Well...I did it...woo hoo...as Rhonna says...I am VICTORIOUS...and the word quote that Rhonna provided is so appropriate for describing how this entire challenge has been for me:
"If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride and never quit, you'll be a winner. The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards." --Paul Bryant
For the final page in my journal I was inspired by an artist that I saw on-line, but I'm sorry to say, I cannot find the details for the artist and I hate not being able to give credit where it's due...so if anyone knows, please let me know and I'll update my post accordingly.
UPDATE February 20, 2012: Please be advised that the original artist who inspired me is non other than: Richard Curtner and you can see all of his WONDERFUL pieces here at his site, cutnerart.com. Richard informs me that he has several shows a year and he has been completing these word art mediums for over 15 years and all of his work is registered and copyrighted. Please be sure to mention that you found his link via this post should you hop on over and view all of his beautiful pieces.
Anyhow, this collage artist uses text and quotes from magazines to make abstract sketches of individuals...and this one of a girl sitting at a desk with a journal was just too cool...made the hairs stand up when I first saw it...
As I found the text and quotes, in the appropriate colorways and sizes, I trimmed and glued them down as I went along...very messy...
Once I finished the word collage, I trimmed it down and adhered it onto my last journal page...yeah! I finished it up with a few details, like the dymo day label, added final sketch lines with a find-tip permanent black marker and finally, some shading with a charcoal pencil.
Really had fun finding the "orange" accents for the tank top and the "leopard" print hair...and most of the text and quotes reflected things that I used throughout the entire journal and that was what made this collage personal and fun to do as a FINAL page for my challenge.
Here is a photo of my journal with all the lovely pages "peaking out"...just begging for attention...
Oh Yeah Baby...I'm doing the happy dance right now...for a while I was sorry that I choose such a large journal with "double-page" spreads...but now that I've finished it and can see how different each and every page is...I simply "thrilled" with the end result...feeling VERY VICTORIOUS...indeed!