Edition featuring our creative team member Heather aka sparklyduck! She lives in Cleveland, OH, where I actually was born, and where my parents and extended family still live! Let’s take a look at Heather’s interview. It gives me warm giggly feelings for Cleveland all-over again!

Where I Live Holiday Edition Featuring Heather aka sparklyduck

What is the name of where you live, and where is it located?
I live in Cleveland, Ohio, in the heart of Midwest USA, right on the Great Lake Erie.

Cleveland Ohio aerial view



Tower City District, Cleveland By Christina Spicuzza


Did anything interesting happen here in history? Are there any interesting stories or events that took place here historically? What is where you live best known for?
The first thing that comes to mind is that Eliot Ness–who famously nailed Al Capone in Chicago–later became Safety Director of Cleveland and eventually made a mayoral bid here. Superman was created in Cleveland by Jerry Siegel and Joel Shuster (of COURSE Superman is a Clevelander!!). Alan Freed, a Cleveland radio deejay, coined the term “rock ‘n’ roll” and hosted the first rock concert ever, here in 1952. In 1967, our Carl Stokes became the first African-American mayor of a major city. We were the first city to be awarded five All-American City Awards. Lots of celebrities hail from the Cleveland area, including Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Langston Hughes, President James Garfield, Bob Hope, Toni Morrison, Henry Mancini, John D. Rockefeller, and on and on.

Plenty of movies have been filmed here, including Shawshank Redemption, Men in Black, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles, but none more famously than A Christmas Story (remember Ralphie and his Red Rider BB gun?). The family home in A Christmas Story has been converted to museum for the film. The decor is exactly as it was in the movie, and is loaded with memorabilia, including the famous Leg Lamp in the front window… how fun. We have world-class arts and entertainment here, including our Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art and Playhouse Square Center (the second largest theatre complex in the country behind the Kennedy Center); the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame; and the massive, world-renowned Cleveland Clinic.

Despite all the great things that continue to come out of Cleveland (and I’ve really been modest reciting our virtues!), Cleveland is actually better known for its misfortunes, like the collapse of our steel industry; the Cuyahoga River catching fire in the 60s from pollution (although some local artists have even embraced this of late–you can now by t-shirts emblazoned with a Burning River Surf Club logo); the relentless short-comings of our sports teams, recently dubbed “a factory of sadness”; and our astonishingly bad public school system have earned us the nickname of Mistake on the Lake, something we all hate but can’t seem to shirk.

And I won’t even mention LeBron James.

A Christmas Story House & Museum, located in Cleveland, Ohio's Tremont neighborhood


What are the main Christmas dates in your country? (December 25, January 1, January 6, other)
December 24-25 are the main dates for Christmas here, and December 31 is a big party day for New Year’s Eve.


What does your city/town offer for the residents for the holidays? (Santa appearances, tree lighting, merchant open houses, kid activities)
The Saturday after Thanksgiving, the shops in our Tower City mall on Public Square (converted from our iconic train station) host music performances, train rides, Winter Wonderland for children, and tons of other holiday activities leading up to the main event: after sundown, there’s a concert outside on the Square, where Santa appears marking the official start of the Christmas season. Then he shoots light rays out of his mittens and the whole Square comes alive with twinkling lights from stem to stern, finally lighting up the big Christmas tree in the center.

You can experience the downtown lights on foot, or by horse and carriage, or Lolly the Trolly gives tours of the most dazzlingly decorated areas near downtown. Further out, you can take a pajama-clad train trip on the Polar Express, complete with dancers performing songs from the movie and serving hot cocoa, and a visit from Santa reading the classic story. The University Circle area which is home to most of our museums has Holiday CircleFest, where local school children and art students participate in a parade of handmade lanterns (gorgeous!), all the museums and local shops put on their holiday best, and you can finish your evening ice skating at Wade Oval.


From ice skating in University Circle, to the Zoo, Metroparks and Progressive Field, there are plenty of ways to get outside and fight cabin fever this holiday season. Photo from Clue Into

Our Great Lakes Theatre Festival does an awesome stage production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol which is an absolute must-see. The Cleveland Playhouse does live shows of A Christmas Story, and recently, a one-man show of It’s a Wonderful Life. The Cleveland Orchestra offers a breathtaking Christmas concert (I’m not kidding–I almost yelped, I was so caught away!), and also the spectacular Handel’s Messiah. Then there’s a list as long as my arm of smaller productions in community theatres, churches, and art houses, celebrity tours, numerous lighting displays, neighborhood tours and open houses, and Santa appears in every incarnation imaginable. Whether you prefer something secular or something religious, there’s PLENTY of stuff to do in Cleveland at Christmas time! I’ve been here my whole life and haven’t even begun to experience it all.


