I started with the background which was done with acrylic paints and the Line Waves stencil from Stencilgirl Products. On that background I glued pieces from 2 different paper napkins; one of flowers and the other of gold ornamental scroll patterns. I took my inspiration from the colours of the background to go and look for imagery.
I found a golden angel (with wings!) that came from a painting by Simone Martini (dated 1333) of the Annunciation. Originally I was going to add Mary too but I decided that would take the expanding theme a step too far (or maybe several steps!). She also looked rather miserable and that didn't fit the golden theme the pages were taking on.
Instead I found a themed box of rubber stamps by Anna Griffon, called Bees & Dragonflies and stamped on the dragonflies in golden and the bees and diamond shapes in black. I then discovered another dragonfly image in my collection and glued that on too.
The words of the poem If by Rudyard Kipling to me encapsulated the "expanding yourself" theme and I knew I had cut it from a newspaper some time ago. The words I liked best were added to the page.
The final rubber stamping and the one that provided the title of this spread (done in my A4 Dylusions journal) came from a rubber stamp from Donna Downey and it says:
enjoy the process,
but most of all
I added to that at the bottom: in yourself..
I did some outlining with black and white markers and added a further quotation written in: "If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.