Welcome to this huge,  jam-packed mixed media workshop! Join me for new techniques and tips, new products and five (Yes, FIVE!) ARTastic projects to keep for yourself or give as gifts.

In 25+ videos, you will see my step by step process illustrating how we will work together to create multi-layered, yummy collaged canvases that will then be transformed as we construct a large, pocketed, clutch style journal with inspiring affirmation cards to guide us on our journey as creative souls. Then in three BONUS projects, we will create a wallet styled mini journal, a gift pouch, and a mail art piece to share with treasured friends.

Hours of instructional video prepared to take you on an inky, paint filled collage collaboration with me, Roben-Marie Smith. All content is presented in a self-paced format allowing you to work as your schedule permits. I will share in a download some of my favorite affirmations as well as a .pdf supply list with shopping links to help you gather any needed supplies.

 Original Release Date:  April 2012

Join me today!


  • Bonnie
    Thanks for you excellent instructions. I love how this journal turned out. Usually when I try something new I have to make a couple before they are good enough to give away. Not with this one....it is exactly how you said it would turn out.
  • Sue
    Beautiful! I love it! Thank you for this workshop!!

Workshop Samples

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the course start and finish?

    The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

Your Instructor


Roben-Marie's mission is claiming happiness for herself and others through her rule-breaking combination of colors.

Artist, blogger, designer, instructor and owner of Paperbag Studios, LLC, Roben-Marie is often either geeking out behind her Mac or painting in her Florida home studio. As a woman of faith, she believes that serving others through inspiration, encouragement and instruction is a priority. A desire to learn and an unquenchable curiosity keeps her fingers messy and her heart happy.

Roben-Marie's work can be found in industry publications, art journaling books, her shop and on her blog. 

Her unique blending of color, elements and design makes her pieces unmistakably recognizable. Her style has been translated to canvas, journals, fabric, stamps, artist papers and most notably, mail art and Art Pops™ artist cards and accessories.

With a following that regularly demands the next workshop and product line, Roben-Marie shares her joy of mixed media and inspires the artist inside every heart wondering if they have the courage to claim it.

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Two sheets Canvas Pad - 16 x 20
Two sheets Canvas Pad - 12" x 16"
Bristol or other type of mixed media paper: 5 sheets @ 14" x 12.5"
Wax thread
Bookbinding needle
Book awl/paper piercer
Clear gesso
Sewing machine
Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist (or other inks)
Liquitex Professional Acrylics (or other inks)
Foam brush
Chip brush

Small piece of muslin fabric (about 1/8 of a yard)
Collage papers: old book papers, vintage wallpaper, inky scrap paper, photo copies of your own artwork, etc.
Stabilo All Pencil
Wite Out Shake 'n Squeeze Pen
Water brush small or Water brush medium (I use these but you can use a small paint brush.)
Assorted acrylic paints: Open and Fluid (I use these but feel free to use what you have.)

Oil pastels
Double stick Velcro

*Tim Holtz Distress Stains

Water jar

Affirmations (mine or print your own)

Paper cutter (to trim pages for journals)

*Ice tray

Gel Medium, PVA or other white glue



Spray bottle with water


*Giant Circles Stencil

*Mixed Media Artist Papers Vol. 1

*Used by me but optional!