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Giving Myself a Do Over for Let’s Play

Video sharing how to redo an art journal page with Carolyn Dube

Do Over! Kids shout it all the time and so can we!  This months Let’s Play strategy for rediscovering how to play is all about changing your mind and giving yourself a do over!  There is no legal binding contract between us and our art journal pages.  We do not need to put an attorney on retainer to change a page that was once considered complete.

Every week this month, I’ll have a new video sharing how I gave myself a do over. Plus, a new $50 gift certificate giveaway happens every month! It’s for Michaels.com this month! Leave a comment to get entered (and there are ways to get even more chances- check out the end of this post).

In the video, you’ll see how I even change my mind from the start of the redo. There was a part of this page that I absolutely loved. Even protected that part…until the end.

Watch An art journal do over..redoing an old art journal page on YouTube.

Want to see more Let’s Play videos? You can find all the weekly posts here.

This months way to rediscover how to play is all about changing your mind

I give myself permission to change my mind when creating.  No legal action will be taken against me if I do. So when I flip through my journals should there be a page that jumps out to me as needing more, I put more on it.

I changed my mind about a whole bunch of things on this page I made long ago.  The fact that something was glued down didn’t stop me from ripping it up and gluing it down somewhere else!  You bet that flower is on the move!Video sharing how to redo an art journal page with Carolyn Dube

I changed the colors a bit, covered up the rectangles, added more color the flower, and added more flowers with a stencil by Cathy Nichols.

Video sharing how to redo an art journal page with Carolyn Dube

Then the rain happened thanks to Rae Missigman’s stencil. In the video you’ll see how many different times I thought I had it all stenciled and then I suddenly noticed an area that I forgot.  Funny thing is how obvious it was to me the spots I missed as I was doing the video editing but while I was playing totally didn’t see them at first.

Video sharing how to redo an art journal page with Carolyn Dube

When I just started art journaling I was so unsure of things, felt so self conscious of what I made that I was in my head and missing out on the joy of play.  By allowing myself to change my mind, it took the pressure off to get it just right (code for perfect) the first time.


Video sharing how to redo an art journal page with Carolyn Dube

Do you have any art journal pages that you have changed your mind about?  You can always give yourself a do over!


Let's Play, a link party where you can be inspired and be inspiring!Want to see more Let’s Play videos? You can find all the weekly posts here.

There’s also a change to how Let’s Play is happening starting this month.  I’ve listened to your feedback about how and where you’d like to share your play.   Instead of the link party as in previous months, we’ll start sharing it in the Facebook group called A Colorful Place to Play.   In fact, lots of you are already sharing it there!

What about the monthly giveaways?  The monthly giveaway is conintuing – just leave comment to be entered and one winner each month will be chosen by random.org.  Want more chances to win the $50 gift certificate?  Pin any of the images from the page or share about it on Facebook- then come back and leave a comment telling me what you did and you can have more chances to win! Giveaway closes the Monday, May 30th at 8am EST and the winner will announced on the blog!

Why did I choose to switch to the FB group?  It allows for more people to comment and encourage and interact which was one of my hopes for Let’s Play.  I looking forward to seeing your play!

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you are helping me keep this blog and my videos ad free! Thank you- I don’t like ads any more than you do!

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  • Lisa May 2, 2016, 10:46 pm

    I haven’t been doing this very long but I already want a do over on a couple of pages. Love your do over page!

  • Judith Hodges May 3, 2016, 5:59 am

    I love watching you play. I was playing yesterday but my work is not as bold as yours. I need to play harder!

  • Dianne May 3, 2016, 8:27 am

    Love your redo and freedom of play x

  • marian riley May 3, 2016, 9:28 am

    I love to watch you play!

  • Bobbi May 3, 2016, 10:13 am

    I LOVE this concept! I have a “few” pages that could use a do over 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us !!

  • Suz May 3, 2016, 11:44 am

    Love the do over! The colours really pop.

  • Corrine May 3, 2016, 11:47 am

    There is always a page in a journal somewhere that just bugs you. Always good for a redo. Nice idea. xox

  • Linda Ford May 3, 2016, 12:38 pm

    I love watching your video’s and pick up loads of tips on the way

  • Carole Carlson May 3, 2016, 4:37 pm

    I like the way you think! It’s my journal, why obsess over getting it “right”?

  • Kate May 3, 2016, 4:43 pm

    Wow, you took a great page and made it even better. Our art changes and grows the more of it we do. I am sure I have many pages that could benefit from an update.

  • Jean Marmo May 3, 2016, 7:06 pm

    Love the idea of reworking a page! I am going to do this!!

  • Karen May 3, 2016, 7:34 pm

    I love watching your videos.

  • Catherine Gunst May 3, 2016, 9:21 pm

    I love all your colors. I have a hard time leaving any white space myself.

