What do you want to be when you grow up?

Sometimes, just sometimes, I feel the need to do a project that has no real purpose. That’s where art journaling comes in. In this case I wanted to use/remember this quote by Former First Lady Michelle Obama from her book Becoming:

Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.

I think it is probably a good thing art journaling doesn’t have to have a purpose, because this looks nothing like what I was hoping for. But it did let me just experiment, which can be helpful when suffering from a mental road block. Basically, I was going for something shinier and dreamier, but I’m okay with the end result.

My only inspiration, besides the quote, came from this months Creative Embellishments Color Challenge. It helps that my favorite color is blue! I even managed to get the twist in (clouds or waves) when I stenciled on some clouds!

I can’t guarantee a video. I recorded as I went, but my computer was acting up. In the end it actually decided it wanted to restart while in the process of recording. The last step is actually not recorded because it involved texture paste & paint and I couldn’t wait for my computer to stop being temperamental.

I, more or less, know what is recorded, the problem is my computer cooperating during editing.

While I see how the video is willing to come along, here are some photos!


  • Silhouette
  • Silhouette Curio
  • Silhouette Design Store
  • All three fonts & the flowers are from the Silhouette Store, but I can only say with certainty that one of the fonts is “CG Free Font,” the other two I can’t remember (and I broke them apart for editing, so they are no longer “type” in the file).
  • Creative Embellishments
    • Heart Flourish
    • Flourish 24 (Maybe…I didn’t buy it myself, it came in a 3rd party kit so I am not sure. It might have been Curly Flourish. I forgot to compare to the CE website before cutting it apart & gluing it in!)
  • ReneaBouquets
    • Chunky Glitter Glass
    • Diamond
  • Butterfly Kisses
    • Delicate Beauty (The two largest I received in a swap from Jenn D!)
  • Shimmerz
    • Vibez
    • Snow Way Man
  • Paste-eez
    • Puttin’ On The Glizt
  • 13@rts
    • Acrylic Modeling Paste
  • Hip Kit Club
    • Star Stencil (Sept. 2017 Kit)
    • Cloud Stencil (May 2016 Color Kit)
  • Tonic
    • Tim Holtz
    • Paper Distresser
  • TCW
    • Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste
  • AC
    • Vicki Boutin
    • CreativeFX
    • Iridescent Glaze
  • Prima
    • Finnabair
    • 3D Gloss Gel
  • Color Bloom
    • Summer Sky
  • Stampers Anonymous
    • Tim Holtz
    • Mixed Media CMS125
  • Wendy Vecchi
    • Rectangle Collage WVBG035
  • Ranger
    • Dina Wakley
    • Large Art Journal
    • Scribble Sticks (Set #1)
    • Night
    • Sky
  • Acrylic Paint
    • Marine
  • Archival Ink
    • Jet Black
    • Perfect Pearls
    • Perfect Pearl
    • Blue Patina
  • Tim Holtz
    • Distress Oxide
    • Weathered Wood
    • Stormy Sky
  • Dylusions
    • Ink Spry
    • London Blue
  • Liquitex
    • Clear Gesso
  • Daler Rowney
    • White Gesso
  • Unknown/Unbranded
    • White Cardstock
    • Watercolor paper

    5 thoughts on “What do you want to be when you grow up?

    1. Sometimes its just nice to create with out limits, restrictions for deadlines. I get it! Great pages, great entry! Thank you for joining us at Creative Embellishments.


    2. What a beautiful textured journal page. I can tell you like blue because it looks like you had a ton of fun here. I can see the love through the details, the motion of the wind, the mood of the blue, and the joy of the butterflies you added. Thanks for joining the CE challenge


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