Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! I hope your day is as special as you are!

Today I am sharing an art journal page I made yesterday.


Quote: “If you love the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain”

The most asked question on my comments and emails is where do I find inspiration. Well, when I want to make an art journal I usually start from a quote I like. I have a little notepad where I write them down and wait in the queue to come to life. Now, in this page, I also got inspiration from a new book I got called “Collage Couture” by Julie Nutting. You’ll see it in the video too.



Things I love about this page? The yellow boots and skirt, the lace, the fact that the word “rainbow” has seven letters just like it’s colors, the seven triangles in the umbrella, the stitched letters…

Not sure if you can see it in the photos but the umbrella and her boots are glossy!


These are chipboard letters that I colored using my distress paints. A must have by the way! Hope they come in more colors just like the ink pads. I also added some faux – stitching at the end to make them stand out from the background.


Drawing the girl was easy using the instructions on the book. There is a “13 lines” rule as I call it, that makes everything super simple and fast.


You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel. Before you start GRAB YOUR COFFEE… it’s 20 minutes long after lots of editing!



Art journaling is so rewarding! I just love making pages. It is a bit overwhelming at first when you start with the two blank pages looking at you but once you put the first layer of color everything starts to flow. I encourage you to start one! It’s so much fun 🙂

Have a great day,



  1. Vicky your work is so unbelievable I just love your Art Journal it’s amazing. Thanks for sharing it always makes my day and starts my week off with a big ‘ol smile. You are so talented.

  2. Fabulous page, Vicky!!! Thanks so much for the video…hugs to Maria, and Happy Mother’s Day!

  3. INSPIRING video! Thanks for taking the time to share! Love every bits of it, Vicky! Happy Mother’s Day to you! I love Maria’s “Show and Tell”—so sweet and cute!

  4. Another beautiful Monday morning treat, to wake up and watch you make another masterpice Journal page..loved the colours and chipboard lettering, and the way you put your little lady together was wonderful…also Maria’s beautiful coloured drawing…such a clever girl.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  5. Fantastic page Vicky, and so beautiful. I admit, I´ve never had the guts to make one myself, but I really enjoy them, when I see them made by others and this one is awesome, and I also love your quote on it. It sure fits soo very well here in the Northern Europe the past years, as we´ve had lots of rain here LOL.
    Happy Mothers Day to you too, I hope, you´ve been spoiled as deserved today too.

  6. Lovely page and fantastic video tutorial, love those colours too, think I may have to invest in some of those distress paints x

  7. WOW!!! Every time I see that you have an art journal page up I almost jump for joy. I sooooo love your pages. They are always so special and meaningful. AND I always learn something new. Thanks for posting this and sharing your talents with us!

  8. I absolutely LOVE all your videos…they are the perfect cure for my Monday blues since I am a day ahead here in Australia!

    I’ve learned so much from you – techniques and products…your art journal pages are my favourite….just when I think this is your best work, you surprise me with another stunning project.

    I love little Maria’s work too…please tell her she’s very talented like her mum and I would like to see more of her work every now and then in mummy’s videos.


  9. I’ve really been looking forward to your next art journal page and it’s finally here – YAY!! I love this one, Vicky – it’s amazing and soooo inspiring! What a wonderful quote, and your adorable image is perfect! You are such an artist – can’t believe you drew that! Love all the different techniques you used – I learn more each time I watch one of your videos – thank you!

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Maria’s drawing too! She takes after her mom – so artistic! Hugs to you both and Happy Mother’s Day, Vicky! 🙂

  10. Wow…you knocked it off the end of the rainbow. You have inspired me to start using more techniques and go beyond my comfort zone…thank you so much and a very Happy Mother’s Day to you.

  11. I love your rainbow journal, I am so glad I found your blog, you have amazing ideas. The colors on your journal are simply beautiful. And happy mother’s day to you.

