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It's time to say goodbye!

Hey Everyone,

I thought I’d send you all a final email blast from AJNing before we close our doors. I want to thank everyone who reached out to me after I sent the first email letting you know that we’ll be leaving the Intertubes in July. I might have gotten a bit misty-eyed as I read those wonderful letters of support and kindness.


First I want to let everyone know that AJNing has a Facebook group. So if you want to regroup there, you can find the group here:


If you want to keep up with me you can follow my blog If you want to see what I post for pics my Instagram is OriginalLCHarper. I’m also OriginalLCHarper on Twitter. You can also find me on Facebook at ComfortableShoesStudio. I have a podcast Called RSVP: Stationery Podcast which you can find over here. If you haven’t followed me on YouTube yet you can find my page here: ComfortableShoesStud.


Enough about me. If you want a site that fills the AJNing shaped hole in your heart, Amy has opened, Yup the page is called Boobies. She’s planning on providing some free instruction. Her rules are simple- be kind to one another and don’t troll. Anyway, I enjoy her aesthetic and I think she holds the ideals that made AJNing so great. So head on over to and enjoy!


Farewell and thanks for all the fish!



Less Harper AKA ComfortableShoes

Hey Everyone.

I create AJ Ning in 2009 as a response to overpriced art journaling classes and hype machine. It's been a great space for people to learn about art journaling. It's been a safe place for so many. But in the last few years, I've not had the time or energy to give the site what it needs- which is active mentoring and content creation. It is a hard reality to face that the site has sat stagnant while I was in grad school and once I got my new job. 

I've tried moving the site to several different locations to get away from Ning, but alas, Ning makes it impossible to do this in a sane manner. 

The site will remain up until the end of this pay period, which is the middle of July. After that, It'll disappear. 

I do want to take a moment here to thank everyone who has participated in this group. It has been a real treat to see so many people grow and share there art and ideas here. We had one of the most active AJ forums available and it's been a huge deep well of insight and ideas. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. This group has meant so much to me, and your participation is what MADE this group so meaningful to so many. Thank you!

Many, Many Thanks,

Leslie Herger aka ComfortableShoes (


White Pens!!!

Started by Penny Hazeldine in Pens, Markers, Pencils. Last reply by Peggy Bainbridge on Monday. 13 Replies

Hi Guys.Can anyone recommend a decent white pen for writing/drawing within my journal?I am so fed up with trying to use a paint pen (of different varieties) that will write more than a couple of letters without 'drying up' or worse running into a huge blob that I then have to spend ages trying to undo the mess/damage it causes?All recommendations will be gratefully received!!!Just for the record I have had better luck with a chalk pen but it's neither permanent or very thin, ie suitable for…Continue

Does anyone want used postcards?

Started by Julie (O-kami) in Everything Else. Last reply by Linda Richards Jun 8. 3 Replies

Hey guys,I have a box of used postcards, some are from the FPN postcard swap, some from PostCrossing. They cover a range from vintage to made art cards. I hate to just throw them out.The only thing I ask is that you pay for the postage. Ill happily send you some or all.JulieContinue

Handy products that aren't from the art store

Started by Denise Pavel in Introductions. Last reply by Ann Thorsen Sep 10, 2017. 5 Replies

Anybody have any suggestions? Continue

Creating An Artsy Brand?

Started by Brooke Turner in Everything Else. Last reply by Mixie Pixie Aug 26, 2017. 2 Replies

Hey Everyone!I haven't been here in awhile and I have missed the community. I have recently started developing an interest in posting videos on Youtube but one of my biggest issues is coming up with a brand name. Are there any journalers here who have a youtube account? How did you decide what to use? My name is fairly common so I don't think I could get away with using only my name.Thank you in advance!Continue


Started by semaj bloom in Introductions. Last reply by Mixie Pixie Aug 26, 2017. 6 Replies

Since Yupo is a polyurethane paper, can you substitute tyvek for it? I have a lot of tyvek and would love to use it with my watercolor or acrylic paints, and wonder if it has the same attributes as the yupo.Continue

looking for inspiration

Started by Ayesha in Introductions. Last reply by Lisa Armato Jul 13, 2017. 6 Replies

I make something and if im not happy  with it i dont complete it.  I'm looking for motivation here if all these artists can do so, I can atleast try to make something and continue to do it. I like art journaling because it doesn't have to be perfect. I can do my own thing, make mistakes and be happy about my mistakes. it is wonderful that we can share our work here. Continue


Started by Davey Do in Introductions. Last reply by Ann Thorsen Apr 12, 2017. 2 Replies

intro.pngGreetings to all!Please excuse me as I find my way around...Continue

The biggest paper source of all time is drying up!

Started by Susan Jane Ankeney in Journals and all Things Paper. Last reply by ComfortableShoes Sep 11, 2016. 9 Replies

I kid you not! The biggest paper source off all time is drying up (sniff really sniff truthfully sniff). As a collage artist I was collecting scrapbook paper from the very beginning! I’ve hoarded paper with swimming pool water, astro turf, velveteen paper, foil brocade, tree bark, fish tank gravel… omg. I have six different grass papers! I’ve got this deep brooding vampire goth red background that I love. Don’t wait! Raid your local craft store (mine went from four aisles down to half an…Continue

Tags: scrapbook, paper, collage

The futility of junk journal definitions

Started by Susan Jane Ankeney in Everything Else. Last reply by Melody Celestine Sep 9, 2016. 1 Reply

Art is this very general term about creative action. Art journals are this very general book-like surface where you make art. I get giggles about junk journals. Some are these obsessively designed, perfect, thematic confections using forgotten supplies. Some are tear it up and slap in down from the recycle bin..Really, who can say what isn’t and isn’t art without rigid rules that dictate everything from supplies to techniques to subject matter and more. Just look at the Impressionists, they had…Continue

Tags: defined, definition, opinion, journal, junk

Xyron Sticker Machine

Started by Kathy in Everything Else. Last reply by Kathy Jul 19, 2016. 4 Replies

I have a very OLD Xyron sticker machine - Xyron 500 to be exact.  I hadn't used it in ages until the last year or so, and had a spare cartridge hanging around.  Now it is used up, and I am not sure if the newer cartridges would fit the old machine.  Just wondering if anyone would know.  Thanks!Continue


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