Tell us about anything that you think is special or different in your country or region at Christmas time?
America is special at Christmas time–any any other time of year–because of our great diversity, and that is certainly true of Cleveland. Ohio is often called the heart of the Midwest, and every political season, the commentators talk about how Ohio and Cleveland are a cross-section of everything happening in the entire country at any given moment. Every faith, every race, every lifestyle, every economic class and political persuasion is represented here. We’re enough of a big city to have excitement and culture and great energy, but near enough to our rural roots to have practical charm and friendly people. This is never more pronounced than at Christmas time, when our already-friendly city rolls out its carpet of warmth and good will.


What is the weather like in your town at Christmas?
COLD! Last year Forbes named Cleveland its #1 Worst Winter Weather City, which surprises me, because I thought it was kind of lovely (my husband said that’s because I didn’t do the shoveling). This year our average temperature going into Christmas season is expected to be about 31 degrees (F) with plenty of lake snow. One of my favorite things about this area is that we have four distinct seasons… and while I wouldn’t complain if winter were a little shorter, I couldn’t stand myself if we didn’t have snow at Christmas time.


Cleveland: America's Worst Winter City according to Forbes

Average Annual Temperature: 49.6°F

Average Precipitation: 38.7 inches

Average Snowfall: 58.9 inches


Do you decorate your home for the holidays? The best description of your home is:
Tiny. Teeny weeny tiny. We live in a small rental home right now, and if we have more than a couple guests at a time, it gets hard to move. So we don’t do a lot of entertaining, but we have a great time anyway. I’ve always been a giant Christmas head, and my daughter is blissfully of the same mind. All my husband asks is that we wait till after Thanksgiving to decorate, but that often means we come home from Thanksgiving dinner with our family and I have boxes of decorations in the hallway, ready to go. My parents are usually in town for Thanksgiving, so sometimes I wait till everyone goes to bed and decorate my brains out while they sleep (because they all tend to get Grinchy about the actual doing of it, but once it’s done, they love it). But now I have this little Sugar Plum Fairy who wants to help, too, and that is its own fun.


I share my home with:
My husband of nine years, Don, and our daughter Grace, who is almost 4 and on the cusp of world domination.


My favorite no cost/free thing to do for the holidays where I live is:
Cleveland has a number of free holiday events, but these are my two favorites:

The Cleveland Playhouse hosts a Festival of Trees every year, where local businesses sponsor and decorate a few hundred theme trees that line the halls of the theatre complex. Last year, my daughter’s favorite tree was completely constructed of pink feathers with baby angels all over. Some of my favorites have been the tree decorated with classic children’s books and characters, one covered in framed portraits of historic women, and an Amelia Earhart tree with a biplane zooming up right out of the center. Definitely magical, and creatively stimulating.


Playhouse Square Festival of Trees By debrakar

Then downtown right in the center of Public Square is the Old Stone Church, which has been there for over a hundred years and sits in pleasant contrast to the glossy high-rise buildings that rose up around it over the years. Every Christmas, they hold a free concert where their masterful chamber choir performs a selection of exquisite carols and hymns. I love this event, because it helps bring us back to a quiet, spiritual place of peace in the middle of all the holiday commotion, to meditate on the Centerpiece of our celebration.


What do you usually do on New Year’s Eve? Anything customs in your area of the country/world on this day?
America loves to party for New Year’s Eve. Everyone gathers to watch the ball drop on Times Square in New York City, and everyone makes resolutions to be better human beings in the coming year. They say if you don’t kiss someone at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, you’ll have bad luck all year.

We usually gather at my uncle’s house for food and games, and as midnight approaches, my cousin serenades us with Auld Lang Syne on his saxophone. Partying that late is tricky with a 3 year-old, so we usually cut out early, and I frankly enjoy not having to clean up that particular mess… don’t tell! But New Year’s comes between two big days at our house–Christmas and Grace’s birthday on January 3rd–so we stay pretty low-key.


What special things are you doing this year for the holidays?
My parents pastor a church in Michigan, and with Christmas Day falling on a Sunday this year, they can’t come to Cleveland to celebrate. So we’re going up there for the weekend, which will be great. Most of my family has moved to Michigan in the last several years, so it will be great to celebrate with all of them. After dinner on Christmas Eve, we always read the Nativity story from the Bible together, and say a prayer before distributing gifts. We open all our presents on Christmas Eve--we started that when I was a kid, because my night-owl father and I heartily agreed it would be better to sleep in the next day! On Christmas Day this year, my husband will be participating in a stage play at church, that my dad wrote, called “Joseph”, about the Biblical Joseph’s coming to grips with his responsibilities raising the Son of God. After church, we’ll have another smaller dinner and receive communion together. Then Grace can open her stocking, and we’ll enjoy the day playing games, building snowmen if the weather permits, and just having a keen time. I can’t wait!


