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“I Don’t Have Anything To Journal About” MYTH-BUSTER #1 PROMPT CHALLENGE

Art Journaling 102 Series

Back in September 2011, I touched on the subject of What To Write in Art Journaling.  I shared layouts from the Art Journal Caravan 2011 Gallery to illustrate examples.

We are back to bring you a new series of prompts every third Wednesday, to BUST THE MYTH that there is nothing to journal about!

Tip: Before I start creating my page, I open a word document and write first. Get the hardest part out of the way. Part of me wants to edit and make re-writes, and if you can do that fast, okay. Otherwise…go with your first instincts. Embrace imperfection. Spell-check is your friend, but otherwise, just go with the journaling as is.


Prompt #1:

“I Don’t Know What To Write” Myth-Buster

What was the most terrifying moment of your life so far?

Join us by visiting here every third Wednesday, create an art journal page with a focus on the journaling prompt, and relate it to the theme of the month (i.e. My Vision For 2012 – January: Health, February: Knowledge).


Julie Ann

Mythbuster Prompt #1 by Julie Ann Shahin

Journaling: The most terrifying moment of my life so far involved an {almost} car accident. It wasn’t the day that a car ran a red light and totalled my car as I went through the intersection. It wasn’t the evening a driver ran a red light and hit my car, got out of the car to see the damage and then he fled the scene. No, those weren’t most terrifying because those were over in a blink of a second and happened before I knew what was coming, plus I wasn’t the one in control of the situation. It’s much more terrifying if you are the one in control of the car.

This happened one cold, winter night when I was a freshman in college. I was driving my father’s shiny new Ford Probe home from work, while on Christmas break. Thank goodness there were no other cars or people around. The first street into our neighborhood was at the bottom of a very large hill. In the winter, you have to start breaking very slowly if the road is snowy and icy. Most often, you have to pass that street, and go onto the next street that leads into our neighborhood or else you’ll just slide right past it anyways. On this night, I didn’t think the road was that slippery. I tried to make the turn. I lost control of the car. As I approached the bottom of the hill, the vehicle started to spin. I was spinning toward the telephone pole. I could just picture the car wrapped around the telephone pole. It happened almost 15 years ago so I don’t remember exactly what maneuvers I tried, if I pumped the brake, or if I prayed, or if I held my breath… but somehow we, the car and I, stopped about six inches from that telephone pole on the corner of the street.

I never felt more blessed, and thanked my lucky stars.


Credits: Gesso: AJC11 Parcel 30; Wingnut: Jungle Salvage; Label: AJC11 Parcel 21; WA: MUSEical Theatre;  Stars: Parcel 28 (recolored); Car: Journal Anthology III; Hill, post, swirl: Alice Winter; Paper: {ReRuns} A Mid Summer’s Night Dream

Additional Inspiration from the Art Journal Caravan Gallery


Bogey & Me by shar

Journaling reads:
As I began the terrifying Art Journal Caravan project, I thought to name my camel, Bogey, for in golf, a bogey is shy of perfection. But it made me think of one of my all-time favorite movie stars, Humphrey Bogart, aka, Bogie, and one of his best films, Casablanca. I thought it appropriate to marry the two, since Casablanca is set in a country where a camel would feel right at home.

I just realized that I misspelled Bogey. I will change it on my version I will print, but am not going to bother here. See….a BOGEY is less than perfect!

This was my first Art Journal Page, and I am utterly, totally, irrevocably hooked.


Credits: Fonts: Adler and Goudy Old Style; Paper and camel element: Art Journal Caravan 2011; Photo of Humphrey Bogart and Casablanca word art from Internet; Tutorial: Using blending options



Art Journal week 4 (right page)

Journaling reads:
From the time I was 16 until I was about 30 I never travelled anywhere except under duress and unless I absolutely had no choice. And by ‘anywhere’ I mean ANYWHERE. We moved that winter from Boston to New York and my response to it was to develop crippling panic attacks with accompanying agoraphobia. Leaving the house was a nightmare. At first I didn’t tell anyone. I managed to finish high school (that year) and went to a small girls college, thinking that would be a ‘safe’ place but of course it wasn’t. My parents figured out what was going on and brought me home and I was lucky enough to get excellent therapy from the phobia clinic in White Plains, NY. It was not easy and took a long time, I had setbacks along the way including one in my early twenties that sent me back home again (which was now in Florida.) Even walking to the mailbox was terrifying. My house was both my safe place and my prison. But I worked through it with help from the Phobia Clinic (over the phone!) and my family.


As I neared thirty I was able to manage fine around my local area but no further. I had made friends with a wonderful group of women from all over the country online and they were planning a trip to Canada. I was tired of being left out and made up my mind to go. I made a few practice trips to the airport to pick up my dad when he was flying in and out and booked the trip. When the day came my friend took me to the airport and I flew off for a fantastic 10 days with my friends. I had vowed to do everything they did even if I was scared and I did.

That was a turning point for me. While I still get nervous I don’t let it control me. I stretched my wings and I flew. Literally and figuratively.

My house is now my home and my safe place but not my prison.

Impressions of Family Night by Studio Girls; Quick Splits Borders 1 by Tangie; Art Journal Caravan Provisions by Tangie; Botanical Bliss by Raspberry Road Designs; Pansy by Christina Aubin; I found the girl on Deviant Art




Terrifying Moment by Scrappy

Journaling:  What was the most terrifying moment of your life so far?
The doctors had debated for days about whether my mother would survive surgery. About twenty minutes after she was taken into the operating room, the surgeon entered the waiting room. I knew that there had not been enough time to complete the procedure. The worst must have happened.

(P.S. The operation was about 15 years ago, for lung cancer, and my mother is still alive :-). The doctor came into the room to see a different family.)

Credits: Red paper: Melissa Bennett—All for One; Journal block: Studio Gypsy—Santa Brings Goodies, December Blog Train; Blue paper: Shabby Princess—Happy Go Lucky; Cardiograph: Digital Scrapbook Memories—Love
Label: Libby Weifenbach-4 Worse; Heart: Lliella Designs—Beary Smoochies



Be Very Afraid by skyezak

My journaling reads:
Be afraid, be very afraid. For as long as I can remember, I seem to have these crazy dreams at night, mostly dark, haunting and frightening sequences that recur over and over again. The same scene, the same familiar place, the same terrifying experiences. I cannot control my body in these dreams so I am usually falling, or running but not getting anywhere, or in a vehicle that is hurtling along out of control. I wake up remembering them and know I’ve had a disturbed sleep, but I have no control over it and the tricks my mind plays.

Credits: IMPRESSIONS OF FRIGHT kit by The Studio Girls @ ScrapbookGraphics; Font is Biro Script




AJC2011 Cyclone Watching

Not having a good day.. like most Australians our heart and heads are filled with thoughts of Cyclone Yasi grade 5 bearing down on our fellow Aussies in far north Queensland today. They are in for a terrifying 24 hours.

Credits: All from the provision parcels etc.. except for the girl with the binoculars.

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 tangiebaxter.com on {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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