Wednesday, August 1, 2018

2324 - July nearly flew by ... COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

 July nearly flew by - and we have had a blast at Art Journal Journey again ! It has been so fun to visit all the participants and to meet new to me bloggers and all those many techniques and ideas on the different  journal pages inspired me a lot . So thanks for joining in and thanks to  the inspiring Chris from Pearshapedcrafting for hosting  her fun and enjoyable July theme in such a magnificent way.
You were simply fantastic Chris, thank you for your splendid performance!

For August we have a similar inspiring and diverse theme chosen and hosted by my lovely and gifted AJJ Co. - Admin ELIZABETH from
So hop over to ART JOURNAL JOURNEY to learn more about our new theme and have a look at   Elizabeth's    example page for us.

Elizabeth's theme : COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

I have a spread in my Letter Journal 3 
to begin with this theme and as a reminder for TRY IT ON TUESDAY, where our theme "Use bookpaper" still runs and for MOO MANIA & MORE  where we have 
"Sheet Music" as our current theme. I hope I will see you all again over at the challenge blogs! It means the world to me to see with how much enthusiasm the artists support our challenges each month!

Tomorrow Elizabeth's 
Second on the 2nd happens to be.

The rules are quite simple and everyone is welcome to join the fun look back challenge .  All we have to do is bring back a post that we are especially proud of, or perhaps one we shared before anyone knew our blog existed.  Any post, any genre, any artistic endeavor is acceptable. 
I have one of my very first Altered Book spreads chosen to reshow.

The original post is from March 2011 (HERE)
at the time I had started the
ART JOURNAL JOURNEY blog. I am thrilled that the challenge became so popular over the years ! Thank you so much to all
the wonderful bloggers and like- minded people who made this magnificent art journey possible!


  1. Hi Susi wow your journal pages are stunning ,love the vibrant blue,well done my friend xx

  2. You make beautiful Art Journal pages! I have an empty journal, just day I have to give it a go and create! I love all of your work, but your first page with the bird- I love so much!!!

  3. Oh Susi, I absolutely adore that journal page you created for my theme. Those stamps you used are to die for. They are fantastic, and so is the sentiment. Those fiery hearts really pop on the otherwise cool page. This is an amazing first entry dear friend and co-admin. And thanks for all you did to help me this month, too. I am very grateful.

    It was amazing looking back at that first AJJ entry you shared for your Second on the 2nd. I really love those birdcage stamps you used. Simply gorgeous. And have you noticed how so many of the people who you shared that original art with are either gone, have moved on, or no longer posting?

    Sorry I was late visiting. Either my modem or my internet is having a meltdown. I can't seem to stay online and have to reboot my modem about every 10 minutes.

  4. Happy August Susi! Looking forward to see your lovely art.... How is your doggy?

  5. Where ARE my manners? Thank you for sharing this beautiful look back for your second look on the 2nd.

  6. Gorgeous and brilliant shades of blue..x

  7. What beautiful words Susi, looking forward to seeing what this month brings.
    It is sure to be extremely inspiring. Wonderful journal art with it's layers and flickers of bright colour.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Creative wishes Tracey xx

  8. Dear Susi,
    your Pictures are very inspiring, I like them.
    All the best for you in August

  9. A great theme isn't it? I love your fantastic page. I'm still art journaling and I love this theme because it makes happy. I wish you a lot of succes this month dear Susi!

  10. Love your 'Count your Blessings' spread, Susi - fabulous work with lots of my own personal favourite elements there...

    Great to see, too, how much your art has changed from 2011 until now... so much tighter then that it is now, when you're much, much freer and loose.

    You are such an inspiration!

    Cath x

  11. Two beautiful spreads Susi, your work is so inspirational.
    xxx Hazel.

  12. Eine kunterbunte Sommerseite! LG Ulrike

  13. I love the fresh lively feel to this page and the sentiment is so strong thanks for an inspiring start to August. x Amanda

  14. Wow, I think this has to be one of my favourite journal spreads that you have created! I love love love the colours and the layers of papers in the background 😁. Then there are those amazing stamped images on the tissue paper and your bird looks amazing surrounded by the lighter circle just like it is silhouetted by the sun! Those beautiful splattered hearts and amazing quote fit perfectly together too - stunning! Wishing you a very happy week dear Susi! J 😊 x
    p.s. just so you know, I have unsubscribed from following your blog by email as I am now managing the blogs I follow another way which is easier for me, so I will still be visiting as normal. Hugs J x

