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01 February, 2023

Love Letters - February 2023 Art Journal Challenge


Hello everyone, and welcome to our February challenge! This month our challenge is all about LOVE... LETTERS. 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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Love Letters

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 LOVE LETTERS.


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.  

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 February 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 Design Team have created this month. If you love their projects this month, please visit their social links and let them know, and follow them on your favourite social media.


When I saw this theme, I imagined the mood of writing a love letter. For the background, I used Collage Paper Typography to cover the entire page and then used stamps to stamp many envelopes and postcard images on blank old book pages, then cut them out and collaged them. I used a feather and a pen nib to make a quill because I think the quill is a romantic element of this theme.

Visit Ann:  



Who hasn't received a love letter or two from a secret or not so secret admirer in the past.  It might be less romantic now with technology though!  I used lots of correspondence on this page, including a telegram to a sweetheart, a hand addressed envelope to my dearest love using a dip pen and ink, stamps, and postcards that are tucked into the envelope, letter tissue paper and lots of ink splatters and blots.




Sadly, I had no records of love letters in our family so I elected to create about the LOVE option instead. Different songs about love kept running through my head (there are so many!) but I settled on this one from the 60's by Jackie DeShannon in support of our Ukrainian friends.




This was a fun page to create. I had so many ideas when I saw the word inspiration of Love Letters. But this month another song won out during my creative brainstorming. L.O.V.E. (Nat King Cole or Michael Buble, you can't go wrong either way).







For this theme I used a background made with the letters of the word love
I used magical powders for a festive background and glitter on all my hearts colored with oil pastels




Last summer, my friends got married. I made a hand-tied book for them as a gift where I also wrote them a poem about love. I wrote it in Finnish which appears on the left page and now translated it into English which is on the right page. Flowers and butterfly is a digital from ArtStacks.




Love Letters.
When I play with this concept I go back to those romantic times of carving ones initials into a tree for longevity. 30 years together for my partner and I this May.




My page about LOVE is red and pink (how obvious!) with some hearts. I used a stencil for it. I used some die cuts connecting with love and letters - my favourite is this jam jar having the letter in it <3 And the post scriptum "I love you" - it is the best ending of a letter to a beloved person, isn't it?  I'll have a short video available as well.




Love letters... what an inspiring theme! I played with text stamps in the background and highlighted this pair of birds using Dina Wakley's gloss sprays.



When I saw that the theme is love, I just had to use a photo of my wedding day. We met on a blind date 33 years ago and were married 2 months later. I guess when you know it's love, you know! LOL. And I used the lyrics from Elvis Presley's beautiful song "Can't Help Falling In Love."




This month's challenge inspired me to create a layered journal page. This page is all about treasuring moments with a lover, the little tags and love notes, that we all end up saving from our earlier days. These become memories for a lifetime. I've captured this on my page.



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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