Art journal, Mixed Media, Papercrafts, Tim Holtz

Follow Your Art

I am currently enjoying a wonderful vacation with my family, in the beautiful state of Oregon.  I have always heard how lovely the scenery is here, and I have not been disappointed.  Today, we visited the Newberry national volcanic monument, and climbed to the top of Lava Butte.  The views of the mountains are truly breathtaking.

Although a vacation is great, I am starting to miss my craft room just a little!  (Obviously, I brought my latest crochet project with me, but I cannot share it right now as it is a gift for someone 😆).  One of my favourite treats while in the US is to visit a Jo-Ann store, as we don’t have them in Canada.  Bend, Oregon: you did not let me down!  I had a marvellous hour alone, and walked the entire store.  I picked up some great bargains, and used my coupon (naturally).


What a great haul!  Lots of Tim Holtz stamps, stencils and mini distress inks, plus storage tin.  I also found some Fantastix from Tsukeniko, that I have heard great things about.  In the middle there is a set of mini lights that go inside a wine bottle; I will definitely be making use of those!

Back at the resort, I opened a few of my goodies and created a very quick art journal page.  Bearing in mind I didn’t have all my usual supplies with me, there was some improvisation going on.  (Empty packaging became makeshift stamp blocks, for example..)


All in all, I am pleased with the result.  Just goes to show that you need to follow your art, wherever you may be.  (Next time I travel, I really need to remember to at least pack a set of watercolours!)

Supplies (all purchased from Jo-Ann Stores, Bend, Oregon) :

  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks
  • Tim Holtz mixed media stamps and stencils for Stampers Anonymous 
  • Tsukeniko Fantastix
  • Dimensions 6″x8″ DIY stitchable journal (with a pierced cover, so you can decorate with embroidery or cross stitch)
  • DCWV 8×8 Maps, Text & Ledgers Stack
  • Versafine Ink pad, onyx black
  • Hero Arts wooden block rubber stamp
  • Tombow Mono Glue Pen

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