Finished Art Journal

In 2012 I bought a pink Smash book. Two years later, it’s now finished. With this video, I want to encourage you to continue art journaling. Whatever a single page looks like, it will be pretty and meaningful when being part of the full book.

Finished Art Journal – A Thick Book!

A Smash Book, a finished art journal by Peony and Parakeet.

I love handling full books, the thick, filled pages just temp to open them again and again! Smash books have a lot of pages and I had to remove several of them when my book grew thicker page by page.

House plant, a paper collage by Peony and ParakeetSee the blog posts written during the years about this finished art journal:

Pretty Art Journaling
the first pages and introducing the concept of the journal

There’s a Little Girl in All of Us
drawing faces

Smash Book or Handmade Journal
using Smash book as an art journal

Homemade Happiness
creating more pages

Art Journaling about Imagination
a spread celebrating imagination

Would You Try That
playing jewellery designer

You may also recognize some artwork on the video that has been shown in this blog. I often use art journals to save them.


Here’s the back cover again which I finished on the video. I create decorated elements (like the centerpiece of the flower) now and then. They are stored with hand decorated papers and when I create collages they often work as jump starts. It always looks better if there all the elements are not made in the same day! The same is with the journal itself – keep on decorating, day by day, one piece at the time!

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26 Responses to Finished Art Journal

  1. Heli says:

    hieno, ihanan värillinen

  2. Stacey Anderson says:

    I was so excited to see your video. I’d love to see more. I am also inspired for my own art journal. Thank you for sharing.

    • Päivi says:

      Thanks, Stacey! I will have more videos in the future! I got the idea of showing a full art journal at Pinterest where someone had taken a photo of every spread of the finished journal and combined them to a single photo. I found it so inspiring that I wanted to create something like that myself to inspire others.

  3. Paivi says:

    Thanks so much for sharing <3 I have the same Smash book in pink and also orange, all empty & waiting. Maybe some day I'll find the courage to start adding… It's surprisingly hard for a procrastinating perfectionist like myself to "let go" and not (over)think too much about it – and just DO IT! 🙂

    • Päivi says:

      Thanks, Paivi ( a namesake!). Just add a small element here and there and do not even think of creating a finished page. I often create my pages in several phases within a long time. It is so much more fun than trying to finish a page at the same go.

  4. Lisa Jones says:

    That’s just beautiful Paivi! Well done!

  5. sirutuuli says:

    Aivan ihania sivuja,värikkäitä ja ilmavia.

  6. Judy Rice says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for inspiring me to work on my journal.

  7. Hetty says:

    Wonderful your smash art book, love your drawings!

  8. Sherrie says:

    Thanks for sharing your talent, it motivates me & makes me happy to see other styles and work.

  9. Denise Spillane says:

    So beautiful!

  10. Valerie says:

    Thanks for sharing your journal! Enjoyed seeing your book over a 2 year span. What was the music accompanying the video?

    • Päivi says:

      Thank you Valerie! The music is called Letting Go. I have bought it from

  11. Rosie says:

    Just lovely, thank you so much for sharing, and I can’t wait to see more

  12. Karin says:

    amazing! I love your busy patterns, truly enthralling!

  13. Renee says:

    Love it!