One last thing I want you to know about where I live is:
Cleveland has had some hard knocks, but it is such a culturally rich city with great spirit, that never stays down for long. Ignore what you may read about the “Mistake on the Lake”–Cleveland, to me, is a city on the rise, with a lot to be proud of, and ripe with endless opportunity. I LOVE this place!


Cleveland's Ballpark turned winter adventure playground via

Thanks so much Heather for sharing your enthusiasm and love for Cleveland!

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She blogs for on {Wednesdays: Art Journaling 101 – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Hot off the press: Alice’s Christmas Finery, AJC 2011 In Review, AJC 2012 Parcel Pass and AJC Provisions {Parcel 52}

Here we are again, it’s time for our weekly stroll through Studio Tangie!

Alice’s Christmas Finery

By special request, Alice in her traditional Christmas finery!
Here she is with her fabulous friends dressed in their very best for Christmas day.
(Plus 3 BONUS papers included)!

Art Journal Caravan {Expedition 2011} In REVIEW
PDF Book Format

Missed the AJC 2011, but still want it?

Then this is for you, work on it at your own pace!

Included are:
The 2011 weekly Itineraries, monthly Adventure Quests and tutorials in PDF book format
The exclusive “Navigation Guide 2011″ in PDF format
The Exclusive Digital, Colossal  Starter Kit “Journey ’11″
Three Exclusive Printable Collage Sheets
Set of Exclusive Splatter Graffiti
Travel Ticket Voucher for 50% OFF all (or some) of the 52 Art Journal Caravan Kits

(See the product page for all the details)


A special AJC Parcel 2012 deal!

Art Journal Caravan {Expedition 2012} PARCEL PASS

Receive a special Parcel Pass code to check out with the weekly Parcels during the next year.

Save money too!
With this deal, it will be like receiving 7 Parcels for free!

(See the product page for the instructions and specifications)


Art Journal Caravan 2011 Provisions {Parcel 52}

by Studio Tangie and Studio Berna

A wonderful and colorful Parcel for this week.


Splatter Graffiti [Borders] Love

Coordinating with this week’s Parcel, hearty accents for your pages!

Till next time, same time, same place.

Have  merry weekend!

Art Journaling 101: Spotlight on Pam Garrison


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by Julie Ann Shahin, Social Media Team

This week our spotlight turns to Pam Garrison! From Pam’s blog, her bio reads, “Pam Garrison is a mixed media artist passionate about creating and inspiring others to create. She shares her talents by teaching at various retreats in the U.S. and abroad. Currently, she serves as a Director’s Circle Artist for Stampington & Co. You may have seen her work in various art books like “Where Women Create”, and numerous magazines, online sites, or HGTV’s “That’s Clever.” She is currently licensing designs with Papaya Inc. and and developing online e-courses. Pam resides in Southern California with her husband and two children where she strives to incorporate creativity into her life every day.”


You can view Pam’s art journaling blog posts here.

You can view Pam’s art journaling video on vimeo here.

Pam’s art journaling is a mix of painting, doodling, and ephemera. I love the whimsical mood, and her signature touch is her lettering.  We love her Christmas page at

I created a page inspired by the title “Santa Says…” from the link above.

Inspired by the Title “Santa Says…”

Julie Ann

Art Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin

Instead of filling my page like Pam did, I decided to make one main cluster, and journal in the center.

Credits: (all by Tangie) Paper – Layla in LaLa Land (Stripes); ATC Santas; {A Few of My Favorite Things} Baking Day; {A Few of My Favorite Things} Family Time; {A Few of My Favorite Things} Christ Child; 2009 December Mystery Case (vintage flair); Studio Box Workshop #1: Buildable Art Journal; Art Journaling Font tweedledumb; Art Journaling Font breadbutter


Now it’s your turn! Create a page inspired by the title “Santa Says…” and upload it to the gallery.

Have fun!



Highlights of the Week of Dec 9

Shhhhh!!!  Do you hear that?  It’s the sound of time quickly passing us by.  I can hardly believe this year is almost gone and there will only be 2 more weeks of highlights after this one.

I’ve got some really fun picks for you this week, hope you’re ready to be inspired!

