Final Entry: Contessa Art & Junque Journal

What do you say when you are done with an art journal?  Did you “retire” it?  Lay it to rest?  Send it off on a new adventure? Is it closed for business?  I’m struggling to find the right words right now.

When adding the last few pages I made to the inside of it, I realized it couldn’t hold anymore.

I have finished a few art journals…but this one was my first handmade one.

This is the one that I really dove…head first…into journaling with.  I tried new art journaling techniques (not all of them successful) and used a lot of supplies (again, not all with pretty results) for the first time in it.

I shared in it my happy moments and the most heartbreaking and darkest moment I ever had…the loss of my brother.

I am truly grateful for art journaling.  It got me through it a lot.  Letting me express myself, be myself…no holds barred.  It took me when I was ecstatic, overwhelmed, afraid, comfortable, sick, frustrated and content.  It took me at times when no one else would.

So, this time finishing a journal is a bit different for me.  Give me a moment….


Contessa Art and Junque Journal

Contessa Art and Junque Journal




    1. Thank you for the sweet comment, this journal has been such a pleasure to work in. xoxo

    1. Starting a new journal is always exciting! 🙂 I think I was just super emotional last night when I posted this…it seems like I have been having to say goodbye too much lately. But, I am definitely looking forward to the new beginnings and hellos! 🙂

  1. I have only just started art journaling but, as someone who is also a family historian, I hope to keep my art journal(s) just as I do my photo albums, as a visual documentary of our lives. I just wish my journal looked as gorgeous as yours does. It is a work of art in itself.

    1. Thank you so much for the kind compliment and for stopping by. Believe me…you will grow into your own gorgeousness as you continue journaling. Nothing is prettier than pages and pages of memories made into art.

    1. ANITA!!!! Hi! Thank you, friend! I have missed you and am so happy you stopped by my blog. LOVE and XOXO, beautiful you!

  2. So beautiful. I’ve literally just started my journey into art journaling, and it’s incredible to see yours. It’s truly a gift, and I don’t think you have to know what to do with it, at least right now. Think it over. The journal looks fabulous.

    1. I am definitely keeping it near. Thank you very much for the compliment, I appreciate it so much! xoxo, friend. 🙂

  3. Hi! I found your work online and I blogged about yours together with the work of other art journalists. I hope you don’t mind that I used one of your photos here, rest assured that I gave credit to you and your blog! I love your work and I’m already a big fan just scrolling through here! I’m starting my own art journal and I am getting inspiration from so many creative people like you! I want to learn more and just be creative with it!

  4. Hi, found this on Pinterest, and it took my breath away. Sorry for your loss. (But this journal is gorgeous) I don’t art journal, least, not together on the same page. I would try though, just for the fat juiciness of having something like this 😀

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