    • Susie Carranza May 3, 2016, 10:57 pm

      I just did this with a couple of pages in my art journal – and I’ve got some more do-over pages planned… 🙂

  • Nean Arnold May 3, 2016, 11:08 pm

    Many months back I put my art journal away. Why? I didn’t like where it was going. The pages no longer inspired me. Then I saw the do-over video. Duh! It never occurred to do the pages over. Now, I’m off to find that journal and have a do over. Thank you for the brilliant idea.


  • Michele Klausner May 4, 2016, 12:11 am

    I’ve recently given myself permission to play with & on old art journal pages. Thanks for this terrific video.

  • Sue May 4, 2016, 12:18 am

    Great inspirational play as always. Thanks

  • Kathy Gledsdale May 4, 2016, 7:39 am

    Lovely as always, I could do with you sitting on my shoulder egging me on when I tackle some of my old work , I just don’t know what to do with them to improve them.

  • Carla May 4, 2016, 10:14 am

    All of your posts are inspiring. Now that summer has hit, I’m not having much time for painting. But, I love to relax at night and read and watch all your posts! I am also going sharing on FB!

  • Kathy Stutzman May 4, 2016, 7:46 pm

    Love your attitude when “playing”! It inspires me to ignore misgivings and to “do over”.

  • Peg May 5, 2016, 10:28 am

    This is my first Lets Play lesson and I just joined the Facebook group, too. I am a fearfilled child trapped in an adult body! And I am tired of it! I have every tool in my toolbox except for my spirit. Time to turn it around….I’m tired of living this way and I think your group is exactly where I need to be! I’m going to hit that join button for the Permission To Play class right now! Thank you, Carolyn for these opportunities to bring my child within out to play….she knows it doesn’t have to be so scary! I’m sharing on my journaling Pinterest Board…Peg Messick Pearce. Here goes nothing…time to play! Oh I hope I can do this:)

  • Jo-Anne May 6, 2016, 7:49 am

    Hi Carolyn Thanks for another inspiring video, I so love the stencils you are using, I think I need to have another stencil making session. Actually I just bought a stamp carving set tool set so that will be the next project. Well after I have altered the skirt to wear to the job interview on Monday, I will carve some Flower stamps. kind regards Jo-Anne

  • D.Ann C May 6, 2016, 1:12 pm

    What fun to see the changes you made and it helps take the stress off to think that anything can be re-done. I just love that face in the flower and will have to CASE the idea some day!!!

  • Lisa Jo VonAllmen (Fabricluvr) May 6, 2016, 10:20 pm

    When I create something beautiful I get so stressed about changing anything, what if I make it ugly, what if I ruin it? It’s like I have writers block sometimes, after I get the background the way I like it I freeze, my mind goes numb. Oh to play and be carefree! I’m really looking forward to playing along with you and everyone.

  • Jo Ann D'Angelo May 8, 2016, 6:01 pm

    I’m just getting started, gathering materials, etc. Love your video! Can’t wait to get started.
    Jo Ann

  • Mary Green May 15, 2016, 6:09 pm

    I love the way you have no Fear. I’m learning to jump right in and PLAY. It’s just paper, right? And guess what? Nobody sees it but me!!!

  • Annette May 15, 2016, 7:07 pm

    Thanks again, Carolyn, for another wonderful video. Even though many of your tenents about artful play are ones I’ve held myself for many years, its helpful to have the ideas reinforces and shown from another angle. Although I don’t begrudge mistakes I make, I do stew over possibilities and forget to try. -Annette

  • Joanie May 15, 2016, 9:00 pm

    I love having permission to play and do-over. I’ve taken the permission to a whole new level by ripping out pages from my journal and playing with them some more then turning them into cards for loved ones. I got really brave and made one for my mom for Mother’s Day! Thanks for the encouragement to play. Love you lots!

  • Melody May 16, 2016, 7:21 am

    Thank you Carolyn for your redo, I love the colours you use! It is always fun to watch you ?

  • Joan-Anne Weatherbee May 16, 2016, 8:37 am

    Love how you let yourself play! Your videos are fun to watch. I am going to try out your method of art journaling. TFS!

  • Violet May 17, 2016, 9:39 pm

    I sooo love watching your videos!!> I love the colors you use and the freedom you give yourself to play. I am still learning to let go but feel I am getting better at it a teeny weeny bit at a time. Thanks for your inspiration. 🙂 You make me happy every time you post one of these videos

  • Carol Loumeau May 21, 2016, 1:03 am

    I need to play more too. Thanks for sharing.

  • Dottie May 28, 2016, 5:59 pm

    I just recently found your blog thanks to Pinterest! I’ve been loving the pages that you do and you’re making me want to play more and more with my art supplies. I think I just needed permission to play. Thank you! 🙂