Don't think - just do

I have a self-imposed challenge going: no buying any craft products (except gesso or adhesives) for 100 days. My time is up on 27 Jul but so far, so good! I've got so much stuff, it could be handed down for generations! So I decided to just start using my scraps and what I had on hand to make a visual journal - textures and layers that you can feel with your eyes 👀 And it's perfect for this month's Bleeding Art challenge - Add Cardboard! We added a new DT so I could focus on other things and not do monthly DT projects but I couldn't resist!

I started with this cardboard packaging piece that was already a book just waiting to happen! It's a large piece - about 10" x 10"!

From there, I started building my pages - no thinking, just doing! It was so liberating just doing without planning or scrutinizing; just start placing stuff in randomness and let it flow! It's got it's dark moments with grunge and industrial/vintage elements but also some color as well.

My favorite thing to use is paper bag pieces to give anything a worn look - it was perfect for this project and didn't disappoint!  

Inside, the pages are all different. But they all possess texture of some sort. Embossing, stenciling, fibers and fabric, plastic, tears and rips, distressing... And I made my own primitive hinges inside using cardboard to hold the rings. There are lots of pics to highlight the textures, layers, and eclectic look which I've laid out in eclectic style - you'll be here awhile! 


Each page tells a different story...



Do you have a favorite so far? Here's the rest!





This a fab way to get your creative juices flowing and get rid of those scraps! It's really therapeutic to sit and create with no rules and no guidelines - I highly recommend it!

I'm entering this at Frilly & FunkieClassic Design Team ChallengeMini Album Makers, and Snip Art!


  1. Fabulous journal love all the pages and all the different textures and elelments
    carol x

  2. WOW this turned out fabulous!
    Linda xxx

  3. Wow! Another incredible book, Cathy! Love all the embellishments and trims! And fantastic you are using up those hoarded goodies! Thanks again for sharing this at Frilly and Funkie in our Embellishments, Trinkets and Trims challenge! Hugs!

  4. Awesome journal, amazing work hun xx

  5. Loving this mixed media wonder. There is so much to look at and everything you used goes so well together. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  6. From simple cardboard to a wonderful album full of so much mixed media inspiration! I love how you've used so many embellishments and trims to create the pages. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

  7. Wowzers! Stunningly awesome! xoxo

  8. Amazing creation Cathy and always so rewarding to use up those odds and ends and scraps we can so easily over look. I love recycle play and you have embraced this with sheer genius, so glad you shared with us over at Mini Album Makers. Wishing you all the best in the challenge.
    Creative wishes Tracey (DT)

  9. Absolutely glorious - all those scrumptious textures and earthy colour tones. This is recycled art at its best. Amazing!
    Alison x

  10. Niesamowity projekt! Dziękujemy za udział w wyzwaniu SNip Art!

  11. oh wow!!! love it, thanks for playing with us at snipart challenge


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