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Allowing Happiness

While visiting wonderful Creative Every Day blogs, I had an ah-ha moment while reading Ajax’s blog post.  Two simple words, allow happiness.  Her words prompted this journal spread.  This page was finished while my Internet was down – down from the night before until dinner.  The whole family was in terror, panic, fearful of life without it.  Then I remembered to allow happiness – this was a great blessing – no emails to answer all day.  I got lots of art done- but I must admit that as soon as it was back on we all hollered in joy and raced to computers/ipads.

Happiness is what this page represents to me – it has the colors I’m loving right now, it has lots of texture, and words.


My die cutting leftovers, extra inks, oversprays, and anything else that was around became the base.  I build these types of pages  to keep the blank page from being scary.  This way I end up with a variety of layers and a toucy of serendipity.




I was playing around with Diamond Glaze and reinkers to add color to the page.  I just mixed drops & squirts of ink into the Diamond Glaze – the end result was a wonderful transparent color.  Then a few touches of acrylic paint to bring out the textures.



Die cut the letters from book text, then went over it with a sloppy coat of white paint – allowing some of the text to peek out.  Added blue India ink to define the letters a bit more.

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  • Carol January 23, 2012, 7:54 am

    Wonderful! Love the colors and design and the quote ~ very creative expression ~namaste, carol (Share the Creative Journey) linked w/ CED

  • Cynthia January 23, 2012, 10:11 am

    LOVE the colors and the textures and the movement!! Gorgeous page!!

  • Pauline Leger January 23, 2012, 10:20 am

    i love how you recycle so many things with your art. Your colours are fabulous and those textures… yummy! Happy creating! xoxo

  • Judie McEwen January 23, 2012, 1:43 pm

    Just coming over from commenting on Carol’s blog. Your art is just soooo creative. Glad I stopped by.

  • Christine January 23, 2012, 2:23 pm

    Just beautiful, the colours and textures…very happy.

  • Bleubeard and Elizabeth January 23, 2012, 4:16 pm

    Absolutely incredible. Inspiration comes from many places, and it’s always nice to see it can come from other blogs and bloggers. I like how you decorated the page with leftover bits of die cuts and scraps. My kind of art!

  • AJ January 23, 2012, 4:24 pm

    Carolyn this is stunning! So vibrant and so true.
    Big love

  • Ajax January 23, 2012, 10:48 pm

    Hi Carolyn! Wow, it really made my day that you were inspired by my post. Thanks for linking to my blog.

    I’m still finding that whole concept to be profound. I even think, when my homework load is too much, that I want to learn, remind myself that I chose this. I run and find myself out of breath and remember that I am lucky to be here running on a pretty path with my husband and the happiness returns, and the out of breath feeling subsides.

    I love your journal page. I have been slacking on journalling for years and have gotten one and have started again…but I must get to using more paint like you are!!

    Annie (Ajax)

  • Rita McGregor January 24, 2012, 4:20 am

    Love all the juicy colors and the texture–all of it! 🙂

  • linda January 24, 2012, 4:25 am

    your colors are definitely happy – love those two words. most definitely food for thought!

  • Tat January 24, 2012, 5:25 am

    Great work! Even if it didn’t have the words written on it, it would still speak ‘happiness’ to me.

  • Mitzi Zohar January 24, 2012, 5:33 am

    Die cut book pages = brilliant

  • Currie Silver January 24, 2012, 5:34 am

    This is truly extraordinary and I especially love your generosity in sharing your process. I’ve been experimenting and looking at my “leftovers” as possibilities to BE discovered in new ways, too. Thank you, too, for your comments. I am delighted!!

  • Terrie -Creative Explorer January 24, 2012, 12:19 pm

    This is definitely a happy page and I totally get the push pull of the computer – I love it but it takes away from other things I could be doing! Balance.

  • geckostone January 24, 2012, 8:28 pm

    Fabulous page!!! Great words of wisdom too! I remember when our Hughes Net was down for a week last year and I finally got some painting done too,lol!

  • Maria January 25, 2012, 6:49 pm

    The texture on this is just fabulous!!!! Do you know how many die cut leftovers I throw away??? Enough for you and me to journal a lifetime! Guess I better go empty the garbage can. Yes, Allow Happiness!

  • Tracey Fletcher King January 25, 2012, 11:45 pm

    I understand the relief of not having to decide to turn off the computer… I have tried it this week, but maybe not done it as well as I could… thinking that a schedule will do the trick… love that you are inspired by another blog because I find other blogs constantly inspire me… xx

  • JoDee Luna January 26, 2012, 12:17 am

    I love the vivid colors you used and the message they feature.

  • Corrine January 26, 2012, 7:53 am

    Oh I just love this page, it is happiness personified!! xox Corrine