  12. Hi Vicky, I realise that I didn’t comment for a while, but I still watch all your videos! I call it Vicky tv! And this episode was absolutely yummie! I might do some art journaling in the future, but for now I love to see all the techniques which I can use by cardmaking. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Wow! I love your art journals. They are great tutorials for me. I can’t wait to start my own. Thanks for saying that a blank page is overwhelming since that is where I am at and wondering what my quote would be. 🙂 Happy Mother’s Day to you! Your daughter is very talented, just like her mother.

  14. You’ve started my week out with a smile…thanks!

    Just curious, tho…do your pages ever tend to stick together? And do you ever brush or spray any sort of sealer over the tops of your pages?

    TFS and for the inspiration!

    — Connie C.

    1. The pages I made up to now (they are not that many) do not stick. I don’t know if this one sticks over time, since I have the glossy accents on the umbrella and the boots… I’ve seen others use spray and wax sealers… not sure what I’ll do if it happens, but I’ll share it for sure!

  15. OMG – This is my favorite page so far. And the 20 minutes go by so fast! The lace on the umbrella and the girl are so CUTE! You truly are a wonderful artist . . . I haven’t grasped the whole idea of art journals yet, but I suspect I will catch the bug sooner or later as your videos are so cool. I just don’t have the artistic flair to pull it off. WELL DONE! You are the master!

  16. Hi Vicky – I always love what you do and somehow clicking on the “thumbs up” icon doesn’t seem enough. It is inspiration for the soul! Thank you.

  17. Vicky, I just LOVE this art journal page!! And I also LOVE your daughter’s gorgeous “she art”, as well! She is just as talented as you!

    As soon as I got done watching your video, I headed straight out to barnesandnoble.com to take a look through the book you used. It looks great, so I ordered one to be held at my nearest store and will go over today to look through it.

    As always, thank you for sharing your talent and inspiring me so. I enjoy your work and your videos and look forward to seeing what you’ll do next every single week. 🙂


  18. Wow~! Another couple of fabulous pages. Just amazing. Love the girl you drew…you make it look soooo easy! LOL!!! And I’ve always loved rainbows…what a great theme!

    OH, and I just learned what a book signature is! 🙂

  19. Another fabulous page! I always look forward to your art journal videos and to learning something new. Looks like your daughter is a natural-born artist too! Loved her “she” art. Thanks Vicky!

  20. I noticed you didn’t prime your page with gesso this time. Is that because of the different kind of paint or maybe gesso isn’t always necessary???

    1. I experiment… and now I know that the pages of my journal take distress paint greatly! You need to experiment to find out what works best!

  21. Wow! What a beautiful page! I have gone back and watched your other journaling videos and love everyone of them. You are so talented and thanks for the inspiration. I’m still thinking of making an art journaling book but don’t know if I can do it.

  22. Thanks for sharing your art! Do you need artistic training to draw the images from the book or does it walk you through the drawing? I have a limited ability to draw but the book looks like fun.

  23. I just found you through a friend. I LOVE, LOVE <LOVE this page! I've wanted to get started in journaling like this and that video was such inspiration.

  24. You have no idea how much I enjoy watching your art journaling videos. I love your style and your everything, LOL
    I saw the book at Michaels but they don’t accept coupons on books, but thanks to your link I was able to order it from amazon, It should be in my hands tomorrow!

  25. Vicky, I LOVE your video’s, your pages are so wonderful, colorful and well thought out.

    I had a question about the tape you put down the middle of the two pages. What do you use ? It seems to hold the paint well and is the same color as the pages when dry. Thanks.

    Looking forward to more video’s and inspiration 🙂

    1. This is just a simple masking tape I got from my local store… I think it’s supposed to be used while painting the walls. There is no brand name on it, so I can’t really help you with this. Thanks for your lovely comment.

  26. It is such a joy to watch you work/play! I ache to make something that beautiful, but will have to live vicariously through your creations.

  27. Hi
    I’m just trying out art journaling (a move on/addition to cardmaking), and wanted to ask what is probably a rather basic question – will any book do as a basis of an art journal, or will I have to buy a particular sort?

