Here is a wonderful page from a cardboard book Tanya is making for her girls.  This one, she says, has all the magical elements from my Oma (grandmother) that she has shared with her children.
Tanya writes…
She called me her Sunshine #1, as I was the 1st grandchild.  I used to explore her sewing room, gathering buttons and fabrics, and simply sitting around all of them in awe. And of course organizing the buttons.  My Oma was a dreamer, and had so much talent.  She had magical butterflies in her bedroom that moved during the night, and when I stayed with her each summer, I would awaken to find them in different places. The first french word she learned was Papillon as well.
This is such a wonderful way to capture a sweet memory in a tangible way. I love all of her layers, the way each part has a special meaning.

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
7024-G Ms. Sunshine
7026-C Mr. Moon
7027-G Giggling stars (set of 3)

Tanya made this party favor for the boys at her daughters birthday party. At first I must admit I didn’t even see that the background is actually the journal blotch stamp – how clever. And the stick actually belongs to a lollipop inside! I think this is such a great idea and oh so cute – although I hope there weren’t too many boys at the party because that’s a lot of cutting out to do. Tanya did add that the project is “pretty easy peasy, and very inexpensive.”

Materials Required / Used

Cardstock, Cutting board, hole punch,  Scor-pal, ribbon, markers, adhesive, lollipop
Cut your cardstock into a  6.5″ x 2.5″ rectangle
Score your rectangle at
3 1/2″
Fold your cardstock and punch out circles at 1.25″ (center) as seen above.
Getting the lollipop in is a bit tricky, you have to angle it in.  Make a trial one and play around with it.  I promise, it will fit in.
As you can see, the lollipop is nestled in. You can then go about decorating the front.

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
1171-G Kyle has something to say
9062-I Journal blotch rectangle


One last page in the journal page series of posts sent in Christy.

“The background was created using designer scrapbook paper, sheets of vintage music, and a vintage Bingo card.  Layers of color were added for tinting and texture.

The chair image was stamped on the page directly and then again on a piece of fabric. The image stamped on fabric was hand cut with fine detail scissors and using the “paper piecing” technique adhered to the image on the art journal page.  The fabric gives the chair a very realistic appearance.

The Bingo card was embellished with tissue paper tape and accented the free space with squares of color.  The straight lines created from the designer paper made journaling super easy.”

Thanks Christy. I think a big comfy chair is certainly a nice place to take time to think. :)

christy-time-to-think-detailHere’s a detail view of the chair:

eat cake graphics stamp used:
6004-O Comfy chair

christy-inside-outHere’s another project from Christy.

“This large portrait of a young girl was created with pages from a discarded book purchased from a thrift shop.

Metallic Rub-Ons made the face a real fleshy color.  The hair was painted with acrylic paint using various shades to accomplish texture and shape.  The butterfly was handmade (using the same technique in the Fly with all your Heart journal page) and adhered to make an adorable hair barrette. Stamp the window image, cut it out and adhere for “eyes”.

The different perspective stamp was stamped first on the window image and then again on another sheet of paper, cut out and adhered with a foam square for depth.  The other window eye was sketched with written text remaining inside the eye shape.  Lime green paint created the perfect boarder the dark hair.  I was super happy with the final layout and found the simplicity to actually create an intriguing complexity.”

Here’s a detail view of her “eyes”:


Love it Christy!

eat cake graphics stamp used:
6017-J Single window
8040-D A different perspective (text)

A wonderful journal page from Christy. She’s so creative and it looks like I’m going to have to add napkins to my bucket of supplies.

She writes, “The background was created by adhering strips of decorative Martha Stewart punches in various directions.  This is a great way to use up scrap paper because the strips will be painted all the same color, so grab any paper and start punching. A layer of acrylic paint allowed for the texture of the punches to stand out while establishing a coordinating color.

