Hi, today I am back with an unboxing video and some fun art journal inspiration. Join me as I unbox the 2023 Stencil Calendar by Art by Marlene. I am also going to show you a simple way to use the stencils as a starting point on your art journal pages.

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photos

Here is a close-up on the mini art journal layout I created by combining two of the stencils for the background.

I was going for a quick and simple page with basic techniques … but still the finished layout looks so great! Love a quick layout that I can pull together in 5 minutes as a daily art excercise!


Below you can find a list of all the products used today. Links to multiple online shops are available, just click the logo below each item. Affiliate links used where possible at no extra cost to you.

Mixed Media Journal A6
[ SSS | SBC ]
Advent Calendar
[ JGG ]
Paper Elements – Fly Away
[ JGG | SSS ]
[ SSS ]
Sticky Quotes
[ SSS ]
Stamperia Create Happiness Fresh…
[ SSS ]
Stamperia Create Happiness Orange Dye…
[ SSS ]
Stamperia Create Happiness PINK Dye…
[ SSS ]
Stamperia Create Happiness BLACK…
[ SSS ]
Stamperia Create Happiness WARM…
[ SSS ]
Blending Sponges
[ SBC ]
bolending brush
[ SSS | SBC ]


  1. Oh, no! I’m so very sorry to hear you were sick with Covid and also glad to hear that you’re feeling much better. May you experience a full recovery soon. Thank you for unboxing the advent calendar in a video. What a unique idea! And the art journal page you did is adorable! I could relate the quote and your experience last week to when I was sick for some months earlier in the year. Perfect quote. I couldn’t have said it better! Sending you “get all well soon” wishes.

  2. So sorry to hear that you were ill, but thankfully you are now feeling better. I pray that you are soon back to excellent health. I love the idea of this set and I really like what you did in the journal……….but, then again I love everything that you create! Thank you for sharing this video.

  3. Missed you! So very glad you are feeling better! I love the advent calendar and how you used ink blending to color the bird!

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