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01 January, 2023

Happy New Year - It's About Time - January 2023 Art Journal Challenge


Hello everyone, Happy New Year and welcome to our first challenge for 2023! This month our challenge is all about TIME. You can find our challenge details below as well as links to the latest issue of our digital magazine - Artful Pages - more details below.

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It's About Time

Let's take a look at this month's art journal challenge! We have simplified the challenges this year and the challenge no longer has two parts. Instead we have one main theme to inspire you and this month it's all about TIME.


We can't wait to see what you do with our challenge prompt this month and if you need more inspiration, you might find our new magazine useful.   Inside there are weekly prompts if you need them as well as details of where to download the free printables available for this month's challenge.  

Please note that we have made the decision to drop the Mini Challenge from our schedule, due in part to the decline in entries.
  Are you sad about the demise of the Mini Challenge? We'd love to hear from you! If there is enough interest we may consider bring it back.

Artful Pages January 2023

As mentioned at the top of the post, we are excited to share the latest issue of our new digital magazine - Artful Pages - which is a new way of looking at our challenges and inspiration, as well as being able to add more value for our readers which we are not able to do in our current formats.  So here's a look at our latest issue which is available to flick through online just like a real magazine.  The magazine contains more about our challenge this month, our Design Team inspiration,Guest Designer interviews, free printables and more!  Check it out and see for yourself - we would love your feedback! 

Design Team Inspiration

Let's see what our lovely new Design Team have created this month. If you love their projects this month, please visit their social links and follow them on your favourite social media.


When I saw the theme, my school days came to my mind immediately. During that period of youth, there are many happy memories.

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Out with the old in with the new. I was thinking about Hogmanay and New Year and the seeing out of the old year and welcoming in the new year which we spend a lot of time thinking about in Scotland.  I used some of the free printable papers on top of my painted and stamped background and then wrote out the words by hand.




As time passes, one day we will be in those old photos of the ancestors in our families, like this gorgeous one from ArtStacks. I wonder what sort of world we will leave behind and what future generations will know about us. We are all links in an endless chain.




Here is my inspiration for the January Challenge. A little quote from the Steve Miller Band was my inspiration.




Hello, my page for the January challenge. In it I used the motivational slogan "don't waste time, the power is inside you". The beginning of the year can be a good time for any resolutions, so let's try to take action.




When I saw the theme, I immediately thought of the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.
So I drew this rabbit that runs after time.  I made my background with stencils "clocks", structure paste and spray inks.  As I found the set a bit empty, I added a princess and in opposition to the running rabbit, I put a snail.




When I saw the word inspiration, I immediately knew what I wanted to do and say. I need more time to do what makes me happy and that is mixed media. I love having my fingers in the paint and I just get to be creative.



" Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? "
This quote from a Deb Weiers Artstacks pack, evokes in essence, the importance of TIME. I have symbolically represented the theme, using various time pieces, throughout the page.



Hello! Here is my page for the January Challenge. I didn't use any clocks but I was inspired by the beautiful sentence - "Time is a companion that goes with us on the journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we lived". I'd like to emphasise this so I used some old photo and vintage colour combo



When I saw the theme of the month, I thought of what is timeless for me. First, I thought of childhood, then of the friendship that lasts over time.



When I saw the theme for this month, I thought of Christmas because everything about it is timeless to me. And I used a sweet ArtStacks image as the focal point of my art journal page to go along with the theme.




Time flies, it stops for no one. Year after year things happen until one day when we wonder how we got here. In this journey, I think it is so important to slow down and appreciate the little things, as little as our morning coffee.



Prizes & Special Guest Designers

This year we are very happy to welcome ArtStacks Designs as our prize sponsor. 

 ArtStacks will be donating one of their fabulous DigiStacks to the overall winner of each of our challenges this year.  This will be a digital prize of one DigiStack to be downloaded from their online shop. 
(This prize is not transferable or exchangeable for non-digital products.)  

In addition, one or more participants, handpicked by our team, may be invited to be our Special Guest Designers, to be featured on our blog and promoted in our magazine and social media.

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Challenge closes on the last day of the month at 11:59 pm EST.  

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  1. Thanks everyone for having me. I just stopped by to see if the new magazine was up. You all made such amazing pages about TIME! hugs-Erika

  2. I'm leaving my first entry on the January theme. Thank you Elle for informing me about your challenges. Happy January everyone xx


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