Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The End of July

Hi everyone.
I can't believe it's already the last day of  July. It is always a little bittersweet to start August since that brings the start of school, although not for a couple of weeks. It's not the start of school; it the fact that summer just goes by way too fast.
So let's end the month with one last page for Chris' challenge "We Are All Going" over at Art Journal Journey
Today we are all going to the sea.

This is a page from my fold out ocean journal. Each fold out has 4 sections, and so I am showing you the 4 sections of the page in these 2 photos. I've numberred them to maybe make it make more sense.

1.                                                                             2.

3.                                                                                  4.                           

I began my page by cutting up some beach paper I had. They are all in an 8x8 paper set from Graphic 45.  I used the pieces to collage my background. Then I added some vintage beach photos from a  collage sheet  as well as some mermaids in bottles from another collage sheet. Finally I used mermaid, jellyfish and dolphin stamps to finish off my spread.

And I had a nice ending to my month because I received some happy mail yesterday from Mia. I  wanted to share it with you.
There's also a little ink pad which I forgot to take out of the box when I snapped the photo.
BIG thanks Mia. It was so much fun to get a package from Greece- a new experience for me!

Hope everyone had a fantastic month, and that included today. 
Thanks for visiting.


Valerie-Jael said...

Love your bright and beautiful flap-out page. July has indeed gone by very quickly, but at least I don't need to go back to school any more. Lovely gifts from Mia, enjoy! Have a fun day, hugs, Valerie

White Rose said...

Hi Erika wow love your journal pages they are so lovely and colourful,well done my friend and congrats on your win xx

Anne (cornucopia) said...

I love your ocean journal pages. It's a great collage of Summer themes and ocean blue. And what a nice surprise to receive in the mail. There are so many generous people in our blogsphere.

We have a risk of thunderstorms today after 3pm. I agree with you: I hope they aren't too bad and that they break the heat.

Every Summer, the Pequot Library has their annual book sale the last weekend of July. As a child, it was a harbinger of the coming end of Summer and back to school. I still think of it that way now, as an adult. (And it usually gets very hot that weekend, making one bake under the tents containing all of the books for sale.) For various reasons, I didn't make it to their sale this year.

Mia said...

Amazing page,Erika!!!! Great nautical theme and lovely collage.
Enjoy your goodies, my dear friend. I hope that you will use them in your beautiful creations. The wooden pendant is hand stitched by me. I send you kisses and a big hug from Greece.

sheila 77 said...

These are really complex pages, lots to look at. I read all the Beach Rules carefully and will try to remember them the next time I am at the seaside.
Very jolly to have a fold-out Ocean Journal.
Lots of nice gifts from Mia, thanks for sharing them with us.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Erika , your beach journal pages are a delight! Thank you so much once again for joining in with my theme at Art Journal Journey! What a lovely surprise from Mia! Hugs, Chrisx

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

How nice to get a happy surprise. Yes, summer seems to go by so fast when I am seeing all the back to school supplies in local stores. Hope you have a good rest of the summer.

CJ Kennedy said...

Your journal is so bright and happy. This month just flew by. Summer doesn’t last long enough for me. I saw a back to school commercial over the weekend. So depressing. Hope you’re staying cool. Mia’s goodies will give you lots of entertainment if you have to stay in because of bad weather.

froebelsternchen said...

I simply love your terrific fold out pages. This is just the perfect mix of beautiful papers and stamps! Perfection in my eyes!
What a wonderful final entry for Chris' collection at AJJ. Thank you so much for joining all this wonderful art journal pages this last month! You will have the last year of ending the summerbreak I guess, so enjoy the last time as much as possible!
Big hugs and a wonderful start of August!
Susi xxx

froebelsternchen said...

Mia is such a sweet and caring friend to the community, an angel.I am happy with you about this lovely goodies she sent you!

craftytrog said...

A fabulous seaside themed spread Erika, and what a great selection of goodies from Mia!
Happy August!
Alison xx

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Astrid Maclean said...

Great use of those G45 papers, and super happy mail, that is indeed a great end of the month...

Neet said...

Love those pages. Orange compliments blue and these are so bold, bright and beautiful with these two colours as the dominant ones. There is so much to see that you can go on looking for simply ages and each page says 'fun'.
Lovely gift, all the way from Greece. I can see lots of hours of fun ahead.
Hugs, Neet xx

Meggymay said...

I thought they were G45 papers you used. The pages you created in your journal look super and its looking bright, colourful and summery.
Yvonne xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This has a WOW factor that is amazing. I'm simply overwhelmed. I don't even know where to begin. Your pages are beautiful and you put SO much into them. I love the beachy, seaside vibe I get when I see this gorgeous entry that was a perfect ending for Chris's theme at Art Journal Journey.

Another WOW with you gifts from Mia. She is such a sweetie, isn't she?

Ariadne said...

Amazing ocean pages. Congrats. Coming from Mia's blog!Hi from Greece. AriadnefromGreece!

Jeanie said...

I love your beachy page! It expresses summer perfectly!

And you're right -- it's WAY too fast!