February 21, 2012

My Darkest Hour

A journal page for the Traveling Art Journal. This page is for Amy.

I made a pocket and added a tag onto which I added a journal entry. I thought it was a good way to relate the experience without feeling too exposed.


The tag tells about the time we had to sell our dream house after my husband was laid off work. It was a long painful experience but, as the back of the pages indicates, it is  “Time to move on”.


The journal I was adding my page to was very small and my idea was too big to fit into the small space provided by the pages included for that purpose.  What I did was to take a manila folder and cut it down to the height of the journal plus 2 1/4 page widths. If you look closely at the top picture you might be able to tell where it’s folded.

I painted the front page using acrylics and glued on magazine text/letters to make up the title. The picture of the house was actually our house in California. The “tire tracks“ were made using bubble wrap.

The back cover: the blue painted portion is a flap that is folded inward so that the page size, when folded, conforms to the journal size.  The balance of the back cover is simply scrapbooking paper from the Antiquities pack by GCD Studios. I thought it was appropriate because the end result was that we moved from California to New Mexico to start a new life.

I have to share a tip I learned by reading Teesha Moore’s blog.  She used to use a lot of letters torn from magazines like I do.  She said she takes an old magazine, a pair of scissors and while she is watching TV cuts letters and words she likes. I loved the idea and I keep mine in a craft organizer for ease of use. Just wish the organizer had a few more slots so I wouldn’t have to combine letters. But it’s very handy so I shouldn’t complain. :)



  1. {{hugs!}}} I hope this helped to journal it. xoxo

    1. Thanks...it actually did. Like the second page says...time to move on. BTW, we're going to San Diego for our 25th anniversary. I guess that helps too. LOL!

  2. Ahhh I am so sorry that you lost your dream home. xxoo.
    Maybe someday you will get another dream home and think this is where I was meant to be. Sometimes the journey is hard isn't it. So sorry.

    1. Hi Heather,
      My husband and I are planning to buy again at the end of the year, if possible. My daughter and grandson are living in NM, so yes, this is where we were meant to be.

      Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by. Much appreciated. :)

  3. Linda I'm sorry you had to lose your dream home, it would be so stressful and sad. Hopefully things worked out better for you (and it sounds like they did) in New Mexico. You created a lovely journal page, and I think that helps with closure.
    Happy anniversary to you and your hubby! San Diego will be an awesome trip!

    1. Yes you are correct. That page did help with closure. For a long time I'd been holding on and it was time to let go. Thanks for your sweet comments, I appreciate it.


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