The flower stamp was colored with Copic Markers and airbushed lightly with the Copic Airbrushing System to give an antique feel.  Once attached to the page a decorative napkin was torn and layered around the image to give the impression of being in the middle of a butterfly garden.  Regular paper napkins are fun to use in mixed media art journaling.  Attaching the napkin with gel medium leaves the page flexible with almost a fabric feel.  A sweet journaling card captured the emotion of flying with all my heart.

The butterfly embellishment was handcrafted by adding color to Liquitex Glass Bead Gel.  I laid a butterfly stencil atop a piece of wax paper and smeared (thickly) the tinted glass bead gel with a paint palette knife.  It was almost like frosting a cake.  Peel the stencil off and allow the butterfly to dry overnight.  Peel the butterfly off the next day and use as an embellishment.”

Here’s a detail photo of the flower page:christy-freedom-detail

eat cake graphics stamp used:
7044-V Magical flowers (left big)

christy-journal-happinessindarkChristy sent this in. Her vibrant flowers just burst against the dark background.

She says “This is an art journal page capturing the beauty we often overlook when going through difficult times.

“Just goes to show when we focus on the good even through the difficulties we just might find magical moments full of color that we would never experience in the daylight.”

The flowers were hand painted on a black acrylic background.  1153-G Pixie Poppy was stamped with embossing ink and coated with white powder.  The saying was pieced together by cutting words from old magazines.

eat cake graphics stamp used:
1153-G Pixie Poppy


Here’s another journal page from Christy. I agree – don’t worry, be happy! I love her doodle words and scallop.

Here’s how she did it:
Using a discarded book from the thrift store has made the perfect foundation for creating meaningful art journal layouts.  This layout began with a light coat of blue acrylic paint and a layer of green for a grassy base.  The images were stamped with black Memento ink and colored with watercolor crayons.  The wording was done by hand using a doodling technique.  The finished page captured perfectly a light, airy, happiness.

eat cake graphics stamp used:
1073-J Penelope and kitty Percy fly
1164-M Dudley dog takes Patrick for a walk,
6035-I Summer fence

I think this is the first time I’ve posted a journal page from a design team member. Christy sent this in and I thought it was just terrific! Journaling is everywhere these days – I for one love creating pages and hope to post some too. I thought it was lovely post to save for Valentines because it is a day for counting blessings and those that love us.

Here’s what Christy writes about how she created her page: Using a discarded book from the thrift store has made the perfect foundation for creating meaningful art journal layouts.  The textured background and floral background paper created a mini garden for reflecting on my many blessings.  Title words were cut and given a 3D look by using foam squares and braided embroidery floss was perfect to dangle the fairy images.  This is a charming whimsical layout.

eat cake graphics stamp used:
1091-D Little Sylvie (a wee one)


Kelly sent in this Birthday Book project! What a great idea because trying to keep track of all the birthdays and anniversaries gets to be a bit taxing. Now you can have your own little book to do just that!

The cover is just so cute with Cupcake the dog and his wild hat. She sewed baker’s twine into the hat and fluffed the ends. I also love the big black dot that really shows off the main image and then she carried it through the thought bubble. She said she printed the tabs and sentiment on her computer.


She didn’t just do the outside but created little month tabs and added a cute little ribbon so you could keep your place.

eat cake graphics stamps used:

meg-noodles-smMeg sent in this card and I love what she did with the sentiment – crossing out “days” and then “weeks” and adding in “months”. Sometimes it certainly feels that way!

Here’s what Meg did:
1. Kitty Noodles was stamped in brown, then heat-embossed with clear embossing powder.  Then I used Wild Honey Distress Ink and an aqua painter to paint him, and carefully cut him out (hint: put some clear packing tape on the back before cutting out those thin little whiskers).
2. I printed the sentiment on my computer, doing a couple test drafts and using my stamp-a-ma-jig to check the placement of the Journal Blotch Circle before printing on the kraft paper and stamping the blotch.
3. I distress the edges of all the paper, and attached everything with my sewing machine and tim holtz’s tiny attacher.

eat cake graphics stamps used:
2005-F Kitty Noodles
9061-I Journal blotch circle


  • Design Team Members

    • Alex Menzlewski