    Loved your pages – I’d love the distress paints, but I have acrylics already, so can’t justify 🙁

    1. You can use any book you have! If the pages are too thin then just glue two or three together to have a more sturdy base to work on. Also use gesso on top to cover any images or letters that were printed there already. No need to get the distress paints, just use what you have and have fun. You can built up your supplies slowly.

  28. Vicky this page spread is absolutely beautiful and watching you create it was like taking a journey through wonderland. You are such a talented lady and it looks as if Maria is following in your magic footsteps behind you. Thank you for sharing this treasure.
    Warmest best wishes,

  29. Gr8 work wow!!!!! One question…..Once u done with ur work pages are looking very shining how is that ….? Is that bcz
    of the glue?.. Plz reply

    1. Hi Vani, I don’t do anything more than what you see me do on the video. I guess applying the matte medium helps keep the surface smooth and with a nice finish. I don’t apply too much, I always use a soft brush and make sure to have a smooth and thin coverage.

  30. Just finding your work today, and I am in awe! Your art journals are so dramatic and colorful, and as a collector of special quotes, I think my scrapping is now going to take a new path, thanks to you! I am going to take some time (over a cup of tea) to look at every one of your videos! Thanks for sharing all of your. Awesome talent with us here!

  31. There’s something special about your Art Journals! They’re cheery, and upbeat. Not to mention, Inspirational, and VIBRANT! That is why so many people are drawn to your Blog & You Tube. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watch each of your journal videos. My daughter, who is an artist as well, (she went to school for Art), says your work is beautiful, and she watches with me sometimes. The other day we were perusing You Tube for other Art Journalist and we hap upon this one person who was messy beyond belief. I don’t mind messy, as long as the outcome is not messy. But her project was smeared with painted fingertips marks around and over her art work. It was sad really. Her work was nice for the exception of fingerprints.We couldn’t take it and switched over to your channel and were rewarded with your last journal. Oh happy day. Lol. So keep doing whet your doing. You’re becoming a staple in many households here in the
    USA 🙂 Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Eve

  32. Hi Vicky Just found your blog through utube and I am in love with your work and had to come and visit you, Beautiful and stunning work and I have learnt so much, thank you. I have just started my journal and you are an inspiration.
    Hugs Linda

  33. Wow. I see this nearly two years later and again I love it. I am sitting at my cabin surrounded my snow and am frustrated I am away from my craft room so I can play. So many awesome ideas. I have years of videos since I just found you. Keep it coming.

  34. I love this so much, l have to say before I forget your daughter is very talented indeed what a stunning drawing.

    I love how your pages come together, your extremely talented, also thankyou for responding to my message/post on your YouTube video.

    I love rainbows for me they are a symbol of hope all in themselves and I’m a “quote junky”.
    I missed the voice over explanation from you I’m personally find it helpful amd your accent relaxing, I’m from the UK myself.

    Can I ask about the dylusion range, I’m confused, what is the difference between the distress square blocks inks (the brown one), what is their main use? are they to used with stamps or to blob on paper, edges like you did on this video?

    I ask because I was thinking of going for the blober paint ones with the sponge end that u used for the background not the square ones for my first purchase, it’s gonna take me some time to build up supplies. Ekkkk but exciting.

    I’ll have to try this and use normal acyclic paints and the supplies I have already and improvise. I responded with another question on your YouTube post so ignore that and I’ll ask again here, do you ever use colored pencils on your mixed media journal pages, l just splurged on 150 prisma color pencils, think I might have made a mistake. Not really sure how to use them in my pages now I have them. Although I could color in the girl l’m going to use and flowers etc..l think I just answer that question, lol. Advice from anyone would be welcome, so glad I found this blog.

    1. Distress ink pads are for stamping as well as adding color to your backgrounds and edges with a sponge. But remember these react with water… think of them as watercolor in a ink cube form. That means you need to be very careful of how you handle everything you put on top or you will end up with smudges. The distress paints with the dabbers that I use are acrylic paints. They dry permanent. Any acrylic paints will do the job. No need to buy everything!

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