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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 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 thoughts on “Finished Art Journal

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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! 🙂

    1. 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.

    1. Thank you, Hetty! Drawing and cutting paper – I love those two basic activities!

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

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

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

    1. Thanks, Karin! Adding detail over detail is so much fun I sometimes go even too far!

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