First up is this page by Billizetti.  I love the colors and the sentiment.  Many of us need shelter from that pesky inner critic.


MsKaty also did a really great page expressing what appears to be numerous things she needs shelter from


lmgdonahue also used the “Shelter” prompt to make her page.  I like the journaling on the people holding hands at the bottom CUTE!


How cool is this post by scrapper2009?  I LOVE what she wrote in the photo’s description, very encouraging.


And finally this page by php57 was just so pretty and serene, it caught my attention right away.


Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights.  Don’t forget to check in next Sunday for more great inspiration.  Until then… I’ll see ya on the trail.


Saturdays Are Fun: DIY Printable Holiday Gift Tags


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by Julie Ann Shahin, Social Media Team

Happy Holidays Friends! I’m sharing with you today ideas for DIY Printable Holiday Gift Tags. Tags for presents always ends up being the last-minute item for me, as I never remember about them from year-to-year, despite whatever ideas I see from other scrapbookers! Are you like me? Well, let’s change that now! Get ahead of the game and make some beautiful gift tags that are super easy with Tangie’s products! You can print them on cardstock or sticker paper and be ready for your holiday wrapping session.

DIY Printable Holiday Gift Tag Ideas

Here are 10 gift tag ideas for you to be inspired by. Credit list is at the end.

Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

1. Vintage Santa


Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

2. Silver Glitter


Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

3. Vintage Santa with Pipe


Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

4. Vintage Christmas Tree


Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

5. Vintage Santa Photo


Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

6. Vintage Boy Photo


Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

7. Vintage Card


Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

8. Gingerbread House


Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

9. Victorian Family


Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

10. Religious


Credits Used in the Above Tags:

Fonts Used in the Above Tags:


Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She blogs for on {Wednesdays: Art Journaling 101 – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Hot off the press: Gift the Art Journal Caravan {Expedition 2012} and AJC Provisions {Parcel 51}

Happy Friday to you!

Today Studio Tangie has a special product up in the store.
During this season of giving and thankfulness,
what could be better than gifting the ultimate gift to someone special?

A gift that will take the recipient on an amazing expedition throughout 2012,
and that will leave an impression that will last for many years to come.

Art Journal Caravan {Expedition 2012}

Included are special gift instructions and printable “To” and “From” tags.

Please see the product page for all the details.

Next up:

Art Journal Caravan 2011 Provisions {Parcel 51}
Apprentice Art Box Edition

We’re nearing the end of 2011! This is already week 51′s AJC Parcel…

Check back next week for more new goodies.

Have a great weekend!

Art Journaling 101: Spotlight on Elizabeth Bunsen


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by Julie Ann Shahin, Social Media Team

This week’s Art Journaling Spotlight is on the one of our favorite blogs: Elizabeth Bunsen! Elizabeth Bunsen’s Art Journaling focuses on collage work. You can read a brief yet interesting interview of Elizabeth by Kelly Powers here. She has been published in Somerset Studio, Artful Blogging, Art Journaling by Stampington & Company, and in two art journaling books available on Amazon…all links are found in the left sidebar on her blog.

Elizabeth Bunsen’s Art Journaling

Elizabeth also features on her blog sidebar several galleries of her work. These include categories such as:

Take a look for yourself and lose yourself in her fascinating work. There is much inspiration to be found, a lot of depth in her work.

We love this page at We challenged the creative team to make an art journal page with circles/dots. You can also take the challenge! Let’s see what the creative team came up with…

Spotlight on Elizabeth Bunsen: Studio Tangie Creative Team Pages with Circles/Dots Challenge


Julie Ann


Art Journal Caravan Itinerary #50 by Julie Ann Shahin

Julie Ann: I knew right away that I wanted to combine circles with a tree shape, and the current AJC itinerary was perfect. I used Tangie’s photo circles which I love as leaves on the tree. This was so fun.

Credits: (all by Tangie) Deconstructed No. 3, Virtuosity, Collage Fodder Photo Circles 1, Gesso: AJC11 Parcel 30, Awaiting Dawn, Steampunk Maritime, Hey Doll, Art Stomp, Emily Penned, Main Street Silhouettes, Art Journaling Font Tweedledee, Paperworn Art Journal Styles


Christina aka caubin


Art Journal Page by Christina aka caubin

Christina: The lyrics in the circle are from the song Affirmation by Savage Garden. I’m using the same song in another project but they just seemed to suit this page too.


Shelli aka readingfool


Art Journal Page by Shelli aka readingfool

Shelli: dots & circles…..I took that quite literally.


Now it’s your turn! Have fun with this challenge and create a page with circles/dots!


Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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