  15. Blue is the color of the post! I like both pages a lot, and I love seeing how your style has changed a bit since 2011. Boy that seems like a long time ago-time goes way too fast I think. I do love the pops of red on your new page and you incorporate stamps. Beautiful work as usual my friend. Is Liyongo back to his old self yet? Happy August. Hugs-Erika

  16. Wow, ein Traum in blau.Deine Farben sind wieder einmal prächtig.
    Ganz liebe Grüße

  17. Gorgeous art journal Susi and the sentiment is so true <3 Big hugs! xox Cheetarah

  18. I knew I would love this, seeing your little peek on top Susi- it is so beautiful, with the head, and that fantastic quote . Birds are one of my favorite things to use, and this one, stamped in dark blue/ black- sitting in the round circle of sun- looks gorgeous .
    Hugs, Dorthe
    Your old spread I so admire too, with all the blue details, in different wonderful tones-

  19. I love your Blessing spread and they are such wonderful words.
    A lovely post to pick for your 2nd on the 2nd, wonderful images and a gorgeous colour but it's nice to see how your style has changed.
    Avril xx

  20. Its a fantastic spread for the new theme Susi a wonderful selection of stamps, layers and lovely colours, not forgetting the super quote you added.
    Yvonne xx

  21. These are brilliant pieces Susi, I love how you have spotlighted the bird. Have a very happy August, Sue xx

  22. WOW!Was für traumhafte seiten,liebe susi,bin ganz begeistert!
    schön die kombination mit den stempeln und farben,ein gedicht!
    der text dazu ist großartig.
    eine schöne woche für dich,liebe susi.

    bussi und knuddels von jenny

  23. Beautiful page, Susi! I Love all the stamping on these layouts.

  24. Hi Susi, such beautiful art here both new and second on the 2nd!! Loved both of them -hugs

  25. Beautiful art and inspiration Susi! I love both of your pages!
    Happy Thursday,
    Alison xx

  26. Hallo Susi,
    ich wünsche Dir einen wundervollen kreativen August. Deine Seiten sind zauberhaft und spiegeln die kleinen Dinge im Leben wieder. Wir vergessen viel zu oft, das es die kleinen Dinge im Leben sind, die das Leben lebenswert machen und für die wir dankbar sein sollten. Es ist erstaunlich, wie schnell die Jahre vergehen und manches die Zeit überdauert. Ich freue mich auf viele weitere Monate mit AJJ.
    Herzliche Grüße

  27. Die feurigroten Herzen sind ein klasse Kontrast und Hinkucker auf dem blaugrünen HG. Wieder wunderbar gestaltet das Ganze.
    Liebe Grüße und keep cool.;)

  28. Your spreads are beautiful Susi, and I'm especially loving the quote on the first one...fabulous!

  29. Wow, that is certainly the most beautiful page I have seen in a long time. The blue is so vibrant. Stunning!

  30. When I saw your spread for AJJ and read the text, my heart went "Wow!"

    I loved seeing a journal page you did eight years ago. It's beautiful and very different from what you create today. You're a gifted artist and so supportive of beginners (like me) that it makes my heart sing (grin).

    Hugs, Eileen

  31. Oh wow, das sind wieder 2 tolle Seiten! Gefallen mir sehr.
    LG Carola

  32. Both of your pages are so beautiful Susi! Hugs,Chrisx

  33. Wow - I love these brighter colours too - and beautiful composition of the images. The circle of light around the bird is wonderful, and I love the woman over on the right too.
    Alison x

  34. Gorgeous spread Susi - so much to see and to love - love the splashes of red that draw my eyes around your beautiful page.
    Love your altered book page from 2011 too - especially the quirky imagery :)
    Gill xx

  35. Dear Susi,
    I am a late visitor due to company visiting!
    but I am here to tell you that your journal page for "Blessings" is so beautiful that it brought tears to my eyes. Such a profoundly beautiful quote you added and so very true! I am so happy to have read this ,this morn. Thank you my dear friend for always being so inspirational and sharing such beautiful LOVE!
    your friend for life!
    Jackie xo

  36. gorgeous pages!! I count blogging friends as one of my blessings.... ♥

  37. Vielen Dank für die liebe Wörter an meinem 1. Art Journal Versuch.
    Deine Seiten hier sind voller Inspiration für mich und ich habe dann auch mit offenen Mund das angesehen. So klasse!!!!
    Jolanda xxx

  38. Oh Susi! Congrats on all these months of AJJ! I love super duper love both of your spreads, as always! What a coincidence, I used that flock of birds stamp on my Rolo last week! Ha! xoxo


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