Celebrating Summer Art Journal

This summertime journal makes me happy. It was my demo journal in the Art Journaling Weekend Workshop in June.

Helpful Tips for Making a Short Art Journal:

  1. Having a theme. It can be either an object, such as trees like I have here, or a state of being like praise, joy, sorrow etc. or both. I think this journal has the feeling of hope and praise in the context of nature, specifically trees.
  2. Picking a color palette to work with. I usually pick five colors with 2-3 as dominants. That way, no matter what is done on each page, the colors used tie the journal as a whole together.
  3. Repeating a shape. The simple leaf shape is repeated throughout the journal. Placing the leaves like the wind blowing them through each page in various ways gives the idea of movement, wind, spirit.
  4. Having relevant quotes and verses printed out to write on the pages. The quotes provide visual prompts as well as inspire imagery for the pages.
  5. Using stencils gives shapes and provides interest to backgrounds and/or theme pages.

This is my favorite page and the favorite part was making these bright whimsical trees. They are surprisingly easy. In the workshop we painted papers with solid colors of our chosen palette. I used some of my papers to cut out the tree shapes and glued them onto the lightly stenciled sky background, then added the other collage elements. A handmade leaf stencil was created and I also used the “Swallows in Flight” small leaf stencil. The leaves made it come alive. The text was added last.

Below shows a detail of the opened journal of the front and back cover. On the left portion is part of the back cover. The stenciling was left pretty much as it is. The strip in the center (the small front flap) shows more layers and colors of leaves, pen, and paint stenciled and drawn on top. I like both styles, which is one great thing about using stencils. The style can be developed in different ways. Behind the new swag stencil flap is another stencil by StencilGirl Artist Cecelia Swatton. It makes a great background! See the stencils and links at the bottom of this post to find out more and get links to the stencils.

Making an art journal is a way to reflect on what is going on in life. For me, being able to make art gives me such a sense of gratitude and awakens my senses to beauty around me. This journal did exactly that.

Blessings of wonder and joy to you today!

Stencils Used in this Journal:

To learn about more of my favorite supplies and tips on using them visit:

Links to Posts about Word-of-the-Year & Everyday Journaling:

Making an everyday, calendar journal in a Leuchtturm1917 or Moleskine journal:

Ideas for scroll and banner headings for theme pages in an everyday journal:

About exploring a word of the year:

A surprise that led to an animal of the year:

“Why Journal? The Benefits of Journaling” . In addition to the post contents, check out the comments. People have contributed great reasons for journal keeping.

If you are seeking a Word for the year, you may find inspiration in the post “Listening for My Word of the Year.”

Visit my Pinterest Board: https://www.pinterest.com/valeriesjodin/everyday-yearly-journals/

Bible Journaling often is another facet of exploring a word or theme. In the Bible Journaling with Stencils & More e-course, I walk through how I Bible journal, the process of study and techniques. To find out more information check out: https://valeriesjodin.com/e-courses/

Join Our Inspirational Facebook Group

Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
URL for Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/203309083575277/

URLs for Instagram: #livingyourword2018 & #everydayjournals2018


Bernice: https://newlycreative.blogspot.co.uk

Mary:  www.foundonbrighton.com

Valerie: https://valeriesjodin.com/blog/ (this one :-))


  1. Ooo la la!!! You finished it!!! Absolutely lovely!!!! I plan to sit and stare at it for a long time!!! I totally agree that your funky tree page is my favorite, but then the back tree that emerged is absolutely amazing as well! It was a joy to watch you create, and now to see the finished product is a delight! Thank you for sharing your joy and wonder with us so we can be amazed and awestruck!

  2. The journal is just wonderful and I ADORE the tree at the end so much. In my mind, the colors are there and we just have to use our imagination to let them appear. Your tree trunk is gorgeous and fitting for a garden for God. I think he enjoyed creating his world and can’t wait to see, with deeper clarity, the beauty he has in store. Your tree is a reminder to me of all that is to come when the earth is restored.

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