Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Hi everyone.  It's the middle of the week already. Wow.  The weather has been gorgeous here, what I think of as real spring. Blue skies and warm temperatures, but not too hot.  And everything is greening up too.
I love it!
So today I have a spread from my nature journal.  I made it with some stenciling, stamping and some die cut butterflies. Perfect for the latest challenge at Try It On Tuesday which is stencil/die cuts or both.
And I am also linking up to Jo's Flora and Fauna challenge at  Art Journal Journey Lots of fauna in my page today.
And speaking of beautiful blue sky days, I have another Japan view for you today.
It's Mount Fuji.
As seen from a speeding bullet train., the Shinkansen. We thought it would be just a little blip on the horizon, not this huge mountain.
We were thrilled that it wasn't cloudy.
Hope you have some blue skies and sunshine in your world today.


Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful, spring inspired journal page. Thanks so much for joining us at TIOT. It's hot and sunny here today. Have a lovely day, hugs,Valerie

Valerie-Jael said...

And I loved the photos, wow!

froebelsternchen said...

This pages are fantastic - all the insects - wow.. and a perfectly bringing together of two pages as well! So beautiful! I am just happy you can enjoy lovely weather now! Here it is quite nice as well!
Thank you very much for not just joining Art Journal Journey with your fab spread but also linking to Try It On Tuesday!
I am in awe of this mountain - love it!
I would love to climb such a mountain once.
Hugs, Susi

Lenie said...

Beautiful page! I like the contrast between the pages. A lot of white space on the left and a lot to see on the right. Beautiful.
I like your photo's from Japan too. It must have been a wonderful journey.

Caty said...

Wowwww Erika, your spread journal page is absolutely gorgeous!! Love the beautiful colours the stencil, all, and of course, those wonderful butterflies!! Great!!
Thank you so much for sharing the lovely photographs from Japan. Mont Fuji is amazing!! Enjoy your day! big hugsssss. Caty

Let's Art Journal said...

Amazing pages! You designed them beautifully with all the Fauna and isn't this time of year wonderful with all the lush green leaves sprouting, it makes me happy too 😁. I love the stencilling especially the green beetle background that you created and those black die cut butterflies with the gold hearts look so elegant too! Wow, I'm so pleased you got clear skies to see Mount Fuji, it looks so majestic in your wonderful photos 😀. Thanks so much for joining us at Art Journal Journey and Try it on Tuesday with your awesome page! Happy Wednesday! J 😊 x

CJ Kennedy said...

Love your Spring page as much as I'm enjoying the Spring weather. Wow, you got a beautiful shot of Mt. Fuji. Enjoy the sunshine today!

Barbara said...

Lovely Floral and Fauna Page. I especially like the little heart on the butterfly wing. And your Mt. Fuji photo is awesome! I’ve never seen it in person, it must have been a moving experience.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love this beautiful journal spread. It is gorgeous and truly speaks of spring. I am impressed with all the bugs, bees, butterflies and crickets you chose to use. Diversity at its best. Thanks for sharing it at Art Journal Journey today.

I saw the photo of Mount Fuji and knew immediately what it was. I have lots of pictures in books of it. I have heard it is overpowering. You got some great shots from the train.

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Wonderful page. The photos of Mt. Fuji - wow!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Wow...what beautiful photos of that mountain. Fun pages too, and love the colors.

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous butterflies and insects its a fabulous page Erika.
I loved the photos today what amazing views.
Yesterday I was blown away seeing the height of those bamboos.
I still have internet issues, so I hope this comments posts okay.
Yvonne xx

Divers and Sundry said...

You got an excellent view of the mountain, didn't you! I can't imagine living with such a beautiful scene outside my window. Inspiring!

Jeanie said...

Let's try a little aliteration -- FABULOUS FUJI PHOTO!

Katie Jeanne said...

We skipped spring, and jumped into summer out here in the midwest..90s most of the week. Whew. Enjoy the lower temperatures while you can. :) It will be headed your way soon enough.

The bees and butterfly page is so spring-like and pretty. And, what a great photo of Mt Fuji. It almost looks like something in a dream.

Astrid Maclean said...

A fabulous page, full of life and colour, like nature outside.
The views of Mount Fuji are breath taking!!!

Rike said...

What a gorgeous page with all the butterflies, bees and insects!
You got wonderful shots from the Mount Fuji out of the train - this mountain is really gigantic!

Barbara said...

Erika, wanted to tell you that your comment on my blog is correct. Being a no reply blogger, I hope you do t mind my leaving it here. The blocks are fabric, not my handmade paper. Thanks for visiting! I. Glad we are connected...

craftytrog said...

Wonderful photos and I love your pages Erika!
Glad you're getting some warmer weather now.
Alison xx

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous journal spread Erika and that's a wonderful photo, such a view!
Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday, Avril

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

That was certainly an awe inspiring mountain to view even if only from the train, Erika. It should make for beautiful art in your journal.

Gibby Frogett said...

Fabulous insect page and awesome photos of Mount Fuji.
You did well getting such a great photo from the train.
Gill x

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love your wonderful journal page! How exciting to see Mount Fuji - it must have been brilliant to have such a good view! So pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx